ILH champion Saint Louis remained No. 1 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 today for the 15th consecutive week.
The Crusaders are no longer a unanimous No. 1 team however.
Kahuku, which responded to getting dropped to No. 3 last week with a 35-31 win over Mililani in the OIA title game on Saturday, moved back up to No. 2 and received one first-place vote heading into the semifinals of the Division I-Open state tournament on Friday.
The Red Raiders and Crusaders are on a collision course to meet in the state final for a third consecutive year. Kahuku won the 2015 state championship while the Crusaders rebounded to win last year.
The third-ranked Trojans, whose 31 points scored on Saturday were the most Kahuku had allowed to a Hawaii opponent since the 2013 OIA semifinals, will face the Crusaders in the second semifinal Friday at 7:30 p.m. Kahuku will play No. 6 Waianae in the first game at 4:30.
The Seariders remained No. 6 this week behind No. 4 Kamehameha and No. 5 Punahou with a 29-21 win over Campbell in overtime in the OIA third-place game.
Campbell remained No. 8 behind No. 7 Lahainaluna, which will go for its second consecutive Division II state championship a week from Saturday at Aloha Stadium against Konawaena.
No. 9 Hilo, which outscored Maui 19-0 in the second half to win Saturday’s D-I state semifinal game 26-7 at Wong Stadium, will play Damien for the Division I state title.
The Monarchs survived a valiant effort from Kauai to win 13-10 on Saturday and finished as the top vote-getter outside of the top 10 with 10 votes.
Konawaena earned the No. 10 spot this week after outlasting previous No. 9 Waipahu, 53-50, on Friday in the highest scoring state tournament game ever. The Wildcats are ranked for the first time since Week 14 last year.
Leilehua (six), Maui (one) and St. Francis also received votes.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|
|1.||Saint Louis (6)||94|