The three weeks off between the ILH championship and semifinals of the Division I-Open state tournament have been good both on and off the field for Saint Louis.
Healthy and rested heading into Friday’s game against Mililani at 7:30 p.m. at Aloha Stadium, the Crusaders have also raised their national profile.
For the second straight week, the Crusaders have jumped two spots in the Max Preps Xcellent 25 and hold their highest ranking of the season at No. 21 in the latest poll released Sunday night.
On Sunday, two sophomores, linebacker Nick Herbig and defensive lineman Stanley McKenzie, earned scholarship offers from Hawaii.
With the Trojans’ loss to Kahuku, Saint Louis now owns the longest active win streak in Hawaii at 13 games. Only one team, Narbonne (Calif.), has played the Crusaders to a final margin of 10 points or less during the streak.
Saint Louis is No. 8 in the West Region according to MaxPreps. Four of the seven teams above the Crusaders will play in the same CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs — No. 1 Mater Dei, No. 5 Corona Centennial, No. 7 St. John Bosco and No. 16 Mission Viejo.
Bingham (Utah), which shut out Kahuku 17-0 in September, is No. 9.