‘Iolani’s run draws respect for ILH in HSA Top 10

'Iolani receiver Brent Nagami hauled in a pass against Campbell in the Division I state semifinals on Friday. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.
‘Iolani receiver Brent Nagami hauled in a pass against Campbell in the Division I state semifinals on Friday. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

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

FOOTBALL
Updated: Nov. 21
RKTeamPts.
1.Saint Louis150
2.Kahuku135
3.Kapolei120
4.Punahou104
5.Waianae91
6.Mililani67
7.Farrington59
8.Kamehameha32
9.Lahainaluna25
10.'Iolani20

COMMENTS

  1. OGRRFL November 14, 2016 3:31 pm

    The Division 1 title game is meaningless!


  2. ??? November 14, 2016 4:34 pm

    Respect????
    They had a FREE Pass to states! Nobody respects them; Mililani will destroy
    FreeOlani………


  3. Simple Simon November 14, 2016 7:41 pm

    Everybody gets a trophy


  4. TooMeke November 14, 2016 8:42 pm

    lol…talk about invalidating your own ranking system…

    as HPW articles have proven over the years, there is an ILH bias within the organization.

    too bad that bias doesn’t get to play on the field.

    nice run Crapolani… good luck vs Trojans…

    maybe after St LuLu and iolani get destroyed then Kam will be knocked out of final rankings.

    unreal.


  5. Unko Alvin November 14, 2016 10:35 pm

    No offense or defense but just saying whereas got this wild sss Republican idea for the Open Division Championship whereas that game should have honors and it should be played at the number #1 ranked home field almost like golf whereas rank has it’s privileges and now that should fair and very loud too?


  6. ILH November 15, 2016 12:22 am

    Mililani will be tested by Iolani, Iolani small but scrappy, Iolani 35 Mililani 28. Cal Lee will have his team ready for Kahuku this time around, St. Louis 28 Kahuku 17.


  7. TooMeke November 15, 2016 6:42 am

    @ILH – keep trying.. so far you’re Oh-for-how many losses?

    But if you keep predicting the same thing, then eventually…like the disney song says “that dream that you wish will come true.”

    but not this year…keep dreaming cinderella…

    HA!


  8. Alpha November 15, 2016 9:02 am

    ILH November 15, 2016 at 12:22 am
    Mililani will be tested by Iolani, Iolani small but scrappy, Iolani 35 Mililani 28. Cal Lee will have his team ready for Kahuku this time around, St. Louis 28 Kahuku

    IMO I think Mililani will be tested due to the fact they give up so much points per game. This is actually an interesting game to watch (but not on ppv). . . My prediction: 1st half will be close, 2nd half Mililani pulls away, their physicality will wear down Iolani. Coaching will be split, I think both schools have good coaches but it will be too much for iolani to handle Muasau/Olomua on the ground nd Gabriel nd Co. Thru the air. . . 42-28 Mililani. . . And 24-14 Kahuku. . . Stl “D” will do a better job this yr, but Kahuku “D” is just too much.


  9. Andrew Hopoi November 15, 2016 10:21 am

    Iolani ranking higher than Kamehameha! Seriously!!!


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