Waipahu, Farrington jump into Top 10

Waipahu RB Alfred Failauga ran through the Waianae defense to finish with 145 rushing yards and a touchdown in the season opener on Friday. Photo by Jordan Fong/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Division I Waipahu’s 34-13 win over preseason No. 7 Waianae on Friday night was the statement win of opening weekend of prep football in Hawaii.

The Marauders, who won the OIA Division II title and advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament last year, snapped a five-game losing streak to the Seariders dating back to 2008 and were rewarded by voters in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.

In rankings released today, the Marauders jumped in at No. 9 and Farrington, which finished just one vote behind, made its 2018 rankings debut at No. 10.

The two teams replaced Waianae and previous No. 10 Hilo. The Vikings were rocked by No. 5 Campbell, 54-14, on Saturday night in Ewa Beach.

Farrington defensive linemen Justus Rogers-Makainai (92), left, and Caleb Matagi (52) sacked Leilehua quarterback Max Nichols (5) during the first quarter of Friday’s season opener. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Waipahu got as high as ninth in last year’s rankings before losing in the semifinals of the Division II state tournament, 53-50 at Konawaena. Waipahu opens Division I play in the OIA-ILH football alliance on Saturday at ‘Iolani as the Raiders host their annual Father Bray game.

The Governors made a winner out of new head coach Daniel Sanchez in his varsity debut with a 35-16 win over Leilehua.

The Govs had gone 10 weeks in a row without being ranked — their longest stretch since in the eight-year history of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser rankings. Farrington had gone 57 straight weeks ranked in the top 10 until falling out early last season.

The top six remained the same with No. 1 Saint Louis making its season debut on Friday night against Waianae at Aloha Stadium. No. 4 Punahou will also debut in the marquee showdown of the weekend at No. 2 Kahuku on Saturday night.

No. 6 Kamehameha will open its season prior to the Saint Louis/Waianae game against No. 8 Kapolei at Aloha Stadium.

Lahainaluna, which clobbered Kapaa 30-10 on Saturday, moved up one spot to No. 7 — matching where the two-time defending Division II state champions ended last season.

‘Iolani (five) and Maui (two) also received votes.


No. 1 Saint Louis vs. Waianae at Aloha Stadiun, 7:30 p.m.
No. 6 Kamehameha vs. No. 8 Kapolei at Aloha Stadium, 5 p.m.
No. 4 Punahou at No. 2 Kahuku, 6:30 p.m.
No. 10 Farrington at No. 3 Mililani, 6:30 p.m.
No. 9 Waipahu at ‘Iolani, 3 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 9/19
1.Kahuku (12)129
4.Kamehameha (1)82
7.Saint Louis57


  1. Awrite!! August 6, 2018 3:55 pm

    Kapolei 53
    Castle – 7

    Farrington 35
    Leilehua – 16

    Campbell 54
    Hilo – 14

    Mililani 44
    Kailua – 6

    Iolani 63
    Kalani 0

    Waipahu 34
    Waianae 13

    After week one of the preseason 85% of games were blowouts…Lets see what happens after week 2 because so far..

    – Im worried that our Kalani boys are going to get injured by Iolani if they play again
    – Im worried that the fans did not enjoy themselves watching Waipahu demolish Waianae
    – Im worried that Hilo is too small for Campbell
    – Im worried that Leilehua should not be playing Farrington ever again

    SYKE!!! The ILH got what they wanted in unifying with the OIA so NOBODY CARES ABOUT BLOWOUTS ANYMORE!!!

  2. Coach C August 6, 2018 6:30 pm

    Awrite. Another blowout will be StL./Waianae
    . Hope Lee pulls the 1st by 2nd quarter.

  3. ALLILH August 6, 2018 6:43 pm

    Why you guys complaining…if I recall many of you said this is the kind of schedule we need. Also if you want to complain about someone running up a score, how come no one complains about Mililani. Did they pull there first string QB even after being up by so much? Oh I forgot it’s a public school with home grown talent….I mean transfers from out of district!

    Where’s aannyywwaayyss!!!!!

  4. Hawaii five 0 August 6, 2018 7:07 pm

    York going leave in Dillion all game like how he did with Vavae no matter if they blowing um out. It’s all about getting that passing record!

  5. Awrite!! August 6, 2018 7:15 pm

    Coach C, I been saying for years, Kahuku is the only team that can consistently give STL and PUN a good game (STL blew-out Millilani last year 47-23 in the semis).

    All the other big dogs of the OIA Farr/Waian/Camb/Kapolei will continue to get blown out by the ILH.

    The silver lining was that Kahuku was winning championships and the ILH did not like that. STL was playing PUN/KAM every year multiple times and they thought Kahuku had a cup cake path to the State finals.

    If Kahuku had a cup cake path in the OIA, why would the ILH want to jump in on the cup cake path? I thought Iron sharpens Iron so why wouldnt they want to stay in the ILH?

    All they wanted was for Kahuku to play them multiple times instead of just once in the State finals. They want Kahuku to prove their worth by beating them multiple times and not just once. Because when a public school wins the FOOTBALL title, their ILH alumni, high tuition paying students cant handle.

    Remember Cal lee cried off the field after losing to Kahuku in 2015? The next week he said in a HPW interview that “It would be nice to play Kahuku more then once so we can get used to their style of play”. He only wants Kahuku, everyone else is just cup cake. Watch at all the blowouts that will happen this year.

  6. Awrite!! August 6, 2018 7:25 pm


    – They just made new rules to limit the size of your incoming bags to sizes 2inch x 2inch bag, aunty can only fit her eye liner in it.
    – No can tailgate anymore
    – No can have water bottle in your car, they going search your car at the gate.
    – They get body scanner to make sure your stomach empty or else you no can enter

  7. ILH August 6, 2018 10:35 pm

    most of the big games will be on tv, stay home watch it on tv, boycott Aloha Stadium, they are crazy what they are trying to do, why not do the same for UH.

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