Saint Louis a unanimous No. 1 for fourth week in a row

After days of testing, Punahou and Saint Louis took the field for a scrimmage last spring. It was the first football competition between the two rivals since 2019. The two teams will meet this Saturday in an ILH regular-season game. Paul Honda/

Saint Louis collected all 12 first-place votes to remain at No. 1 in this week’s Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.

The four-time Open Division defending state champion Crusaders have not played since Aug. 20, when they lost to nationally-ranked Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.

The Top 10 is unchanged for the first time this season. ‘Iolani remained at No. 7 after rallying past Kamehameha I-AA, 35-20, on Friday.

The revamped ILH football schedule, released on Sunday, pits Saint Louis at No. 4 Punahou on Saturday afternoon. That contest is one of three that were previously postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.

On Friday, Damien and Saint Louis I-AA meet in a 5 p.m. matchup at Aloha Stadium. ‘Iolani and Pac-Five follow at 7:30 p.m.

The Kamehameha-Punahou showdown originally scheduled for this Saturday has been moved to Oct. 8.

Star-Advertiser Football Top Ten
Sept. 13, 2021

Rank School (first-place votes) points, last week’s ranking
1. Saint Louis (12) (0-1, 0-0 ILH) 120 1
2. Mililani (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 103 2
3. Kahuku (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 93 3
4. Punahou (1-0, 1-0 ILH) 89 4
5. Kamehameha (0-1, 0-1 ILH) 67 5
6. Campbell (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 62 6
7. ‘Iolani (3-0, 3-0 ILH) 42 7
8. Kapolei (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 28 8
9. Leilehua (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 19 9
10. Lahainaluna (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 13 10

Also receiving votes: Hilo 11, Moanalua 6, Farrington 5, Waianae 2.


  1. ILoveHawaii September 14, 2021 12:43 pm

    Gosh, Moanalua received more votes than both Gov’s and Searider’s.

    What is holding these two schools back from being more successful?
    They have so much raw talent.

    I guess we will see how Mckinley does to determine if coaching really does makes the difference. With a little sprinkling of recruiting? Perhaps.

  2. Falcon Future September 15, 2021 10:27 am

    Farrington and Waianae actually don’t have as much raw talent as you think. The best raw talent and size from those two districts gets recruited to the ILH (or Campbell/Mililani/Kapolei). What remains at Farrington and Waianae is a lot of second tier talent, which is still better than most public schools but definitely not enough to compete with the first tier talent of other Open Division teams.

  3. ILoveHawaii September 15, 2021 3:55 pm

    Thats sad to hear.

    I can see leaving your district to go to a private school but leaving for another public school??
    Back in the days, kids had pride for their community and looked forward to playing for their HS.
    The same school that their parents, uncles, cousins, siblings and even grandparents attended.

    How you going claim Kalihi or Waianae if you playing for Millilani??
    Win or lose we still play for the home team.

    Thats just so disheartening.
    And, its not the kids, its the parents.

    Go play club after the season or pylon with another team but in season is for the home team.

  4. SASA September 16, 2021 8:20 am

    Like everywhere else, the top football programs/school will get most of the top athletes/recruits, its different now, Winning trumps everything. Its hard to compete and say no to the top football/basketball programs/sports/band, music, art etc.
    Its called the “Alabama Dilemma” parents want to send their kids where they think the kid will be successful.

  5. Eddie K September 16, 2021 9:36 am

    Iolani above Kapolei??? Iolani barely got past Kamehameha JVs. Cmon.

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