A 28-7 win over Farrington on Saturday, coupled with Waianae’s stunning 14-12 loss to Campbell on Friday, raised Kapolei to new heights in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 released Monday.
The Hurricanes (6-1, 5-1 OIA Red), who have clinched the division and the No. 1 seed out of the Red for the OIA playoffs, are ranked No. 4 for the first time in the seven-year history of the poll. Kapolei, which has won five straight games by an average of 22.6 points, was picked No. 4 on all 15 ballots.
Kahuku remained at No. 1 for the 10th consecutive week dating back to the end of last season, receiving 14 of 15 first-place votes. Saint Louis, which received the other first-place vote, was picked second on the other 14 ballots, while No. 3 Punahou was ranked third by all 15 voters.
Since the first Honolulu Star-Advertiser poll debuted in 2010, Punahou has been ranked in the top four for 75 consecutive weeks. Saint Louis has been ranked in the top four for 34 straight weeks while Kahuku has made it 30 weeks in a row.
# OF WEEKS RANKED IN TOP FOUR OVERALL:
Saint Louis, 68
Waianae, dropped a spot to No. 5 behind Farrington and the rest of the top 10 remained the same with No. 6 Farrington, Mililani, Kamehameha, Kapaa and Baldwin rounding out the bottom half.
Things did tighten however as Campbell, which hadn’t received a vote since the preseason, was listed on five ballots and ranked as high as seventh by two different voters. ‘Iolani earned seven votes but was only listed by a season-low four voters. Kailua received six votes from a total of three different voters and was ranked as high as eighth on one ballot. Hilo, Leilehua and Konawaena also received votes.
The OIA regular season wraps up in Division I this week. Here’s a look at the schedule involving top-10 teams.
TOP 10 SCHEDULE FOR SEPT. 30/OCT. 1
>> No. 1 Kahuku at Kaiser, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
>> No. 2 Saint Louis vs. No. 3 Punahou, Thursday, 6 p.m., Aloha Stadium
>> Nanakuli at No. 4 Kapolei, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
>> No. 5 Waianae, idle
>> No. 6 Farrington, idle
>> No. 7 Mililani at Leilehua, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
>> No. 8 Kamehameha vs. ‘Iolani, Friday, 7:45 p.m., Aloha Stadium
>> No. 9 Kapaa, idle
>> No. 10 Baldwin vs. Kamehameha-Maui, Friday, 7 p.m., War Memorial Stadium
|Updated: Nov. 21|