Kahuku 19th in one national poll
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
The Kahuku High School football team's 57-10 domination of Castle on Friday impressed Mainland observers as well as those here.
The Red Raiders (5-0) moved into Student Sports Inc.'s No. 25 spot, up from No. 26 last week, in its national Fab 50. Kahuku was ranked No. 31 in the preseason.
Kahuku also is ranked No. 19 in this week's Dick Butkus Football Network poll, which has St. Louis (3-0) at No. 22.
In the widely recognized USA Today Super 25, however, the Red Raiders remain unranked while St. Louis retained its No. 24 ranking.
The RivalsHigh 25 was not released as of last night, but neither Kahuku nor St. Louis was ranked last week. St. Louis was No. 4 in RivalsHigh's West Regional rankings, Kahuku No. 5.
Both teams have showdowns Friday, with St. Louis playing Kamehameha (4-0) at Aloha Stadium and Kahuku traveling to Kailua (4-0).
Both games are scheduled to kick off at about 7:30 p.m.
De La Salle beats Mater Dei: In a meeting of two nationally acclaimed football programs that could play here next year, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) beat Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 34-6, last Saturday before 8,500 fans at Stockton, Calif.
De La Salle is ranked No. 1 by Student Sports Inc., No. 2 by USA Today and RivalsHigh and No. 3 by Dick Butkus. The Spartans have won a national-record 115 consecutive games.
De La Salle and Mater Dei could visit Honolulu next year to play two Hawai'i teams, under a plan being worked on by Hawai'i High School Athletic Association executive director Keith Amemiya.