After finally breaking through to win the school’s first state football title last season, defending Division II champion Lahainaluna earned the No. 9 ranking in the final Honolulu Star-Advertiser top 10 of 2016.
Voters seemingly had a short memory as by the following summer, the Lunas found themselves outside of the preseason top 10.
Those same voters were given a reminder on Saturday at Pearl City of just how much talent the Lunas have in a 20-7 win over the Chargers. Lahainaluna scored 20 unanswered points after throwing two early interceptions and shut down the Pearl City’s offense over the final three quarters.
As a result, Lahainaluna moved back into the rankings this week at No. 10 in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 released Monday.
The top four teams remained the same with No. 1 Saint Louis again receiving nine of the 10 first-place votes after pounding Waianae 49-7 at Raymond Torii Stadium on Saturday.
No. 3 Punahou had some early troubles on Friday against Moanalua before establishing its running game in a 35-7 win over Na Menehune.
No. 2 Kahuku and No. 4 Mililani were idle with the Red Raiders getting their first action of the season this Friday against Leilehua out on the North Shore. The Mules will also likely be the first official game action for the Trojans a week from Friday with Mililani expected to earn a win over Kaiser this Friday by forfeit.
Two teams making small jumps after impressive wins were No. 5 Kapolei, which got a huge performance from defensive tackle Aaron Faumui, in a 23-7 win over Campbell. That same night, Skippa Diaz Stadium hosted its first football game in Kalihi with visiting Kamehameha pounding its way to a 34-15 win.
Second-year Kamehameha coach Abu Ma’afala has a much better handle on his Warriors this season and it showed.
Despite the losses, Farrington remained at No. 8 and Campbell remained at No. 9 behind Waianae, which dropped two spots to No. 7
‘Iolani, which opens its season Saturday hosting Hilo, finished one vote behind the Lunas with Kailua (7), Kapaa (3), Damien (2) and Leilehua (1) also receiving votes.
The Lunas will get a huge test at home this Saturday when they host Kamehameha on the Valley Isle at 3 p.m. It is one of three games this weekend involving two ranked teams.
Here’s a look at all of the games involving ranked teams.
Friday, Aug. 11
>> Leilehua at No. 2 Kahuku, 7:30 p.m.
>> **Kaiser at No. 4 Mililani, 7:30 p.m.
>> No. 8 Farrington at No. 9 Campbell, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 12
>> No. 5 Kapolei at No. 7 Waianae, 6:30 p.m.
>> No. 6 Kamehameha at No. 10 Lahainaluna, 3 p.m.
**—Kaiser expected to officially forfeit game
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10