Mililani holds off Punahou for No. 2

Mililani quarterback Dillon Gabriel scored on a short touchdown run against Saint Louis in the 2018 Open Division state title game at Aloha Stadium. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The race for No. 1 was settled Saturday at Aloha Stadium when Saint Louis won its third consecutive state championship with a 38-17 victory over Mililani.

The Crusaders (11-0), ranked in the top 15 nationally in two major polls, ended the year where they started as the unanimous No. 1-ranked team in the state of Hawaii in the final Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 of the season released today.

The race for No. 2 was a tight one with the OIA champion Trojans holding off ILH runner-up Punahou, which hasn’t played since a 45-21 loss to Saint Louis on Oct. 27.

Mililani received a total of 86 votes with Punahou garnering 79. The Trojans received six second-place votes and the Buffanblu received the other four, but Mililani was listed no lower than third. Punahou was ranked outside of the top four on two ballots.

The top six spots in the final poll matched the previous rankings released before the state tournament with Kahuku at No. 4, followed by Campbell and Lahainaluna, which won its third straight Division II state championship over Kapaa, 34-32, on Saturday.

Division I state champion Waipahu, which held off Hilo 42-22 for the crown, jumped to No. 7 to finish the year.

Kamehameha (4-6), which hasn’t played since a 35-0 loss to Punahou on Oct. 19, closed the season at No. 8. All six of the Warriors’ losses were against teams ranked in the top five.

State Division II runner-up and KIF champion Kapaa (7-3) closed at No. 9 with ‘Iolani and BIIF champion Hilo tied with 12 votes apiece for the No. 10 spot.

Kapaa also finished ninth to close out the 2015 season.

Moanalua (two) and Maui (one) also received at least one vote.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
1.Kahuku (10)100
5.Saint Louis53


  1. HD November 26, 2018 4:54 pm

    Punahou is cleanly #2. Their head to head wasn’t even close!

  2. HSFootball November 26, 2018 5:45 pm

    Hey like I said throughout the season…Somehow or Someway..Always gotta have the 4 ILH teams in the top 10…Iolani and Kamehameha….GUARANTEED…

  3. ToppDoggs November 26, 2018 6:01 pm

    I don’t know how Punahou or Mililani feel about who should be second place but I do know that the Crusaders don’t know what its like to be second.

  4. To da hale November 26, 2018 7:32 pm

    Nobody remembers 2nd place, but seriously Punahou should clearly be #2.
    If Punahou played Kahuku when Mililani did, then Pun would have won.
    If Mililani, lost Gabriel after the first offensive play like Pun did, they would have not scored at all against StL.
    But again only #1 matters and the Crusader earned it this year.

  5. ILH November 26, 2018 8:22 pm


  6. KalihiFB November 27, 2018 7:36 am

    Like I said in another post before the tournament, the open tournament format sucks for 1 ILH and 3 OIA teams. Should of been a 6 team format, #1 &#2 get a bye week the 1st round, then the next 4 teams have quarter finals playoff system. Winners then play in the semis with #1 & #2. This will settle the #2 ranking at the end. This year, Farrington at 2-6 had a chance to be in the open semi-finals if they beaten Campbell, and not having Kamehameha and Punahou in the mix. What a joke of a open state tournament!

  7. 808 sports fan November 27, 2018 8:00 am

    To da hale!!!
    If punahou had Mililani schedule and played SJB before Mililani . Punahou wouldve lost to SJB and Mililani. Punahou was battered and bruise from playing Kahuku can you imagine SJB running over punahou. Mililani wouldve taken advantage of a battered punz team

  8. phILHarmonic November 27, 2018 8:27 am

    From what we all saw. It would not have mattered, 808 sports fan.

    Millilani got outcoached in that punahou game, in my opinion.

  9. 808 sports fan November 27, 2018 8:53 am

    ILH fan
    It definitely would have mattered. Punahou was coming off a bye week and Mililani just played SJB the #1 team in the nation. Having Two weeks to prepare Mililani definitely benefited punahou.

  10. Charles Amai November 27, 2018 10:05 am

    Makes no sense….Punahou blew out Mililani.

    We need an amendment to have at least 2 teams from the ILH represented in the playoffs.

    Tougher opponents makes better football teams…Period

  11. MYXY Mom November 27, 2018 10:13 am

    Great season Mililani! OIA champions is a great accomplishment. Why you all insist on bashing the kids and coaches is beyond me. It doesn’t matter what team each kid plays for. They are playing the game that they love and trying to get a college scholarship while doing so. Coaches are keeping these kids off the streets and out of trouble. All these people commenting above, are you there 6 days a week 3 to 4 hours a day keeping 100 teenage boys in line? You have no idea how hard just that alone is, on top of all of that, they teach you kids the game of football, of life lessons and keep them on their grades. They get paid peanuts if they even do get paid. Give the coaches some credit and leave the boys alone. Let the boys play the game

  12. Braddah Bu November 27, 2018 10:15 am

    It doesn’t have to be 2 ILH teams, who ever is ranked top 4 or top 6 regardless should be in states. We have it so easy in Hawaii, we don’t have to deal with number of schools battling for playoffs like states like California. If the top 6 schools were all OIA, they should be in and ILH is out or vice versa.

    Also to 808 sports fan, I watched the Mililani Punahou game.. it really wouldn’t have mattered if Punahou played SJB, Mililani was healthy coming into the game with no key injuries. They got out coached, period. If the score was closer, I would understand. But Mililani got smacked 2 weeks in a row and they are lucky they didn’t play saint louis during the season. It would have been 3 weeks in a row of getting smacked. Season’s over though and Mililani played in the state title game and punahou didn’t so it really don’t matter anymore. STL is #1

  13. phILHarmonic November 27, 2018 11:05 am

    Trojan Fan-

    If Kahuku played Punahou later on in the season, Puns would have won.

    If Brady didnt get knocked out first offensive play of the game, Puns would have won.

    See? I can do it too.

  14. phILHarmonic November 27, 2018 11:12 am

    Mommy Dear-

    Who’s bashing kids? who’s criticizing the sacrifice that coaches make? of teaching these about life and keeping them off the streets?

    I agree with most, not all, of the things you mentioned we should be thankful for when it comes to coaches.

    What I do not agree with is the ranking of Millilani above Punahou.

  15. Shaking my head November 27, 2018 11:49 am

    Bottom line top 6 in the tournament. like the remark in the above. if the best 6 is OIA then thats the best 6 or vise versa for ILH. System is screwed up. Shame on Hawaii. Farrington (with a 2-8 record) if they had upset or beaten campbell, they wouldve been a 2-8 team playing in the state semi finals lol. How embarrassing is that. Cmon Hawaii wake up, thats just a no brainer the system has to change. If they had right this year this wouldve been the teams in the state tournament:

    -Saint Louis

    Now doesnt that look like a better. Cmon HHSSA get it right.

  16. yabababadu November 27, 2018 11:53 am

    they still dont got the top 10 right lol, cmon how you going put waipahu and lahainaluna in front of Kamehameha lol. Damn is hawaii sports people that illiterate? Kamehameha would smash waipahu and lahainaluna, real football people know the truth. Again embarrassing.

  17. ??? November 27, 2018 1:58 pm

    NO one remembers 2-10 & NO one cares!!

  18. KalihiFB November 27, 2018 3:57 pm

    To #15 comment. Rajah dat!…..from #6 KalihiFB. Lucky the mainland leagues don’t post their comments on the HHSSA. They would all start saying WTF!

  19. 808 sports fan November 27, 2018 7:39 pm

    Ilh fan
    Even with Brady punahou wouldve lost to St. Louis who are you kidding. No team on the island of Hawai’i would beat this years St. Louis squad. NO TEAM.

  20. football4life November 27, 2018 8:02 pm

    TROJANS! Be proud of the season you had! Mililani finishes #2. Plain and simple. 86 pts. places you there. All these “has-been/wannabes”, talk nonsense. Would love to hear what they accomplished in their football careers….?? Congrats to St. Louis. They were the better team that night. Take nothing away from your OIA Championship. You beat Kahuku twice. The rankings are the rankings, and the truth is, none of these posters on this site were on that voting panel for good reason. Their votes don’t count! ILH = you agreed to the format, no one forced you to this Open Division. The rules and format were laid out and you participated. You can’t now go back and dispute the set up. Too funny! All you c/o 2019 seniors, go out and make the 808 State proud!

  21. Too Meke 2 November 27, 2018 8:04 pm

    @ 808 sports fan, he is clearly mocking you. And you are answering thinking he’s being serious, lol.

  22. To da hale November 28, 2018 7:37 am

    I agree with post #19.
    If Brady didn’t get hurt on the very first play of the ILH championship game, I still think the Crusaders would have won. The game would have been probably closer like their first game though. It’s tough when you go down 7 on your first offensive play and lose your starting QB at the same time.
    Like I previously mentioned, if Gabriel went out on the first play of the State Championship game, the Crusaders would have put them into the mercy rule and Mililani would not have scored.
    Mililani should not have been rank #2 and could not win or keep it close against a good team.
    This year the Crusaders was clearly #1 and that’s all that matters.
    I’m wondering how good they will be next year.
    Looking forward to next season.

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