Whenever there is an all-star game, don’t forget about the kicker.
Castle’s Nolan Miranda kicked field goals of 37 and 47 yards in the final 30 seconds of the first half to lead the East 27-19 over the West in the Hawaii Union Builders Goodwill Classic in front of 2,510 at Aloha Stadium.
Miranda, who also played receiver and ran the hurdles in the spring and was named first-team all-state as a kicker, hit 27 PATs and five field goals during the regular season.
Miranda was named the East’s most valuable player for the star-studded affair. Kaimuki’s Soloni Taumalolo was the defensive MVP for helping set up Miranda’s boots along with Dane Souza of Kalani.
Kamehameha swept the honors for the West, with running back Kelena Hookano earning offense honors and Abu Maafala pacing the West side.
Joel Botelho of Castle and Kahuku’s Inoke Funaki were the winning quarterbacks.