The top three teams in the state — and four of the top six — will be in action on Friday night at Aloha Stadium in the Division I semifinals of the 2015 First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships.
Saint Louis, the No. 2 seed behind Kahuku, remains on top of the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top-10 rankings released Monday night with the Red Raiders sitting in second.
After walloping Hilo, 62-18, in last week’s first round with their quarterback, McKenzie Milton, playing for the first time after missing four games, the Mililani Trojans jumped Punahou for third in the poll with the Buffanblu fourth.
Two of the 14 voters in the poll gave the Trojans a first-place vote despite Mililani losing two games this year, including one with Milton fully healthy. Kahuku, which beat Mililani and is undefeated at 11-0, received four first-place votes while the Crusaders were ranked first on eight ballots.
Waianae, which faces Kahuku in Friday’s first semifinal, remained at No. 6 in the poll, trailing Kamehameha, which was fifth.
Farrington and Kapaa followed at No. 7 and No. 8 while OIA D-II champion Radford leapfrogged Baldwin into ninth. The Bears remained in the top 10 at No. 10 after falling, 21-6, to Waianae last Friday.
Kapaa hosts Lahainaluna at Vidinha Stadium on Saturday afternoon while Radford plays BIIF champion Konawaena, which beat ILH D-II champion Damien 42-33, on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Roosevelt.
Mililani, the defending state champion, was the toughest team to vote on according to the ballots. While Kyle Galdeira and Nck Abramo put them at No. 1, seven others had the Trojans ranked fourth. The other five voters all placed Mililani third.
Punahou was ranked third on five ballots and fourth on seven ballots, but also received two separate second-place votes behind Saint Louis.
Kahuku had four different voters placing it third, which is the lowest it appeared on any single ballot.
|Updated: Oct. 18|