Saint Louis to play Bishop Gorman; Mililani to host Liberty

Bishop Gorman and Saint Louis, which played at Aloha Stadium in 2012, will play there again in 2019. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Three-time defending state champion Saint Louis will play Bishop Gorman at Aloha Stadium on Friday, Aug. 30, while defending OIA champion Mililani will host Liberty (Nev.) at John Kauinana Stadium on the same night.

Both games make up the inaugural Aloha Football Classic and will start at 7 p.m.

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame is a charitable partner of the Aloha Football Classic.

“We are excited to bring the nation’s top high school football to Hawaii,” said Jesse Sapolu, Chairman of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, in a press release. “This will be another great opportunity to showcase the immense talent here in the 50th state.”

Bishop Gorman finished 12-3 in 2018 and won its 10th consecutive Nevada state title. The Gaels won three straight national titles from 2014-16 and beat Saint Louis 52-40 at Aloha Stadium in 2012.

The Crusaders went 11-0 last season and ended the year ranked No. 12 in the USA Today Super 25. Saint Louis has won 26 games in a row dating back to 2016.

Liberty finished 7-5 last season, ending a streak of eight straight seasons with at least 10 wins. The Patriots advanced to the state semifinals for the ninth consecutive season.

Mililani, which went 10-3 last season and advanced to the state title game against Saint Louis, will also host St. John Bosco (Calif.) on Sept. 21.

The Braves finished the 2018 season 13-1 and were No. 3 in the final USA Today Super 25 rankings. They hosted the Trojans on Aug. 31 and won 52-14.

Here are some recent results involving the teams:

>> 2012: Bishop Gorman 52, Saint Louis 40, at Aloha Stadium
>> 2014: St. John Bosco 63, Saint Louis 14, at Aloha Stadium
>> 2015: Saint Louis 43, Liberty 16, at Aloha Stadium
>> 2015: At Liberty 76, Mililani 53
>> 2016: At Bishop Gorman 35, Kahuku 7
>> 2018: At St. John Bosco 52, Mililani 14


  1. rrforlifebaby March 6, 2019 3:53 pm

    Cheering on the local teams as always. Bishop Gorman isn’t the same from couple of years ago, so I’m thinking the Crusaders should win this game easily.

    Not sure what Liberty has for this upcoming season, and Mililani lost some talent, so the game should be interesting.

    Like I said, cheering on the local boys, but SBJ should handle Mililani.

    Looking forward to what other games pop up between Hawaii and the mainland.


  2. Coach K March 6, 2019 3:56 pm

    St. Louis is going to smash BG!!! BG don’t have the ballers like they use to have when they played national games… they are not that good anymore but still good enough to beat everyone in Nevada! Last year BG got worked by out of state opponents and were outmatched! Not impressed with St. Louis scheduling a team where their programs best football is already behind them… Go play some real top teams Coach Lee!!!

  3. stl public school March 6, 2019 5:13 pm

    why doesn’t saint louis ever travel?

  4. ??? March 6, 2019 5:57 pm

    Why not make the inaugural Aloha Football Classic a double header? Why make Hawaii HS football fans pick one game to watch?
    It’s not often Hawaii fans get to see good Mainland talent.
    #1 & #2 are Right STL Louis should have played BG a few years ago when they won National Titles!
    ’ll still be at that game..

  5. HI HS FAN March 6, 2019 5:58 pm

    St. Louis-Bishop Gorman game will be interesting. The Crusaders have a lot of experience and returnees. They are loaded on both sides of the ball. The Gaels have some highly recruited returnees and a lot of team speed.

    Mililani-Liberty is going to be a battle. The Trojans will have to find a new quarterback with the graduation of Gabriel. Offensively they need to reload. However, they are stout on both the offensive and defensive lines. Liberty is similar to past Kahuku teams. Offensively they like to ground-and pound. Defensively, they like to attack.

    Both games will be exciting. It will also be a chance to see how the local teams stack up against the best from Las Vegas. Kahuku was supposed to play Liberty in Vegas, the following week, in the Polynesian Football Classic, but due to circumstances pulled out of the game.

  6. Jr March 6, 2019 6:06 pm

    Should play both games the same night give the state Hawaii show case there support for Island football start game 5-8pm .

  7. HI HS FAN March 6, 2019 7:07 pm

    BTW, rumors have it that Kahuku has made a wholesale change to their varsity football staff. Carvalho is still the head coach , but most, if not all of the assistants have been replaced. Furthermore, the “new” assistants are rumored to be several former coaches. Wonder what necessitated those changes? Kahuku, for the past several years, has gone through so many coaching changes.

  8. Choloropicrin March 6, 2019 7:08 pm

    Came here to read the comments from people down playing BG…yep I was right. Just be happy that great games are happening.

  9. Recruited not Rooted March 6, 2019 7:19 pm

    I can’t believe I actually agree with @??? lol. This is a no brainer. Play a double header at Aloha Stadium @ 5 & 7:30 so HS football fans don’t have to choose. Trust me, Liberty would much rather play there too. It would be the highlight of most of those kids career traveling to Hawaii and playing in a venue like that. Shouldn’t be too difficult, no excuses, get it done! I suspect it will eventually.

  10. B Johnny March 6, 2019 8:32 pm

    StL has a legit national power this year. Too bad went with a safe schedule with BG at home
    Go on the road to DeLalle, Mater Dei, St John Bosco, Centennial Corona and make a statement
    BG at home should be an easy win and one line notice in max preps.

  11. Katosan March 7, 2019 5:50 am

    B Johnny:

    Or even Mission Viejo. They play Baldwin on Maui every 2 years. Every time it’s MV winning by 60.

  12. rrforlifebaby March 7, 2019 8:16 am

    Isn’t the reason StL doesn’t travel due to the incident(s) that happened when went up to play Green Valley in Vegas? When one of the current Assistant A/D’s was a star player? lol.


  13. ILH Dominates in every sport March 7, 2019 10:07 am

    So many Saint Louis Haters on here lol its hilarious. Well I guess when you dominate hawaii high school football, i can see where they are coming from. But get over it 4peat is coming and i dont think any team in the state of hawaii will even come close to giving them a challenge, its gonna be a walk through state champions for the crusaders.

  14. T103 March 7, 2019 10:18 am

    Now where is that one guy or could be couple guys who always be blasting St Louis on these forums, calling out st Louis why they never be playing the tough mainland schools cuz they scared.

  15. Notes March 7, 2019 11:02 am

    It’s so sad St Louis is playing BG. Back in December there was a meeting with St Louis and Kahuku. Cal Lee was given first choice, to either play BG or IMG…guess who Cal Lee picked to play? Surprise, surprise he picked the easy route with BG. So Kahuku going play IMG this coming football season. It’s sad c’mon St Louis stop ducking all the powerhouse football teams and challenge yourself like Kahuku and Mililani. They not playing top teams from yesterday. They playing top teams right now. St Louis stick to fishing in Lake Wilson, while Kahuku and Mililani will be fishing in the Pacific Ocean.

  16. SEC March 7, 2019 11:36 am

    Play a Florida public school like Lakeland ranked 19th last year but IMO should have been #1. You will see a RB like Sammie Smith 230 lb. or a Chris Johnson, Chris Rainey or Jeff Demps 4.2 40 guys. Brent Fullwood was slower at a 4.3. Or maybe a slower Emmit or Trey Sanders. And lineman like a Pouncey or the great David Williams. LB like a Ray Lewis all from Lakeland. DB’s almost on Deons level. Why keep playing slow west coast schools???? See if you can keep up with the speed? I would like to see because I support these Hawaii kids but play the best. Mack, Brown,Sapp etc. sorry to many to list. BG has lost to pubiic schools like Miami Washington and armwood so I am not impressed with them.

  17. Robocop March 7, 2019 12:35 pm

    Cry babies Ahahahahaha!!! Whaaaaa St. Louis should play IMG, Bosco, etc whaaaaaa BG isn’t good anymore (which is not true at all) you losers are so salty that St. Louis 3peated that you just need to see them lose to someone. Anyone. Keep crying while St. Louis keeps winning. If St. Louis ever beat IMG you losers would say “St. Louis is so scared why don’t they play Alabama? Cal Lee is scared of Nick Saban!” Nothing will ever be good enough but luckily no one cares about what losers and cry babies think.

  18. T103 March 7, 2019 1:07 pm

    Aye there he is! Welcome Notes! so good to see u on here for this particular blog! Completely agree w Robocop. If st Louis ever traveled to the mainland played the #1 school, PAID the #1 school to play them, WON, with a team of ONLY GIRLS, Notes would probably find something wrong with it. #hatersgonnagate

  19. 808to702 March 7, 2019 1:41 pm

    I moved here to Las Vegas almost 20 years ago and have been following high school sports here very closely because of my kids participation in various sports. I can honestly say that Bishop Gorman is in another league when it comes to athletics out here. Yeah it’s not your California, Texas, Florida or Georgia with it’s 7A/6A classifications and where football is king, but the growth of the city have brought in loads of talent year in and year out, and I have seen it while coaching youth football here. “Don’t Sleep on Vegas Football” is a saying Las Vegans use especially with their recent success in National Tournaments. This past season LV had 2 14U teams ranked nationally with one, Vegas Strong, ranked as high as #3 in the country. Kids are now transferring in from California and Utah leaving the likes of Mater Dei, Bosco and Bingham to attend Bishop Gorman. Liberty, Desert Pines and Arbor View are the leaders in the public school programs here and continue to dish out D-1 talent (one player from Desert Pines is currently top 5 nationally from the 2021 class). Vegas football is not the same as it was 6, 7, 8 years ago and is only getting better not only at Gorman.

    St. Louis is loaded and should be unstoppable when the season comes around. There’s no denying that. We know about their personnel, we know about their coach. I wish they had the opportunity to leave the islands and play a Mater Dei, Bosco, Mission Viejo or even a Servite and validate their high ranking nationally especially this year where St Louis has all the tools but I guess we will never know. Don’t get me wrong, Bishop Gorman will come to play. This will not be the same team the past 2 seasons who have struggled with the likes of Mater Dei and De La Salle. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bishop Gorman make this a very competitive game because of the athletes that they have. Speed all around. 2 wideouts, the QB and RB make up the 4×100 track relay team that haven’t lost in a while. They return all their studs on offense and on defense. Their JV team was loaded this past season, this past Freshman class was considered the best incoming class ever, but word is the incoming Freshmen in the fall will be the best to ever enter their doors including the National Championship teams.

    My opinion, I just hope that this game lives up to all the hype. 2 great programs with National names. Athletes on both sides of the ball and on both sidelines. And like some of you mentioned earlier, sure wished that it would’ve been a doubleheader because fans would’ve enjoyed 2 great games on the same day without ever leaving their seats. Who know it still might happen. Another thing …….the 2 teams representing Las Vegas has tons of polynesian talent with ties to Hawaii. Win win situation for everyone involved!! Aloha from the 702

  20. HI HS FAN March 7, 2019 2:20 pm

    Is it true that Kahuku will play IMG? I don’t think that they will travel to Florida? IMG is one of the top teams in the NATION and I really doubt that they scheduled to play Kahuku, unless it is part of the Polynesian Football Classic. Kahuku turned down the opportunity to play Liberty in that same classic. I think it’s just rumors that they’ll play IMG.

  21. Cry babies March 7, 2019 3:04 pm

    @Notes They fishing at lake wilson but still smashing kahuku and mililani lol. Now what you got to say about that.

  22. Washappenin March 7, 2019 3:16 pm

    I don’t remember this kind of hype up in Hawaii media when these two played back in 2012. Back then Gorman was undefeated the season prior and only lost one game that season. This time around they lost 3 games last season… Seems like they arent getting the same caliber recruits. Remember the other year there was a Texas school and a few others that had openly complained about BG and the recruiting.

    St. Louis should (better) win big. Get some redemption for themselves and Kahuku taking L’s from them. Good luck.

  23. Notes March 7, 2019 3:30 pm

    Yes, IMG is coming down to play Kahuku. Just wait and you will see it on Hawaii Prep World. @T103 and @robocop, I would stop talking smack, the day St Louis start manning up and start playing someone relevant. So until then, just shut up and take your head out of Cal Lee’s ass. Oh wait, yes Cal Lee would play IMG…after IMG start going downhill, and that’s the only time. Check his track record.

  24. Kefe March 7, 2019 5:04 pm


  25. Billy Hull March 7, 2019 5:13 pm

    IMG/Kahuku is no longer happening.

  26. ALLILH March 7, 2019 5:13 pm

    Ah Notes/???/aannyywwaayyss you just a hater. When Kahuku was winning in the past all you could say was “Don’t Hate us because you ain’t us!” Now you just a cry baby! Wah Wah Wah!

    Oh yeah……You are an IDIOT!!!


  27. Coach C March 7, 2019 6:19 pm

    Hopefully this is the last year for OPEN league. St.Louis domination in winning and recruiting clearly would come tuition with a 4 peat. It would send the HS championship into circa 1980”s where Cal Lee”s State team dominated. Go back to old format ILH can play themselves with Prep Bowl ILH vs.OIA champs. At it is now, Outer Island does not want to play Open. Win win for everyone, plus it would stop to say a MililanI team from stacking island wide Polynesian talent from Kalihi,Halawa,Waianae Aiea etc.etc. You will see recruit starter’s on Mililani team this year thar wasn’t on last year’s team. Unreal.

  28. Coach C March 7, 2019 6:20 pm

    Oh yeah, good luck to all Hawaii teams!

  29. T103 March 7, 2019 7:54 pm

    @notes Would u be taking the same stance if the school was different and not st Louis? Such as Kamehameha or Punahou or another school?. I just wanna know if you would be an equal opportunity hater?

  30. 808 March 7, 2019 9:10 pm

    St. Louis should handle Bishop Gorman with ease.
    I’m going to root for Mililani but not sure who there QB is. Rumor has it that Kobe Muasau (Punahou) was thinking about transferring.
    It’s interesting that they call it an “Aloha Classic” and they have it at 2 different locations?

    That would of been crazy if IMG did play Kahuku. Interesting too that they pulled out of playing Liberty too. What’s going on over there?

    Also, heard Punahou scheduled Long Beach Poly. That should be good too.

  31. hwnstyll March 8, 2019 8:37 am

    Not sure why people hate St louis so much?
    They win at football but nothing else. Give props to their football team because they deserve it, but the rest of sports and academics are sub par so leave them alone. They pay private school tuition for public school education. They average what 4 full rides a year to college for football?
    I read that Punahou got 12 of their kids full rides to D1 colleges. Millilani, Kahuku, Kapolei all have the same amount of kids getting full rides or free tuition as St louis. As a parent would you rather win A state football title or have your kids win at High school(free college education)? Exactly, stop picking on St louis they have already suffered enough.

  32. rrforlifebaby March 8, 2019 8:39 am

    Whaaaat??? Puns scheduling LBC? I agree, that should be a good game to watch.

    Regarding Big Red, if the coaching rumors are true, I think Sterling made some positive moves, especially with the unconfirmed “adds”. But honestly, this is one of the very few years where no one really knows what we’ll see come August.

    In all respect(begrudgingly) to StL, if they still have a travel ban, I can see why it would be hard for them to schedule some teams given that people usually like to do a home and home format. Hats off to BG for coming out again…although I think they probably use games like this as a recruiting tool to get kids to move to Vegas.

    And let’s all be honest, from every angle, the Crusaders look like they will 4-peat this year. I’m praying really hard that Coach C and the coaching staff will get their act together, AND, certain kids come back home to play from where ever they went(wishful thinking)…but until further notice, StL is back on top.


  33. "UNITY=STRENGTH" March 8, 2019 9:08 am

    With all these solid teams I hear from the mainland playing the (808) its best to KNOW and be PREPARED for the COMPETITION that might await are we HUNGRY ENOUGH? If so let the GRIND begin!!!

  34. Katosan March 8, 2019 12:20 pm

    It isn’t hoping St. Louis loses you Saint homers. It’s knowing they’re a nationally ranked team…the only one in the entire state. They’re at a level that needs to play other national powers or they’re seen as a joke on a national level. You can take your 4 peat in a weak HS football state and shove it when you duck other nationally relevant teams.

    They had a chance to play other national powers and they chose a Bishop Gorman squad that is coming off its worse season since it made its run. You guys who live in Hawai’I don’t know that BG was a national power due to its So Cal players.

    Guess where they play today. They play for Bosco and Mater Dei.
    So congrats, Cal Lee on taking the coward’s way out and opt to play a BG squad that’s a shell of its former shelf when it could have played IMG.

  35. Real Talk on HawaiiPrepWorld March 9, 2019 5:09 pm

    Always cheer for the home team whenever they face out of state teams!!! ALWAYS!!! It’s 808 vs EVERYONE!!! Whether you one Red Raider, Trojan, Crusader WHATEVER. I hope St Louis beats Gorman. And i’ll be rooting for the Trojans when they play Liberty and Bosco. And may Punahou have all the mana so they can be victorious against them Jack Rabbits of Long Beach Poly. Lets get it Hawaii!!!

    #OneOhana #808vsEveryone

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