Crusaders, Kamehameha might only get one shot

Jeremy Higgins torched Kamehameha for 484 yards in a 55-28 win in 2008. Photo by Jamm Aquino.
Jeremy Higgins torched Kamehameha for 484 yards in a 55-28 win in 2008. (Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser)

For those old-timers who look forward to seeing Saint Louis and Kamehameha play each year, Friday might be their only chance. Because of the newly implemented playoffs in the ILH, this could be the first time since 1968 that the Warriors and Crusaders meet up only once in a season. If one of the teams wins the ILH and the other loses to Punahou in the first round of the playoffs, it will be wait ’til next year.

And there might be something a little bit more than rankings and rivalry at stake. It’s only 2013, but the Warriors and Crusaders have split their meetings since 2009 and Kamehameha is more than just an annual underdog for the first time since the 1970s, when Cal Chai ruled the world.

Saint Louis-Kamehameha by decade:

2010-2012: Series tied, 3-3
2000-2009: Saint Louis, 16-5-1
1990-1999: Saint Louis, 18-5
1980-1989: Saint Louis, 16-3-1
1970-1979: Kamehameha 12-9
1960-1969: Kamehameha, 7-4-1
1950-1959: Kamehameha, 6-4

Even though the game frequently pitted two of the top teams in the state, it hasn’t been lacking in heroic performances.

>> Ed Kini of Saint Louis torched the Warriors for 208 yards in a 49-27 win way back in 1973, which still stands as the second-highest total for a Saint Louis running back in any game behind Kini’s 283 against ‘Iolani a month later.

>> Jeremy Higgins did Kini one better in 2008, throwing for 484 yards in a 55-28 win over the Warriors. That remains the Saint Louis club record for passing yards in the Prep Bowl and State Championship eras.

>> Jayson Rego has the most rushing yards for Kamehameha in a single game against Saint Louis with 190 in an 18-0 win in 2004. But the Warriors rarely run for a lot of yards against the Saints, getting a running back over 99 yards just 13 times in the 74 meetings in which a leading rusher was reported since 1972.

>> The Warriors do like to put up passing yards against the Crusaders, however, with four of their top six program highs coming against Saint Louis. Edmund Kamano leads the way with 296 in a loss in 2008, followed by Caleb Spencer in third with 282 in 2002, Makoa Camanse-Stevens in fourth with 280 in last year’s 34-23 win and Pono Kam in sixth with 258 in a 21-20 loss in 2004. Spencer holds the franchise record since 1972 with 312 yards in a 50-7 win over Punahou in 2002.

Series individual highs in the Prep Bowl and State Championship eras:

Saint Louis rushing vs. Kamehameha
Ed Kini, 208 yards in 1973

Saint Louis passing vs. Kamehameha
Jeremy Higgins, 484 yards in 2008

Saint Louis receiving vs. Kamehameha
Jeremy Tabuyo, 177 yards in 2011

Kamehameha rushing vs. Saint Louis
Jayson Rego, 190 yards in 2004

Kamehameha passing vs. Saint Louis
Edmund Kamano, 296 yards in 2008

Kamehameha receiving vs. Saint Louis
Maika Mataele, 152 yards in 2008

Most points by Saint Louis vs. Kamehameha
55 in wins in 2008 and 1992

Last shutout by Saint Louis over Kamehameha
34-0 in 2000. Saint Louis has shut out the Warriors 11 times in the series.

Most points by Kamehameha vs. Saint Louis
43-19 last year.The Warriors have shut out the Crusaders nine times in the series.

Most points combined in the series
83 – Saint Louis 55, Kamehameha 28 in 2008

Fewest points combined in the series
0 – The teams played to a 0-0 tie in 1969.

Biggest blowout for Saint Louis
51-0 in 1998

Biggest blowout for Kamehameha
35-6 in 1979

Record in games decided by 3 points or fewer, excluding ties
Saint Louis 6, Kamehameha 3

Record in games decided by seven points or fewer, excluding ties
Saint Louis 16, Kamehameha 12

Game-by-game Saint-Louis vs. Kamehameha

10/12/12Kamehameha19439/26/86Saint Louis300
9/28/12Saint Louis342310/26/85Saint Louis3522
9/2/11Kamehameha212811/2/84Saint Louis277
10/28/10Saint Louis34129/15/84Saint Louis1411
9/4/10Saint Louis411711/4/83Saint Louis20
10/31/09Kamehameha7219/29/83Saint Louis1716
10/30/08Saint Louis552810/8/82Saint Louis2617
9/19/08Saint Louis282011/13/81Kamehameha06
11/2/07Saint Louis2579/18/81Saint Louis2014
9/29/07Saint Louis14711/13/80Kamehameha1423
10/20/06Saint Louis17149/25/80Saint Louis217
9/15/06Saint Louis10310/27/79Kamehameha635
11/9/05Saint Louis1479/21/79Kamehameha2434
11/5/05Saint Louis17710/20/78Saint Louis4228
9/30/05Saint Louis21149/16/78Kamehameha1923
9/25/04Saint Louis21209/16/77Saint Louis3222
11/1/03Saint Louis511911/14/76Kamehameha1528
11/16/02Saint Louis271211/7/75Kamehameha06
11/9/02Saint Louis141310/4/75Kamehameha1221
11/2/01Saint Louis38149/21/74Kamehameha2237
9/28/01Tie24249/15/73Saint Louis4927
11/3/00Saint Louis3401973Saint Louis217
9/29/00Saint Louis3161972Saint Louis70
11/12/99Saint Louis4371972Kamehameha027
10/1/99Saint Louis2891971Saint Louis60
11/20/98Saint Louis37121970Saint Louis3413
11/14/98KAMEHAMEHA1471970Saint Louis208
11/4/98Saint Louis5101970Saint Louis206
10/3/98Kamehameha (F)1969Tie00
11/21/97Saint Louis1031969Saint Louis613
10/10/97Saint Louis34141967Saint Louis2112
11/2/96Saint Louis21141966Tie77
10/4/96Saint Louis3701966Saint Louis210
11/11/95Saint Louis2691965Kamehameha834
9/22/95Saint Louis3471964Kamehameha625
11/5/94Saint Louis40101963Kamehameha630
10/7/94Saint Louis32171962Kamehameha014
10/2/93Saint Louis2271961Kamehameha020
10/23/92Saint Louis55121960Kamehameha1234
10/2/92Saint Louis24121959Kamehameha730
11/1/91Saint Louis2871958Kamehameha614
9/20/91Saint Louis30171957Kamehameha07
10/19/90Saint Louis2801956Kamehameha2027
10/5/90Saint Louis2171955Saint Louis196
11/10/89Saint Louis2101954Saint Louis257
9/29/89Saint Louis2871953Saint Louis336
9/10/88Saint Louis2171952Kamehameha626
10/16/87Saint Louis2871951Kamehameha1320
9/18/87Saint Louis2131950Saint Louis140
10/17/86Saint Louis408


  1. Armando October 7, 2013 9:12 pm

    The 1969 winner is incorrect. Kamehameha won the Thanksgiving Day game by a score of 13 to 6.

  2. Jerry Campany October 7, 2013 10:32 pm

    Thanks, Armando, I will have to look that up. Everything pre-1973 came from a Saint Louis media guide that I have found more than a few errors from.

    Maybe I should just wheel my chair over and ask Randy Cadiente!

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