The top three teams in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 are also in the MaxPreps national Top 150 after the latest rankings were released Monday.
All three — Saint Louis (No. 21), Punahou (No. 68) and Kahuku (No. 136) have a chance to rise — especially since they are all playing national competition this year. Kapolei is just outside of the MaxPreps Top 150, at No. 153.
The Crusaders host Narbonne (No. 67) of Los Angeles at Aloha Stadium on Sept. 23.
The Buffanblu (1-0) play Torrey Pines (No. 532) of San Diego at Aloha Stadium on Aug. 25, and then they visit Junipero Serra (No. 16) of Gardena, Calif., in San Diego on Sept 2.
The Red Raiders play Bingham (No. 43) of South Jordan, Utah, on Sept. 9 in the second game of the Polynesian Football Classic doubleheader.
Saint Louis coach Cal Lee nearly lined up games against two other mainland teams, including one national powerhouse — Junipero Serra (No. 241) of San Mateo, Calif. — but both fell through.
In addition, Mililani visits Clayton Valley Charter (No. 662) of Concord, Calif., on Sept. 1.
It appears that every year, there are more and more games involving Hawaii teams against some of the mainland’s top programs.
Hawaii top teams against mainland top programs
>> At Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 35, Kahuku 7 (Bishop Gorman’s 2017 MaxPreps ranking: No. 5)
>> Saint Louis 43, Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 16, at Aloha Stadium (Liberty’s 2017 MaxPreps ranking: No. 49)
>> Punahou 22, at Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.) 15 (Del Oro’s 2017 MaxPreps ranking: No. 323)
>> At Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 76, Mililani 53 (Liberty’s 2017 MaxPreps ranking: No. 49)
>> St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 63, Saint Louis 14, at Aloha Stadium (St. John Bosco’s 2017 MaxPreps ranking: No. 2)
>> Punahou 10, at Helix (La Mesa, Calf.) 6 (Helix’s 2017 MaxPreps ranking: No. 102)
>> At East (Salt Lake City) 38, Kahuku 15 (East’s 2017 MaxPreps ranking: No. 6)