You’ve heard it a million times. It’s not where you start, but where you finish.
The Saint Louis Crusaders end the 2016 season atop the final Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 rankings of the season released Monday.
Saint Louis (11-1) replaces Kahuku (11-2), which had been ranked No. 1 for the entire season, after beating the Red Raiders 30-14 in the inaugural Open Division state final of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Football Championships on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
No. 2 Kahuku had its string of 16 consecutive weeks atop the rankings snapped dating back to the state final last year in Division I. Saint Louis held the top spot going into the final game of the season only to lose to the second-ranked Red Raiders.
In fact, when the No. 1 team plays the No. 2 team, the No. 2-ranked squad has won each of the last five meetings, including the last three state finals (No. 2 Mililani def. No. 1 Punahou in 2014).
Saint Louis and Kahuku have combined to hold the top spot in 24 of the last 27 weeks the poll has been published.
Kapolei (10-3) closes the year with its highest finishing ranking ever at No. 3, followed by Punahou and Waianae.
No. 4 Punahou (7-3) hadn’t finished outside of the top three in the final rankings since 2010.
Mililani (9-3), which beat ‘Iolani 31-20 in the final of the Division I state tournament, jumped ahead of Farrington at No 6 followed by the Govs (8-4).
Kamehameha (3-6), which had its first losing since 1992 and lost all five games against Punahou and Saint Louis, finishes the year No. 8 despite finding itself outside of the top 10 late in the season for the first time in the six-year history of the poll.
Lahainaluna (9-4), which won its first Division II state championship with a 21-14 win over Kapaa on Friday at Aloha Stadium, closes the year ranked No. 9. It’s the first time the Lunas have been ranked since Week 14 in 2014.
‘Iolani (5-8) is ranked to finish a season as a Division I team for the first time at No. 10.
|Updated: Nov. 21|