Kahuku’s 39-14 win over Saint Louis to claim the Division I state football title last Friday night left no doubt.
It also sent a message to voters in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 rankings not to count out the OIA quite so quick.
For the second year in a row, the lower-ranked OIA team knocked off the higher-ranked ILH team in the state championship to claim the final HSA No. 1 ranking of the year.
In 2014, Punahou held the No. 1 spot for the entire season before losing in the final to Mililani.
A record four different teams held the top spot in the rankings this season with eventual champion Kahuku finishing No. 1 only after completing an undefeated 13-0 season.
The Red Raiders returned to the top for the first time since the final poll of the 2012 season, when the Red Raiders won the second of consecutive state championships.
Kahuku had been No. 1 in 40 out of 50 weeks since the first rankings were released in 2010 but had gone almost three full years since last claiming the top spot.
Saint Louis finished second on every ballot to place No. 2 overall, followed by Punahou and Mililani. Eleven of the 14 voters ranked Punahou ahead of Mililani, which was No. 3 on the other three ballots.
Kamehameha, Waianae and Farrington finished Nos. 5, 6 and 7 with undefeated Division II champion Radford jumping to No. 8 following a 30-16 victory over Kapaa in the D-II state final.
Kapaa dropped to No. 9 with Baldwin finishing No. 10.
Baldwin finished in the top 10 at the end of a season for the first time since earning the No. 5 ranking in the final poll of 2011. This is the first year both Kapaa and Radford have finished in the top 10.
|Updated: Mar. 16|