Saint Louis remains No. 25 in the nation

Saint Louis linebacker Noa Purcell made a crushing hit on Punahou running back Evan Powers for a tackle for loss in a 40-20 win over Punahou at Aloha Stadium. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Saint Louis, the unanimous No. 1 team in the state, remained at No. 25 in the country in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 released Sunday.

The Crusaders (7-0, 4-0 ILH D-I) ran their overall winning streak to 12 games and have now defeated Punahou three times since their last loss — 33-20 to the Buffanblu last year.

Saint Louis will have a week off before playing the winner between Punahou and Kamehameha for the ILH second-round title. A Crusaders victory in that game would clinch the ILH championship and berth in the Open Division of the state tournament. Saint Louis wouldn’t play again until Nov. 10, making it possible the Crusaders might play just one game in 38 days.

In the win over Punahou, linebacker Jordan Botelho had three sacks and quarterback Chevan Cordeiro threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores. They both talked with Paul Honda after the game.

Here are some highlights from the game:


  1. Education First October 9, 2017 11:54 am

    Here come all the Red Raider flamers. Flame way boys!


  2. Education First October 9, 2017 11:55 am

    Sorry, “Flame Away Boys.”

    Damn, interacting with the RR4L Flame-Boyz is making me dumber. #HELP

  3. Education First October 9, 2017 12:37 pm

    Might be the beginning of the end for FB dominance at Punahou. JV numbers are way down and alumni & parents of current “regular” students getting fed up with the number diversity scholies going to mercenaries whose sole purpose on campus is to fill athletic teams with ringers. Many feel these resources should go to children from underprivileged/underserved groups who excel in academics, music, etc. and feel that the school has lost its way with the emphasis on being a sports (especially FB and BB) juggernaut.

    Education First indeed.

  4. Education First October 9, 2017 12:46 pm

    CTE also a major factor in the decline of interest in FB amongst affluent communities. Do schools want to be known for bringing in kids to do the “dirty work” that their typical student body demographic won’t?

  5. FightingHawynOfNotreDame October 9, 2017 2:11 pm

    @Education First there was some growing unrest among some of the Punahou Alums that Punahou had become too much like USC. Punahou making special classes so the athletes could handle the school work. A bunch of those alums were pushing for Punahou to be more like Stanford and admit those who could do the work, not just play football. I had hear from quite a few parents that there were also issues with these special cases who were untouchable and were getting a way with quite a bit of nonsense. Could be possible there was a shift in power and Punahou and Ane stopped getting his special cases in the admissions process. Seems like I recall a Punahou running back transferring to Kahuku…

  6. Alpha October 9, 2017 2:32 pm

    Punahou, Iolani, Kam school can survive without football. But can the same be said for stl?

  7. FightingHawynOfNotreDame October 9, 2017 3:01 pm

    @Alpha St. Louis does a lot with very little. They may not have the resources of Iolani, Punahou and KS, but they still are an option for families who want their kids to get a better education and can’t afford the Punahou, Mid Pac & Iolani’s of this world. Quite a few Kamehameha rejects end up at St Louis.

    Face it, the hawaii public schools system is broken. Many parents don’t value education. If your kid is smart and you want to give them an opportunity, you sacrifice and send them to a private school.

  8. Envy October 9, 2017 4:44 pm

    @FightingHawynOfNotreDame, you are correct, with St. Louis, along with Damien and St. Francis being a private and religious affiliated school, they don’t have the available resources that the bigger private schools do, they rely a lot on alumni funding and donations. Enrollment at St. Louis was probably bigger before they began to dominate in football, since at that time, St. Louis only had grades 7 to 12. So football doesn’t always mean higher enrollment. St. Louis is also a “legacy” school. Many families have had grandfathers, fathers, sons, etc. that continually attend the school keeping the family pipeline to the school. Depending on the community that a person resides in, parents make the conscious decision to send their children to a private school not so much for sports only, but for the educational value and opportunities that they feel they can’t get at their communities public school. I grew up in Kalihi, so my parents options at the time were Farrington, or district exempt to McKinley, or private school. My parents chose private.

  9. Alpha October 9, 2017 6:04 pm

    Thanks for the feed back. . .

  10. Education First October 10, 2017 11:25 am

    Thanks all for the feedback. Interesting insights in that all private schools aren’t cut from the same cloth. There are schools that claim elitism and those that are “blue collar”. Funny how Punahou falls into the former category yet openly bends rules to enable the athletic ringers to 1. Get admitted when by most non-athletic metrics and measurables have no right to step on campus and 2. Put in place “crutches” (i.e. special classes, dedicated tutors, lax disciplinary oversight, etc.) that takes away resources from other school activities and initiatives. Almost forgot to mention the paid housing near campus for elite athletes sponsored by school alumni and boosters.

    If anyone has evidence to refute the diversity scholies to athletes, special tutors and classes, etc. please post. My prediction: Crickets.


  11. TooMeke October 10, 2017 1:27 pm

    Always good to have any HI teams from any sport/extracurricular activity in the top national rankings.

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