The Polynesian Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 21 at Aloha Stadium, is expected to announce Monday two more players from Hawaii who have accepted invites to the game.
Mililani receiver Andrew Valladares and ‘Iolani kicker/punter Evan Minami will join the other 24 seniors from the islands already selected to play in the first-ever Polynesian Bowl high school all-star game.
Valladares caught fire in the second half of his senior season for the Division I state champion Trojans. He set the school’s single-game receiving record with 215 yards in a loss to Waianae in the OIA quarterfinals. Two games later, he caught four touchdown passes and rolled up 213 yards in a win over Baldwin in the first round of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Football Championship at War Memorial Stadium.
Valladares ended the season fifth on Oahu with 955 receiving yards on 48 receptions and 11 touchdowns.
Minami made field goals of 36 and 33 yards against the Trojans in the Division I state final. He was a perfect 34-for-34 on extra-point tries this season and made six field goals of at least 32 yards.
The Polynesian Bowl will be televised on ESPN3 to the mainland only. Former UH coaches June Jones and Dick Tomey will coach the two teams and one of the captains will be Saint Louis alum and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans.
Here’s every player from Hawaii who has accepted an invite to the game:
Kesi Ah-Hoy, DB, Kahuku
Feleti Afemui, LB, Maui
Andrew Aleki, LB, Kamehameha
Jeff Chan, K, Punahou
Challen Faamatau, RB, Farrington
Mango Finau, OL, Baldwin
Nick Kapule, QB, Punahou
Kishaun Ki, DL, Campbell
Onesimus Lutu-Clarke, OL, Waianae
Evan Minami, K/P, ‘Iolani
Michael Minihan, OL, Saint Louis
Sioeli Naupoto, LB, Kahuku
Stokes Nihipali-Botelho, DB, Kahuku
Ryan Ramones, WR, Moanalua
Jalen Saole, DB, Saint Louis
Jaymin Sarono, WR, Kapolei
Codie Sauvao, DB, Kahuku
Isaac Slade-Matautia, LB, Saint Louis
Miki Suguturaga, DL, Punahou
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Saint Louis
Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, DL, Kapolei
Ethan Takeyama, WR, Punahou
Mo Unutoa, OL, Kapaa
Andrew Valladares, WR, Mililani
Aliki Vimahi, DL, Kahuku
Charles Watson, DB, Leilehua
*’Iolani WR Justin Genovia has been promised an invite to the 2018 game.