Cordeiro already among the greats

Saint Louis quarterback Chevan Cordeiro became the first quarterback in history to pass for 500 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game last week in a win over Mililani. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Saint Louis quarterback Chevan Cordeiro might have stepped out of Tua Tagovailoa‘s expansive shadow with his otherworldly performance against Mililani last week, but there is still work to do.

Cordeiro will suit up for his third straight state title game on Saturday, trying to pick up his second crown to double up on Tagovailoa. He was a backup to the phenom the last two years. This time he will be asked to carry the load.

The last time the Crusaders handed the job to a senior who had never started before was 2010 when Marcus Mariota took the reigns for Darnell Arceneaux and that yielded a state title. The last time Cal and Ron Lee did it was 2000, when Kelika Higa made the throws for the dynasty after backing up Timmy Chang for two years and suffered a loss to Kahuku in the state final.

Three state tournament games, two of them in garbage time relief of Tagovailoa, will hardly give Cordeiro any state tournament career records in counting stats, but break it down further and what Cordeiro has done in his HHSAA career stacks up with any Heisman Trophy winner’s.

Thanks to his thrashing of Mililani, Cordeiro holds an 82 percent completion percentage (29-for-35), better than any other quarterback in state tournament history who has at least 10 attempts.

Mariota only threw passes in two games and is second on the state list at 80 percent (34-for-42), but Mariota didn’t have to face the Big Red Machine that awaits Cordeiro.

Mililani’s Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi is third all-time with a 73 percent mark.

In addition to hitting his target more than any other quarterback, Cordeiro has yet to throw an interception in his state career, putting that record within reach.

Cordeiro is sixth all-time in taking care of the ball. Radford’s Mosiah Manuma chucked it 67 times without turning it over in the Division II tournament.

Campbell’s Isaac Hurd is first on the Division I list with 60 attempts without a pick. Other guys between Cordeiro and Manuma are Tyler Yates of Kealakehe (40), Sage Johnson of Honokaa (39) and Radford‘s Justin Lord (37).

Cordeiro was at 83-percent efficiency without a pick last week. This week figures to be a little more difficult. Kahuku has shut down quarterbacks for five of the best 10 passing defense performances.

While Cordeiro goes for the state title that relieved Tagovailoa to capture last year, Konawaena’s Austin Ewing is doing the same. Ewing has been a starter far longer than Cordeiro, and is among the elite in many career passing categories.

Career passing completions
1. Andrew Manley, Leilehua, 154
2. Larry Tuileta, Punahou, 126
3. Kenan Sadanaga, Leilehua, 102

Career pass attempts
1. Andrew Manley, Leilehua, 278
2. Larry Tuileta, Punahou, 204
3. Kenan Sadanaga, Leilehua, 175

Career interceptions
1. Kahoalii Karratti, Konawaena and Kaiser, 11
2. Andrew Manley, Leilehua, 10
3. Seven different players with eight

Career passing yards
1. Larry Tuileta, Punahou, 1,730
2. Andrew Manley, Leilehua, 1,520
3. Bobby George, Saint Louis, 1,448

Career passing touchdowns
1. Larry Tuileta, Punahou, 19
2. Bobby George, Saint Louis, 16
2. Reece Foy, Iolani, 16

Career completion percentage, minimum 10 attempts
1. Chevan Cordeiro, Saint Louis, 82 percent (29-35)
2. Marcus Mariota, Saint Louis, 80 percent (34-42)
3. Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi, Mililani, 73 percent (17-23)

Career TD percentage, minimum 10 attempts
1. Pono Kam, Kamehameha, 23 percent
2. Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi, Mililani, 17 percent
3. Ferron Fonoimoana, Kahuku, 17 percent

Most passing attempts without a pick
1. Mosiah Manuma, Radford, 67
2. Isaac Hurd, Campbell, 60
3. Tyler Yates, Kealakehe, 40


  1. Deacon Sweet Chuck November 14, 2017 7:47 pm

    Awesome! RednBlueThruNThru

  2. Good Story November 14, 2017 8:03 pm

    Good luck son, this will be your first time dealing with the best 12th man in the State…GO BIG RED!!!

  3. Better Story! November 15, 2017 6:29 am

    Last time I checked big red AND the 12th man got beat! Red & Blue through and through! Go Saints!

  4. TooMeke November 15, 2017 6:38 am


    Focusing strictly on Offense, who’s was better this year? St Louis? Or Mililani? Who’s was more balanced and more productive?

    I say Mililani. In their last two games, they just happened to play two teams with best defenses in Hawaii, combined with enough offense to beat them.

    So if Big Red’s D only has to worry about the Pass and containing the QB…?? And our defense is SIGNIFICANTLY better than Mililani’s…???

    Can’t wait for the ensuing comments…lol.

    Everybody looks good until they play Big Red’s D – Go ask Bingham, Bishop Gorman, St Louis, Mililani…and look at St Louis last year – (Tua the #1 QB in the NATION was a one-man show…and even then they only pulled away in the 4th quarter…and they had a decent running game last year). All of these teams offensive production took a nose dive when they played us.


    Is it game day yet?


  5. HBoy November 15, 2017 7:16 am

    Should be a dandy. Both teams are loaded with talent, pride and a legacy to uphold. One comes in following shipping their last opponent healthy and rested while the other comes hobbling after a second week of comeback magic.
    The two most storied programs in our states history will once again line up against each other. Everything on the line for now and a slot in the history books yet again.
    Play hard, play smart and with sportsmanship. Here comes the Red Sea.

  6. Recruit dis November 15, 2017 7:52 am

    Toomeke let’s not forget that your defense is not like last year. Why are you even talking about kahuku on this thread. Let this boy enjoy his moment and stop it already. Talk all the shit you like after the game. You’ll find out like everyone else did why they lost. Don’t give any excuses like he was hurt or they recruit. Stop talking about the past already.

  7. TooMeke November 15, 2017 9:30 am

    Recruit dis – Hi pot…say hello to kettle and talk about your endless comments on Kahuku threads…

    lol… duh.

    You’re right – our defense is not like last year – and neither is St Louis’ offense – another duh.

    Oh…and neither is St Louis’ defense – another duh.

    duh duh duh…DOH!


  8. Recruit dis November 15, 2017 10:07 am

    Toomeke our offense is better then last year and so is our defense so what you talking about. Just look at our record and our stats since that’s what you drool about. So if you add that up genius we’re better then last year. See the problem with kahuku fans is your not realist. Last year I thought kahuku was the better team but you lost it on the goal line fumble. This year if you can’t see that St. Louis is the better team your dumb! It doesn’t mean that they will win because that’s why you play the game.

  9. Dafun November 15, 2017 10:56 am

    There’s no reasoning with toomeke. He will be like every other Kahuku fan that will believe they’re the best every time. Even if they lose to any time and even if one year their season isn’t as good and they lose to another team they’ll still say “oh our team is the best we have the best d and run game.” there’s no accepting being lower than another team for you guys. That’s what bothers me.

  10. ??? November 15, 2017 11:24 am

    Let the game decide:
    STL win: Cordeiro will be just another starting Crusader QB with a title.
    Kahuku win: Just another strong Defensive Performance.

  11. ??? November 15, 2017 11:25 am


  12. Recruit dis November 15, 2017 11:29 am

    Yes I dunno why I even bother with him. Not to get off subject great season for Cordeiro. Wish we could’ve seen him play more then one season but look what he did with that one season. Sky is the limit for this kid and just imagine what he will be like in 2 years with good coaching. Go get um and bring that trophy back to the slopes of Kalaepohaku.

  13. TooMeke November 15, 2017 8:04 pm

    You two go get a room.


    Is it game day yet?


  14. anywaaaays!! November 15, 2017 9:09 pm

    FACT: Cal Lee ruined high school football by his no holds bar aggressive recruiting

    FACT: this recruiting strategy broke apart communities and families all in the name of feeding St Louis schools more students and money

    FACT: HHSAA and the media is in line with the ILH agenda because all of the ILH graduates are in positions of power in hawaii

    FACT: Saint Lulu will get demolished by Kahuku this weekend because no matter how hard they recruit, they’ll never get past big red.

    Recruit harder, Cal! you and your boy rod york can recruit from La’ie together. You can stay over at my house! RRFL!

  15. sorrynotsorry November 15, 2017 10:29 pm

    Kuhuku Red Trolls out here in force huh? just like last year leading up to the big game. but then they got reeeal quiet.
    if the reigning state champs play like they should then it’s gunna be another quiet ride back up north

  16. Professor Clump November 16, 2017 8:23 am

    An individual or even multiple opinions does not make it a FACT. Especially when trying to predict the outcome of an event that hasn’t occurred yet.. That’s called a GUESS .

  17. RR4LIFE living the lie November 16, 2017 11:07 am

    And not even an educated GUESS because anywaaaays is a dummy

  18. George November 16, 2017 11:10 am

    My prediction is Saints by 24. Kahuku offense and defense is going to tested and how they respond is going to be the key. A game like last week is not going to cut it. May the best team win on the field.

  19. westside November 16, 2017 3:20 pm

    Its going to be a blow out lol. Saint louis is going to smash Kahuku. Kahuku has no business being in the state championship game. They are overrated like usual running over the small schools. Mililani was supposed to smash them. Kahuku didnt beat mililani, mililani beat themselves. Talking bout Tua, one man show, cmon guys same with kahuku, only reason they are lingering around is because of maiava. Sad to say score will be 49-7 saints. Lava Flow half time going home. lol mark my words. Im a waianae grad and i hate saint louis. But sometimes you have to face reality. Saints will smash them red raiders.

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