Football Top 10: No. 1 Kahuku still not unanimous

Sep. 5—The road to the koa trophy runs through Kahuku again.

The road to the koa trophy runs through Kahuku again.

The two-time Open Division state champions aim for shutouts not out of crass conceit but because of proven data. Coaches and media gave Kahuku nine out of 10 first-place votes this week following a 48-20 shellacking of rising Farrington.

The Governors landed in the Top 10 for the first time this fall at No. 10. No other team had scored as many points against the Big Red defense, but Kahuku had already emptied its bench in the second half of a lopsided game. That's when the Govs scored two late touchdowns.

Punahou gave CIF powerhouse Centennial a full-tilt battle before losing 50-43. Centennial is ranked No. 18 in the USA Today Super 25. The Buffanblu received one first-place vote in this week's Top 10.

The only non-Open Division teams in the rankings are Konawaena, 'Iolani and Farrington.

Konawaena stayed put at No. 8 after a sloppy but sack-happy 28-19 win over Leilehua. The Wildcats racked up seven sacks on defense, but turned the ball over six times in a chess match between offensive guru Brad Uemoto of Konawaena and defensive whiz Mark Kurisu of Leilehua.

Kahuku will get the test of its season thus far on Friday against the nation's No. 1 team, Mater Dei (Calif.).