Kahuku passes Mililani for third in HSA Top 10

Kesi Ah-Hoy rushed for three touchdowns in Kahuku's statement win over Waianae on Saturday. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Kesi Ah-Hoy rushed for three touchdowns in Kahuku’s statement win over Waianae on Saturday. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

After holding Waianae to negative yardage through three quarters in a statement 30-0 win on Saturday at Aloha Stadium, the OIA Red champion Kahuku Red Raiders have leapfrogged defending state champion Mililani by a single point into the third spot in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 released Monday.

The Red Raiders took a first-place vote from Punahou, which was a unanimous No. 1 last week after beating Saint Louis in double overtime. The Buffanblu remained undefeated with a 35-23 win over ‘Iolani, which made it close in the fourth quarter. Saint Louis held off Kamehameha 51-36 last Thursday to keep its grasp on the No. 2 spot while Mililani dropped to fourth despite rolling up a 60-36 win over Moanalua to finish OIA Blue play undefeated.

All 14 voters from around the state had the same four teams in their top four, but the order varied greatly after No. 1. Saint Louis was listed second on eight ballots and fourth on only one. Mililani was listed second on three ballots and fourth on seven ballots. Kahuku, which was fourth on seven ballots and fifth on one ballot last week, has one first-, one second- and six third-place votes this week.

Kamehameha, Waianae and Kapolei remained Nos. 5, 6, and 7 with Farrington leapfrogging Kailua for eighth. The Surfriders dropped to ninth followed by Kapaa, which held on to its No. 10 spot ahead of Radford, which tallied 11 sacks in a 28-7 win over Nanakuli last Friday.

Kahuku, Mililani, Waianae and Farrington have the upcoming week off after earning first-round byes in the OIA playoffs that get underway Friday. No. 1 Punahou faces No. 5 Kamehameha on Thursday with No. 2 Saint Louis playing ‘Iolani Friday at Aloha Stadium.

Kapolei and Kailua host first-round playoff games that both teams must win, or else its seasons are over.

Updated: Sept. 20
1.‘Iolani (10)100
7.Le Jardin43
8.Hawaii Baptist 22
10.Maryknoll 11


  1. oia#1 October 5, 2015 7:19 pm

    Waianae had some of the worst play calling ever, and the QB was throwing the ball all over the place.

  2. TGOD October 5, 2015 7:32 pm

    Kahuku is undefeated and looks like a juggernaut on both sides of the ball, so it’s not a big deal if they leapfrog Mililani to the third spot. Hopefully they meet up in the OIA championship and settle it on the field. I don’t see Mililani scoring 60 on that D, but I don’t see Kahuku shutting out that O either. A lot will depend unfortunately on the status of Kenzie as he takes that offense to another level. If he’s in and healthy, I think Mililani wins. If not, I think Kahuku can take it. Farrington, Kailua, and maybe even Kapolei might try to pull an upset, but it’ll be tough.

  3. EwaEwa October 5, 2015 7:43 pm

    Rankings mean nothing, settle it on the field. The only poll that matters is the last one.

  4. Good Story October 5, 2015 7:53 pm

    Well…it obviously meant enough for you to quickly chime in on how much it doesn’t mean anything…Grow up!

  5. Kahuku#1 October 5, 2015 7:55 pm

    As a Kahuku fan,i kind of like being ranked 4th behind of mililani.but now we are third which doesnt really matter.Any of these top 4 teams have a really good chance at the state title.id rather be the under dog.i hope that milton has a chance to heal up,and we get a chance to face them in the oia championship. I would like to face them at their best we milton as the qb.but we still have to take it one game at a time.Best of luck to all teams OIA and ILH.GO BIG RED!!!

  6. Kahuku#1 October 5, 2015 7:57 pm

    ‘With’ milton at qb

  7. 88 October 5, 2015 7:57 pm

    Trust me my bradah, it wasnt the play calling…. When Waianae’s DB is the leading tackler on defense and you have minus 20 something yards rushing after 3 quarters it aint the play calling.

  8. hiro October 5, 2015 8:05 pm

    What an awesome football season were having….. but please, can sombody coach up the REF’S before playoffs. There gona screw one of these or a few of these poor schools over. I cant ref but ill gladly put in for the extra training lol…..

  9. Kahuku#1 October 5, 2015 8:11 pm

    I was at the kahuku waianae gm.props to waianae for hanging tough. But Im not sure what else they could have done,they were jus overmatched in the trenches on both sides of the field.it must have been a nightmare for the waianae DC.he had 11 men in the box and still had a rough night.☆on a good note Waianae JV beat us .Good luck to all!!!

  10. hi808 October 5, 2015 8:54 pm

    Millville will make easy work of whoever they meet in the OIA title game!

  11. EwaEwa October 5, 2015 8:56 pm

    Trojans and Govs in the OIA title game, you heard it here first!

  12. Kahuku#1 October 5, 2015 9:30 pm

    @ewaewa ,thats one good prediction.u could be right, u never know!!!

  13. Lee Boy October 5, 2015 9:33 pm

    I think the voters had it right last week. Mililani haven’t lost a game in Hawaii since Milton’s Sophmore year. They are the defending state champion, they shredded Kahuku when they scrimage and they have shredded every opponent in the OIA. If Kahuku pass the Millz because they are underfeated then Kahuku should have been number 2 ahead of ST. Louis. I’m not going to disrespect no one but who have they played? oh wait they dominated Waianae a team that Kamehameha destroyed the first game of the season. Waipahu,Castle and Mckinley should be in Division II, but go ahead crown them Champion. York will used this as motivation for his squad. Milton will be ready to play in the OIA finals and we will see how good is the big bad Rebel Defense. It will be a ending to a good football season

  14. 88 October 5, 2015 9:44 pm

    Who has Mililani played? Moanalua, Campbell and Aiea belong in Division II. Oh wait they got destroyed by a team St. Louis OBLITERATED. Tata doesnt need motivation for his sqaud. They just smash everyone in their way.

  15. wakeitup October 5, 2015 11:35 pm

    @88 — Exactly!

  16. Manly October 5, 2015 11:36 pm

    Lol, if Milly gets in the OIA championship then Milton should sit it out. Why risk it? For? Both OIA teams get into the States. The extra 3 weeks off will help him. You don’t come back from a grade 2 shoulder injury, expecting to throw deep, then getting swarmed by the Red blitzing swarm. We talking about career ending injury. You want to put that on the line? Millys lineup looks like winner of Moanalua and Leileihua…win with HIGA. Then Kailua or Waianae, winnable with HIGA, so why risk it.

  17. fan 1 October 6, 2015 5:36 am

    Mililani vs Kahuku OIA Championship Game should draw @ least 25 to 30,000 football fans, fans wanna see this one… Hats off to Tata out in the North Shore, doing a great job w/ the kids he had left over from 2014…

  18. zero October 6, 2015 6:15 am

    “Who has Mililani played? Moanalua, Campbell and Aiea belong in Division II”

    No they don’t. Just, stop.

    “Oh wait they got destroyed by a team St. Louis OBLITERATED.”

    settle down. they didnt’ get “destroyed.” it was a wild shootout and they played at nevada.

  19. Homegrown October 6, 2015 7:38 am

    I’m just wondering if St.Louis were to lose to Punahou again would they just sit there at number 2?

    Either way the ILH champ might get knocked out in the state semi final should Kahuku and Mililani meet up for the OIA crown.

    @lee boy
    Deep down inside, Mililani fans fear the matchup with Kahuku. They won’t admitt it.They do not have the physical tools to stop the run. Kahuku’s offense will bulldoze them. Kahuku’s defense is also a nightmare to deal with. Remember last year, Kahuku was winning that championship game until the starting QB went down. Timoteo was literally shut down that game, Milton was picked off tying to go his way. Mililani fans want to point to a very early scrimmage as their saving grace. Kahuku is a whole different animal this far along in the season.

    I’m not saying they are guaranteed to beat Mililani, I’m just saying they are more than capable. Especially with Tata who is all business.

    Can’t wait!!

  20. 88 October 6, 2015 7:59 am

    @zero; They got destroyed, dismantled, blown up and broken down to parade rest.

  21. Northshore October 6, 2015 8:00 am

    Hawaii high school football rankings are good for the players, giving them an incentive to work harder and look forward to moving up the ladder. The problem with Hawaii’s high school football ranking is that it includes teams from Division I and Division II. Only in Hawaii, high school football rankings consist of Div I and Div II teams. The SA sports writers should establish two separate high school football rankings (Div I and Div II) since both divisions are playing with the teams within their division and competing for their own division and state championship titles. It’s about time that they come out with a systematic and fair ranking, not a bogus one every year.

  22. red x October 6, 2015 8:22 am

    @Lee boy don’t blame Kahuku for jumping ahead of mililani and they just playing the game that there scheduled to play. It’s not Kahuku fault for having that scheduled. Kahuku will be ready for who ever they play and so will mililani.

  23. Trojanparent October 6, 2015 9:55 am

    @88 I believe from the very beginning, you have been a negative commenter towards other schools (Especially towards mililani) to where even strong supporters from kahuku are insisting for you to RELAX… I truly believe that kahuku is a SOLID team and extremely capable of winning states. If it pans out, i am sure everyone would love to see both kahuku and mililani battle it out for oia supremacy. Yes kahuku has been to and won more state titles, yes kahuku year in and year out produce top caliber players which allows them to win another state title, yes their team this year are playing LIGHTS OUT football but let me ask you this- did YOU play those games? Did YOU contribute to those state titles other than running your mouth negatively? I believe not….. It was those other young men who put in the time and effort that produced those results. GROW UP. Kahuku deserves whatever recognition that comes their way. Does mililani not? Lets look at the present. You said that mililani got ssmashed by liberty that st. louis beat, who has kahuku beat from the mainland? You say who has mililani play this year that is worthy? Who has kahuku played? Both teams are just that dominant to where it is irrelevant to their respective division games. Just wish all players, all teams competing the best of luck and may the better team win. Positive movement.

  24. Good Story October 6, 2015 10:20 am

    If you are calling for civility, call it both ways. There are some “extreme” hating coming for your side as well. I personally don’t mind, I enjoy the chance to defend my alma mater from haters. But no call foul on one side when both side throwing punches.

  25. TGOD October 6, 2015 10:22 am

    Kahuku is a threat and in the championship mix every year. Mililani has been on their “A” game for several years and is looking to repeat as OIA and State Champions. Kahuku vs Mililani is the matchup everyone wants to see.
    Tata vs York
    Milton, Timoteo, Malepeai vs the dominant Red Raider D.
    Kahuku’s smash mouth O vs Mililani’s “bend don’t break” D.

    In the end this is high school football. No one is getting paid or turning pro just yet. Good luck to all the squads moving forward, pray for no injuries, and let it be settled on the field. I’m going to enjoy the games and root for the TROJANS! And if they don’t make it to the state championship, I’ll root for any OIA team vs the ILH.

  26. hi808 October 6, 2015 10:45 am

    Amen trojanparent 88 is a disgrace from the Kahuku community. Theres a bad apple in every bunch.

  27. Trojanparent October 6, 2015 11:07 am

    @Good Story- point taken, but if I am not mistaken, “punches” were thrown at mililani from the beginning of the season. Recruiting, the team play, coaching staff, etc. Negative comments came in bunches on any article that was written about the mililani team and players. Why the hate? I see many state the old adage, “act like you been there before” which tells me that although it’s confidence, not cockiness, its ok to belittle others also. I totally agree with supporting your school of choice fanatically, but does negativity have to be a part of it? Yes football season brings out our inner aggression, but like it or not, we as adults, parents, need to be mindful on what is said, how it’s said and truly show “FAN” support for our young men and women. Keep it positive….

  28. kahuku#1 October 6, 2015 11:30 am

    I’m a hard core Red Raider fan , but some of the comments coming from Kahuku fans (supporters) trips me out lol!!! Let’s keep it humble and not hate on any team, Red nation.i support all the kids mililani , Farrington ,Waianae, Kahuku.hopefully we get a shot at mililani for the oia championship, that’s a game this whole state is looking forward to seeing . RR4L!!!

  29. Lee Boy October 6, 2015 11:53 am

    Gents everything will be settle in the field just let me remind you guys that Moanalua almost beat Waianae the great team Kahuku dominated. Yes you point out Kahuku’s squad last year but wait let me start laughing. what did Kahuku had last year that’s non exitance this year??? they had a passing threat and a freaking 270pds wrecker running the ball. Kahuku will probably face Kapolei, let see if they bull doze them like they did to Waianae. You will win the game but you will not dominate canes. Kahuku Defense is good I always said that but you guys are acting like if they were The Steel Curtain or The Monster of the Midway. Kahuku haven’t been tested. There is no gurantee that they will dominated the Millz, Punahou or ST Louis. Heck don’t count ST Louis out of the mixed because if you watch the game and you know about football the best team didn’t won that game. Do all your talking, Crown Kahuku state champs, the games are won in the field.

  30. Good Story October 6, 2015 1:15 pm

    If you guys truly continue to do well, then get used to it. You are upset from all the “negativity” after 1 State Championship. Shoot, we’ve been dealing with doubters since 1999 when we lost to St. Louis in the first State Championship. Then we won the next 2 years and still the doubting and then we win 5 more…and here we are on an article about Kahuku’s accomplishment-the first 3 comments are meant to diminish it. Walk a mile in our shoes…no, walk 7 miles in our shoes and then maybe you’ll understand.

  31. Trojanparent October 6, 2015 1:49 pm

    @Good Story, let me TRY to understand because I obviously did not contribute to kahuku’s success. (Hence unable to walk in your shoes).So because kahuku has been hated on for so many years, you find it acceptable to continue the trend… Maturity and class doesn’t come to mind right? Why the need to respond negatively when kahuku’s football resume speaks VOLUMES….. Anyone who know’s hawaii football knows that state titles and kahuku football are synonymous with each other. You got the trophy case to prove it. My whole point is when will people look at the whole picture and realize that this game, as much as i love both playing and now watching, SUPPORT the ones that are participating in it NOW without turning it into a continuous vicious circle of animosity. Keep it positive.

  32. Kahuku 82 October 6, 2015 2:50 pm

    Everybody is at 0-0, so whatever happened last week all the way back to the scrimmages don’t really matter! GOOD LUCK to everybody!!!! Anything can happen to anybody at any given night!! History already proved that! One game at a time, looking too far ahead can turn around and bite you in the a**

  33. Good Story October 6, 2015 3:02 pm

    Are you saying we should just be quiet while others come on here and belittle our accomplishments? Like I mention-on an article where Kahuku’s accomplishments are recognized…first three comments, in a nutshell “Ah, no mean nothing”. We cannot come to an article about our boys without outsiders talking smack. And then you don’t lecture them, you lecture us. Ah, come on! Or is your logic that we started it so all you guys should have a free pass to take cracks. Sorry…our approach is the same in everything we do, not just football. You hit us… then strap up, keep your head on a swivel, cause we coming. And often times we hit harder. Ask Waianae.

  34. 88 October 6, 2015 5:41 pm

    We come on here to post how we feel about our alma maters team not to explain our lives and hold hands. All my post have been replies to others who post nonsense about Kahuku. If your feelings get hurt than HIT THE GYM and GROW SOME! You guys killing right now. Se ake

  35. Good Story October 6, 2015 6:11 pm

    You are three mean 88.

  36. Good Story October 6, 2015 6:15 pm

    Malo ” Hit the Gym” and ” Grow Some”. Malie Malie

  37. Kahuku_rr October 6, 2015 7:29 pm

    Hows mililani. they only get to state title and acting like they the greatest ever lol, calm down and act like you been there before.

  38. Trojanparent October 6, 2015 7:34 pm

    @88 and Good Story, my feelings are not hurt, far from it. My time has come and gone. I support my alumni and my wife and kids school. I guess i handle and support them much differently. 88 your responses are not a reactive thing. Let’s be honest… Its there on the other forums. You guys say “hit the gym” and “grow some” is a bit childish but my response to that is should i pay for membership or just buy the entire gym and train for free. ALOHA….

  39. 88 October 6, 2015 8:19 pm

    C’mon dude bringing in the wife and kids now. Uso do what ever it is you need to do to regain your manhood. I suggest you start off with some pushups. You really killing me now with the “buy the entire gym” line.

  40. Trojanparent October 6, 2015 9:06 pm

    Well 88 i tried to bring positivity back into the picture but i guess it fell on deaf ears…. My introduction of bringing my wife and kids into the conversation was to show that i did not go to mililani (cross town rival) but still supports their school because of my boys who have played there. My manhood is well intact and sorry but YES i could buy an entire gym if i chose too. That is because of the hard work and opportunity given to me through football. You may criticize, judge, and belittle all you want but if putting people down with condescension and sarcasm is what you do, who you are, there is nothing left for me to say to you. BEST OF LUCK TO THE KAHUKU RED RAIDERS AND THE REST OF THE TEAMS COMPETING IN THE PLAYOFFS… BE SAFE AND GO GET’EM…

  41. 88 October 7, 2015 9:09 am

    Im looking at putting in a gym in a shopping plaza I own out in Kahala. You interested in buying? I am able to do this “because of the hard work and opportunity given to me through football”. Let me know. (the beauty of the internet. We can be all GOOD STORY TELLERS).

  42. GoBigRed October 7, 2015 3:48 pm

    @LeeBoy as far as preseason scrimmage…that’s EXACTLY what it was… and I remember that in that scrimmage, Trojans D couldn’t stop our run…not once. Only time their D stopped us is when we were PRACTICING our passing (which obviously sucks).

    So… If can’t stop the run (and Trojans weak D has shown they cannot stop teams with weaker run game)… and… all we do is RUN RUN RUN… then Trojans offense will be the one that will have to score pretty much on EVERY possession… seriously. And that’s a lot to ask of ANY offense against our D. If you argue that then you’re just talking bubbles.

    Waianae’s much better Run Defense had ELEVEN guys in the box most of the night… and still couldn’t stop the run… ELEVEN!! And you think Trojans D is going to do better??? Just go cheer on da sidelines.

    @hi808… “MillVille” will lose to Kahuku in OIA championship game. There… I said it. 1st of all Trojans are dumb if they put Milton back in too early… What happens if he gets reinjured in that game?? States is the ultimate goal… So I doubt he will be back early…especially vs Kahuku D. Their O-line is ‘LIKE WATER’…and he will be scrambling for his life on every play (which is why he got injured in first place).

    IF he can make it back fully healthy for STATES, then why would they jeopardize that by bringing him back too early. Trust me… I WANT to see him play us…that would be awesome… but he and his family and the team need to think long term – he has great potential at the collegiate level – no need to jeopardize that for a POSSIBLE (longshot) title.

  43. kahuku#1 October 7, 2015 6:08 pm

    @Trojanparent, I like how u handle yourself in this ruthless forums.Good job on keeping it real and being humble .Good luck to your boys and the Mililani team and all thee other teams in the playoffs .May the best team win.Aloha! GO BIG RED!!!

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