Punahou football nationally ranked

(photos by Jay Metzger / Special to Star-Advertiser)
(photos by Jay Metzger / Special to Star-Advertiser)

Punahou, which was judged the second best team in Hawaii in the most recent Star-Advertiser poll, is the only Hawaii school ranked in Scout.com Fox Sports preseason top 50.

Punahou_Sekona360x300No. 1 Saint Louis did not draw a ranking. The Crusaders were ranked No. 3 in the same poll way back in 1999.

The Buffanblu are ranked 32nd on the list, but it doesn’t include their 24-14 win over Mililani last week. Punahou will get a chance to get even more attention from national pollsters if it can win its next game, Aug. 31 against Helix High School (La Mesa, Calif.) in San Diego, during Punahou’s alumni weekend there.

The Highlanders, who claim Bill Walton and Reggie Bush as former standouts, went 10-1 last year before losing to Poway in the playoffs. They might have their hands full with the Buffanblu, though, since Punahou has won the last three times it has traveled to the continent. Punahou beat Vista (Calif.) 19-7 in 2011, Central Kitsap (Wash.) 42-19 in 2008 and Eastlake (Wash.) 23-16 at Qwest Field in 2006.

Punahou vs. out of state schools since 1973:

West Anchorage W, 48-0

at Vista (Calif) W, 19-7

Central Kitsap W, 42-19

Eastlake (Wash.) W, 23-16

Timpview W, 10-0

Edison L, 32-6

San Clemente (Calif.) W, 25-9

Torrey Pines (Calif.) L, 31-14

San Clemente (Calif.) W, 20-6

Morse (Calif.) W, 36-22

Torrey Pines (Calif.) L, 32-31

Orange Glen (Calif.) L, 22-20

Monte Vista W, 28-0

Morese (Calif.) High L, 55-15

Edison (Calif.) L, 44-13

Lowell (Calif.) W, 14-0

South Salem (Ore.) W, 34-12

Orem (Utah) W, 42-6


  1. JD Allen August 22, 2013 1:42 am

    Actually, the Punahou-Edison game in ’99 happened in Hawaii, if I recall. Just letting you know.

  2. pukahead August 22, 2013 4:44 am

    The Orem (Utah) game was in 1974 at BYU to showcase heavily-recruited Mosi Tatupu to the Cougar coaching staff.

    The South Salem (Ore.) game was in 1973.

  3. Jerry Campany August 22, 2013 7:04 am

    Thanks, I’ll check that out. But that makes sense, those look like the Akina years.

    Wish that one was still around, that was a hell of a preseason football extravaganza.

  4. Jerry Campany August 22, 2013 8:15 am

    Thanks, pukahead, but the Oregon game was in 1974 at Aloha Stadium, I am looking at a Ferd Lewis story from that day right now.

    Verner Ah Ching and Scott Mosher ran for 176 yards together, 168 of them in the first half.

    I wish I had stats for Mosi’s game at Utah on 1973, but that is going to have to wait until next summer unless someone can produce a clip for me.

  5. Rick Smith August 22, 2013 11:23 am

    Helix High School is in La Mesa, but the Punahou – Helix game is being played on the campus of Cathedral Catholic High School in the northern part of the City of San Diego.

  6. Rick Smith August 22, 2013 7:55 pm

    A game in 1974 would have been played in Honolulu Stadium. Aloha Stadium did not open until the 1975 football season.

  7. Jerry Campany August 23, 2013 7:02 am

    True, Rick, I was looking all over that post for the mistake. It was in a comment!

  8. JenLong August 23, 2013 10:06 am

    thats okay, when St Louis or Kahuku beat them then maybe the rankinds will be fare. they are good and will have a good season but their name is known because of recent grads like Manti, Robby, Dalton, Isaac, Luke and upcoming guys like Canton. but that doesnt make them the best. kahuku and St louis deserve to be in the ranking. we have to remember these lists are made by people who never ever come to hawaii to even watch a game.

  9. Rick August 23, 2013 1:28 pm

    Competing nationally on a consistent basis puts Punahou in a position to be ranked.

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