After beating its second ranked team in as many weeks to start the season, Kahuku did enough to earn a first-place vote in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 Football Media Poll.
Everyone else agreed that defending state champion Mililani should hold down the top spot, as it does for the third consecutive week. Despite the first-place vote, the Red Raiders are still ranked fourth, trailing two ILH schools, in the rankings released Monday.
Saint Louis, which has been No. 2 the first two weeks, dropped into a tie with Punahou for the second spot after the Buffanblu throttled Hilo 59-0 in an afternoon game on Saturday at Alexander Field.
The Crusaders will finally start their nonleague regular season against Fagaitua from American Samoa on Friday at Aloha Stadium. Initial reports that the Fagaitua game was just a scrimmage were not correct; it is a real game and it is sanctioned by the National Association of State High School Federations and the Hawaii High School Athletic Association. .
Kamehameha remains at fifth thanks to an impressive 53-0 showing against Baldwin. Sophomore QB Thomas Yam, filling in for injured senior Fatu Sua-Godinet, grabbed the spotlight setting the new single-game school passing record with 323 yards in just over one half of work.
Farrington remained at No. 6 after opening the season with a 40-point win against Waipahu, followed by ‘Iolani, which jumped to No. 7 after shutting out Kealakehe 37-0. That gives the ILH four teams in the top seven.
Rounding out the Top 10 is Kapolei, Kapaa and Kailua, which cracks the poll for the first time in a long time. The Surfriders are off to their first 2-0 start since 2003 and are improved on offense with quarterback Noah Auld, who has thrown seven touchdown passes and no interceptions so far.
Other teams receiving votes are Waianae (9), Lahainaluna (3), Moanalua (1) and Lahainaluna (1).
|Updated: Oct. 18|