Kahuku jumps into top 20 in the nation

Kahuku running back Harmon Brown (8) barreled into the end zone with help from offensive lineman Vili Fisiiahi against Kapolei. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku running back Harmon Brown (8) barreled into the end zone with help from offensive lineman Vili Fisiiahi against Kapolei. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

An impressive 54-7 win over Kapolei in the semifinals of the Open Division in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships has vaulted Kahuku into the top 20 in the nation in the latest USA Today Super 25 rankings.

The Red Raiders (11-1) jumped up three spots to No. 19 in the rankings released on Monday morning.

Only three teams in the entire country that have lost a game are ranked ahead of Kahuku, which suffered its only defeat at No. 1 Bishop Gorman, 35-7 in September.

The Gaels (12-0) have won six straight games by at least 49 points. Only No. 8 St. Thomas Aquinas (25-24, 3OT) and No. 11 St. John Bosco (35-20) have played Gorman closer than Kahuku, which has won 24 straight games against in-state competition.

Kahuku’s average margin of victory is 46.2 points against teams from Hawaii, holding them to an average of 3.9 points per game while scoring 50.1.

The Raiders have scored at least 38 points in their last eight games against in-state foes.

In USA Today’s computer rankings, Kahuku is No. 31 and Saint Louis, the No. 2-ranked teams in Hawaii, is No. 176 heading into their rematch in the state final of the Open Division on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.

Kahuku remains listed just outside of the top 25 as a bubble team in the CBS MaxPreps/Xcellent Top 25 rankings released Monday as well.


  1. Helflyer November 14, 2016 10:27 am

    Only matter after you win….GBR

  2. Lala November 14, 2016 11:07 am

    Well..what other Hawaii high school is listed in the top 20? Why can’t people just acknowledge that this high school football team is doing great and embrace it. Why hate on these young men? Why?

  3. TheGame November 14, 2016 12:20 pm

    Winning takes care of everything…Just Win Baby!!!
    #RR4L #RedRaiderNation

  4. DaKineStuff November 14, 2016 1:27 pm

    Kahuku is the truth!

  5. Unko Alvin November 14, 2016 1:50 pm

    For the haters that wrote about our Carlton Weimer having a ghetto football field and broken score board/clock, well for that we are what we are in the nation today; only fortunate for those who challenge the BIG RED that there’s mercy rules or else out of site and out of the stadium the opponent supporters go. RR4L/Pure Home Grown Hse #166 Main Camp

  6. DOMEZ November 14, 2016 1:59 pm


  7. ??? November 14, 2016 4:41 pm

    #20 in the nation is cool, I think giving BG a good game and destroying all Hawaii teams boosted their ranking. One game left to complete the mission. Good Luck!!

  8. ??? November 14, 2016 4:42 pm

    I mean #19..

  9. NoCry November 15, 2016 10:23 am

    Lala – people don’t hate the team or the players or the coaches – they dislike the braggarts that down the other teams on this forum. Kahuku supporters here are NOT humble whatsoever and demean the other teams. They even downed Bishop Gorman for running up the score! Until these people find it in themselves to be humble and respectful there will be haters (but I think Kahuku supporters like it that way)

  10. FootballFanatic November 15, 2016 11:08 am

    NoCry –
    I honestly think Kahuku came a far way from where they once were before. As an alumni of Kahuku High School, it has always been a tradition to get all hyped up for every game. Because we have school spirit and personal pride! People hate on many different levels which I am sure the Red Raider Nation really don’t care. And if words hurt everyone else whom hates Kahuku, whom needs to be humbled? Check yourself before speculating anything. I give these players props for the last game played against Kapolei. Yes, whatever happened on the field happened. Mistakes happen. But that player from Kapolei was angry because he had poor sportsmanship. If it was how Kahuku was back in the days, There would have been a fight. So before you say fans need to be humble and respectful, others need to do the same. People are on and on about non-sense, these players are the ones whom make the game and play it. The Red Raider nation is always there to support these boys 100%. And everyone else should do the same for their schools. People need to stop getting their panties in a bunch and recognize talent. Nothing wrong with bragging. Cause I know some Alumni who have children playing for other high schools. J/S..

  11. TooMeke November 15, 2016 11:27 am

    @NoCry… eh… no cry.


  12. NoCry November 15, 2016 12:03 pm

    Toomeke – See what I mean? Instead of reading it and maybe toning it down, you taunt. But it’s OK because my 10-year old is the same way mainly because he’s not yet mature enough yet. I can understand your issue. My prediction: St Louis by 2 TD’s. Kahuku won’t be able to stop the pass. Once they get behind they will be done done done!! Den who be crying?

  13. FBfan November 15, 2016 12:20 pm

    Congrats to Kahuku Football, well deserved, you guys represent this state very well. Good luck to all teams playing this weekend, too bad the HHSAA separated the games, might have to order Friday’s game and definitely go to Saturday’s game. Its gonna be a great weekend of FOOTBALL!

  14. TheGame November 15, 2016 1:52 pm

    @NoCry- I like ur optimism with the crusaders by 2 td’s. I don’t see it happening when their run game none existent. Tagovailoa And the crusaders ‘d’ will have to play the game of their lives to pull off this one….and that’s possible but I don’t see it happening.

  15. Good Story November 15, 2016 8:50 pm

    Right…only Kahuku supporters demean others. What rock did you just climb out under from? Killing me.

  16. TooMeke November 16, 2016 9:17 am

    @NoCry… I’m glad you “understand”… because you know what they say:

    It takes one to know one. HA! You want civility? Go comment on the Ballet articles.

    And unlike poor sport Cal Lee last year… If the boys lose, then we will take our 2nd place trophy and walk away. No crying involved. St Louis will have earned it. Unlike ILH fans, we don’t pout/cry when we lose. We acknowledge and move on. Just like we did after we lost to BG. End of story.

    Will that happen this weekend? No. So make sure Cal Lee sticks around for another 2nd place trophy, k?

    hehehehee… too fun when you guys all serious.


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