Punahou snags 2 first-place votes in HSA Top 10

Punahou linebacker Alexander Skelton was part of an inspired Buffanblu defense that held Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa without a TD in a 33-20 win last Thursday at Aloha Stadium.
Punahou linebacker Alexander Skelton was part of an inspired Buffanblu defense that held Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa without a TD in a 33-20 win last Thursday at Aloha Stadium.

After overcoming a 20-point defeat against Saint Louis earlier this season and holding star Crusaders quarterback Tua Tagovailoa without a touchdown in a 33-20 win last Thursday, Punahou moved up a spot to No. 2 in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 poll released Monday.

The Buffanblu (5-1, 4-1 ILH) earned their first two first-place votes of the season with the other 13 going to No. 1 Kahuku (7-1, 7-0 OIA Blue), which remains in the top spot for the 11th consecutive week dating back to last season.

The Red Raiders had their consecutive scoreless quarters streak on defense against Hawaii teams end at 18 against Kaiser last Friday night but had no problems defeating the Cougars 56-6 to win their 20th in a row against a Hawaii opponent.


Saint Louis (5-1, 4-1 ILH) dropped to No. 3 for the first time this season and was as low as fourth on two different ballots while maintaining its No. 2 ranking on two ballots.

The next four teams remained the same with No. 4 Kapolei edging closer to the No. 3 spot, followed by Waianae, Farrington and Mililani.

Campbell (5-3, 5-2 OIA Blue) entered the poll for the first time this season at No. 8 following its fifth win in six games. The Sabers shot past Waianae into the No. 2 seed out of the OIA Blue and have clinched a state tournament berth, as well as a bye in the first round of the OIA playoffs this weekend.


The Sabers are ranked for the first time since the opening week of the 2015 season.

Idle Kapaa was a single vote behind Campbell in the No. 9 spot, followed by No. 10 Kamehameha, which nearly fell out of the top 10 for the first time in the six-year history of the poll.

The Warriors narrowly defeated ‘Iolani, 21-16, on Friday and were just four votes ahead of Baldwin.


‘Iolani (four), Konawaena (two) and Hilo (one) also received votes.

TOP 10 SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK
No. 1 Kahuku idle
No. 2 Punahou vs. ‘Iolani, Friday, 3:15 p.m.
No. 3 Saint Louis vs. No. 10 Kamehameha, Friday, 7:45 p.m., Aloha Stadium
No. 4 Kapolei idle
No. 5 Waianae vs. Kailua, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
No. 6 Farrington vs. Kaiser, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Roosevelt
No. 7 Mililani idle
No. 8 Campbell idle
No. 9 Kapaa vs. Kauai, Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Vidinha Stadium

FOOTBALL
Updated: Nov. 21
RKTeamPts.
1.Saint Louis150
2.Kahuku135
3.Kapolei120
4.Punahou104
5.Waianae91
6.Mililani67
7.Farrington59
8.Kamehameha32
9.Lahainaluna25
10.'Iolani20

COMMENTS

  1. ilh October 3, 2016 12:15 pm

    Crusaders will rebound, thanks to Cal and Ron Lee, not dead till the Fat Lady sings.


  2. 88 October 3, 2016 12:20 pm

    Speak for yourself buddy. LeeBoy was singing at the stadium after the game. Its Ova, Pau, Uma, Kala’s, Sa oti, Aloha oe and Tofa my feleni……


  3. hwnstyll October 3, 2016 2:05 pm

    Some people do not understand the ILH playoff and are crying foul because they do not understand it.
    Regular season is comprised of 6 games.
    round robin comprised of 2 games.
    If round robin champ is not regular season champ the two will play for ILH crown.
    So if Punahou or St louis is not round Robin Champ one will play lolani/Kam for crown.
    If Punahou or St louis win round robin that team will be number 1 seed for state tournament.


  4. TopDoggs October 3, 2016 6:39 pm

    Its a chess match in the ILH race for first place – Love the greatness going on all over the field and in the coaching booths this is how High school Football should be played.


  5. mokihana October 3, 2016 7:27 pm

    Speak fot yourself 88. St. Louis is not the team to beat anymore if Leeboy was singing it’s ova which I doubt he did. For the sake of all our athletes please show some class.


  6. mokihana October 3, 2016 7:35 pm

    Speak ” for “. GO OIA!!!


  7. 88 October 3, 2016 7:59 pm

    For the sake of everyone on this blog murph your underwear. It seems to be riding up your butt pretty high. Not once did I call any of our student athletes names or demean them or their families in anyway.


  8. mokihana October 3, 2016 9:20 pm

    Only yours. They’re all connected. They don’t need to be singled out.


  9. TooMeke October 4, 2016 12:02 pm

    How did anyone on this panel vote St LuLu as 4th place (2 voters)?

    I know they got spanked, but honestly…does anyone really believe that there are any OIA teams that can beat St LuLu besides Big Red?


  10. 89 October 5, 2016 6:19 am

    Punahou probably paid for those 2 votes! Kahuku should’ve gotten all the first place votes. Campbell and Mililani should be higher then Waianae and Farrington since they beat them.


  11. 808Savage October 5, 2016 7:18 am

    What’s the big deal? They’re both in the state tournament.


  12. Education First October 5, 2016 8:13 am

    TooMeke, where you at son? Correcting your mommy’s papers again I guess?


  13. Education First October 6, 2016 10:14 am

    89 October 5, 2016 at 6:19 am
    Punahou probably paid for those 2 votes! Kahuku should’ve gotten all the first place votes. Campbell and Mililani should be higher then Waianae and Farrington since they beat them.

    This might be the most ignorant statement ever made. I can see why you hide behind the name of 89, or 88, of 77.5, or 33.3 or whatever you call yourself.

    So you think that leadership at Punahou care that much about a local High School football poll?

    So Punahou that :
    -was rated the #1 sports program in the US by Sports Illustrated in the past
    -brings in college recruiters from Ivy League Schools
    -runs exchange programs for students and their students from international schools
    -has donors sending in thousands to millions of dollars
    -has alumni program in almost all major US Cities

    really cares about getting 2 whole votes in the SA Poll? many you must be not in touch with reality. And let’s be real, winning football games is close to the bottom of importance to the school and its alumni.

    But I guess at Kahuku it’s at the top. It would be at the top for Punahou too if they weren’t good at anything else. Luckily for us, there are hundred, maybe even thousands of other opportunities for the kids here.


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