NERDPOD: Receivers v4.0

Hawaii Prep World’s Paul Honda breaks down some of the best pass catchers in the state.

The regular season has drawn its curtain across the islands, but I’ll be adding more pass catchers to this list until the playoffs and state tourney are done, and maybe past that, too. This week, five additions. Numbers are nice, but seeing how they reflect a player’s season is usually intriguing. Even players who don’t have statistics that scratch the ceiling have a story to tell, and the numbers do the narration to some extent. Here we go.


Castle's Jeremy McGoldrick came up short on a catch attempt against Kaiser earlier this season. McGoldrick started the season and as receiver and later became the quarterback for the Knights. Krystle Marcellus / Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Sept. 18, 2016
Castle’s Jeremy McGoldrick came up short on a catch attempt against Kaiser earlier this season. McGoldrick started the season and as receiver and later became the quarterback for the Knights. Krystle Marcellus / Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Sept. 18, 2016

Jeremy McGoldrick, Castle
Measurables: 5-8, 140, Sr.
Crunch this: 9 games — Rec 33-406, 5 TD; Rush 51-323, 4 TD; Pass 28-64-2-401, 2 TD
Yards per reception:
Receiving yards per game:

Game by game / Passcode (statistical values):
vs. Kalaheo 8/5: Rec 4-43; Rush 1-43. = ¥12.6
vs. Radford 8/12: Rec 7-101, TD (20); Rush 1-24, TD, 2-pt run. = ¥33.5
@ #6 Mililani 8/20: Rec 3-35; Rush 2-(-2). ¥6.3 + $5.0 = ¥$11.3
vs. #8 Kapolei 8/26: Rec 2-23, TD (6); Rush 3-(-1), TD (30). ¥16.2 + $5.0 = ¥$21.2
vs. #6 Farrington 9/10: Rec 6-46, TD (28); Rush 1-(-3); Pass 0-1-0-0. ¥16.05 + $5.0 = ¥$21.05
@ Leilehua 9/16: Rec 4-34, TD (8); Rush 1-(-1). = ¥13.3
vs. Nanakuli 9/23: Rec 3-59, TD (33); Rush 17-156, TD (63); Pass 13-22-0-237, 2 TD (25, 10) = ¥61.5
@ Kailua 10/1: Rec 0-0; Rush 18-85, TD (10); Pass 7-23-1-82. = ¥8.75
@ Moanalua 10/7: Rec 4-65; Rush 7-22; Pass 8-18-1-82. = ¥6.77
To date: ¥$189.97 / ¥$21.1

The skinny: I really don’t know how anybody plays basically every snap at defensive back and wide receiver (and maybe special teams) and still has anything left in the tank halfway through the season, let alone line up at QB and help turn the campaign around. (Daniel Nguyen comes close with his play at CB and WR.) McGoldrick isn’t just a great athlete who plays football. He’s a gut-check leader and a true Ironman. His numbers at WR last year, when he was a junior, were staggering — 43 receptions, 690 yards, 15 TDs in eight games. His value to the Knights this season, immeasurable.

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Aiea's Kame Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo went up against Kahuku defenders earlier this year. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Aiea’s Kame Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo went up against Kahuku defenders earlier this year. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kame Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo, Aiea
Measurables: 6-3, 190, Sr.
Crunch this: 5 games: Rec 19-318, 5 TD; Rush 3-(-11)
Yards per reception: 16.7
Receiving yards per game: 63.6
Game by game / Passcode (¥ statistical values):
@ Nanakuli 8/12: DNP
@ #1 Kahuku 8/19: Rec 1-11; Rush 1-(-10). ¥1.1 + $5.0 = ¥$6.1
vs. Campbell 8/26: Rec 3-38; Rush 0-0. ¥6.8 + $5.0 = ¥$11.8
@ Centennial (Ore.) 9/2: n/a
vs. #5 Waianae 9/9: Rec 4-38, TD (11); Rush 0-0. ¥13.8 + $5.0 = ¥$18.8
@ Kaiser 9/16: Rec 6-106, TD (23); Rush 1-(-10). = ¥23.6
vs. Radford 9/23: Rec 5-125, 2 TD (15, 58); Rush 1-9; INT RET TD (35); 2 XPTM. ¥41.9.
@ Moanalua 9/30: DNP?
@ Leilehua 10/8: DNP?
To date: ¥$102.2 / ¥$20.4 pg
The skinny: (Oct 19) A reader commented recently that Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo should be on this list, so I was more than happy to add him. He’s got the measurables, and from what I’m told, he definitely passes the eye test. I saw Aiea only once this season (at Nanakuli) and he didn’t suit up. But the reality is I’ll never get to see every game and every player, and this post is about numbers. There’s a severe limitation when it comes to numbers or even game video. Some recruiters like to see full-game footage, not just highlights, because body language between the whistle and the next snap matters to them.

In this case, Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo missed at least three games — we don’t have the statistics from the mainland game against Centennial — so all we have to gauge is from the five games he did play. One thing is clear: he had his moments. If you throw out his worst game and his best game, he still had decent numbers. Then again, Aiea operates a four-wide offense that is geared toward high production numbers for QBs and receivers. If he has a full season (nine games), the numbers look something like this: 34 receptions, 572 yards, 9 TDs. I don’t know if he was injured for all of the games he missed. I just know he has a lot of potential and had a solid season, statistically, in the games he did play.

Aiea Coach Wendell Say: “He’s a talented kid. He could play receiver in college, maybe a tight end. I think he could play linebacker. He played outside linebacker for us. He’s a good receiver, but he doesn’t have that big speed at the college level. He does have the speed to play outside linebacker. I think he’d be a great outside LB. He covers the field, got the height, good range. He’s got a lot of room to fill in. A lot of colleges now, they want LBs that can run, the linebacker/safety types. He would have to score high on his SAT. His first two years, his grades were real good. From junior year on, he had a girlfriend and his grades went down. That’s the problem with some kids nowadays, they put their girlfriends first. If he looks at smaller four-year schools, he could get in, but if you’re capable of playing at the highest level, you want to try.”

X factor: Prioritize. Plan. Prosper.

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2016 October 7 SPT - HSA Photo by Bruce Asato  - Pac-Five’s Grey Ihu catches a Pac-Five touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Pac-Five vs Saint Francis football game at Aloha Stadium,  Friday, October 7, 2016.
2016 October 7 SPT – HSA Photo by Bruce Asato – Pac-Five’s Grey Ihu catches a Pac-Five touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Pac-Five vs Saint Francis football game at Aloha Stadium, Friday, October 7, 2016.

Grey Ihu, Pac-Five
Measurables: 5-11, 165, Sr.
Crunch this: 5 games — Rec 25-385, 3 TD; Rush 29-65
Yards per reception: 15.4
Receiving yards per game: 77.0
Game by game / Passcode (¥ statistical values):
vs. McKinley (Aiea HS) 8/6: DNP
@ Kamehameha-Maui 8/12: n/a
vs. Damien (Aloha) 9/9: Rec 5-132, TD (49); Rush 0-0. ¥25.2
vs. St. Francis (Aloha) 9/16: Rec 3-6; Rush 4-8. ¥4.4
vs. Damien (Aloha) 9/30: Rec 3-37; Rush 14-52. ¥11.9
vs. St. Francis (Aloha) 10/7: Rec 7-117, TD (24); Rush 4-7. ¥26.4
vs. St. Francis (Aloha) 10/13: Rec 7-93; Rush 7-(-2). ¥16.1
To date: ¥$84.0 / ¥$16.8 pg

The skinny: It was a long, tough season for the Wolfpack, knowing they can compete statewide with any D-II team, but also understanding that they just don’t have the personnel to withstand smashmouth teams for long. They had to be perfect in so many areas just to compete in ILH D-II, and they managed to be highly competitive for most of the season despite the losses. Despite the lack of a ground game. Ihu really struck a chord with me during their last game against St. Francis. Despite the shutout loss, he was reliable and QB Ryan Johnson displayed the kind of trust in him that is reserved mostly for a WR1 or WR2. The numbers back this up, but I like Ihu’s resilience. Didn’t matter what the score was, he ran his routes hard and competed. One of the highlights of the Wolfpack’s season.

Pac-Five Coach Kip Botelho: “Grey was our most valuable player! He is the state track 100- and 200-meter champion, so we wanted him to touch the ball as much as possible, as a receiver or RB. He played hard no matter the score, but no one outworked him in practice! His strengths are his speed, hands and his will to win. He loves to compete. Because of his speed, work ethic and the way he competes, he can play at the next level.”

X factor: Track season will help Ihu stay in shape and prepare for college, wherever he goes.

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Ikaika Andaya, Kalani
Measurables: 5-7, 140, Sr.
Crunch this: 5 games — Rec 26-465, 6 TD; Rush 1-2
Yards per reception: 17.9
Receiving yards per game: 93.0
Game by game / Passcode (¥ statistical values):
vs. Pearl City 8/12: Rec 4-152, TD (55); Rush 1-2 ¥27.4
vs. Kaimuki 8/20: Rec 2-44; Rush 0-0 ¥6.4
@ Waialua 8/27: Rec 5-43; Rush 0-0 ¥9.3
vs. Roosevelt 9/10: Rec 1-14; Rush 0-0 ¥2.4
@ Kalaheo 9/30: DNP
@ Waipahu 10/8: Rec 6-74, TD (11); Rush 0-0 ¥19.4
vs. McKinley 10/14: Rec 5-110, 3 TD; Rush 0-0 ¥35.0
Home games at Kaiser. Kalaheo game at Kailua (Alex Kane Stadium). Waipahu game at Aiea.
To date: ¥$99.9 / ¥$16.65 pg

The skinny: This is an instance where a game-by-game view is a bit more useful than usual. The first game against Pearl City was gangbusters for Andaya. After that, relatively subdued until the final two games against Waipahu, which finished first in OIA Division II, and McKinley, which finished last. There are some interesting aspects to Kalani and Andaya to consider. They haven’t had a very accurate passer since Noah Brum graduated, but the offense still clicks and the Falcons scored their share of points this season. If your QB is a 50-, 55-percent passer, 16 to 17 value points per game is impressive.

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2016 October 14 SPT - HSA Photo by Jamm Aquino. Campbell linebacker Dane Esprecion (1) and defensive back Noah Empron (34) work to bring down Farrington wide receiver Mosi Alaivanu-Afe (11) during the first half of an OIA football game on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Campbell High School in Ewa Beach.
2016 October 14 SPT – HSA Photo by Jamm Aquino.
Campbell linebacker Dane Esprecion (1) and defensive back Noah Empron (34) work to bring down Farrington wide receiver Mosi Alaivanu-Afe (11) during the first half of an OIA football game on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Campbell High School in Ewa Beach.

Mosi Alaivanu-Afe, Farrington
Measurables: 5-9, 175, Sr.
Crunch this: 5 games — Rec 18-236, 3 TD; Rush 2-8
Yards per reception: 13.1
Receiving yards per game: 47.2

Game by game / Passcode (statistical values):
vs. Campbell 8/13: DNP
vs. Kailua 8/20: Rec 2-54, TD (46) . = ¥13.4
@ #6 Mililani 8/27: Rec 7-83, 2 TD (33, 22). ¥27.3 + $5.0 = ¥$32.3
vs. Leilehua 9/5: DNP
@ Castle 9/10: Rec 5-29. = ¥7.9
vs. Nanakuli 9/17: Rec 4-70. = ¥11.0
@ #5 Kapolei 9/24: DNP
vs. Kaiser 10/7: Rec 1-10. = ¥1.1
@ #8 Campbell 10/14: Rec 2-31. ¥5.1 + $5.0 = ¥$10.1
vs. #4 Kapolei 10/22:
Home games at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
To date: ¥$75.8 total / ¥$15.2 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) More than a few opposing coaches have had this playmaker on their radar. To date, Alaivanu-Afe has been more about potential than results overall. He missed the opener, but started the season well — a healthy number of targets and catches against Kailua and Mililani. Since then, it’s been a mix of missed games and modest production as Farrington leans on its workhorse, Challen Faamatau. Alaivanu-Afe missed the previous game against Kapolei, so Saturday’s playoff matchup will be interesting from that standpoint. With one more playmaker in the mix, the offensive options expand significantly for the Govs.

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Mililani's Andrew Valladares ran back a kickoff in a loss to Kailua. Jay Metzger / Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Mililani’s Andrew Valladares ran back a kickoff in a loss to Kailua. Jay Metzger / Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Andrew Valladares, Mililani
Measurables: 6-0, 180, So.
Crunch this: 7 games — 31-549, 6 TD; Rush 1-4, TD
Yards per reception: 17.7
Receiving yards per game: 78.4
Game by game / Passcode (statistical values):
vs. Saint Louis 8/6, cancelled
vs. Kaiser 8/13: Rec 2-53, TD (32). ¥13.3
vs. Castle 8/20: Rec 4-40; Rush 1-4, TD. ¥8.4
vs. #7 Farrington 8/27: Rec 2-8. ¥2.8 + $5.0 = ¥$7.8
vs. #8 Kapolei 9/5: Rec 5-35; Pass 0-1-0-0. ¥8.25 + $5.0 = ¥$13.25
@ Nanakuli 9/9: DNP
@ Kailua 9/23: Rec 6-107, TD (22); KR 89 TD. ¥32.7
@ Leilehua 9/30: Rec 5-91. ¥14.1
vs. #4 Waianae 10/15: Rec 7-215, 4 TD (9, 75, 19, 54). ¥55.5 + $5.0 = ¥$60.5
To date: ¥$150.05 / ¥$21.4

The skinny: (Oct 20) What a clutch performance Valladares put on against Waianae. The Seariders had a three-touchdown lead at the half, got conservative offensively (more than usual), and suddenly Valladares was unguardable. His seven-catch, 215-yard, four-touchdown night is up there with Ethan Takeyama of Punahou (vs. Saint Louis) and Moanalua’s Ryan Ramones’ 10-catch, 268-yard, five-TD effort against Damien.

(Oct 7) The numbers for Valladares are not potent, but his ability to make clutch catches on third downs plus his return production make him a very valuable part of the Trojans. If we had full special teams statistics that would be appreciated and posted. Valladares is a difference-maker in field position when he breaks off one or two punts for 20-40 yards, or returns a kickoff deep.

X factor: (Oct 7) Most defenses will game plan for him, so his value isn’t always about reception numbers.

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Chyson Morgan has taken some snaps at QB for the Nanakuli Golden Hawks, but his greater value is in his versatility.  2016 SEPTEMBER 17 SPT - HSA Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/crussell@staradvertiser.com
Chyson Morgan has taken some snaps at QB for the Nanakuli Golden Hawks, but his greater value is in his versatility.
2016 SEPTEMBER 17 SPT – HSA Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/crussell@staradvertiser.com

Chyson Morgan, Nanakuli
Measurables: 5-11, 160, Sr.
Crunch this: 6 games — Rec 21-463, 7 TD; Rush 32-143, TD
Yards per reception: 22.0
Receiving yards per game: 77.2
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
vs. Waipahu 8/5: DNP
vs. Aiea 8/12: DNP
vs. Leilehua 8/27: Rec 3-79, TD (30); Rush 6-78, TD (10). ¥30.7
vs. Kailua 9/2: Rec 5-142, TD (79); Rush 4-40. KR 79 TD. ¥38.2
vs. #7 Mililani 9/9: Rec 1-3; Rush 12-28; Pass 1-10-0-(-5). ¥1.35 + $5.0 = ¥$6.35
@ #6 Farrington* 9/17: Rec 4-98, 2 TD (54, 76); Rush 7-(-1); Pass 5-12-0-88, TD (30). ¥34.2 + $5.0 = ¥$39.2
@ Castle 9/23: Rec 4-86, TD (26); Rush 3-(-2). ¥18.4
@ #4 Kapolei 9/30: Rec 4-55, 2 TD (9, 24); Rush 4-8; Pass 1-2-0-21. ¥22.3 + $5.0 = ¥$27.3
* Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium (Roosevelt)
To date: ¥$160.15 / ¥$36.7 pg

The skinny: (Oct 7) WOW. I’m not sure at this date if Morgan was injured in those early games, but over a six-game span, he was close to brilliant. He racked up 27 value points or more in three of those games. Only Mililani limited him to a single-digit value game. I know it sounds way too geeky, but as a measuring stick, having a value equation helps in seeing what a player does at the skill position, and this guy has extensive skills from WR to QB to ball carrier. And he did it against a Division I schedule, so all doubt can be moderated or even terminated. Had he done this against a D-II menu, some folks would simply chalk it up to strength (or lack thereof) in competition. There are normally just one or two players in the OIA and ILH who actually do the trifecta: throw, run and catch a TD during the season. I have no idea right now what Morgan’s plans are for the future, but if it doesn’t involve football at some level, this would be a heck of a season to retire on. And it was only six games.

X factor: If he can play special teams, he should have a spot at a small or large college somewhere. A guy who can do five things well or at least moderately well is a coaching staff’s Swiss Army knife, and every team needs guys like that.

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Kawai Phifer, Leilehua
Measurables: 5-9, 170, Sr.
Crunch this: 10 games — Rec 40-604, 6 TD; Rush 7-19
Yards per reception: 15.1
Receiving yards per game: 60.4
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
vs. #2 Punahou 8/5: Rec 3-27; Rush 7-19. ¥7.6 + $5.0 = ¥$12.6
vs. #1 Kahuku 8/12: Rec 6-43. ¥10.3 + $5.0 = ¥$15.3
vs. #10 Kapolei 8/20: Rec 1-1. ¥1.1 + $5.0 = ¥$6.1
@ Nanakuli 8/27: Rec 4-79, TD (10). ¥17.9
vs. #7 Farrington 9/5: Rec 2-13. ¥3.3 + $5.0 = ¥$8.3
@ Kailua 9/10: Rec 6-157, 2 TD (41, 80). ¥35.7
vs. Castle 9/16: Rec 8-118, TD (11). ¥25.8
vs. #7 Mililani 9/30: Rec 5-67. ¥11.7 + $5.0 = ¥$16.7
vs. Aiea 10/8: Rec 4-74, 2 TD (43, 1). ¥23.4
@ #1 Kahuku 10/14: Rec 1-25. ¥3.5 + $5.0 = ¥$8.5
@ Mililani 10/21:
To date: ¥$170.3 / ¥$17.03 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) Phifer continues to be Mr. Consistent. Kahuku shuts every receiver down, so his one-catch game against them isn’t a surprise.

(Oct 7) The Mules’ passing game has had its ups and downs, for sure. But even in the times of struggle, there’s just so much potential, they can’t help but keep trusting this thingamagig known as the forward pass. Phifer has been consistent and, in some ways, solidly predictable. His best games have been against unranked teams; the deeper, more talented defenses have been able to contain him. You may have a great running game and/or a superb deep-route guy. But without a reliable pass catcher like Phifer who is more than willing to take contact in short and intermediate routes, you may not be able to move the chains consistently. Since taking those lumps in that brutal early schedule, the Mules have become fluid and explosive at times. They are averaging 37.7 points in their last three games, and those happen to be Phifer at his best.

X factor: (Oct 7) For the entire Leilehua offense, things operate much more smoothly when stellar defensive back Charles Moku Watson is posting double duty as a WR. They can’t ask or expect that for entire games, though.

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2016 September 30 SPT - HSA Photo by Bruce Asato  - Waipahu’s Isaac Yamashita lunges for the loose ball deflected into the end zone and caught it for a touchdown with seconds left in the second quarter of the Kaimuki vs Waipahu football game at Mililani's John Kauinana Stadium, Friday, September 30, 2016.
2016 September 30 SPT – HSA Photo by Bruce Asato – Waipahu’s Isaac Yamashita lunges for the loose ball deflected into the end zone and caught it for a touchdown with seconds left in the second quarter of the Kaimuki vs Waipahu football game at Mililani’s John Kauinana Stadium, Friday, September 30, 2016.

Isaac Yamashita, Waipahu
Measurables: 5-11, 190, Jr.
Crunch this: 7 games — Rec 24-523, 5 TD; Rush 1-15
Yards per reception: 25.0
Receiving yards per game: 79.2
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
@ Nanakuli 8/5: Rec 2-44. ¥6.4
vs. Kalaheo* 8/13: Rec 4-120, TD. ¥27.5
vs. Roosevelt (Aloha) 9/5: Rec 5-135, 2 TD (82, 27); Rush 1-15. ¥31.5
vs. Pearl City* 9/10: Rec 1-51. ¥6.1
vs. McKinley* 9/17: Rec 3-49. ¥7.9
@ Waialua 9/23: DNP
vs. Kaimuki (Mililani) 10/1: Rec 4-76, TD (39). ¥17.6
vs. Kalani* 10/8: Rec 5-48, TD (23). ¥15.8
vs. Pearl City 10/21:
* Aiea HS field
To date: ¥$112.8 / ¥$16.1 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) The Marauders are 6-0 when Yamashita has at least two receptions. That’s a simplistic statistic, for sure, but he remains the most consistent pass catcher for OIA Division II’s first-place team at the end of the 2016 regular season.

(Oct 7) The jury is out on Yamashita, who has all the measurables and big-play production expected of a team’s deep-threat target. The knock against any Division II receiver is the level of competition, of course. Yamashita’s best numbers piled up against the division’s sub-.500 teams. The Marauders haven’t gotten a lot of connection between QB Braden Amorozo and Yamashita against the division’s top teams, but when they do connect, the gains are large. None were larger than the 39-yard Hail Mary touchdown at the end of the first half against Kaimuki. With Kalani awaiting Saturday and the upcoming OIA D-II playoffs, and possibly the state tourney, there will be plenty of opportunities for Yamashita and Waipahu’s balanced offense.

X factor: (Oct 7) Can the Marauders capitalize when defenses invest in extra coverage on Yamashita? Can they get him more touches on shorter routes? Or will they trust that the rest of their receiving corps will come through?

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Daniel Nguyen, Kaimuki
Measurables: Sr.
Crunch this: 8 games — Rec 24-362, 7 TD; Rush 3-28, TD
Yards per reception: 15.1
Receiving yards per game: 45.3
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
vs. Waialua* 8/13: Rec 6-102, 3 TD (9, 14, 15). ¥35.2
vs. Kalani 8/20: Rec 1-50, TD. ¥12.0
vs. Roosevelt 8/27: Rec 2-25. ¥4.5
vs. Faith Lutheran** (Nev) 9/4: Rec 0-0. ¥0.0
@ Kalaheo*** 9/17 Rec 7-58, TD; Rush 1-20, TD ¥26.8
vs. McKinley* 9/23: Rec 4-75, TD (44). ¥17.5
vs. Waipahu# 10/1: Rec 4-52, TD (21); Rush 2-8. ¥15.2
@ Pearl City## 10/7: Rec 0-0; Rush 6-32, TD (10). ¥9.2
* Home games at Kaiser Stadium
** Aloha Stadium
*** Kailua HS field
# Mililani HS field
## Aiea HS field
To date: ¥$120.4 / ¥$15.1 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) Nguyen didn’t catch a pass in his latest game, but he played cornerback, ran for a TD and the Bulldogs knocked off Pearl City to end the regular season. I’m only able to guess that Kaimuki utilizes him primarily as a defender, one of the better CBs in the state, and the work on offense is more part-time, sometimes almost full-time. It’s a bonus any time he can get single coverage and haul in passes. The six carries against PC were a season-high by far. It’s all about utility and heavy usage of personnel for the Bulldogs, a unique and lifelong memory for the guys in kelly green and yellow.

(Oct 7) Not bad for a guy who plays full-time cornerback and is one of the better DBs at any level. The Bulldog offense has no shortage of receivers, but Nguyen complements deep threat Andries Toussaint the best, it seems. It is not common for a full-time defensive player to contribute this much offensively. At this rate, Nguyen’s receiving numbers could really grow if Kaimuki reaches the league championship game and the state tourney.

X factor: (Oct 7) How much gas is left in Nguyen’s tank? How many miles are left? He is a warrior on both sides of the ball, but he’s still human. Not a machine.

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Andries Toussaint, Kaimuki
Measurables: Sr.
Crunch this: 8 games — Rec 24-416, 4 TD; Rush 1-4
Yards per reception: 17.3
Receiving yards per game: 52.0
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
vs. Waialua* 8/13: Rec 7-107, 2-pt. ¥20.7
vs. Kalani 8/20: Rec 2-26. ¥4.6
vs. Roosevelt 8/27: Rec 2-22, TD (10). ¥10.2
vs. Faith Lutheran** (Nev) 9/4: Rec 3-74, TD (23). ¥16.4
@ Kalaheo*** 9/17 Rec 1-20, TD (20). ¥9.0
vs. McKinley* 9/23: Rec 2-7. ¥2.7
vs. Waipahu# 10/1: Rec 7-159, TD (67). ¥30.9
@ Pearl City## 10/7: Rec 0-0; Rush 1-4. ¥0.4
* Home games at Kaiser Stadium
** Aloha Stadium
*** Kailua HS field
# Mililani HS field
## Aiea HS field
To date: ¥$94.5 / ¥$13.5 pg

The skinny: (Oct 22) Like teammate Daniel Nguyen, Toussaint was scarcely involved offensively in terms of catching the ball against Pearl City in their most recent game. But whatever the Bulldogs drew up in their strategy that day worked well enough to beat the Chargers and move Kaimuki up a notch in the playoff seedings.

(Oct 7) Toussaint has been a big-play target, putting in some strong games against Waipahu and Waialua. Kaimuki’s ability to run the ball often dictates how open Toussaint will get, and there have been games when the game flow forced the Bulldogs to air it out (Faith Lutheran, Waipahu). The book is still open on this senior. Curious to see how Pearl City will defend him and Nguyen.

X factor: (Oct 7) He may not reel in a ton of receptions, but he is an impact guy. I doubt the Chargers will let him get many opportunities. They limited Waipahu’s Isaac Yamashita to one catch.

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Pac-Five's Travis Kaloa hauled in a touchdown pass in the first meeting against St. Francis this season. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.
Pac-Five’s Travis Kaloa hauled in a touchdown pass in the first meeting against St. Francis this season. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Travis Kaloa, Pac-Five
Measurables: 5-9, 135, Sr.
Crunch this: 6 games — 30-378, 8 TD
Yards per reception: 12.6
Receiving yards per game: 63.0
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
vs. McKinley* 8/6: Rec 4-76, 2 TD (15, 5). ¥23.6
@ Kamehameha-Maui 8/12: n/a
vs. Damien** 9/9: Rec 7-111, 2-pt. ¥21.1
vs. St. Francis** 9/16: Rec 5-48, 2 TD (21, 22). ¥21.8
vs. Damien** 9/30: Rec 10-119, 4 TD (6, 13, 11, 15). ¥46.9
vs. St. Francis** 10/7: Rec 1-7. ¥1.7
vs. St. Francis** 10/13: Rec 3-11. ¥4.1
* Aiea HS field
To date: ¥$119.2 / ¥$23.0 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) Quite a season for Kaloa, and with only so many games, it makes me long for the stats from their KS-Maui game. There is often a give-and-take offered by a defensive scheme, and it’s clear Damien was willing to give Kaloa opportunities in the two games, and he was magnificent against them. St. Francis, not so much. Seven games is not a satisfying slate for any receiver. I have to wonder what he would’ve done with 10 or 12.

(Oct 7) We still don’t have the game/individual stats of KS-Maui/Pac-Five. And even then, Pac-Five has played just five games. Kaloa is sneaky quick, sneaky good and I wish he had eight or nine games against a wider spectrum of teams so we could appreciate what he’s done a bit more. Still, there’s no denying he has been consistent, nor that he excels — and has the benefit of — a pass-heavy offense. QB Ryan Johnson will rarely tuck and run, which means the ball is coming out nearly every snap.

X factor: (Oct 7) If and when WR Kainoa Ferreira returns, he becomes an instant deep threat who can stretch coverage vertically. That means more space for Kaloa and his fellow pass catchers to work with. If Ferreira returns.

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Punahou's Ke‘ala Martinson hauled in a TD pass against Kamehameha. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Punahou’s Ke‘ala Martinson hauled in a TD pass against Kamehameha. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Ke‘ala Martinson, Punahou
Measurables: 6-2, 196, Sr.
Crunch this: 8 games — 31-535, 6 TD
Yards per reception: 17.3
Receiving yards per game: 66.9
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
@ Leilehua 8/5: Rec 3-31, TD (4). ¥12.1
vs. #6 Kamehameha* 9/1: Rec 4-86, TD (10). ¥18.6 + $5.0 = ¥$23.6
vs. #2 Saint Louis* 9/9: Rec 7-107. ¥17.7 + $5.0 = ¥$22.7
@ #10 ‘Iolani 9/17: Rec 3-16. ¥4.6 + $5.0 = ¥$9.6
vs. #8 Kamehameha* 9/23: Rec 5-110, 2 TD (25, 24). ¥29.0 + $5.0 = ¥$34.0
vs. #2 Saint Louis* 9/29: Rec 5-73, TD (12). ¥18.3 + $5.0 = ¥$23.3
vs. ‘Iolani 10/7: Rec 1-3. ¥1.3 + $5.0 = ¥$6.3
vs. #10 Kamehameha 10/14: Rec 3-109, TD (62). ¥20.9 + $5.0 = ¥$25.9
vs. #3 Saint Louis 10/21:
* Aloha Stadium
To date: ¥$125.3 total / ¥$20.9 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) It takes patience to be Ke‘ala Martinson. In Punahou’s pass-heavy offense, layers and angles and spacing and windows create a machine that few defenses can counter. Martinson is a cog in the machine, but he is one of many crucial parts working in harmony. It isn’t art entirely, though. It is mechanical, and when it is running smoothly, can feel like art. That’s why Martinson can have one catch for 3 yards one day, and three huge receptions for 109 yards and a TD the next.

(Oct 7) There has been a plethora of highly-productive, fan-friendly and entertaining groups of receivers over the years. This bunch at Punahou? They rank right up there with the best. All very reliable, with pretty good height, and all running precise routes. The balance, the give and take that the Buffanblu passing game engages in on game night is often something beautiful to behold. Martinson has built up the kind of trust with QB Nick Kapule that normally is reserved for the No. 1 receivers of most teams. In Punahou’s offense, every receiver is seemingly trusted, and Kapule’s ability to deliver makes it a special season. The tutelage of coaches like Fred Salanoa and Miah Ostrowski certainly doesn’t hurt.

X factor: (Oct 7) It’s all about coverages and reads, so every Punahou receiver’s numbers will vary. It takes discipline to keep doing the job, and as long as OC Teetai Ane continues to master the terrain, the receiving corps will keep having big fun.

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Punahou's Eamon Brady hauls in a pass against Kamehameha. Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser
Punahou’s Eamon Brady hauls in a pass against Kamehameha. Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser

Eamon Brady, Punahou
Measurables: 6-1, 178, Sr.
Crunch this: 8 games — 28-490, 7 TD
Yards per reception: 19.7
Receiving yards per game: 65.5
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
@ Leilehua 8/5: Rec 3-58, TD (13). ¥14.8
vs. #6 Kamehameha* 9/1: Rec 3-63, TD (30). ¥15.3 + $5.0 = ¥$20.3
vs. #2 Saint Louis* 9/9: Rec 2-39. ¥5.9 + $5.0 = ¥$10.9
@ #10 ‘Iolani 9/17: Rec 4-69, TD (18). ¥16.9 + $5.0 = ¥$21.9
vs. #8 Kamehameha* 9/23: Rec 4-101, 3 TD (14, 42, 30). ¥33.1 + $5.0 = ¥$38.1
vs. #2 Saint Louis* 9/29: Rec 4-63. ¥10.3 + $5.0 = ¥$15.3
vs. ‘Iolani 10/7: Rec 4-47. ¥8.7 + $5.0 = ¥$13.7
vs. #10 Kamehameha 10/14: Rec 4-50, TD (25). ¥15.0 + $5.0 = ¥$20.0
vs. #3 Saint Louis 10/21:
* Aloha Stadium
To date: ¥$121.3 total / ¥$20.2 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) Martinson is a big target, a stable presence in a prolific attack. Most times, it’s hurry-up mode, but Punahou is willing to slow down if necessary. Five games in a row of four receptions per, that’s a notable feat in this offense.

(Oct 7) His TD/reception ratio is probably one of the best in the state. Brady is another senior receiver who has been catching passes from his QBs for years. As long as the crew stays healthy, the numbers will continue to be efficient and the offense will keep churning out big point totals.

X factor: (Oct 7) Brady’s effectiveness makes it difficult for defenses to shift attention elsewhere. He and his pass-catching partners may benefit from Takeyama’s vertical work, but they continue to come through in loose and tight coverage. As seniors, they have great chemistry with Kapule and Barber.

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Punahou's Judd Cockett dove for a first down ahead of Saint Louis' Braeden Meyer during the Buffanblu's 33-20 victory Thursday night. If both teams finish the regular-season tied for first place at 5-1, it is believed a card draw would determine the regular-season champion and the top seed in the league playoffs. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Punahou’s Judd Cockett dove for a first down ahead of Saint Louis’ Braeden Meyer during the Buffanblu’s 33-20 victory Thursday night. If both teams finish the regular-season tied for first place at 5-1, it is believed a card draw would determine the regular-season champion and the top seed in the league playoffs. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Judd Cockett, Punahou
Measurables: 5-11, 163, Sr.
Crunch this: 7 games — Rec 39-604, 7 TD; Rush 2-pt run
Yards per reception: 15.5
Receiving yards per game: 86.3
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
@ Leilehua 8/5: Rec DNP
vs. #6 Kamehameha* 9/1: Rec 5-103, 3 TD (4, 8, 44). ¥34.3 + $5.0 = ¥$39.3
vs. #2 Saint Louis* 9/9: Rec 8-91. ¥17.1 + $5.0 = ¥$22.1
@ #10 ‘Iolani 9/17: Rec 5-106, TD (60). ¥22.6 + $5.0 = ¥$27.6
vs. #8 Kamehameha* 9/23: Rec 1-16. ¥2.6
vs. #2 Saint Louis* 9/29: Rec 7-32. ¥10.2 + $5.0 = ¥$15.2
vs. ‘Iolani 10/7: Rec 6-77. ¥13.7 + $5.0 = ¥$18.7
vs. #10 Kamehameha 10/14: Rec 7-179, 2 TD (58, 76), 2-pt run. ¥40.9 + $5.0 = ¥$45.9
vs. #3 Saint Louis 10/21:
* Aloha Stadium
To date: ¥$106.8 total / ¥$17.8 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) Cockett is a tough man to stop, not as tall or big as his peers in the receiving corps, but always finding ways to get open. His lowest and highest outputs of the season have been against the same team: Kamehameha. It’s almost impossible to guess which Buffanblu receiver will have a big night, nearly as impossible as it is to stop the offense as a whole. For Cockett, 7-179 with two TDs is a single-game performance that ranks among the Top 10 statewide this season, possibly top 5.

(Oct 7) Cockett is a huge factor for Punahou since Cole Arceneaux’s early-season injury. Good quickness after the catch.

Did you know: (Oct 20) Brady wears No. 80, which happens to be the high school number of one of Punahou’s greatest receivers ever, current assistant coach Miah Ostrowski.

X factor: (Oct 7) He may be overlooked at times by defensive backs, but he is sometimes the most dangerous in open space.


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Cole Arceneaux, Punahou
Measurables:
Crunch this:
Yards per reception:
Receiving yards per game:
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
@ Leilehua 8/5: Rec 3-118, 2 TD (21, 36). ¥27.8
vs. #6 Kamehameha* 9/1: INJ
vs. #2 Saint Louis* 9/9: Rec 7-107. ¥18.7 + $5.0 = ¥$23.7
@ #10 ‘Iolani 9/17:
vs. #8 Kamehameha* 9/23:
vs. #2 Saint Louis* 9/29:
vs. ‘Iolani 10/7:
* Aloha Stadium
To date: ¥$27.8 / ¥$27.8 pg

The skinny: (Oct 7) A knee injury cut Arceneaux’s promising junior season short. He was spectacular in the opener against Leilehua before the injury, but now he will miss the basketball season — he would have been one of the top guards in the state — as he rehabs back.

X factor: (Oct 7) No doubt, he will rehab to full strength. The senior class on this team is deep at receiver. Arceneaux will be the alpha dog, my guess, when next season arrives.

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2016 September 23 SPT - HSA Photo by Jamm Aquino. Saint Louis slotback Noah Alejado (7) is brought down by Iolani defensive back Taylor Spencer (4) during the first half of an ILH football game between the Iolani Raiders and the Saint Louis Crusaders on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Iolani School.
2016 September 23 SPT – HSA Photo by Jamm Aquino.
Saint Louis slotback Noah Alejado (7) is brought down by Iolani defensive back Taylor Spencer (4) during the first half of an ILH football game between the Iolani Raiders and the Saint Louis Crusaders on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Iolani School.

Noah Alejado, Saint Louis
Measurables: Sr.
Crunch this: 8 games — Rec 31-446, 3 TD; Rush 1-(-7)
Yards per reception: 14.4
Receiving yards per game: 55.8
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
@ Mililani 8/6 (cancelled)
@ Hilo 8/20: Rec 3-62, TD. = ¥15.2
vs. #9 ‘Iolani* 9/2: Rec 2-41. ¥6.2 + $5.0 = ¥$11.2
vs. #3 Punahou* 9/9: Rec 8-112, 2 TD (10, 20); Rush 1-(-7). ¥31.8 + $5.0 = ¥$36.8
vs. #6 Kamehameha* 9/17: Rec 2-18. ¥3.8 + $5.0 = ¥$8.8
@ ‘Iolani 9/23: Rec 11-147. ¥25.7 + $5.0 = ¥$30.7
vs. #3 Punahou* 9/29: Rec 4-38. ¥7.8 + $5.0 = ¥$12.8
vs. #10 Kamehameha* 10/7: Rec 1-28. ¥3.8 + $5.0 = ¥$8.8
vs. ‘Iolani* 10/14: Rec 0-0; PK 1-1 (PAT). ¥1.0 + $5.0 = ¥$6.0
vs. #2 Punahou 10/21:
* Aloha Stadium
To date: ¥$115.5 / ¥$19.3 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) It’s been a quiet two games Alejado, who actually recorded a PAT kick against ‘Iolani. Kicking was a full-time job for him in 2015. The nature of a four-wide offense, playing the same teams twice, and the chess match being played on the Star Trek 3-D hologram by coordinators goes beyond what one pass catcher can do. So Alejado will have games when the read goes elsewhere, and he’ll have games with nine or so receptions.

(Oct 7) There’s no easy key to slowing the Saint Louis offense, but it’s clear that keeping a wrap on Alejado is one of them. Punahou limited him to four grabs and turned the tables by beating the Crusaders in their rematch last week. Otherwise, he is capable of wounding defenses again and again.

X factor: (Oct 7) Without a true deep threat, Saint Louis has been methodical and efficient with the nation’s top QB, Tua Tagovailoa, at the wheel. Kamehameha smothered Alejado the last time the teams met. I’d be surprised if the Crusaders and OC Ron Lee made special adjustments to get Alejado the ball more often, but it could happen.

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Markus Ramos is a key part of an improving Campbell squad that knocked off Waianae. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Markus Ramos is a key part of an improving Campbell squad that knocked off Waianae. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

Markus Ramos, Campbell
Measurables: 6-3, 190, Sr.
Crunch this: 9 games — Rec 37-504, 6 TD
Yards per reception: 12.3
Receiving yards per game: 51.3
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
@ #6 Kapolei 8/5: Rec 6-41. ¥10,1 + $5.0 = ¥$15.1
vs. #8 Farrington (Ticky) 8/13: Rec 2-26. ¥4.6 + $5.0 = ¥$9.6
@ Kaiser 8/19: Rec 6-51, TD (10). = ¥17.6
@ Aiea 8/27: Rec 5-108. = ¥15.8
@ #1 Kahuku 9/2: Rec 3-41. ¥7.1 + $5.0 = ¥$12.1
vs. Moanalua 9/16: Rec 3-41. = ¥7.1
vs. #4 Waianae 9/23: Rec 3-73, TD (32). ¥16.3 + $5.0 = ¥$21.3
vs. Radford 9/30: Rec 3-71, 3 TD (1, 15, 37). = ¥28.1
vs. #6 Farrington 10/14: Rec 4-52. ¥9.2 + $5.0 = ¥$14.2
vs. Moanalua 10/21: Game forfeited by MOA
To date: ¥$140.9 total / ¥$15.66 pg

The skinny: (Oct 14) They’re different players in different systems, but there’s a lot similar between Ramos and Punahou’s Ke‘ala Martinson. The latter is on a string of five consecutive games with four receptions in each. Ramos had a streak of three-catch games until pulling in four passes last weekend against Farrington. He’s been reliable, if not heavily used, and durable. And football’s not even his best sport.

(Oct 7) The development of QB Kawika Ulufale ties directly to Ramos’ production. Ramos, by the way, is an ace pitcher for the state powerhouse Sabers baseball team.

(Sept 22) He passes the eye test. I remember seeing Campbell last season — their upset playoff win over Kaiser — and I think it was then when I saw Ramos. Tall, speedy, totally looks the part off a potentially great pass catcher. This season, he has modest numbers, including three-catch, 41-yard production in each of his last two games.

X factor: Next up are two athletic secondary units in Waianae and Radford. Waianae will bring a pass rush that is matched by only a handful or so OIA defenses. It’s quite interesting that QB Kawika Ulufale has aired the ball out so often — Campbell operates out of the four-wide — and a number of Sabers have made contributions. But Ulufale also has a high number of interceptions, whether it’s from lack of protection or miscommunication with his receivers, or forcing the ball or trusting them too much. It’s hard to say, but the ball keeps spiraling out of the pocket to Campbell pass catchers, so the opportunities are clearly there. As was the case in 2015, all they need to do is peak late and play great.

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Kapolei's Adam Berg made a hard open-field tackle of Farrington's Kingston Moses-Sanchez on Friday night. Moses-Sanchez received medical attention after the play and eventually limped to the sidline. Kapolei clinched the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red regular-season title with a 28-7 victory. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Kapolei’s Adam Berg made a hard open-field tackle of Farrington’s Kingston Moses-Sanchez on Friday night. Moses-Sanchez received medical attention after the play and eventually limped to the sidline. Kapolei clinched the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red regular-season title with a 28-7 victory. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kingston Moses-Sanchez, Farrington
Measurables: 6-0, 185, Sr.
Crunch this: 8 games — Rec 36-507, 5 TD; Rush 1-0
Yards per reception: 14.1
Receiving yards per game: 63.4
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
vs. Campbell 8/13: Rec 8-146, 2 TD (60, 14). = ¥34.6
vs. Kailua 8/20: Rec 1-15. = ¥2.5
@ #6 Mililani 8/27: Rec 9-87. ¥17.7 + $5.0 = ¥$22.7
vs. Leilehua 9/5: Rec 1-1; Rush 1-0. = ¥1.1
@ Castle 9/10: Rec 3-15. = ¥4.5
vs. Nanakuli 9/17: Rec 4-160, 2 TD (86, 5). = ¥32.0
@ #5 Kapolei 9/24: Rec 2-12. ¥3.2 + $5.0 = ¥$8.2
vs. Kaiser 10/7: DNP
@ #8 Campbell 10/14: Rec 4-11. ¥5.1 + $5.0 = ¥$10.1
vs. #4 Kapolei 10/22:
* home games at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
To date: ¥$115.9 total / ¥$14.5 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) Kapolei limited Moses-Sanchez to two receptions when they met in the regular season. They would really have no reason to change anything defensively unless Farrington makes it a priority to distribute the ball from sideline to sideline. If the Govs take an early lead, it’ll be a run-first attack. If they fall behind early, it’ll be a run-first attack. But if there ever was a time for a few surprises and wrinkles, this would be it in the playoffs.

(Oct 7) Credit to Kapolei’s defense, which bent without breaking often against Farrington’s 1-2 combo of Challen Faamatau and Moses-Sanchez. Coach Darren Hernandez is a defensive guru, and he had been cautious about the Govs, who had showed great potential earlier in the season with Moses-Sanchez on one side and Mosi Alaivanu-Afe on the other. Alaivanu-Afe did not play in the Kapolei game, and whether that was a major plus for Kapolei’s game plan or not, it’s hard to say. Moses-Sanchez passes the eye test, no question, with long strides, deceptively good speed and normally reliable hands. He is the quintessential vertical receiver, but he’s tough enough to handle crossing routes and other assorted short stuff with the agility and acceleration needed to break off a big gain. Kaiser will be an interesting challenge tonight. They’ve got athletes who can stay with Moses-Sanchez, but if he can handle the one-on-one coverage, how much can Kaiser afford to invest two cover defenders?

(Sept 22) He may be the best deep threat in the program’s history, highly reliable and equally solid on intermediate routes and screens. Defenses have gambled against him, opting for single coverage, and gotten burned. Whether it’s Justin Uahinui or Bishop Rapoza at QB, Moses-Sanchez has made plays happen for the Govs offense.

X factor: (Sept 22) With Challen Faamatau drawing defenders into the box and first-year starter Mosi Alaivanu-Afe coming along as a key playmaker, Moses-Sanchez’s finest games may be ahead of him.

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Waianae's Isaiah Freeney is one of many talented offensive skill players returning for the Seariders.
Waianae’s Isaiah Freeney is one of many talented offensive skill players returning for the Seariders.

Isaiah Freeney, Waianae
Measurables: 5-11, 180, Sr.
Crunch this: 10 games — Rec 25-440, 4 TD
Yards per reception: 17.6
Receiving yards per game: 44.0
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
@ #4 Kamehameha 8/5: Rec 6-85, TD (54). ¥20.5 + $5.0 = ¥$25.5
@ #5 Kapolei 8/13: Rec 1-10. ¥1.1 + $5.0 = ¥$6.1
vs. Moanalua 8/19: Rec 3-35. = ¥6.5
@ #1 Kahuku 8/26: Rec 1-9. ¥1.9 + $5.0 = ¥$6.9
vs. Kaiser 9/2: Rec 2-90, TD (76). = ¥17.0
@ Aiea 9/9: Rec 4-86. = ¥12.6
vs. Radford 9/16: Rec 2-35, 2 TD (22, 13). = ¥17.5
@ Campbell 9/23: Rec 1-10. = ¥1.1
vs. Kailua 10/7: Rec 1-6. = ¥1.6
@ #7 Mililani 10/15: Rec 4-74. ¥11.4 + $5.0 = ¥$16.4
vs. #1 Kahuku* 10/22: Rec
* Aloha Stadium
To date: ¥$111.2 total / ¥$11.2 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) Steady and prepared, that’s Freeney. If the Seariders tweak a few things and find ways to move the ball against Kahuku on Saturday, Freeney is likely to be a major part of it. Kahuku has shown a willingness to let opposing offenses pick up yardage between the 20s over the years, but they usually win the battle in the red zone. It’s rare for any QB to get enough time to make a clean delivery into the end zone, but Waianae’s ground game could help Freeney get some one-on-one opportunities. Facing some of the best DBs in the state, that’s another challenge.

(Oct 7) I admit, keeping track of Freeney’s week-to-week stats is a bit like watching a seedling struggling to grow while rocks and even boulders sit atop its soil. But I also get this: any college program with a heavy emphasis on the run game would probably be interested in a fairly tall receiver who is used to getting only a handful of looks each game, someone who is a fairly good blocker, and buys into the whole system. Oh, and yes, he can be a possession receiver and go deep, too. What’s not to like?

(Sept 22) In a more pass-friendly offense, Freeney’s numbers would double and possibly triple. Freeney has simply overwhelmed some defensive backs this season, but the Seariders use him as much as a threat and decoy as they do a clutch playmaker. Any young pass catcher coming into Waianae High School knows that the base of Searider success lies in defense and ground-and-pound football. Freeney is in an offense that scores huge points while airing it out at a moderate rate: 15 pass attempts per game.

X factor: (Sept 22) His most productive game was in in Week 1, when he had six catches for 85 yards and a TD against Kamehameha. Since then, the numbers have been modest as Waianae’s ground game exploded. The Seariders have held large leads in every game but one since the Kamehameha game, a game flow that significantly affects receiver stats. Freeney is happy either way.

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2016 September 23 SPT - HSA Photo by Jamm Aquino. Punahou safety Kaulana Makaula (18) breaks up a pass intended for Kamehameha-Kapalama wide receiver Jaykob Cabunoc (1) in the end zone during the first half of an ILH football game between the Punahou Buffanblu and the Kamehameha-Kapalama Warriors on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.
2016 September 23 SPT – HSA Photo by Jamm Aquino.
Punahou safety Kaulana Makaula (18) breaks up a pass intended for Kamehameha-Kapalama wide receiver Jaykob Cabunoc (1) in the end zone during the first half of an ILH football game between the Punahou Buffanblu and the Kamehameha-Kapalama Warriors on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

Jaykob Cabunoc, Kamehameha
Measurables: 5-7, 160, Sr.
Crunch this: 7 games — Rec 30-496, 4 TD; Rush 9-72
Yards per reception: 16.5
Receiving yards per game: 70.9
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
vs. #4 Waianae 8/5: DNP-injury
@ Baldwin (War Memorial) 8/13: DNP-injury
vs. #2 Punahou (Aloha) 9/1: Rec 3-6; Rush 2-21. ¥5.7 + $5.0 = ¥$10.7
vs. #10 ‘Iolani 9/10: Rec 7-153, 2 TD (14, 38); Rush 0-0. ¥34.3 + $5.0 = ¥$39.3
vs. #2 Saint Louis (Aloha) 9/17: Rec 6-115; Rush 0-0. ¥17.5 + $5.0 = ¥$22.5
vs. #3 Punahou (Aloha) 9/23: Rec 3-33, TD (4). Rush 0-0 ¥12.3 + $5.0 = ¥$17.3
vs. ‘Iolani (Aloha) 9/30: Rec 7-111, TD (20); Rush 2-8. ¥26.5 + $5.0 = ¥$31.5
vs. Saint Louis (Aloha) 10/7: Rec 3-69. ¥9.9 + $5.0 = ¥$14.9
vs. #2 Punahou (Aloha) 10/14: Rec 1-9; Rush 3-43, 2-pt run. ¥8.2 + $5.0 = ¥$13.2
To date: ¥$149.4 total / ¥$21.3 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) And so it is over. A season that began with injury, then showed massive potential, and then ended with a couple of great defensive units tightening coverage on Kamehameha’s top deep threat. Cabunoc is versatile and talented, no question. Fans probably wish they could’ve seen him play a few games more.

(Oct 7) It’s never easy to be a returning senior learning a new, much-different system regardless of the sport. Cabunoc continues to be a deep threat, an intermediate route runner when required, and is the concern of just about every defense. The numbers show he has thrived most of the time whether the Warriors ground and pound a lot, or even more so. He seems to have recovered from his injury well. Project what he would do in a pass-friendly offense and the numbers would be staggering. He is a major reason why Kamehameha will be a spooky threat in the playoffs.

(Sept 22) Since returning from injury, Cabunoc has been an impact contributor. He is precise and reliable as a route runner, and is also a deep threat. Punahou contained him on the night he returned, but he has posted big numbers against ‘Iolani and Saint Louis. The good news is that he and another key contributor who returned from injury, RB Kanoa Shannon, should be in a groove by now after missing preseason.

X factor: (Sept 22) Cabunoc could produce similar numbers in the final three regular-season games, but defenses will factor him into their game plans. That alone should open up the rest of the field for Kamehameha’s other receivers, as well as Shannon.

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Wyatt Perez, Kapolei
Measurables: 5-9, 170, Sr.
Crunch this: 8 games — Rec 35-561, 9 TD; Rush 1-1
Yards per reception: 16.0
Receiving yards per game: 70.1
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
@ Campbell 8/5: Rec 6-88, 3 TD (26, 20, 28). ¥32.8 + $5.0 = ¥$37.8
vs. #4 Waianae 8/13: Rec 2-69. ¥8.9 + $5.0 = ¥$13.9
@ Leilehua 8/20: Rec 4-64, TD. = ¥10.4
@ Castle 8/26: Rec 3-25; Rush 1-1. = ¥5.6
@ #4 Mililani 9/5: Rec 4-75, 3 TD (19, 35, 10). ¥29.5 + $5.0 = ¥$34.5
vs. Kailua 9/16: Rec 7-118, TD (5). = ¥25.8
vs. #6 Farrington 9/24: Rec 3-62. ¥9.3 + $5.0 = ¥$14.3
vs. Nanakuli 9/30: DNP
vs. Moanalua 10/14: Rec 6-60, TD (6). ¥18.0 + $5.0 = ¥$23.0
vs. #6 Farrington 10/22: Rec
To date: ¥$165.3 / ¥$20.7 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) Perez is the wild card, a playmaker who can have a quiet stretch, and then blow a game apart with a couple of catch-and-runs.

(Oct 7) He has the numbers and big-play potential of a first-look target in just about any offense. It’s always interesting to see how a June Jones offense plays out, the way a balanced passer like Taulia Tagovailoa works his progression.

(Sept 22) He’s as elusive as any pass catcher in the Hurricane’s four-wide offense, and even more dangerous when defenses opt to pay more attention to WR Jaymin Sarono. Perez had three TDs in the opener against Campbell, then scored just one TD over a three-game stretch before crossing the goal line three times in a big win at Mililani.

X factor: (Sept 22) With the return of two receivers from injury, the four-wide corps just got a smidge more crowded. That should work out well, though, as the group competes every day for more snaps.

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Moanalua's Ryan Ramones tried to elude an Aiea defender after making a catch. Photo by George F. Lee/Star-Advertiser.
Moanalua’s Ryan Ramones tried to elude an Aiea defender after making a catch. Photo by George F. Lee/Star-Advertiser.

Ryan Ramones, Moanalua
Measurables: 5-11, 152, Sr. 40: 4.52 Hudl
Crunch this: 10 games — Rec 79-1,143, 16 TD; Rush 1-(-7)
Yards per reception: 14.5
Receiving yards per game: 114.3
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
vs. Damien 8/5: Rec 10-268, 5 TD (88, 27, 41, 16, 19). = ¥72.8
@ Kailua 8/13: Rec 6-76, TD (16). = ¥19.6
@ #4 Waianae 8/19: Rec 9-91, 2 TD (3, 25). ¥30.1 + $5.0 = ¥$35.1
@ Radford 9/2: Rec 5-118, 2 TD (10, 71), 2-pt. = ¥31.8
vs. Kaiser 9/9: Rec 10-228, 4 TD (15, 74, 44, 13). = ¥62.8
@ Campbell 9/16: Rec 7-55, TD (12); Rush 1-(-7). = ¥17.7
vs. #1 Kahuku 9/24: Rec 5-46. ¥9.6 + $5.0 = ¥$14.6
vs. Aiea 9/30: Rec 9-76. = ¥16.6
vs. Castle 10/7: Rec 10-110, TD (24). = ¥28.0
@ #4 Kapolei 10/14: Rec 8-75. ¥15.5 + $5.0 = ¥$20.5
vs. #8 Campbell 10/22: Game forfeited by MOA
To date: ¥$319.5 total / ¥$31.95 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) What more can be said about a receiver whose quietest game of the season was a five-catch, 46-yard night — against No. 1 Kahuku. Ramones has been a threat all season no matter how much coverage he draws. His team gets a much-needed break this weekend. From a Nerdpod perspective, it costs him one game of statistics. From a real-world perspective, this will help everyone on the roster.

(Oct 7) It’s one of those things when a WR produces monster numbers early in the season. The offense needs to develop balance no matter what, but that development will happen (or not) sooner than later in a situation like this. Castle will bring speed in coverage, more likely to keep help on Ramones’ side of the field. That should help open lanes for the running game, for pass catchers like Rylan Miguel and Brandon Bender — if Bender is healthy enough to keep contributing.

(Sept 22) Even with a lighter performance against a stellar Campbell defense (seven catches, 55 yards, one TD), Ramones’ overall numbers are still eye-popping. Leave it to a run-and-shoot veteran like Campbell coach Amosa Amosa and his staff to figure out ways to limit the effectiveness of Moanalua’s offense.

(Sept 16) Is there anyone with more fun time on the gridiron at the position of wide receiver? That list is extremely short, perhaps one (Jaymin Sarono) or two. It doesn’t hurt that Ramones is a fairly tall receiver who has the complete trust of his partner in aerial arms. Against Waianae, Ramones was targeted 22 times. I’d be willing to wager a side of Taiyo Ramen gyoza that there are entire teams that haven’t passed the ball 22 times in a game this year. Ramones isn’t just a gifted athlete catching bombs against average or sub-par competition. The OIA Blue is rugged, and even Moanalua’s nonconference game was against one of the state’s top Division-II teams, Damien, which currently is unbeaten in the ILH.

X factor: (Sept 22) The final two regular-season matchups won’t be any easier. Kahuku has long taken pride on taking the air out of normally prolific passing attacks. Even Aiea will be tough; Coach Wendell Say gets the most out of his personnel, and he and his coaches know the run-and-shoot and how to defend it. Are there any more ways Moanalua can deploy Ramones? Possibly. But the four-wide offense was never meant to be overly dependent on one receiver. Creative juice time at the Lake.

(Sept 16) Yes, nine TDs were against just two teams, Damien and Kaiser. But Ramones has still scored at least one TD against every team Moanalua has faced. How does Ramones manage to score FOURTEEN TOUCHDOWNS when every defense knows he is Alaka‘i Yuen’s go-to man? I’ve only seen one Moanalua game. The tape will tell to an extent, but is it remotely possible that defenses still underestimate Ramones?

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Kapolei's Jaymin Sarono caught a pass against Farrington in the Hurricanes' 28-7 win. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Kapolei’s Jaymin Sarono caught a pass against Farrington in the Hurricanes’ 28-7 win. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Jaymin Sarono, Kapolei
Measurables: 5-10, 185, Sr. Hudl
Crunch this: 9 games — Rec 80-861, 16 TD
Yards per reception: 10.8
Receiving yards per game: 95.7
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
@ Campbell 8/5: Rec 10-85, 2 TD (6, 14). ¥30.5 + $5.0 = ¥$35.5
vs. #4 Waianae 8/13: Rec 11-87, 2 TD (8, 26). ¥26.7 + $5.0 = ¥$31.7
@ Leilehua 8/20: Rec 7-50, 2 TD (7, 7). = ¥24.0
@ Castle 8/26: Rec 10-135, 3 TD (10, 10, 38). = ¥40.5
@ #4 Mililani 9/5: Rec 12-139, TD (8). ¥32.9 + $5.0 = ¥$37.9
vs. Kailua 9/16: Rec 9-143, TD (6). = ¥30.3
vs. #6 Farrington 9/24: Rec 5-62, TD (9). ¥17.2 + $5.0 = ¥$22.2
vs. Nanakuli 9/30: Rec 6-73, 2 TD (9, 34). = ¥25.3
vs. Moanalua 10/14: Rec 10-87, 2 TD (10, 5). = ¥30.7
vs. #6 Farrington* 10/22:
* Aloha Stadium
To date: ¥$278.1 total / ¥$30.9 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) What more can be said about Jaymin Sarono? He saw great opportunity and seized it. He worked relentless in the offseason, often with his QB, Taulia Tagovailoa, running routes and refining every nuance under the hot Leeward sun. The payoff isn’t quite done, not with the quest for OIA and state titles ongoing, but if there ever was a Mr. Reliable award, it might go to Sarono. He has scored a TD in every game. Rarefied air.

(Oct 7) There aren’t a lot of football grinders like Sarono, so his numbers aren’t entirely surprising. He’s one of the only WRs to score a TD in every game so far. Of his four best games, two were against Top 5 teams, and his effort against No. 6 Farrington last week was crucial.

(Sept 22) From a Nerdpod receiving value perspective, Sarono’s season has been so strong — I have yet to include a value for consistency — that even last week’s nine-catch, 143-yard, one-TD performance was actually slightly below his usual output. Stellar, but there’s a good reason why he didn’t do even more: the rest of the fun bunch are stepping up. Way up. Wyatt Perez was superb. So was Isaiah Ahana. The two WRs back from injury made their debuts. It’s just a major surplus of receiving talent.

(Sept 16) Yes, the math is correct. Sarono has clutched an average of 10 passes per game. Stupendous, yet not shocking for the hard-working senior. He is most clutch on third and fourth downs, and he is far from a one-man show with QB Taulia Tagovailoa scanning from sideline to sideline. Five Hurricanes in all have double-digit reception totals so far. Sarono earns his keep, willing to run inside routes.

X factor: (Sept 22) So, with all the receiving depth, it makes sense that Sarono’s numbers won’t be quite as robust entering the last few weeks of the regular season, and then the postseason, right? Well, maybe not. Marquis Montgomery, a smooth 6-3 deep threat, gives Taulia Tagovailoa another vertical target, which means defensive coverages will be extremely stretched. More real estate to play with. So, quite possibly, the numbers of Sarono and his pass-catching pals could grow. Remember, the Hurricanes rarely, if ever, go into hurry-up mode. If they ever decide to do this they’ve got the legs and stamina to do so now. YIKES.

(Sept 16) Sarono’s yards-after-catch is a big part of his production value. He takes big hits, holds on to the ball and accelerates forward. YAC is the marrow of what makes the four-wide a moderate-risk, high-reward system — when placed in the hands of the poised and skilled.

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2016 September 9 SPT - HSA Photo by Jamm Aquino. Punahou wide receiver Ethan Takeyama (21) finds the end zone for a touchdown ahead of Saint Louis defensive back Kama Moore (1) during the first half of an ILH football game between the Punahou Buffanblu and the Saint Louis Crusaders on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.
2016 September 9 SPT – HSA Photo by Jamm Aquino.
Punahou wide receiver Ethan Takeyama (21) finds the end zone for a touchdown ahead of Saint Louis defensive back Kama Moore (1) during the first half of an ILH football game between the Punahou Buffanblu and the Saint Louis Crusaders on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

Ethan Takeyama, Punahou
Measurables: 5-10, 168, Sr. Hudl
Crunch this: 8 games — 45-802, 9 TD
Yards per reception: 17.8
Receiving yards per game: 100.3
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
@ Leilehua 8/5: Rec 5-82, TD (12). = ¥19.2
vs. #6 Kamehameha* 9/1: Rec 7-146, TD (7). ¥28.6 + $5.0 = ¥$33.6
vs. #2 Saint Louis* 9/9: Rec 10-189, 4 TD (19, 59, 10, 19), 2-pt. ¥56.9 + $5.0 = ¥$61.9
@ #10 ‘Iolani 9/17: Rec 3-59. ¥8.9 + $5.0 = ¥$13.9
vs. #8 Kamehameha* 9/23: Rec 5-95. ¥14.5 + $5.0 = ¥$19.5
vs. #2 Saint Louis* 9/29: Rec 9-96, TD (24). ¥24.6 + $5.0 = ¥$29.6
vs. ‘Iolani 10/7: Rec 1-35, TD (35). ¥10.5 + $5.0 = ¥$15.5
vs. #10 Kamehameha* 10/14: Rec 5-100, TD (7). ¥22.0 + $5.0 = ¥$27.0
vs. #3 Saint Louis* 10/21:
* Aloha Stadium
To date: ¥$220.2 total / ¥$27.5 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) The masterful season continues for Takeyama. It’s not quite magical — defenses aren’t interested in letting him get his way, which is just fine with him and his teammates. But he had another stellar performance against Saint Louis three weeks ago, and had a busy night against Kamehameha. All in all, though, the Buffanblu aren’t force-feeding their deep threat, and yet, his numbers are still remarkable: 45-802, 9 TD.

(Oct 7) Defenses have tried to shackle Takeyama since that humongous game against Saint Louis in early September. That works fine for Punahou, which will not force feed the talented senior. Sometimes he’ll line up as the single receiver in trips, sometimes not. But it appears defenses are willing to shade toward Takeyama and take away Punahou’s best deep threat.

(Sept 22) Takeyama had a relatively quiet game against ‘Iolani, which is not a big surprise. The Raiders understand the nuances of four-wide offense quite well, so they seemed to prefer taking Takeyama out of big-play opportunities. It was pick-your-poison time. And the result was fruitful for Takeyama’s teammates. Three of them had more receiving yardage than he did: Judd Cockett (5-106, 60-yard TD), Andre Iosivas (6-78, 42-yard TD and a 2-point conversion), Eamon Brady 4-69, 12-yard TD). Cover Takeyama too closely on the solo side, and his buddies in trips formation find open space. QBs Nick Kapule and Stephen Barber combined for 382 passing yards. In all, nine Buffanblu caught at least one pass.

(Sept 16) Takeyama, like Sarono and Ramones, is part of a very good corps of receivers. Not as tall or explosive as his predecessor, Kanawai Noa, but extremely effective on all routes. Punahou lines Takeyama up usually as the single receiver on trips formations and he often delivers on go routes or inside routes. His chemistry with QBs Nick Kapule and Stephen Barber seems equally excellent. Great hands, body control and acceleration.
Ramones has put up two huge performances against Damien and Kaiser. What Takeyama did against Saint Louis was even more monumental: 10 catches, 189 yards, four TDs and a PAT reception.

X factor: (Sept 22) The day may come when Takeyama has even fewer catches in a game. That would be a rough day for most defensive units. Against ‘Iolani, Punahou RBs carried the ball 32 times, and as a team, they accounted for 47 rushes. Kapule, Barber and Nui Adolpho combined for “only” 40 pass attempts. These are the kinds of balanced numbers coach Kale Ane likes. A lot. And when defenses start to forget about Takeyama, it’s fairly certain that his slingers will launch away near and far to No. 21.

(Sept 16) He is a key cog in the system, whether he’s getting targets or drawing double coverage. Thus, his value isn’t necessarily in the numbers, especially with a head coach (Kale Ane) who would really like to see the offense generate more production on the ground.

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'Iolani's Justin Genovia is one of three players this season averaging more than 100 receiving yards s game. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
‘Iolani’s Justin Genovia is one of three players this season averaging more than 100 receiving yards s game. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Justin Genovia, ‘Iolani
Measurables: 5-8, 150, Jr.
Crunch this: 9 games — Rec 65-883, 6 TD; Rec 3-(-6)
Yards per reception: 14.4
Receiving yards per game: 105.0
Game by game / Passcode (¥ receiving statistical values):
vs. Radford* 8/6: Rec 7-140, TD (12). = ¥28.0
vs. Waimea 8/20: Rec 6-102. = ¥17.2
vs. La Jolla Country Day (Calif.) 8/27: Rec 11-145, 2 TD (24, 8). = ¥38.5
vs. #2 Saint Louis* 9/2: Rec 2-0. ¥2.0 + $5.0 = ¥$7.0
@ #6 Kamehameha 9/10: Rec 6-77, TD (3). Rush 1-(-1). ¥19.6 + $5.0 = ¥$24.6
vs. #3 Punahou 9/17: DNP
vs. #2 Saint Louis 9/23: Rec 11-140; Rush 1-(-5). ¥25.5 + $5.0 = ¥$30.5
vs. #8 Kamehameha* 9/30: Rec 8-140, 2 TD (8, 25). ¥35.0 + $5.0 = ¥$40.0
@ #2 Punahou 10/7: Rec 8-80. ¥16.0 + $5.0 = ¥$21.0
vs. #3 Saint Louis 10/14: Rec 6-68. ¥12.8 + $5.0 = ¥$17.8
*Aloha Stadium
To date: ¥$224.6 total / ¥$28.1 pg

The skinny: (Oct 20) Genovia versus elite defenders? Stalled by Saint Louis. Very good against Kamehameha. Huge against Saint Louis. Huge against Kamehameha in the rematch. Very good against Punahou. If Open Division teams haven’t consistently been able to stop or slow Genovia, it will be interesting to see what D-I defenses do.

(Oct 7) So, let’s be square about this. There are more than a few ‘Iolani haters out there, even now. I’m not a hater, nor a liker. I’m the guy nerdpodding through receivers. And what I see is Genovia, who continues to haul in passes from a good junior QB, who doesn’t have a deep threat to complement (or be complemented by), and faces a Top 10 team every week. Facing Saint Louis and Kamehameha in his past two games, his averages and values actually went UP. A combined 19 receptions for 280 yards and two TDs. The argument against Genovia’s production could be this: he’s the main receiver on a pass-oriented team picking up stats in garbage time. Really? They lost to Kamehameha 21-16. The margin of loss against Saint Louis was 18 points; not close, but not the total blowout, either. And if he’s the No. 1 receiver, why doesn’t anyone shut him down? Part of that is the amazing season that RB K.J. Pascua is having. But a lot of it is simply Genovia. Put him in the OIA and he might have Jaymin Sarono type numbers. Sarono might be the best statewide in yards after contact; he’s a bull with a wideout’s hands and a cross-country runner’s stamina. Genovia? He’s right there in terms of quality production. Amazing. He hasn’t tapered off a bit.

(Sept 22) I wasn’t at the ‘Iolani-Punahou game last weekend, so I’m waiting on word about Genovia, who apparently did not play for the first time this season.

(Sept 16) Genovia has flourished against evenly-matched programs, as well as some of the better programs around. But Saint Louis limited him to on receiving yardage two weeks ago. He fared better against Kamehameha last week.

X factor: (Sept 22) It’s interesting that ‘Iolani managed to score 24 points, including a few late in the game of a blowout, of course, against Punahou without its most productive pass catcher.


(Sept 16) He simply makes plays, at least when I’ve seen him play. He sticks out because he will take advantage of regular pass coverages — most of the time.

¥ point values
1 reception +1 pt
1 receiving yard +.1 pt
100 receiving yards +1 pt
150 reeciving yards +2 pts
200 receiving yards +3 pts
100 rushing yards +1 pt
150 rushing yards +2 pts
200 rushing yards +3 pts

$ strength of schedule (5 pts per Top 10 opponent)
¥$ Total / ¥$ Avg. per game

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