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.
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