Crusaders near-unanimous pick in HSA Top 10

Saitaua Lefau has made a different at running back for Saint Louis, which enters Friday's D-I title game as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's top-ranked team. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Saitaua Lefau has made a different at running back for Saint Louis, which enters Friday’s D-I title game as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s top-ranked team. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku enters Friday night’s Division I title game in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships as the No. 1 overall seed with a perfect 12-0 record.

Saint Louis enters the game as the No. 2 seed with one loss this year.

Yet, according to the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 football rankings released Monday, the Crusaders are the clear favorite.

Saint Louis received 13 of 14 first-place votes in the final poll before the season ends this week. Kahuku, which received six first-place votes after beating Mililani for the OIA title and then four a week later, is down to only one top vote despite remaining undefeated with a 13-0 win over Waianae in last Friday’s state semifinals.

The Red Raiders are second in the poll but were listed third on three different ballots that ranked Punahou ahead of Kahuku.

Punahou suffered its only two losses of the season to the Crusaders while handing Saint Louis its only loss of the year in double overtime.

The Buffanblu moved back into third in the rankings with a comfortable lead over Mililani, which dropped to No. 4 after getting pounded by the Crusaders, 56-30.

The rest of the rankings remained the same with Kamehameha, Waianae, Farrington, Kapa’a, Radford and Baldwin rounding out the top 10.

Konawaena, Kailua, Kapolei and Moanalua also received votes.

Eighth-ranked Kapaa faces No. 9 Radford in a battle of undefeated teams in the Division II state final Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Crusaders/Red Raiders tilt will be the third time this season the No. 1 and No. 2 teams square off. Saint Louis was No. 1 when it lost in double overtime to Punahou, which took over as the No. 1 team for three weeks until Saint Louis won the rematch to reclaim the No. 1 spot.

Since the first HSA poll in 2010, the top two teams have faced off 14 times with the No. 1-ranked team going 8-5. Earlier this year, we posted a story showcasing every game between No. 1 and No. 2. It does not include the two Punahou-Saint Louis matchups.

Kahuku has been involved in seven of the meetings and is 6-1 in No. 1 vs. No. 2 games, losing only to Farrington, 14-13, on Oct. 1, 2011.

Saint Louis is 3-1 in those meetings. Its only loss came to Kahuku in an early-season game in 2010, when Marcus Mariota suffered his only loss as the Crusaders’ starting quarterback.

Kahuku has won 11 of the 17 meetings against Saint Louis dating back to 1987, but the Crusaders have won six of the last eight.

Updated: May 9 (final)
1.Waiakea (15)150
2.Baldwin 133
3.Saint Louis 122
5.Pearl City67


  1. FUKI November 17, 2015 6:02 pm

    @Realistic…u crazy!! If u wanna know what kind of teaching goes on in that community then go out there n find out for urself. Dont make comments here that belittle the kids n families. Its a simple community that will do everything for their kids. I graduated from ILH school so u wanna brag about ILH education but das only cuz u can afford it. For the rest of the world that doesnt have a choice, or dont have rich parents, or aren’t trust fund babies n think u own the world cuz u were born into money, we make the best with what we have. I would send my kids Kahuku over ILH schools any day. I know plenty Punahou n Kamehameha boys who’s ILH education got dem jobs at da fire station!!! Leave the insults to the kids n community alone already. U wanna know, go find out!! Nothing but love for those kids. Good luck Kahuku

  2. Hauula 93 November 17, 2015 8:04 pm

    I would like to wish the boys(Tufaga, Nihipali,Malufau)from LAIE who plays for St.Louis, Good luck..Play hard and remember our community still support you boys no matter where you go…REPRESENT LAIE PARK BIG BOYS WITH PRIDE…and too the MIGHTY RED RAIDERS BOYS, THE BEST OF LUCK… PLAY LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW, STAY HUMBLE AND GO GET IT…GOOD LUCK AGAIN…

  3. realistic November 17, 2015 8:07 pm

    88 November 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm
    Waite, you admire kids that do what?!!? Easy Sandusky.. You need help.

    Man how many times are you going to copy me? I mean this is getting out of hand. Can you PLEASE come up with your own material. If you are going to copy me, at least give me some royalties. Sandusky? Really? Um, I have been using that for the past 3 weeks on here, especially target at the three stooges of Jay (88), Jerry (GoBigRed), and James (GoodStory).

    Now I understand I am a lot more witty, creative, smarter, and original than you. But to use my material over and over again and then hope that no one notices is just blasphemous.

    I challenge you to make up something original and witty. Let me guess:

    1) Mr Chang played out joke again (copy #1)
    2) Blowing something again (copy #2)
    3) Sandusky references (copy #3)
    4) Math joke (copy #4)

    Man you must LOVE me cuz you wanna be me. Why else would you continue to copy. Just look at the string of posts over the past 3 weeks for evidence.


  4. realistic November 17, 2015 8:10 pm

    @No Cry, please excuse 88 he has to talk crap. He cannot back it up in person. Two times the little boy neva sho! I heard he was all scared! That’s why the bugga gotta blog. He no more any sacks. Little boy 88 was picked up, teased, and had his milk money taken until 21. Now he hides behind his computer and act all tuff! We all know the boy scared!

  5. realistic November 17, 2015 8:12 pm

    Fuki what are you saying? Check this out:

  6. 88 November 17, 2015 8:19 pm

    There you go again talking about little boys. You definitely have a few screws missing

  7. FUKI November 17, 2015 8:30 pm

    “Could you also provide a video of the teaching that goes on in that community? I am interested to see what goes on in the classroom that leads to some of the lowest scores in Hawaii.

    Personally I’d rather have a smart kid who plays the trumpet than a kid with these low test scores who can catch a football. I know I am most likely in the minority when you sample most families out there. And there lies the problem.”

    @ realistic…Das wat I’m talking about. U want a video of yhe teaching that goes on??? Is that gonna make u feel better? Anybody would rather have a smart kid who does anything. But thats the easy route. There’s no work to be done if everyone is smart. Private schools test kids n u have to have a certain test score, grades, n interview well to get accepted. Public school kids are there no matter what. So private schools can brag about % of kids going to college…duh. They only accept kids that are already smart n would go to college regardless of what school they go to. Jus sad cuz u using #s and bundle em up as if it represents everyone. Those Numbers u put as a link are an indicator, but doesn’t provide detailed information of each individual case. But u jus wanna insult people n act like everyone’s an idiot jus cause u have a link to post

  8. GoBigRed November 17, 2015 8:38 pm

    Per Realistic:

    “I recall attending a parent seminar at both Punahou and Iolani where they said the average athlete there takes about 2-3 (forgot the exact number) AP Classes during their junior and senior years. And we are talking about a Punahou/Iolani level AP class, not a DOE AP class. Big difference.”

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? “they said…”? LMAOOOOOO! By “average athlete” they must be counting all the female athletes that offset all the male athletes LACK of exposure to ANY AP material. And I like how you’ve conveniently “forgotten the actual number.” Right… That’s what you call recruiting propaganda…

    FACT: I know of SEVERAL former and current “student-athletes” at different ILH schools (including Punahou and Iolani) that have NEVER even seen the inside of an AP class…much less take the requisite AP test to actually get the college credit.

    FACT: I know of ONE student who recently transferred from an OIA school to St Louis…with a sub-1.0 GPA… That’s right… Failing. Does he play a sport? Nope. So why did St Louis take him? Because his family is tight with another family that has had a string of no less than THREE outstanding football players, past and present, who are/have been star players for St Louis. Family made some calls and Voila! Yeah… Pretty soon they’re gonna be hiring player’s family members to work at the school…oh wait…they already do that as well. Straight outta colleges playbooks.

    Private schools do what’s best for their bottom line…because they have to. They rely on their alumni’s deep pockets… And in order to keep those alumni happy they gotta get as many of the best student-athletes that they can…grades or no grades. Much less having them take AP classes – that would be counter-productive to their bottom line.

    Do me a favor and don’t “quote” some speech you heard at an ILH recruiting event…that holds about as much weight as wet toilet paper.

  9. realistic November 18, 2015 8:38 pm

    Hey Jerry (GoBigRed), there will always be anomalies to the rule. You can list your 1-5 people that you know out of the 800 that play sports at Punahou or the 250-300 that play at Iolani in a school year. Great job you know 1 student with no evidence. Making up stories again! haha. No proof. How are they facts when you provide no evidence?

    I forgot you went to Kahuku. You were probably taught that you can make a fact without any evidence to support your argument. Let me show you how it’s done……

    I will put proof for you.

    These are facts since it’s scientific and objective. Now I will provide you with my opinion. These scores suck. Now that is an opinion since I cannot make it a fact. OPINIONS will vary. I never knew you could call something a fact without providing any evidence, HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! Are you really that dumb? Haha you called the information above a fact and you don’t have a single bit of evidence to support what you call a fact! hahahahahah

    Jerry (GoBigRed), you are the biggest reason why academics suck out there. You make excuses. You point the finger at others. You get upset and instead of doing something to improve it you come on here to blog. You get mad. You insult. No matter what you say, what you do, or how much you insult me, it won’t change the scores listed above. The scores have been this low for over 20 years. I am guessing maybe 50 years.

    Jerry (GoBigRed), you are an absolute embarrassment to that community. Look in the mirror buddy before you continue to make excuses. Numbers don’t lie and luckily for you I even provided the link above since you are probably too dumb to find them on your own.

  10. realistic November 18, 2015 8:40 pm

    FUKI and your point is? You are just supporting my argument. Thanks buddy!

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