It was unanimous among the 10 voters in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.
The ILH finished 1-2 in the rankings for the first time since 2002 with four-time state champion Saint Louis (12-0) and ILH runner-up Punahou (10-2) finishing the season holding down the top two spots in the final rankings of 2019.
Saint Louis, winners of 38 straight, has been the unanimous No. 1 team for the entire season and has been ranked No. 1 for 50 consecutive weeks dating back to the final poll of 2016. It is the longest streak at No. 1 for a team this century.
The Crusaders’ 45-6 win over No. 3 Kahuku in the state final did little to suggest the Buffanblu aren’t the clear-cut No. 2 team in the state. The Buffanblu lost their only two games of the season to Saint Louis by a combined 13 points. Saint Louis beat every other team in the state this season by at least 21 points.
The last time the ILH finished the season in the top two spots was 2002, when Saint Louis beat Castle 34-15 in the state final. The Knights finished No. 3 in the rankings that year behind Kamehameha, which started the year 8-0 before losing to Saint Louis twice to end the season, including a 14-13 loss that would have sent the Warriors to the state tournament instead of the Crusaders.
Campbell (6-6) and Mililani (8-5) tied for the No. 4 spot, receiving 60 votes each. The Trojans beat the Sabers 30-26 to open the season on Aug. 9 and the teams never played again. Mililani struggled down the stretch on offense, averaging less than 13 points over their final seven games. The Trojans were shut out twice and held to three points or less in three of their final four games while the Sabers nearly beat Kahuku in the Open Division state semifinals, losing 21-19 in a game that came down to the final minute.
Division I state champion Hilo (14-0) finishes the season with its best ranking ever to close a year at No. 6. Division II state champion Lahainaluna (11-1) jumped D-I runner-up ‘Iolani for the No. 7 spot with the Raiders (10-3) closing at No. 8. That ties the Raiders’ best finish to a season since 2012 when it closed at No. 6 with senior Reece Foy at QB.
OIA champion Moanalua (10-2) and D-II runner-up Kapaa (8-2), which lost its only two games of the season to the Lunas by a combined 14 points, round out the Top 10.
Leilehua (four), Damien (three) and Farrington (two) also received votes.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|
|1.||Saint Louis (6)||94|