ALL-STATE FOOTBALL: Saint Louis’ Jayden de Laura and Nick Herbig stand out on top

Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura, left, Kaimuki head coach David Tautofi, and Saint Louis linebacker Nick Herbig earned the top awards on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State football team this year. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The 2019 Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State football team features Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura as offensive player of the year and linebacker Nick Herbig as defensive player of the year.

Kaimuki’s David Tautofi is the coach of the year.

To read the Star-Advertiser’s feature on the team plus cards of each individual player selected to the first team, click here.


For the complete All-State teams and honorable mention selections, Click here.

Capsules of the 2019 Star-Advertiser Football All-State first-team selections are below. Voting is done by coaches and media. All divisions are combined to create three All-State teams.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
OL Faaope Laloulu, Farrington
The journey has been unpredictable, full of highs and lows, but the stoic persona of Laloulu has been consistent. After starring at Division II St. Francis, the school closed its doors last year and Laloulu transferred to Farrington. His success in the Open Division netted big points from coaches and media, who voted Laloulu the top O-lineman. He follows in a line of tremendous college and pro blockers. Laloulu stopped playing basketball this season and is focused on his next chapter: Oregon.

“For a player his size, he is very light with his feet,” Governors coach Daniel Sanchez said. “He moves better than most offensive linemen half his size. Ope was asked to play inside this year to utilize his pulling skills. He got better at turning upfield to get second-level blocks for us. We will miss his leadership on and off the field. He always had a positive attitude this season. Ope played with tenacity on the field, yet a very humble young man off the field.”

OL Rod Dupont, Saint Louis
The lone senior on a very young offensive line, Dupont called the shots from his perch at center. The Crusaders produced the most explosive offense in the state, facing the toughest schedule. The onus was on Dupont to direct his sophomore linemen, particularly with Saint Louis using a five-wide, empty-backfield formation often.

OL Solatoa Moeai, Punahou
Moeai and teammate Alema Moeava were cornerstones of the Buffanblu O-line, which stepped up big time after returning senior QB Hugh Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 2. Protecting freshman QB John-Keawe Sagapolutele and opening lanes for RB Vincent Terrell, Punahou fielded one of the most explosive offenses in the state.
“Toa moves his feet well and has great knee bend,” Punahou coach and former NFL offensive lineman Kale Ane said. “He can do it all now, run block and pass pro. He is the total package. I will miss his fun outlook, his leadership and, most of all, his commitment to his teammates and our program.”

OL Marcus Lombard, Kahuku
Lombard’s intelligence and versatility — he played guard, then tackle and finally center — were major assets as injuries best the O-line. Lombard was under the wise, watchful eyes of position coach Reggie Torres. “He’s always been good with his sets and balance. He’s most improved on his run-blocking techniques this season. We will miss his tenacity, work ethic and, most importantly, his leadership. With Lombard in the trenches, Kahuku revamped its offense and averaged more than 250 rushing yards per game after falling in its first two contests, winning the OIA Open Division crown and reaching the state final.

OL Alema Moeava, Punahou
The protection up front was invaluable to the Buffanblu after starting QB Hugh Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury on a sideline run. Moeava, Solatoa Moeai and the rest of the trench men set up freshman QB John-Keawe Sagapolutele for a superb first season. They also paved the path for RB Vincent Terrell, who had a breakout year. Punahou was the only team to lead nationally-ranked Saint Louis at halftime, and the only two losses in 12 games came against the Crusaders.
“Alema is a load when he run blocks and gets his feet moving. He has really gotten better at pass protection,” Punahou coach and former NFL OL Kale Ane said. “He works hard and it shows.”

WR Titus Mokiao-Atimalala, Campbell
Mokiao-Atimalala repeats as a first-team selection. The junior had another off-the-charts season at wide receiver with 62 receptions for 1,136 yards and 18 TDs in 11 games. He also had six interceptions as a safety, returning two for TDs, and had two forced fumbles and a recovery. He now has eight scholarship offers: Cal, Hawaii, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Utah, Washington State and Wisconsin. “Hard work. He’s developed into a great WR, great leadership,” Sabers coach Darren Johnson said. “It’s hard to compare him to anyone I’ve coached because he’s just so good.”

REC Koali Nishigaya, Saint Louis
The scintillating slotback followed up a modest junior season with a breakout year to help the Crusaders four-peat as state champion. Nishigaya caught 68 passes for 936 yards and eight TDs with some of the most dramatic and game-changing plays of the season. He also stepped in at RB for seven TD rushes. His off-season training was epic, and the results showed against some of the best competition: 10 catches, 103 yards, TD vs. Bishop Gorman. He also had five hauls for 263 yards and two TDs vs. Mililani.

REC Roman Wilson, Saint Louis
The state hurdles champion was a blur to most defensive backs as he refined his skills and increased his efficiency as a route runner. The former Kihei Dolphins standout took a big chance by moving to Oahu, and he was rewarded mightily. Wilson’s 60 receptions for 1,017 yards and 11 TDs instilled fear in opposing defenses, stretching them vertically to open the underneath possibilities for teammates. Wilson is a commit to Michigan.

RB Zealand Matagi, Kahuku
The junior stepped his game up a notch after the Red Raiders re-committed to a run-heavy mix of elephant formations and other ground-and-pound sets. Matagi drew a comparison from an opposing coach to former standout RB Jason Ke‘o. Matagi rushed for 1,418 yards and 19 TDs on 240 carries in 13 games, using his one-cut move to consistently pick up first downs while punishing unleveraged tacklers.

RB Vincent Terrell, Punahou
All the hours in the weight room paid off for the speedy, shifty Terrell. With a rookie QB in the shotgun, the weight of the offense fell on the senior RB and his O-line, and they delivered. He rushed for 962 yards and 13 TDs on 165 carries, adding 15 receptions for 146 yards and three more scores. Terrell also spurred Punahou with a 90-yard kick return against Saint Louis as the Buffanblu became the only team to lead the eventual four-peat state champions at the half. Terrell has one offer: Army.

QB Jayden de Laura, Saint Louis
Offensive player of the year

He began as an athlete following instinct. He ends his career at Saint Louis as a master tactician playing chess against the toughest defenses on any schedule in the islands. Much like Chevan Cordeiro and Tua Tagovailoa before him, de Laura developed the patience it takes to be both playmaker and maestro of the state’s most productive offense. He passed for 3,452 yards and 29 TDs with just eight picks in 12 games. He completed more than 71 percent of his passes and has a passer rating of 187.4. He also led the Crusaders in rushing with 341 yards and eight TDs in 88 attempts. He committed to Washington State on Oct. 2 and signed with the Cougars on Wednesday.

Kahuku coach Sterling Carvalho:
“Jayden is in the conversation of top QBs in state history. He is smart with the ball, has a quick delivery and can be fun with the ball, and kills defenses with his legs… Honestly, his confidence. Jayden took his game to another level and dissected defenses. He took what they gave him. We had to game plan the entire field for Jayden. He could make all the throws.”

Campbell coach Darren Johnson:
“He is a special kind of quarterback that can prolong plays with his legs and arm. Washington State got them a dream kind of guy. He runs the (Saint Louis) offense to perfection.”

Punahou coach Kale Ane:
“Jayden is a multi-dimensional player. He can throw, run, lead and pressure does not affect him. He’s similar to the QBs he represents at the school. Some Marcus, Chevan, a little Tua, but he also reminds me of a c couple of older Saint Louis QBs — Darnell (Arceneaux) and Kaipo Spencer. All great athletes, dual threats, and the tougher the game, the better they performed. I love to coach against all of them or, in Kaipo’s case, play against him. If you don’t bring your A-game, they will hammer you. They force you to give up your game (plan).”

U Kilohana Haasenritter, Hilo
A skilled receiver and hard-nosed playmaker after the catch, Haasenritter quickly became a cog in the Vikings’ dynamic offense after transferring from KS-Hawaii, and his skill as a defensive back was another valued asset as Hilo captured its second Division I state title in three seasons. Haasenritter finished with 44 receptions for 661 yards and 12 TDs, and rushed for 249 yards and seven TDs. He is a commit to Hawaii.

Hilo coach Kaeo Drummondo:
“Kilohana is driven from within to be great. His work ethic is among the highest I’ve seen from a student-athlete. Kilo’s versatile skill sets a football player is a strength and paid huge dividends for us. He has the ability to start at wide receiver and corner and that went a long ways for us being able to execute our game plans, especially defensively. The most important strength that he possesses is that he’s a team-first guy. He led by example, encouraged his teammates and never complained about the different things that we asked of him. He bought into the we-over-me motto of our program.”


FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DT Stanley McKenzie, Saint Louis

Patience has been a virtue for the talented McKenzie. He learned it as a first baseman and designated hitter for the Crusaders baseball team. He learned it playing in the shadow of Faatui Tuitele, the standout player of the year who graduated last June. McKenzie’s role in the 3-4 defense is simple, but heavy. He bears the brunt of double-team blocks week after week, absorbing the punishment while his D-ends and linebackers fill gaps and make plays. A third-team selection last year, he is the cornerstone in the trenches for the state’s finest defensive unit, and a four-time state champion. McKenzie signed with Cal on Wednesday.

DT Zion Ah You, Kahuku
It’s not surprise that Ah You’s favorite player is Los Angeles Rams nose tackle Aaron Donald. Ah You, like Donald, doesn’t wow anyone with superficialities like height, but opposing quarterbacks and running backs are quite familiar with him. Ah You’s production as a playmaker extended to the other side of the ball. Kahuku utilized him as fullback, banking on a power running game that fueled a run to the OIA title. In the state semifinal against Campbell, he had 2.5 sacks and rushed for a TD.

DE Ezra Evaimalo, Kamehameha
The Warriors depended heavily on their defensive unit again, and Evaimalo was up to the task. His run-stopping skills were stellar, but his pass-rushing ability was terrifying for opposing QBs in the ILH and OIA’s Open Division. He finished the season with 12 sacks in 10 games, recovered four fumbles and scored a TD. Evaimalo signed with Hawaii on Wednesday.

Tevarua Tafiti, Punahou DE
The rangy sophomore finished his season with 60.5 tackles, 27 for loss, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three pass deflections and one touchdown — a 70-yard strip and sprint. Three of his sacks came in Punahou’s 45-0 road win over Long Beach Poly.

LB Nick Herbig, Saint Louis
Defensive player of the year

The move from Kauai to Honolulu was major, following older brother Nate (Stanford) to live with their grandparents. “It changed my mentality,” says Nick, now a repeat all-state selection and defensive player of the year. Herbig’s pressure, awareness and opportunism contributed to a four-peat state title for the Crusaders. He came up with six tackles, 5.5 for losses including 2.5 sacks, and returned a pick 96 yards for a TD in Saint Louis’ 45-6 win over Kahuku in the state final. Herbig signed with Wisconsin and will enroll in January after graduating early at Saint Louis.

Punahou coach Kale Ane:
“Nick is a great player, reminds me of the players he will be playing at Wisconsin. Tough, hard-nosed and competitive. He fits the M.O. of a Badger linebacker. They are getting a good one. What makes him great is his preparation and attention to detail. He is always in the right place at the right time, and it’s not luck.”

Campbell coach Darren Johnson:
“Nick reminds me a lot of (the late) Nick Maafala. He can take over a game at any given time. Real good, very active and hard to block.”

Kahuku coach Sterling Carvalho:
“I’m a (Chicago) Bears fan, so I would compare Nick to Brian Urlacher. He has the speed, strength and quickness to play the run, rush the passer and cover any running back or wide receiver. An ideal three-down linebacker.”

LB Jordan Botelho, Saint Louis
Thrust into the core of Saint Louis’ renewed success, Botelho has been a game-changer since day one. His balance, acceleration and speed off the edge are elite, as is his clutch play. Botelho had a team-high eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in the Open Division state final win over Kahuku. The Crusaders permitted just 57 rushing yards by Kahuku’s smashmouth attack (1.4 per carry) and 9 rushing yards total by Mililani in the state semifinals. Botelho signed with Notre Dame and will enroll in January after graduating early at Saint Louis.

LB Lanakila Pei, ‘Iolani
Coach Wendell Look says it takes a special person to play sports at ‘Iolani. Pei is one of them and more. Pei made the move from safety to linebacker two seasons ago out of need. The undersized Raiders needed help in the box, and Pei became a walking, talking mastermind from sideline to sideline. In the Division I state semifinal against Moanalua, Pei picked off two passes and had a team-high nine tackles as the Raiders avenged a regular-season loss. In the state final vs. Hilo, Pei was clutch. He returned a punt 94 yards for a TD on the final play of the first half. With Hilo driving for a potential game-winning score, he came up with a strip to stop the Vikings inside the 20. Pei finished the final with a team-high 10.5 tackles and a pass deflection.

CB Kaonohi Kaniho, Kahuku
The legacy left behind by older brother Kekaula was not easy to carry, but Kaonohi did so with flying colors. Returning from injury as a junior, Kaniho earned respect on the field as a lockdown cornerback and solid run-stopper all season long. Media and coaches voted Kaniho the No. 1 corner in the balloting. He finished the season as a key cog for one of the top defensive units in the state, amassing four interceptions and five pass deflections. Kaniho will follow his brother to Boise State.

CB Rashod Tanner, Moanalua
The fleet-footed senior may have been the fastest coverage defender in the state, and also a playmaker. Tanner picked up seven interceptions as Na Menehune went 10-2 and won the OIA Division I title. Tanner will play in the Blue-Gray All-American Game.
“Rashod has great closing speed. His route recognition is advanced. He’s highly skilled at press coverage as well,” DBs coach Ray Sayers said. “Rashod, pound for pound, is one of the hardest hitters I’ve ever coached.”

S Alaka‘i Gilman, Punahou
There are defensive players and there are chess masters who use the gridiron as a chess board. Gilman was one of the select few who could make jarring tackles, deflect and pick off passes and come up with big fumbles for one of the state’s best defenses. He was also a director and conductor for the Buffanblu, helping the defense make key adjustments on the fly. He finished with two interceptions, four deflections and a TD, but his value as an orchestrator was equally vital. Gilman signed with Stanford.

S Kamo‘i Latu, Saint Louis
Ranging the secondary as a free safety, Latu’s preparation and execution are elite level. The hours spent studying footage helps Latu, a calculating, aggressive defender, a cornerstone of the Saint Louis defense. He has three interceptions and two deflections with a TD for the four-peat stare champions.

U Aukai Grace, Moanalua
As a cornerback duo with teammate Rashod Tanner, Grace provided great coverage plus natural instincts en route to 10 interceptions and six deflections as Moanalua captured the OIA Division championship. That includes two deflections in a state-tourney loss to ‘Iolani.
“Aukai has an uncanny ability to mirror WRs. He is rarely out of position to make a play. Aukai was my left CB because he’s a sound, sure tackler,” DBs coach Ray Sayers said. “We could one day see him on Sundays!”

FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS
Keanu Keolanui, Hilo PK
After sitting out of football as a junior to focus on soccer, Keanu returned for senior season. He was a perfect 9-for-9 on field-goal attempts in nine games, including three in the state tourney. He drilled a 44-yard FG on the drenched terrain of Wong Stadium to help Hilo defeat Leilehua. Then Keanu made a 48 yarder in the final against ‘Iolani. That set up an epic comeback and climaxed with a 55-yard FG that bounced on the crossbar and over as time expired for a 20-17 title-game win.

Hilo coach Kaeo Drummondo:
“Keanu’s strength is his passion for the kicking game. His passion and self-motivation to continuously improve at his craft. He put in a lot of time and effort throughout the season to prepare himself for that big moment to end the season. Without all of his hard work, I’m not sure if he’s up to that moment. Keanu kicked for us as a sophomore and I was bummed when he decided to focus on soccer during his junior year. Fortunately, he decided to return for his senior year and had a stellar season.”

P Wailoa Manuel, ‘Iolani
The junior’s talent as a wide receiver is well utilized by the Raiders, who reached the title game of the Division I state tourney. He was dominant as a punter, averaging 43 yards per punt (13 punts) in the state semifinal and final. Three of his punts were downed inside the 20, and three more were of 50 or more yards. Manuel made nine field goals and also had team-highs of 57 receptions for 838 yards along with four TDs.


RET Shepherd Kekahuna, Roosevelt
Five times, Kekahuna returned kicks for touchdowns, giving the OIA Division II powerhouse Rough Riders another huge weapon. When adversity struck the Rough Riders, Kekahuna showed that he was up to the challenge. He moved from safety to linebacker after transferring to Roosevelt from St. Francis — which closed its doors last June. When injuries struck and production slipped, Kekahuna stepped in as a wide receiver and got more snaps as a running back — he scored five TDs out of the offensive backfield — for the Division II powerhouse Rough Riders.

David Tautofi, Kaimuki
Coach of the year

When David Tautofi took the head coaching job at Kaimuki, he had just departed from a small, private school in Las Vegas. He was familiar with low roster numbers, but nothing prepared him for the new challenge. Five years later, Kaimuki is a perennial Division II powerhouse. The Bulldogs won the OIA title this fall and reached the state tourney again, even as roster size got as low as the low 20s. Tautofi, who has a new baby son, considered a return to Las Vegas or an offer to coach at the FBS college level. He changed his mind, however, citing the calling he feels to stay at Kaimuki, where enrollment and district boundaries have shrunk over the years. 

COMMENTS

  1. Karen Kaainoa December 22, 2019 5:25 pm

    Again, separate Open from D1 All State. Lanakila Pei of iolani, over Hoohuli, Matautia, Fonoimoana Vaomu? Really?


  2. ILoveHawaii December 23, 2019 8:54 am

    Voting is done by coaches and media.

    Anyone familiar with this process??


  3. SEC December 23, 2019 11:40 am

    Coaches for each division? Can’t be because the best All-Purpose player didn’t even make Honorable Mention. SMH. I guess on field play doesn’t matter!


  4. ??? December 23, 2019 12:46 pm

    This voting process is a JOKE!
    Separate by divisions ASAP..


  5. ILoveHawaii December 23, 2019 12:55 pm

    Oh, I gotta ask.

    Who is the best All-Purpose Player??


  6. FBFan December 23, 2019 1:10 pm

    ILoveHawaii,

    C’mon it’s not close this year. Titus Mokiao-Atimalala. Kid really could’ve been first team both ways.

    COY very interesting. Kaimuki was a 10-3 Team that lost to Kapa’a in the Semis and there was two undefeated State Champion teams in Hilo and St. Louis.

    Once upon a time Star-Advertiser All State was the All State selections to look forward too. Unfortunately it’s losing some credibility.


  7. ILoveHawaii December 23, 2019 1:26 pm

    And Terrell should have been the Returner of the year.

    I do agree with you on the COY selection. All the coverage of that team did pluck on the heartstrings of the people, thats for sure.


  8. To da hale December 23, 2019 2:53 pm

    Sorry to say it this way, but there were other players way more deserving strictly based on performance that were left out.

    This is what happens when coaches get to pick and promote the players they want to showcase.

    The film doesn’t lie…..


  9. Loveonhate December 23, 2019 3:32 pm

    There’s always gonna be something negative that people have to say. That’s just a part of the success. Instead of you clowns dogging the selected picks you gotta degrade them because you “believe” get someone better. Those players give them credit but don’t say stupid crap to discredit them. The COY deserves to be recognized for what he’s done which was far more in all his years combined than just one season you guys think media coverage plucks heart strings with. Lol I laugh at clowns like Ilovehawaii and your idiotic comments. Coaches like the Kaimuki Coach is what it’s all about and if you knew what he has had to work with making winners out of nothing, it would be obvious, and not interesting. Obviously there’s a reason they were all selected. And it isn’t by mistaMe even tho I agree got some players left out.


  10. FBFan December 23, 2019 4:08 pm

    Loveonhate,

    This has Nothing to do with discrediting or disparaging anyone. Regarding the very first point that was brought up, what’s your argument for why the OIA Open DPOY shouldn’t have gotten the recognition that many feel he deserves, which was to be selected as a 1st Team LB. Is Pei deserving of the recognition he received, certainly. Was he as deserving as Ho’ohuli for the LB spot, that’s debatable.

    Many coaches are maximizing talent, working within the community and working hard to build better people out of their players. Making winners out of nothing? Really? I surely hope you’re not affiliated with that program while trying to build a case for the recognition that is a result of those “nothings.” You’re fooling yourself if you think the “winners” are not a result of BOTH coaching and TALENT. The 2nd Team QB Maiava you refer to as nothing???? Yike.


  11. Loveonhate December 23, 2019 4:27 pm

    FBFan,

    RRFL

    And no don’t take my words out of context my baddah lmao. From nothing, out of nothing simply means starting from the bottom where it started. I remember when kaimuki was equivalent to kalaheo prior to these seasons. They were nothing and have now something. Not in one season baddah but thru time. Anyhow, regarding Pei, he’s legit but I thought there were other talents worthy of first team


  12. ??? December 23, 2019 6:38 pm

    @ ILoveHawaii
    I said it during the regular season “Titus” was the best 2 way player this year.


  13. GOTTA CHANGE THE PROCESS December 24, 2019 7:23 am

    This is the problem, coaches nominate their own players to the writer, then it disappears. The coaches are never truly have a part of the voting process. At the end of the day, this is totally done by Honda or whoever he chooses to pick. As a coach, I feel that there should be 3 teams, Open, DI and DII. This way coached in their own division can actually pick players they have coached against and more kids get recognized in their level. It’s just not a good process. It definitely needs to be changed otherwise this will continue to happen and kids from DI and DII will never get recognized for their outstanding play vs Open kids. Gotta change the process.


  14. No Hate ILH December 24, 2019 3:09 pm

    Aunty Karen: Yea Pei played better than Hoohuli overall this year but Hoohuli will have his chance to be first team All State next year as a held back Senior. Pei is only 17 and will be 17 like many of his classmates when he graduates from Iolani too unlike many many many Mililani and Campbell sophomores.


  15. Get it right December 24, 2019 3:42 pm

    Very well put , Gotta Change the Process, and you’re exactly right. StarAdvertiser you were off on quite a few of them. Too bad, hurts some deserving players who are looking to get recruited


  16. BangkokJoe December 25, 2019 7:39 am

    Selection of the “best” in any sport is difficult, particularly when “politics” is involved. Stats are meaningless without factoring in level of competition. But recognition is always a welcome reward for hard work and dedication. Well done to all competitors, at all levels. It’s a corner stone to the rest of your life.


  17. HD December 25, 2019 8:15 am

    Without Kalan Ellis on the first team OL this is not legit🤷🏼‍♂️ Shut down every DE in the state and in the game against St Thomas Aquinas.

    DB’s is not legit as well. You got someone with 2 pick 6’s and a great amount of key tackles and hits on the honorable mention while having someone with one pick and minimal tackles and don’t even know what he doing half the time make 2nd team. This is not legit. 🤷🏼‍♂️


  18. ILoveHawaii December 26, 2019 9:34 am

    -Loveonhate

    You need to go back and read bro. No degrading or discrediting going on.
    Did I hit a sore spot? No negative on the Kekahuna kid, which I didnt name earlier, I just feel like Terrell was a better returner.

    About the COY. You need to read your stuff over before you submit it.
    “The COY deserves to be recognized for what he’s done which was far more in all his years combined than just one season ”
    Uh, hello00??? its for his accomplishments for the season, not all the seasons.
    Every coach works hard in making winners out of their players,no? How many of them had several articles on HPW about it? How many of them had articles about this being their last year coaching? About players wanting to win this season for their coach who is not coming back?? About the coach deciding that he is returning? No negative on Dave, hes a great guy and does a great job with his players. I simply feel that his receiving COY is debatable.

    Name calling. Cmon bro.


  19. Loveonhate December 26, 2019 12:24 pm

    Ilovehawaii

    Shiiii lol coach doesn’t need any of our opinions to defend himself he’s good as is. But you think he got it bc of articles?
    Debatable because the results they produce aren’t supposed to be happening.
    I was wrong in a few thing in the earlier comments. I agree with what you feel and where you see it. There are other selections made apart from star advertiser too like Scoringlive and so forth. For coy, coach Dave was unanimous in every poll. Not sure how much of a debate that is

    Regardless, I love my raiders
    RR4L


  20. Joe local December 26, 2019 12:41 pm

    There are 6 to 7 College D1 FBS/FCS players who only received Honorable Mention and players with no offers on 1st, 2nd and 3rd team. All State should be selected based on players who have offers to play D1 FBS/FCS as the initial qualifier. They got offers because they are the best and college coaches recognize their talent and accomplishments in the field with film to back it up. Players with no offers should not be on the All State team.


  21. FBFan December 27, 2019 11:22 am

    Loveonhate,

    Debatable for what other programs have also accomplished, not just this year but for the last several years. For instance:

    1. Coach Cal at STL. They wrapped up what might be one of the highest nationally ranked teams in state history and during his tenure. Finished season undefeated and capped off a 4-peat. Developed multiple D1 (FBS prospects). That’s very worthy of COY in my opinion.

    2. Coach Drummondo at Hilo High. Hilo played in last 3 D1 State Championship games, winning 2 of 3. Finished season 14-0 with highest state ranking in school history. Hilo also won ScoringLive D/ST’s competition 2 of the last 3 seasons as well. That’s very worthy of COY in my opinion.

    Not sure how you’d know that COY was unanimous in all polls but if it was that’s laughable, and AGAIN, it’s not a knock on the person who won. But look at what others have accomplished as well and objectively ask yourself if it’s not debatable. Unanimous, smh, C’mon cuz.


  22. ILoveHawaii December 27, 2019 11:25 am

    Loveonhate-

    Great convo bro.
    Any updates on whats going on in RRville?
    Been hearing rumblings that a former RR HC will be taking over the reins for next year.

    I like him and know that his style is about dominance and discipline. And if Toma stays on as the OC there will be a running game to go along with the HC’s smash mouth running game.


  23. ILoveHawaii December 27, 2019 11:25 am

    Sorry I meant if Toma stays, there will be a passing game to go along with the HC’s smash mouth running game.


  24. I WANT IN December 28, 2019 3:54 pm

    Congratulations to everyone! Most of the selected first team players earned it. However, films, stats, and offers prove Hoohuli should be on first team.

    @no hate ILH
    FYI, Hoohuli is a true junior. He wasn’t held back.


  25. jon l January 1, 2020 6:57 pm

    Well stated Joe local! College coaches are watching film and breaking down talent. If a kid has an offer especially D1, they should be All-State no question. It would give this award more credibility.


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