Margin of victory hasn’t had an effect on the Saint Louis Crusaders’ national ranking.
A six-point win over Punahou 10 days ago that was decided in the final minutes didn’t hurt the Crusaders, nor did an impressive 54-21 thumping of Mililani on Friday help Saint Louis’ standing among the best teams in the nation.
The Crusaders remain No. 6 in the USA Today Super 25 and No. 7 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 this week.
St. Frances Academy (MD) is ranked above the Crusaders by MaxPreps and No. 9 by USA Today. Its only loss this season was 34-18 to No. 1 Mater Dei.
Saint Louis’ ranking hasn’t changed since it jumped up two spots from No. 8 to No. 6 two weeks ago in the USA Today rankings after shutting out Kahuku 28-0.
No. 1 Mater Dei (Calif.) got a bit of a scare from St. John’s (D.C.) and quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava over the weekend. Maiava led his team to a 21-20 lead at halftime before Mater Dei blew them away in the second half for a 53-24 victory.
MaxPreps also does a Freeman rankings that uses a computer to rank all of the teams in the country.
In addition to Saint Louis at No. 6, Mililani falls just outside of the top 25 at No. 27 while Punahou is No. 39.
Hawaii is one of seven states with at least three teams in the top 40, tied with Maryland. Only California (eight), Texas (five) and Ohio, Georgia and Florida (four each) have more.
The Crusaders close their regular season at Farrington on Friday and at Waianae a week from Friday.