For at least a week, Lahainaluna will have to share its No. 6 ranking.
Still, the jump into a tie with Kamehameha for the sixth spot represents the Lunas’ highest-ranking ever in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.
The Lunas beat Baldwin 34-7 and made up two votes against the Warriors to tie for the sixth spot. Kamehameha, which has been No. 6 the entire season, knocked off Farrington with a 32-21 win on homecoming at Kunuiakea Stadium on Friday.
Lahainaluna, meanwhile, has won all five of its games by at least two touchdowns and is averaging 31.0 points per game. The two-time defending Division II state champions have won 15 straight games since losing to Kamehameha in Week 2 of last season and have won 13 consecutive MIL games since a loss to Baldwin in 2016.
Lahainaluna has been ranked No. 6 in a poll before. The Lunas were No. 6 in a Honolulu Advertiser Top 10 poll during the 2007 season. In 2004, Lahainaluna finished No. 4 in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin rankings after advancing to the semifinals of the Division I state tournament before losing to eventual champion Kamehameha.
In a rarity for the Star-Advertiser Top 10, the first four teams listed on all 10 votes were exactly the same. No. 1 Saint Louis (100 points) remained unanimous, followed by No. 2 Kahuku (90 pts.), No. 3 Punahou (80 pts.) and No. 4 Mililani (70 pts.).
Campbell held onto the No. 5 spot, but its double-digit vote lead shrank to only six ahead of the Warriors and Lunas.
Lahainaluna was ranked as high as fifth on three ballots and one voter had the Lunas all the way down at No. 10.
Moanalua remained at No. 8 but did earn a vote as high as sixth. ‘Iolani, which is in the lead to be ILH’s lone representative in the Division I state tournament with a one-game lead over Damien with three games to play, flip-flopped spots to No. 9 with Farrington, which held on to stay in the rankings at No. 10.
(EDIT: The tiebreaker between ‘Iolani and Damien does not matter in ILH D-I. If they finish tied, there will be a playoff for the state berth.)
Leilehua (five), St. Francis (four), Kapolei (two) and Kauai (one) also received at least one vote.
TOP 10 SCHEDULE
Friday, Sep. 28
No. 1 Saint Louis at No. 5 Campbell, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Punahou vs. No. 6 Kamehameha at Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
No. 6 Lahainaluna at King Kekaulike, 7 p.m.
No. 8 Moanalua at Radford, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sep. 29
No. 4 Mililani at No. 2 Kahuku, 6:30 p.m.
No. 9 ‘Iolani at Nanakuli, 6 p.m.
No. 10 Farrington at Waianae, 6:30 p.m.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|
|1.||Saint Louis (6)||94|