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
AUSTIN EWING IS SITTING AT 91
Career pass attempts
1. Andrew Manley, Leilehua, 278
2. Larry Tuileta, Punahou, 204
3. Kenan Sadanaga, Leilehua, 175
AUSTIN EWING IS SITTING AT 162
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
AUSTIN EWING IS SITTING AT 1,136
Career passing touchdowns
1. Larry Tuileta, Punahou, 19
2. Bobby George, Saint Louis, 16
2. Reece Foy, Iolani, 16
AUSTIN EWING IS SITTING AT 13
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
CHEVAN CORDEIRO IS SITTING AT 35