Kahuku jumps to No. 23 in nation

Kahuku linebacker Aaron Fonoimoana-Vaomu sacked Waianae quarterback Rico Rosario during a game this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/jaquino@staradvertiser.com.

Despite allowing its first touchdown of the season in a 40-6 win over Moanalua on Friday, the Kahuku Red Raiders jumped two spots to No. 23 in the MaxPreps Xcellent25 national high school football rankings released Monday.

Kahuku (3-0) has outscored its first three opponents 101-6 this season, yet is ranked No. 2 in the state, behind Saint Louis, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The Red Raiders play at Aiea this weekend before heading to the mainland for the Polynesian Football Classic on Sept. 9 against Bingham (Utah). That game just got a whole lot more interesting as the Miners put on a dominating performance in a 48-17 win Friday over East (Utah) High, which had been ranked No. 12 in the country by USA Today.

Bingham, ranked No. 16 in the nation this week by MaxPreps, is now 52-1 against teams from Utah since the start of the 2013 season. Kahuku is 24-1 against teams from Hawaii since the start of the 2015 season.

Kahuku jumps to No. 23 in nation