1980 is the year ‘Iolani made its Cinderella run to the Prep Bowl, where it tied Waianae 7-7.
Seariders quarterback Michael Beazley, who was the offensive player of the year in both newspapers, was 29-1 as the Waianae starter until the tie against the Raiders.
The newspapers differed on the defensive player of the year. The Advertiser was impressed with ‘Iolani nose guard Junior Tufono, who had a game-high 14 tackles in the Prep Bowl, and named him their defensive player of the year.
The Star-Bulletin released their All-State team the day before the Prep Bowl, so it didn’t have Tufono’s big game against Waianae to go by. They chose Waianae linebacker Moreli Toilolo as their defensive player of the year.
Defensive lineman Albert Tufono of ‘Iolani was the only sophomore selected by either paper to their first teams.
Both teams had one player from the Neighbor Islands — Kauai linebacker Craig Koga — on their All-State teams.
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