Mililani jumps Kahuku for No. 2 in Top 10

Mililani quarterback Dillon Gabriel has thrown for 6,101 yards and 67 touchdowns heading into his senior season. Photo by Marco Garcia/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

When Mililani and Kahuku meet in 12 days in the OIA championship game, voters in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 favor the Trojans.

Mililani, which improved to 10-0 with a 42-6 thumping of Waianae in the OIA semifinals on Friday at Aloha Stadium, jumped Kahuku for the No. 2 spot in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 released today.

Six of the 10 voters picked the Trojans, who own a state-best 15-game winning streak, second ahead of Kahuku. The other four had Kahuku, which rolled past Campbell 49-7 in the other semifinal game at Aloha Stadium, second and Mililani third.

Saint Louis (8-0), which clinched its third consecutive ILH title and remained No. 25 nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 this week, again received all 10 first-place votes in the Star-Advertiser rankings.

The Trojans and Red Raiders have combined to win the last 10 OIA titles with Kahuku winning seven and Mililani getting its titles in 2010, ’13 and ’14. The only other school to win an OIA title in Division I since classification in 2003 is Leilehua in 2007.

The next three spots remained the same with No. 4 Kamehameha holding an edge of four votes over No. 5 Punahou. Waianae is No. 6.

Lahainaluna (9-1), the MIL Division II champion once again, moved up a spot to No. 7 to match its highest ranking since late in the 2013 season before it lost to Kaiser in the Division II state semifinals.

Campbell (7-4) dropped a spot to No. 8, followed by Waipahu and Hilo. The Marauders (9-0) own their highest ranking in a statewide poll dating back to 2001.

Hilo (8-1) is back in the rankings for the first time since losing to Konawaena earlier this season.

Other teams receiving votes are St. Francis (seven), Leilehua (five), Konawaena (four), Maui (three) and Damien (two).

Waipahu is the only top-10 team playing this week. The Marauders will face Pearl City in the OIA Division II title game on Thursday evening at Aloha Stadium.

In case you missed it, brackets for the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships were released earlier today.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: May 16 (final)
1.Maryknoll (13)130
2.‘Iolani 117
8. Baldwin44


  1. Awrite!! October 23, 2017 3:57 pm

    Townie voters always bias for their townie teams
    Everyone looks good until they play Kahuku!


  2. Hau'ulaBoy October 23, 2017 4:00 pm

    Mill Vill should be ranked higher. Big Red has the loss and Trojans are unbeaten. But we will see who prevails come Nov. 4. Red Raider D vs Trojan O. Sola vs York. Now this should show what this D has. If the young DB’s have grown up and can the front seven get by that O-Line? Cant wait. RR4L._.

  3. ??? October 23, 2017 4:21 pm

    Perfect time for Mililani to jump Kahuku, it will give Kahuku more incentive to beat Mil-Vil.

  4. Terii'te'toofa October 23, 2017 4:30 pm

    Exactly Awrite ! I just love it when these dummy pollsters add fuel to the fire. Don’t they know yet it’s not good to motivate and anger Kahuku ? I’ll tell you why Red Raiders will win it all. This is the most balanced all around talented team Kahuku has ever had. Their bench and backups run real deep. If you notice they don’t have player’s playing both ways as in the past. And they remember last year real well.

  5. TooMeke October 23, 2017 4:36 pm

    I love it. Garontee locker room material. Thank you voters.

  6. Coach C October 23, 2017 4:36 pm

    Don’t mean squat. They both play in the championship with perfect league records AND they both play St.Louis.

  7. Hau'ulaBoy October 23, 2017 4:42 pm

    I wouldnt consider this offense better than 2001. Now that team was balanced. This D might be better all around. But the studs on that D was great. In fact the DC, Sols Soliai was killng people out on the field.

  8. TooMeke October 23, 2017 4:44 pm

    “most balanced all around talented team Kahuku has ever had…”

    uhhhh… no. not even close. it is talented, but it wouldn’t even make my top 10 KHS teams of all time…mostly because of the youth on this team.

    talk to me when sol-jay and all those DBs are juniors and seniors… then maybe.

    I would argue that MA’s teams were top 5…maybe the best. 87-88 & 88-89 teams… then look at 94-95 to 96-97 three-peat teams. talent on those teams were unreal… those earlier teams just weren’t as organized as the KHS system is now.

    Even aofaga’s years…especially when they demolished the Mariota’s Crusaders…

    so no… not this year… not top 10. but…still the best in the state.


  9. Laie boy_\,,/ October 23, 2017 5:25 pm

    03 04. Had way better studs. That’s the past tho. Go big red

  10. Awrite!! October 23, 2017 6:08 pm

    TooMeke you smokin TooMuchPankeke!

    2012 with Aofaga Wily, Moe at QB was the top KHS team of all time because they won before even stepping on the field. Smashed Punahou in the state title game 42-20. When was the last Kahuku team that was the clear favorites to win it all and by atleast 21 pts? Never! Those 80s and 90s teams barely even won the OIA and then went on to get pounded by STL in the prep bowl.

    2001 with Muliwai and Funaki was probably 2nd best KHS team because they were Favorited but only beat STL in the prep Bowl by 6 pts.

    This year 2017 team is so far #3 of all time KHS team and if they smash their way to a title can rank as the #1 KHS team of all time.

    Also back then in the 90s and early 2000s the offenses were not as dynamic and skilled as what we are seeing with MILL and STL now days so this year will be a challenge for Kahuku but we are deep and have no need for two way players this year.

  11. RR4LIFE living the lie October 23, 2017 6:15 pm

    Mariota won a state championship genius. He only played his Senior year as a starter. The rest of those Kahuku greats you mentioned also got spanked by the Crusaders. After Kahuku loses to Mililani, St. Lulu going to spank them the next week and send them home. Then no irritating, rude, and ignorant horn blasting. Such a shame to the community. The ignorance out here on the north shore is strong.

    REAL RR4Life not football dummies

  12. Terii'te'toofa October 23, 2017 7:22 pm

    Smart man Awrite. No worry stick to your faith. Red Raiders will smash both Mililani (like they did to Kapolei last year),and St. Louis (if they get past Mililani in the Open Division semifinals) 😉
    Believe me although this team is young they play like veteran’s. CHAMPIONSHIP VETERAN’S. It’s up to the coaches,who I now have faith in too.

  13. Douglas Hu October 23, 2017 7:52 pm

    Dont care about rankings…the OIA title game should be a good one…Mililani, 35-21…

  14. TooMeke October 23, 2017 7:55 pm

    Awrite – correct me if I’m wrong but I seem to remember that 88 = Walter at QB and the D gave up 20 points all season…20. I believed they outscored their opponents something like 300-something to 20. And Walter still holds some passing records…

    MA and Itula Mili and Chris Naeole…on the same team – how do you top that offensively?? Men playing against boys…if MA didn’t sit out the 2nd half of most games, his rushing totals would be MILES ahead of 2nd place in the state. And we all know what Itula and Chris have done…

    Don’t get me started. Today’s teams don’t have to play against ILH teams stacked with 19-year olds, some turning 20 right after football season pau. Those 80s, 90s, 00s teams all had to play against those stacked teams…so you can’t compare scores…apples vs oranges.

    Good fun to debate, but in my mind – no.

  15. Douglas Hu October 23, 2017 7:57 pm

    I also think that Kaniho kid will be better than his brother…he has a feel for this game, a natural…gonna enjoy watching the rest of his high school career…

  16. TooMeke October 23, 2017 7:59 pm

    RR4LIFE living the lie…

    Are you referring to Mariota’s ASTERISK year *****??? HAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!

    We all know he got killed by Big Red during the season…and that was with the refs calling back TWO touchdowns… He’s just grateful to Big Red for screwing up on a 3rd string player’s paperwork who played mop-up duty in some games… If wasn’t for that, he’d be title-LESS…and we all know it. He should be donating part of his checks to Big Red in perpetual gratitude…

    Ainocan believe you’re even bringing up that ***** year… LMAO…

  17. Douglas Hu October 23, 2017 8:02 pm

    Too (many falaniks at Kahuku) Meke…stop it…

  18. MKGA October 23, 2017 8:04 pm

    Even though I poke fun at Mililani’s roster of GE starters, I gotta give props to their team. Their offense is fun to watch. Gonna be a good game. If Gabriel takes some hits early he might get rattled. However if he hits some receivers early in the right windows, it could be a long night for the red raiders.

  19. Choloropicrin October 23, 2017 8:17 pm

    1998 Kahuku offensive line is probaly the best and the biggest!! Talamoni Talamoni and Andres Manumaleuna were thunder and lightening in the backfield.

    Their defense were stout too with LB Pati Mailo, Chris Kemoatu (sophomore), Tupola and Peters in the backfield.

  20. 88 October 23, 2017 8:38 pm

    Awrite you think this team is #3? Have you even been to a game this year? Don’t get me wrong, we taking OIA and States, but #3. Really? I have NEVER seen a Kahuku team that had to work as hard as this team has to work to score a TD. There were a bunch of times that this team had the ball inside the 5 yard line and came away with nothing. NOTHING! Anything in the RedZone is supposed to be money for BigRed. But not this year.
    My #1 has to go to the 2015 team. Everybody in the State knew what we were going to do. They Knew which side the play was going to, they knew the gap the RB was running to and yet no one could stop it. We ran the same 3 plays over and over and no one in Hawaii could stop it. Now that’s dominance.

  21. Awrite!! October 23, 2017 9:10 pm

    Yeah 2015 for sure the best defense of all time with DBU secondary (Santiago, Kaniho, Ahhoy, Savao, Stokes) all going on to college.

    Dont forget that the 2015 team defense shut down Mililanis Milton and STLs Tua. Both those QBs are now in college (Bama & UCF) tearing it up so that says alot of how well Kahuku plays defense and prepares Hawaiis opposing QBs for college compeition.

    Lets add mariota to the list of Great hawaii QBs as the Best ever to come out of Hawaii….and yes Kahukus defense back in 2010 also shut him down in that game out at Kahuku. If not for the disqualification in the playoffs Kahuku would have shut him down again in the state title game. He then goes on to win heismen in college and starting in the NFL.

  22. Awrite!! October 23, 2017 9:18 pm

    Toomeke you would think that with talent like MA, i-dog and Naole on that 1990 team they would at least win OIA but they didnt so, no, no KHS team in the 80s or 90s can be considered top 10.

    No one cares what the players did after high school because we talking only about high school so take the 8 kahuku teams that won state championships and list them in any order you want, then your MA team from 1990 can make #9 best.

  23. Alpha October 23, 2017 9:23 pm

    @88 2014 should have been the best ever if it weren’t for L. Leslie (now that was bubble gum offense). But just to add some more juice to this game, 2015 Mililani had the best D vs Kahuku that year. Held Kahuku to 7 points till 3rd qtr. Mililani D also scored on that O, imo a healthy Milton would have made a big difference that game. My prediction goes to Mililani on this one. Let’s not forget Gabriel, Olomua (mills impact player that 2015 game), Williams, Agasiva were starters that year also. Mililani’s got experience on there side this year, kahuku good but this is not J. Morikawa/D. Furuta Mililani they facing.

  24. Awrite!! October 23, 2017 9:27 pm

    also TooMeke I think MA is a top 5 Hawaii Rb of all time but he is not the only one that sat after halftime, all the greats have rested due to blow outs. My top 5 Hawaii RBs

    1. Vaevae Malepeai
    2. Joe Igber
    3. MA
    4. Faga Wily
    5. Chris Maafala

  25. Terii'te'toofa October 23, 2017 10:06 pm

    Just to let you Mil Vil fans know. Since when did Mililani have so many Polynesian families living in your community ? Since Rod York recruited them out of the Halawa area where he was born. The Agasiva’s,Malapeai’s,and Tovi’s all come from Makalapa Manor and Halawa View high rise. Some of them played for Aiea before they were recruited to play for Mililani.Probably now using family or friend’s addresses to play for Mililani. Even the Bishop Gorman standout boy Ie Gaoteote comes from Makalapa. So pump your brakes before you try to get all high and mighty.

  26. Good Story October 23, 2017 10:32 pm

    Sole…all you guys is too mean. Only Red Raiders can turn one article like this into which Red Raider teams was the bestest, which running back was the bestest. What a Town! I not even playing. Das why I love this place…it’s all about US and everyone else is just background music. GO BIG RED…home of the best fans on earth.

  27. Awrite!! October 23, 2017 11:37 pm

    Teriii dont worry about Halawa boys, if you knew da mean kine teine get at Milflilani you would go too!

    For real kine though please answer truthfully:
    How many plates you can bench in High school, how many now?

    hs- 3
    now- 1

  28. October 24, 2017 12:20 am

    Hs 3half now 2half

  29. Northshore October 24, 2017 5:17 am

    Com-on man, RRFL’s humble yourselves. All the bragging about whose gonna win might turn around and kick you in the butt. BTW it doesn’t matter if Kahuku is ranked 3rd or whatever because this SA ranking is a bogus ranking especially when it has division II teams ranked with division I. Who cares, it’s how the teams end up at the end of the season. Whoever shows up for the championship game, whoever commits the least amount of errors (turnovers, penalties, missed assignments) usually comes out ahead especially when two teams are equally talented. Anticipate the game to be exciting and whoever is victorious deserves to be the OIA champion. Hopefully Kahuku’s coaches doesn’t get out-couched by Mililani’s coaches as they did by Bingham’s. Good luck to both teams and hope it turns out to be an exciting game, Mockery and bragging is a sign of immaturity….be humble but carry a big stick. RRFL. Be in attendance and let’s rock the place as we always do.

  30. TooMeke October 24, 2017 6:56 am

    88 – I have to agree with your comments on 2015 squad… but the argument originally made also included the phrase “most balanced”…and 2015 was not balanced… nothing wrong with it…I enjoyed that season tremendously.

    But when we talk about “most balanced” AND “all around talented”… they don’t make the cut. But they were still awesome.

    I also agree that this year’s team is going through a lot of “growing pains” with Sol-Jay…he’s a sophomore – it’s to be expected. Also…our WRs are not used to catching balls…that much is evidenced by the overwhelming number of drops of very catchable passes. So like I said – I’m excited to see how they grow together over the next two years…and hopefully we are grooming future QBs in the same type of offense. Otherwise, back to the drawing board 3 years from now.

    When comparing KHS teams, I generally just look at the offenses…because almost every year has had dominating defenses with great players…so the defenses are a wash in comparison. So looking just at offenses…which were the “most balanced” AND “all around talented”??

    Bottom line – that squad had to have a good QB that could throw. Santiago, Stant, Funaki, etc. Just looking at 2000 and 2001 – they beat stacked St Louis squads back to back with Inoke at QB and Pula at RB. They had beasts on D as usual…but THAT was a well-balanced O.

    Good fun!

  31. TooMeke October 24, 2017 7:00 am

    All I know is Tanuvasa is straight from Milz… Ma’a was da man back then. And a great guy and coach.

    Good luck to your squad Ma’a! Hope no injuries. And hope we rematch in States!


  32. HBoy October 24, 2017 7:01 am

    Post games was way better in the 80s. Get half gallon juice, plate lunch and leis and on top of that…you can shower and no have to go home stink. Love football with a passion but this comment area is killing me, too much kaukala. Let the boys play and we cheer them on. Win or lose, we love them and support them. We cheer for them all on the next level, why not now? Go Big red.

  33. Alpha October 24, 2017 7:04 am

    @Teriii, I’m starting to think this Mililani team is starting to worry you folks. The recruiting story sounds like the excuse everybody will fall back on if they beat Kahuku, and I’m sure STL fans will ride that same bus also if they have to play the Trojans. It’s starting to come down to dropping names and questioning how/since when poly’s can afford to live Mililani etc. . . Just do what you guys do best and play football, “Go Big or Go Home” right? Well, Mililani just got big, what will happen Nov 4th? Who knows but all I know is Mililani won’t lay down for this Kahuku team like they didn’t in 2014/2015. . . H. S transfers is still a taboo subject here on Hawaii, yall just like the A.D’s here, stuck in the 70’s. Kids transfer on the wide on the mainland. Better program, Academics means better shot at college, that’s what its all about right? The kids future? and not hometown hero status.

  34. Coach C October 24, 2017 7:52 am

    Lol alpha, “this is not the J.Morikawa/D.Fruruta team”. Right but actually those guys were true MILILANI residents and not “fake” DE.

  35. Coach C October 24, 2017 8:08 am

    Awrite. Before you throw your “young” top Hawaii hs running backs in, Mosi Tatupu is the best. Punahou,USC and NE patriots. The NFL use to have a special teams AWARD named after him. Straight from the housing of Kalihi.

  36. ILH October 24, 2017 8:19 am

    How do you screen shot?? I want to catch all of this……..just in case. lol.

    RR vs Millville is going to be a great game. Good luck to all the players.

  37. Gone Fishing October 24, 2017 9:50 am

    Good luck to the new coaching staff at Kahuku. I believe this may be their first championship game for the HC, OC, and DC in their roles.

    Sola, please don’t choke and put in a standing up d-line just for the title game like we did with Hauoli Kikaha Jamora and lose the game.

    Faa, please don’t choke and put in 500 new plays this week for practice and only run Smash during the game like we did forever in the 90’s.

    Makoa, if we go up by enough margin of points (knocking on wood-not jinxing) and you have to decide between looking like a decent person and pulling starters out OR risk looking like a deek by running up the score….go ahead and BE A DEEK!!

  38. 88 October 24, 2017 11:31 am


  39. TooMeke October 24, 2017 11:38 am

    Ditto to Gone Fishing…BE A DEEK!!! LMAO.

    (Just make sure Sol-Jay no get injured on another stupid play)…smh.

  40. Mililani Hammer October 24, 2017 12:20 pm

    @ tefruity-tetofoufa, Those names are well respected in our community. Those names you will hear On game night running all over your precious D ya f#cking monkey!! I hope you get ulcers thinking about them cause you can’t do shet about it!! They were here from freshman to seniors. Dem boyz will always be Mililani!!!

  41. HADAFAKAYA October 24, 2017 12:30 pm

    Guess Mililani gets to play St Loui first!

  42. TooMeke October 24, 2017 12:40 pm

    faka cheeeehuuuuu hammer!!! easy killah… bumbye u get one stroke and no can watch da game! (maybe can with one eye)


    The only names I going hear are “Gabriel sacked again”, and “Gabriel picked off again”, and “Malepeai tackled for a loss…again”, and “Olomua (give you his RRFL uncle) run ovah again.”

    LMFAO!!! RRFL!

  43. 96789 October 24, 2017 1:52 pm

    Terii’te’toofa…you’re partially correct with your statement regarding Bishop Gorman Ie Gaoteote is from Makalapa. Did you know, the kid is from Mililani too? He has roots in both communities. His father is from Makalapa and mother is from Mililani and is an alumni of Mililani High School. In fact, the kid actually lived in Mililani and was NOT a GE/DE football player playing for Mililani High School. If he never left Mililani High School for Bishop Gorman, his family would still reside in Mililani.

  44. RR4LIFE living the lie October 24, 2017 2:04 pm

    All this talk about smashing this team and that team. Put your money where your mouth is. RR will lose to Mil, then get spanked by St. Lulu. Then not be in the championship. Thank the Lord. We won’t have to listen to those ignorant horns being blown all the way to Kahuku. Instead it will be a long somber ride back home. And those kids from Halawa who play for Mililani are kids just going to be with family. Sound familiar, chumps. Go back to living your glory days…..oh wait never mind, those where the day when you lost. My bad

  45. Awrite!! October 24, 2017 3:04 pm

    Toomeke said – “…our WRs are not used to catching balls…that much is evidenced by the overwhelming number of drops of very catchable passes. ”

    Bro, look at the replays and you will see that our QB is not so accurate, when he does put it on the money our WRs actually have good hands. This might be the best set of WR we had ever at Kahuku, not individually but as a unit.
    – Heffernan is quick and shifty but misses it when its thrown in the opposite direction of where he is running
    – Alapa has good hands and can catch it anywhere except when its thrown to his toes.
    – Purcell and Crismon are reliable on the cross routes
    – Nawahine is killer in the flats and when they unleash Wes on the seams its ovah for the rest of the state.

  46. Awrite!! October 24, 2017 3:22 pm

    Mililani Hammer October 24, 2017 12:20 pm
    @ tefruity-tetofoufa, Those names are well respected in our community. Those names you will hear On game night running all over your precious D ya f#cking monkey!! I hope you get ulcers thinking about them cause you can’t do shet about it!! They were here from freshman to seniors. Dem boyz will always be Mililani!!!

    Much respect to Mills and the boys balling out, but your last statement is somewhat not true. They will always be Mililani until you look at their College profile page and it says their hometown




  47. Hau'ulaBoy October 24, 2017 3:23 pm

    Who cares where dei from, line em up and knock um down. Lets do dis!!! Only stupid fans care about whos from where. The boyz on da team, dey no care. Just play tough and hope no injuries. Good luck to both sides. RR4L._.

  48. 10Mean October 24, 2017 3:28 pm

    LOL, Coach Makoa… a deek!!!

  49. TheTruth October 24, 2017 5:09 pm

    The class of 2013 that got DQ’d had the best offense and Defense of all time. They had a big, fast, powerful o line, fast RB (Aofaga Wily), Moe at QB, Shairone Thompson and Punga Vea at WR’s. Multiple threats all over the field. Kahuku’s Defense is always hard to judge and won’t say which year had the best. But anyways can’t wait to SASA YORKS MULI!!!

  50. Hau'ulaBoy October 24, 2017 6:31 pm

    Inoke was best QB out of Big Red. Moe was good, but Inoke was best. Compare WR’s and 2001 had Loga Fonoimoana, Jimmy Kammarar, Saia Hafoka, even little Ben Chase. RB’s I give it to Faga Wily, but Mulivai was top 5 backs of all time too and you had Irving Atuaia at FB. 01 also used nuber one D end in the state at TE, Mapu.

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