Damien enters Star-Advertiser Top 10

Damien's Aperamo Sulu rushed for 217 yards and three touchdowns against Nanakuli. Photo by Jordan Fong/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Led by running back Aperamo Sulu, who leads all of Division I on Oahu in rushing, Damien debuts in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 this week.

The Monarchs, who have wins over Nanakuli and Radford by a combined score of 62-6, are No. 9 this week, giving the ILH five of the top nine teams in the state.

The top eight spots remained the same with Damien moving ahead of No. 10 Kapolei, which dropped a spot. Farrington fell out of the rankings.

Technically, the ILH has six of the top 11 teams in the state according to the poll. St. Francis (six) received the most votes of any team that failed to crack the Top 10.

Lahainaluna remains the only Division II team to crack the Top 10 at No. 7. Damien and ‘Iolani (No. 8) represent Division I.

Saint Louis is again a unanimous No. 1 team. The Crusaders are ranked No. 10 by Max Preps after moving up two spots this week, and No. 14 by USA Today.

Kahuku, Mililani, Campbell, Punahou, Kamehameha are Nos. 2-6.

All 10 teams are in action this week with two games between two ranked teams, including Saturday’s showdown at John Kauinana Stadium between No. 1 Saint Louis and No. 3 Mililani.

Friday, Aug. 24

No. 10 Kapolei at No. 2 Kahuku, 7:30 p.m.
No. 5 Punahou at Farrington, 6 p.m.
No. 6 Kamehameha at Carson (Calif.), 4 p.m. (Hawaii time)
No. 8 ‘Iolani at Moanalua, 7:30 p.m.
No. 9 Damien at Aiea, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 25
No. 1 Saint Louis at No. 3 Mililani, 6:30 p.m.
No. 4 Campbell at Waianae, 6:30 p.m.
King Kekaulike at No. 7 Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
1.Kahuku (10)100
5.Saint Louis53


  1. Vikingspride August 20, 2018 3:36 pm

    I’m not even an OIA fan but Damien over Kapolei is a bit…weird

  2. Awrite!! August 20, 2018 3:55 pm

    We will find out if Kahuku can hang with STL in a few weeks so until then…

    1. St. Louis
    2. Kahuku
    3. it doesnt matter!
    4. it doesnt matter!
    5. it doesnt matter!
    6. it doesnt matter!
    7. it doesnt matter!
    8. it doesnt matter!
    9. it doesnt matter!
    10. it doesnt matter!

  3. Broken Spoke August 20, 2018 4:38 pm

    Awrite…..now that’s reducing this season and too many prior seasons to its lowest common denominator. Little bit sad but true too.

  4. Coach C August 20, 2018 4:41 pm

    So here it is folks. All these years of Iolani and Damien being too small, frail, sore leg,etc.etc.and not being able to compete in open ILH 3 is pure shibai. They are ranked above OIA open Farrington,Waianae and Kapolei. But they can play smaller OIA teams be safe and still get top 10 ranks. If Iolani was in the Open, would they have a better record then Kapolei? Or Farrington? Let’s switch out and pretend Iolani had Waianae’s schedule. Vs.St.Louis then Vs.Kahuku???? Still top 10??? There has to be more calculations then mere win/loss.

  5. May goya August 20, 2018 4:42 pm

    Awriity! Good job Damien

  6. CynHyn August 20, 2018 5:02 pm

    This is The Honolulu Star Eye Cash TOP Ten.
    #1. St Louis Crusaders……. $$$$$+
    #2.Punahou Buff &Blues…$$$$$
    #3.Kamehameha War…….. $$$$
    #4.Iolani Raiders…. $$$$
    #5.Damien. …… $$$
    #6.St.Francis…. $$$
    #7.Pac 5 …. $$$
    #8.Mililani… $$
    #9.Moanalua.. $$
    #10.Kaiser.. $$

    #22 Kahuku.. $

  7. Awrite!! August 20, 2018 5:24 pm

    Coach C, you get it! The ILH alums control the media and all big businesses here in Hawaii. Everything is done for the survival and benefit of their programs. If families are paying high tuitions then they demand some kind of results and they will not accept inferiority to the “lowly” OIA. If it means shuffling around the divisions, re-aligning conferences and using the OIA as punching bags then so be it.

    Most families have kids that go to mulitple ILH schools so they are all in the same boat.

    On the mainland they have rankings for each division, I still have not heard a reason why the STarAdv cant do the same.

  8. Awrite!! August 20, 2018 5:54 pm

    You guys gotta remember that the ILH schools advertise in the Star advertiser paper. Its quite a treat for the Damien Administration to open the paper and see this…

    “STAR-ADVERTISER TOP 10: Damien gives the ILH five of the top nine ranked teams in the state!”

    fyi – My friend did some marketing for a local firm, look at the home page of http://www.staradvertiser.com/ upper right corner you will see a red/yellow “Longs Drugs” logo. That costs Longs 10k a month for that placement. Just sayin!

  9. TheRef August 20, 2018 8:49 pm

    So far so good on no forfeits

  10. TooMeke August 21, 2018 6:07 am

    Doesn’t matter after the top 6 (giving 4-6 the benefit of the doubt)…

  11. TooMeke August 21, 2018 6:28 am

    and *IF* Millz beats St LuLu, then they should be the new #1 next week.

    Some of my fellow RRFLs might disagree…but we will see both teams eventually.

    Glad they all play it out on the field. Best season ever so far. Next few weeks gonna be great.

  12. Northshore August 21, 2018 6:49 am

    Paul Honda: When you do cover a football game, would it be possible to write your sequence of coverage (1st qtr to end of game) in chronological order instead having to read your article from end of game to the start of the game. Mahalo!

  13. Northshore August 21, 2018 7:13 am

    Awrite: “on the mainland they have rankings for each division”. You’re absolutely correct! “I still have not heard a reason why the STarAdv can’t do the same”. Well they came up with a reason…”because there’s 5 different leagues (ILH, OIA, BIIF, MIL, KIF) in the state of Hawaii. Bur really, what does that have to do with creating 3 separate division rankings. Surely they can spend a a lot of time ranking all of the schools by Japan’s sumo rankings…what a joke and it’s meaningless. Maybe they’ll eventually get the gist of what readers are trying to tell them…Ranking teams by the division they’re competing in.

  14. SPORTS PARENT August 21, 2018 7:30 am

    Probably no perfect ranking system and probably no perfect state tournament system. There will always be some teams that got excluded that deserved to go and some teams that made it that didn’t deserve to go.
    I think there should be top 5 rankings for each division, but some would argue that too. I think Kapolei would probably beat Damien and Iolani, but unfortunately, they don’t play each other this year. This makes me think of the Sugar Bowl appearance by UH….Bows were good in their conference and played well outside it, but didn’t wouldn’t do well against one of the best in the country, just like ILH Div 1 teams are doing well in State Div 1, but would probably take their lumps in Open Div. Still, props to Iolani and Damien…you can only play the games on your schedule. I’d also like to see Div 1 State Champ play 3rd place team in Open, but that will never happen.

  15. TooMeke August 21, 2018 8:06 am

    Northshore – Paul’s coverage is in sequence…you just have to start from the bottom. ake. lol.

  16. to good times August 21, 2018 9:52 am

    Ranking teams by division. Sounds good and fair to me.

  17. G.F.N. August 21, 2018 11:01 am

    It is funny how people get so worked up about a useless ranking. Until the rankings are done by divisions, this ranking is useless. Instead of waiting for the Star Advertiser to rank the teams by divisions, why don’t someone who is knowledgeable about Hawai’i’s prep football scene start one. Then, post the rankings. Maybe the conversations will then be more meaningful. Just a thought.

  18. DeeCee August 21, 2018 1:42 pm

    even division rankings don’t mean anything! does being ranked make you guys feel better? you guys are all #1 in my heart…lol!

  19. Unbiased August 22, 2018 12:16 pm

    Look, I agree with what you guys are saying. Iolani/Damien would no doubt lose to Kahuku and Saint Louis had they played Waianae’s schedule. But we should also chill. Damien looks pretty solid, while Kapolei has all loses. I understand Kapolei plays a tough schedule but it is hard to rank a team with zero loses. Take UCF for example. Should they have been not ranked at all just cause they aren’t in the SEC, but a team with all losses in the SEC be ranked over UCF? Its hard to rank teams with all loses even tho playing in a harder division. I always root for the underdogs so I’ll make a case for ‘Iolani (at the moment). Last thing, I understand Waianae had a bad beginning last year then went off in the post season. But Waianae lost to Waipahu, and I saw Iolani destroyed Waipahu. So being unbiased, that has to count for something. I understand schedules are hard to evaluate, but based off that Iolani deserves a little respect or at least for now, Waianae fans shouldn’t be trashing schools like Waipahu or Iolani. (Thats at the moment right now, I’m sure playoffs Waianae will be a different team)

  20. Unbiased August 22, 2018 12:17 pm

    ^ zero wins is what I meant to say

  21. Sports Parent August 24, 2018 8:55 am

    Amen Unbiased, I agree. All you can do is play your schedule. And I will tell you, when I played, yes, it did make a difference if and where we were ranked, because being positively recognized is always an honor, especially in the media. It also gives the team a goal to move up, or hold your position. Damien, Iolani, Waipahu cannot win the open division state championship, but maybe they can be ranked higher than some of those open teams. Same for Div II teams (I’m thinking St. Francis).

  22. Paul Honda August 24, 2018 11:12 pm

    Northshore — the reason we don’t have separate rankings is that this state is the only one that has DIFFERENT criteria for classification from league to league. The OIA uses power ratings, i.e. composite win-loss record (two-year span), which is against the general guideline of the National Federation of High Schools. But it works for the OIA and its 22 football programs.

    The ILH uses a blended formula for its own classification rules. The KIF, BIIF and MIL, all have their own unique classification rules. It wasn’t long ago that Campbell played Division II football. One of the largest enrollments in the state, playing in the division that had the smallest programs.

    When the leagues have a consistent, uniform criteria, it will make sense for us to divide the rankings.

  23. Dafun August 25, 2018 8:59 pm

    I just would like to know why Campbell is ranked above punahou and Kamehameha when they would not even compete with them. Everyone here would agree with me too

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