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
|Updated: Nov. 21|