Tagovailoa, Kaniho top USA Today All-Hawaii
Saint Louis QB Tua Tagvailoa, left, and Kahuku DB Kekaula Kaniho were named offensive and defensive players of the year by both the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and USA Today. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.
There isn’t much debate about the top offensive and defensive players of the year in high school football in Hawaii.
Ten days after Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was named the Honolulu Star-Advertiser offensive player of the year and Kahuku defensive back Kekaula Kaniho won the defensive player of the year honor, USA Today released its All-USA Hawaii teams with both players receiving the same awards.
Mililani’s Rod York was named the USA Today All-Hawaii coach of the year. Saint Louis’ Cal Leeearned the Star-Advertiser selection.
Here are the complete teams and where they stood on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State teams.
Offense QB: Tua Tagovailoa, Saint Louis (first team) RB: Rico Rosario, Waianae (first team) RB: Challen Faamatau, Farrington (first team) WR: Ryan Ramones, Moanalua (first team) WR: Jaymin Sarono, Kapolei (first team) TE: Pua Falemalu, Kahuku (No TE)
OL: Morris Unutoa, Kapaa (first team) OL: Michael Minihan, Saint Louis (first team) OL: Onesimus Lutu-Clarke, Waianae (first team) OL: Jacob-Drew Russell, Saint Louis (first team) OL: Vili Fisiiahi, Kahuku (first team)
Defense DL: Christian Mejia, Kailua (first team) DL: Miki Suguturaga, Punahou (first team) DL: Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Kapolei (first team) DL: Aliki Vimahi, Kahuku (first team) LB: Sioeli Naupoto, Kahuku (first team) LB: Noa Purcell, Saint Louis (first team) LB: Dylan Toilolo, Saint Louis (first team) DB: Kesi Ah-Hoy, Kahuku (first team) DB: Stokes Botelho, Kahuku (first team) DB: Kekaula Kaniho, Kahuku (first team) DB: Leonard Lee, Kapolei (first team)
Offense QB: Taulia Tagovailoa, Kapolei (second team) RB: Alfred Failauga, Waipahu (third team) RB: Elvis Vakapuna, Kahuku (second team) WR: Justin Genovia, ‘Iolani (second team) WR: Andrew Valladares, Mililani (first team utility) TE: Kingsley Moses-Sanchez, Farrington (no TE) OL: Kalen Akiu, Kamehameha (NR) OL: Logan Faitau, Farrington (NR) OL: Pono Fatefehi-Segovia, Kapolei (NR) OL: Ahofitu Maka, Punahou (NR) OL: Eliki Tanuvasa, Saint Louis (HM)
Defense DL: Feleti Afemui, Maui (NR) DL: Foi Sila, Farrington (HM) DL: Braxton Victor, Leilehua (HM) DL: Faatui Tuitele, Saint Louis (second team) LB: Isaac Slade-Matautia, Saint Louis (second team) LB: Omar Mareko, Kapolei (third team) LB: Donovan Ugalino, Leilehua (HM) DB: Siale Hafoka, Lahainaluna (NR) DB: Charles Moku Watson, Leilehua (first team utility) DB: Kaulana Makaula, Punahou (NR) DB: Kyler Mento, ‘Iolani (NR)
P: Adam Stack, Kamehameha (first team