It’s a matchup fans have gotten used to seeing every season, but just not quite this early.
No. 1 Saint Louis and No. 2 Kahuku, which again held the top two spots in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 this week, will play Friday night at Aloha Stadium for the fourth straight season.
It will be the first time during that span that a state title won’t be on the line. Not since Aug. 17, 2013, have the two teams played in a game that didn’t end the season.
Saint Louis has won the last two — and four of the last six — meetings since the Red Raiders won five in a row from 2000 to 2006. The teams have split the last 14 meetings overall.
Saint Louis enters the game ranked No. 10 in the nation by MaxPreps and No. 11 by USA Today. The Crusaders have been a unanimous No. 1 pick in every Star-Advertiser Top 10 this season.
Kahuku has been ranked No. 2 every week of the season by nine of the 10 voters. Only one has picked Mililani ahead of Kahuku every week since the preseason.
The Trojans lost their first game of the season at St. John Bosco (Calif.) on Friday, 52-14. The Braves remained No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps and No. 2 by USA Today.
That loss didn’t hurt in the eyes of the voters in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10. Mililani remained solidly in the No. 3 spot, with only one voter dropping the Trojans to No. 4.
The top eight all remained the same in the first poll in two weeks after the threat of Hurricane Lane wiped out all but Kamehameha’s win over Carson in Calif. in Week 4.
Kapolei, which got a big win and had a lot of fun on its trip to Calif., jumped up a spot to No. 9 with Damien falling back to No. 10 after losing at Mt. Spokane (Wash.). The Monarchs dropped to 1-6 all-time against teams from the mainland.
St. Francis (six), Leilehua (one) and Kauai (one) also received votes.
TOP 10 SCHEDULE
Friday, Sep. 7
No. 1 Saint Louis vs. No. 2 Kahuku at Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
No. 6 Kamehameha at No. 4 Campbell, 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 Damien at Waipahu, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sep. 8
No. 5 Punahou at No. 3 Mililani, 6:30 p.m.
KS-Maui at No. 7 Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.
No. 8 ‘Iolani at Leilehua, 6 p.m.
Waianae at No. 9 Kapolei, 6:30 p.m.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10