Kahuku will attempt to defend its state championship on Friday night as the No. 21 ranked team in the country.
The Red Raiders moved up a spot to No. 21 in the latest USA Today Super 25 rankings released Monday.
Kahuku (10-1), which was idle last week, will face Kapolei in the semifinals of the Open Division in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships on Friday night at Aloha Stadium.
The Red Raiders are 6-1 all-time against Kapolei and have defeated the Hurricanes four times over the previous two seasons, ending Kapolei’s season twice in the OIA playoffs.
Kahuku’s No. 1 scoring defense in the state will go up against Hawaii’s top passer, Kapolei sophomore Taulia Tagovailoa, who has thrown for 3,659 yards and 41 touchdowns.
The Red Raiders also jumped 12 spots to No. 18 in the country in the latest CBS Max Preps computer rankings released on Sunday. However, voters in the CBS Max Preps Xcellent 25 rankings still have Kahuku as one of five bubble teams outside of the top 25.
Kahuku has won 23 consecutive games against Hawaii opponents. This season, its average margin of victory against Hawaii teams is 46.1 points.