Win over Bishop Gorman pushes Saint Louis to No. 8 in country

Saint Louis linebacker Iona Purcell (40) celebrated after bringing down Bishop Gorman running back Jadyn Ott (20) during the first half of the 2019 matchup at Aloha Stadium. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The Saint Louis Crusaders added a marquee school to their 29-game winning streak and have moved up yet again in the national rankings.

The three-time defending state champions jump two spots to No. 8 in the latest MaxPreps Xcellent 25 after beating Bishop Gorman 31-19 on Friday night at Aloha Stadium.

The Gaels, who were No. 15, dropped out of the top 25.

Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura threw for 296 yards and two first-half touchdowns and outplayed Bishop Gorman quarterback Micah Bowens, a Penn State commit, who threw for 163 yards and accounted for three touchdowns.

The Crusaders defense forced the Gaels to go three-and-out on each of their first four possessions and never trailed.

Saint Louis moved past North Shore (Texas), which lost to No. 12 Katy (Texas) 24-21, and St. Joseph Prep (Penn.).

Only No. 1 Mater Dei (Calif.) and No. 3 St. John Bosco (Calif.) are ranked higher than the Crusaders in the West region.

St. John’s College (Washington D.C.), quarterbacked by former Kahuku standout Sol-Jay Maiava, moved up a spot to No. 4.

The USA Today Super 25, which had Saint Louis at No. 12 and Bishop Gorman at No. 13 prior to the game, will be released Monday morning.


  1. "UNITY=STRENGTH" September 2, 2019 9:06 am

    I think for ST. Louis to advance they would need to travel next year hopefully unless a team from the top ten were willing to come down. SJB are coming to play mililani because they went up and played them it would be unreal if for some reason mililani gave that game to the braddah’s from St. louis for ranking purposes. And that game moved to the stadium could the power’s that be make that happen just wondering!!!:)

  2. ??? September 2, 2019 9:28 am

    Good win!

  3. Aloha Classic 2020 September 2, 2019 12:27 pm

    St. Louis and Punahou should strike a deal with Mater Dei and St. John Bosco. The best private schools of Hawai’i vs California. Dont want to hear any excuses about recruiting. It would be Punahou vs St. John Bosco
    St. Louis vs mater dei
    All of these four schools are losing their QB next year. So nobody has the upper hand at that position.

  4. Crusader75 September 2, 2019 2:44 pm

    Trivia question. who was the qb when Cal Lee was let go from St Louis his first time coaching there?

  5. To Da Hale September 2, 2019 3:42 pm

    StL had an awesome win!
    Showed what the 808 can do….

  6. BleedRed September 2, 2019 5:16 pm

    Gotta cut down on those silly penalties,this game should’ve been a blow out,congrats to all Hawaii teams this past weekend,congrats BIG RED,RRFL,finally looking like a team out there

  7. notes September 2, 2019 6:49 pm

    actually, aloha classic 2020, i would go one step further. The ILH bands together and feeds their best football kids to one school. Let’s say saint louis. saint louis also recruits the best kids around the state anyway. these kids then play on a super team where they travel like IMG academy and play other recruiting schools and make the 808 proud. the rest of the state will play a REAL state championship with homegrown players like how public school football is supposed to be played

  8. CrusaderDad September 2, 2019 9:41 pm

    notes – in your perfect world, I notice you state public school football…I don’t think any team would meet your definition of homegrown, since the80’s..Campbell – nope, Kahuku – nope, Mili – nope, Kapolei – No, maybe Waianae…and the thing is the OIA players like the format and don’t back down, they get more $
    Which MOSt agree OIA needs,and OiA gets the most slots for STate tourney…

  9. Dafun September 3, 2019 12:54 am

    Notes, why are you so against St. Louis? Is it because you’re mad because you didn’t go to our school? It sounds like it. Or you played for a school that got blown out back then by St. Louis. If it’s because you’re mad about that I understand but you tend to only bash St. Louis. And it’s not called recruiting it’s called your parents spend money to send you there. TakeIt from me, I played for St. Louis back then. I can’t help that we destroyed whatever school you went to because of your bad coaching

  10. State Championships September 3, 2019 8:48 am

    Regarding the state tournament, why should teams get a slot if they lost to other teams?
    I understand the OIA wants the upper hand, but if you want to be in the open division and see the best football at the end, then let all the games count and take the top 4.
    Whether it’s all OIA or just 1.
    I know this was stated a 100x already……

  11. ??? September 3, 2019 10:06 am

    @state championships

    You’re going to sit there & tell us a team from Waianae with all community kids shouldn’t be in the playoffs because they lost to a team made up of kids from all over the state; ie.. Pun, STL?
    Look in the mirror and tell us what’s FAIR?
    The odds are against the OIA from the start but they keep fighting!

  12. Imua61 September 3, 2019 11:06 am

    @crusaders75…you mean back in the 70s when he was there for one season?

  13. Crusader 68 September 3, 2019 1:57 pm

    Attempted answer to trivia question: Duke Aiona

  14. Crusader 68 September 3, 2019 2:16 pm

    Duke Aiona

  15. State Championships September 3, 2019 11:02 pm

    Why did you stop at just pun and stl?
    Why didn’t you finish your example with OIA schools such as MiliLouis and Campbell?
    When you look in the mirror do you see fair?
    There’s no hate with the OIA, but you’re ok with
    MiliLouis stomping on other OIA so called “community kids” schools and call that fair?
    Should they be left out of the tournament because they have NON community players?
    Are we not looking for the best of the best?
    Is it not called the Open Division for a reason?

  16. ??? September 4, 2019 12:38 pm

    @State Championships
    There’s a huge difference between recruiting & transferring.
    That’s why I said let all Open division schools recruit to balance it out.
    Look at what Klaneski is doing with better recruiting at Damien; if he keeps it up they will be in the Open in a couple years.

  17. ??? September 4, 2019 12:40 pm

    As long as the Lee brothers are at STL they will be top 2 in the state!

  18. State Championships September 4, 2019 1:33 pm

    You call what MiliLouis and Campbell did “transferring”?
    Like “transferring” because of a AP calculus class?
    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.
    Its recruiting…..

  19. ??? September 5, 2019 11:21 am

    @Bought state championships
    It’s Hilarious how you State Louis fans slowly complaining about Mililani’s MINOR recruiting 🤣.
    Like I said over & over let all Open teams LEGALLY recruit than no one can say its not fair!
    They took a 3rd string player from STL & now he is killing it & has offers from USC & other DI schools.
    While other 3rd, 4th & 5th string players @stl wait on the bench for a Ring 🤣
    Son: Daddy, that’s a nice championship ring, what position did you play?
    Father: When we beat Waianae 81-0 I got to go in on kickoffs & PAT but I got one ring cheehuu🤣

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