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.