After running its winning streak to 26 games with a 38-17 win over Mililani on Saturday at Aloha Stadium, the now three-time defending state champion Saint Louis Crusaders jumped a spot in both the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 and the USA Today Super 25 national rankings.
The Crusaders moved past Miami Central (Fla.) in the MaxPreps rankings and Centennial-Corona (Calif.) in the USA Today rankings.
Mater Dei (Calif.) handed St. John Bosco (Calif.) its first loss of the season, 17-13, on Friday, knocking the Braves from the top spot in the country in both polls. They are the only two teams ranked ahead of Saint Louis in the West Region in both polls. USA Today has De La Salle (Calif.) ranked No. 6 in the country while MaxPreps has De La Salle at No. 8, one spot behind the Crusaders.
USA Today lists Saint Louis as eligible for the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series on Dec. 22. The bowl website lists the HHSAA as a participating governing body in the yearly doubleheader that brings together four of the top teams in the nation.
The four selections are announced after all state champions are crowned in the United States. Hawaii’s football season wraps up before most other states.