Buchanan is McKinley’s starting QB moving forward

McKinley quarterback Alexandria Buchanan scanned the field in a 2017 game against Kalani. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

McKinley sophomore Alexandria Buchanan made history last month as the first female quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in a varsity game in Hawaii.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser columnist Dave Reardon profiled her in a story that ran in today’s newspaper which you can read here.

Tigers coach Pat Silva said that Buchanan is McKinley’s starting quarterback “moving forward.”

“As far as I’m concerned and our staff is concerned, she’s our starting quarterback,” Silva said Wednesday, as McKinley prepares to play Kaimuki on Friday. “We decided she’s our best option moving forward. She has the highest percentage of completions in practice (and) throws a really good ball with good touch.”

The Tigers play Kaimuki on Friday at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium at 7:30 p.m.


  1. OUR_SENIORS_DESERVE_MORE September 7, 2017 8:59 am

    If we were talking about an “Alexander” Buchanan this would be a non-story because “Alexander” would be 0-2 as a starter, 12-for-30 for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns with 4 interceptions. Every senior on this team has never won a game at McKinley in both JV/Varsity. They could have changed schools as a sophomore or junior, sit the year and play for someone else, but they didn’t. They have pride in their school and in each other. But there’s no talk about them. They play the whole game, offense, defense, special teams. They don’t come out, they don’t complain and they leave everything out there on the field. All the focus is on our QB. The “TEAM” has been forgotten about. The boys play solely for their QB. They need to protect her at all costs. That the O-Line coach would say that he would take penalties to achieve this. Would he say that if we were talking about “Alexander”? My heart breaks for these seniors because there are better options at quarterback that give us a better chance to win. 4 games left. 3 of which are against very tough teams in Kaimuki, Pearl City and Waipahu. The McKinley Tigers has lost their way and the focus is not on winning as a “TEAM”. As a supporter of the McKinley Tigers, I’m not looking forward to when the Varsity “Buchanan Tigers” take on what is practically Waialua’s JV team. A varsity that is filled with freshman and sophomores. If we win that game and I hope we do because the seniors deserve to win it won’t be about the “TEAM”. It will be about two things. 1- First Female Quarterback in Hawaii to start for the Varsity Team and Win a game. 2- How that Female QB led the Tigers to break the losing streak. When that happens, I hope people think of these seniors and look at the stats to see who actually won that game for the Tigers. The players that no one talks about.

  2. Frank. September 7, 2017 7:25 pm

    Wow I see a couple of rough comments here concerning Alexandria Buchanan. I grew up in the 1980’s and 1990’s and remember a female friend on Maui who could throw a football accurately, run fast and take tackle football hits on the playground better than most guys, but never had a thought of trying out for football because she was a female, and females just didn’t try out for football back then. I think this is cool that she is doing what she is doing. If the Mckinley coach says she is the best OB on the team, well then let’s see what happens. Hope they win a game or two and she does good. I guess haters are just going to hate. Could you guys do better than her when you were high school age?

  3. Frank. September 7, 2017 7:30 pm

    In addition to what I just said, being a quarterback is not just athletic ability. You got to know a lot of plays and calls. You have to know a lot of technical things and be able to read defenses on the fly. Quarterback is not just run and throw, it is more complicated than that.

  4. anywaaaays!! September 7, 2017 7:51 pm

    I agree, seniors_deserve_more. girls should not be playing football. if they do, they should be treated like the boys. this kind of special favoritism by the liberal media reeks of snowflake identity politics. let me know when mckinley actually wins games. RRFL!

  5. BlameSomeoneElse September 7, 2017 8:38 pm

    McKinley is a city school just like Farrington, Moanalua, Radford, Kaimuki, Kalani, Roosevelt and Kaiser. With the exception of Kaiser, those city schools are still able to field teams, week in and week out. I highly doubt “perceived” recruiting from the ILH has anything to do with McKinley’s lack of success in it’s football program, maybe it’s the lack of interest in the sport coming from the students themselves, or just maybe football playing students “district exempting” to more successful schools.

  6. Grabum.by.da.puppy September 8, 2017 4:20 pm

    da fake anywaaayys

  7. Fiz September 8, 2017 5:17 pm

    To the person who calls himeself OUR_SENIORS_DESERVE_MORE, you claim that “there are better options at quarterback that give us a better chance to win”. What better options? Like who? Name some names? Show us video evidence!

  8. BallDontLie September 8, 2017 6:57 pm

    #40, #15, #5. But they aren’t playing QB tonight. Best of luck to #14 tonight against Kaimuki!!

  9. BallDontLie September 8, 2017 9:04 pm

    #14- Half-Time Stats – 4-for-5, 12 yards. 1 interception on the stats. It was actually consecutive interceptions. 2 interceptions. Before that interception, #14 threw a 88 yard Pick 6 that was called back on a Kaimuki penalty. You can tell the offensive play calling is limited with #14. Time to put #40 in, We can win this game!

  10. BallDontLie September 8, 2017 10:00 pm

    Crickets!! #40: 3-8-1-104, #14: 5-7-1-14

  11. anywaaaays!! September 9, 2017 12:04 am

    this is what happens when you want political correctness and “equality” over actually playing football. Crickets! RRFL!

  12. Sadbuttrue September 11, 2017 12:10 am

    It’s sad but true, the seniors doing the work,and they want to give all the credit to this girl QB! I’m all in to what this person is saying! Kaimuki dline didn’t even want to touch her, they all had clear shots to light her up instead they choose to wait for her to hand off the ball, when number 40 was the QB you see the Dline chase him down! put number #5 in? Stats is clear she has thrown more picks than both QB put together!

  13. Isaac Buchanan May 13, 2022 3:21 pm

    It’s an old story but I just got to see the comments to be honest it really breaks my heart. Number 14 that year number 15 for the remainder of her varsity years Alexandria Buchanan is my daughter. My daughter could throw the ball better than any of you bench huggers any day. My daughter had an arm that was accurate within 35 to 40 yards on the dime. My daughter loved to play football ever since she started playing for the Boys & Girls Club. Was I expecting that my daughter join the actual football team in high school and play JV no. Actually I thought that if she wanted to try out that she may quit after getting hit a few times but guess what to all you losers in the comment boxes she didn’t. My daughter was under pressure every single play that she was in for truth of the matter is no one is to blame but the coaches. There’s a few names in particular but I will not say them you go look them up and figure it out for yourself since you’re so concerned. Every time under Center as soon as the ball was snapped that was the deal Ayman or middle linebacker already in the backfield. Every time a throw is called it was a screen to the sidelines therefore like one of the comments said and 88 yd pick six. There was by the way a number of those and all due to the coaches calling conservatively even though they knew that she was accurate on post routes and Diggs which are 15 yd or more usually. They had to call the short routes because the pressure she was under every play due to the lack of ability to block her and the boys who played that position. My daughter despite the odds ran the team handed the ball off through the ball and did what she was supposed to do on that football field and I’m so proud of her and those boys despite the outcome of a lot of the games. My daughter got hit numerous times every game there was no special exceptions people were pinning their ears back and sending the dogs no matter if it was her or another quarterback who was the boy in the position. When I read comments like girls shouldn’t play I get it you’re an old-school idiot stuck in the old school way. When I hear people talking badly about the girl, who had more guts and heart to get on that field than most of you little commentary bullies ever had,it makes me laugh. They talked about her achievements because it was unusual and it was a Great Story and I thank them for telling it whether they were for against her playing. Guess what losers she was also on ESPN plays of the week so go suck on that in your little stew of pity and hatred. And lastly if anybody and I do mean anybody got something to say or you feel some type if way because of my daughter playing football call me Isaac Buchanan Sr. 808-228-1221. We can meet up and discuss your little nut issues.
    I Love You Alexandria Sharai Buchanan You Go Girl! Show these little groupies and haters what the ladies can do too!

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