1988 prep football all-star teams

Saint Louis wide receiver Micah Matsuzaki led the way in 1988 as the offensive player of the year by both newspapers.

Matsuzaki scored 11 touchdowns in 1988, including three on punt returns.

The Honolulu Advertiser named Saint Louis linebacker Kendall Purcell as its defensive player of the year.

The Star-Bulletin came up with an interesting note on its All-Oahu team. Three players — defensive backs Sean Spencer of Kamehameha and Robert Pagan of Saint Louis, along with Kailua running back Byron Apuakehau — all lived on the same street (Haleaupuni St.) in Waimanalo.

Apuakehau was part of a talented running back class that also featured Saint Louis’ Tupu Alualu and Leilehua’s Adrian Murrell. Murrell rushed for 323 yards in a game against Waialua and 275 yards against Aiea.

Saint Louis’ Mike Nua was the quarterback chosen by both newspapers.

For a listing of all prep football all-star teams over the years that have been posted, click here.

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  1. ??? March 29, 2018 2:40 pm

    Welcome back Football 🏈
    Mahalo Nui Loa…

  2. ??? March 30, 2018 4:21 am

    WOW, 1988 season not 1 Kahuku player made All-State and not 1 made OIA East
    Star-Bulletin All-Star either. CRAZY!!

  3. @76SOUTH March 31, 2018 7:23 am

    ???- sometimes it happens! Kahuku struggled in 88. Farrington and Kaimuki were loaded that year. Star-Bulletin was right with the selections. Mark Atuaia, Itula Mili were only sophomores for Kahuku. (Young team) 89 is when they had lots of All Stars.

  4. @76SOUTH March 31, 2018 7:46 am

    Sorry! Just saw Fetty Mau LB for Kahuku made OIA first team east all star!

  5. ??? March 31, 2018 8:40 am

    I know, that’s why I said star-Bulletin.

  6. @76SOUTH March 31, 2018 9:38 am

    Just wondering why it’s crazy that nobody from Kahuku made it on the Star Bulletin? Maybe kids from Kaimuki and Farrington were just better then the kids from Kahuku that year! Again I’m just referring to that 88 football year! Ever since that year, Kahuku has had lots of kids on the allstars for both papers! They might have more then St. Louis.

  7. ??? March 31, 2018 4:32 pm

    Same reason it would be crazy if no one from
    St Louis made it; they are football power houses
    with an abundance of Talent. Just MHO!

  8. Bob Hogue October 3, 2018 1:52 am

    My 1st year in Hawaii — great players, great memories!

  9. Steve Caballero April 16, 2020 11:57 pm

    Travis McKay wearing headband around his neck. Kalani quarterback Mark Manzo. Kaiser vs Kalani on live tv. Radford Rams Phil Cunningham. Good year

  10. Steve Caballero April 28, 2020 8:46 pm

    Travis McKay was a legend. ’88 was da year. Travis brought da bulldogs back 2 da spotlight. Not only was he da man that year at qb. The best athlete. Good pool playah too. @kaimuki cue (waialae) he used to run da tables. Also good basketball player too (across da street @kaimuki district). Da ladies loved him. Sweet Trav they called him.

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