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.
|Updated: Mar. 16|