During Saint Louis’ streak of 13 consecutive Prep Bowls, 1996 was a rare year.
Despite the Crusaders’ continued success, the Star-Bulletin looked to two other ILH schools for its offensive and defensive players of the year.
Punahou receiver Tafiti Uso, who had six 100-yard receiving games, including a career-high 192 yards in a three-point win over Kamehameha, earned the top offensive honors. ‘Iolani defensive lineman Ed Ta’amu was the defensive player of the year.
Saint Louis wasn’t completely shut out of the top honors as the Advertiser shared its defensive player of the year honors between Ta’amu and Saint Louis defensive back Wes Tufaga.
Nine Crusaders made the Advertiser first team — QB Jason Gesser, SB/P Gordon Schilling, R/KR Randyn Akiona, OL Dominic Raiola, DL Tony Tata, LB James Sunia, Tufaga, LB Fabian Fonoti and DB Geste Ornellas.
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