For the third week in a row, panelists in the Star-Advertiser’s football poll expect Kahuku and Saint Louis to still be standing when the state championship rolls around.
The Red Raiders took every first-place vote and ruled in the top spot for the 15th straight week, dating back to last year, in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 rankings released Monday.
Beware, though, Kahuku, the last two years it was the No. 2 team for much of the year that came out No. 1 at the end, including last year’s Kahuku squad.
Kapolei, which can derail Kahuku’s repeat in the semifinals, moved up to a program-best No. 3, followed by Waianae.
That’s where it gets strange. Punahou dropped outside the top four for the first time since the beginning of November in 2011.
Mlilani and Campbell are the highest rated Division I teams in the poll at seven and eight and Konawaena enters the rankings as the lone Division II squad. It is the first time in the Star-Advertiser rankings for the Wildcats since just before the state tournament in 2012. Hilo dropped out after two weeks at No. 10.
Just missing out were ‘Iolani, Kapaa, Kamehameha and Lahainaluna.
|Updated: Nov. 21|