After extending its scoreless quarters streak to 18 against Hawaii teams in a 42-0 win over Moanalua on Saturday, Kahuku (6-1 overall, 6-0 OIA Blue) moved up one spot to No. 23 in the latest USA Today Super 25 rankings released on Monday.
The Red Raiders moved ahead of Liberty (Nev.) High School, which has former Roosevelt and Hawaii alum Chad Kapanui on the coaching staff as offensive coordinator.
The Patriots played two Hawaii teams last year, losing 38-16 to St. Louis at Aloha Stadium to open the season. The following week, they hosted Mililani and won 76-53.
Kahuku, which had an 18-game winning streak snapped in a 35-7 loss to No. 1 Bishop Gorman nine days ago, rushed for 431 yards against Na Menehune and held Moanalua QB Alakai Yuen to 81 yards passing and 11 completions in 35 attempts. Kahuku seniors Kekaula Kaniho had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown and Stokes Nihipali-Botelho returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD.
Kahuku, which has clinched the OIA Blue division and No. 1 seed in the OIA playoffs, closes its regular season at Kaiser on Friday. The Cougars are the last team to defeat the Red Raiders in the regular season, winning 20-19 in Hawaii Kai two years ago.
Paul Honda posted these video highlights from the win over Moanalua.