For the second consecutive year, the Gatorade Hawaii state player of the year award goes to the starting quarterback at Saint Louis.
Senior Chevan Cordeiro, who accounted for 3,586 yards and 39 touchdowns in 10 games this season, was given the honor this morning after leading the Crusaders to an undefeated season and state championship.
Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in December, Cordeiro joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including Mitchell Trubisky (2012-13, Mentor High School, Ohio), Greg Olsen (2002-03, Wayne Hills High School, N.J.), Matthew Stafford (2005-06 Highland Park High School, Texas), Latavius Murray (2007-08, Onondaga High School, N.Y.), Brock Osweiler (2008-09, Flathead High School, Mont.) and Leonard Fournette (2014-15 & 2012-13, St. Augustine High School, La.).
Cordeiro is the fourth quarterback from Saint Louis to win the award since 1997, joining last year’s winner, Tua Tagovailoa, Marcus Mariota (2011) and Jason Gesser (1997, ’98).
Other winners from Saint Louis include running back Pesefea Fiaseu (2001), receiver George Ornellas (1995) and defensive tackle Vavae Tata (1994).
As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Cordeiro will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year.