Top Players, updated 9/20*

John Wa‘a, Kahuku, OL (photo: Paul Honda)

(Tuesday, Sept. 25 — Corrects scholarship offers to Fitou Fisiiahi, per Rich Miano.)

(Saturday, 12:30 a.m. — Removes Drew Wilson [graduated]. Thursday, 11 p.m. — Corrects vital info for Joey Anglemire, Adam Noga. Adds info for Faaolaina Teofilo.)

After six weeks, there is a foundation of evidence. If you’re going to be really good, it probably has shown by now. Then again, there was Andrew Manley some years ago, showing up on the Leilehua varsity after the regular-season, leading the 3-3 Mules to a state championship in 2007. Not bad for a JV quarterback.


John Wa‘a, Kahuku, OL (photo: Paul Honda)

OFFENSIVE LINE

Player School Ht. Wt. Yr.
1. John Wa’a Kahuku 6-3 281 Sr.
2. Reeve Koehler Saint Louis 6-3 321 Sr.
3. Charles Sataraka Farrington 6-3 334 Sr.
4. Michael Boyd Farrington 6-2 290 Sr.
5. Jaryn Villegas Leilehua 6-2 280 Sr.
6. Maka Ah Loo Kapaa 6-2 310 So.
7. Louis Vailopa Saint Louis 6-2 280 Jr.
8. Alika Alexander-Ezra Baldwin 6-0 240 Jr.
9. Joey Anglemire Mililani 6-3 275 Sr.
10. Fred Ulu-Perry Saint Louis 6-2 290 So.
11. Semisi Uluave Punahou 6-5 305 So.
12. Kela Grace Aiea 6-1 270 Jr.
13. Mitchell Boyd Farrington 6-1 303 Sr.
14. Tyman Hayashi Pac-Five 6-1 280 Sr.
15. Donald Barenaba-Setoki Kahuku 6-2 301 Jr.

On the cusp:
Micah Kapoi, Kapolei (6-4, 282, Jr.)
Colin Ka’alele, Farrington (6-2, 361, Sr.)
Austen Koki, Pearl City (6-4, 295, Sr.)
Spencer Kiehm, ‘Iolani (5-8, 172, Jr.)
Davis Miyashiro-Saipa‘ia, Punahou (6-2, 274, Jr.)
Walter Gaisoa, Kailua (6-3, 248, Sr.)
Marcus Malepeai, Kailua (6-1, 288, Jr.)
Stansen Fonoti, Waianae (6-3, 305, Jr.)
Mana La’ulu, McKinley (6-3, 265, Jr.)

Sleepers:
A.J. White, Farrington (6-1, 311, Sr.)
Kaiwi Chung, Kamehameha (5-10, 235, Jr.)
Ian Kukahiko, Kamehameha (6-2, 220, Sr.)
Nolan Eseroma, Farrington (6-1, 303, Jr.)
Davis Miyashiro-Saipaia, Punahou (6-1, 268, Jr.)
Dhavin Spencer-Basa, Molokai (C/NG, 6-3, 285)
Damien Matautia, Waipahu (6-5, 290, Sr.)
Sam Mahelona, Konawaena (5-10, 260, Sr.)
Jared Malaga, McKinley (6-1, 260, Sr.)
Sakkalala Hungalu, McKinley (6-3, 275, Jr.)
Jacob Lewis, Damien (6-3, 251, Sr.)
Derek George, Kalaheo (OL/DL, 6-1, 255, Sr.)
Keenan Greenbaum, Hawaii Prep (6-2, 280, Jr.)
Triton Reich, Honokaa (6-2, 250, Sr.)
Jesse Kaluhiokalani, Kamehameha (5-10, 275, Sr.)

The skinny: Semisi Uluave. O-line play is about teamwork as much as any other place in football, maybe any sport. The consequences of mediocre O-line execution are dire compared to other sports, for the most part. Uluave is Punahou’s best lineman on the offensive side, a big reason why Tui Tuileta has been largely untouched by defenses while racking up monster statistics. Other than that, no compelling reason to adjust this list right now, though I am clearly biased toward O-linemen on productive offenses. Highly productive. Note that Reeve Koehler (Saint Louis) played through a knee injury last week. That’s a knee injury that the school has not confirmed, but is widely known about.

“Tui” Tuileta has mad, mad stats six games into the 2012 season. (photo: Paul Honda)

QUARTERBACKS

Player School Ht. Wt. Yr.
1. Larry Tuileta Punahou 6-2 188 Jr.
2. Reece Foy ‘Iolani 5-11 175 Sr.
3. Kahoali‘i Karratti Konawaena 5-10 175 Jr.
4. Jarin Morikawa Mililani 6-0 170 Sr.
5. Keelan Ewaliko Baldwin 6-0 175 Sr.
6. Ryder Kuhns Saint Louis 6-1 180 So.
7. Cody Lui-Yuen Radford 6-3 205 Jr.
8. Makoa Camanse-Stevens Kamehameha 6-3 185 Sr.
9. Kaimi Paredes Waipahu 5-9 165 Sr.
10. Jordan Cristobal Kealakehe 5-7 160 Sr.
11. Justin Jenks Leilehua 5-6 155 Jr.
12. Chazz Troutman Nanakuli 5-9 149 Jr.
13. Justin Tago-Su‘e Campbell 5-10 165 Sr.
14. Makana Lyman Kaiser 5-10 175 Sr.
15. Kekoa Kaluhiokalani Waianae 6-0 185 Sr.

On the cusp:
Montana Liana, Farrington (5-11, 188, So.)
Isaiah Hernandez-Fonoti, Aiea (6-0, 190, Sr.)
Levi Castanares, Leilehua (5-7, 160, Jr.)
Syles Choy, Damien (5-11, 160, Jr.)
Noah Brum, Kalani (5-9, 150, Jr.)
Kiko Kohler-Fonohema, Lahainaluna
Micah Kaneshiro, Moanalua (5-7, 170, Jr)
Fresno Masaniai, Kapaa
Brock Teixeira, Pearl City
Drew Kell, Hilo (6-1, 175, Jr.)

Sleepers:
Viliami Livai, Kahuku (6-0, 190, Sr.)
Alzon Kahana, Kapolei (5-10, 160, Jr.)
Kahaku Iaea, Kailua (6-2, 218, Sr.)
Denzel Kalahiki-Gasper, McKinley (6-1, 180, Jr.)
Keha Wong, Keaau
Kean Wong, Waiakea
Connor Yap, Kamehameha-Maui

Injured:
Kawai Mook-Garcia, Saint Louis (5-11, 180, Sr.)

The skinny: Tuileta has surpassed, in all likelihood, even the most optimistic expectations. He is at 67-percent accuracy (76-for-113) with 14 touchdowns and just one pick. The yardage: 1,408 yards. That’s a yards-per-attempt average of 12.5. Insane. And his passer rating (211.04) is second in the state, and against some Top 5 competition (Kahuku, Kamehameha, Saint Louis). … Foy has been stellar (22-for-34, five TDs, 274 yards against Saint Louis) despite the lack of a strong running game at ‘Iolani. … Karratti has the most impressive numbers (68-120-3, 23 TDs, 1,449 yards) but is hampered by a lack of competition in the BIIF. … Morikawa is clearly one of the top leaders, let alone passers, in the state. The Trojans’ ball-control, short-passing offense hasn’t helped his numbers (112-205-6, 12 TDs, 1,040 yards, 110.71 passer rating), but as he goes, so go the men of Troy.

The senior has 921 yards, 11 touchdowns in six games. (photo: Paul Honda)
RUNNING BACKS
Player School Ht. Wt. Yr.
1. Abraham Silva Farrington 5-10 212 Sr.
2. Aofaga Wily Kahuku 6-0 202 Sr.
3. Adam Noga (INJ) Saint Louis 5-10 175 Jr.
4. Kainalu Kaleo Anuenue 5-9 191 Sr.
5. Tyler Taumua Farrington 5-11 199 Sr.
6. Ryan Tuiasoa Punahou 5-11 214 Sr.
7. Kai Gonda Kaiser 5-11 190 Sr.
8. Anuenue Tui Anuenue 5-7 192 Sr.
9. Keoni Tom-Millare Pac-Five 5-11 180 Sr.
10. Jarrin Young Kailua 5-7 171 Sr.
11. Faaolaina Teofilo Kamehameha-Hawaii 6-1 205 Jr.
12. Jacob Kukahiko Kapolei 5-11 210 Sr.
13. Lennox Jones Kealakehe 5-6 150 Sr.
14. Ishmil Scott Moanalua 5-1 198 Jr.
15. John Kamoku Konawaena 5-10 175 Sr.

On the cusp:
Devin Preston, Waiakea (5-9, 175)
Waika Alapai, Kauai (6-2, 235, Sr.)
Paul-Andrew Rhoden, Campbell (6-1, 210, Sr.)
Kyle Sato, Damien (5-10, 170, Sr.)
Mana Kaahanui, Aiea (RB/TE 5-10, 210, Jr.)
Malaeloa Liua, Anuenue (RB/LB 5-8, 165, Sr.)
Willie Lynch, Kalaheo (5-9, 180, Sr.)
Cristian Johnston, Kalaheo (5-7, 145, Sr.)
Gavin Kim, Kalani (Sr.)

Sleepers:
David Fangupo, Kealakehe (6-2, 348, Sr.)
Reggie McFadden, Kauai
Matapua Tulafale, Waipahu (5-10, 195, Sr.)
Kody Mento, ‘Iolani (5-7, 177, Sr.)
Abraham Reinhardt, Baldwin (5-11, 180, Sr.)
Brandon Kahookele, Kamehameha (5-6, 175, Jr.)
Kaulana Apelu, Kamehameha (5-10, 185, So.)
Soli Afalava, Kahuku (6-1, 184, So.)
P.J. Liua, Kahuku (FB, 5-9, 222, Jr.)
Noah Oleyer, Pac-Five (FB, 6-1, 275)
Randon Tuitama, Kaimuki (5-9, 155, Jr.)
Johnny Vance, Keaau (5-10, 180, Sr.)
Tristian Pebria, Campbell (5-5, 175, Jr.)
Koa Basque, Konawaena (5-8, 145, So.)
Ikaika Piceno, Leilehua (5-7, 160, So.)


The skinny: As the season envelops, coaches figure out what’s working and what’s not (if they hadn’t already). Farrington’s sticking to its version of the Pony Express (I like Sole Express better) of Amo Silva (921 yards, 11 TD) and Tyler Taumua (568 yards, 8 TD). That’s 100-foot-high wrecking-ball-all-day-and-night action for defenses lining up against the Bamboolas offensive line. … Anuenue’s battering ram combo of Kainalu Kaleo (1,029 yards, 11 TD) and Anuenue Tui (649 yards, 4 TD) probably lead all RBs in bruises, but they haven’t let up. Tui had 186 yards against Pearl City. … No major changes to the list. Jarrin Young finally enters the Top 10, stepping up since a slow start. He rushed for 266 yards against Kaimuki last week. … Lennox Jones is a name to watch, a multiple-skilled performer who is a classic scatback, a baby Darren Sproles, maybe. A lot of RB talent. It just takes time to find out who’s got the goods when you’re a coordinator, especially in a system that isn’t necessarily geared to run a lot. … Props to Kealakehe coach Sam Papalii and his staff. They decided to stick with a run-first mentality — they still throw some — and that mindset led to a trio of 100-yard rushers against Hilo last week. The sleeper is 6-foot-2, 348-pound fullback David Fangupo. Yes, 348 pounds.

Noa could finish the season with numbers comparable — or surpassing — recent Punahou receiving greats Miah Ostrowski and Robby Toma. (photo: Paul Honda)
RECEIVERS
Player School Ht. Wt. Yr.
1. Kanawai Noa Punahou 6-0 170 So.
2. Dylan Pakau Waipahu 5-10 174 Sr.
3. Jeremy Tabuyo Saint Louis 5-11 180 Sr.
4. Keoni Piceno Leilehua 5-9 170 Sr.
5. Domonic Morris Konawaena 5-8 155 Sr.
6. Kenan Gaspar Konawaena 5-10 175 Jr.
7. Daicorri Briscoe Pearl City 5-11 175 Sr.
8. Tanner Nishioka ‘Iolani 6-0 175 Sr.
9. Kainoa Abreu Saint Louis 6-0 180 Sr.
10. Christian Clapp Kaiser 6-1 170 Sr.
11. Isaac Amorin Pearl City 5-9 165 Sr.
12. Kamakana Apelu Aiea 5-9 155 Jr.
13. Fano Tuisila Kaimuki 5-11 157 Jr.
14. Nainoa Frank Kalaheo 6-6 200 Sr.
15. Ekolu Ramos Mililani

On the cusp:
Kainoa Wilson, Mililani (So.)
Erren Jean-Pierre, Mililani (Sr.)
Jameson Pasigan, Radford (5-9, 150, So.)
Alii Pedrina, Kamehameha (5-9, 175, Sr.)
Brannon Bantolina, Campbell (SB, 5-7, 145, Sr.)
James Hashimoto, Farrington (5-7, 128, Sr.)

Sleepers:
Shem Sukumaran, Kalaheo (6-1, 170, Sr.)
Devan Stubblefield, Saint Louis (6-1, 185, Jr.)
Colton Dayacos-Gaspar, Mililani (SB, Sr.)
Josh Jenks, Leilehua (5-9, 165, Sr.)
Mataio Fualema, Waipahu (5-11, 161, Sr.)
Tyler Liana (TE), Farrington (6-0, 225, Sr.)
Jayce Bantolina, Campbell (6-0, 175, So.)
Amosa Amosa Jr., Campbell (5-9, 170, Jr.)
Keanu Chee, Punahou (6-0, 175, Sr.)
Isaac Amorin, Pearl City (5-9, 165, Sr.)
Jay Braun, King Kekaulike (transfer from Seabury Hall) (5-9, 190, Jr.)
Noah Willey, Punahou (6-4, 190, Sr.)
Enrique Gruver, Kalani (Jr.)
Tyrell Tuiasosopo, McKinley (6-1, 170, Jr.)
Francis Evagelia, Farrington (5-9, 171, Sr.)
Keanu Chung, Waianae (6-1, 175, Sr.)
Pookela Noa Nakamoto, Waianae (5-11, 160, Jr.)
Kama Vincent, Kamehameha-Hawaii
Dayton Kiko, Waiakea
Giuseppi Zapataoliva, Kealakehe

The skinny: 35 receptions, 732 yards, nine touchdowns. That’s 20.9 yards a grab. That’s 146 yards per game. Kanawai Noa is not your ordinary sophomore football player. What’s interesting is that he ran a ton of in and out routes against Saint Louis (8-198-2), which is telling. He still went deep, but the Punahou offense — and Noa — is still developing and evolving. … Daicorri Briscoe (Pearl City) hasn’t played in two weeks. I haven’t heard back from the school about his status (injury?), but he is still one of the top receivers in the state (24-454-3). … Dylan Pakau isn’t in what would normally be considered a passing offense (the double-slot spread option), but he is still making huge plays, averaging 23.2 yards per reception (21-558-7). … Christian Clapp (Kaiser) is quietly putting together a stellar season (23-468-4). At 6-1, 170 pounds, he’s caught a touchdown pass in four straight games. … Jeremy Tabuyo (Saint Louis) has put together back-to-back 100-yard games against ‘Iolani and Punahou. But with running back Adam Noga out (hamstring), it’ll be interesting to see how defenses adjust. … Keoni Piceno is steady and consistent, to say the least. The Leilehua senior now has a state-leading 40 receptions (10.9 yards per catch) and three touchdowns.

Waianae’s anchor in the trenches. (photo: Paul Honda)

DEFENSIVE LINE

Player School Ht. Wt. Yr.
1. Kennedy Tulimasealii (DT) Waianae 6-2 280 Sr.
2. Ualesi Sale (DE) Aiea 6-3 225 Sr.
3. Scott Pagano (DT) Moanalua 6-3 280 Sr.
4. Titus Failauga (DE) Pac-Five 6-4 245 Sr.
5. Kamalei Correa (DE) Saint Louis 6-3 245 Sr.
6. Tovia Tufaga (DT) Kahuku 6-0 246 Sr.
7. Lamone Williams (DE) Kahuku 6-3 238 Jr.
8. Dakota Turner (DT) Mililani 6-3 255 Sr.
9. Miki Fangatua (DT) Baldwin 6-1 248 Sr.
10. Jeremy Taua (DE) Leilehua 6-1 210 Sr.

On the cusp:
Amate Savusa, Campbell (DE, 6-2, 205, Sr.)
Moto Heimuli, Farrington (6-1, 229, Jr.)
Colton Goeas, Saint Louis (6-0, 246, Sr.)
Hercules Mata’afa, Lahainaluna
Una Masaniai, Kapaa
Jeremiah Taleni, Kailua (6-0, 327, Sr.)
Siaumau Mapu, Kahuku (5-10, 280, Sr.)
Devin Horswill, Kamehameha (5-10, 225, Sr.)
Mika Tafua, Kamehameha (6-3, 205, So.)
Kalei Meyer, Kamehameha (6-2, 255, Jr.)
Thor Latu, Kamehameha (5-2, 225, Sr.)
Kingston Fernandez, Kamehameha (6-3, 225, Jr.)
Canton Kaumatule, Punahou (6-7, 265, So.)
Ruairi Brady, Punahou (6-4, 240, Jr.)
Marc Ma, ‘Iolani (6-1, 201, Jr.)
Renno Sagapolu, Farrington (6-1, 227, Sr.)
Senio Samisoni, Waianae (6-0, 285, Jr.)
Lisala Kanongata’a, McKinley (5-11, 220, Sr.)

Sleepers:
Austin Failauga, Pac-Five (DE, 6-4, 200, Sr.)
Albert Crighton, Aiea (DT, 6-3, 250, Sr.)
Chayne Bohol, Konawaena
Kui Williams, McKinley (DE/TE 6-3, 215, Sr.)
Cleghorn Borge, Waianae (DE, 6-2, 185, Sr.)
Sione Moala, Kaimuki (6-0, 300, Sr.)
Shem Sukumaran, Kalaheo (DE, 6-0, 170, Sr.)
Faoato Atanoa, Kalaheo (DL/OL, 6-2, 260, So.)
Breiden Fehoko, Farrington (DE, 6-2, 230, So.)
David Fangupo, Kealakehe (6-0, 350, Sr.)
Isi Holani, Hilo (6-1, 250, Jr.)

Punahou’s MLB is heading to Palo Alto next year. (photo: Paul Honda)
LINEBACKERS
Player School Ht. Wt. Yr.
1. Isaac Savaiinaea Punahou 6-3 231 Sr.
2. Johnny Tapusoa Kahuku 5-10 194 Sr.
3. Solomon Leano Campbell 5-11 220 Sr.
4. Wesley Nagaseu Waipahu 6-0 240 Sr.
5. Fitou Fisiiahi Kaiser 6-2 240 Jr.
6. Syndreck Dsio Farrington 5-11 217 Jr.
7. Aisea Tavae (MLB) Farrington 5-10 224 Sr.
8. Mathias Tuitele-Iafeta McKinley 5-11 235 Jr.
9. Jordan Hoiem (INJ) Baldwin 6-4 208 Jr.
10. Rashaan Falemalu Kahuku 6-1 192 Sr.

On the cusp:
Micah Paris, Kapolei (5-10, 211, Jr.)
Ikea Ikehara, Kamehameha (6-2, 210, Sr.)
Nela Otukolo, Saint Louis (5-11, 220, So.)
Teva Eldridge, Baldwin
Joshua Situmeang, ‘Iolani (6-0, 198, Sr.)
Sua Atanoa, Kalaheo (6-0, 220, Sr.)

Sleepers:
Mike Rabara, Konawaena (5-11, 175, Sr.)
Austin Faumui, Farrington (OLB, 5-11, 176, Sr.)
Brandon Johnston, Waianae (6-0, 185, Sr.)
Josaiah Hoopii, Waianae (5-9, 175, Sr.)
Anuenue Tui, Anuenue (5-7, 192, Sr.)
Kuali‘i Moefu, Kaimuki (5-9, 135, Jr.)
Jamel Tyler, Campbell (5-11, 180, Sr.)
Omar Silva, Kalaheo (LB/RB, 5-11, 200, Sr.)
Kyler O’Halloran, Kealakehe (6-1, 225, Sr.)
Justin Kawamoto, Honokaa (5-11, 230, Sr.)
Taz Preston, Waiakea (5-10, 170, Sr.)
T’shaquille Pe’a, Hilo (5-11, 200, Sr.)
Suwaiter Poch, Waiakea (5-11, 200, Jr.)
Matthew Winters, Keaau (5-9, 170, Sr.)

The skinny: Fitou Fisiiahi received scholarship offers from Utah and Oregon State* Hawaii, UNLV and Washington State on Wednesday this week. It’s just the beginning for the explosive junior, who has a 3.4 grade-point average and is already an NCAA qualifier. He has already taken Algebra II, a UH requirement. … Jordan Hoiem is out at least a few more weeks with a stress fracture of a foot. … McKinley’s hard-nosed defensive performances against smashmouth offenses (Kahuku, Farrington) is largely due to a front seven led by linebacker Mathias Tuitele-Iafeta, a junior.

* Corrects scholarship offers, per Coach Rich Miano


Kahuku’s Kawehena Johnson is the veteran of the secondary. (photo: Paul Honda)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Player School Ht. Wt. Yr.
1. Kawehena Johnson (S/WR/QB) Kahuku 5-8 163 Sr.
2. Shaun Kagawa (CB/LB/RB) KS-Hawaii 5-11 171 Sr.
3. Pali Galdeira (S) Saint Louis 5-11 194 Jr.
4. Manly Williams (S) KS-Hawaii 6-2 194 Jr.
5. Nick Kwon Pac-Five 5-9 170 Sr.
6. Setefano Lavatai (CB) Farrington 5-8 187 Sr.
7. Max Look ‘Iolani 5-6 152 Jr.
8. Kaeo Kanoa Kapolei 6-0 190 Sr.
9. Devailo Motuga-Galeai (S) Kahuku 5-10 181 Sr.
10. Jayven Mohetau Kahuku 5-11 174 Sr.

On the cusp:
J.T. Los Banos, ‘Iolani (6-0, 163, Jr.)
Jacob Lacaden, Saint Louis (6-0, 190, Jr.)
Dade Apao, Kamehameha (6-1, 180, Sr.)
Andrew Okimura, ‘Iolani (5-9, 162, Sr.)
Tre Boyd, Farrington (5-8, 143, Jr.)
Kiko Kohler-Fonohema, Lahainaluna
Chaz Shizumura, Punahou (6-0, 175, Sr.)
Shai Pulawa, Leilehua (5-11, 170, Sr.)
Branson Funakoshi, Leilehua (5-10, 185, Sr.)
A.J. Aleaga, Aiea (5-8, 170, Sr.)
Jordan Hussey, Waianae (5-8, 140, Sr.)
Brandon Rojo, Waianae (5-11, 150, Sr.)
Koali Opunui, Waianae (5-11, 170, Jr.)
Yuuya Kato, ‘Iolani (5-9, 185, Sr.)
Tytus Lucas, Lahainaluna

Sleepers:

Chase Takaki, Konawaena
Zac Bastatas, Kaimuki (CB, 5-10, 150, Sr.)
Chansen Exzabe, Kaimuki (5-10, 155, Sr.)
Jonah Lapitan, Kaimuki, Jr. (5-9, 160, Jr.)
Kama Vincent, Kamehameha-Hawaii (6-0, 170, Sr.)
Drew Kell, Hilo (6-1, 175, Jr.)

Paul Honda, Star-Advertiser

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