RANKINGS: Waianae, Leilehua, Damien enter Top 10

Waianae's Saege Ayala caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter against Waipahu. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Ranked teams went 2-2 on the opening weekend of the prep football season, causing a major shakeup at the bottom of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 released today.

Waianae, which beat defending Division I state champion Waipahu, made the biggest jump into the Top 10 checking in at No. 7.

The Seariders hadn’t been ranked since losing to the Marauders to open the 2018 season.

Leilehua, which shut out Farrington 35-0 and looked smooth in doing so, is at No. 9, matching the last time it was ranked in Week 6 of last year.

The shutout by the Mules was their first since a 38-0 win over Waipahu in 2015.

Damien, which overcame a 24-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Lahainaluna in overtime on Maui, is back in the rankings at No. 10.

The Monarchs, who ended the Lunas’ 21-game winning streak, have earned at least one top-10 ranking in three consecutive seasons.

Lahainaluna fell outside of the top 10 for the first time since the start of the 2017 season, ending a 33-week run in the rankings.

Waipahu and Hilo, which hasn’t played a game yet, also dropped out of the Top 10. The Vikings received seven votes, five less than in the preseason poll.

Kapolei, which beat Castle 40-24, is the first team outside of the Top 10 after receiving nine votes. The Marauders were ranked ninth on the only ballot they appeared on.

The top six remained the same with only No. 2 Punahou playing on opening weekend, beating Kailua 40-0 behind five touchdown passes by quarterback Hugh Brady. Saint Louis was again unanimous at No. 1 with No. 3 Campbell edging No. 4 Mililani by four votes. They will open the season against each other on Friday.

Kahuku remained at No. 5 and Kamehameha at No. 6 as they will clash Saturday on the North Shore in the opener for both teams.

Friday, Aug. 9
>> No. 2 Punahou at Farrington, 7:30 p.m.
>> No. 4 Mililani at No. 3 Campbell, 7:30 p.m.
>> Kapolei at No. 7 Waianae, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10
>> No. 6 Kamehameha at No. 5 Kahuku, 6:30 p.m.
>> No. 8 ‘Iolani at Moanalua, 6:30 p.m.
>> Kailua at No. 9 Leilehua, 6:30 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

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


  1. HLI August 5, 2019 2:06 pm

    Well…….I guess I was wrong.
    You should stay down and dominate D2.


  2. Mahatma Gandhi August 5, 2019 2:10 pm

    wow, 2 OIA teams ranked ahead of Kahuku. Darren Johnson has won big wherever he has gone, first at Kailua, then Kaimuki. But who cares? St Lulu has done so much recruiting that they will blow everyone out again this year, just like last year. They destroyed the competitive balance of Hawaii state high school football.

  3. Kevin August 5, 2019 3:06 pm


  4. 4.2 August 5, 2019 4:44 pm

    @ mahatma ghandi. True, but should be good game against Gorman.

  5. notes August 5, 2019 7:58 pm

    I agree mahatma. It really just shows the bias that the media has against kahuku for being enemies of the state. but it’s okay though. the haters can keep doing what they do best: hate. we just put our heads down, grind, be humble, and win

  6. RRareNOTtheEnemy August 5, 2019 9:29 pm

    This “enemy of the state” is such a made up thing you guys all love pushing. People love Kahuku. People cheer and root for them all the time when it comes to them playing the ILH schools. Where the heck do you get this idea that Kahuku is the “enemy of the state”

  7. HLI August 6, 2019 8:48 am

    The ol “enemies of the state” routine comes out when they start losing. Classic.

    See, when your community identity is based solely on Football, and you start to “not win” championships, this is what happens.

  8. 4.2 August 6, 2019 2:11 pm

    Wow! Bishop Gorman ranked 66 in MaxPreps below punahou and millvill. St Luis just might smash Gorman.

  9. WarriorPride August 6, 2019 6:36 pm

    Mililani takes on SJB which is averaging a top 3 ranking in the nation. Now that’s gutsy!!! Campbell and Johnson….beat Kahuku & Mililani first before you start believing the ranking. Just because Kahuku doesn’t have the usual abundance of household names, doesn’t mean they forgot how to bang. Those boys live to kill.

    STL looks beastly again, but let it play out. The OIA usually steps up to surprise us.

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