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: Mar. 16
t1.Campbell (3)87
t1.Mililani (2)87
3.'Iolani (5)84
9.Pearl City16


  1. EwaEwa November 16, 2015 4:48 pm

    So 27 out of 30 votes went to St. Louis for first place
    and the other 3 went to Mililani? Are they aware Mililani lost? oh, wait, its not about wins or losses its about style points.


  2. realistic November 16, 2015 5:47 pm

    The voters for the Star Advertiser Football Poll are some of the most knowledgeable and insightful voters in the country. They represent accuracy and integrity.

  3. Kahuku 82 November 16, 2015 6:01 pm

    @EwaEwa Don’t be surprised if kahuku comes out with the win on Friday and punahou jumps to the #1 spot lol. Rankings are only people’s opinions and nothing more don’t take it as the 10 commandments. Everyone entitled to their own opinions, they get to watch and cover more of the games then any of us do so it’s understandable for them to make a more accurate vote then most of us can. Whether we like the outcome or not is just our opinion which we are entitled too. All the best of luck to both teams on Friday and may the best team win!!!!

  4. 88 November 16, 2015 6:12 pm

    This reminds me of the year Kahuku won back to back State Titles with JT Mapu and company. The entire state was calling their 1st win against Cal Lee a fluke. We all know the outcome of that game.

  5. Good Story November 16, 2015 6:22 pm

    I LOVE IT! I think we play better when people doubt us. Bought my tickets today folks. Go get yours! We need to support our boys! $9 General Admission at First Hawaiian Bank.

  6. Kahuku 82 November 16, 2015 6:23 pm

    @88 That’s why their motto that year was leave no doubt lol!!!

  7. Paper Crane November 16, 2015 6:39 pm

    Would be interesting to know who them 13 people’s names are who voted them 1st Place votes for St Louis and the lone voter for Kahuku too?

    That’s a smart way to fill the stands/seats at Aloha Stadium come this Friday nite?

  8. ilh November 16, 2015 6:48 pm

    Plain and simple Kahuku had a weak schedule and will continue to have a weak schedule again next year, let’s just face it Kahuku fans and everyone one else who really think the o.i.a. is tougher, come play against St. Louis one week than Kamehameha the following week than Punahou the next and see how good you are, NUFF SAID.

  9. Tutu Kane Ale November 16, 2015 7:10 pm

    @Origami Crane, if no one told you them 13 votes came from former referees; hope you not surprised like it’s only questionable when 13 of 14 votes slants oneway versus only 1 vote?

  10. FUKI November 16, 2015 7:16 pm

    @ILH…u guys been singing the same song for years. If u sooo good, how come OIA been killing ILH ever since this state championship thing began. Last time St Louis won, Mariota got whoooped by Kahuku…then some scrubby guy that didnt even play but was ineligible was on the Kahukus roster so St Louis played some weak team for the championship when everybody knows Kahukus team woulda killed em that year had they not forfeit. Don’t cry about playing Kamehameha cuz everybody knows Kamehameha couldn’t figure out how to play after the first half of a game. And dont cry about Punahou cuz they decided they weren’t gonna play Tuliloa at quarterback in the ilh championship game. ILH goes out n pays kids to go to their schools, then brag about being better than everyone else, like ur doing now!!! U put them against Kahuku every year in the same league, u wouldn’t be lighting up the scoreboard wit ur flag football #s. Everybody’s offense looks good til the play against a real defense

  11. Realistic November 16, 2015 7:16 pm

    Good Story November 16, 2015 at 6:22 pm
    I LOVE IT! I think we play better when people doubt us. Bought my tickets today folks. Go get yours! We need to support our boys! $9 General Admission at First Hawaiian Bank.

    @James (GoodStory) Can you tell me why the kids won’t attack the books with the same ferociousness? Now get off the computer and get me some Bean Pie!

    How sad when the only thing you can live through is the online blogging for a extracurricular activity as important as bowling.

  12. 88 November 16, 2015 7:32 pm

    Maybe if you attacked the books back in the day you wouldn’t be attending the Mckinley School for Adults today. Now be a good little boy and go finish your match match homework.

  13. 88 November 16, 2015 7:35 pm

    Kahuku has had the same weak schedule since the introduction of the very 1st State Championship but still they have the most State titles. So does that mean all the other schools had weaker schedules because they are not as successful as Kahuku?

  14. SimpleSimon November 16, 2015 7:38 pm

    I was hoping for a good game but I hope Kahuku smashes St Louis now. These ILH groupie-reporters got no respect for Kahuku. It’s like 2012 all over again when nobody thought Kahuku would beat Punahou. Oh well let the games begin already!!!

  15. Tutu Kane Ale November 16, 2015 7:45 pm

    @REALISTIC, this for you especially like noticing your many prose and like they bounce kapakahi and can be intimidating but what’s cool about your posting is you know what you doing and you got full control to intimidate and cause others to read and giveup and yet for a hand full of “puka head” commenteers like they’ll post on various issues/articles but most will forget what they read and what the wrote earlier whereas they just CONTRADICT their own posting and they have no idea that they are lost,…but you “Realistic” you the man like we need you around to distract them tablet slip and slide puka head bozos;…there’s no intimidation in your comments if one can clear the smoke and wipe off them cosmetic makeup.

  16. EwaEwa November 16, 2015 8:08 pm

    It will be Kahuku vs. Hawaii All Stars this week

    I think there are more Starters from Neighbor islands on St. Louis roster then there are from Oahu.

  17. Tutu Kane Ale November 16, 2015 8:52 pm

    @EwaEwa; mahalo for the added attributes like you promoting St. Louis Hawaii All Stars like that’s great whereas now we know it takes All Stars to play for the Championship like against an all high great the Red Raiders of Kahuku;..mahalo for sharing.

  18. realistic November 16, 2015 8:58 pm

    Tutu, I have no idea what you just said. Can someone please translate for me? I trade you for a pound of ulu.

  19. realistic November 16, 2015 9:03 pm

    88 November 16, 2015 at 7:32 pm
    Maybe if you attacked the books back in the day you wouldn’t be attending the Mckinley School for Adults today. Now be a good little boy and go finish your match match homework.

    Man you are so weak and tired that you cannot even come up with your own material. GEEZ. About 1.5 weeks ago after Jay (88) couldn’t do a simple math problem that most public school 1st graders could do, I suggested that Jay attend the Adult School at McKinley. I even was nice enough to provide the link for more information and registration.

    Well being the unoriginal, copycat, wannabe, jump on my bandwagon, REALISTIC, Jay decided to use my own “original” piece as shown above. I would hope that Jay would attempt to create his own original piece, but I think I hold Jay in too high of a regard. He is unable to do this. I am sorry Jay for overestimating your intelligence as I see you have none.

    I would like to thank all the little bloogers out here such as Jay (88), Jerry (GoBigRed), & James (GoodStory). I would like to accept this award on behalf of them. Without these three guys I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.

  20. 88 November 16, 2015 9:21 pm

    I think you mean “you wouldn’t know what to do with YOURSELVES”….

  21. Tutu Kane Ale November 16, 2015 9:29 pm

    @Realistic, that’s what I thought you would say again and it’s only senseless to translate to you in your lost language like he,..he, now wondering who needs adult remedial a McKInley?

  22. J November 16, 2015 10:19 pm

    Bottom line… what is the books listing the game? Sounds like Kahuku fans willing to play the game even bets with no odds? I’d jump all over the bet with STL if its even line. I have a feeling STL will be giving. So… depending how much STL giving… I may take Kahuku. The truth will come out when the line is open for taking bets on who is truly favored. The lines don’t lie.

  23. Paper Crane November 16, 2015 10:55 pm

    @GoodStory like if or when you awake; looks like Tutu is having the joy of aging journalism on behalf of REALISTIC kapakahi prose and bacaloose memory lost;..although his comments are always repetitious or like cut and paste tape dancing like only lost with slip and sliding the tablet yet still he’s funny but he’s a no one to reply to like he’s always wanting translation,..don’t know in what English or ethnic group;..enjoy OK..

  24. Rok888 November 17, 2015 1:30 am

    My Poll:

    1) St. Louis
    2) Punahou
    3) Kamehameha.

  25. Rok888 November 17, 2015 1:34 am

    Its interesting how Kahuku fans ignore St. Louis 14 Prep Bowl titles. That game put the ILH champion versus OIA champion, Kahuku fans never bring that up.

  26. Rok888 November 17, 2015 1:37 am

    I still cannot believe that Kahuku fan who wanted to see Milton get hurt. No class.

  27. Paper Crane November 17, 2015 2:19 am

    @Rookie88,..yeh no class since graduation 1960’s;…wanted to see Milton get hurt was never in any of my post,…that’s your words like mine was about him signing and to sit out his last two games and yet hurt he got and not on my account or karma;..Iike I’m damn sure what I wrote on all my post?

    Look who’s talking about no class like go back and read my post,..looks more like no glasses or just paranoia perception or illusion toward rival posting;…now that’s poor upbringing like no brainer with you repeating the same cut and paste;…don’t change your no brainer prose OK.

  28. Rok888 November 17, 2015 2:32 am

    Paper Crane: I was not referring to you…

  29. Paper Crane November 17, 2015 2:58 am

    @Rok888;…sorry about that like the finger pointing seems to be going every which way as we get closer to game day Friday;…again sorry for going OB,..later.OK

  30. Red Raider 4 Life November 17, 2015 3:02 am

    Enemy of the State, Country Boys, Brick Wall, call us what you want, just bring it back to the North Shore Boys… Go Get Um, No Scad Um.

  31. GoBigRed November 17, 2015 8:25 am

    GO.BIG.RED!!! (Wish I could go!!!)

  32. Kahuku 82 November 17, 2015 8:40 am


    Nice video braddah! Was just down there cleaning families graves yesterday! Family and Friends is what it’s all about in big red country. Wish you was hea too! Flew home on da 13th and hopefully my flight back on Sunday going be a good one!!! I think St. Louis gonna find out how bad their O-Line is come Friday ! Should move some of them to defense cuz they can tackle good! Not so much blocking lol!

  33. rrfl November 17, 2015 9:13 am

    i don’t get it, why is punahou #3. didn’t they gt eliminated a long time ago? How much are these voters getting paid

  34. rrforlifebaby November 17, 2015 9:37 am

    @Rok888 – No doubt, the Crusaders dominated the Prep Bowl era. They had some pretty awesome teams back in the day
    However, since 1999, we are now in the State Championship Era.
    What’s the difference people who don’t know might ask? Hmmmm, how about the ilh not being able to play 5th year seniors.

    Sooo, Prep Bowl Era, dominated by ILH, mostly St Louis
    State Championsip Era, OIA 9 – ILH 7; Kahuku 7 – ILH 7

    Seriously, who’s to say how Big Red would do if they had to play in the ILH week in and week out; But, if playing in the ILH makes St Louis or Punahou or Kamehameha that much better, how much more dominant do you think Kahuku can become if they did have to play in that league?


  35. Y U Mad November 17, 2015 9:50 am


    A big reason St Louis won all those state titles was because they kept holding back kids and playing 20 year olds. Once the rule was changed and that was not allowed they finally lost, Cal Lee eventually left, St Louis, fell off the map for years.

    Kahuku has some off years but for the most part is there almost EVERY year.

    And to the guy that wrote about ILH being tougher. Clearly he is from Kam, cause no one in their right mind would have put Kam in the same class as St. Louis and Punahou.

  36. Lee Boy November 17, 2015 10:04 am

    All Kahuku fans are welcome to put their kala where their mouth is. It’s the year of the Crusaders

  37. GoBigRed November 17, 2015 10:15 am

    Since last week was the first chance I had to watch any ILH team play…

    Just wondering… I know St Louis’ DBs are really good defending the Pass…but how good are they at tackling smashmouth RBs?? ALL GAME???

    Because it’s going to be on them this week. Not St Louis’ DL or LBs… Nope. Because those guys are going to be blocked. It’ll be up to St Louis’s DBs to make the tackles to stop our boys from getting first down after first down after first down… ALL GAME LONG. Not to mention TD-saving tackles. Which is something that hasn’t been asked of them ALL SEASON. STRAP UP!!!

    On the flip side, our DBs are being asked to do what they’ve BEEN doing all season. Protect against the Pass while the front 7 focuses on the QB – because we all know St Louis’ RBs are going to be a non-factor in this game. Their ‘threat’ of the run will disappear in the first quarter. Their OL is good at pass-blocking (ahem…holding)… not run-blocking… that much was evident vs Trojans. But then again they haven’t faced a blitzing scheme like ours = all game. STRAP UP!!!

    So…for St Louis, it all rests on their QB (who is awesome!), OL (they’re ok) and their DBs (not so much vs Run).


  38. Y U Mad November 17, 2015 10:25 am

    St Louis looked very good Last week. QB is a beast. They haven’t played a real defense yet. Mililani secondary was always suspect. Kahuku made huge plays vs them when we decided to pass and that was with our 4th string QB. You put in one of if not the best QB in the state vs them, of course he was going to shred them.

    The game will be interesting. Best D vs Best QB. Old Rivalry. In no way a lock for Kahuku. I dunno who wouldn’t be excited for this game. Stadium will be packed

  39. Insideoutsidein November 17, 2015 10:36 am

    @leeboy. It’s maybe their year but Kahuku will there many more. Them young athletes coming up on the north shore seems to be looking forward to being a Red Raider.

  40. realistic November 17, 2015 11:00 am

    GoBigRed November 17, 2015 at 8:25 am

    GO.BIG.RED!!! (Wish I could go!!!)

    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.

  41. 88 November 17, 2015 11:20 am

    Of course you would prefer the trumpet. You like to blow. We all know that. Tell us something new.

  42. fan of sports November 17, 2015 12:06 pm

    There is a great article on Keala Santiago from Kahuku in the SA today and it mentions that he takes both AP calculus and AP biology. Those are academically rigorous classes for ANY student, much less a student athlete.

  43. NoCry November 17, 2015 12:09 pm

    All you RRFL people – stop crying about the ratings!!!! With all your bragging and boasting, name calling and put downs, you’re making yourselves look like crybabies!!! Let the game play out and then talk all the crop you want. When observing the play of other teams, be humble, be open, be mature…The crop talk is babyish. Other than that, your view is slanted in regards to how good the Kahuku defense is. Cal Lee is a defensive mastermind – he’ll figure out how to stop the smashmouth offense. Here’s something to think about: Once St Louis get a two-touchdown lead, that smashmouth game is gonna be shelved and the unproven passing game will come into play – that that will be the difference is the game. I’ve seen both teams play and that is my observation and prediction. So RRFL’s – just watch the game, be humble and especially…no cry!!!

  44. AOK November 17, 2015 12:34 pm

    @GoBigRed Very touching tribute to those who have gone before us. I knew some of those people on a personal level. And, you are right the KHS community goes waaaaaayy beyond fb.

    Unfortunately, there are self-proclaimed RR4L who continue to shat all over the true RR4L through their obnoxious and totally inappropriate comments. Without naming any names, I am sure they know who they are.

  45. realistic November 17, 2015 1:00 pm

    fan of sports November 17, 2015 at 12:06 pm
    There is a great article on Keala Santiago from Kahuku in the SA today and it mentions that he takes both AP calculus and AP biology. Those are academically rigorous classes for ANY student, much less a student athlete.

    I applaud this young man. Now does it mention any other players on the football team? If not then that is a very small percentage.

    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.

    I still applaud this young man though for doing all that he can with the resources provided for him.

  46. turfwar November 17, 2015 1:01 pm

    Hey Rok don’t forget Damien at #4.

  47. realistic November 17, 2015 1:19 pm

    88 November 17, 2015 at 11:20 am
    Of course you would prefer the trumpet. You like to blow. We all know that. Tell us something new.

    Jay (88) you never cease to amaze me with how tired and recycled your comeback are? Really blowing? Let me guess, since I admire kids who blow a trumpet that means I like to blow too.

    Wow how did you ever come up with that one. It’s so original. Wow you really got me. I am guessing you are probably the 250,000th person who has used the “blowing” comeback on any United States blog.

    You are pretty sad my friend. I will applaud you for not being ashamed to publicly put boring and recycled content. That is either brave or ignorant. Once again I choose the later.

  48. 88 November 17, 2015 1:36 pm

    Waite, you admire kids that do what?!!? Easy Sandusky.. You need help.

  49. Y U Mad November 17, 2015 2:39 pm

    Part of the problem in the community is we are a little too passionate, especially about football. You don’t even know half the drama that goes on especially if we have a losing season. With that said I honestly feel no one else supports their team as hard as this community does and I don’t say that to brag. So it is a double edge sword.

    The complaining comes from feeling a little disrespected, and in doing so we always have a chip on our shoulder and our team plays like we have one. We take the us against the world mentality, so I can see how it rubs others off the wrong way.

    First our Division sucks we don’t play anybody good. We beat the #2 seeds from both sides of the OIA decisively (shutouts). Nobody was saying anything about Mililani and their scheduling yet we practically played the same good teams. If our division is so weak why did we send 2 teams from our division to states and only Mililani came out from theirs? We have no chance against Mililani, what happens? Shut out. Again lets recap, the 3 Best Teams outside of Kahuku in the OIA scored a combined total of ZERO offensive pts. I repeat ZERO. Yet no one is impressed, our view is slanted. Now we are hearing well ILH is completely different, if we had to play in that league, it would be a different story. There is always something negative people want to say about our team. If we beat, St. Louis what would be the next thing people will come up with? We got Lucky? Which is why we are irritated, frustrated, which comes off to everybody who is not a Kahuku fan as being cry babies.

  50. fan of sports November 17, 2015 3:20 pm

    @Realistic It was simply a compliment to a young man. The article did not mention how many athletes take AP courses, but like all schools, both public and private, there are athletes that rise up and will challenge themselves. That is commendable. Not here to debate public vs. private school. Just happy to read about someone that represents their community with honor.

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