Hawaii Prep World will be releasing summer previews of all 29 Oahu varsity football teams in advance of the 2017 season that kicks off in early August.
18TH IN A SERIES
>> 2016 record and finish: 0-8 (0-7 OIA D-II); did not qualify for OIA D-II playoffs
>> Number of seniors: 23
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections lost to graduation: None
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections returning: None
>> Among 2017 key offensive players: Frank Steffany, Sr., RB/DL, 5-11, 240; Ezekiel Samuelu, Sr., OL/MLB, 5-11, 225; Laulii Iosefa, Sr., FB/LB, 5-11, 220; Jonah Stephens, Jr., RB, 5-9, 175; Tamatoa Aga, Jr., OL, 6-0, 240; Iulio Antonio, Jr., TE/DE, 6-1, 275.
>> Among 2017 key defensive players: Sioeli Lopes-Liutolo, Sr., LB/DL, 6-0, 230; Steffany; Samuelu; Iosefa; Antonio
>> Tigers with Division I FBS college offers: None
>> All-time state championships: None
>> All-time Prep Bowl (1973-1999) championships: None
>> All-time OIA championships: None
>> All-time ILH championships: 7 (all D-I — 1921, 1923, 1929, 1933, 1937, 1938, 1947)
>> 2017 conference: OIA D-II
>> 2017 state tournament declaration: D-II
Head coach PAT SILVA on the Tigers’ outlook for 2017:
“It’s about changing the mind-sets. We want the kids learning the responsibility of getting to class on time, going to classes, and taking on role-model duties. A lot of people look up to football players in general on campus.
“We want them working hard and having the right attitude. If you do things the right way and you work hard, a lot of good things will happen. Use your god-given abilities the best you can and make the right decisions. Some athletes have trouble with making the right decisions. Walking through the door (as the new coach) and looking from the outside in, the kids have problems going to class on time and to class in general. So we started a mandatory study hall program. We want them to understand that getting a solid education is important and that football is not going to last forever. We want to expand their minds, especially the younger ones. And if they do get an opportunity to get to the next level, getting good grades is important. Recruiters shy away if you don’t get good grades.
“And we think that setting goals is important and then putting those goals into a plan and committing to it and not deviating from it. A number of our coaches … we played our college ball at Linfield (McMinnville, Ore.). It’s in the Northwest and Division III, but it’s like Saint Louis and Kahuku in high school here. We are part of that Linfield tradition and we want to share our knowledge and experience with our kids. Let them know if you do it a certain way, a lot of good things can happen to you.
“Coach Ad Rutschman taught us the value of doing things the right way. He was amazing. In Oregon, there is an award named after him that they hand to the top college athlete in the state. He won national titles in two different sports, football and baseball.
“Jody Tyrell is on our staff. He was an All-American linebacker at Linfield in the 1980s. He was on two national championship teams, in 1982 and 1984, and his brother Julian Tyrell played on the 1986 national championship squad. Scott Mosher was a shot put and discus state champion at Punahou. He played at Linfield and is on our staff. And Bryan Miyamoto, who played for Waipahu and Linfield, is with us too. Bryan is not a big guy. He is a good example of what Linfield can do for a person. If you do your assignments the way it’s supposed to be done, you can excel. We really believe that.
“We didn’t have bigger, stronger players at Linfield, but we had amazing preparation and got results form that preparation. You don’t have to be the biggest, strongest and fastest.
“We’re talking not only to the kids, but also to the parents and we want them to watch the evolution of the program. I grew up in housing (Kuhio Park Terrace) and I know what a lot of these kids are like and what they’re going through and what they’re all about. They don’t have the kinds of things that most kids have. You give them any little thing and they will appreciate it. I was one of them and I had coaches who cared a lot and I benefitted greatly from their encouragement. Herb Moriyama, my head coach at McKinley and Neal Takemori, my quarterback coach, encouraged me to go to college and I’m glad I was able to listen. Forty-four years ago this coming season, in 1973, we played for the OIA title against Waianae, the first year of Prep Bowl, and lost 13-6. Waianae went on to beat Saint Louis. For these kids, one of the most important things for us to get across is the tradition. Once upon a time, McKinley was one of the top schools in the state. We used to walk among the giants, and we can continue to do that if we start to believe that we belong there. Any program has growing pains. The kids are responding, at least I like to think they are. We’ve had really good practices, really good turnouts with the kids that are believing in the program. Some have fallen by the wayside. I don’t think they were serious enough and committed enough. Some are learning the hard way that if they’re not committed and you’re not going to change and follow the policies, you’re probably not going to play.
“We’ve got 38 on varsity, 20 on JV. We’re going to need about a dozen kids to come through that door between now and the start of (official workouts) to make it workable on JV. Those 38 on varsity have been committed since March. We’re happy with that number, even if it’s a low number. On the JV, we’re still struggling to fill the positions. We’ve got a solid first team, but need depth. We will have signups later this month for freshmen, and we’re hoping to encourage kids to come out.
“The kids understand how the program has been the last couple of years. If a team is doing well, people jump on the bandwagon. If it’s not doing well, they tend to shy away. For us there’s only one way to go and it’s going to be up.
“As much as we get excited about working with these kids, it’s still going to take time to learn our system. It doesn’t happen overnight. Once they start picking up on what we’ve been teaching and preaching, the sky will be the limit.
“It’s good to be in the position we’re in, behind the scenes. Nobody is looking at our program. I was with coach Skippa Diaz as his offensive coordinator his first eight years at Farrington, where many of the kids are a lot like the kids at McKinley. Housing. Tough. Ain’t going to back down. Take on challenges. A lot of our kids end up going to Saint Louis. That’s a popular area for private schools to recruit in. If we make things happen, our kids will have a choice, go to a private school and spend money to attend, or get a scholarship, and if it doesn’t work out, you can always come home.”
2017 McKinley football schedule
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Saturday, July 29
>> Aiea at McKinley
Saturday, Aug. 5
>> Pac-Five vs. McKinley, at Skippa Diaz Stadium
Friday, Aug. 11
>> McKinley at Roosevelt
Saturday, Aug. 19
>> Kalaheo vs. McKinley, at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
Saturday, Aug. 26
>> Kalani vs. McKinley, at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
Friday, Sept. 8
>> Kaimuki vs. McKinley, at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
Friday, Sept. 15
>> McKinley at Waialua
Friday, Sept. 29
>> McKinley at Pearl City
Friday, Oct. 6
>> Waipahu vs. McKinley, at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
2017 McKinley varsity football staff
>> Head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks: Pat Silva (first season)
>> Associate head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers: Jody Tyrell
>> Associate head coach and linebackers: Bryan Miyamoto
>> Running backs: Scott Mosher
>> Wide recievers: Sean Kaolelopono
>> Offensive line: Malcolm Mills
>> Defensive backs: Saffery Silva
>> Defensive line: David Dods
>> Strength and Conditioning: Viliami Mafi
>> Academic advisors: Aulii Mafi, Bernie James, Ron Pate
>> Statistician and support staff: Sasha Silva-Tang