Saint Louis enters Top 10 in USA Today Super 25

Saint Louis receiver Roman Wilson (14) hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass after he got behind Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) defensive back Jaden Hicks (7) in the first half on Aug. 30, 2019, at Aloha Stadium. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Saint Louis is now a Top 10 team in both major national rankings.

Two days after entering the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 at No. 8, the Crusaders moved up three spots to No. 9 in the USA Today Super 25 released today.

Just like the MaxPreps poll, the Crusaders are No. 3 in the West region behind Mater Dei (Calif.) and St. John Bosco (Calif.).

Bishop Gorman, which lost to Saint Louis 31-19 on Friday at Aloha Stadium, dropped to No. 23 in the USA Today poll. The Gaels fell out of the MaxPreps rankings entirely.

Mililani, which will host St. John Bosco on Sept. 21, entered USA Today’s rankings in the West region at No. 10. The region, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, has three states with multiple teams in the Top 10 — California, Arizona and Hawaii.

The Crusaders will go for their 30th straight win Friday against Kamehameha at 6 p.m. at Aloha Stadium.


  1. Truth September 3, 2019 8:07 am

    How come St Louis don’t play against Bosco??That would be a real test!! Go Trojans!!

  2. False September 3, 2019 8:45 am

    They just had a real test. Wtf

  3. Ilh September 3, 2019 8:47 am

    Because St. Bosco refused the game and decided to play Mililani instead.

  4. ??? September 3, 2019 9:29 am

    2 to 3 games against Top 15 National schools would be an awesome schedule for STL to play on a yearly basis.
    Just like Bosco, Gorman, IMG etc…
    Once again good win last week!

  5. Nala September 3, 2019 9:42 am

    False….what test….really you called that a test….play the top 5 in the nation….

  6. Hawkish September 3, 2019 10:45 am

    ??? and False are on point BG was a little down this year admittedly but it was still a quality win over a perennial powerhouse program. It would be nice to see the top teams play at the end of the season as Truth and Nala suggest (might be pricy though) just proud of all Hawaii teams that did so well against mainland opponents this weekend. Go 808 Football.

  7. HailFromDaNorth September 3, 2019 10:52 am

    Let’s go Mililani! Beat Bosco! 808 represent! #StillRR4L

  8. Let’s goooo September 3, 2019 4:24 pm

    Let’s get it DJ! Samoa represent!

  9. Mahatma Gandhi September 3, 2019 5:15 pm

    I do not follow win at all costs high school football programs that destroy the competitive balance of their leagues. Not just St Louis Football Academy, but Bishop Gorman is that way too. Both church schools. Auwe.

  10. TooMeke 2 September 3, 2019 6:14 pm

    Wonder if that’s really SJ posting that poop, especially coming from a guy who couldn’t throw a 15 yard spiral more than 10 yards. Wobble Wobble and not even TG yet. SJ future DB in college who happens to have the best receiver in the nation. RRFL

  11. ItIsWhatItIs September 3, 2019 7:09 pm

    You guys are hilarious!!

  12. notes September 3, 2019 8:47 pm

    end the open division already. this has got to be our high school football version of ku kia’i mauna. we need to protect the right of having flourishing public schools, not a high school football league that serves only big money schools

  13. CrusaderDad September 4, 2019 9:52 am

    Glad we only hear positive things from the coaches and players about the open format. Liking the competition and testing themselves.
    Sounds like winning attitudes to me…

  14. Genius September 4, 2019 12:22 pm

    I knew it, after Saint Louis Beats Gorman, people going talk, ah gorman not that good and so forth. Gorman wouldve smashed any other school in the state of Hawaii including KAHUKU!!!!!!! since these are the guys that talk the most ……. Again people, thank Saint Louis for putting the state of hawaii high school football on a bigger map. Now college recruits is going to pay more attention to the state of hawaii high school as a whole. Props to Mililani too, they beat down on Liberty, for most people who dont know, Liberty is part of a big national power house, probably ranked among the top 50 in the nation year in year out. Again, even liberty would smash every school in hawaii except for obviously the trojans and crusaders. I just dont see Kahuku competing on a national level with that type of offense that they have. Its like watching little league football and would be embarrassing for the state of hawaii for the mainland to see. Just my opinion. Next week , the trojans vs Basco, i just dont see anyway possible that game would be close, unless basco plays the worse football they ever played.

  15. ??? September 4, 2019 12:26 pm

    @Crusader Dad
    Why don’t you volunteer your coaching at Waialua, Nanakuli or Kalani for a couple years than see if you have the same attitude about competition that you now have? That’s what I thought “Silence “

  16. Truestory September 4, 2019 1:10 pm

    @??? Take a look at Major League Baseball. The Rays have a payroll budget of 62 Mil per year average. The boat Red Sox have a budget of 228 Mil. They play in the same division (AL East). They don’t cry to leave the division which also has the Yankees. They actually have more wins than the Red Sox at the moment. Wanting to disband a division because it’s too difficult is a weak mindset and shows your character. Better competition brings better character and also helps recruiting for the boys.

  17. ItIsWhatItIs September 4, 2019 1:58 pm

    You said end the open division, and “crusader dad” mentions comments from the open division coaches. And you respond with Divison 2 schools!! The only ILH school in that division is Pac5. Ending the open division won’t affect those schools. Yes STL looks good right now. But that doesn’t mean they will win it all!! Mililani, Punahou, & Kahuku have a legit shot at taking home the crown. I Love the open division and hope it sticks around for a long time!

  18. ??? September 4, 2019 3:15 pm

    What’s the difference? Tell him volunteer at Waianae or Farrington; same scenario!! They will never beat STL or Punahou!!

  19. Mahatma Gandhi September 4, 2019 3:46 pm

    ???, I seen Waianae beat Punahou in the 1977 Prep Bowl. Before all the St Lulu excessive recruiting began.

  20. CrusaderDad September 4, 2019 4:05 pm

    ??? – fair enough…I used Coach in the 90’s at Pun 93-98 then KS ‘99. My career doesn’t allow me the time, as I have also coached youth league athletics…I think this is an issue for the community…I come from a family of coaches, my father/grandfather coached basketball at Kalani – 80’s, my uncles who have passed – such as John Kauinana, Pops Gaison, to name a few…Consolation game for Prep bowl – Campbell gashed us at Pun in 94 or 95, Farrington muscled is around, Waianae trounced us…
    ??? – so what do you offer as someone so concerned…and do we really want to go back to the Prep Bowl format?

  21. CrusaderDad September 4, 2019 4:15 pm

    ??? – Regarding your last comment on Waianae or Farrington…shame on you, what a weak statement from a so called supporter. I’m sure the kids would feel great reading your comments…effort and grit go a long way in life, win or lose. Glad the OIA kids have a better can do attitude than you…Did Bryan Clay have a woe is me attitude? How bout Jordan Ta’amu, Taulia Tagovailoa, Myron…lots of successful OIA examples who just want to compete with the best…

  22. ItIsWhatItIs September 4, 2019 6:07 pm

    Amen CrusaderDad!!
    What a loser attitude. Waianae was great before and can be great again!! Same goes for the Govs. When they line up against those schools you named they go hard. I hope our youth don’t simply look at a challenge and fold. You say others should go and give their time to coach?… I’m just glad your not out there with that attitude!!

  23. ??? September 4, 2019 9:27 pm

    You the former coach who saw STL win 15 straight prep bowls and are on their way to as many state titles as they want with the Lee’s recruiting top athletes from around the state. You coached pun & Kam but listed as crusader dad. This is basically a prep bowl format in regular season “ look at the scores”

  24. ??? September 4, 2019 9:32 pm

    Comparing MLB to H.S. football shows your IQ!
    MLB teams can draft anybody from anywhere just like STL.
    An OIA team has limitations!
    You just summed it all up!!!!

  25. ??? September 4, 2019 9:50 pm

    You’re partially right, Waianae & Farrington can be great again, (in the OIA) but they will not beat a Lee coached football team. “Period”

  26. ??? September 4, 2019 9:51 pm

    STL Coached!!

  27. CrusaderDad September 4, 2019 10:23 pm

    ??? – well I’m listed as CrusaderDad, cause “drum roll”, my son plays for the Crusaders. Lol! You always bring up coaching, and I’d say the Lee’s and their staff are top of the class. Closest staff to match them was the Pun coaching staff under Dan Morrison (we beat StL a few times between 93-96)…I think an OIA coach who has great experience and training is Amosa Amosa…

    Should a Waianae/Farrington be scared of playing a Punahou or KS – No. When they play StL they surely don’t just give up…Its like you want to ensure an outcome of the game, you might as well not play. 1993 Pun beat the Crusader team with George Ornellas, Maafala, Kreutz, Arceneaux, etc..we had a bunch of skinny, short, gritty Soph/Jr and overachieving Sr’s. We won by Alignment, Assignment and crazy effort for our team..
    ??? – football is a great metaphor for life, like sometimes we try our best and it’s not good enough, but you try and you learn.

  28. CURIOUS September 5, 2019 7:13 am

    CrusaderDad? How did you become that? How come your son did not go Pun or KS?

  29. ??? September 5, 2019 8:32 am

    I’ve never said OIA teams should or would give up or fold. OIA will always compete! But 81-0 STL-Waianae last year is the outcome they will have all year if they don’t sub by 2nd qtr.
    You beat STL while at Punahou but FAIL to mention that Punahou recruits too! Also you beat STL but guess who won the ILH and prep bowl that year? STL!
    STL will beat 99% of OIA teams with No problem and you as a former coach know exactly what I’m talking about; with 94 players 4-5 deep at every position and any athlete they want in the state they will win 15 years in a roll again!

  30. CrusaderDad September 5, 2019 6:36 pm

    Curious – my son applied to 3 schools, got waitlisted, 2nd time at KS (my alma mater) and we went with the best choice we had.

    ??? – amazing…you come to the conclusion that Pun won cause of recruiting…the ‘93 Pun team had no SR D1 talent. Had a few Jr and Srs but this team got wacked by some OIA teams along the way….which I listed.

    BTW, I missed out what HS you volunteered coached at? Pop Warner? Maybe JPS (I’m hoping)??

    Oh wow…just read more positive reviews about how the Open Division concept is helpful to the OIA by an OIA coach…and you can’t even make this up…

  31. ??? September 5, 2019 6:51 pm

    With your H.S. football knowledge, you still going sit there and tell the world that STL & PUN don’t recruit?
    The only positive review for the OIA is money, ie… Just like when Ohio State invited UH to come to the horseshoe to get Cracks & a big payday.
    When did I ever say I volunteered?
    I’m just a football fan.

  32. CrusaderDad September 5, 2019 7:19 pm

    ??? – If your view of recruiting is some school official or coach actively visiting practices or games and contacting coaches/parents (like college, how UH recruits) and encouraging the kid to play for the school…Notice no mention $$$…then Pun, I’m not sure. StL, No…but what I see today at StL is a parent/coach approaching a StL coach, small talk and the coach encourages a kid to apply – this is NOT recruiting in my book.

    Hmmm no mention about money from Kahuku head coach…”Carvalho also pointed out that the iron schedule of the OIA Open this season and last has boosted the strength of Hawaii teams. By playing those difficult games week in and week out, he said, it allows Hawaii teams to be prepared for the grind and the speed of playing against mainland teams.”

  33. CrusaderDad September 5, 2019 7:26 pm

    ??? – btw, instead of just being a fan, do what I did, go coach, go volunteer, help you OIA team fund raise…basically you crying about a travesty towards the OIA and they are acting like this Open division is a great thing….even with the Lee’s coaching…

  34. notes September 5, 2019 8:32 pm

    CrusaderDad, this is just not a very good look for you. former ILH coach who now sends their kid to saint louis acting like he’s objective and not a very part of the system that is destroying high school football. “the system is fine” says the person who is a part of the system. this is a joke. how can anyone take you seriously?

  35. CrusaderDad September 5, 2019 9:17 pm

    notes – note sure who can be totally objective, but I’d contend that you and ??? have irrational/unsubstantiated claims.

    Recruiting is offset by transfers/GE, big money interest is offset by the OIA getting the better financial terms.
    The biggest thing you and ??? need to swallow (aside from pride) is that the OIA coaches and players, who you claim are unfairly treated, like the current format and see it as a benefit to them…I quote “Carvalho also pointed out that the iron schedule of the OIA Open this season and last has boosted the strength of Hawaii teams. “
    Maybe you and ??? are just wrong?

  36. ??? September 5, 2019 11:41 pm

    Maybe you should look up the dictionary meaning of recruiting because only STL fans deny it; at least Punahou admits it!
    So you’re saying STL just made $1.4 million dollars with 94 football players each paying STL $15,000 tuition. Lol. You wish…

    It’s funny that you mention Kahuku’s coach as liking the Open format that’s because his and York’s teams are the few that can compete with STL/Pun.
    You probably also deny that STL is the reason Damien, Iolani & PAC-5 begged the ILH to make a division 2 or they would forfeit playing STL every year!

    As you stated earlier “they will get better by playing better competition” but they all said they was getting hurt not getting better by playing the football factory!

  37. CrusaderDad September 6, 2019 6:34 am

    ??? – your last post is a perfect example of some of the issues people have with your posts…previously I asked for an example/explanation for your definition of recruiting. I explained what I understand as well as what I think goes on…I’m waiting on yours. This is like a coaching situation- imagine I’m a kid (16 yr old football player), and I just asked you how to maintain contain on a qb….Instead of explaining, you just yelled keep contain and grabbed the next kid…Cal Lee wouldn’t do that…lol! Maybe if you explain yourself, dummies like me might better understand your concerns. BTW, I notice you cited three out the smallest ILH schools…so I guess Waianae, Kahuku, etc are the reason for the other public schools demise in football? The ILH issue is strongly tied to enrollment which is impacted heavily by economic factors…and tuition is closer to $17k at StL…now I wonder if Campbell/Kapolei/Waianae like the Open format…maybe we should Google that…

  38. ??? September 6, 2019 8:44 am

    As a Kamehameha alumni you know for a FACT STL recruits; but now that your son goes there you play it off like,
    “oh I’m not sure & in my book I don’t think so”. Lol.
    ILH recruiting is LEGAL, stop hiding!
    FACT: Almost EVERY ILH school recruits kids for athletics or academics; but Cal Lee took it to another level in the 80’s!!!
    I guess you couldn’t find a dictionary? My opinion or your opinion doesn’t matter, only dictionary meaning matters!!!! See you on an updated posts 🤙🏽

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