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Kahuku Checks In At Nos. 51 And 57 In 2 Sets Of National Rankings


There’s little question Kahuku is the No. 1 football team in Hawaii at this point in the season. At 3-0 so far, the Red Raiders have shown that they mean business in their quest for a third Open state championship in a row.

There’s another place Kahuku can still climb higher and that’s in the national rankings.

The Red Raiders climbed four spots in the latest MaxPreps national list to No. 57. They also remained at No. 51 in the Football America 300 this week.

No other Hawaii team is ranked nationally.

A third set of national rankings — the USA Super 25 — has not started in 2023 yet.

Kahuku has a chance to climb if it can continue its winning ways and get past highly ranked teams later in the season — against No. 1 Mater Dei and Nos. 2/3 St. John Bosco.

A year ago, the Red Raiders finished at No. 25 in MaxPreps and No. 41 in High School Football America.

Some of Hawaii teams’ opponents this season are ranked:

>> Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California), No. 1 MaxPreps, No. 1 Football America
>> St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California), No. 3 Max Preps, No. 2 Football America
>> Centennial (Corona, California), No. 15 MaxPreps, No. 22 Football America
>> Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, California), No. 31 MaxPreps, No. 25 Football America
>> Lincoln (San Diego), No. 42 Football America
>> Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, California) No. 47 Max Preps, No. 74 Football America)
>> Liberty (Henderson, Nevada), No. 169 Football America

Lincoln, which visited Waianae on Aug. 18 and beat the Seasiders 41-0, won the California Interscholastic Federation I-AA title last season.

Long Beach Poly topped Konawaena on the Big Island 60-28 on Aug. 11.

The other games featuring the Hawaii teams vs. the nationally ranked squads are:

Aug. 25
>> Saint Louis at Liberty
Sept. 1
>> Campbell at Liberty (Henderson, Nevada)
Sept. 2
>> Punahou vs. Centennial (Corona, California), at San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic High School
Sept. 8
>> Kahuku at Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
Sept. 16
>> St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California) at Kahuku
Sept. 29
>> Kamehameha at Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, California)



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