National football rankings update

Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura (7) put a stiff arm on Kamehameha defensive lineman Kalani Kamakawiwoole (11) in a game on Oct. 12. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Owners of a 23-game winning streak, the unanimous No. 1-ranked football team in the state of Hawaii for the entire season, the Saint Louis Crusaders, begin postseason play this week with a winner-take-all ILH championship game against Punahou on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.

Despite winning the head-to-head matchup against the Buffanblu, 35-28, in the regular season, there is no tiebreaker advantage. The winner of Saturday’s game is the ILH champion and will play in the Open Division state tournament beginning Nov. 16. The loser will turn it the pads on Monday.

The Crusaders enter the week ranked No. 10 in the latest MaxPreps Xcellent 25 and No. 15 in the USA Today Super 25.

MaxPreps has Saint Louis fourth in the West Region while USA Today puts the Crusaders sixth in the West, behind St. John Bosco (No. 1), Mater Dei (No. 2), De La Salle (No. 8), Centennial-Corona (No. 9) and Oaks Christian (No. 13). All five of those schools are in California.

Saint John’s College School in Washington D.C., quarterbacked by Kahuku transfer Sol-Jay Maiava, is ranked No. 3 by MaxPreps and No. 5 by USA Today.

In addition to its regular poll done by a vote, MaxPreps also has a ranking done strictly by a computer, without the use of a human vote.

In the latest MaxPreps Freeman rankings, Saint Louis is No. 12 in the country while Punahou is No. 26 and Mililani is No. 29, giving Hawaii three of the top 30 teams in the country.

>> In high school girls volleyball, Kamehameha is ranked No. 6 in the country by USA Today and No. 12 by MaxPreps, while ‘Iolani is No. 8 in the same USA Today poll and unranked by MaxPreps.


  1. Brannon Bonner October 22, 2018 9:20 am

    Example= After state winner is determined, play other state winners for the overall Champ.
    Saint Louis should be allowed to play the very Best from Cali, Texas or wherever, LOL MAYBE SOMEDAY!!!🙏🏽

  2. Lou October 22, 2018 1:30 pm

    Just an example, St.Louis is 6th in the West,behind 6 Calif. teams. That would include 4 catholic private schools, and one semi private school. So yeah, private schools do have $$$ ,facilities,support,paid coaches,corporate sponsors and lawyers.

  3. Reality October 22, 2018 4:05 pm

    Just st.louis cant travel because they love that alcohol and prostitutes to much in the mainland

  4. Wake up October 22, 2018 5:57 pm

    And they don’t have the money.

  5. Dafun October 22, 2018 6:11 pm

    I played for St Louis and I’m pretty sure facilities, and money don’t do shit. St Louis is successful because of the coaching and theyve figured out what works for them. We didn’t have anything fancy 15 years ago. The only thing fancy was our field, which a lot of public schools have now. Our weight room looked like shit. So from my experience Cal has a system that works on the field and picks the best coached to execute his plan

  6. ??? October 22, 2018 7:08 pm

    It’s funny how you say Cal has a system? The whole island knows his system:
    “Recruit the best athletes from around the state”.

    STL wins because of coaching? 😂 I’ll bet if half the islands HS coaches had Cal’s recruited talent they would have a hard time losing too.. SMH!!

  7. Charles Amai October 22, 2018 7:29 pm

    Just like MD, DeLa Salle and SJB, I highly doubt Saint Louis recruits especially with the Dynasty Package in full tilt boogie.

    Excellent option for the guys especially if they have Manoa dreams.

  8. SLS public school October 22, 2018 8:11 pm

    you only go to saint louis if you want to play football, not for the education. They also have average to below average sports teams other than football. It basically is just a football day care. Does anybody really hear about saint louis after football season? They dont really make any noise after that. The parents are paying for the friends they make and the football season, not for the education.

  9. Farney October 22, 2018 9:31 pm

    Dafun, 15 years ago,Kahuku was champs and Cal was not at StL. So, you never play in the *system*. Thanks for paying full tuition so that Ale Tuifanga got a”ride”.

  10. HILifer October 22, 2018 10:28 pm

    LOL at all the Crusader Haters. It’s true what they say….it’s lonely at the top!! Bitter MUCH??!!

    You peons need to know your roles and bow at the feet of the Kings. Mahalo.


  11. ??? October 23, 2018 6:09 am

    @Charles Amai
    “I highly doubt stl recruits”

    Please crawl out from whatever ROCK you’re living under!

  12. Katosan October 23, 2018 10:11 am

    Brannon Bonner
    They have the GEICO Bowl series.
    It’s why CA moved up their season by a week.
    Hawai’i should get it’s Open Champ into this series of Bowl games

  13. Katosan October 23, 2018 10:12 am


    Cent10 is a public school. How does one become a semi-private school?

  14. Katosan October 23, 2018 10:14 am

    St Louis would get boat raced by SBJ & Mater Dei. Cen10, Jokes Christian and DLS vs. St Louis would be good games. But, the top 2 in CA are the top two in the nation for a reason. They’re so dominant that they both put running clocks on other top 15 national teams come playoff time.

  15. Paul Blart October 23, 2018 12:03 pm

    Cal is smart about who he schedules for mainland teams. All the top teams mentioned have PLENTY money to come down but don’t yet you have Narbonne that can come down twice to play saint louis on island?? Strategy seems to play a big part in who Coach Cal allows to come down for a game. It’s too bad really because the past 3-4 years (including this year) would be prime to see how saint louis stacks up against the elite.

  16. private October 23, 2018 8:50 pm

    Teams from the mainland have played St. Louis in their “down” years, The exception being Narbonne. The mainland teams aren’t stupid. Gorman is a perfect example. Why did they not agree to a game with St. Louis this year, Gormans record this year tells the story. Too bad, it would have been a great game.

  17. Katosan October 24, 2018 6:04 am


    Except Narbonne’s best players were ineligible for this year’s game. This includes several FBS commits and recruits. The Bonne team without those key guys were a very weak squad, and lost to average teams back in So Cal. Now that those guys are back, they look like they did last year. Last year, you’re right about Bonne on a good year.

  18. For the kids October 24, 2018 9:17 am

    Hawaii the only State in the Country where the 1 and 2 teams in the state won’t be able to play for State Championship. LOL

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