HAWAII GROWN: QB’s go 4-0 in college football

Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton ran for a 12-yard touchdown against Florida Atlantic earlier this season. Photo courtesy Associated Press.

There were 51 teams in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision that won games Saturday and, in a milestone spread across multiple time zones, four of them were guided by starting quarterbacks from Hawaii high schools.

Saint Louis School graduate Chevon Cordeiro, making his first appearance for the University of Hawaii in place of the injured Cole McDonald, joined already established signal callers: Mililani’s McKenzie Milton (Central Florida), Pearl City’s Jordan Ta‘amu (Mississippi) and the Crusaders’ Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) in delivering victories.

The four combined for 68 percent accuracy, 11 touchdowns, 1,134 yards and just two interceptions.

Cordeiro ended the day with a game-winning 38-yard touchdown pass to JoJo Ward in the final two minutes to beat Wyoming, 17-13.

Milton was 18-for-34 for 278 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-20 win over SMU.

Ta’amu finished 21-for-34 for 374 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 63 yards and two more scores in a 70-21 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

Tagovailoa went 10-for-13 for 334 yards and four touchdowns in a 65-31 win over Arkansas. Tagovailoa has yet to throw a pass in the fourth quarter this season.


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