Kahuku makes No. 1 ranking count

Kahuku's Kesi Ah-Hoy and Tui Niutupuivaha Jr. celebrated Kahuku's win late on Friday night. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser
Kahuku’s Kesi Ah-Hoy and Tui Niutupuivaha Jr. celebrated Kahuku’s win late on Friday night. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

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: Nov. 21
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  1. 88 November 25, 2015 7:06 pm

    Kahuku is your kids and nephews alma mater? The same kids and nephew’s you was putting down all season? Right now you sound like one @$$ who was scared Kahuku might lose so you like play both side just incase. Take your mahu style and hit da road… You had no balls to support Kahuku at the begining of the season and now that the kids win states all of sudden you grow them back….. Waste time babogum!

  2. Fletcher Lee November 25, 2015 7:30 pm

    Reason why Socal is so lucky in football. All those Community colleges up there raise good talent, they get 2 extra years to develop if not jumping right to D1 after High school. Cal Jucos have cheap in state tuition, for Hawaii kids makes it harder to afford.

  3. Ua Ova Lou Taimi November 25, 2015 9:42 pm

    Kahuku got 7 state titles before Tata came in. Cal Lee’s dynasty of 19 year olds are long gone. Stop living in the past. Kahuku is King Of The Hill and ILH is little baby braddah to Kahuku. GO WAIANAE lol

  4. Pick Six November 27, 2015 7:43 am

    I wonder how many of those Prep Bowl Era Championships were won with 19 yr. Olds.?

  5. Realistic November 27, 2015 5:54 pm

    Chaddap November 23, 2015 at 7:13 pm
    We smashed everyone we played especially you. We have 8 state championships. Please you and EwaEwa need to stop talking. First EwaEwa dogs our team and now jumping on the bandwagon. I saved your screenshots of what you said so please just once and for all be quiet. You guys were the ones running your mouth about how we were overrated and didn’t play strong teams. Well what excuse you have now. WE SHUTDOWN EVERYBODY. take a sit in the lover’s section. I’m gonna go watch the replay of out 8TH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

    Yet you sit near the bottom of the entire state for academics. Nice trade off buddy! Let’s see, less than 1% will make it from Kahuku to the NFL. I wonder where they all go? You do know that the PCC can only hire so many people right?

  6. Realistic November 27, 2015 11:04 pm

    Word on the street is Coach Tata will be moving to UH to be a coach for the new UH HC Rolovich.

  7. J November 28, 2015 12:26 am

    @Realistic… i think his roots to Kahuku is too strong. Even if offered, his heart will stay where he’s at. He won’t be easily bought. I personally think he’s going after that St Louis championship streak record.

  8. 88 November 28, 2015 5:16 am

    That record may never be broken but that HC job looks very tempting. It makes a lot of sense. It’s closer to home, he is an alumni and its St. Louis….. Good luck to Coach on what ever he decides.

  9. Pukateet November 28, 2015 5:30 pm

    @Tupu, we don’t need Tata stupid, go take the SAT AGAIN, make sure you spell your name right this time, it is worth a lot of points. My bad 20 years too late, SORRY.

  10. Pukateet November 28, 2015 5:36 pm

    Sorry, @realistic, my bad

  11. Ua Ova Lou Taimi November 28, 2015 7:34 pm

    @ Realistic – Tata can leave. Kahuku won 7 state titles without him, he really is irrelevant 😉 Kahuku just has ballers.

  12. Jay Gatoloai November 29, 2015 8:51 pm

    Congrats to Tata and the Kahuku Red Raiders but I gotta give props to Matt Faga for getting that DLINE war ready!! Glad my Nephew Dylan Toilolo got his chance to let the 808 knw who he is going up against a good kahuku team..

  13. EwaEwa November 30, 2015 7:13 pm

    Toilolo is a beast and Im glad I got to see him play. Iosefa got some size and wheels but that Crusader D does not miss him if he is gone, but Toilolo’s absence would hurt the D a lot.

    Im still baffled that with all that talent on the Crusader defense they were not able to stop Kahukus run game even after seeing Waianae stop it. Maybe its time for some changes in the coaching staff? of maybe they should have done like Mililani and chop block the hell out of the Oline knees.

    Big Red Lets get back to the big stage next year!!!!

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