With the Saint Louis Crusaders again moving up in the national rankings, No. 1 in the state of Hawaii is a no-brainer.
Punahou and Mililani both put up shutouts during Saturday’s OIA vs. ILH tripleheader at Aloha Stadium that left voters split evenly on who is the Crusaders’ greatest challenge.
The Trojans (6-0) and Buffanblu (6-0) are tied for No. 2 in this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 as both earned five votes for the No. 2 spot and were No. 3 on the other five ballots.
Mililani, which handled Kamehameha 34-0, took over the No. 2 spot from the Buffanblu more than a month ago and held leads of four votes, four votes, a single vote, and three votes over the last four weeks before being tied this week.
Punahou, which beat Waianae 42-0, has been ranked in the top three for 17 consecutive weeks dating back to last season. Mililani has been in the top three for the last six weeks since beating Campbell to open the season.
The Buffanblu will get their shot at Saint Louis on Friday at Aloha Stadium as they begin a brutal schedule in the second half of the regular season. Punahou’s next four games are against the other four teams ranked in the top five this week.
Those teams include No. 4 Kahuku and No. 5 Campbell, which didn’t move in the latest Top 10.
Moanalua (5-0) remain at No. 6 as one of four Division I teams in the poll this week.
Hilo (5-0) moved up one spot to No. 7 and Leilehua (5-1) moved up two spots to No. 8 after handing No. 9 Damien (5-1) its first loss of the season.
Kamehameha (1-4) dropped one spot to No. 10 and is on the verge of falling out of the Top 10.
Lahainaluna and ‘Iolani both received six votes this week, moving a single vote behind the Warriors.
TOP 10 SCHEDULE
Friday, Sept. 20
>> No. 1 Saint Louis vs. No. 2 Punahou, 7:30 p.m., at Aloha Stadium
>> No. 4 Kahuku at Kapolei, 7:30 p.m.
>> No. 7 Hilo at Konawaena, 7:30 p.m.
>> No. 8 Leilehua at Castle, 7:30 p.m.
>> ‘Iolani vs. No. 9 Damien, 4:45 p.m., at Aloha Stadium
Saturday, Sept. 21
>> St. John Bosco (Calif.) at No. 2 Mililani, 6 p.m.
>> Waianae at No. 5 Campbell, 6:30 p.m.
>> No. 6 Moanalua at Waipahu, 6:30 p.m.
>> No. 10 Kamehameha at Farrington, 6:30 p.m.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10