For the first time since the third week of the 2013 season, Saint Louis sits on top of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top-10 Media Poll released Monday.
The Crusaders (2-0) were idle over the weekend but took over the top spot after Mililani suffered a stunning 76-53 loss to Liberty High on Friday in Henderson, Nev. The Trojans had a 16-game winning streak end against the Patriots, who one week earlier came to Aloha Stadium and lost 43-16 to the Crusaders.
Four different teams received first-place votes with the Crusaders leading the way with nine. Punahou, which scored 22 unanswered points to rally from a 15-0 deficit and beat Del Oro (Calif.) on Friday, jumped to the No. 2 spot despite grabbing only one first-place vote. Mililani was still picked No. 1 on three different ballots but fell to No. 3. The last first-place vote went to Kahuku, which holds at No. 4.
The rest of the top 10 remained the same with Kamehameha, Farrington, Kailua, Waianae, Kapaa and Kapolei rounding out the rankings.
Voters were mixed on how to handle the Trojans’ loss. While three voters kept Mililani as their No. 1 team, five others dropped the Trojans to fourth. Saint Louis was listed third on two ballots.
Kahuku had the most variance. One voter pegged the Red Raiders as the No. 1 team in the state while another had Kahuku ranked sixth.
Saint Louis will open ILH play on Saturday against No. 5 Kamehameha at Aloha Stadium in one of two games featuring two ranked teams this weekend. Either No. 6 Farrington or No. 7 Kailua will get knocked from the undefeated ranks when the two schools square off Saturday at Roosevelt.
No. 2 Punahou plays at ‘Iolani on Friday afternoon while No. 3 Mililani travels to Aiea on Saturday evening.
No. 4 Kahuku hosts Castle, No. 9 Kapaa plays Waimea on the Garden Isle and No. 10 Kapolei hosts Campbell on Friday night.
No. 8 Waianae has a bye.
|Updated: Mar. 16|