Fresh off stretching its winning streak to 19 games, the Saint Louis Crusaders did not move in the latest national rankings.
The Crusaders played its closest game of the season on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium, holding off Punahou 35-28.
Saint Louis trailed for the first time after giving up a 90-yard touchdown drive on Punahou’s first possession of the game. A blocked punt recovered for a TD and a 66-yard touchdown pass from Hugh Brady to Tamatoa Falatea gave the Buffanblu the lead two more times early in the second quarter.
Saint Louis didn’t take the lead until the first of two touchdown runs by quarterback Jayden de Laura with 8:05 remaining in the third quarter.
de Laura finished with 293 passing yards with Chance Beyer (10 rec., 115 yards) and Roman Wilson (four rec., 142 yards) doing the majority of the work among the Saint Louis receiving corps.
Punahou is the last team to beat Saint Louis — 33-20 on Sept. 29, 2016. The Crusaders have won the last four meetings since by an average score of 19.3 points.
Saint Louis will play Kapolei for just the second time ever on Friday. The Crusaders’ first time on Kapolei’s field will be an opportunity to stretch their winning streak to 20 games. That’s the longest streak at Saint Louis since the Crusaders won 31 in a row from 1995 to ’97.