Two years before the first Prep Bowl, underclassmen were making noise during the 1971 prep football season.
Punahou’s Mosi Tatupu, who would go on to set the state’s career rushing record, was named the ILH back of the year as a sophomore. ‘Iolani’s Tiloi Lolotai was named the league’s lineman of the year as a junior.
Punahou’s David Eldredge was named coach of the year after leading the Buffanblu to an ILH title. The Buffanblu landed 10 players on the Honolulu Advertiser’s all-league team and eight on the Star-Bulletin squad.
Saint Louis’ Vernon Yoro was the ILH’s top passer.
Kahuku’s Judah Heffernan was named the OIA East back of the year while lineman of the year honors went to Farrington tackle Wes Lavatai by the Honolulu Advertiser. The Star-Bulletin gave Kahuku quarterback Paul Nihipali its back of the year award and Red Raiders teammate Clifton Alapa was the lineman of the year.
Leilehua swept the top honors in the OIA West from the Advertiser with quarterback Alex Kaloi earning back of the year honors and Kendall Cozo the lineman of the year.
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