Kahuku takes top spot in #Cover2 Power Poll to Las Vegas to face the Nation’s Number One

Kahuku Safety Kesi Ah Hoy (left) & Linebacker Sioeli Naupoto

The Kahuku Red Raiders (5-0) have held the top spot in the Cover2 Division I Power Poll since Oct. 19 of 2015, but this week they’ll perhaps have their toughest challenge yet in taking on the No. 1 team in the country.

The undefeated Big Red Machine of Oahu will make the trip to Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend to take on national powerhouse Bishop Gorman. The two-time defending mythical national champion Gaels enter the game ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25 Expert Rankings while the Red Raiders will come in as the No. 17 team in the nation.

Kahuku vs RadfordKahuku is coming off of their 18th-straight victory dating back to last fall, with an 83-0 shellacking of Radford (0-5) this past weekend.

Elsewhere in the Top 10 is Kamehameha (2-2) leaping two spots up to No. 6 after a 50-20 victory over the No. 9 Raiders of Iolani (3-2). As a result, Mililani (4-1) and Farrington (4-1) both drop down a spot to No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.

Making their debut in the rankings is the Baldwin Bears (3-2) at the No. 10 spot after previously 10th-ranked Kailua (2-2) dropped out after a 37-15 loss to (2-4) Leilahua.

In the Cover2 Division II Power Poll, Kamehameha-Hawaii (4-0) makes their first appearance at the No. 5 spot after getting their fourth win of the season with a 43-21 victory over BIIF D-II foe Honokaa (2-1).

Previously third-ranked Waipahu (3-1) drops out of the Top Five after a 21-7 loss to Pearl City (4-1). The Chargers replace the Mauraders at the No. 3 spot while Damien (4-1) moves up to No. 4 after a 40-27 win over Pac-Five (2-1).

#COVER2 Division I Power Poll
1. KAHUKU (18)             5-0
2. SAINT LOUIS (2)        3-0
3. PUNAHOU                   2-1
4. WAIANAE                   5-1
5. KAPOLEI                     4-1
6. KAMEHAMEHA         2-2
7. MILILANI                    4-1
8. FARRINGTON            4-1
9. IOLANI                        3-2
10. BALDWIN                 3-2

Also Receiving Votes: KAILUA (2-2), MOANALUA (3-2), HILO (3-2)

#COVER2 Division II Power Poll
1. KAPA’A (20)                4-0
2. KONAWAENA            2-1
3. PEARL CITY                4-1
4. DAMIEN                       4-1
5. KS-HAWAII                 4-0

Also Receiving Votes: SAINT FRANCIS (1-2), WAIPAHU (3-1), LAHAINALUNA (2-3)

Season IV of Cover2 Hawaii High School Football weekly airs every Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. on KHON2.

The Cover2 Power Polls are voted on by 19 statewide media members, plus the viewer vote at KHON2.com.

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