The 8-year history of No. 1 vs. No. 2
Kahuku’s Kawehena Johnson came up huge against Farrington in 2012. Star-Advertiser file photo.
Since the first Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 poll in 2010, there have been 16 meetings between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state.
No. 17 takes place Saturday night at Aloha Stadium when No. 1 Saint Louis, ranked No. 10 in country by MaxPreps and No. 11 by USA Today, plays No. 2 Kahuku in a rematch of the last three state finals.
The Crusaders and Red Raiders have split their last 14 meetings, but it’s Kahuku who is unrivaled in games between No. 1 and No. 2.
The Red Raiders have been involved in 10 of 16 such meetings and have won seven of them. Saint Louis (4-3) is the only other team with a winning record in such contests.
The No. 1 team is 10-6 against No. 2.
TEAM RECORDS IN THESE GAMES: Kahuku (7-3) Saint Louis (4-3) Punahou (3-5) Mililani (1-1) Farrington (1-2) Waianae (0-1) Kamehameha (0-1)
Here’s a look at all 16 games:
No. 1 Saint Louis 31, No. 2 Kahuku 28
11/18/2017 (2017 state title game)
>> For the third straight year, Saint Louis and Kahuku met in the state final, but for the first time, the No. 1 ranking held true…barely. The Crusaders led 24-7 before Kahuku stormed back with three straight touchdowns in the second half. Sophomore Sol-Jay Maiava threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to another sophomore, Kaonohi Kaniho, with 6:25 remaining to give Kahuku its first lead since the first quarter. Kahuku had the ball with a chance to run out the clock, but twice ran out of bounds on running plays. Saint Louis got the ball back with 46 seconds remaining and quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, who finished with 440 passing yards and three touchdowns, hit Jonah Panoke on a 53-yard bomb for the game winner.
No. 2 Saint Louis 30, No. 1 Kahuku 14
11/19/2016 (2016 state title game)
>> Kahuku failed to score a touchdown on either special teams or defense for the first time all year against a Hawaii opponent as Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa broke Timmy Chang‘s career passing mark in the win. Tagovailoa’s “Heisman moment” came when he ran for a 30-yard touchdown to put the Crusaders up two possessions late in the fourth quarter. Kahuku had the ball at the Saint Louis 1 but fumbled at the goal line and Saint Louis’ Isaiah Tufaga recovered it in the end zone. The Crusaders shut out Kahuku 17-0 in the second half.
Pua Falemalu ran into the end zone for a touchdown in Kahuku’s 39-14 win over Saint Louis in the Division I state championship game two years ago. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
No. 2 Kahuku 39, No. 1 Saint Louis 14
11/20/2015 (2015 state title game)
>> Kahuku gave up a 15-yard penalty to start the game doing the haka at midfield while glaring at the Saint Louis sideline. The Crusaders scored on a blocked punt return for a touchdown before giving up 39 of the next 46 points. The 14 points were a season-low by the Crusaders, who fumbled on offense the first two times Kahuku put a hit on a Saint Louis player. Kahuku DB Keala Santiago had one of the Red Raiders’ three interceptions on defense and had seven picks in his final four games. Saint Louis was held to 139 total yards. Kahuku QB Kesi Ah-Hoy carried the ball 30 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns and also threw a 27-yard TD to Pua Falemalu.
No. 1 Kahuku 42, No. 2 Punahou 20
11/23/2012 (2012 state title game)
>> The Red Raiders won their second consecutive state title behind RB Aofaga Wily, who rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns. Lasselle Thompson and Kawehena Johnson caught touchdown passes from Viliami Livai to build a 21-0 halftime lead. Punahou rallied with two touchdowns in the third quarter before Kahuku scored the next 21 points to pull away for the win. Ryan Tuiasoa, who played linebacker the previous season for Punahou, rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
No. 1 Kahuku 31, No. 2 Farrington 6
>> This game was dominated by Kahuku DB Kawehena Johnson, who finished with nine tackles, two touchdowns, an interception and a forced fumble. Johnson forced the fumble on Farrington’s first play from scrimmage and returned an interception for a touchdown to end the Govs’ second drive. Johnson also scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass from QB Viliami Livai. Kahuku led 31-0 before the Govs scored their only touchdown against the backups in the fourth quarter.
No. 1 Kahuku 21, No. 2 Punahou 13
>> Punahou made a rare trip to the North Shore in this early-season clash and nearly pulled out the win. Punahou led 13-0 at halftime on a Ryan Tuiasoa touchdown run and a touchdown pass from Larry Tuileta to Kanawai Noa. Kahuku RB Aofaga Wily took over in the second half scored on three different touchdown runs. Wily finished with what turned out to be a career-high 225 yards on 28 carries while the Red Raiders defense held Punahou to negative yards rushing.
No. 1 Kahuku 30, No. 2 Punahou 24
11/25/2011 (2011 state title game
>> Kahuku won the first of two straight state titles after having to forfeit all of its wins in 2010 following the use of an ineligible player. RB Aofaga Wily rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown while going up against a Punahou defensed led by current UCLA linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea, who had 14 tackles, and current Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, who had eight tackles. Punahou QB Larry Tuileta threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns to Steven Lakalaka but the difference was a 30-yard touchdown run by Kahuku’s Mahonilai Fakatou, who also caught a TD pass.
No. 2 Kahuku 23, No. 1 Farrington 0
11/4/2011 (2011 OIA title game)
>> Kahuku earned revenge for a midseason loss to the Govs with another dominant defensive performance. Kahuku held Farrington RB Tyler Taumua, the state’s leading rusher, to only 19 yards on 11 carries. DB Bronson Beatty had two interceptions and Kahuku held the Govs to 124 total yards. The game was 3-0 at halftime before Kahuku pulled away with two 1-yard TD runs and an 18-yard TD pass from Viliami Livai to Spencer Nagy.
No. 2 Farrington 14, No. 1 Kahuku 13
>> Kahuku had been No. 1 in 19 of the first 24 weeks of the Star-Advertiser poll and had beaten Farrington in 16 of the previous 17 meetings. That all changed on this day as the Govs won a game decided by a missed extra point. Setefano Lavatai sealed the game with an interception with 20 seconds remaining for Farrington, which got 100 rushing yards from RB Tyler Taumua on 24 carries. Kahuku DB Kawehena Johnson accounted for both Red Raiders touchdowns, scoring on a 92-yard interception return and a 3-yard run.
No. 1 Kahuku 49, No. 2 Saint Louis 27
>> This is the only time Saint Louis played at Carlton Weimer Field on the North Shore and was the only loss as a starter for Saint Louis QB Marcus Mariota. Ben Mamea and Tigi Hill blocked punts for the Red Raiders, who only led 21-20 at halftime. Kahuku scored the next four touchdowns as QB Evan Moe was an efficient 9-for-13 for 166 yards. Kahuku RB Tyrone Brown rushed for 84 yards and three touchdowns on only nine carries. Mariota finished 25-for-43 for 277 yards and a touchdown with one interception and also ran for 82 yards and a touchdown.
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