It's also the week when St. Louis will begin its preseason unranked nationally for the first time since 1987.
The 10-time defending Interscholastic League of Honolulu and Prep Bowl champion Crusaders will face Waianae at Aloha Stadium on Thursday night. Ranked No. 23 at the start of 1995, they were replaced by Punahou when the Buffanblu beat them early in the season. Punahou also dropped out out of the rankings before the ILH season ended.
Nanakuli, a member of the Oahu Interscholastic Association's weakest division, the Blue, and only 28 players strong, must host Capistrano Valley of California, the No. 10-ranked team in USA Today's first Super 25 Prep Football Poll of 1996.
"I didn't know they were that good when I scheduled them," said Nanakuli head coach Shea Pila.
Capistrano Valley head coach Dave Brown said he originally expected to be in the Shawn Akina Classic against a local powerhouse like St. Louis or Punahou.
But with the demise of the classic, Brown said he went through the Hawaii High School Athletic Association to find an opponent earlier this year. Pila responded.
Capistrano quarterback Austin Mohermann passed for 1,350 yards last year. Tailback Malaefou MacKenzie ran for 1,349 yards.