The Polynesian Bowl today announced 44 players who have made the watch list for the 2018 Polynesian high school player of the year award.
Twelve of the 44 selections are current seniors at Hawaii high schools.
“This award showcases the immense talent of our Polynesian student-athletes.” said Jesse Sapolu, Polynesian Football Hall of Fame chairman, co-founder and inductee in a press release. “Football for Polynesians is a way of life and an opportunity to advance their educational pursuits through a college scholarship.”
Five finalists will be announced on Dec. 6 and the winner will be announced during Polynesian Bowl week on Jan. 18, 2019.
The third annual high school football all-star game will be held on Jan. 19, 2019, and will be broadcast live to the mainland on CBS Sports Network.
The 12 players currently at Hawaii high schools to make the watch list are: Kahuku LB Miki Ah You (Washington), Kapolei OL Julius Buelow (undecided), Punahou OL Duke Clemens (UCLA), Kahuku LB Tausili Fiatoa (BYU), Punahou RB Sitiveni Kaufusi (undecided), Punahou DB Kaulana Makaula (Undecided), Kapolei LB Peni Naulu (undecided), Kaimuki DL Sama Paama (Washington), Saint Louis DL Gino Quinones (USC), Punahou LB Maninoa Tufono (undecided), Saint Louis DL Faatui Tuitele (undecided) and Kahuku OL Enokk Vimahi (undecided).
Former Kapolei DL Treven Ma’ae, now at Bishop Gorman, and former Hurricanes QB Taulia Tagovailoa, now at Thompson Academy in Alabama, are also on the watch list.
For a full list of players selected to the 2019 game, click here.