Saint Louis jumps to No. 9/16 entering states

Saint Louis safety Kamo'i Latu (15) picked off two passes in the ILH championship game against Punahou. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

The Saint Louis Crusaders will begin their fourth consecutive First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships ranked No. 9 in the country in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 and No. 16 in the USA Today Super 25.

The Crusaders put their 24-game winning streak on the line Friday in the second semifinal game at Aloha Stadium in a rematch of a 30-14 win over Kahuku during the regular season.

Saint Louis will have gone 20 days between games since a 45-21 win over Punahou on Oct. 27 to win its fourth consecutive ILH championship.

The two-time defending Open Division state champions haven’t lost a game in the tournament since the Red Raiders beat Tua Tagovailoa and company 39-14 in 2015.

Saint Louis moved up in both national polls after an upset loss by St. John’s (D.C.), which is quarterbacked by Kahuku transfer Sol-Jay Maiava.

The Cadets were upset in the semifinals of their league playoffs, 24-14, by a team they had beaten 34-17 a week earlier.


  1. Bigmauka November 12, 2018 11:16 am

    Just play ranking is nothing it’s how many kids land in college that matters, people aint moving to Hawaii to play St. Louis mainland people moving states to be in a top rank school. Recognition is what its about better school, but Hawaii ahhh different story.

  2. HI HS FAN November 12, 2018 12:04 pm

    The Crusaders will be heavy favorites to beat Kahuku and return for a possible 3-peat. With all the adversity the Red Raiders have endured this season beginning with another Head Coaching change, change of Offensive Coordinator in the middle of the season, season-ending injures to key players, losing four games, plus overcoming the loss of beloved coaches, they were able to keep playing and focused. There’s a possibility that this game could be dominated by St. Louis. However, I see it as Kahuku, the underdogs, have nothing to lose. It could be a closer game.

  3. Suspense November 12, 2018 1:23 pm

    St. Louis need to be careful. Hope no overconfidence. Look what Waipahu (congratulations) did to Iolani.

  4. ToppDoggs November 12, 2018 6:47 pm

    Wow let the excuses begin

  5. Kalaepohaku November 12, 2018 10:06 pm

    Look for STL to come in hungry. STL should take care of business. Game should be done after the first half. As for the Iolani comment that must be a joke because you can’t compare STL to Iolani. 😂

  6. Hammer November 12, 2018 10:52 pm

    If you look at every time st Louis plays the semifinals game they kick ass if I am kahuku I’ll start praying cause they need it good luck o yeah those handkerchiefs make sure all the kahuku fans bring them to the game so they can blow there nose and wipe there tears after the game

  7. HSFootball November 13, 2018 1:19 am

    …Probably moving up because they have one of the toughest schedules in the nation…The Hawaii Open Division…It has to be that, Right?

  8. Good Story November 13, 2018 9:38 am

    Can we compare them to the Patriots? Cause they just got it handed to them. Never know until you play the game…Go Big Red!!!

  9. Katosan November 13, 2018 10:48 am

    I hope St. Louis in on this game.

    It would be a shame to be forced to watch Kahuku get blown out in the Geico Bowl Series. St Louis is the only Hawai’i team that wouldn’t embarrass itself in those games.

  10. Pohaku November 13, 2018 10:55 am

    Ery school, ery division, ery player

    The skills, abilities, athleticism & games have been off da charts!

    It gets better ery year.

    I salute you ALL

    ps. Oh yeah, evn ery coach

  11. Pohaku November 13, 2018 10:57 am

    Thank You Lord for Blessings us All.

  12. notes November 13, 2018 6:55 pm

    katosan you realize that STL is an all Hawaii team with the best kids from all islands right. Its expected that they play somewhat at a high level.

    The mere fact that Kahuku and Mililani have bad years, look terrible in some games and go through lots of growing pains during the season is proof that they are forced to use homegrown talent and limited to kids in their own district. Millz does have a few studs outside their district, but the OIA is public schools and should never be mentioned in the same category of the highly recruited and high resourced ILH.

    Easy for Cal Lee to win when u have all the advantages, im not impressed.

    York, Tata, Reggie torres and Siauki Livai did more with less to win state titles.

  13. ??? November 14, 2018 1:50 am

    Notes: I agree with you.

  14. ilh November 14, 2018 12:33 pm

    It doesn’t matter what Cal Lee has, that’s just the way it has been and will always be, also before Cal Lee came back to coach at St. Louis in 2014, i did not hear anything about Punahou pulling players from Kahuku or other areas from the state, go gettem Cal, the players want to play for St. Louis because of Cal Lee’s coaching and other great coaches on his staff, Go Crusaders.

  15. Recruit This!!! November 14, 2018 5:18 pm

    Notes and ??? trying giving that speech at your Alma Mater telling them its okay if we lose tonight against St Louis they got the best players in Hawaii. St Louis should beat us because they got all the talent and advantages. You two lugnuts would be the laughing stock of your hometown. True sportsmanship welcomes any and all challenges no matter what the circumstances. Root with Pride but Hate with Humility……

    Saints…..Saints…..Saints……Win, Lose or Tie Crusader Till I Die!!!!

  16. Too Meke 2 November 14, 2018 10:57 pm

    Notes is a sorry person. He reeks of pessimism, a woe is me attitude, and a give up at the first sight of a challenge.

    Cal Lee doesn’t impress me (WAAAH)
    STL recruits (WAAAH)
    It’s not fair for the OIA (WAAAAHHHHH)
    STL is a Hawaii All Star Team (WWWWWWAAAAAAHHHHHH)

  17. HSFootball November 15, 2018 4:38 am

    Not sure, what to make of the polls.I mean it’s great to see any school from Hawaii make it to the national rankings especially No.9..But, when you see the teams that are under the Crusaders, You gotta admit, that’s some pretty good teams that’s been playing some tough competition and are undefeated..Just makes me wonder who creates these polls..The top 10 teams just in Cali would beat the Crusaders..

  18. Katosan November 15, 2018 8:29 am


    Disagree. The top 6 on Max Preps probably would in CA.
    Folsom, who beat nothing but tomato cans and couldn’t score vs the one good team they faced all year is #7.
    #8 is Mission Viejo on a down year. They finished 10-2 on the field, but their one regular season loss was to a team St Louis would beat by 2 TDs at least.
    LMAO @ #9 Calabasas who got whupped vs. JSerra, the only good team on its schedule.
    #10 Bishop Amat? They lost their playoff game by 3 TDs to Mission Viejo. No way.

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