Toner’s season leads to Stanford

Senior Jet Toner kicked seven extra points for Punahou in a 49-7 victory over Leilehua at Hugh Yoshida Stadium in Wahiawa. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Senior Jet Toner kicked seven extra points for Punahou in a 49-7 victory over Leilehua at Hugh Yoshida Stadium in Wahiawa. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

It was a crushing defeat for the Punahou Buffanblu, who fell to Saint Louis 27-23 in the ILH championship game on Saturday.

For senior Jet Toner, it’s a bittersweet end to a standout prep career. He kicked field goals of 43 and 50 yards in the loss, the latter FG giving Punahou a 23-20 lead late in the game. He also had touchback on all his kickoffs, but just like that, the season is over for No. 3-ranked Punahou.

“It’s definitely not the way I wanted to leave, but I definitely feel good about leaving it all on the field. It’s not the way I wanted to leave, but I’ll keep working hard and just get better,” Toner said.


Toner gave an oral commitment to Stanford last week, he said.

“I’ve been talking to them for awhile, to their special teams coach (Pete Alamar). He’s a really cool guy and we’ve kept in contact. They had a meeting and decided to take me,” he said.

“He flew down two weeks ago,” Punahou kicking coach Eric Hannum said of Alamar. “All year, he’s been telling Jet to be patient. He’s got the good grades.”

Toner had no scholarship offers for much of the year. Then Army offered one. And then, Stanford.


“In the summer he flew down, too. I flew up there in the summer and kicked in front of him, too,” Toner said.

Stanford’s current placekicker is a senior.

“It comes down to timing for schools. I just got lucky,” Toner said.

Hannum has worked with many local kickers, including former Punahou all-state player Kaimi Fairbairn. The UCLA placekicker booted a 60-yard field goal in a 40-24 win over No. 20 Cal this weekend.


“He’s a huge role model for me,” Toner said. “He’s done so much for this state. It’s good to have him as a mentor and someone I can talk to. Someone who’s been in my shoes.”

COMMENTS

  1. Rok888 October 25, 2015 7:45 am

    Best football player to come out of Hawaii this year. A possible NFL career awaits.


  2. Lee Boy October 25, 2015 9:40 am

    Congratulations the future is bright for this kid. The 50 yards field goal he made could have been go from 60 yards. There aren’t many NFL kickers that can do that right now.


  3. Really? October 25, 2015 2:43 pm

    Awesome kid!


  4. hwnstyll October 26, 2015 12:54 pm

    Clearly offsides, How St Louis thinks they get the bad calls is amazing. The side ref that blew this call is the same one who called a block in the back, side line infraction, and after being asked by the Punahou coach to look for him after the play for a timeout, totally ignored coach after the play until coach chased after him. Refs are not why we lost but bad calls happen every game to every team, it high school.
    Congrats to Jet, just call him “clutch!”


  5. ilh October 26, 2015 2:30 pm

    I agree, the Referees has been terrible all year long, but it always seems they go against St. Louis all the time, maybe they need a back ground check of where the Official graduated from or even where their kids went to school, When Timmy Chang played for Saint Louis, Timmy’s dad was a referee, but he could not ref in any St. Louis Games.


  6. hwnstyll October 26, 2015 3:16 pm

    ilh,
    Please reread my post, refs are not against St louis, is just seems that way to you and your fellow saints. Punahou actually had more calls against them every time they palyed.
    The first game a ball bounced on the ground and was then picked up and the REFS you complain about called it a catch, without that incorrect call no overtime would have happened.
    Punahou had a player kicked uot of the game at the opening kick off, no Punhou complainers on the blogs. Punahou was called with two alignment issues from the referee on the opposite side of the field that deeply effect the game, still no complaints from Punahou.
    As you see on this video St louis players is defintely offsides but no call and yes no bloggers complaining.
    There are two videos of touchdowns on this site that shows St Louis infractions, on the 3 yard line the right guard and right tackle are NOT lined up on the line of scrimmage, the exact same penalty Punahou was called for twice just minutes before, and the other touchdown clearly showS #8 from Punahou being tackled by #65 while he was tackling the runner who scored.
    If any fans should be complaining it should be the Punahou fans, but they dont and that is the difference between the mentality of the alumnus. Focus on the missed tackles and blocks and let the referees do their jobs that no matter what people complain about.


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