Trey Hunter has been unleashed. Opponents beware.
The King Kekaulike junior broke the state single-game receiving yards record with 342 on Saturday in a 41-20 league home loss to Maui.
Hunter, who was Na Alii’s starting quarterback as a freshman and sophomore, scored on three receiving touchdowns from quarterback TJ Perkett in the loss. So far this season, he has seven TDs, six through the air and one on a kickoff return.
“This is a breakout year for Hunter,” King Kekaulike coach Tyson Valle said of the 6-foot, 175-pound offensive captain. “As a freshman and sophomore, he did well, but his contribution in the past three games has far exceeded that. He definitely puts in the time in the offseason and this was the best offseason he’s had. We’re not surprised with his performance.”
Valle said Na Alii planned to run the ball a lot more against the Sabers.
An early 96-yard TD pass got the ball rolling toward the record.
“That opened up the floodgates and we started cranking out passes,” Valle said.
The record came as a suprise.
“To be honest, we weren’t even counting,” Valle said. “We were just trying to get back into the game, into the end zone as much as we could. It didn’t really set in until maybe about Sunday when people started texting us. It’s a huge steppingstone for our school.”
King Kekaulike is trying to snap a 34-game losing streak. Its last win was on Sept. 5, 2014 — 23-13 over Kamehameha-Maui — according to Rob Collias of The Maui News.
Valle said Hunter has gotten some attention from Division II and III colleges and that he was timed with a handheld device at 4.45 in the 40 before the season.
“He’s strong as well,” the coach said. “He’s been repping six times at 225 on the power clean. He’s strong, fast, got good grades and he’s a kind and humble person.”
David Kaihenui of Kailua held the previous receiving mark of 319 yards, set in 2002 against Campbell. Kapolei’s Ty-Noah Williams had 313 receiving yards in a 2015 game against Castle.
In three games so far for Na Alii (0-3), Hunter has 19 catches for 480 receiving yards, and he has also rushed the ball 24 times for 73 yards.
Below are the top 10 single-game performances on Oahu.
|All-Time Oahu Single-Game Leaders|
|Jesse Carney||Kalaheo||379||9/11/2010||Kalani||W, 59-22|
|Kama Bailey||Damien||370||11/2/2007||Pac-Five||W, 54-40|
|Joe Igber||'Iolani||352||10/23/1998||Pac-Five||W, 45-35|
|Mark Atuaia||Kahuku||350||9/21/1990||Castle||W, 57-42|
|Alfred Failauga||Waipahu||342||9/9/2019||at Castle||W, 49-28|
|Kainalu Kaleo||Anuenue||336||8/18/2012||Nanakuli||L, 24-30|
|Mark Atuaia||Kahuku||336||9/7/1990||McKinley||W, 59-12|
|Adrian Murrell||Leilehua||332||8/28/1987||Waianae||W, 27-20|
|James McGary||Leilehua||329||9/23/2017||Kailua||W, 38-14|
|Adrian Murrell||Leilehua||323||9/30/1988||Waialua||W, 44-14|
|Kawika Keama-Jacobe||Moanalua||574||8/29/2014||Farrington||L, 27-47|
|Taulia Tagovailoa||Kapolei||534||10/9/2015||Castle||W, 41-0|
|Chevan Cordeiro||Saint Louis||528||11/10/2017||Mililani||W, 47-23|
|McKenzie Milton||Mililani||515||8/29/2015||Kapolei||W, 67-21|
|Kainoa Ferreira||Pac-Five||515||8/16/2014||King Kekaulike||W, 54-37|
|PJ Minaya||Pac-Five||511||9/5/2008||Word of Life||W, 48-28|
|Tai-John Mizutani||'Iolani||503||8/26/2017||Kaimuki||W, 57-34|
|Nick Kapule||Punahou||495||9/9/2016||Saint Louis||L, 44-64|
|Tua Tagovailoa||Saint Louis||493||9/23/2016||at 'Iolani||W, 42-24|
|Tai-John Mizutani||'Iolani||485||10/16/2015||Kamehameha||L, 24-39|
|David Kaihenui*||Kailua||319||8/30/2002||Campbell||W, 47-18|
|Ty-Noah Williams||Kapolei||313||10/9/2015||Castle||W, 41-0|
|Karson Cruz||Moanalua||310||8/29/2014||Farrington||L, 27-47|
|Mitchell Quinn||Saint Louis||307||11/10/2017||Mililani||W, 47-23|
|Desmond Hanohano||Saint Louis||307||11/21/2003||Mililani||W, 47-12|
|Albert Sabog||Kalani||300||11/1/1991||at Roosevelt||L, 20-42|
|Jason Sharsh||Moanalua||300||10/10/2014||at Kaiser||L, 48-54|
|Tsubasa Brennan||Pac-Five||292||8/16/2014||at King Kekaulike||W, 54-37|
|Derick Morgan||Kalaheo||288||9/9/2011||Kalani||L, 36-39|
|*King Kekaulike's Trey Hunter had 342 receiving yards in a 41-20 loss to Maui on Aug. 18, 2018.|