RANKINGS: Damien edges Lahainaluna to return to the Top 10

Damien defensive back Kyle Kinney (32) broke up a pass intended for Kailua receiver Landon Clevenger (4) during the second half of Friday's game at Aloha Stadium. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

After a one-week absence following its loss to ‘Iolani, Damien has crept back into the rankings in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.

The Monarchs improved to 6-2 for the season with a 26-12 win over Kailua on Friday at Aloha Stadium. Playing without starting quarterback Jake Holtz, backup Logan Laucio completed 13 of 24 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns and got help from running back Amo Sulu (184 yards, TD), who topped 100 yards rushing for the fifth straight game.

Damien, which replaced Kamehameha at No. 10, held off Lahainaluna for the final spot by a single vote. The Monarchs opened the season with a 38-31 overtime win over the Lunas on Maui.

Kapolei and Kamehameha each received two votes.

The rest of the rankings remain the same with Saint Louis extending its run at No. 1 to 43 weeks in a row. No. 2 Punahou again received all 10 second-place votes and No. 3 Mililani received nine of 10 third-place votes with one fourth-place vote.

The only other vote movement came near the bottom of the rankings as No. 9 ‘Iolani gained eight votes to inch closer to No. 8 Leilehua. The two teams will play Saturday at Aloha Stadium in the first game of a doubleheader.

Friday, Oct. 4

>> No. 1 Saint Louis at Farrington, 7:30 p.m.
>> Radford at No. 6 Moanalua, 7:30 p.m.
>> No. 7 Hilo at Honokaa, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5
>> No. 2 Punahou vs. No. 4 Kahuku, 8 p.m., Aloha Stadium
>> Kapolei at No. 3 Mililani, 6:30 p.m.
>> No. 8 Leilehua vs. No. 9 ‘Iolani, 5 p.m., Aloha Stadium
>> No. 10 Damien at Aiea, 6 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: Dec. 5
1.Maryknoll (9)125
2.‘Iolani (2)111
3.Punahou (1)101
4.Saint Louis (1)99
5.Kailua 54
8. Campbell41


  1. Paul September 30, 2019 8:20 pm

    Finally, Kamehameha is out of the top 10. I have nothing against the school but I just can’t understand why a team that is 1-5 is ranked?? Is the rankings only open to Open division and Division 1 schools?? I don’t see any Division 2 schools there.

  2. zzz September 30, 2019 8:41 pm

    because they in the best division playing the top teams every week lol

  3. hunebasami September 30, 2019 10:53 pm

    Kamehameha looks bad because lots of their players are at Maunakea or Waimanalo. For the mana.

  4. IDGAF October 1, 2019 12:20 am

    Again Open Division schools should take up all the spots in the top ten.
    That’s what the Open division is RIGHT! The best of the best! No matter if they 1-5.

  5. The Rim October 1, 2019 6:50 am

    Bottom line is there’s teams in DII that could demolish teams in DI, and there’s a couple teams in DI that could beat the bottom teams in Open. No point in trying to figure out rankings, all that matters is the last game and who comes out on top.

  6. The Rim October 1, 2019 7:01 am

    There are DII teams that could demolish the lower tier DI teams and there are possibly three teams in DI that could beat the lower tier Open teams or at the very least give them a good game. Rankings are a feel good thing and has no affect on how teams would match up against each other.

  7. ahinalu October 1, 2019 7:22 am

    Coach Dave is in Heaven with a Big Smile on his face watching that #32 from Damien !

  8. Jacob Makaiwi October 1, 2019 9:06 am

    I think the argument for most or all of the Open Division teams being in the top ten could have been legit theoretically, but there’s an outlier: My team Leilehua! 😉 The bottom teams in the Open Division aren’t doing that great. Kapolei, Kamehameha, and Farrington in particular have traded wins and losses between each other and have loss against every other Hawaii team. But Leilehua played Farrington to start the season and won 35-0. I know it’s the beginning of the season and Farrington maybe was trying to start their engine, but being blanked by a Division 1 team and getting 35 scored on them says a lot. Moanalua is the only team that beat Leilehua so they are ranked above. Leilehua has a close win against a good Damien team who’s only other loss was to Iolani who both are also on the top ten. Leilehua was the only team of these teams to play an Open Division team this year and they won by a good margin. That’s why this ranking may make sense. I’m not sure about Hilo because you can’t compare them to other great teams they haven’t played, but Hilo is destroying all their teams they have played, so maybe they earn that ranking. We will see because hopefully they can play against D-1 O’ahu teams soon in the playoffs 🤙🏾 Go Mules!

  9. Jacob Makaiwi October 1, 2019 9:18 am

    Oh and there’s Waianae in the Open who’s only win is a close win against a Waipahu team that is just doing okay in their Division. And again loss to Farrington who loss to Leilehua. So I personally think these teams not in the Open Division may be ranked appropriately. It’s not any knock on these teams or anything, but I think despite divisions this list is accurate for the most part. Go Mules!

  10. IDGAF October 1, 2019 11:43 pm

    Ranked teams 7-10 don’t belong in the top ten.
    Kamehameha loss close games to Punahou 15-5 and Kahuku 21-13. Go figure.

  11. Geste October 2, 2019 6:15 pm

    6-10 would lose to Kam…every time. EOS.
    1-5 are good.


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