Hawaii Prep World will be releasing summer previews of all 29 Oahu varsity football teams in advance of the 2017 season that kicks off in early August.
19TH IN A SERIES
>> 2016 record and finish: 7-3 (5-1 ILH D-I); beat Kamehameha 57-24 in first round of the ILH D-I playoffs; lost 28-14 to Saint Louis in ILH D-I championship game; lost 33-21 to Kapolei in state tournament Open Division first round
>> Number of returning starters: 9 offense, 4 defense
>> Number of returning seniors: 17
>> Number of starters lost to graduation: 17
>> Number of seniors lost to graduation: 25
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections lost to graduation: Ethen Takeyama, first-team REC; Miki Suguturaga, first-team DE; Keala Martinson, second-team REC; Nick Kapule, third-team QB; Ryan Dominick, third-team LB; Jeff Chan, third-team PK
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections returning: Duke Clemens, second-team OL; Hale Motuapuaka, third-team DT
>> Among 2017 key offensive returnees: Stephen Barber, Sr., QB, 6-3, 225; Alama Uluave, Sr., OL, 6-4, 290; Les Falatea, Jr., WR, 6-0, 175; Duke Clemens, Jr., OL, 6-4, 265; Andrei Iossivas, Jr., WR, 6-3, 188
>> Among 2017 key defensive returnees: Hale Motuapuaka, Sr., DL, 6-1, 275; Kaulana Makaula, Jr., DB, 6-3, 180; Marist Liufau, Jr., DB, 6-2, 185; Maninoa Tufono, Jr., LB, 6-3, 230; Trent Shiraki, Jr., LB, 6-0, 180
>> Buffanblu with Division I FBS college offers: Maninoa Tufono, Jr., LB; Kaulana Makaula, Jr., DB; Marist Liufau, Jr. DB, 6-2, 185; Alama Uluave, Sr., OL; Stephen Barber, Sr., QB; Hale Motuapuaka, Sr. DL; Duke Clemens, Jr., OL; Sitiveni Kaufusi, Jr. RB; Alakai Gilman, So., DB
>> All-time state championships: 2 (both D-I, 2008, 2013)
>> All-time Prep Bowl (1973-1998) championships: None
>> All-time ILH championships: 26 (all D-I, including 1 co-championship*): 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1970*, 1971, 1976, 1977, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
>> 2017 conference: ILH D-I
>> 2017 state tournament declaration: Division I-Open
Head coach KALE ANE on the Buffanblu’s outlook for 2017:
“Everything is good so far, just practicing and getting the kids back from camps and clinics. It’s fun. We’ll have about 65, I think on the varsity.
“Depth is always a a concern, so we’re trying to develop depth with younger and less experienced players and providing more advanced things for the returners. We’re happy with the returnees coming back and looking forward to them improving as well. We’re tyring to create a program that has a good starting group and depth.
“Stephen Barber is back at quarterback, and while you like to create competition there, he’s our guy and we will be riding on his shoulders this season. There are four starters that left to graduation among the receivers. We’re hoping to not miss a beat with that group coming back. They know the expectations and we expect them to match the performance of the group that just graduated
“Everybody wants to be a champion and there are different ways to appraoch it. Coaches now refer to it as a procsss, and in that process you have responsibility, fundamentals, technique, chemistry, character development and performance. You put that in the soup, stir it up and hopefully things will happen the right way.
“We will miss Miki (defensive lineman Suguturaga). We were fortunate to have him and DeForest (Buckner) before that and Manti (Te’o) before that, and we’ve had guys like Jeremy (Ioane), too. We always try to figure out a way to replace them. We appreciated them when they were here and we enjoyed it, but (getting that caliber of player) doesn’t happen all the time.
“We do have a bunch of defensive guys back that we’re expecting big things from, and many of them have been getting college offers … (defensive backs) Kaulana Makaula and Marist Liufau, (linebackers) Maninoa Tufono, Hale Motuapuak and Trent Shiraki, (linemen) Kennedy Freeman and Masi Fakatoumafi. And Ola Aina is an excellent DB. We also have a young incoming sophomore, Alakai Gilman, and we’re excited about him as well. His brother (Alohi Gilman) just transferred from Navy to Notre Dame. There are a lot of kids we’re expecting to step up and perform at a high standard.
“Barber can make plays with his arm and legs, Sitiveni Kafusi is a big, strong athletic running back. Alama Uluave and Duke Clemens on the offensive line have offers from colleges. Blake Fiegenspan is an excellent center who is getting a look from Standford, and we see big things for Paulo Soa and Alex Von Rohr, too. We know the offensive line is capable.
For receivers, we have Andrei Iosivas, Tamatoa Falatea, Cody Pacarro and Koa Eldredge, and we have a spot for Cole Arceneaux if he decided that he wants to play. But we know he is going to concentrate on basketball.
“As for Saint Louis, I want to beat them. They’re No. 1 right now and deservedy so. They represent a great challenging point for all of us in the state. They’re well-coached, they make you work, they have great tradition. It’s fun for us as coaches as well as players to play against them. You get better every time you play them. Kamehameha is well-coached, has great talent and is super competitive, too.”
2017 Punahou football schedule
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Note: The ILH regular-season schedule was not out at the time this post was published.
Thursday, July 27
>> Punahou at Waianae (scrimmage)
Saturday, July 29
>> Farrington at Punahou (scrimmage)
Friday, Aug. 4
>> Punahou vs. Moanalua (nonleague, site TBD)
Friday, Aug. 25
>> Torrey Pines (San Diego) vs. Punahou, (nonleague) at Aloha Stadium
Saturday, Sept. 2
>> Punahou vs. Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif), (nonleague) in San Diego
2016 Punahou varsity football staff
>> Head coach: Kale Ane (132-59, 19th season)
>> Defensive coordinator: Agenhart Ellis
>> Offensive coordinator: Teetai Ane
>> Associate head coach and wide receivers: Len Lau
>> Special teams coordinator and linebackers: Punahou Aina
>> Quarterbacks: John Morris
>> Running backs: Alakai Aglipay
>> Wide receivers: Miah Ostrowski, Robbie Toma and Fred Salanoa
>> Offensive line: Reggie Torres and Doug Vaioleti
>> Offensive line: Doug Vaioleti
>> Defensive line: Kynan Pang and Cullen Pang
>> Linebackers: Nate Dudoit
>> Outside linebackers: Anthony DeBold
>> Defensive backs: Jeremy Ioane
>> Kickers: Eric Hannum