The Honolulu Star-Advertiser will begin its annual preseason countdown of its top 10 high school football teams next Tuesday.
Defending Open Division state champion Saint Louis and 2015 Division I state champion Kahuku, which have met in the last two state finals, figure to again be at the top of the list when the final team is released one day prior to the start of the 2017 season on Aug. 4.
High School Football America released its preseason national top 100 on Monday listing teams from 27 states.
Only one made it from Hawaii and it’s not the defending champs.
Kahuku just barely squeezed into the rankings at No. 99. The Red Raiders have lost only two games over the last two years (a 30-14 loss to Saint Louis in the state final and a 35-7 loss to Bishop Gorman, the eventual national champion, last season).
Bishop Gorman will begin the year at No. 4 with a pair of California teams, St. John Bosco and Mater Dei, holding the top two spots.
Narbonne (Calif.), ranked No. 28, will visit the islands Sept. 23 for a game against Saint Louis at Aloha Stadium.
Mission Viejo (Calif.), ranked No. 47, will head to Maui on Aug. 19 to play Baldwin at War Memorial Stadium.
The Red Raiders will get a chance to knock off elite mainland competition when they square off against No. 65 Bingham (Utah) in the second game of the Polynesian Football Classic at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Sept. 9.
A week prior to that game on Sept. 2, Punahou will play No. 77 Serra (Calif.) in San Diego.