Six teams are left standing as we draw to a close of the 2016 high school football season with three state championship games this weekend at Aloha Stadium.
Most people expected a rematch in the Open Division final between Saint Louis and Kahuku and we’ll get exactly that on Saturday night at 7.
The Red Raiders (11-1), who moved up to No. 19 in the country this week, remained at No. 1 in this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 receiving all 15 first-place votes.
Saint Louis (9-1) is No. 2 receiving all 15 second-place votes.
The biggest shocker heading into the final week of the season could be ‘Iolani (5-7), which despite going 0-7 against ILH teams, is in the Division I state final against Mililani (8-3).
As a result of its 35-12 in over Campbell on Friday, the Raiders jumped into the rankings this week at No. 8, marking their highest ranking since Week 3 of last season.
The eight-time Division II state champions are one spot behind the Trojans, who remained at No. 7 as the top-ranked team not to qualify for the Open Division.
With ‘Iolani’s success beating both Moanalua and Campbell in the state tournament, the ILH made a move in the rankings despite having only three active teams.
Punahou (7-3), despite not making the state semfiinals, moved ahead of No. 5 Waianae into the No. 4 position. Also, Kamehameha (3-6), which hasn’t played since losing to the Buffanblu 57-24 exactly a month ago, jumped into the rankings at No. 9 for the first time in three weeks. Suddenly, two wins over ‘Iolani and a win over Baldwin are a little more impressive.
Kapolei (10-3), with its best season as a Division I school, stayed at No. 3 despite a 54-7 loss to Kahuku. The Hurricanes will likely end the season with their highest ranking ever in the history of the poll.
Campbell and Baldwin tumbled out of the rankings with Kapaa at No. 10 heading into the Division II state final on Friday against Lahainaluna. The Warriors are in the state final in Division II for the second straight year.
Baldwin (eight), Campbell (six), the Lunas (five) and Konawaena (one) also received votes.
TOP 10 SCHEDULE
No. 1 Kahuku vs. No. 2 Saint Louis, Saturday, 7 p.m., Aloha Stadium
No. 7 Mililani vs. No. 8 ‘Iolani, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Aloha Stadium
No. 10 Kapaa vs. Lahainaluna, Friday, 4:30 p.m., Aloha Stadium
|Updated: Nov. 21|