Saint Louis has been ranked No. 1 all season by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, but until last week’s loss to Bingham (Utah), No. 2 Kahuku had been the team from Hawaii ranked in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25.
After a sound 49-13 thrashing of Punahou on Saturday night at Aloha Stadiun, the Crusaders are finally getting their deserved recognition nationally. Saint Louis has broken into the MaxPreps national rankings and is No. 24 this week as the only new team to enter the top 25.
Saint Louis (4-0, 2-0 ILH D-I) has outscored its first four opponents 203-20 and has now won nine consecutive games dating back to last season. The Crusaders are ranked one spot ahead of De La Salle (Calif.), which lost to Bishop Gorman (Nev.) over the weekend.
Bingham, which shut out Kahuku 17-0 in Las Vegas earlier this month, jumped up three spots to No. 11. Mater Dei (Calif.) is ranked No. 1, followed by Florida schools IMG Academy and St. Thomas Aquinas.
Saint Louis will test itself Saturday at Aloha Stadium against Narbonne (Calif.), which is 2-2 this season. Narbonne owns a 17-14 win over Serra (Calif.), which lost 56-42 to Punahou earlier this month. Narbonne lost a close game to Long Beach Poly (Calif.), 14-10, and was blown out on Friday by Centennial (Calif.) 52-6.
Centennial is ranked No. 8 by MaxPreps.