Mililani up to No. 7 in national rankings

Mililani's Bryson Ventura tried to fight off a tackle attempt by Punahou's Ronley Lakalaka in last season's state Division 1 championship game. Ventura is back this season as a wide receiver for the Trojans, who are ranked No. 7 nationally. Lakalaka graduated from Punahou in the spring. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Mililani’s Bryson Ventura tried to fight off a tackle attempt by Punahou’s Ronley Lakalaka in last season’s state Division 1 championship game. Ventura is back this season as a wide receiver for the Trojans, who are ranked No. 7 nationally. Lakalaka graduated from Punahou in the spring. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Mililani hasn’t played a regular-season game yet and went from No. 18 to No. 7 in the MaxPreps Freeman Rankings in less than a week.

The defending Division I state champion Trojans were in double digits when the rankings came out on Aug. 8 and are in the single digits in the latest release Thursday.

Ned Freeman, a MaxPreps.com associate, made the computer model for the rankings, which, according to the site, are the result of a collection of “enormous amounts of information from teams” throughout the nation.


The Trojans are No. 1 in the Honolulu Star-Advetiser’s Top 10. The No. 2 team, Saint Louis, is 30th nationally, and No. 3 Punahou is 37th.

Mililani opens its season Saturday against McKinley at Roosevelt’s Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.

The Crusaders don’t start their regular season until Aug. 21 at Aloha Stadium against the champions of American Samoa, Fagaitua.


The Buffanblu (1-0) defeated Leilehua 49-7 last Saturday and play their home opener this Saturday against Hilo of the Big Island.

These MaxPreps computer rankings are done differently than the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, which is a poll of the website’s writers.


National rankings for the Star-Advetiser’s Top 10 follow.

Star-Advertiser Top 10 (national rank in parentheses)
>> 1. Mililani (7)
>> 2. Saint Louis (30)
>> 3. Punahou (37)
>> 4. Kahuku (194)
>> 5. Kamehameha (844)
>> 6. Farrington (1,003)
>> 7. Kapolei (640)
>> 8. ‘Iolani (744)
>> 9. Kapaa (2,892)
>> 10. Campbell (1,172)

COMMENTS

  1. FB fan August 14, 2015 6:09 am

    How in the hell is Campbell still top 10? They had the worst loss of the week and still #10?


  2. hossana August 14, 2015 7:13 am

    I completely agree with FB fan questioning Campbell’s position still in the top 10 after getting run over by Kahuku. Ridiculous…this shows that there is a dearth of quality Div. 1 football teams in Hawaii if they had to post Campbell as the No. 10 team or was it based on just name recognition or the coach on his past record….STILL RIDICULOUS!!!


  3. hwnstyll August 14, 2015 2:45 pm

    What a great thing to have 3 Hawaii high schools ranked in the top 40 nationally. Whether we agree on the top 3 is irrelevant. Hawaii football is on the national map, congrats to all the great coaching now in Hawaii high schools and giving our boys dozens of scholarships every year!


  4. Same Ol Same Ol August 14, 2015 4:45 pm

    Never heard of this poll before lol


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