A season that started out with so much promise quickly became a nightmare out at Kapolei.
The Hurricanes were a comfortable 3-0 when they self reported the use of an ineligible player against Castle, resulting in a forfeit. A 21-point loss to Farrington and an overtime defeat against Leilehua followed, leaving Kapolei suddenly fighting just to make the playoffs.
It wasn’t until a 36-0 shutout of Nanakuli on the final weekend of the regular season that Kapolei clinched a playoff berth.
Yet, here we are on the cusp of yet another OIA quarterfinal game between Kapolei and Kahuku, and both teams will be ranked.
The Hurricanes, which dropped out of the rankings after the first month of the season, are back after a six-week absence at No. 10 in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.
Kapolei (5-4) will play Kahuku, which finished one vote ahead of Mililani for the No. 2 spot, in the OIA quarterfinals for the third time in the last four years.
It will also be the sixth meeting between the two schools since the start of the 2014 season.
No. 1 Saint Louis remained unanimous after a 40-20 victory over No. 4 Punahou, which stayed at No. 4 for the sixth straight week.
Kamehameha remained at No. 5 with Leilehua moving up one spot to No. 6, ahead of No. 7 Waianae.
The Mules hadn’t been ranked in the top six of the Star-Advertiser poll since Week 3 in 2013.
After Campbell’s tougher-than-expected win over Castle in the first round of the OIA playoffs, voters dropped the Sabers from eighth to ninth. Defending Division II state champion Lahainaluna got one more vote than the Sabers to jump up to No. 8.
It’s the highest ranking for the Lunas this season and matches their highest ranking since they were seventh in 2013 before losing in the Division II state semifinals to Kaiser.
The Hurricanes moved into the 10th spot after previous No. 10 Damien lost 19-0 to St. Francis. The Monarchs did not receive a vote this week.
Other teams receiving votes were Waipahu (4), Konawaena (1), Farrington (1), Maui (1) and Hilo (1).
TOP 10 SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, OCT. 13
>> No. 10 Kapolei at No. 2 Kahuku, 7:30 p.m.
>> Moanalua at No. 3 Mililani, 7:30 p.m.
>> No. 4 Punahou vs. No. 5 Kamehameha, 7:30 p.m., Aloha Stadium
>> Farrington at No. 7 Waianae, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCT. 14
>> No. 9 Campbell at No. 6 Leilehua, 6:30 p.m.
IDLE: No. 1 Saint Louis, No. 8 Lahainaluna
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Sept. 27|