The OIA title game on Friday will feature two of the top three teams in the state in Kahuku and Mililani.
The winner will earn a first-round bye in the state tournament and get seeded on the opposite side of the bracket against the top-ranked ILH champions.
Saint Louis held on to its No. 1 spot in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 rankings released Monday with a 27-23 victory over Punahou on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium to win the ILH championship. The Crusaders (8-1) avenged a double overtime loss to the Buffanblu with two wins over Punahou in seven days. It was the first time since 2004 the Buffanblu (8-2) lost consecutive games against ILH teams since 2004.
Kahuku remained at No. 2 with a 43-0 thumping of Farrington and received four out of 14 first-place votes. Only one voter ranked the Red Raiders lower than second, picking Mililani ahead of Kahuku, which was third on the ballot. Saint Louis got the other 10 first-place votes and was ranked second on four ballots.
Mililani jumped ahead of Punahou into third place with a 45-20 win over Waianae on Friday night while the Buffanblu dropped to fourth. Ten out of the 14 voters had the Trojans ahead of the Buffanblu.
The next five spots remained the same with Kamehameha, Waianae, Farrington, Kapaa and Redford holding down spots five through nine.
Baldwin replaced Kapolei at No. 10 and enters the poll for the first time since Week 13 of the 2012 season. Two different Neighbor Island teams are in the top 10 for the first time since Lahainaluna and Hilo were ranked in the second-to-last poll of 2014.
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As I live on the Big Island and follow the BIIF in addition to the Honolulu schools, is it safe to assume that since Hilo is not ranked, it looks as though they will end up playing the loser of the Mililani/Kahuku game, as the winner will get a bye?
Yes, you guys either play the loser of Kahuku/Mililani game or the winner of Farrington/waianae… Good luck to all the teams in states…
Once again, the weekly high school football rankings are meaningless when division II teams (Kapaa and Radford) are ranked amongst the division I teams. The SA provides a division II stat leaders but unable to provide a division II football ranking. Hopefully the Sa sports department will someday establish a Division I and Division II football ranking and keep things in perspective. They are able to provide division I and division II rankings in high school basketball but refuse to do it for football. Com-on man, get real and provide the sports fans with some true rankings.
@Northshore…I don’t know if I can post this here, but if you go to Scoringlive.com, their site does actually provide a Division I and II statewide poll.
I believe Cover Two has a Division II poll as well.
Here’s an example of bogus Hawaii football rankings. When Iolani competed in division II football, they were normally ranked amongst the division I teams. Now that they’re competing within the division I teams, they’re no where on the radar in the rankings. If Radford and Kapaa were competing within division I, they wouldn’t be in the top 10 ranking because their record wouldn’t be as it is today. Thanks KonaWarrior and if Scoringlive.com could provide a division I and II statewide ranking, the question is, why can’t SA provide the same?
Scoringlive rankings aren’t credible. They rank off of emotions rather than anything else.
The Star-Advertiser can provide classified rankings, it chooses not to.
The purpose of the poll is to identify the top 10 teams in the state at a particular point in time and this poll does that. The voters on this poll believe that if you throw records and classification out, Radford and Kapaa would beat Baldwin and Kapolei if they played today. I think I tend to agree. In 2010 Iolani rose as high as No. 3 in the poll and finished at No. 4, meaning that a panel of judges thought the Raiders were better than every team except Saint Louis, Mililani and Leilehua. I think history agrees with that.
Anyway, to me doing a classified poll when classification is so spotty doesn’t answer the one question we ask and is a slap in the face to teams like 1980 Iolani, 1983 Nanakuli and the incredible 1999-2000 Molokai baseball squad.
Does having a poll that includes 2-7 Iolani or 4-4 St. Francis do anything for you? It doesn’t do anything for me.
I’m just trying to answer the question, I am glad that there are other places for you to find the poll format you seek. I think there are four polls, scoringlive and covertwo by classification and the Star-Advertiser and OC-16 do a pure top 10. I could be wrong about that.
Radford would not beat Kapolei.
I agree with homegrown. Radford or Kapaa beating Kapolei? To me that’s an insult to the team that acutually plays against the top D1 teams in the state every year. If both teams played the teams that Kapolei plays, they would see why they belong in DII. And if you look at past teams such as Aiea, Kaimuki who were the D2 elite in the past. They moved up but could not keep it going. Aiea is still in the D1 but has not been a threat so far.
Who cares about subjective rankings? When there is a playoff system, their only purpose is to generate debate among fans. I know coaches don’t care. And once their playing on the field, neither do the players. So…moving on.
Having run roughshod over arguably the #2, #3, and #4 Run D’s in the state in three straight games (ours is #1)…what’s Mililani’s game plan to stop our run? At least Hawaii Prep is not pulling a Brien Ing at ScoringLive, who’s ‘crystal balling’ resulted in a 40-32 Trojans win…? He’s smoking crack.
Let’s break that down…three teams with better Run D’s gave up a ton of yards and 40-50 points/game. How is he gonna predict Mililani’s poorer Run D only gives up 32?? Not to mention that the Trojans style of Offense means Kahuku will have the ball more often! I’m not even gonna address the 40 he’s giving the Trojans. They won’t even have Milton. Nuff said.
Time to run dem ovah!! RUN until they stop it – which they WON’T!! GBR!!
Loving it bro. Keep Bringing it!
The Trojans D have gotten better but I don’t see their offense putting up 40 points on Kahuku without Milton. If Milton plays, then it’s a different story.
Slowly but surely you seeing the light…by the end of the year you’ll be leading the tomahawk chop.
@Good Story- I just call it like I see it, no way I would be doing the tomahawk chop. This is the year of the Crusaders!!!!!!! maybe you should jump on the Lee Vanwagon and become a believer.