Gap widens ahead of OIA title game
Kahuku defrensive end Bradlee Anae (99) helped tackle a Mililani player in the 2015 OIA title game. The Red Raiders did not give up a point on defense in a 20-7 victory. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
There were no changes in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser football rankings this week.
Waipahu remained at No. 9 after holding off a pesky Pearl City squad, 23-22, in the OIA Division II championship game last Thursday. In the only other game played last week, Damien held off St. Francis, 13-12, to win the ILH Division II championship.
The Monarchs, who earlier this season were ranked in the top 10 of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser poll for the first time ever, earned seven votes this week, two shy of No. 10 Hilo.
The Vikings are the only ranked team competing in the Division I state tournament. Two Division II teams (Lahainaluna, Waipahu) are ranked.
The only other thing of note in this week’s rankings is the gap between No. 2 Mililani and No. 3 Kahuku widened. The Trojans received eight of 10 second-place votes while Kahuku received the other two.
Saint Louis was once again the unanimous No. 1 team.
The Red Raiders are 11-2 all-time against the Trojans, but Mililani has won two of the last three meetings heading into Saturday’s OIA title tilt at Aloha Stadium.
The Trojans beat Kahuku, 37-22, in the OIA semifinals in 2013 and held off the Red Raiders, 20-7, to win the 2014 OIA championship.
Kahuku came back in 2015 and won the OIA title game by the exact same score over the Trojans, 20-7. Then-freshman Dillon Gabriel started at quarterback with McKenzie Milton out and suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter.
Current Hawaii defensive back Keala Santiago intercepted three passes in the game for Kahuku.
TOP 10 SCHEDULE FRIDAY, NOV. 3 No. 9 Waipahu vs. Konawaena, 7 p.m., Julian Yates Field No. 7 Lahainaluna vs. ‘Iolani, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium
SATURDAY, NOV. 4 No. 2 Mililani vs. No. 3 Kahuku, 7 p.m., Aloha Stadium No. 6 Waianae vs. No. 8 Campbell, 4 p.m., Aloha Stadium No. 10 Hilo vs. Maui, 7 p.m., Wong Stadium
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
Updated: Oct. 30
Rk Team Pts
1. Saint Louis 100
2. Mililani 88
3. Kahuku 82
4. Kamehameha 64
5. Punahou 60
6. Waianae 45
7. Lahainaluna 36
8. Campbell 32
9. Waipahu 16
10. Hilo 9