Kahuku solidifies No. 1 ranking with runaway win over Mililani

Kainoa Carvalho, right, works a reverse play on the opening kick-off with Kelsyn Tangaro-Kanoa. No. 1 Kahuku left with a 55-20 win over No. 3 Mililani. Craig Kojima/ckojima@staradvertiser.com.

Kahuku collected nine of 12 first-place votes to remain at No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 on Monday.

The unbeaten squad rolled over Mililani, 55-20, on Saturday at John Kauinana Stadium. Mililani remained at No. 3 despite its first loss of the season.

Kahuku overtook Kamehameha on Nov. 1 and has remained on the throne for three consecutive weeks, outscoring OIA Open Division opponents by a combined score of 276-40.

ILH Open Division champion Saint Louis remained at No. 2 and has now been idle for two weeks. The state tournament is slated for Dec. 18 and 23.

Waipahu made the only other move in the poll, leap-frogging Kapolei for the No. 9 position. The unbeaten Marauders (2-0) had a bye over the weekend. Kapolei also had a bye, but slipped to No. 10.

Coming off a 49-20 win over Farrington, Waianae garnered just one less point than Kapolei from the panel of coaches and media. Waianae will visit Kapolei on Friday.

Three teams that are still unbeaten and not in the Top 10: Konawaena (4-0), Kapaa (3-0) and Kaiser (5-0). Konawaena is in Division I; Kapaa and Kaiser are in D-II.

Star-Advertiser Football Top Ten
Nov. 15, 2021

Rank School (first-place votes) points last week’s ranking
1. Kahuku (9) (5-0, 5-0 OIA Open) 117 1

2. Saint Louis (3) (5-3, 2-2 ILH Open) 111 2

3. Mililani (3-1, 3-1 OIA Open) 88 3

4. Kamehameha (3-3, 3-1 ILH Open) 75 4

5. Campbell (4-0, 4-0 OIA Open) 73 5

6. ‘Iolani (8-0, 5-0 ILH D-I) 56 6

7. Punahou (1-4, 1-4 ILH Open) 47 7

8. Lahainaluna (4-0, 4-0 MIL) 43 8

9. Waipahu (2-0, 2-0 OIA D-I) 16 10

10. Kapolei (1-3, 1-3 OIA Open) 9 9

Also receiving votes: Waianae 8, Konawaena 6, Kapaa 4, Moanalua 3, Kealakehe 2, Kaiser 1, Maui 1.


  1. Dafun November 15, 2021 2:07 pm

    So since my comments keep getting deleted while other people who write worse get their comments posted, still no one has answered why kahuku has faced little competition and still jumps rankings to #1

  2. Redroots November 15, 2021 2:35 pm

    I’m pretty sure Paul Honda already explained to you on another article why? You like to brag about St. Louis but they’ve only played 3 different teams this year. 2 of which they’ve played multiple times. Who cares about the rankings all that matters is at the of the season which team is holding up the koa!

  3. Eddie K November 15, 2021 2:42 pm

    Lol, because Kahuku is undefeated and smoked the #3 team?? Or maybe because the number 2 team has 3 loses?? Or maybe Kahuku has been putting up 55+per game?? So I said before, until someone beats Kahuku, the #1 slot is theirs. Of course the winner of the final game is number 1 and that’s all that counts, right.

  4. Kaimiikeamepono November 15, 2021 2:57 pm

    You may have missed Paul Honda’s reply to you. Did you? Or did you not consider it an answer? Paul said that a poll is like whipped cream, fun to eat but it has zero nutritional value. When he orders a shake, along with it is whipped cream-which he didn’t ask for, but he usually doesn’t remove it. He also said that the coaches and writers and broadcasters who take part in the poll can change their minds, and if you don’t agree with the poll and don’t like it, you can come up with your own and post it here. I too question whether the Kahuku Football Team(formerly called Red Raiders) is no ka oi, but at this point in time, no one knows, at least in any objective sense, this poll is the subjective and collective opinion of those participating in it. As long as Kahuku remains undefeated, and until and if they play Na Kulekia o Kana Lui, this very interesting question remains unanswered-who is Hawaii’s premier prep football team for 2021?

  5. Hau'ulaBoy96717 November 15, 2021 3:58 pm

    We will always be Red Raiders. You can all us whatever you like. Officially or unofficial. Red Raiders always….

  6. Saka Magalei 96 Boyz November 15, 2021 5:06 pm

    They should throw in the top 3 private schools now!!! OIA ruined it holding the public school athletics hostage!!! Now we can’t see Kahuku va St Louis/Kamehameha during the regular season!!! At the Crusaders gotta wait almost a month before playing for states!!!!

    Ok bye,

  7. Good Story November 15, 2021 5:27 pm


    Why…who you????

  8. FACTS November 15, 2021 5:28 pm

    Mililani coach will be suspended or released within the coming days/weeks…..should be released but politics will let him keep his job. Kids behaviors on field is always a direct reflection of coaches attitude and tendencies.

  9. Nalohitman November 15, 2021 6:08 pm

    Love all the comments on the weekly polls. Just looking for the final poll of the season. That’s all that matters.

  10. kahuku November 15, 2021 7:18 pm

    I heard that rod york went up to kahuku head coach sterling and said something nasty not knowing he just showed how he is around his team.

  11. Fatz November 15, 2021 8:00 pm


    Red Raiders running everyone over even whatever bubble gum school you from. #LeaveNoDoubt #RR4L

  12. Eddie K November 15, 2021 9:17 pm

    Wow even Scoringlive brokedown and ranked Kahuku #1. I guess after ranking ILH #1 for the last 7 weeks, they couldn’t justify a team with 3 loses.

  13. To da hale November 15, 2021 10:00 pm

    I recall back in 2019, York was involved in an altercation with one of the Campbell coaches after a scrimmage.
    Probably should have been fired, but got a 1 game suspension instead.

    Mililani admin probably scared to fire him.

  14. ILoveHawaii November 16, 2021 8:37 am


    RR Flags go back up on the trucks
    Dust off the RR shirts and wearing them to Windward Mall.
    Start printing out stickers for the car windows

    Millville got problems. Defense got too fancy for their own good.
    The admin at Millilani is in over their heads. This sub-culture, not unlike Lulu has inserted itself into the program and similar to Lulu will lead to their downfall. The exact reason why a certain coach aint ever going to be Head Coach at Lulu.

    Is their a place for hood mentality when coaching players and being a leader??
    What say you?

  15. 88 November 16, 2021 11:22 am


    St. Louis flags come down off the trucks.
    LuLu shirts go back into the box and placed in the garage.
    Stickers pealed off of bumpers.
    Punahou flags raised again

  16. Hoku November 16, 2021 7:04 pm

    When the game was 6-6 , 4th and 12 , Mililani stops Kahuku , turnover on downs , opportunity for Trojans take lead , but wait , penalty , gives Kahuku new set of downs inside the 20 , they score 13-6 . Next drive , Kahuku 4th and 3 own 45 yard line , they go for it , clearly stopped half yard short , Mililani sideline judge marks it short and says turnover on downs , but wait Kahuku sideline judge moves the ball up a yard and gives a first down , not mention not even a measure , but didn’t have to measure , it was clearly turnover on downs . Same drive , Kahuku reciever , comes from the sidelines right before play , so he’s uncovered , touchdown Kahuku , supposed to be illegal participation and a 15 yard penalty . That’s the momentum changers right there. I hate to blame refs , but this was very obvious . Can’t wait to see the rematch .

  17. 95049 November 17, 2021 12:42 pm

    @hoku don’t act like Kahuku didn’t have any penalties we had a lot to where Mililani could come back but no they couldnt because they were getting there @$$&**& handded to them.

  18. rrforlifebaby November 17, 2021 3:48 pm

    @Hoku, you do realize that those penalties you’re mentioning were legitimate right? On those same drives you mentioned, the refs also missed a couple of PI calls against the Trojans. There is a rule against breaking an offensive huddle with more than 11 players, but as far as i know, nothing about an 11th player coming on the field late.

    But like you, can’t wait for the rematch either. Could very well be a different result later down the road. However, this is probably the best D since 2015 and the O is much for complex than what it has been since probably 2010. Score might be closer, but Big Red still comes out with the W.


  19. MJthegoat99 November 17, 2021 4:55 pm

    RR defense has issues. DLINE too small and cant penetrate, Mililani was man handling them and the Millz QB had all day to pass. Linebackers also too weak to close the gaps. #10 LB for RR is legit D1 prospect but I wasnt impressed with anyone else on Kahukus defense, dbs not as fast as years past.

    Mililani exposed a lot of holes on Kahukus D that were not known in previous easier games. I bet Cal Lee is already drawing up plans to attack Kahukus D.

  20. Honestly November 18, 2021 1:53 pm

    Let be honest about the penalties. In a close game, the white hat can make the difference. Many of the calls in the First Quarter and early Second had a significant effect against the Trojans. Notice how the penalties lessen when the score widen. In 2007, Leilehua won the State Football Championship with an unknown JV quarterback name Andrew Manley. He marched 70 yards for the winning touchdown in the dying moments of the game against St. Louis, all on penalties called by one white hat name Beaver. Mr Beaver did this in several other championship games against the ILH. He had the biggest grind when the crowds cheered. Referees matter! Honest

  21. 88 November 18, 2021 3:22 pm

    The 1st and 2nd quarter? The first 5 or so penalty’s of the game was called against Kahuku. When grabbing a receiver before the ball is even thrown his way is legal than you have case to argue. Watch the game buddy before you comment.

  22. Lisa Vaimoui November 18, 2021 7:33 pm

    @Dafun, you got some nerve calling teams that Kahuku played ‘Little’ Mililani, Waianae and Campbell all have great teams.

    As for York and his comment to one of our coaches, (directed at Coach Sterling) that was unprofessional. But, had the roles been reversed he woulda’ done the same thing (Run up the score) The game is 48 minutes long and thats what Kahuku played (48 minutes). It was Mililani who gave up except for a few of them. I think Mililani is an outstanding team with outstanding players, but it just happened Kahuku had a much bigger reason to bring that WIN home for Coach Dave (Coach Matt and Coach Maui) who passed on.

    Give credit where credit is due and stop putting our boys down. So much talent in our small state, can’t we just rally for all of them no matter what team they play for or what team you root for.

    Kahuku is my Alma Mater c/o ‘89 so fine 😂 We are FAMILY, not just fans or friends and we support our players…win or lose!

    #KaHuKuReDRaiDeRS #RR4L #WeaReFaMiLY

  23. OG RRFL! November 20, 2021 11:10 pm

    the haters don’t matter. they just can’t handle that our kids play for our community not tuition money. they’re not mercenaries like the ILH. we earn our championship. we don’t buy them. ROOTED NOT RECRUITED. RRFL!

  24. Iesu te toko November 21, 2021 12:52 am

    ILH has a north shore kid on there team when they win states or multiple

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