Kamehameha’s first losing season in 24 years ended Friday in a 57-24 loss to Punahou in the ILH second round.
The Warriors finished 3-6 in Abu Ma’afala‘s first year as head coach with all six losses coming to teams ranked in the top five of this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 released Monday.
It begs the question. Should a team with a 3-6 record that is forced to play the kind of schedule Kamehameha did still be ranked as one of the top 10 teams in the state?
Seven of the 15 voters had Kamehameha in their top 10 with one voter ranking the Warriors as high as eighth. Kamehameha opted to compete for the Open Division in the state tournament this year and failed to qualify with Punahou and Saint Louis receiving the two berths out of the ILH.
Kamehameha has been ranked in every poll since the first Honolulu Star-Advertiser rankings were released to start the 2010 season.
The Buffanblu, who received one first-place vote this week, remained No. 2 in the rankings with Saint Louis coming in at No. 3. Kahuku is once again in the top spot, where it’s been all season, receiving the other 14 first-place votes.
No. 4 Kapolei, which was ranked fourth on 13 of 15 ballots, received one vote at No. 3 ahead of Saint Louis and one vote at No. 5 behind Waianae, which beat the Hurricanes 35-14 in August.
No. 6 Farrington moved up a spot after its 25-7 win over Campbell, replacing No. 7 Mililani, which fell a spot after a 36-33 loss to Waianae. The Trojans will compete in the Division I state tournament.
The Sabers were ranked eighth, followed by No. 9 Baldwin and No. 10 Kamehameha. The 57 points given up by the Warriors to Punahou on Friday are their most in any game in the Prep Bowl and state championship eras.
Other teams receiving votes were Konawaena (seven), Hilo (five), ‘Iolani (four), Kapaa (three) and St. Francis (one).
TOP 10 SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
>> No. 1 Kahuku vs. No. 5 Waianae, 5 p.m., Saturday, Aloha Stadium
>> No. 2 Punahou vs. No. 3 Saint Louis, 7:45 p.m., Friday, Aloha Stadium
>> No. 4 Kapolei vs. No. 6 Farrington, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aloha Stadium.
>> No. 7 Mililani vs. Leilehua, 7:30 p.m., Friday, John Kauinana Stadium.
>> No. 8 Campbell def. Moanalua (forfeit)
>> No. 9 Baldwin vs. Maui, 7 p.m., Saturday, War Memorial Stadium.
>> No. 10 Kamehameha season over
|Updated: Nov. 21|