Kaiser’s Andrew Choi got to play in only one varsity game this season, but made the most of a second opportunity in the Life Champion Bowl on Saturday on Kauai, making two sacks to earn defensive player of the game honors.
Choi had two of six sacks by Team White in a 21-14 win over Team Black. Offensive player of the game Austin Ewing of Konawaena was 6-for-9 for 85 yards and a touchdown and Kamehameha QB Thomas Yam finished 6-for-14 for 110 yards with a TD and an INT for Team White.
Team Black was led by the Marcus Mariota most valuable player of the game winner Mitchell Quinn of Saint Louis, who caught six passes for 139 yards and threw a 38-yard pass on a trick play.
Waianae’s Gerrico Jenks was given the Malama Kaiaulu Award for community service while Waialua’s Matthan Hatchie earned the Pukaua Ku Kilakila Award for leadership.
Individual awards were handed out to each team for the best big man — Saint Louis’ Eliki Tanuvasa (White) and Punahou’s Ahofitu Maka (Punahou) — and best skill player — KS-Maui’s Tyrell Baldonado-Keleiopu (White) and Damien’s Marcus Faufata-Pedina (Black). Baldonado-Kaleiopu caught a 65-yard touchdown pass and Faufata-Pedrina finished 8-for-12 for 101 yards and a TD and added 20 rushing yards.
Damien’s Akila Arecchi (Black) and Kahuku’s Fatu Atuaia (White) earned the Ke Ko’olani Award for best team player. Arecchi caught four passes for 61 yards and Atuaia had four tackles and a sack.
Choi played in only one game this season for Kaiser, which had to forfeit all but one game because of a lack of players. He won the same award brother Zeno took home at the 2014 Life Champion Bowl.