RANKINGS: Damien’s win over Moanalua shakes up bottom half of Top 10

Moanalua receiver Rudy Kealohi (11) attempted a one-handed catch in the end zone while under pressure from Damien's Makanale'a Meyer (21) during Friday's game. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

For the fourth straight week, the top five spots in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 remain unchanged.

After Campbell at No. 5, all five teams below the Sabers are in a new spot.

Damien’s 22-17 win over Moanalua on Friday at Aloha Stadium kept the Monarchs’ season alive. Damien, which will play ‘Iolani a week from Friday for the ILH’s lone berth in the Division I state tournament, has reached the eight-win mark for the second time in three years after failing to accomplish the feat in its first 52 seasons of varsity football.

It was just the second loss suffered by Moanalua since the start of last season.

As a result, undefeated Hilo moves up a spot to No. 6, replacing Na Menehune. It matches the highest ranking Hilo has had in the Star-Advertiser Top 10 since Week 6 in 2017.

Leilehua, the No. 2 seed in the OIA D-I playoffs, moves up a spot to No. 7. The Mules have won five consecutive games since losing to Moanalua 24-20, including wins over both ILH teams, Damien and ‘Iolani.

Na Menehune, which despite the loss is the No. 1 seed in the OIA D-I playoffs and will host Kailua on Friday, drops to No. 8, but stays ahead of Damien, which jumps ‘Iolani for the No. 9 spot.

The Raiders are No. 10 with 17 votes, holding off Lahainaluna, which was the only team outside the top 10 to receive a vote, finishing with 12 on just three ballots. Three of the 10 voters ranked Lahainaluna No. 7. Both Damien and ‘Iolani were outside of the Top 10 on one ballot.

Friday, Oct. 18

>> Farrington at No. 3 Mililani, 7:30 p.m.
>> Waipahu at No. 7 Leilehua, 7:30 p.m.
>> Kailua at No. 8 Moanalua, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19
>> No. 5 Campbell at No. 4 Kahuku, 6:30 p.m.
>> Kealakehe at No. 6 Hilo, 7:30 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
1.Kahuku (10)100
5.Saint Louis53


  1. Jus saying October 14, 2019 4:04 pm

    Hilo should move to open division next year, agree?

  2. Nuf said October 14, 2019 6:38 pm

    Hilo cannot play against the big boys of Oahu. Even Farrington would beat them easily. Don’t know why they are ranked so high, soooo over rated.

  3. BIIF Fan October 14, 2019 6:41 pm

    Seen Hilo play, absolutely not. They’ll also lose a lot to graduation. The entire rest of the BIIF should probably be in D2 with some of the now D2 going back to 8 man.

  4. C-Pop October 14, 2019 9:10 pm

    Hilo has a talented and well coached Team. Division 1 is perfect for Hilo along with Konawaena and Kealakehe from Big Isle.

  5. Observation October 15, 2019 6:06 am

    I guess I don’t understand why Damien gets a playoff when they tied with Iolani’s record but since they, Damien, lost to Iolani in the regular season this should be the tie-breaker to eliminate them. Am I missing something here? I thought based on HHSAA rules there could only be one ILH representative. What am I missing?

  6. The Rim October 15, 2019 6:18 am

    Hilo is the class of BIIF and belong in DI. They’re well coached and have a bunch of talented seniors. To those who want to hate on Hilo calling them overrated and the such, Hilo has no control over ratings so get over it. Why can’t you just enjoy competitive football at whatever division they decide to play in.

  7. Falcon Future October 15, 2019 9:37 am

    I think Hilo’s future status could be determined AFTER this year’s state tournament. If they come to Aloha Stadium and smoke one of the good Oahu teams for the D1 championship, then I think Hilo should look at Open division as an option next year. But in the other scenario, if Hilo loses the D1 championship, then they are right where they belong.

  8. BIIF Fan October 15, 2019 10:19 am

    Can’t wait to see Hilo in the D1 playoffs, but they would not be competitive in the Open against St Louis or Mililani. Still believe Kona and the rest of BIIF D1 is better slated for D2 and would match up nicely against Lahainaluna and Kapaa, but Kona only moved up because they didn’t want to wipe the floor with the former 8 mans all of whom should have stayed 8 man.

  9. Falcon Future October 15, 2019 10:38 am

    @Observation, the Iolani vs. Damien game next week is not part of the state tournament. It is a ILH playoff to determine the one and only ILH representative to HHSAA D1 states. Damien and Iolani finished with tied records and the tie-breaker that was set before the season was a one-game playoff and not head-to-head results. I like it.

  10. Wainakea October 15, 2019 7:49 pm

    I don’t understand why Farrington and Kapolei are ranked so low simply based on records; I kind of blame this on Waianae for losing to an undermanned Waipahu last year. Hilo-Leilehua-Moanalua-Damien are at a similar level, but they should be below the two Open teams.

    As for Hilo moving to the Open, they would do very bad because Hilo has been undersized for the past 100 years and undermanned for the past 40. Heck they’re even undersized vs. Kealakehe in the trenches. Good coaching and discipline is what’s keeping them relevant in D-I, but they’re not gonna be able to keep a roster playing against the massive rosters of the Open.

  11. Observation October 15, 2019 8:52 pm

    @Falcon Future
    So, if the regular season game was not the tie breaker game, why can’t Waialua and Nanakuli in DII have a playoff? They both ended with the same record even though Waialua won the season matchup. This for the final spot in the OIA. I guess I don’t understand all the rules that HHSAA has for all of these division and and leagues.

  12. Johnny Mahoe October 15, 2019 9:30 pm

    Rankings mean nawtin

  13. Bulldogs October 16, 2019 12:46 am

    I agree Kamehameha, Kapolei, Farrington and Waianae all should be ranked in the the top ten. Don’t base it on records, but strong competition week after week. Open is considered one of the top divisions in the nation.
    Yes, I know Govs lost to the Mules early in the year when they were trying to pass the ball and missing a lot of players. But they went back to what they know best and did way better.
    Check out Kamehameha’s tough game against Campbell and early season game against a rugged Kahuku team.
    Kapolei’s battle with Mililani and domination vs Kamehameha.
    Waianae offense vs St. Louis and Campbell scored over 26 point against both teams.
    All these none open teams ranked would get spanked.
    St. Louis, Punahou tops in the state.
    Hats off to these OIA open teams playing this brutal schedule (loaded with D1 recruits) and trying to stay heathy throughout the season week after week.

  14. Falcon Future October 16, 2019 12:12 pm

    @Observation, the ILH and OIA are two different leagues. The ILH has its own tie-breaker rules and OIA has its own separate and different tie-breaker rules. These are set before the season and the coaches know about it. This is why you don’t hear whining from the coaches themselves. They all know the situation before the season starts.

    The HHSAA is separate from the ILH and OIA and the HHSAA has nothing to do with how the leagues determine the tie-breakers. The HHSAA sets the numbers on how many teams from each league can participate in state tournaments. The leagues then have their own tie-breakers to determine how to fill those spots in the state tournaments.

  15. Observation October 16, 2019 3:54 pm

    @Falcon Future,

    Not whining, I just don’t understand the inconsistency between divisions and leagues. That is how I see it. I would just like to see changes over the summer to build more consistency built into the system, that is for this inter league to continue (which I think is good for Hawai’i football).

  16. Nuff said October 17, 2019 5:54 am

    Iolani is always overrated. Damien will prove that in the upcoming game. Don’t know why year after year they always seem to be in the top ten.

  17. Kalamunguy October 17, 2019 12:04 pm

    The only reason Damien is winning so many games compared to the last 52 years is because they don’t have to play the big boys anymore. Put them up with them and they sink like they always have.

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