HUB Football Classic nears

(Here’s the longer version of today’s notebook item on this Friday’s game.)

Clint Onigama wouldn’t mind having a prolific passing quarterback on his side of the field when the HUB Goodwill Senior Classic kicks off on Friday at Aloha Stadium.

He’ll have a good view of that kind of passer, but Kenan Sadanaga will play for the other team, the West All-Stars.

Onigama has three steady seniors at the position, but none had the career numbers of Sadanaga, who led the state in passing yardage and touchdowns.

“The West side’s got a lot of talent. Gee, Sadanaga, he makes such good decisions. I don’t want to call it an advantage, but it might be easier in one week to prepare one quarterback than three,” said Onigama, the head coach at Kaimuki.

West coach Fred Salanoa is licking his chops.

“Of course, of course. With three guys, you’ve got to give reps to all of them and get the timing down. Luckily, we have one guy who is truly healthy (at quarterback) and some other guys he already has chemistry with,” said Salanoa, who completed his ninth season as head coach at Radford.

Sadanaga has Leilehua Jeremiah Andrade and Allen Racette on his passing radar. Add to that Mililani’s Deshawn Duncan-Benson and Kaimi Wilson, and Punahou’s Malik Johnson. There’s also Kamehameha’s stellar tight end, Keoni Bush-Loo, as well as Punahou’s multi-dimensional running back, Steven Lakalaka.

As if that weren’t enough, Mules center/placekicker Tim Momiyama is also on the squad, ensuring a good center-quarterback exchange, Salanoa noted.

The only other quarterback on the West roster is Damien’s Alan Mochika, who suffered a head injury during the season and is not expected to suit up.

Paul Honda, Star-Advertiser


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