Although they are seeded No. 2 in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division I Football State Championships that begin Friday, the Saint Louis Crusaders held on to the top spot in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 rankings released Monday evening.
The Crusaders received eight of 14 first-place votes to stay just ahead of No. 2 Kahuku, which won the OIA D-I title for the first time since 2012 with a 20-7 victory over Mililani last Friday. The Red Raiders, who earned the top seed in the state tournament, finished four votes behind the Crusaders. Saint Louis received eight first-place votes and Kahuku received the other six.
The Red Raiders dropped from second to third on two ballots that put Punahou ahead of the Red Raiders. The Buffanblu jumped past Mililani for third despite their season ending over a week ago.
The Trojans, who had their 22-game winning streak against teams from Hawaii snapped, are fourth, followed by Kamehameha and Waianae, which earned the OIA’s final berth with a win over Farrington on Saturday.
Farrington remained No. 7 despite the loss and Kapaa was once again eighth. Baldwin, which won the MIL title, moved up a spot to ninth to switch places with OIA D-II champion Radford, which fell a spot despite beating Kaimuki last Friday.
The state tournament in both Division I and Division II begins this week with Baldwin/Waianae and Hilo/Mililani on Friday in an Aloha Stadium doubleheader.
The Division II tournament begins Saturday with Damien playing at Konawaena and Kaimuki playing at Lahainaluna. Both games are at 7 p.m.
|Updated: Mar. 16|