Crusaders jump to No. 23 in the nation

Saint Louis wide receiver Chance Beyer dove into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an ILH football game against Punahou earlier this month. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The three-time defending ILH Division I champion Saint Louis Crusaders had the week off, but managed to jump two spots to No. 23 in the latest MaxPreps Xcellent Top 25 released Sunday night.

Winners of 13 consecutive games overall, the Crusaders (8-0) are eighth in the West Region. Bingham (Utah), which shut out Kahuku 17-0 in a game in September that Red Raiders sophomore QB Sol-Jay Maiava did not play in, is ranked No. 10.

Other notable teams are Mater Dei (No. 1), Bishop Gorman (No. 16) and Mission Viejo (No. 18).

Mission Viejo beat Baldwin in August, 39-14.

Saint Louis returns to the field in the semifinals of the Division I-Open state tournament on Nov. 10 against the loser of Saturday’s OIA D-I championship game between Kahuku and Mililani.


  1. TooMeke October 30, 2017 5:33 am

    Nice! Always good to have a Hawaii team in this ranking. Good for all of Hawaii HS sports.

    See you in States!


  2. Coach C October 30, 2017 3:37 pm

    Good makes the States pot sweeter!

  3. Alpha October 30, 2017 4:09 pm

    Saturday can’t come any sooner. . .

  4. ToppDoggs October 30, 2017 4:36 pm

    Some schools fans are so persistent we’ll see how long that lasts because it didnt take long for the Buff-n-Blue to tuck their tales between their legs upon the Kings return. Sit back and enjoy another 14 year title streak.

  5. Douglas Hu October 30, 2017 5:24 pm

    Just saw on scoring live that St. Louis will play the winner of the OIA 3rd place game between Waianae and Campbell in the state semis. Is that correct?

  6. 88 October 30, 2017 5:36 pm

    Garuntee miss print. No one wants to see another OIA championship game. Just like how no one wanted to see another ILH title game last year so they placed Punahou and St. Louis in opposite brackets.

  7. Douglas Hu October 30, 2017 7:30 pm

    Thank you, 88…

  8. TooMeke October 30, 2017 10:05 pm

    misprint – St Louis will play 2nd place OIA team. 1st place OIA plays 3rd place OIA.

    “another 14 year title streak” LMAO!!! faka quit your day job… hilarious!

    more like one-hit wonder.


  9. Envy October 30, 2017 10:32 pm

    In an alternate reality, the loser of the OIA championship this weekend should be done for the season, the 3rd place game should be for 3rd place, nothing more. Then it should be just the ILH champ vs the OIA champ. Kahuku, Mililani, Waianae, Campbell, and the next 2 OIA teams in win/loss records should immediately be declared for the Div I – Open bracket next year. Give those teams an incentive to beat each other, only one winner goes to the championship against the ILH Div I-Open champion.

  10. 88 October 31, 2017 8:24 am

    Yeah but if you do that The ILH D1 teams would only have like 6 games. How do you get better as a player and team playing only 6-7 games the entire season?

  11. Recruit dis October 31, 2017 10:26 am

    88- it really don’t matter because only the oia benefits from this state tournament. It should be oia champ vs ILH champ. The loser of that oia championship game shouldn’t have a second chance to win. That’s how dumb this tournament is.

  12. Envy October 31, 2017 10:31 am

    @88. The OIA used to only play 8 league games, then it was the playoffs while the ILH played 2 rounds totaling 10 games in the Prep Bowl era, where only the winners of each league played for the championship. Cal Lee mentioned at the beginning of the season that he would have scheduled more out of league games during the season if the league would have allowed it. The top ranked teams in the nation are scheduling in season out of league games, the ILH should start allowing their teams to do the same, rather than waiting 2 to 3 weeks to play another game.

  13. Dafun October 31, 2017 2:17 pm

    Exactly! League winners move on, ILH#1 vs OIA#1
    2nd place turns in their pads.

  14. ILH October 31, 2017 7:05 pm

    Go back to the Prep Bowl , 2nd place ILH Vs. 2nd place OIA, Championship game #1 ILH vs. #1 OIA

  15. Awrite!! October 31, 2017 11:32 pm

    Considering these ILH and OIA teams are fresh out of their conference playoffs just to see them play the same teams they already beat a few weeks prior in the state tourney dont make sense.

    The winner of Kahuku vs. Mill will end up playing the winner of Wainae/Camp AGAIN!

    I think everyone on both sides can agree that a fair solution is to just let the…
    OIA1 vs. ILH1 for 1st and 2nd place
    OIA2 vs. ILH2 for 3rd and 4th place

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