Punahou steps in to No. 3 spot; Leilehua enters Top 10

Punahou Hiram Defries-Saronitman (92) celebrated a fumble recovery during the Buffanblu's win over Mililani. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

With three games involving two teams ranked in the top six over the weekend, there was little doubt there would be some movement in this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.

The first question was whether Saint Louis’ 30-14 win over Kahuku would drop the Red Raiders from their No. 2 spot. It didn’t, although Kahuku did drop to No. 3 on three of the 10 ballots of media representing all major islands.

The changes began after Kahuku with Punahou jumping two spots to No. 3. The Buffanblu (3-1) were impressive on defense against the Trojans, sacking Mililani quarterback Dillon Gabriel six times and forcing him to throw his first three interceptions of the season.

The Buffanblu were last ranked as high as third in week 5 of last season and have been ranked in the top six of the poll for 117 consecutive weeks.

Undefeated Campbell (4-0) moved within four votes of Punahou of reaching its highest ranking ever. The Sabers remain at No. 4 this week after beating Kamehameha 26-22 despite giving up a touchdown while in victory formation.

Mililani, which has lost consecutive games for just the second time since 2011, dropped two spots to No. 5, ending a run of 24 consecutive weeks in the top four.

Kamehameha remained at No. 6 with Lahainaluna closing the gap at No. 7.

Kapolei, which shut out Waianae 46-0 behind an improved passing game, moved up a spot to No. 8, ahead of Leilehua.

The Mules debuted in the rankings this season at No. 9 followed an impressive 31-20 win over ‘Iolani. The return of running back James McGary has vaulted the Mules to the top of the Division I race in the OIA entering Friday’s game against the other undefeated team in OIA D-I, Moanalua.

Na Menehune did receive two votes this week but couldn’t crack the Top 10. Damien, which won in the final seconds against Waipahu, held on to its No. 10 ranking with ‘Iolani falling out of the rankings for the first time since Week 2.

‘Iolani received two votes. St. Francis failed to receive at least one vote for the first time since Week 2.


No. 6 Kamehameha at No. 2 Kahuku, 7:30 p.m.
Moanalua at No. 9 Leilehua, 7:30 p.m.
No. 1 Saint Louis vs. No. 3 Punahou at Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
No. 4 Campbell at No. 5 Mililani, 6:30 p.m.
No. 8 Kapolei at Farrington, 6:30 p.m.
No. 10 Damien vs. ‘Iolani at Aloha Stadium, 4:45 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: Nov. 21
1.Kahuku (10)100
6.Saint Louis 45
8. Kapolei28


  1. Austin Chang September 10, 2018 12:45 pm

    Campbell over Mililani? You must be drunk asf. Cause Campbell barely even go against big teams. But this week they will be tested by Mililani to prove that they are #4

  2. TooMeke September 10, 2018 12:46 pm

    No way Lahainaluna beats Kapolei…other than that, looks decent. This weekend should settle some of the dust. We’ll see just how good Campbell and Kam are.

    My Top 7 for this week (cuz really no point going beyond that)

    1- St L
    2- Puns
    3- Campbell
    4- Big Red (until they settle their QB situation)
    5- Millz
    6- Kam
    7- Kapolei


  3. TooMeke September 10, 2018 1:05 pm

    In the last 3 years, Millz and Big Red are the only teams to play top 10 teams from the mainland.

    StL needs to step up (Narbonne is average this year – any of HI’s Top 6 would beat them this year)…I’m pretty sure Bosco would’ve loved to have played them instead of Millz.

    National rankings (Current MaxPreps) = 7 HI teams in top 500. That’s great for HI.

    StL – 7th (0 losses); Narbonne – 130th (1-3 record, 3 losses to #’s 7, 8, 198 – all blowouts)
    Kahuku – 26th (1 loss)
    Punahou – 67th (1 loss)
    Mililani – 186th (2 losses); Bosco = #1
    Campbell – 244th (0 losses); O’Connor – 2,539th
    Kam – 409th (1 loss); Carson – 1,762nd
    Kapolei – 491st (2 losses); Downey – 1,026th

    Lahainaluna – 1,368th
    Farrington – 1,779th
    Iolani – 2,607th; Clackamas – 765th
    Leilehua – 2,657th
    Damian – 2,881st; Mt Spokane – 1,262nd

  4. Notes September 10, 2018 1:29 pm

    I am more interested to know who is the next big time QB to come out of the OIA after Gabriel graduates this year. Him and Milton are trojan products, Taamu from Pearl City was a sleeper. Dont see any ELITE ones on an OIA roster this year.

  5. Just Saying... September 10, 2018 2:10 pm

    @Toomeke, the only team that needs to step up is Kahuku as they clearly have coaching issues. Crusaders tried to play perennial power Bishop Gorman and they backed out this year.

  6. Toomeke September 10, 2018 2:32 pm

    True. Coaching sucked.

    Kahuku ranked higher than BG, so whoop-de-fricking-doo about that non-matchup.


  7. Jacob Makaiwi September 10, 2018 4:08 pm

    Cheehee! My Mighty Mules ranked at #9. Idk if they should be ranked so high because of their loss to Farrington who’s not even ranked. And they won’t be able to play an open division team to prove their worth otherwise, but I’ll go with it haha. It’s been a while since the Leilehua Mules were one of the top teams throughout the whole state, but maybe they’ll win the D-1 state champ this year and move up to Open Division next year and hopefully not get kicked out of the Open Division. And maybe just maybe they’ll be Open Division contenders again like how they used to be back in 2004-2012, before Mililani took their place as top contenders/central Oahu’s best team.

    Other than that. The rankings look good. Idk too much about Lahainaluna because I don’t watch them. But I think these are good rankings. I’m excited to see if Campbell is for real this year or not the more they play. But this is an exciting year for the whole state. Every game can be at least competitive throughout the divisions. And that’s great for all of Hawaii. I still expect to see St.Louis/Kahuku at the end of it all, and I know those Kahuku players/fans are getting extra hungry for that Koa trophy, so it would be wise for St.Louis to not slack now. but you never know, the championship game could be Punahou/Campbell for all we know. That’s the fun of playing every single week and seeing what happens. Good luck to all the teams this week and throughout the season! #GoMules

  8. TARHEELS Nation September 10, 2018 5:52 pm

    Kahuku ranked higher than Bishop Gorman? Are you High they just got their butt handed to them this past weekend WAKE UP

  9. Max's Grandpa September 10, 2018 6:15 pm

    Leilehua proved Saturday that they have skills on the ground and in the air, and they adjusted well after a tough start. I look for them to improve even more as the season continues. Nichols already has over 1,000 yards passing, 13 touchdown passes, 2 rushing touchdowns, and then he’s got great men like McGary, Evans, and Furtado, and a solid line both offensive and defensive….well, anything is possible. Leilehua held Iolani to 29 yards rushing? That’s pretty amazing.

  10. Just ranting September 10, 2018 6:46 pm

    Good thing Iolani not rated again, but watch when they win one game, the voters will want to make themselves feel better about their alma mater and vote them higher than open division teams. Go figure.

  11. Go figure September 10, 2018 6:47 pm

    Good thing Iolani not rated again, but watch when they win one game, the voters will want to make themselves feel better about their alma mater and vote them higher than open division teams. Go figure.

  12. TooMeke September 10, 2018 7:01 pm

    @Tarred-n-Feathered – Yes. Truth. Look it up for yourself.

    Kahuku = 26th.

    BG = Not in the top 25.

    Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh… What school you went? Basic Math.

    pssst – they’re currently 84th…AFTER moving up 15 spots yesterday.

    Stop posting – reserved for adults who know what they’re talking about.

  13. TooMeke September 11, 2018 5:26 am

    Dafuuuuuuuuule’i – says St LuLu’s assistant waterboy alumnu(t)s…


    (really – stop trying – you’re hurting yourself)


  14. Descartes 22 September 11, 2018 7:32 am

    At last, lolo boy Just Ranting and Go Figure are revealed as the same person who accidentally posted the same idiotic claim about Iolani. Get a life bro. BTW, the only poll that matters is the last one of the season. In the meantime, it just allows lady boys like Just Ranting and TooMeke to cry foul. Big time whiners who may have been cut from the girls dance team while in HS.

  15. Northshore September 11, 2018 7:42 am

    The ranking looks pretty good except for having Lahainaluna, Leilehua and Damien mixed in with the open division. Division I and II teams need to prove themselves against open division teams if they are being ranked with the open division teams. The weekly ranking has 10 pollsters and for several weeks, there’s 1 bias pollster that have voted Mililani as number 1…how you figa. Really if you’re a pollster, you can’t be partisan and you shouldn’t have any favorites otherwise you should exclude yourself from being a pollster. And why is Bishop Gorman in the conversation on this forum…who cares. Seriously speaking, as of today I would pick Punahou in second above Kahuku especially after Kahuku’s performance against St Louis. Punahou has improved and they will be the sleeper for the open division…just my opinion, take it for what its worth.

  16. Coach C September 11, 2018 9:27 am

    NS, Punahou had its chance against Kahuku. They lost. Move on, the only way they play again is Punahou takes the ILH and Kahuku takes the OIA. HPW top 10 looks solid. But will be rooting for Punahou. Why is Teetai on the sideline. I thought Laie boy, Robbie Toma was coaching Puns offense.

  17. Jimmy H September 11, 2018 9:56 am

    @TooMeke…I’m curious why you would personally put Pun and Camb ahead of Kahuku???
    1) Kahuku has one loss…against the #1 team.
    2) Kahuku won the head to head against Pun. It was at home, but it was in convincing fashion.
    3) Camb has one win over a borderline top team in Kamehameha who got smoked by Millz the week before.

    You must have some insider info about your Red Raiders the rest of us don’t know. Feel free to lay it out for us. Lol. I do like the attempts to pass. Kahuku’s golden years were the Inoke Funaki years followed by the Spencer Hafoka years. When they can stretch the field it’s a thing of beauty. Line Kaniho up more at receiver and let him fly.

  18. Chicken Grease September 11, 2018 11:15 am

    They need to allow two ILH teams in that final four.

  19. TooMeke September 11, 2018 1:05 pm

    @Jimmy – rankings are a snapshot of the Present…not the past and not the future.

    Puns has progressed. D is solid and disciplined. O is balanced and better than Kahuku’s (at this time).

    Kahuku has digressed. Coaching and sideline management at the St LuLu was arguably the worst I’ve seen since the haole coach we had – cannot even remember his name right now. Don’t get me wrong, I believe they’ll be the top team out of the OIA and the only one to really be able to challenge St LuLu this year (maybe Puns, who has the best O line to deal with St LuLu’s front 7). Relying on defensive talent right now.

    Campbell is undefeated. They can only play who is on their schedule, so why penalize them for not having yet played the upper half of the Open to this point? This might change after this week (but then again, Millz looked terrible vs Puns).

    @Coach C – correction: Kahuku does not have to “take” the OIA to possibly play Puns again – just be in the top 3…provided Puns represents ILH in States.

    @Chicken Grease: Why?? To give public school players more incentive to accept free tuition at the private schools? Because that is the ultimate outcome of having more than 1 out of only 3 teams to rep the ILH in states. ILH made their bed…let them sleep in it.

    @Descartes 22 – zzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz… das all you get.

  20. Imua! September 11, 2018 2:06 pm


    I dont think a score of 31-24 is considered “smoked by millz” as you stated. Both Mililani and Campbell played a great game, we just didnt play as well as we know that we can.

  21. ILH September 11, 2018 4:10 pm

    Leilehua is doing a great job with all the big time stats. If they were in the open it would be a different story. They lost to Farrington who is getting it in the open. I would like to see every division with their own rankings. Kamehameha is a tough team who almost beat Mililani and Campbell, so to me their not a pushover team. It’s still early in the season so anything can happen. Just hope all the kids stay healthy and do work in the classrooms. 808 football represent all day. @ Toomeke you is hilarious with the comment to @Descartes😴😴😂😂.

  22. Descartes 22 September 11, 2018 4:50 pm

    TooMeke: your demeaning and mis-guided comments about STL and other ILH powers say it all…no need for anyone else to expose your lack of insight as you do an excellent job of exposing your ignorance all by yourself, every time and every day. You’re extremely consistent.

  23. Mahatma Gandhi September 11, 2018 5:18 pm

    St Louis is a win-at-all-costs football program. Just like Bishop Gorman and John Bosco. Schools like that take all the fun out of the game. When I was a kid growing up in the 1970s, schools like Iolani Red Raiders and Punahou would recruit a few OIA players to make them competitive with the OIA schools. The excessive recruiting started with St Louis in the early 1980s.

  24. anywaaaays!! September 11, 2018 6:39 pm

    How do we solve the problem of rampant cheating and recruiting in ILH football? The easiest solution is to disband the ILH. If you go to a private school for a good “education” then so be it. You should only be there for an education. Ban all interscholastic sports in the private schools and return all the kids they recruited back to their homes and communities, then we’ll see how good these “schools” and the “education” these kids are getting really are. The ILH Agenda and Cal Lee destroy communities for profit. Get rid of their sports and all of their “schools” will shut down. RRFL!

  25. okay then September 11, 2018 8:13 pm

    Like Kahuku doesn’t recruit…

  26. Awrite!! September 11, 2018 8:38 pm

    What does Kahuku use as leverage to recruit? Coconuts?

    On top of tuition assistance for your kid, The ILH “good ole boys” network gets you into the Stevedores, HPD, FireDept, Pearl Harbor, Govt Contracting, jobs at the ILH school etc…

    anywaaayaas!- how is your alma mater Punahou doing? no chance of winning the ILH huh?

  27. to good times September 11, 2018 9:01 pm

    Want to solve the problem of rampant cheating and recruiting in ILH football? Let’s start a petition to disband the ILH. Or, forfeit our scheduled games against all ILH teams. THE GAMES NO COUNT FOR OUR OIA TEAMS, anywaaaay. Lol. What a joke and whiner. Sound like my little brother….No faya! No faya! I bet all the players on every OIA football team look forward to their games against an ILH opponent. Recruiting or not. Travel time or not. It’s you. And, in this instance it shames me to be a RRFL fan.

  28. WHAT IF? September 12, 2018 1:23 am

    To Anywaaaays!! What if your son was recruited to play football and to play football you had to pay $1000/month tuition, would you still let him go? For many parents, the answer is yes because most parents will do almost anything to give their kids a better chance in life.

  29. Northshore September 12, 2018 5:41 am

    okay then: “Like Kahuku doesn’t recruit.” Kahuku do have athletes that transfer or return from the mainland and the Pacific basin because of family roots. From time to time Kahuku’s athletes transferred to the mainland or local schools or returned to Kahuku from ILH schools because of personal reasons. Since you’re so adamant about “like Kahuku doesn’t recruit” give me examples of Kahuku recruiting. And let me give you a good example of recruiting; when athletes from Aiea and Kapolei play for an out of district school. When athletes are provided “financial aid” to a private school to play sports. The private schools will admit that they don’t provide scholarships (financial aid) for athletics only because the “financial aids” are provided by the Booster Club and very successful alumnus. Recruiting is nothing new and it will continue especially when a few coaches are always seeking to win at all cost. Most OIA schools are playing with the home grown talent and that’s a plus when they beat an ILH school.

  30. TooMeke September 12, 2018 6:25 am

    @Decartes 22 – is that like the book and chapter from your favorite book of worship? Does it say “go home cook rice.”…?


    (keep trying…you know…”consistency”)…lol.

  31. Coach C September 12, 2018 6:25 am

    Recruits like Kahuku because:
    1) they get artifical turf.
    2) they get new air conditioned locker rooms.
    3) their sports bus fleet has leather recline seats,ac,and wifi.
    4) they have a nutritional buffet provided by Chef Marvo, 24/7.
    5) on away games at the Aloha stadium, they stay at Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
    6) new uni every year.
    Plus the best free education. So why do recruits go there?

  32. JimmyH September 12, 2018 9:17 am

    @Imua…you right. I just can’t get that first half out of my mind.

    I do know it’s not Kamehameha playing up to their potential, but rather better teams keeping them down. I always thought, why do teams throw so much bonehead passes against Kahuku or why do lineman not block when they go up against STL? Answer…just a better team doing all the small things to force those mistakes.

    @TooMeke…I still like STL and Kahuku 1 & 2. I take the entire season into consideration when ranking similar to the college football format. Besides, Punahou’s D went up against a banged up Mililani o-line coming off a brutal loss against the best team in the country. Can we imagine if Hurricane Lane didn’t cancel those games the other week? Mililani would have had to play STL, Bosco, and Pun back to back to back. Coach York got coconuts.

  33. phILHarmonic September 12, 2018 10:19 am

    Would those starters have played if the interleague games counted for the OIA teams?

    Just a question.

  34. Coach C September 12, 2018 10:21 am

    At the end of the season, only Mililani can claim they played the best team in the nation (at week 4). And only Sol Jay Maiava can say he took his team to the number1 spot in the nation.

  35. phILHarmonic September 12, 2018 11:01 am

    Yep, they can claim a 52-14 moral victory.

  36. Notes September 12, 2018 1:02 pm

    For Mililani to go to #1 SJBosco field and score on their first drive is amazing and shows the discipline of the kids and intelligence of the coaches. Too bad Mililani lost that momentum upon returning to Hawaii.

  37. phILHarmonic September 12, 2018 1:43 pm

    I think they lost that momentum after the second quarter of that game. TBH.

    On a positive note, Bosco comes down next year to play Millilani in our back yard. I hope all of Oahu comes to cheer them on.

    Respect to Coach Rod. To be the best you have to play the best.

  38. Sea Dog September 12, 2018 3:56 pm

    Anywaaaays proposal to disband the ILH sounds like Nuremburg under Hitler!
    Toomeke has some of the most valid comments even though he disrespects STL, sounds like he actually attends the games?

  39. Sea Dog September 12, 2018 3:57 pm

    Like What If’s hypothetical!

  40. Descartes September 12, 2018 4:03 pm

    TooMeke is ILH too. Spend all day looking up insignificant stats then post support through your nom de plure. So Sad and small kine bi-polar.

  41. I hear crickets September 12, 2018 5:21 pm

    I think Toko is waiting for your response in the other thread.

  42. I hear crickets September 12, 2018 5:50 pm

    I think your response is needed on the other thread

  43. I hear crickets September 12, 2018 5:53 pm

    I didnt see your response from the other thread.

  44. Awrite!! September 12, 2018 8:06 pm

    LOL, I dont get that guy toomeke, he talks to people when no one is talking to him and when someone talks to him he tuck his tail and run….bwahhahahahahaaa!

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