RANKINGS: Voters split evenly on No. 2 between Mililani and Punahou

Punahou running back Vincent Terrell rushed for four touchdowns in a win over Waianae at Aloha Stadium. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

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.

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

Updated: 9/19
1.Kahuku (12)129
4.Kamehameha (1)82
7.Saint Louis57


  1. Rankings September 16, 2019 7:42 pm

    How did punahou get ranked #3 last year?
    They spanked Mililani straight up.
    They both lost to the Crusaders.
    JPS in control of the rankings?

  2. Dafun September 17, 2019 9:01 am

    Agreed how is mililani ranked 2 when punahou beat them??? And I’m pretty anti punahou but still come on guys who’s doing the rankings. Punahou should have ended the season last year as 2 and mililani as 3

  3. HLI September 17, 2019 10:44 am

    No, JPS in charge of the recruiting. lol.

  4. Paul September 17, 2019 1:14 pm

    Whoever puts these rankings together, can you give me a logical explanation as to why Kamehameha is still ranked in the top 10? They have yet to beat an in-state opponent (as of Sep 7). Granted, all their losses have been to teams in the top 5 but I believe if a team is going to be ranked then the team should have a winning record and not have a state record of 0-4.

  5. notes September 17, 2019 4:02 pm

    paul, you are witnessing the media bias for the ILH in these polls. no matter how much any of the Big 3 ILH teams loses, they will ALWAYS be ranked in the top 10 because that’s what the ILH does. they control the HHSAA, they influence the media with their deep pockets, and then they rank mililani #2 in order to make it seem like the poll is fair when in reality, it’s all to promote the prestige of ILH “schools” so they can continue attracting recruits. The more they recruit, the more successful their football teams, which boosts enrollment, which means more $$$$. we need a fair high school football system that puts kids over profits

  6. notes September 17, 2019 4:03 pm

    but for real though, the big head scratcher is hilo being on this list above leilehua, damien, and kam. hilo would get blown out by any of those three schools even if they beat waiakea 10000-0

  7. Uncle September 17, 2019 10:15 pm

    All these media polls need to go back to being by separate divisions. Kamehameha has no business being in any of these top 10 lists but I think they’d beat anyone in DI still and probably half of the Open teams too.

  8. IDGAF September 18, 2019 12:09 am

    Hilo, Leilehua and Damien shouldn’t be ranked top ten! That’s a joke.
    All 6 OIA Open teams, St.Louis, Punahou, Kamehameha and Moanalua well deserving. Everyone else is weak.

  9. Braddah Bu September 18, 2019 8:40 am

    Can anyone name a better team than Kamehameha that IS NOT in the top 10 then?

  10. Historian September 18, 2019 10:30 am

    Hilarious these guys. Kamehameha is in the top 10. look at the strength of teams they play? its not fair that Punahou will probably get the sh….. end of the deal once the ILH season is over.
    When the state tournament begins, Punahou will still probably be ranked 2 or 3 and they will be eliminated from the state tourney play offs. Example these will probably be the teams in the tourney

    -Saint Louis
    -Mililani (Good match up still think Punahou wins this)
    -Kahuku (Punahou will win)
    -Campbell ( Punahou will win)

    After looking at that, punahou will beat those teams but yet they cannot be in the state tourney. SMH. its a shame.

    As far as Kamehameha even with those losses, in reality, they are a top 6 team no doubt.

    My eyes, go back to prep bowl plain and simple, best ILH vs best OIA, best 2nd OIA vs best 2nd ILH

    I already know the answer to what people will reply too. Those teams recruit lol. regardless, the best 4 teams should be in the state tourney. If thats the case , they why have football rankings. you feel me.

  11. Obama September 18, 2019 10:49 am

    St Louis and Punahou D will shut down Mililani’s offense. All the other teams mill played has no defense. I believe Mililani is held to 7 points or less in both these games. Mililani’s offense is just not explosive at all this year. I hope Mililani is not thinking that they can run the ball on teams like Punahou and Saint Louis. They going get demolished in a embarrassing way. They only reason why Mililani looks the way they do is because of their defense. Still i dont think their defense is tough enough to stop Saints or Puns, maybe slow it down, but with no offense to help its a done deal. True story

  12. 94 September 18, 2019 3:05 pm

    I dont think you guys realize that Mililani O line is tough, strong and big. They open up holes for the RB’s and when D gets tired they will throw balls all over the place. I really dont understand how you guys down Mililani when ILH teams play the same teams as Mililani. If I not mistaken Punahou almost lost to kamehameha 15-5 and never scored till the 4th quarter. Mililani beat them with an egg so I dont see everyones logic to this and if you think Punahou RB who is the main scorer on the team will run on Mililani think again. As for St. Louis all they do is throw and dont run the ball so you dont think DB’s of Mililani will be ready. Remember you got a kid who already played on St. Louis as RB who will expose both teams and I am not saying they will run the ballevery time but both teams will get a taste of their own medicine.

  13. Laugh September 18, 2019 8:55 pm

    Lol Punahou just lost their quarterback against Kamehameha the week before , a freshmen came in who has now improved every week

  14. Wow September 19, 2019 5:27 am

    How is Kamehameha ranked 10? They are 1-4! They’ve lost to all Hawaii teams! This list is a joke!

  15. 96730to89 September 19, 2019 8:42 am

    I’m a Kamehameha grad and have watched a few games. Their offense has been just painful to watch. They did play Kahuku and Punahou close which shows they should be Top 10.

    Mililani goes up against SJB this week. We’re going to find out just how good they really are. Coming within two TDs would be considered a win.

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