With the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Football Championships set to begin Friday, there is no debate who the top three teams in the state are.
Two-time defending OIA champion Kahuku picked up all 15 first-place votes for the second straight week in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 released Monday.
Two-time defending ILH champion Saint Louis, which lost to Kahuku in the Division I state final last season, received all 15 second-place votes this week while ILH runner-up Punahou was listed at No. 3 on every ballot.
The schedule for the six-team Open Division state tournament was released Saturday night. No. 1 Kahuku will potentially have to beat both No. 3 Punahou and No. 2 Saint Louis in order to win its ninth state championship.
The entire top 10 remained the same for the previous week with No. 4 Farrington remaining in that spot despite losing 44-8 to the Red Raiders. Farrington (8-3) will play No. 6 Waianae (8-4) in Saturday’s first round of the Open Division while No. 5 Kapolei (9-2), which won the OIA Red regular season, takes on the Buffanblu.
Voters seem to favor a championship game in the Division I tournament between No. 7 Mililani and No. 8 Campbell. Baldwin, which is ranked No. 9, plays the seventh-ranked Trojans in the first round on Friday at War Memorial Stadium. Hilo, which is No. 10 this week, will host Leilehua.
The Vikings were seeded first in the Division I tournament.
Three of the four games in the first round of the Division I tournament involve ranked teams. The only matchup with teams outside of the top 10 pits ‘Iolani against Moanalua.
TOP 10 SCHEDULE
>> No. 1 Kahuku, idle
>> No. 2 Saint Louis, idle
>> No. 3 Punahou vs. No. 5 Kapolei at Aloha Stadium, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
>> No. 4 Farrington vs. No. 6 Waianae at Aloha Stadium, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
>> No. 7 Mililani vs. No. 9 Baldwin at War Memorial Stadium, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
>> No. 8 Campbell vs. Waiakea, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
>> No. 10 Hilo vs. Leilehua at Kea’au, Friday, 7 p.m.
|Updated: Nov. 21|