Kamehameha is No. 1 for a third week in a row

Kamehameha defender Baba Wailehua (16) almost comes up with an interception on a pass for Kahuku wide receiver Lucas Chang (17) during an interleague scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Farrington High School in Honolulu. Jamm Aquino/jaquino@staradvertiser.com.

A bye week was a productive week for the Kamehameha Warriors on the field and in the rankings.

The Warriors remained at No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 for a third consecutive week, collecting a season-high nine first-place ballots from the panel of coaches and media.

For the first time since 2016, Saint Louis did not receive a single No. 1 vote. The Crusaders remained at No. 2 for a second week in a row after edging No. 5 Punahou, 27-21, on Friday.

No. 3 Mililani, which played an intrasquad scrimmage last week, collected two first-place votes. Kahuku is at No. 4 again and garnered one first-place vote. The Red Raiders scrimmaged Kamehameha on Saturday, dominating the Warriors’ reserve units.

Saint Louis and Kamehameha square off this Friday for first place in the ILH regular-season standings. The winner will earn a first-round bye in the playoffs. The loser will meet Punahou in the opening round on Oct. 22.

The OIA schedule kicks off on Friday with Open Division and D-II matchups. Mililani will host Waianae, Kahuku will visit No. 8 Kapolei and No. 6 Campbell will entertain Farrington. Junior varsity games begin at 5 p.m. with varsity to follow.

In D-II, Kalaheo travels to Pearl City on Friday. The JV game begins at 5 p.m., followed by varsity.

On Saturday, Radford and Kaimuki meet at Farrington’s Skippa Diaz Stadium, Kaiser welcomes Kalani, and Waialua challenges McKinley at Roosevelt’s Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium. Saturday’s D-II games have no JV matchups and will kick off at 6 p.m.

As of today, there are still no spectators permitted at high school football games.

Star-Advertiser Football Top Ten
Oct. 11, 2021

Rank School (first-place votes) points, last week’s ranking
1. Kamehameha (9) (2-1, 2-1 ILH) 115 1
2. Saint Louis (2-2, 2-1 ILH) 105 2
3. Mililani (2) (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 93 3
4. Kahuku (1) (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 86 4
5. Punahou (1-3, 1-3 ILH) 79 5
6. Campbell (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 57 6
7. ‘Iolani (5-0, 5-0 ILH) 36 7
8. Kapolei (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 28 8
9. Leilehua (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 20 9
10. Lahainaluna (0-0, 0-0 MIL) 14 10

Also receiving votes: Hilo 12, Farrington 7, Moanalua 5, Saint Louis I-AA 3.


  1. ILoveHawaii October 11, 2021 8:55 am

    Does that mean that Warriors played their starters sparingly?


    That the RR’s could only dominate the reserves?

  2. ILH October 11, 2021 10:15 am

    Kamehameha played with only their reserves. I thought the 1st half was the 1st teams and the second half the reserves. I guess Ka mehameha was saving the 1st team for the Saint Louis rematch.

  3. ILoveHawaii October 11, 2021 11:15 am

    Why even play.
    Hmm. What was the benefit besides giving your reserves a chance to get SASA?

    And no work for the RR’s.

    I guess at this point just playing a game is considered a positive.
    I cant wait for the OIA to start.

  4. Top of the Mountain October 11, 2021 2:44 pm

    Kamehameha will get beat convincingly this week from the crusaders. The crusaders will win easily by 3 touchdowns. Mark my words. The crusaders will only get better from here on out. Never count them out .

  5. Good Story October 11, 2021 8:41 pm

    Bruh…3 touchdowns??? They barely beat Punahou last week. A simple win will do…Kamehameha is a legitimately good team.

  6. Now This Is A True Story October 12, 2021 7:16 am

    the crusaders barely loss to a kamehameha team who had everything going their way that night, but yet it still was a tight game even with the crusaders mistakes. just because the crusaders lose by a few points and is now the second rank team in the state and people call them sh….y ? Thats because the expectations are high. Now you have people talking like ah , we going beat them lol. They are still a team that can win the states this year even as sh….y as people say they are lol. It cracks me up .

  7. ??? October 12, 2021 7:42 am

    It’s an embarrassment to these Varsity players & coaches to let STL II (JV) receive any Top 10 votes..
    If they can receive votes, STOP calling them JV.
    Like one of the other bloggers said; you might as well let teams from the Big Boys & JPS league be ranked too.

  8. Falcon Future October 12, 2021 11:24 am

    @??? The only people calling St. Louis I-AA a JV team are some of the commenters who write things on here. St. Louis I-AA is officially a varsity D2 team playing an official ILH varsity D2 schedule and therefore eligible to receive votes.

    The fact that they are freshmen and sophomores and beating teams with seniors and juniors is a whole different story.

  9. nalohitman October 12, 2021 2:47 pm

    Good luck to all teams playing this year.

    It only matters who is #1 at the end of the season.

  10. Honest October 12, 2021 8:28 pm

    High School is to prepare you for college. The ILH Football is the best college-prep in the Hawaiian Islands.Want to be good? Play Punahou, Kamehemeha, St. Louis three times in two months. Everyone should be aware of this, and potential ball-players should chose wisely. Kahuku and Mililani may lead the OIA but the level of competition and coaching is not the same. The slogan should be: play in the ILH is you are good; otherwise play in the OIA. Honestly!

  11. ??? October 13, 2021 7:22 pm

    @ Falcon Future
    That’s why they need separate rankings for Open, DI & DII..
    How is it fair to not play any team in the Open division & still receive votes as if you’re better than them. Lol…

  12. Falcon Future October 14, 2021 10:06 am

    ^^^Actually no. There aren’t enough teams in this state to justify three separate rankings. Did you know that the Open division only has 10 teams in total?

    And get this, St. Louis I-AA is ranked below nine of the 10 Open division teams in the poll. So yes, St. Louis I-AA is getting votes in this poll, but no, they are not being looked at as better than any of the Open teams (unless you’re from Waianae).

  13. Dafun October 15, 2021 9:18 pm

    @falcon…I wanna see St Louis 2 play like Farrington and waianae because both of them tonight are looking horrific like a JV team. I bet even Iolani could beat Farrington and waianae at this rate.

  14. RidgeRunnerDD-214 October 16, 2021 7:36 am

    More ilh narcissistic elitism on full display here. Remember that the success of the ilh football programs is owed to the collection of players that pass through from the very communities you love to look down on. If a player has the passion and a real thirst for knowledge, academic success is achievable regardless where they choose to study.

  15. 96730to89 October 16, 2021 8:20 am

    @Top of the Mountain nailed it. You are indeed a football expert and are probably a billionaire by now with all that football expertise. Vegas must hate you winning all those bets and probably refers to you for game lines. Lol.

  16. Good Story October 18, 2021 10:52 am

    @now this is a true story

    You still cracking up???


    Are you repping the ILH for higher education, cause your grammar sucks.

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