HAWAII GROWN: Tagovailoa, Milton shine in victories

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was named to the AP preseason All-America second team. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Freshman Tua Tagovailoa threw for 103 yards and two touchdowns in Alabama’s 59-0 road victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Sophomore McKenzie Milton aired it out for 178 yards and a touchdown in UCF’s 38-10 home win over Maryland.

Two of the best quarterbacks who have come out of high school football in Hawaii had banner days.

Tagovailoa’s 27-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith — after coming in for starting QB Jalen Hurts in the third quarter — was a spectacular one in which he escaped loads of pressure.

Here’s video of the play.

In addition, Tagovailoa, the Saint Louis alumnus who is the reigning Honolulu Star-Advertiser offensive player of the year, went 8-for-10 passing and rushed once for a 22-yard gain.

Milton, the Mililani alumnus who went 18-for-30, carried the ball six times for 94 yards.

It was a bit of redemption for Milton, who lost 30-24 in double overtime a year ago to Maryland in his first start for the Knights.


  1. oldtimer808 September 23, 2017 9:49 pm

    UCF 38 Maryland 10 Milton 18 out of 30 passes for 186 yards and one td. Where did this reporter get his or her information from. Milton did not air it out for 360 yards nor did he pass for 4 tds.

  2. oldtimer808 September 23, 2017 9:51 pm

    Oh the writer was correct with the stats but it was the first game of the season against FIU.

  3. Tempmanoa September 24, 2017 12:14 am

    Bitter sweet to watch two of the best QB’s ever out of Hawaii. Tagovailoa with a big performance off the bench against Vanderbilt for the No. 1 team in the country. And Milton starting against a Big 10 team and not only throwing for 178 yards and a TD was also the leading rusher for UCF with 94 yards rushing and a 55 yard TD run. St. Louis has a great QB– maybe just a dream to think we might him.

  4. Tempmanoa September 24, 2017 12:25 am

    Forgot to add, that great St. Louis QB threw for 7 TD’s over a tough LA opponent in Narbonne an LA powerhouse won by St. Louis 56-50 as both defenses struggled.

  5. TooMeke October 3, 2017 12:10 pm

    Nice! Love watching Hawaii HS athletes having success at the next level!

  6. Whhy October 9, 2017 2:12 pm

    59-0, probably a nice game to pad stats. I wish he had the opportunity to start against a quality opponent so he can show what he can do. Milton on the other hand, has to battle it out not playing for the top team in the nation he probably keeps his head on a swivel.

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