Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • November 30, 2021
Konawaena Shoots To No. 6, Kaiser At No. 10 In Bedrock’s Latest Football Top 10

What have you done for me lately is one of the questions usually asked about the strength of a team when voting on or picking a Top 10.

And that’s kind of the mantra this season for Bedrock’s Hawaii high school football Top 10. Who is hot now?

 

And another thing to keep in mind when viewing this week’s Top 10: It’s not just about who can beat who being listed from 1 to 10, but it’s also about a hot team within one’s own division. Yes, of course, playing great football in an upper division will get you higher than playing great football in a lower tier.

Oh, and one more thing about the makeup of this particular Top 10: It turns out that the Top 5 teams are all in the Open Division. The next 5 are all in either Division I or II. So maybe that’s an idea: Have two Top 5 polls!! We’ll see. Feedback on the merits of that system from readers would be appreciated: nickabramo7@gmail.com.

Not a ton of movement this week, but some subtle changes:

>> BIIF Division I regular-season champion Konawaena (4-0) jumped up from No. 9 to No. 6. This change was due mostly to the Wildcats’ 42-13 dominant win over a tough Kealakehe squad.
>> OIA Open Division contender Mililani (4-1) passed ILH runner-up Kamehameha (3-3) into the No. 3 spot after a 48-14 win over Campbell.
>> Kaiser, now 6-0 after a 27-8 OIA D-II win over Pearl City, entered the Top 10 for the first time this season.
>> ‘Iolani (9-0), which had been holding steady at No. 6 with three straight wins against nonleague opponents, dropped two spots to No. 8 behind Konawaena and Lahainaluna — two teams in the middle of their tenacious league campaigns.

THE NEW BedrockSportsHawaii.com Top 10:
>> 1. Kahuku (5-0) … waiting to take on a challenge from No. 5 Campbell on Saturday
>> 2. Saint Louis (5-3) … next game vs. TBA at states in December
>> 3. Mililani (4-1) … will likely host Campbell in OIA Open semifinals
>> 4. Kamehameha (3-3) … preparing for 2022
>> 5. Campbell (4-1) … huge matchup on Saturday vs. Red Raiders
>> 6. Konawaena (4-0) … two more wins in tough games can get Wildcats into D-I states
>> 7. Lahainaluna (4-0) … the class of the MIL, but can Lunas hold off surging Maui?
>> 8. ‘Iolani (9-0) … the rolling continues; tough D-I competition expected at states
>> 9. Kapaa (4-0) … one more win clinches KIF and D-II state berth
>> 10. Kaiser (6-0) … closest game so far was 38-32 clutch win over Nanakuli

Top 10 teams’ opponents THIS WEEK
>> 1. Kahuku (at Campbell, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.)
>> 2. Saint Louis (idle)
>> 3. Mililani (vs. Farrington, Saturday at home, 6:30 p.m.
>> 4. Kamehameha (season over)
>> 5. Campbell (vs. Kahuku, Saturday at home, 6:30 p.m.)
>> 6. Konawaena (vs. Keaau, BIIF semis, Friday at home)
>> 7. Lahainaluna (vs. Maui, Saturday at War Memorial Stadium, 3 p.m.)
>> 8. ‘Iolani (idle)
>> 9. Kapaa (vs. Waimea, Saturday at Hanapepe Stadium, 2:30 p.m.)
>> 10. Kaiser (idle)

How LAST WEEK’s Top 10 teams fared:
>> 1. Kahuku (idle)
>> 2. Saint Louis (idle)
>> 3. Kamehameha (season over)
>> 4. Mililani (defeated No. 5 Campbell 48-14)
>> 5. Campbell (lost to No. 4 Mililani 48-14)
>> 6. ‘Iolani (defeated Roosevelt 40-7)
>> 7. Lahainaluna (idle)
>> 8. Kapaa (defeated Kauai 42-12)
>> 9. Konawaena (defeated Kealakehe 42-13)
>> 10. Waipahu (lost to Castle 26-19)

 

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