2017 Top Stories: Taulia takes over in Alabama

Former Kapolei quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa is off to another fine start for Thompson High in Alabaster, Ala. Courtesy Neal Wagner and Keith McCoy / Shelby County Reporter,

In Tuesday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Paul Honda wrote about the top 10 prep stories of 2017. You can read it here.

Here’s a deeper look at one of the 10 stories.


9. Taulia takes over in Alabama

His departure from Kapolei broke a few hearts, but Taulia Tagovailoa hasn’t missed a beat since landing at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Ala.


He had two prolific seasons at Kapolei, where he passed for 6,703 yards and 64 touchdowns. His family then moved to Alabama, where they would watch his older brother, Tua, play for the Crimson Tide.

Taulia made a few splashes, as well, passing for 3,820 yards and 36 TDs with just eight interceptions as a junior at Thompson, which plays at the 7A level. He was 287-for-435 (66 percent) with a passer rating of 163.4.


Last month, the Montgomery Advertiser named Tagovailoa to the Class 7A all-state first team, selected by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

He was voted the Shelby County Reporter player of the year and has thrown for 10,526 yards and 99 touchdowns with his senior year of high school football to go. His yardage total is already more than 2,000 yards ahead of Tua, who holds the Hawaii career record of 8,158 yards.

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