For the first time since 2015, the Kahuku Red Raiders are not ranked in the top three in the state.
The three-time defending OIA champions dropped two spots to No. 4 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 this week after losing 38-10 to Mililani on Saturday to end a 51-game home winning streak at Carlton E. Weimer Field.
Kahuku fell out of the top three for the first time since it started the 2015 season ranked fourth. The Red Raiders were ranked No. 4 for eight straight weeks before eventually beating Saint Louis to win the state title.
Punahou, which lost to Kahuku 41-28 to start the season, has won five of its last six to climb to No. 2 in the rankings. It’s the first time the Buffanblu have been ranked as high as No. 2 since Week 10 in 2016 after a win over Saint Louis. That was the last time the Crusders, ranked No. 1 for the 29th straight week, lost a game.
Mililani moved ahead of the Red Raiders into the No. 3 spot after dealing Kahuku its worst lost against a Hawaii opponent since its 2008 season opener against Kamehameha.
Saint Louis and Punahou give the ILH the top two spots in the rankings for the first time since a six-week stretch in 2015.
Two-time defending Division II state champion Lahainaluna jumped a spot to No. 5. It’s the Lunas’ first top-five ranking by a newspaper since the Honolulu Star-Bulletin had the Lunas No. 4 to end the 2004 season.
Campbell, which lost its third straight game, dropped one spot to No. 6 but finished ahead of No. 7 Kamehameha by a single vote.
Undefeated OIA Division I leader Moanalua remained at No. 8, but earned 35 votes to close the distance on the No. 7 spot. Na Menehune were ranked as high as sixth on one ballot.
Leilehua, which handed Waipahu its first league loss, 50-20 on Friday, jumped back into the rankings at No. 9, ahead of No. 10 ‘Iolani. The Mules beat the Raiders 31-20 earlier this season.
Also receiving votes were St. Francis (three), Kapolei (two), Hilo (one) and Maui (one).
TOP 10 SCHEDULE
Friday, Oct. 5
No. 1 Saint Louis at Farrington, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Mililani at Kapolei, 7:30 p.m.
No. 8 Moanalua vs. Waipahu at Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 ‘Iolani at Castle, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6
No. 4 Kahuku at No. 6 Campbell, 6:30 p.m.
Maui at No. 5 Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Kamehameha at Waianae, 6:30 p.m.
Damien at No. 9 Leilehua, 6:30 p.m.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|
|1.||Saint Louis (6)||94|