The MaxPreps computers, which had Saint Louis at No. 4 in the country last Sunday, have the Crusaders at No. 5 this week after a 31-28 victory over Kahuku that ended Sunday morning at Aloha Stadium in the Open Division final of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships.
The MaxPreps Xcellent 25, which is the poll that uses human votes for its rankings, moved the Crusaders up a spot to No. 20 this week.
Saint Louis became the second ranked team to win a state title, a day (or two) after Bingham (Utah) won the Utah 6A state championship with a 27-14 win over East High.
The Miners, who won their fourth state title in the last five years and beat every team they played by at least 13 points, shut out Kahuku 17-0 in September. Bingham moved up a spot to No. 8 this week.
The Crusaders (10-0), who finished off their first undefeated season since 1996, beat the Red Raiders in a thriller. The big difference between the Bingham and Saint Louis victories over Kahuku, however, is the Red Raiders had their starting quarterback, Sol-Jay Maiava, available for the Saint Louis game. Maiava threw four touchdown passes against Saint Louis after missing the Bingham game with an injury.
Saint Louis is No. 8 in the West region behind teams that include No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 14 Bishop Gorman (Nev.), which beat Kahuku 35-7 last season.
Saint Louis’ big nonconference win was a 56-50 victory over Narbonne (Calif.), which is now 8-3. The Gauchos lost to Long Beach Poly, 14-10, and No. 5 Centennial (Calif.), 52-6, before the loss to Saint Louis at Aloha Stadium.
Since then, Narbonne has rolled off six straight wins, averaging 58.7 points per game in those victories.
The CIF Southern Section Open Division tournament is the one to watch with Centennial playing No. 7 St. John Bosco this week and No. 1 Mater Dei, which beat Long Beach Poly 55-13 on Friday, taking on No. 15 Mission Viejo.