Saint Louis creeps up another spot in MaxPreps Xcellent 25

AJ Bianco returns as a senior in 2021 to start at quarterback for the Crusaders. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

St. Joseph Prep’s 34-30 victory over St. John’s (Washington D.C.) opened the door for the Saint Louis Crusaders to jump another spot to No. 7 in the latest MaxPreps Xcellent 25 released today.

The Crusaders handled Kamehameha with ease, 42-7, on Friday night at Aloha Stadium to run their winning streak to 30 games.

Defensive back Harvey Welch took an interception to the house on the second place from scrimmage and safety Kamo’i Latu also scored on defense for the Crusaders.

The only points Saint Louis gave up came on a pick-6.

No. 3 St. John Bosco (Calif.), which will play at Mililani on Sept. 21, rolled Liberty (Nev.) 49-7 in the Polynesian Football Classic on Friday with quarterback DJ Uiagalelei accounting for six touchdowns.

St. John’s, which dropped to No. 16 and is quarterbacked by former Kahuku standout Sol-Jay Maiava, can do the Crusaders a favor by beating No. 5 Duncanville (Texas) this weekend.

No. 1 Mater Dei (Calif.) plays No. 2 St. Frances Academy (Md.) on Saturday.

The Crusaders will play Kahuku, which is coming off a win at Timpview (Utah), on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.


  1. 55” samsung September 8, 2019 5:53 pm

    Kahuku 21
    Stl 17

  2. Football Newbie September 8, 2019 9:19 pm

    What does an article about St. Louis moving up the national ranks do for them? We all know they’re #1 in Hawaii but it’s not like they’ll be playing Mater Dei or any top 5 ranked teams this year. Does this get them closer to matching up against the number 1 ranked team next year? If not, whats the big deal if they move up a spot here n there? It’s not like they’ll ever make the #1 spot unless they beat the best teams out there. Somebody school me on this plz

  3. Hau’ulaBoy September 8, 2019 10:51 pm

    75” Samsung : Wishful thinking. I hope you right. But The Lou looks really strong this year. But then again, we did beat Tua his Jr. year. St. Louis was heavily favored that year too. Kahuku’s D that year was crazy good. So you never know.

  4. Hau’ulaBoy September 8, 2019 10:56 pm

    55” is kinda small now days. Gotta upgrade. Haha. RR4L

  5. Hau’ulaBoy September 8, 2019 10:59 pm

    Sol Jay, gotta dust yourself off and get back to work. Hau’ulaBoy to young Hau’ulaBoy.

  6. ??? September 9, 2019 8:08 am

    STL can go 99 wins with no losses but still won’t get the respect without playing Top 5 teams in the Nation. That’s the Real Deal!

  7. Shumai September 9, 2019 8:18 am

    Lol bunch of clowns on this forum. First of all, Crusaders will pound Kahuku this week. Second, all these haters on here is Kahuku people. Why, because they will never be what saint louis was and is. They cannot even compare to what saint louis did. And thats what hurts them. You think Kahuku, can contend at a national level with the little league offense? hell no, infact , they would embarrass the state of Hawaii. Again just a bunch of crybabies on here who probably was second stringers or didnt even play the game. I hope Saint Louis goes on another longer streak just to irk the haters.

  8. ILH September 9, 2019 9:35 am

    Football Newbie, is Kahuku your team ? or who ever is your team, what if your team was in position like St. Louis, would you feel good about being in a position like St. Louis, unfortunately you are a hater of the mighty Crusaders, so just suck it up.

  9. ONETIME September 9, 2019 10:05 am

    Do U Think Coach Cal cares about National Rankings and if he plays the number #1 nationally ranked team this year or next year? All he is concerned with is Kahuku this week. That’s why he is the greatest coach in Hawaii History. He doesn’t pay attention to teams that are not on his schedule or teams that he played the week before..He coaches in the moment…

    Consider yourself schooled Football Newbie…

  10. havagd1 September 9, 2019 10:36 am

    IMHO,national rankings are fine and dandy. But what counts most is the record in Hawaii. Good to see all 808 teams do well against teams from the Continent. I say that cuz it’s not the mainland. We live here and this is our Main Land. Hopefully, the 808 teams will benefit from the experiences against the Continent teams to improve their play here.

  11. Dr. Phil September 9, 2019 12:39 pm

    @??? Who’s respect won’t they get? Yours? You put way too much weight on your own opinion like it really matters hahahaha…GTFOH!

  12. Faauuga Jack Reupena September 9, 2019 1:45 pm

    Kudos to the local teams for repping, St John Bosco vs Mililani will be interesting

  13. FBF September 9, 2019 9:25 pm

    Onetime …. 100% correct
    Consider yourself schooled football newbii !!

  14. Kimo September 9, 2019 11:50 pm

    St.Louis gets the respect of real football fans who love the game and know the game. i respect all the football teams in Hawaii as well as the coaches. Couple years ago Kahuku was the top dog and nobody said anything about recruiting and Cal and Ron just came back. Today St. Louis is the top dog and that is because the Staff that Cal has is really good and kids want to go there and learn and get better.Why would you eat hamburger when you have a chance to eat prime rib

  15. ??? September 10, 2019 11:23 am

    Good prime rib quote; how about this one?
    “Why coach Kalani when you can coach STL & the best recruited athletes from the whole state” !!!

  16. ??? September 10, 2019 11:25 am

    National respect!
    Everyone knows STL is a Hawaii football factory.

  17. ??? September 10, 2019 11:31 am

    Not hating on STL and their success. Just saying when you recruit the best athletes from the state you should win states every year, that’s a given!
    But you saying Kahuku can’t compete on a national level like STL shows your lack of football knowledge!
    Do you think Bosco, Mater Dei & IMG would compete at a national level without recruiting? I’ll answer for all Of you Shumai’s; “HELL NO” #Thetruthhurts

  18. shumai September 10, 2019 2:29 pm

    Yes im pointing out Kahuku, why? Because they the biggest cry baby’s in the world. When they winning its all good, lots of bandwagon people. You see Saint Louis Complaining when Kahuku was winning? Nope, they just game plan and come back stronger the following year. And you keep bringing up recruiting, what do you think a private school is? They have no district, so yes they will get kids from every district going to their school with a better education. And as far as recruiting, coach cal dont have to go out and recruit, the players come to him and want to play for him. Same with college, why stay home at UH when there are better programs for better recognition to get to the next level. Why not tell Tua Tagovailoa stay home and play for UH? i bet his answer would be HELL NO. Cmon man speaking the truth, whats reality. Crusaders all day.

  19. Dr. Phil September 10, 2019 3:36 pm

    @??? So now you and your comments speak for the nation??? hahahaha WHY NOT THE WORLD ALREADY HAHA! Saint Louis will never get the respect of the Universe…haha “Duh” is right cuz you a “Duh”-mass

    If “everyone” knows Saint Louis is a football factory, sounds like they already gained the respect…….OF THE UNIVERSE HAHAHA
    “duh”m your comments

  20. Kimo September 10, 2019 3:37 pm

    Cal and Ron was at Kalani, but St. Louis is their home and where their heart is. If my son was good in football as a parent i would want the best for son, both education and athletics. if he can get into St. Louis great and if financial aid kicks in that is icing on the cake. Punahou would be next choice. What is happening is that kids want to play for Cal.Some want to play for Rod at Mililani, some for Darren at Campbell and Kale at Punahou. i have a couple of nephews at St. Louis and i have watched them mature as men and athletes, kudos to the staff. if you love the game of football and want to see top notch football watch the open division. St. Louis is just ahead of everyone at the moment.Dont count out Mililani. Its not recruiting its letting your kids get the best that they can.

  21. Lou September 10, 2019 5:07 pm

    SolJay can do St.Louis a favor by beating #5 Duncanville? Lol. So St.Loui’s can move up? Fat chance you would see slugs like shumai thanking a RR. Lol. Just get out there on Saturday do some pounding,Kahuku style. St.Louis cannot move up cause they don’t play national top 10 teams away. Never did. They even scared to go to Kahuku. Last time was a smoking of Mariota led saints by.3 tds. Cal would never go to Kahuku. Lol. Oh by the way, why did all those ex saints leave for public schools if it’s about the education? Coaching?

  22. Mahatma Gandhi September 10, 2019 5:15 pm

    I wish they would stop all this ranking of high school teams. That’s just makes private schools recruit more, destroying the competitive balance of their respective leagues. In NFL and college football, each school is held to the same standards and limits when recruiting players. No such uniform rules exist in high school football.

  23. Hau’ulaBoy September 10, 2019 6:47 pm

    Recruit dis. See you all Saturday. To da guy shumai, there is cry babies on both sides. When Big Red beat Tua his Junior year, their was a few cry babies on St. Louis side. I not proud of the poor sports. But every community has some. The true RR4L no cry.

  24. Hau’ulaBoy September 10, 2019 6:52 pm

    Wish everyone a safe game. Hope for a good game. And no cry if you’re team loses. That goes for you to shumai.

  25. Lou September 10, 2019 8:09 pm

    Lol you right Hauula boy. The crybaby left the Aloha stadium, never partipated in the second place ceremonies and even the fans left. Talk about crybabies.

  26. ??? September 10, 2019 8:34 pm

    @dr Phil
    Common sense (which you don’t have) knows the U.S Nation has a top 25 ranking! But your uneducated a#* bringing up the world & universe as far as respect is the dumbest thing ever. Lol…
    Just like Kimo saying the Lee’s are from Kalani but they LOVE STL !! You, Kimo & Shrimp Shumai probably went to the same school and we definitely know it wasn’t Punahou. Lol…

  27. notes September 10, 2019 8:59 pm

    again we see evidence here time and time again about the media bias against kahuku and the hatred the ILH fan boys have against us and OIA football. let me educate you guys on something:

    FACT: “coach” cal lee made his football empire off poaching the best players in the OIA from their home schools. once proud programs like mckinley and farrington are now in the basement because all of their best players go to saint louis.

    FACT: do players want to play for saint louis? sure. because when you spend your entire life destroying the competitive balance of high school football, kids lose pride in their communities and leave. the destruction is so complete that “coach” cal lee doesn’t even have to work that hard recruiting anymore.

    FACT: saint lulu will never play a team unless the odds are stacked in their favor. they never play on the mainland. they almost never play in kahuku because every time they do, they get smacked. they have to hide in aloha stadium all the time

    FACT: because the ILH has destroyed high school football by excessive recruiting, it forces other schools like mililani to recruit just to keep up. you wanna know why leilehua hasn’t been an open level competitor for years? look at mililani’s roster. i’m not trying to hate on rod york, he’s doing a great job and doing what he needs to do. but always remember the real culprit. it’s the ILH, the HHSAA which is run by private school grads, and the media that glorifies football factory schools at the expense of families and communities


  28. Dr. Phil September 10, 2019 9:32 pm

    SMH ???
    Your simple mind must hurt after thinking up all that BS haha Let me make sure my “uneducated self” understands what you’re saying.

    Your point is that Saint Louis “won’t get the national respect”……based on a National Top 25 ranking system……??? Which they have been ranked in for the past few years??? HAHAHA You right.. I’m the “duh”meh cuz IDGI

  29. Hawkish September 11, 2019 3:38 am

    Like crabs in a bucket no need place a lid on top because the A’ama crab syndrome mandates that as soon as one reaches the top of the bucket, the ones underneath will pull em back down. Its not just Farrington, McKinley, Kahuku or Leilehua that loses players to the ILH every community is impacted (Kaneohe, Kailua, etc) and not only in football. Punahou’s boys volleyball team is the winningest sports program of all time, Mid-Pac, Punahou, Kamehameha and Iolani baseball teams are perennial powers. As long as we continue to underfund our public school system at every level, Oahu parents will send their kids to private schools even if it means taking on a 2nd or 3rd job. You don’t see this exodus to flee from public schools on the mainland bc their communities properly fund their public schools. Very proud of STL but agree that their is an imbalance that has spanned 3 decades.

  30. Hawkish September 11, 2019 3:57 am

    Just wondering if anyone actually believes that the coaches or players on STL like having every game shortened by the mercy rule or whether their starters like being yanked out in the 2nd quarter. The imbalance that everyone’s complaining about started in the late 80s and ultimately lead to the ILH splitting up into 2 divisions in 2000 and that was huge bc there were only 6 teams. This also resulted in Iolani winning most of the ILH Division 2 titles which was pretty lame as well. The current system is better than we’ve had in a long time and the match ups each week are more exciting.

  31. Kimo September 11, 2019 12:24 pm

    Alaka’I Gilman said he went to Punahou because there were more opportunities and that is the truth. This kid is from Laie and his parents and him made a choice to better this young man’s life. This is what this is all about. My son is good in Volleyball, I’m not sending him St. Louis, he is going Punahou. He is good in basketball I would send him Maryknoll.

  32. Ilh September 11, 2019 12:32 pm

    Saint Louis 38 Kahuku 14

  33. Lou September 11, 2019 12:42 pm

    So the Saban and Cal Lee rule is to take the top players and go 4 deep. Well a whole bunch left because nobody would look at them “sitting” on the bench. Another rule,if they on YOUR bench, they can hurt you on another team. Lol. Jalen Hurts went to Oklahoma. Oops. Last 2 heisman, from OKLAHOMA. Let’s see Oklahoma play Clemson for national title. So yeah recruiting can hurt because it not about community pride, it’s about ME pride.

  34. ??? September 11, 2019 12:55 pm

    Facts is Facts
    When you give Facts the STL fans get UPSET!
    #TheTruthHurts. Ask Dr Phil? Lol…

  35. shumai, dats right September 11, 2019 2:01 pm

    Saint Louis 35 Kahuku 0 Half time

    then second stringers come in and final score probably 45-13.

    Crusaders keep smashing everybody. The more you smash the more they hate and i love it.

    Stay strong Big Red your time will come again, or not, looks like mililani is the new kahuku lol.

    I give Rod York Credit, hes the only one that doesnt complain about the ILH, in fact he encourages it, to play the top teams instead of trying to stay away from them. Week in week out playing against the best. As a football player thats what you want.


  36. ??? September 11, 2019 2:16 pm

    You was probably a 4th string STL football player and now bragging to your kids & anyone that will listen about how good STL is.. Lol
    It’s funny you only mention Rod, because half his stars are not from Mililani !! “Facts Again”

  37. ??? September 11, 2019 2:17 pm

    Main thing you got your ring!
    The one your teammates Won…LMAO

  38. Dr. Phil September 11, 2019 3:19 pm

    I get the keyboard warrior name now ??? you’re obviously confused. The real truth is your HS cheerleading career ended a long time ago haha BFR instead of complaining on here, why don’t you go help coach you local HSFB team??? Wait….TF am I thinking, guarantee you’re not qualified enough to help coach a team…..can you imagine lol

    Other Player: “That’s not what the other Coach just told us”
    Other Other Player: “Just agree I don’t want to run sprints after”
    Coach Confused: “Duh”

  39. CrusaderDad September 11, 2019 9:42 pm

    I think a few things are emphasized or even discussed regarding the effect on a programs success: 1. Coaching – good coaching staffs are hard to find and keep (Coach Cal does an great job at it) 2. Strength Training & Conditioning- I am constantly surprised at how many players don’t put in the time and effort, 3. Parental involvement/Booster support – this is huge, I think Mililani does a good job. Good games this weekend!

  40. Football Fan September 11, 2019 9:59 pm

    All I gotta say is keep complaining about whatever team you want on HPW. It’ll definitely work! If you comment enough, the team you want to win will eventually win. Everything you complain about will go away and all your wishes will come true! Just keep commenting!

  41. Jacob Makaiwi September 12, 2019 12:39 am

    Haha it’s fun reading all of these comments! It seems like St.Louis and Kahuku fans are just going at it with each other, which makes sense because this is a huge rivalry. The two best high school football programs in Hawaii history. And they’re facing each other this week! No coincidence the trash talking is becoming a little more frequent 😆 My honest opinion is that Saint Louis will probably win it all again this year and they deserve their rank in the nation. Mililani and Punahou (so far in the season) seem to be their biggest tests. BUT never take out Red Raiders from the equation. I know from personal experience and as you can tell from these posts, living in the community itself, or just anything football related in Hawaii, RR4L is a real thing. And these kids and the true fans (not the bandwagon fans who only cheer for Kahuku when they win and all left last year) got these kids backs. Kahuku has ridiculous talent year round that most coaches could only dream to have. BUT Coach Cal and his brother are no joke. You can have all the talent in the world, but coaching makes a huge difference and aside from recruiting these coaches are just unbelievable and it’s not a coincidence they have success for whatever teams they coach. But hey, let the best team win. I think St.Louis should easily win by a lot, but at the same time I think Kahuku has a small chance to rewrite the script and pull off an upset. With Kahuku there is always a chance. Either way, let the best team win and let’s all try to remember football isn’t the only thing in life so may the fans TRY to be humble and respectful. Malama pono and aloha my friends! 😁

  42. Hawkish September 12, 2019 1:22 am

    Right on Jacob M and everyone who takes the time to share your mana’o on HPW. We don’t always agree with each other but we all love football and we all love the kids who play the game and give their best week in an week out. Mahalo.

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