Kahuku unanimous No. 1 in HSA rankings

Kahuku running back Elvis Vakapuna battled for yards against Waianae. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku running back Elvis Vakapuna battled for yards against Waianae. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Finally everyone is in agreement.

For just the second time this season, and first since Week 2, the Kahuku Red Raiders are the unanimous No. 1 team in the state collecting all 15 first-place votes in this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 released Monday.

Kahuku (9-1) shut out Waianae, 38-0, in the OIA Division I semifinals on Saturday, scoring all 38 points in the first half. It was the Red Raiders’ sixth shutout of the season and extended their winning streak to 22 against Hawaii teams.

Kahuku remained No. 22 in the nation in the latest USA Today Super 25 rankings also released on Monday.

Saint Louis (8-1) and Punahou (7-2) swapped spots with the Crusaders regaining their No. 2 ranking following a 28-14 victory over the third-ranked Buffanblu to win the ILH championship last Friday night.

Up next for both ILH teams is the Open Division of the state tournament.

Farrington (8-2) jumped two spots to No. 4 after coming from behind to score three fourth-quarter touchdowns and beat Kapolei 33-27 to advance to the OIA final against Kahuku. Mosi Afe had a big game receiving with nine catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

The Hurricanes (8-2) dropped to No. 5 and will play the sixth-ranked Seariders (8-3) in the OIA third-place game on Saturday at Mililani.

No. 7 Mililani will play at No. 9 Baldwin in the first round of the HHSAA Division I state tournament according to brackets released Monday afternoon. The Bears clinched the MIL title with a win over Maui on Saturday.

No. 8 Campbell will play in the Open Division next with Hilo, the No. 1 seed in the Division I state tournament, ranked No. 10. The Vikings, who are ranked for the first time since finishing No. 10 to end the 2014 season, will host Leilehua on Nov. 4.

That leaves the ILH with only two teams ranked for the first time. Kamehameha dropped out of the top 10 and isn’t ranked for the first time in the seven-year history of the poll. The Warriors finished with a losing 3-6 record for the first time since 1992.

Updated: Nov. 21
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  1. anywaaaays!! October 24, 2016 4:27 pm

    The only ranking that matters is the last one! Keep working hard boys!

  2. ??? October 24, 2016 5:17 pm

    True Dat.

  3. AiNoKea October 24, 2016 7:21 pm

    Rankings no matter get that KOA at the end

  4. Outlaw Jose-y October 25, 2016 1:09 am

    With all due respect. What about Hilo being ranked #1 in D1. That’s unfair, to all the Oahu teams, Hilo got smoked by St. Louis in pre-season and they only played on Big Island. No offense to any teams in the tourney, but I hope Big Island teams show they belong in D-1, or this new format is a farce.

  5. TooMeke October 25, 2016 4:00 am

    Who cares? This new format is a one and done deal. Next year will be different. Just enjoy the farce.

  6. Jason Keuma October 25, 2016 4:44 am

    Outlaw Josie- 8 teams are still playing that should not. The seeding of the open division will show exactly how far this farce is. Will the place punahoe as #3 or will they claim punahoe is #4? Time will tell.

  7. TooMeke October 25, 2016 9:04 am

    Jason – remember this… It’s already a done deal…

    1. ILH #1 gets top spot on one side of bracket.

    2. ILH #2 gets the LOWEST OVERALL SEED (#6). This was arranged between ILH and HHSAA when they cooked up this crap.

    That way, ILH teams are guaranteed to be in opposite brackets.

    Now, looking at strength of teams, I believe we can all agree that St LuLu and Puns are the 2nd and 3rd best teams in the state, respectively.

    Therefore, they SHOULD be on the same side of the bracket…but they won’t. Guaranteed. Bounce.

    Now…do I care overall? No. Glad Kahuku will get to play both teams. ILH won’t have anymore excuses. And if Big Red loses? So be it…they weren’t the best team. As it should be.

    Is it “fair” how this was setup? Again… No. Just like giving crapiolani an auto-bid into the new D1 tier.


  8. Jason Keuma October 25, 2016 9:32 am

    I can believe punahoe being 4 more than being 6.

    Anyone else believe that punahoe is 6, besides hhsaa “officials”?

  9. Manley October 25, 2016 9:55 am

    Jason & 2meke, where did the 3 million go to? These honolulu businessmen who approached the OIA with this proposal letter “OIA ILH open league”are still lingering. Did they meet with HHSAA and sweeten the pot with a “donation”? Or the idea of Iolani getting the “slide”into D1?Hmmmm.

  10. 85 October 25, 2016 10:49 am

    You obviously care. If not, then why write about it. Some people on here are so transparent.

  11. Jason Keuma October 25, 2016 12:56 pm

    Manley- There was never $3 Million on the table, that was projected monies from corporate sponsorship.

  12. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate October 25, 2016 5:26 pm

    the 3 million was for the ILH to join the OIA in regular conference play, which didnt happen.

  13. TooMeke October 26, 2016 10:10 am

    @85… apparently not transparent enough for you…

    Let me draw it out… I was referring to the fairness of the PROCESS…which was unfair (restating a different way for you since you didn’t grasp that from my original post).

    As for fairness of where teams are seeded? …Again… Don’t care. Doesn’t matter. Best team wins out. End of story.

    Goooooooooooooooooood night…

  14. 85 October 26, 2016 11:44 am

    What’s unfair about it? It has been like this for decades? And why didn’t you call up the HHSAA office prior to the season to try and change it? I guess you were too busy grading mommy’s papers again? But too busy to show up with people call you out? haha sucka!

  15. TooMeke October 26, 2016 1:32 pm


    85 is EF. Idiot fell for it. EF got schooled.


    buhbye fool. shoo fly.

  16. anywaaaays!! October 26, 2016 10:26 pm

    Yeah we sure did run EF out of here and back to San Francisco, to bad he reincarnated as 85 cause he still talkin stink about Kahuku kids and he still want to meet people for casual encounters m4m, hahahahaahha! I thought we were a nice bunch…I guess he couldnt use his words to express himself and found himself on the short end of all his arguments. Keep him in your prayers because he is one miserable and angry dude, pray that he finds Jesus! hahahahaaa!

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