Posted with permission, article and pictures, courtesy of Bedrock Sports Hawaii
Story by: Nick Abramo
Kahuku went from No. 41 to No. 26 in the latest MaxPreps national rankings.
That’s what happens when you nearly knock off the No. 3 team in the country. The Red Raiders (6-2, 4-0 OIA Open) were less than a minute away from doing so on Saturday on the North Shore before losing on a St. Frances (Baltimore) touchdown with only 39 ticks left.
In the High School Football America 100, Kahuku moved up to No. 58 all the way from No. 82 after that 22-15 loss to the Panthers (5-0).
Now, with games against two national powers done (the Red Raiders also lost to MaxPreps No. 1 St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif., 34-7 on Sept. 17), Kahuku can now put full concentration on its Hawaii schedule in a repeat or bust effort to capture a second straight state Open Division championship.
The Red Raiders finish their regular season slate with games at Moanalua (2-4-1, 1-3) on Friday and then at home against Mililani (5-2, 4-0) on Oct. 14.
That game against the Trojans will likely determine the league’s regular season title. Both Mililani and Kahuku have already clinched OIA Open playoff spots.