Three-time defending Hawaii state champion Saint Louis (11-0) ends the 2018 prep football season ranked No. 7 in the country in the final MaxPreps Xcellent 25.
The football season ended on the mainland with North Shore (Tex.) winning the 6A D-I state championship on a game-winning TD pass on the final play of the game against Duncanville to finish as the MaxPreps national champion.
The Crusaders, who have won 26 games in a row, finished at No. 7, which matched the highest ranking they received all season.
Saint Louis, which finished No. 12 in the final USA Today Super 25, declined at invite to play in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series on Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz.
Eastside Catholic (Wash.) shut out host Centennial (Ariz.) 17-0 in the West Region game. St. Frances (Md.) defeated Lee County (Ga.) 43-14 in the other game.
The Crusaders had nine players selected to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State first team, including defensive player of the year Faatui Tuitele.
Five Saint Louis players also signed with Division I schools on the first day of the early signing period — Tuitele (Washington), OL Ben Scott (Arizona State), DL Gino Quinones (USC), OL Arasi Mose (Hawaii) and DL Isaiah Filisi (Army).
The cupboard is still plenty full looking ahead with defensive player of the year candidates Jordan Botelho and Nick Herbig returning at linebacker.
Botelho is the top-rated prospect in the state out of the junior classic and Herbig is in the top three with six offers already (Stanford, Washington, Wisconsin, USC, Utah, Hawaii).
Quarterback Jayden de Laura returns after throwing for 2,368 yards and 19 touchdowns with 10 more rushing TD’s.
Only No. 2 Mater Dei and No. 3 St. John Bosco finished higher than the Crusaders in the West Region in the MaxPreps rankings. Saint Louis was fourth in the West Region in the USA Today 25 behind No. 11 De LaSalle (Calif.).