Here’s how this pupule voter cast his Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 ballot for this week.
Pupule football ballot
Sunday, Aug. 20, 2018
1. Saint Louis (2-0, 1-0 ILH Open Division)
Hurricane Lane washed out a much-anticipated showdown between the unbeaten Crusaders and the banged-up Mililani Trojans. If healing is the key to success, fans should be grateful both teams can rest this weekend. But we are still getting over this cancellation. There’s no time for a makeup date. Meanwhile, Saint Louis is in the Top 10 of one poll nationally and still at No. 14 in another.
2. Kahuku (3-0, 1-0 OIA Open Division)
Kapolei was scheduled to play at Kahuku on Saturday.
Did you know: QB Robbie Sauvao and RB Toalei Lefau have the same rushing attempts (19) and yardage (141) so far.
3. Mililani (3-0, 1-0 OIA Open Division)
Dillon Gabriel has now passed for 6,913 yards and 79 TDs in his illustrious career. But the key numbers that make this offense click include this: zero interceptions in 2018. The hurricane bye means all of the injured Trojans get time to heal before they fly to California for a battle with St. John Bosco next weekend.
4. Campbell (3-0, 2-0 OIA Open Division)
The Sabers had had a bye (Aug. 11), and were scheduled for a bye over this weekend before taking a trip to the mainland. That means, at least when they get back to practice, more competition at QB for Kaniala Kalaola and Krenston Kaipo.
Kalaola, the transfer from Kapolei, is 13-for-27, 249 yards, four TDs and one pick. That’s a Jim Plunkett-esque line if ever… a whopping 9.2 yards per attempt. And a nice QB Rating of 167.10. Most of the productive passers in Hawaii will be in the 140-150 range, and the extremely efficient passers are above 180. Marcus Mariota, for example, hovered near 200 in his one season as a starter.
Kaipo, the incumbent at QB, has come off the bench and thrown the ball nearly as often. He is 12-for-20, 198 yards, three TDs with one interception. His familiarity with the system — he had some brilliant moments last season as the starter — might explain the higher completion rate (60 percent versus 48 percent by Kalaola). Kaipo’s YPA is a staggering 9.9. His QB Rating is a whopping 182.66.
There is one significant difference between the two, statistically. Kalaola has run for 42 yards and a TD on just two carries. Kaipo has 4 yards on two attempts. It doesn’t seem like Coach Darren Johnson needs to make a choice now or anytime soon, particularly if the competition is sharpening both slingers.
For the record, neither Kalaola nor Kaipo lead the team in QB Rating. That would belong to Poki‘i Adkins-Kupukaa, who completed a 60-yard pass in his lone attempt thus far. Campbell won’t start PAK at QB, not when he has major responsibility at safety, fills in time to time at WR, and is also a Star-Advertiser All-State first-team pick as a kick returner. But what else can’t the talented junior do?
5. Punahou (1-1, 1-1 ILH Open Division)
The game at Farrington has been pushed back to Sept. 1, and like many teams in the Open, there are no byes left on the regular-season schedule. Punahou’s slate: at Farrington, at Mililani, Saint Louis (Aloha Stadium), at Campbell, Kamehameha (Aloha), at Waianae. That’s a schedule that any Buffanblu since 1970 — the first season after the OIA-ILH split — would have loved.
6. Kamehameha (1-1, 0-1 ILH Open Division)
This is the one spot that’s flexible this weekend for this ballot. The Warriors are in SoCal to play Carson today (Friday). With a win over Kapolei and a strong offensive performance in last week’s loss at Mililani, there is a lot of confidence and momentum for Coach Abu Ma‘afala’s squad.
7. Lahainaluna (2-0, 1-0 MIL)
Coming off dominant victories (over Kapaa, 30-10, and Baldwin, 49-6), the Lunas already had a bye scheduled this weekend. Regardless of classification, they have been the premier team in the MIL the last several seasons. It’ll be tough sledding on this ballot for the Lunas getting higher. None of their remaining MIL regular-season opponents is ranked.
8. ‘Iolani (3-0, 2-0 ILH D-I)
The Raiders’ matchup with Moanalua had the potential to be a shootout, but with no byes remaining, there’s no way to make the game up, it appears. The numbers for first-year starter Jonah Chong: 47-for-62, 615 yards, 10 TDs, one interception, 9.9 YPA, QB Rating 209.13. Granted, one game was against a D-II foe that lost a ton of seniors to graduation (Kalani), but Chong’s numbers are as close to potential as imaginable.
9. Kapolei (1-2, 0-0 OIA Open Division)
I voted the Hurricanes No. 8 on my ballot two weeks ago and No. 9 last weekend. This weekend, it’ll be No. 10. It’s not often a sub-.500 team is on my ballot, but there are exceptions. Both of Kapolei’s losses are to Top 10 opponents (Kamehameha, Punahou), and both were reasonably close.
The injury to QB Christian Rapis (during the Kamehameha game) is a factor, but the Hurricanes remain highly competitive with sophomore Noa Bailey. Zion-Jabez Robello and Ezekiel Waioloma have racked up effective rushing numbers out of the backfield. Next up: a trip to Downey.
10. Damien (2-0, 2-0 ILH D-I)
The game with Aiea scheduled for today is cancelled outright. There’s no puka on the Monarchs’ schedule to fit in a makeup game. They travel to Mt. Spokane next week.
Damien finally cracked the Star-Advertiser Top 10 earlier in the week, deservedly so. They will also move up a notch on my ballot this coming weekend. Why? Though the Purple people eaters don’t have a lot of big-name college prospects like Kapolei, they’re playing Damien football. And Kapolei’s starting QB is injured, and that makes enough of a difference.
On the cusp
Waipahu (2-1, 1-0 OIA D-I)
A 37-19 win on the road over Radford last week gives the Marauders some momentum into this scheduled bye week. One sign of tougher competition in Division I: workhorse RB Alfred Failauga is averaging less than 4 yards per carry (241 yards, 70 carries). Status: Komusubi.
Farrington (1-2, 0-2 Open Division)
The Punahou game was pushed back to next week, which means one more week of reps. That helps first-year starters like QB Richard Tagataese. It also gives injured QB/WR/TE Chris Afe (hand) more time to heal. Status: Komusubi.
Waianae (0-3, 0-1 OIA Open Division)
The Seariders now have a break from game action until Sept. 8 (at Kapolei). The slow start doesn’t spell trouble, not when two opponents were Saint Louis and Kahuku. The Seariders have begun like this before, only to go far in the postseason. Status: Komusubi.
Leilehua (2-1, 2-0 OIA D-I)
Wins over Kailua and Castle have the Mules above .500. Next up is a trip to Nanakuli, followed by a showdown at home against ‘Iolani. Nanakuli could be a trap game for the Mules. Status: Komusubi. Status: Komusubi.
Kauai (2-0, 0-0 KIF)
Moanalua (2-0, 2-0 OIA D-I)
St. Francis (3-0, 2-0 ILH D-I)
Kailua (0-3, 0-1 OIA D-I)
Kapaa (1-1, 0-0 KIF)
Hilo (0-1, 0-0 BIIF)
Castle (0-3, 0-2 OIA D-I)
Kaimuki (2-0, 2-0 OIA D-II)
Pearl City (2-1, 2-0 OIA D-II)
Aiea (1-1-1, 1-1 OIA D-I)
Kaiser (1-1-1, 1-1 OIA D-II)
Roosevelt (2-1, 0-1 OIA D-I)
Maui (1-1, 1-0 MIL)
Pac-Five (1-1, 1-1 OIA D-II)
Radford (0-3, 0-1 OIA D-I)
Baldwin (0-2, 0-1 MIL)
Kealakehe (1-0, 0-0 BIIF)
Konawaena (0-2, 0-0 BIIF)
Kamehameha-Hawaii (0-0, 0-0 BIIF)
Kamehameha-Maui (1-0, 0-0 MIL)
Kalaheo (1-2, 1-1 OIA D-II)
Nanakuli (0-3, 0-1 OIA D-I)
Honokaa (1-0, 0-0 BIIF)
Hawaii Prep (1-0, 0-0 BIIF)
McKinley (1-2, 0-1 OIA D-II)
Waiakea (0-0, 0-0 BIIF)
Waialua (0-2, 0-1 OIA D-II)
Keaau (0-0, 0-0 BIIF)
Waimea (0-1, 0-0 KIF)
King Kekaulike (0-3, 0-1 MIL)
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Molokai (1-0, 0-0 MIL). Farmers edged Pahoa 14-8 on the road. Honokaa at Molokai, Aug. 17.
Pahoa (0-1, 0-0 BIIF)
Ka‘u (0-0, 0-0 BIIF)
Lanai (0-0, 0-0 MIL)
Seabury Hall (0-0, 0-0 MIL). At Hawaii Prep, Aug. 18.
Hana (0-0, 0-0 MIL)
Kohala (0-0, 0-0 BIIF)