The final voter to keep Saint Louis out of the top spot has finally been swayed.
Wins over two teams that qualified for the state tournament last year by a combined score of 110-7 will do that as the Crusaders have opened the 2017 season looking vastly superior to the rest of the field in the state.
Saint Louis earned all 10 first-place votes and is the unanimous No. 1 team in this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser football top 10 released on Monday.
Kahuku (1-0), which had held the other first-place vote over the first two weeks, is ranked second. The Red Raiders were picked second on eight of 10 ballots with one voter placing Kahuku third behind Kapolei and another picking them behind Mililani.
There is a wide range of opinions on the Hurricanes, who defeated Waianae 7-0 on Saturday. Kapolei is ranked fifth this week, behind No. 3 Punahou and No. 4 Mililani, and is picked anywhere from second to sixth on various ballots.
Kamehameha remained No. 6, followed by Campbell, which jumped up two spots from No. 9 to No. 7 following a 26-20 win over Farrington for head coach Darren Johnson‘s first win with the Sabers.
Farrington, which has started 0-2 for the first time since 2013, dropped out of the rankings this week for the first time since Week 7 of that ’13 season. The Govs bounced back from their last 0-2 start with eight consecutive wins to get to the OIA championship game.
Waianae is No. 8, followed by Kailua at No. 9 and Division II Lahainaluna at No. 10.
The Lunas remain ranked following a 34-10 loss to Kamehameha in which Lahainaluna was tied with the Warriors at halftime and trailed by only three after three quarters.
The Surfriders are ranked for the first time since Week 4 of last year following a 44-0 shutout of Moanalua. Kailua has been ranked at least once in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 2002-04 by the Honolulu Advertiser/Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
Hilo, which rolled ‘Iolani 62-35 on Saturday, was the highest vote-getter outside of the top 10. The Vikings (nine), finished one vote behind Lahainaluna, followed by Kapaa (five), Farrington (four) and Damien (two).
TOP 10 GAMES FOR WEEK 3
No. 2 Kahuku at No. 8 Waianae, 7:30
Leilehua at No. 4 Mililani, 7:30
Buckeye Union (Ariz.) at No. 9 Kailua, 7
Castle at No. 5 Kapolei, 6:30
Aiea at No. 7 Campbell, 6:30
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|
|1.||Saint Louis (6)||94|