Polynesian Bowl stars: Expect Demond Demas and Kris Hutson to excel in college

Team Mauka wide receiver Demond Demas (1) scored a touchdown in the Polynesian Bowl. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Demond Demas and Kris Hutson are outspoken.

They can talk. Their performances are big-time. Expect to see both on your television screens on Saturday mornings in the near future.

Demas’ story is filled with intrigue. He didn’t play at all in his senior season, until Saturday night’s Polynesian Bowl at Aloha Stadium. He was ineligible to play in Texas due to a transfer, but, as he said last night, the transfer was not for athletic reasons.

Nonetheless, Demas will be going to Texas A&M and he plans to make an impact right away.

In his Team Mauka’s 20-13 Polynesian Bowl victory over Team Makai, he caught two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown. But it was the touchdown that was special. After taking a short pass from Sol-Jay Maiava, he was faced with a brick wall on the right side. So, he said, in effect, I’m going the other way.

And he did. He cut across the grain, going backward at one point, but he made it all the way from the right side of the field to the left for an 11-yard touchdown.

After the game, Demas joked that he scored two touchdowns, which is kind of true. He also hauled in a 48-yard touchdown pass, an over-the-shoulder grab that was called back on a holding penalty.

“I scored twice,” he said, feigning like he didn’t accept the reality of the penalty.

Demas has a story to tell and he expects to keep telling it all the way through college and on to the pros.

“You all gonna feel my pain,” he said about his attitude coming into the game. “My senior year was stripped away from me, so now it’s my time to pay them back, show them the pain that I’m going through. They say I moved for athletic purposes, which I did not. This is my first senior high school football game. Amazing. And I came out with a victory.

“(At college), I’m going to do what I can do so I can get drafted No. 1 overall.”

Hutson also plans to continue making a name for himself at the next level. It will be at Oregon.

In the Polynesian Bowl, he caught five passes for 86 yards and looked the part of a star in college.

Earlier in the week, he made sure that people knew that his St. John Bosco team was the “official” national champion — even though there is no official national championship. The Braves, however, were No. 1 by MaxPreps.com.

“Ain’t nothing unofficial about it,” he said at that Wednesday practice.

Saturday night, Hutson talked about what he plans to do when he gets to Eugene, Ore., and starts playing with the Ducks.

“I’m going to do things that people think I’m not going to do,” he said. “Do things that are unexpected. I’m coming in with a chip on my shoulder, like I’ve been there before. I’m coming in like a junior, but I’m really a freshman. So I’m ready. I’m ready.”


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