A big weekend for both Saint Louis and Kahuku paved the way for the Crusaders and Red Raiders to take over the top two spots in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 released Monday.
The Crusaders went from having their season possibly end on Saturday night to pulling in the No. 1 ranking for the first time in four weeks following a 30-14 victory over Punahou, which saw its three-week reign at the top come to an end.
Saint Louis trailed 14-0 and was on the verge of falling behind further when Buffanblu RB Wayne Taulapapa fumbled near the goal line. The Crusaders went on to hit a 97-yard touchdown pass from QB Tua Tagovailoa to Drew Kobayashi and it was all Saint Louis from then on as the Crusaders scored the final 30 points to win comfortably.
Saint Louis received nine of the 14 first-place votes to stay in front of Kahuku, which throttled Kapolei 56-10 in the OIA quarterfinals. The Red Raiders earned the other five first-place votes to jump to its highest spot in the rankings all season at No. 2. Kahuku was listed either first and second on all but one ballot, which had the Red Raiders third.
Punahou dropped to No. 3 but remained ahead of defending state champion Mililani, which was fourth for the third straight week. Mililani beat Moanalua 48-13 in the OIA quarterfinals with freshman Dillon Gabriel getting the majority of the work at quarterback. Trojans RB Vavae Malepeai went over 200 yards for the second straight game and is officially on record watch toward becoming the all-time leading rusher in Hawaii high school history.
Malepeai passed Damien’s Kama Bailey for fourth on the all-time list and is 63 yards away from reaching 4,000 in his career. He currently trails the record holder, ‘Iolani’s Joe Igber, by 491 yards.
Kamehameha, which beat ‘Iolani 39-24 despite giving up an ILH Division I record 485 yards passing to Raiders QB Tai-John Mizutani, held on to the fifth spot ahead of Waianae, which is sixth.
Farrington jumped to No. 7 followed by a first this season. Two Division II teams are ranked for the first time as Kapaa moved up to No. 8 and Radford debuted in the top 10 at No. 9. The Rams are 10-0 this season and are giving up an average of only 4.6 points per game after locking up a Division II state tournament berth with a 23-6 win over Waialua. Radford will get Kaimuki in the OIA D-II title game in two weeks.
Kailua edged Kapolei for the No. 10 spot.
|Updated: Mar. 16|