The defending state champion and No. 1-ranked Kahuku Red Raiders opened their season with a 49-15 win over Leilehua on Friday to run their winning streak to 14 games.
They kept their No. 1 ranking in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 released Monday but were not a unanimous pick like they were a week earlier.
Saint Louis (0-0), which has only played one quarter of a canceled game, picked up the other two first-place votes and remains second in the poll, followed by Punahou, Waianae and Kamehameha.
Kamehameha, Mililani (sixth), Farrington (seventh) and Kailua (eighth) all jumped ahead of Kapolei, which fell from No. 4 to No. 9 after losing 35-14 to Waianae. ‘Iolani enters the poll for the first time this season at No. 10 with the Bears falling out following a 38-14 home loss to Kamehameha.
Kahuku dropped to third on one ballot and fourth on another. One voter, who had Kahuku No. 1 in the first two polls, agreed to share his comments publicly after dropping the Red Raiders to third in his poll:
“When I rank teams, I try to rank them based on the results of what has taken place on the field. Kahuku started the season with a nice win over Leilehua, but it was a 14-7 game midway through the second quarter and the Mules were moving the ball early against that defense. It wasn’t nearly as convincing of a win over Leilehua as Punahou had (70-9) just a week earlier.”
“If you still forced me to pick a team to win it all this year, it would be Kahuku, but that’s not how these polls should be ranked. It’s about what has happened on the field during the season. It’s hard to compare teams so early in the year, but two of the best (Punahou, Kahuku) have a common opponent in Leilehua and the Buffanblu were far more impressive in their win, so I ranked them ahead of Kahuku but kept Punahou behind Saint Louis, which I view with all of its returnees, as the best team in the ILH. We’ll see once the Crusaders play their first full game.”
Also receiving votes this week were Baldwin, which finished just two votes behind No. 10 ‘Iolani, and Kapaa and Konawaena, which each got four votes.
|Updated: Nov. 21|