Kahuku, Saint Louis in MaxPreps top 100

Kahuku and Saint Louis have split the last two state titles and are ranked in the preseason top 100 in the nation for 2017. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

They have combined to provide fans with two memorable state championship games in each of the past two seasons.

Saint Louis, the reigning Open Division state champion, and Kahuku, the 2015 state champion which has lost only once in two years against Hawaii opponents, were both selected to Max Preps’ preseason list of the top 100 teams in the nation released on Thursday.

Max Preps released its list in no particular order. A total of 28 states were represented in the top 100 with Hawaii one of 20 states to have multiple teams. California, Florida and Texas led the way with 12 teams listed.

On Kahuku: “The Aloha State has produced some of the best quarterbacks over the last decade and now add Class of 2020 prospect Sol-Jay Maiava to the list. The Red Raiders have gone 33-4 over the last three seasons; don’t expect anything to change in 2017. Makoa Freitas takes over as the interim head coach and he will have one of the most talented teams in all of Hawaii.”

On Saint Louis: “The Crusaders won the inaugural Open Division state championship last season against Kahuku but will have to find a way to replace 5-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, arguably the best quarterback the state has seen since Marcus Mariota. Class of 2018 Hawaii commit Chevan Cordeiro should help keep St. Louis among the state’s best. Faatui Tuitele checks in as a Top-15 recruit overall in the 2019 class and 3-star defensive back Isaiah Tufaga will help form one of the best defenses from the Aloha State.”

The Crusaders are scheduled to play Narbonne (Calif.), also ranked in the top 100, on Oahu the weekend of September 22. Kahuku will travel to Las Vegas to play Bingham (Utah), a top-100 team, in the second game of the Polynesian Football Classic at Sam Boyd Stadium on Sept. 9.

Bingham is 26-3 in its last 29 games and the defending 5-A state champion in Utah. Narbonne was one win away from playing in the Division 1-AA CIF state championship game last year.


  1. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate June 15, 2017 12:45 pm

    hope deesse 2 beat maimland team an rep 808

  2. The Watcher June 15, 2017 2:03 pm

    So I was told the OIA’s decision to play Division 1 solely has to do with the amount of money being shared.

  3. Alpha June 15, 2017 5:02 pm

    @TheWatcher. . . Why else would they go D1?

  4. Whhy June 15, 2017 11:13 pm

    Watcher… for someone who likes to ask others for specific evidence of things they say… Do you have anything to show what the “amount of money being shared” is? Or that there is some difference between what it was previous to last year and what it was last year?

  5. The Watcher June 16, 2017 11:47 am

    Since the ILH team has 2 spots versus 1 spot in the Open, the amount of monies across the leagues are shared differently. It’s simple math. I apologize for assuming that it was self-explanatory and it would be common sense or knowledge.

  6. Hboy June 16, 2017 6:28 pm

    Open division monies is split between all leagues even though only ilh and oia play in it. OIA feels it should be for the leagues that play in it not for all.

  7. Whhy June 16, 2017 7:15 pm

    Watcher… So where are you getting your information? You know something that others can read that backs up what your saying? Is this info posted somewhere or is this more of things that you know since you are the Watcher?

  8. Hmmmm? June 16, 2017 11:27 pm

    Money? Maybe the State of Hawaii should tell all AD’s in public school to give some of their 6 figure salaries back! Yes, all AD’s in D.O.E. make close to if not $100,000 + a year!

  9. The Watcher June 16, 2017 11:57 pm

    @Whhy, I just called directly and asked. Here is the numbers: (808) 421-4394. Just call and ask them straight up. I told them I was calling representing a local blog. And they answered on the record.

  10. Whhy June 17, 2017 2:59 pm

    Watcher… Good one. So in other words it’s not publically available online and a fricking gum shoe like you randomly calls people and asks for details like this… let me ask you did you also find your “information” about the Mililani QB this same way. Another example of you having this “inside info” that you can’t confirm.

    Here’s more of your story telling:

    “The Watcher June 13, 2017 at 1:41 pm
    Garrett and I are good friends. That is not the story at all. The Gabriel’s love competition even if it meant sitting and learning or waiting their turn”.

  11. The Watcher June 17, 2017 4:07 pm

    Sir, you don’t need to believe me if you don’t want. Yeah, and it’s common knowledge that his older siblings are Darryl, Babes, Tweety, and Sis. I hear a lot of jealous in your writing. I wonder why?

    I guess when you are unavailable to find out information you need to insult and be full of jealous. But if that is what you need to do to feel better about yourself, then keep it coming. I totally understand.

  12. Whhy June 17, 2017 6:10 pm

    Watcher… I’m only serving you what your dishing out. I ask because you like to talk about others showing evidence yet you seem to like to use your “personal intel” as fact. Like you know certain things because you know or course non of it could be substantiated. Oh well enjoy the stories you share. Please let everyone know what other insights about Hawaii athletes that no reporter or online resource has access too. Lol

  13. BG Grad June 18, 2017 8:50 am

    The Watcher and Whhy are two nobodies spouting false info and acting like they’re insiders. LMAO. Go back to watching games on O16 on mom’s TV.

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