Kahuku, Mililani move up entering OIA title game

Kahuku defender Ilaisa Fotu (17) took an interception to the house against Campbell. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Two top-four teams in the state will clash for the OIA Open Division title on Friday at Aloha Stadium as No. 2 Mililani and No. 4 Kahuku both jumped a spot in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 released Monday.

The Trojans (8-2) moved past No. 3 Punahou (7-3) and the Red Raiders (7-3) flip-flopped spots with Campbell (7-4) after beating the Sabers 27-7 on Friday in Ewa Beach.

Those were the only changes in the Top 10. ILH champion Saint Louis (9-0) remained the unanimous No. 1 and is ranked No. 10 in the country by MaxPreps and No. 15 by USA Today this week.

The bottom five are Lahainauna (No. 6), ‘Iolani, Kamehameha, Hilo and Waipahu.

The 10th-ranked Marauders (8-4) defeated Castle, 32-3, on Friday to win an OIA championship for the second straight year. Waipahu will play in the Division I state tournament semifinals on Friday, Nov. 9, and are expecting to play ‘Iolani, head coach Bryson Carvalho said after the game.

State football brackets have only been released in Division II so far. Baldwin and Maui will play for the MIL D-I title and state berth on Friday.

No. 9 Hilo defeated Kealakehe, 25-11, on Friday to win the BIIF Division I title. No. 7 ‘Iolani is the other team in the four-team field for the state tournament in Division I.

KIF champion Kapaa (two), OIA D-II champion Roosevelt (one), Moanalua (one) and Castle (one) also received a vote in this week’s rankings.

Friday, Nov. 2
No. 5 Campbell vs. Farrington, at Aloha Stadium, 5 p.m.
No. 2 Mililani vs. No. 4 Kahuku, at Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
1.Kahuku (10)100
5.Saint Louis53


  1. HSFootball October 29, 2018 2:52 pm

    At least you’re consistent. Main thing get the Big 4 ILH teams in the top 10 every time..St.Louis, Punahou, Kamehameha, and can’t leave out Iolani…And why is Punahou abo ve Kahuku..? As crappy as Kahuku is playing they still lost to the Red Raiders…Bubble Gum..

  2. notes October 29, 2018 3:27 pm

    Is Punahou season over?

  3. Hammer October 29, 2018 5:57 pm

    Punahou season is over witch is bull shit look at this week kahuku plays mililani is a good game but look at Campbell who lost to st louis punahou and mililani beat kahuku then lost to kahuku that’s bad enough look at farrington they lost to almost everyone and they playing to get in the playoffs this got to the most disgraceful act I ever seen punahou beat mililani on their field they wood beat kahuku easily what’s is disgusting is that nobody is saying how bull shit this is I should expect that from the most corrupt state in America run by are these demonsrats

  4. notes October 29, 2018 6:16 pm

    Ahh so only the Hawaii Allstars crusaders are left. They should go play other highly recruiting catholic schools on the mainland. OIA public schools not much competition for them. Must be nice being the big fish in a small pond and having no district boundaries like the OIA schools.

  5. STL October 29, 2018 6:27 pm

    @ HSFootball, you cant say that because really really, PUNAHOU SMACKED Mililani hahhah …& the state tournament should consist of the TOP 4 teams in the state!

  6. Hawaii born October 29, 2018 8:26 pm

    Open division should be 4 Oia 4 ilh teams play during the season then top 2 from each play each other…fairest way,, some amount both sides..

  7. to good times October 30, 2018 1:48 am

    Season is almost over and still going on about recruiting. Sigh. So how many recruits does St. Louis supposedly have on their team?

  8. Northshore October 30, 2018 2:32 am

    All this bickering about ILH this and OIA that. The three divisions are only a pilot program for 2 years. Just to stop all the bickering, revert back to the ILH (private) and OIA (public) conference. Let the ILH fend for themselves and the OIA play within their conference and divisions. The ILH can make up their own rules and have as many teams in their playoffs without having to hear all the nonsense about why can’t ILH have more teams participating in the three tier divisions. That’s how the rules were agreed upon and all the complaining won’t change the number ILH teams eligible to compete in the play-offs.

  9. HSFootball October 30, 2018 6:06 am

    We don’t only offer a better education, better Facilities, better coaches, but we offer the opportunity to beat down on the less fortunate
    and feel good about it….So come join us ..and we guarentee a Top 10 ranking every year…

  10. Ilh October 30, 2018 6:15 am

    Outstanding recruiting if you say so, but sorry that Saint Louis just keeps kicking everyone’s butt, that’s the way it has been all the way back , go Crusaders.

  11. Jusamom October 30, 2018 7:49 am

    Here we go again with the whole ILH recruiting complaints…I’ve said it once, I’ve said it twice, YES ILH has a lot more room and leeway as far as recruiting is concerned but the student and his parents can always say, “NO THANK YOU.” Bottom line is it is a personal choice. Saint Louis currently has a few recruits that are now being offered multiple and I mean multiple Division 1 offers to choose from. If being recruited opens up that kind of doors, where do I get my son to sign? Does that mean that your child will automatically be offered by Division 1 colleges, no, does it mean that your child will be looked at by the college recruiters, no but why not take a chance at a Private School education with the chance to have your child have doors open for them that would not necessarily have been opened. Is it so wrong being recruited by Punahou, Saint Louis, Kamehameha or any other Private School?

  12. Concerned Fan October 30, 2018 8:07 am

    No one wants to admit it, but the playoff system and the open division is designed so that the cash cow OIA is supporting the ILH and State Playoff System. ILH does not draw fans like the OIA does because they are community based. The ILH is comprised of a selected few from Oahu’s communities. The ILH needs the OIA because, it’s their revenues that justify its survival. Enough said! Democrats will continue to ruin the State Playoff System for their benefit.

  13. ??? October 30, 2018 9:13 am

    How about you only rank teams that are still in the playoffs?
    Who cares if Punahou or Kamehameha can beat 20 OIA teams, their seasons are OVER!!
    I’m pretty sure Waianae & Kapolei can probably beat Lahainaluna & Hilo but nobody cares cause their seasons are OVER!!!!

  14. the truth October 30, 2018 10:36 am

    Looks like these guys deleted my post for being to arrogant. Let me repeat it again. This whole play off system is BS. Think about it if farrington wins campbell not saying they will, but if they do, they will be a 3 win team in the state finals lol. What a joke. Also punahou is still ranked #3 but cant go into the state tournatment. Wow something needs to be done, this is so shame for hawaii its embarassing. Something needs to be done.

  15. Northshore October 30, 2018 11:07 am

    @Ilh: Are you for real or misinformed. Your quote, “outstanding recruiting if you say so.” Absolutely there’s no doubt about their recruiting. When the ILH has the resources, it’s hard to beat. “Saint Louis just keeps kicking everyone’s butt, that’s the way it has been all the way back.” I doubt it that St Louis just keeps kicking butt all the way back unless you’re just bragging and a die-hard St Louis fan or alumni. As of 1999 when the Hawaii High School State football started, the record shows St Louis-5 state championship; Kahuku-8; Kamehameha-2; Leilehua-1; Mililani-1; Punahou-1. I don’t consider St Louis to be kicking butt all the way back. St Louis had their share of getting their butt kicked and when it was by a public school, it was surely icing on the cake.

  16. the truth October 30, 2018 12:40 pm

    @ Northshore. First of all, dont ever compare kahuku to saint louis, its not even close. And remember out of that 8 state championships that kahuku had at least five of em was squeeze ass win in the last seconds. Prep Bowl is state championships so dont get it twisted. Dont you rememeber, football was getting boring in hawaii already after saint louis went on a 15 year streak lol, i mean it had to happen sometime. And we here the same cry baby thing everytime, recruit recruit lol . Kahuku recruits from utah, samoa, tonga , etc. using families to move them in to kahuku to make it look legit lol. So please stop crying everytime kahuku loses. Instead of losing and taking it like a man, no you guys go in the shoe box and cry cry cry.

  17. the truth October 30, 2018 1:01 pm

    I would like people to read this one more time. If Farrington beats campbell, not saying they will but if they do, they will be in the state semi finals with only 3 wins lol. Its so hilarious and shame for the state of hawaii. Damn , we need to hire new committee or whoever organizes all this because its very embarassing for the state of hawaii.

  18. Charles Amai October 30, 2018 2:35 pm

    Asking how many recruits St. Louis has is the same as asking how many recruits St. John Bosco/Mater Dei have at their Institutions. The answer is NONE! Families and players are knocking down the door to play for these teams and have the best experiences possible.

    Looking to play for UH-Manoa in a Run-n-Shoot System? Hard not to invest in a Saint Louis education during this Lee Era.

  19. ??? October 30, 2018 3:31 pm

    @Charles Amai
    Asking how many recruits St. Louis has is the same as asking how many recruits St. John Bosco/Mater Dei have at their Institutions. The answer is NONE! Families and players are knocking down the door to play for these teams

    Charles, Are you serious?
    Take away Scholarships & Financial Aid and see how many Families & Players come knocking on those teams doors? The Answer is NONE!
    “Proof” When Cal left the first time and aid was cut, STL Academy almost shut down!
    Without football STL would be a thing of the past!

  20. notes October 30, 2018 3:50 pm

    Besides Tua, how many other St .Louis kids every year graduate at 19yr old?

    When you go to STL they hold you back to make sure they get the most out of you to pad their trophy cases. OIA kids grad as 17 and 18.

  21. Northshore October 30, 2018 5:42 pm

    @The truth: I guess I ruffled someone’s feather and the truth hurts. Please don’t take words out of context because I didn’t compare Kahuku to St Louis in my comments. You talking about cry baby thing everytime about recruiting…you’re just as bad. You cry baby about how Kahuku recruits. Com-on man, you just put your foot in your mouth about being a cry baby when it comes to recruiting. Funny! “Take it like a man.” When St Louis lost to Kahuku in 2015 (39-14), St Louis immediately left the stadium without accepting the 2nd place trophy. Talk about not taking it like a man..sure wasn’t taking it like a man. Funny!

  22. RedRooted... October 30, 2018 6:21 pm

    The Truth…Stop telling Lies…You don’t know nothing about the Red Raiders…Kahuku doesn’t recruit and don’t need to….If your from this incredible community than you would know this…Don’t get us mixed up with St.Mill , where our Poly Boys have deep family roots in our community…Generations…Now That’s The Truth…

  23. notes October 30, 2018 10:58 pm

    OIA gotta play two more games while STL rests and get healthy for 2 weeks to prep for the state tourney, that is not fair.

  24. BleedRed October 31, 2018 12:39 am

    BlahBlahBlah,stop whining about recruiting and being ,”Rooted and not Recruited” because the same people that preach this are the same ones that bypass the home school UH and send their kids to a bigger and better university because of a better opportunity and top notch facilities.Practice what you preach,play for the home team.GoBigRed!!!

  25. 22 YEAR OLD TRUE FRESHMEN October 31, 2018 3:33 am

    @Notes I know Tua and a bunch of other St Louis players that graduated 19 years old or older. Tua went to Alabama as a so called True Freshmen and he was older then Jalen Hurts (sophomore). Come on everyone knows the St Louis way… hold your boy down a year, or 2, or 3. That’s the only reason why everyone sends their boys to St Louis cause if they wanted academics, they would’ve sent their boy to Punahou or Iolani.

  26. Tom Hardy October 31, 2018 8:12 am

    Kahuku BEAT Punahou during season..Yet, Punahou is ranked ABOVE Kahuku in State rankings?? Punahou beat Mililani and Mililani beat Kahuku so Punahou should be rated #4 right??!!
    Looks like OIA still not getting respect it deserves..

  27. Ugly Olos October 31, 2018 12:15 pm

    Yea 22 year old true freshman but don’t forget Chevan Cordeiro is as old as Tua and while you’re at it, DeLaura and STL 8th grade “phenom” QB is at least 15. Too many red-shirted “phenoms”. Punahou’s Defries, Mililani’s Gabriel, Kakuku’s former QB Maiava, STF, Akana and Chavis, etc. Blame OC 16 and SA, they know which kids are held back yet they still hype em anyway. Sad State of Hypewaii!

  28. Paul Honda October 31, 2018 2:44 pm

    Actually, for me, I don’t know who has repeated grades in middle school, or before high school. Nobody sends us copies of birth certificates and transcripts. The HHSAA’s by-laws state that no student-athlete can participate in state tournaments if they have turned 19 before the first day of senior year.
    It’s a strategic maneuver by parents and their children. Is it moral or immoral? In the larger scope…

  29. 22 YEAR OLD TRUE FRESHMEN October 31, 2018 5:00 pm

    @Paul Honda Do your homework. Majority of the ILH players is 16 year old freshmen. And people wonder why St Louis does so good. Cmon, you can catch these boys drinking with their coaches at St Louis Alumni.

  30. Farney October 31, 2018 5:11 pm

    If Kahuku beats Mililani, they should be #2 next week. And visa versa.

  31. Ugly Olos November 2, 2018 12:33 am

    Paul: what’s the deal on the “self-reporting” rule? I understand HHSAA’s 19 year old rule but some people have suggested that the rule only applies if the player/parent “self-reports” the violation. In 2002, Kahuku’s Muliwai Pula wasn’t allowed to participate in the state track tournament despite winning the OIA 100 and 200 meters bc he allegedly turned 20 but yet he starred in the state football game victory against St. Louis and made a game winning TD along with teammate Kolo Funaki during the fall of 2001. This 19 year old rule was applied to Baldwin’s soccer player, Nicole Garbin, back in 2001 seemingly without challenge.

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