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)