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.
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.
TOP 10 SCHEDULE
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: Mar. 16|
|1.||Saint Louis (6)||94|