Saint Louis is ranked No. 9 in the USA Today Pacific region football rankings.
The Crusaders (7-1) are getting ready to play in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I championship game against Punahou on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Aloha Stadium. The two teams split two contests so far this year. The Buffanblu (8-1) won the fist time, 51-45, in double overtime.
Saint Louis staved off elimination last Saturday by coming back from a 14-0 deficit to beat Punahou. The winner Saturday also gets the league’s only berth in the D-I state tournament.
The U.S. is divided into five regions for the USA Today rankings — Northeast, Midwest, South, Frontier and Pacific.
The Pacific region is made up of teams from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
The Crusaders are one spot ahead of No. 10 Liberty (Henderson, Nev.), a team they 43-16 beat at Aloha Stadium in September.