Introducing our prep football record book

'Iolani's Joe Igber is the all-time career rushing leader among Oahu schools. (George F. Lee / Star-Advertiser)
‘Iolani’s Joe Igber is the all-time career rushing leader among Oahu schools. (George F. Lee / Star-Advertiser)

In our effort to create the best possible statistical database for high school football in Hawaii, we are finally able to present our statistical leaders among Oahu high schools in rushing, passing and receiving since 1973.

The complete record book can be found here: and will be displayed on the main page as well as under the football tab.

These marks include every game played, whether it’s preseason, interleague, regular season or postseason. The statistics come from our lengthy process of collecting every box score from both the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin dating back to 1973, as well as some help on games missing from various schools. It is what allowed us to put together our engine pages for each team showing game-by-game statistical leaders.

Some interesting tidbits from the lists we put together:

>> Saint Louis’ Timmy Chang had a senior season that may never be duplicated. A total of 64 touchdown passes and 3,985 yards in only 418 attempts. He averaged one touchdown every 6 1/2 attempts and 9 1/2 yards PER THROW!

>> Pac-Five QB PJ Minaya fell just 220 yards short of Chang’s single-season record in 2009 despite playing four fewer games. His 511 yards against Word of Life is still the single-game record and he averaged 314 yards per game.

>> Punahou QB Larry Tuileta didn’t make many mistakes in his three-year career. Tuileta is second to Chang in career touchdowns with 77 but threw only 19 interceptions in 811 career attempts, which is four less than Chang. He never had a 3,000-yard season but finished with a 29-5 record as a starter.

>> ‘Iolani’s Joe Igber holds the record for both career rushing yards (4,428) and touchdowns (56). His yardage record was threatened in 2012 by Kahuku RB Aofaga Wily, who fell 223 yards short despite a ridiculous 662 carries in high school. That averages out to 220 per year.

>> Farrington coach Randall Okimoto might still be sore from his senior season in 1990. He led the Governors to an appearance in the Prep Bowl with an insane 14-game season in which he carried the ball 342 times and scored a record 33 rushing touchdowns for a total of 2,149 yards. Only the great Mark Atuaia of Kahuku finished with more in a season, totaling 2,377 yards that same year.

>> Punahou senior WR Kanawai Noa enters 2014 needing 1,094 receiving yards to break Gerald Welch‘s career record of 3,490. Noa had 1,092 yards as a junior after a sophomore season in which he had 63 catches for 1,305 yards and 16 TDs in only nine games.

>> There have been three instances a player has had at least 300 receiving yards in a game, but it hasn’t been done since Saint Louis’ Desmond Hanohano had nine catches for 307 yards and four touchdowns in the 2003 state tournament against Mililani.


  1. bleedred August 5, 2014 12:56 pm

    The game is always changing and conferences also change so records hold less weight now then they did in the 80’s-90’s. Wasn’t Timmy Chang playing pancake teams like pac-5/damien/iolani back when the ILH was just one conference? Larry Tuituileta of Punahou didnt have those pancake games. At the same time you have a lot of blow out games where the Star player only gets to play 2 quarters before sitting the rest of the game adding another wrinkle to why stats arent a true measure of how good a player really is or is not. I think people now days pay more attention to how well the player transitions into the college leagues.

  2. Paul Carvalho August 6, 2014 1:41 am

    Nice idea but you might consider removing the designations “All-Time” and “State” from this list. It would have been nice if you had gone back just a couple more years to the breakup of the old ILH, then you could have accurately called it “Modern ILH and OIA” records.

  3. Jerry Campany August 6, 2014 7:16 am

    I fell ya, Paul, but I consider them Oahu records for the Prep Bowl and State Championship eras. We are familiar enough with the years between the breakup of the ILH that you can call these modern league records if you want to. Nothing that happened in those years would change these lists.

  4. insert name here August 7, 2014 12:08 am

    Bleedred, I agree and disagree with you. During that time. Iolani wasn’t a “pancake” school. They were above average and could play with schools like waianae and Kailua on any given day. In the six games Timmy led the crusaders against Damien and Pac 5, I now for a fact he didn’t play more then 6 quarters because the coaches used These games to give guys deeper inthe depth chart a chance to play. They were not like Kahuku, who in their quest to gain national attention under Livai would run onside kicks in the 4th quarter while they were up by 35+. I do think that career stats can be misleading. As you have said, a lot of great players in both the oia and ilh would only play a half or less due to blow outs. I pay attention to these forums from time to time. Occasionally I see posts asking people to rank their top players at different positions. For example, the best running back I have seen was Pesefea Fiaseu. He ranks in the top 5 in yards, is top 2-3 in tds, and has the highest average, yet has somewhere between 150-200 less carries then everyone else on that list. He was one of those players who rarely played more then a half of a game, and nobody seems to mention him as being one of the best. He had speed and agility, and was able to run people over, and break tackles. And in the passing game he was a major threat in screens.

  5. Paul Bennett August 7, 2014 1:14 am

    @bleedred You must be a youngin if thought Pac5/Damien or Iolani were easy teams back in the Timmy Chang days. True, those teams don’t have great overall records against St.Louis but context would mind you that St.Louis often dominated state rankings year in and year out. Also, every ILH team has a high conversion rate of going on to play football in college from D1 – D3. Also, even predating the TC days, every ILH team (except pac5) has a positive record in interleague play. Your comment would be equivalent to dismissing every team and player that played during the Jordan/Bulls dominance.

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