Saint Louis, Lahainaluna ranked at the top of final #Cover2 Power Poll of 2016

Saint Louis Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa poses with 2016 HHSAA Open Division Championship with Crusaders teammates
Saint Louis Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa poses with 2016 HHSAA Open Division Championship with Crusaders teammates

After claiming 14 Oahu Prep Bowl and three HHSAA Division I State Championships, the Saint Louis Crusaders (10-1) are back on top of Hawaii high school football and the Cover2/GEICO Power Poll after winning the inaugural Open Division State Title last Saturday night.

In 2013, the first ever Cover2 Division I Power Poll was released with Saint Louis ranked as the No. 1 team in the 808 state. Two weeks later, the Crusaders dropped from the top spot and never regained that position until now — nearly 1,184 days later.

The 35-time ILH champions took down the big red machine known as the Kahuku Red Raiders (11-2) who previously had not lost to a Hawaii school since the 2014 state semifinals. Kahuku got the best of Saint Louis in last year’s title game, but were unable to repeat as champs as they finish the season ranked No. 2.

Teams finishing ranked No. 3–6 were the remaining participants in the inaugural Open Division with Kapolei (10-3) at the top, after pulling off the “biggest upset in Open Division history” with a 33-21 victory over No. 4 Punahou (7-3).

In the Division I bracket of the state tournament, champion Mililani (9-3) finished as the No. 7 team with runner-up Iolani (5-8) ending up at No. 9. The Trojans defeated the Raiders 31-20 to claim their second D-I Koa Trophy in three years.

Between the two in the rankings is No. 8 Kamehameha (3-6), who is the only team in the final Power Poll to have not participated in a postseason state tournament.

Rounding out the list is Baldwin (8-3) at No. 10, whose season ended after a 49-28 loss to the Trojans in the first round of the D-I tournament.

In the Cover2/GEICO Division II Power Poll, the Lunas of Lahainaluna (9-4) take the final top spot of the season, after defeating No. 2 Kapa’a (8-2) for the HHSAA D-II State Championship.

2016 Division II Champion Lahainaluna Lunas
2016 Division II Champion Lahainaluna Lunas

This is the only time this season the Lunas have held the No. 1 spot, and it’s the only time it truly matters as they took home their first-ever state crown. Lahainaluna was last ranked No. 1 throughout the 2014 season before ultimately losing in the state championship game.

Konawaena (8-2) began the season as the top team in Division II and flipped back and forth with Kapa’a for the No. 1 spot. However, the Wildcats too fell to the Lunas as they finish ranked No. 3.

ILH Champions Damien (7-3) finish at No. 4 while OIA Champions Waialua (7-3) round out the rankings at No. 5.

#COVER2 Division I Power Poll
1. SAINT LOUIS (20)          10-1
2. KAHUKU                         11-2
3. KAPOLEI                         10-3
4. PUNAHOU                       7-3
5. WAIANAE                         9-5
6. FARRINGTON                  8-4
7. MILILANI                           9-3
8. KAMEHAMEHA                3-6
9. IOLANI                              5-8
10. BALDWIN                       8-3

#COVER2 Division II Power Poll
1. LAHAINALUNA (20)          9-4
2. KAPA’A                              8-2
3. KONAWAENA                   8-2
4. DAMIEN                            7-3
5. WAIALUA                          7-3

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

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