Top Players & Watch List: RBs 10/2

Mililani's Vavae Malepeai has increased his workload in each of the last two weeks. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser.
Mililani’s Vavae Malepeai has increased his workload in each of the last two weeks. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser.

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Updated 10/2/14
Statistics as of Sept. 27

RUNNING BACKS
1. Vavae Malepeai, Mililani >> Pupule rating: 98
6-0, 200, Jr. 
∆∆ vs #3 Saint Louis Aug 16 rush 25-112, 2 TD (2,2) rec 1-15
∆∆ vs Kailua Aug 23 rush 9-80, 3 TD (2,22,6), 2-pt run rec 0-0
∆∆ @ #10 Kapolei Aug 30 rush 15-156, 2 TD (47,1) rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Aiea Sept 12 rush 13-65, 2 TD (4,5) rec 3-30, TD (4)
∆∆ @ #6 Campbell Sept 19 rush 29-145, 2 TD (2,9), 2-pt run rec 1-6
∆∆ vs #3 Farrington Sept 27 rush 22-199, 4 TD (41,9,8,3) rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 113-767, 15 TD; 6.8 YPC; 127.8 YPG
2-pt run
rec 5-51, TD; 10.2 YPR; 8.4 YPG
Extra point: After a meager 37 carries in his previous three games, the past two weeks have been big doses of Malepeai left, right and up the gut. His 51 carries (for 344 yards and six TDs) is the most work he’s had in back-to-back games since 2013. The good news is that he’s fresh, still below last season’s workload at this point. A 41-yard TD run against Farrington, corralled near the left sideline, twisting out of a tackle and changing direction to the right pylon, may have been the best TD run by a RB this year.

2. Ranan Mamiya, Farrington >> Pupule rating: 97
5-11, 170, Sr.
∆∆ vs Waipahu (Aloha) Aug 16 rush 4-124, 3 TD (25,61,31)
∆∆ vs #9 Kapolei (Ticky) Aug 23 rush 11-128, 2 TD (7,21) rec 2-25 KR 89-yd TD
∆∆ @ Moanalua Aug 29 rush 14-97, 3 TD (18,25,16) rec 3-26
∆∆ vs Aiea (Ticky) Sept 6 rush 6-34, TD (1) rec 1-3 PR 60-yd TD pass 1-1-0-71, TD (71)
∆∆ @ Kailua Sept 12 rush 10-81, TD (8) rec 2-23 pass 0-1-0-0
∆∆ @ #2 Mililani Sept 27 rush 12-93 rec 2-81, TD (80)
∆∆ Total rush 57-557, 10 TD; 9.8 YPC; 92.8 YPG
rec 10-158, TD; 15.8 YPR; 26.3 YPG
KR – TD
PR – TD
PASS – TD
Extra point: The Trojans negated Mamiya’s threat as a kickoff returner by having PK Marc Matas boom five touchbacks. Since the Trojans punted only once, Mamiya was not a factor in the return game at all. The Govs threw the ball his way three times, including a sensational 80-yard TD on the first play of their first series, but for the most part, Mililani kept Mamiya under wraps.


3. (tie) Jensen McDaniel, Kaiser >> Pupule rating: 96
Jr.
∆∆ vs Aiea Aug 15 rush 24-162, 4 TD (70,2,1,1) rec 3-29
∆∆ vs Waianae Aug 22 rush 22-159, TD (76) rec 1-8
∆∆ vs Waipahu Sept 5 rush 14-162, 2 TD (52,43) rec 1-34
∆∆ vs McKinley Sept 12 rush 12-88, 5 TD (12,5,4,8,10) rec 7-62
∆∆ vs #3 Kahuku Sept 19 rush 28-98 rec 3-99, TD (87)
∆∆ @ Castle Sept 26 rush 24-83, TD (24) rec 3-16
∆∆ Total rush 124-752, 13 TD; 6 YPC; 125.3 YPG
rec 18-248, TD; 13.8 YPR; 41.3 YPG
Extra point: Castle became the first unranked team to limit McDaniel to less than less than 6 yards per carry, which set up a near upset of the newly ranked Cougars. In lieu of a deeply layered passing attack, the onus is on McDaniel and QB Kalawai‘a Judd to move the chains, and they do it especially well on the ground.

3. (tie) Wayne Taulapapa, Punahou >> Pupule rating: 96
5-11, 185, Jr.
∆∆ vs #7 Saint Louis (Aloha) Aug 29 rush 15-161 rec 3-21
∆∆ vs Damien (Aloha) Sept 5 rush 11-57, 2 TD (13,1) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs St. Francis Sept 13 rush 6-153, 3 TD (9,63,6) rec 1-10
∆∆ vs ‘Iolani Sept 27 rush 8-77, 4 TD (9,43,3,2) rec 2-19
∆∆ Total rush 40-448, 9 TD; 11.2 YPC; 112 YPG
rec 6-50
Extra point: Forty carries. It’s October and one of the top RBs in the state has been handed the ball just 40 times, along with six passes. From a fun-times aspect, no kid wants to average just 10 carries per game as a starting tailback. Then again, what coaching staff wouldn’t LOVE to have a nearly-mint condition starting lineup as the league playoffs and state tournament near. No, the Buffanblu are not a lock for the state tourney, but with so few games and so much practice time, it’s a dream scenario for some coaches. Especially with the offense executing without hardly a flaw.

5. Kesi Ah-Hoy, Kahuku, 6-1, 192, So. >> Pupule rating: 94
∆∆ vs #10 Kapolei Aug 15 rush 12-97, TD (38) rec 2-69 KR 94-yd TD
∆∆ vs Waipahu Aug 22 rush 3-23 rec 2-26
∆∆ vs McKinley (Ticky) Aug 29 rush 9-115, 3 TD (41,18,12) rec 1-20
∆∆ @ Castle Sept 12 rush 7-37, 2 TD (2,3) rec 2-46 1-2-0-40, TD
∆∆ @ Kaiser Sept 19 rush 16-74, 2 FL rec 0-0
∆∆ vs #4 Leilehua Sept 27 rush 14-2 rec 1-11 3-3-0-42
∆∆ Total rush 61-348, 6 TD; 5.7 YPC; 58 YPG
rec 7-161
KR – TD
Pass – TD
Extra point: Implementing a new offense wasn’t going to change Ah-Hoy’s role as a RB, in theory. But with the offense struggling in recent weeks — seven turnovers against Kaiser and 80 total yards against Leilehua — the Red Raiders have tinkered with Ah-Hoy at QB. That’s a move that I saw work in the BIIF two decades ago. Honokaa moved shifty RB Davin “Taich” Alip to QB after an 0-3 start, and the Dragons proceeded to nearly run the table. All Alip had to do was roll out, pump fake a couple of times and chew up big yardage, move the chains. It won’t be so simple for Ah-Hoy in that role against elite OIA defenses. Or maybe it will.

6. (tie) Terell Johnson, Campbell >> Pupule rating: 92
6-0, 200, Jr.
∆∆ vs Castle Aug 15 rush 11-148 yards, TD (70)
∆∆ vs Moanalua Aug 22 rush 18-127, 2 TD (5,49) rec 1-6
∆∆ vs Kailua Sept 5 rush 9-5 rec 3-31, TD (10)
∆∆ @ Kapolei Sept 12 rush 15-39 rec 2-9
∆∆ vs #2 Mililani Sept 19 rush 14-143, 2 TD (35,41) rec 1-11
∆∆ @ Aiea Sept 27 rush 14-31 rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 81-593, 5 TD; 7.3 YPC; 98.8 YPG
rec 7-67, TD
Extra point: When Johnson hits the hole at full acceleration, there may not be a better breakaway ballcarrier in the islands.

6. (tie) K.J. Pascua, ‘Iolani >> Pupule rating: 92
5-5, 157, So.
∆∆ vs Mino Jiyu (Japan) Aug 16 rush 15-120, 2 TD (1,2) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Damien Aug 29 rush 23-132, TD (8) rec 1-39
∆∆ #8 Saint Louis Sept 13 rush 17-81 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs St Francis (Aloha) Sept 20 rush 21-190, 5 TD (39,19,3,7,7) rec 0-0
∆∆ @ #1 Punahou Sept 27 rush 15-64, 2 TD (2,14), 2-pt run rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 91-587, 10 TD; 6.5 YPC; 117.4 YPG
2-pt run
rec 1-39
Extra point: It’s been quite a debut season for the sophomore, but he seems to be holding up after 91 carries in five games. If there’s one consolation for D-II teams in the ILH, they normally aren’t scheduled to face D-I teams in back-to-back weeks.

8. (tie) Kaulana Apelu, Kamehameha >> Pupule rating: 91 (injured)
5-10, 185, Sr.
∆∆ @ Del Oro (Calif.) Aug 29 rush 10-79 rec 3-42 (INJ – knee)
Extra point: After losing his junior season to injury, he came into the fall prepared for a potential championship run. In less than a full game, he accumulated more than 100 yards against one of the CIF’s top teams on the road, averaging nearly 8 yards per carry. We’ll never know what #13 would’ve done with a healthy, full season. He was explosive, tough and promising as a sophomore two years ago. My guess is that Apelu would’ve had a 1,000-yard season. Coach Cosbie thinks Apelu will rebound and play at the next level. In time, there’s no doubt it can happen.

8. (tie) Ace Faumui, Kalani >> Pupule rating: 91
∆∆ vs Waialua Aug 16 rush 0-0
∆∆ @ Kalaheo (Kailua field) Aug 23 rush 0-0
∆∆ vs Anuenue (Kaiser Stadium) Aug 29 rush 8-108, 4 TD (50, 6, 2, 11), 2-pt run rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Roosevelt Sept 5 rush 14-151, TD rec 2-(-10)
∆∆ vs Radford (Kaiser Stadium) Sept 12 rush 6-8 rec 3-49
∆∆ vs Kaimuki (Kaiser Stadium) Sept 20 rush 25-180, TD (15) rec 4-8
∆∆ Total rush 47-439, 6 TD; 9.3 YPC; 109.8 YPG
rec 6-(-2)
Extra point: He’s learning on the job, so to speak, a linebacker giving his team what it needs — a straight-ahead, chain-moving producer. At the D-II level, he drags tacklers and his yards-after-contact, simply phenomenal. For now, Kalani’s fly sweeps are enough to keep defenses somewhat honest, but I wonder how fresh Faumui will be by the playoffs.

10. (tie) Makaila Haina-Horswill, Nanakuli >> Pupule rating: 90
5-6, 166, Sr.
∆∆ vs Kalaheo Aug 16 rush 16-160, 2 TD rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Roosevelt Aug 29 rush 4-57, TD rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Waialua ` Sept 6 rush 9-21 rec 1-8, TD
∆∆ vs Kaimuki Sept 13 rush 16-138 rec 1-7
∆∆ vs Anuenue Sept 19 rush 7-181, 3 TD (66,36,15) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Pearl City Sept 26 rush 17-126, 3 TD (4,21,34) rec 1-14
∆∆ Total rush 69-693, 8 TD; 10 YPC; 115.5 YPG
rec 3-29, TD
Extra point: Storybook ending to the Nanakuli-Pearl City game as Haina-Horswill scored three second-half TDs to give his team the lead, then came up with the fumble with 31 seconds left to end the Chargers’ final drive.

10. (tie) Keenan Luis, Baldwin >> Pupule rating: 90
∆∆ vs Edison (Calif) WMS) Aug 23 rush 3-5
∆∆ vs Maui (WMS) Aug 29 rush 12-87, TD
∆∆ vs Lahainaluna (WMS) Sept 6
∆∆ vs King Kekaulike (WMS) Sept. 12 rush 7-55
∆∆ @ KS-Maui Sept 19 rush 19-245, 2 TD (79,46)
∆∆ @ King Kekaulike Sept 26 rush 15-111, 2 TD (1,49) rec 1-37, TD (37)
∆∆ Total rush 56-503, 5 TD; 9 YPC; 100.6 YPG
rec 1-37, TD

10. (tie) Dominic Maneafaiga, Pearl City >> Pupule rating: 90
∆∆ vs Roosevelt Aug 15 rush 14-83, 2 TD (1,32) PR 44-yd TD
∆∆ @ Waialua Aug 23 rush 9-47, 2 TD (5,3) rec 3-52
∆∆ vs Kaimuki Aug 29 rush 7-148, 2 TD (62, 20) rec 3-23, TD KR 81-yd TD
∆∆ vs Anuenue Sept 5 forfeit W
∆∆ @ Nanakuli Sept 26 rush 23-110 rec 4-76, 2 TD (12,40)
∆∆ Total rush 53-388, 5 TD; 7.3 YPC; 97 YPG
rec 10-151, 3 TD
KR – TD
Extra point: Tremendously versatile, great hands, great feet, comfortable in open space and traffic.

10. (tie) Jahred Silofau, Saint Louis >> Pupule rating: 90
5-8, 190, So.
∆∆ vs Mililani Aug 16 DNP
∆∆ vs St. John Bosco (Calif) Aug 22 rush 3-28 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs #1 Punahou (Aloha) Aug 29 DNP
∆∆ vs Pac-Five (Aloha) Sept 5 rush 2-13, TD (4) rec 0-0
∆∆ @ ‘Iolani Sept 13 rush 13-101, TD (20) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs #4 Kamehameha (Aloha) Sept 20 rush 20-152, TD (3) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs St Francis (Aloha) Sept 27 rush 3-32, TD (4) rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 41-336, 4 TD; 8.2 YPC; 67.2 YPG
Extra point: The Crusaders used four RBs in the blowout win over St. Francis. It would be fun to see what Silofau would do with a minimum of 10 carries against every opponent, but saving him for the rest of the schedule is a wise move.

10. (tie) Tristin Spikes, Hilo >> Pupule rating: 90
5-8, 175, Sr. 
∆∆ vs Waiakea (Wong) Aug 16 rush 12-112, no other stats available
∆∆ vs Hawaii Prep (Wong) Aug 30 rush 9-98, TD rec 3-63, TD
∆∆ vs KS-Hawaii (Wong) Sept 5 rush 25-114, TD rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Honokaa Sept 12
∆∆ @ Kealakehe Sept 20 rush 16-25 rec 2-15
Extra point: Have some missing statistics to gather, but after seeing him play last year (against Campbell), he’s a physical, explosive back. The lack of a consistent passing game puts a little more of the burden on Spikes, but he thrives on it.

15. (tie) Jordan Bayudan, Kamehameha >> Pupule rating: 89
∆∆ St. Francis Sept 5 rush 11-79, TD (32) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Damien Sept 11 rush 10-65, 3 TD (7,2,1) rec 2-10
∆∆ vs #8 Saint Louis (Aloha) Sept 20 rush 11-144, TD (82) rec 1-3
∆∆ vs Pac-Five (Aloha) Sept 27 rush 2-22, 2 TD (15,7) rec ?
∆∆ Total rush 34-310, 7 TD; 9.1 YPC; 77.5 YPG
rec 3-13
Extra point: Light load for Bayudan against the Wolfpack, but it’s tough to beat two TDs in two carries.

15. (tie) Challen Faamatau, Farrington >> Pupule rating: 89
5-10, 183, So.
∆∆ vs Waipahu (Aloha) Aug 16 rush 5-28 rec 1-6
∆∆ vs #9 Kapolei (Ticky) Aug 23 rush 15-68 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Moanalua Aug 29 rush 16-115, TD rec 2-24, TD
∆∆ vs Aiea (Ticky) Sept 6 rush 7-86, 2 TD (1,4) rec 2-36
∆∆ @ Kailua Sept 12 rush 5-30 rec 2-25, TD (5)
∆∆ @ #2 Mililani Sept 27 rush 6-49, TD (9) rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 54-376, 4 TD; 6.9 YPC; 62.7 YPG
rec 7-91, TD; 13 YPR; 15.3 YPG
Extra point: The sophomore has been effective when used, in a similar role to that of Austin May at Campbell. At some point, maybe, the Governors and Sabers will employ their two best running backs at the same time on some plays. Faamatau’s ability to catch the ball could set up some interesting wrinkles when he’s on the field with Mamiya.

15. (tie) Daniel Kelley, Maui >> Pupule rating: 89
5-7, 200, Jr.
∆∆ vs Kealakehe (WMS) Aug 15 rush 28-216, TD
∆∆ vs KS-Maui (WMS) Aug 21 rush 14-150, 2 TD
∆∆ vs Baldwin (WMS) Aug 29 rush 10-50, TD
∆∆ vs #9 Lahainaluna (WMS) Sept 13 rush 10-38
∆∆ vs King Kekaulike (WMS) Sept 20 rush 6-64, TD (33) rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 68-518, 5 TD; 7.6 YPC; 103.6 YPG
Extra point: After a huge season-opening performance against Kealakehe, his workload has diminished due to the talented corps of runners at Maui. That’s what works best for the team, but it’s nice for the Sabers to know that Kelley can handle a big workload if necessary.

15. (tie) Sean Noda, Kaimuki >> Pupule rating: 89
5-5, 140, Sr.
∆∆ vs Anuenue (Kaiser Stadium) Aug 23 rush 14-152, 3 TD (6,9,56) rec 2-16
∆∆ @ Pearl City Aug 29 rush 8-1 rec 1-7 KR 81-yd TD
∆∆ vs Radford (Kaiser Stadium) Sept 6 rush 18-130, TD (56) rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Nanakuli Sept 13 DNP?
∆∆ vs Kalani (Kaiser Stadium) Sept 20 rush 17-95 rec 1-23
∆∆ @ Waialua Sept 26 rush 18-76 rec 2-27
∆∆ Total rush 75-454, 4 TD
rec 6-73
KR – TD
Extra point: Noda continues to move forward, playing both ways, full Ironman mode. This, despite another heartbreaking loss. Pound for pound, one of the toughest, most resilient players in the state.

15. Ikaika Piceno, Leilehua >> Pupule rating: 89
5-8, 185, Sr.
∆∆ vs Kailua Aug 16 rush 11-126, 2 TD (3,71), 2-pt run pass 2-pt conversion
∆∆ vs McKinley Aug 22 rush 0-0 rec 1-33
∆∆ @ #9 Waianae Aug 29 DNP?
∆∆ vs Castle Sept 5 rush 12-52, TD (2) rec 2-62, 2 TD (7,55)
∆∆ @ Waipahu Sept 12 DNP?
∆∆ @ #7 Kahuku Sept 27 rush 12-57, TD (2) rec 6-78
∆∆ Total rush 35-235, 4 TD; 6.7 YPC; 58.8 YPG
rec 9-173, 2 TD; 19.2 YPR; 43.3 YPG

20. (tie) Kawika Akahi, King Kekaulike >> Pupule rating: 88
∆∆ @ KS-Maui Sept 5 rush 14-134, TD rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Baldwin (WMS) Sept 12 rush 25-98, TD (1) rec 0-0 pass 1-10-1-45
∆∆ vs Baldwin Sept 26 rush 7-61, TD (52) rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 46-293, 4 TD; 6.4 YPC; 97.7 YPG
rec 0-0
Extra point: He plays RB, QB and is a pretty good field-goal kicker, too.

20. (tie) Jhustin Balisacan, Kauai >> Pupule rating: 88
5-9, 170, Jr.
∆∆ @ Konawaena Aug 16 rush 12-76 rec 2-35
∆∆ vs Damien (Vidinha) Aug 23 rush 24-160, 3 TD rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Waimea (Vidinha) Sept 5 DNP?
∆∆ vs Kapaa (Vidinha) Sept 12 DNP?
∆∆ @ Waimea Sept 26 14-71
∆∆ Total rush 50-308, 3 TD; 6.2 YPC; 102.7 YPG
rec 2-35
Extra point: It’s a down season for the Red Raiders, but Balisacan has put up some solid numbers.

20. (tie) Onosai Emelio, Maui >> Pupule rating: 88
6-0, 225, Sr.
∆∆ vs Kealakehe (WMS) Aug 15 DNP
∆∆ vs KS-Maui (WMS) Aug 21 rush 16-111, TD
∆∆ vs Baldwin (WMS) Aug 29 rush 8-84, TD
∆∆ vs #9 Lahainaluna (WMS) Sept 13 rush 3-10
∆∆ vs King Kekaulike (WMS) Sept 20 rush 6-42, 3 TD rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 33-247, 5 TD; 7.5 YPC; 61.8 YPG
Extra point: Tough for any of the talented Maui running backs to break out, but that depth is what makes their offense that much tougher to stop.

20. (tie) Randy Neverson, Leilehua >> Pupule rating: 88
6-0, 205, Sr.
∆∆ vs Kailua Aug 16 rush 3-22 rec 2-64, TD (41)
∆∆ vs McKinley Aug 22 rush 10-51, TD (2) rec 0-0
∆∆ @ #9 Waianae Aug 29 rush 6-43, TD (21) rec 1-17, TD (17) pass 1-1-0-36, TD KR 57-yd ret
∆∆ vs Castle Sept 5 rush 0-0 rec 1-22, TD (22)
∆∆ @ Waipahu Sept 12 DNP
∆∆ @ #7 Kahuku Sept 27 rush 1-13 rec 1-9
∆∆ Total rush 20-129, 2 TD; 6.5 YPC; 25.8 YPG
rec 5-112, 3 TD; 22.4 YPR; 22.4 YPG
pass 1-1-0-36, TD
Extra point: A second knee injury is hampering what promised to be a big year for the talented senior.

20. (tie) Storm Lotomau, ‘Iolani >> Pupule rating: 88
5-4, 167, Sr.
∆∆ vs Mino Jiyu (Japan) Aug 16 rush 10-89, 2 TD (10,10) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Damien Aug 29 rush 8-35, TD (8) rec 0-0
∆∆ #8 Saint Louis Sept 13 rush 14-80, 2 TD (6,4) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs St Francis (Aloha) Sept 20 rush 16-122, 2 TD (2,52) rec 0-0
∆∆ @ #1 Punahou Sept 27 rush 9-54 rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 57-380, 7 TD; 6.7 YPC; 76 YPG
rec 0-0
Extra point: Lotomau didn’t score in the Punahou game, his first time not scoring in a game this season.

John Barbieto, Waianae >> Pupule rating: 86
5-8, 145, Sr.
∆∆ vs Moanalua Aug 15 rush 2-10 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ #10 Kaiser Aug 22 rush 17-68, TD rec 1-6
∆∆ vs #7 Leilehua Aug 29 rush 12-31 rec 4-32
∆∆ vs McKinley Sept 5 rush 10-106, 2 TD rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Castle Sept 19 rush 19-129, TD (7) rec 1-4
∆∆ @ Waipahu Sept 26 rush 12-69, TD (5) rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 72-413, 5 TD; 5.7 YPC; 66.8 YPG
rec 6-42

Ikaika Chong-Kee, KS-Maui >> Pupule rating: 85
∆∆ vs Maui (WMS) Aug 21 rush 9-9 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Lahainaluna (WMS) Aug 30 rush 8-17 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs King Kekaulike Sept 5 rush 16-114, TD rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Baldwin Sept 19 DNP?
∆∆ vs #9 Lahainaluna Sept 27 rush? rec 2-(-5)
∆∆ Total rush 33-140, TD

Michael Feliciano, Moanalua >> Pupule rating: 85
∆∆ @ #8 Waianae Aug 15 rush 17-70, TD (32) rec 0-0
∆∆ @ #7 Campbell Aug 22 rush 11-39 rec 3-31, TD (14)
∆∆ vs #5 Farrington Aug 29 rush 2-1 rec 10-154, TD (30)
∆∆ vs Kapolei Sept 5 rush 7-27 rec 2-26
∆∆ vs Aiea Sept 19 rush 9-30 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Kailua Sept 27 rush 5-26 rec 8-83, TD (8)
∆∆ Total rush 51-193, TD; 3.8 YPA; 32.2 YPG
rec 23-294, 3 TD; 12.8 YPR; 49 YPG

Heisman Hosoda, Punahou >> Pupule rating: 85
∆∆ vs #7 Saint Louis (Aloha) Aug 29 rush 5-28 rec 3-56, TD (23)
∆∆ vs Damien (Aloha) Sept 5 rush 0-0 rec 5-94, TD (20)
∆∆ vs St. Francis Sept 13 rush 3-22, TD (1) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs ‘Iolani Sept 27 rush 0-0 rec 2-21, TD (16)
∆∆ Total rush 8-50, TD; 6.3 YPC; 12.5 YPG
rec 10-171, 3 TD; 17.1 YPR; 42.8 YPG

Jared Rocha-Islas, Lahainaluna, 5-8, 189, Sr. >> Pupule rating: 85
∆∆ @ Kapaa (Vidinha) Aug 16 rush 10-56 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs King Kekaulike (WMS) Aug 22 rush 10-76, 2 TD (1,3) rec 1-8
∆∆ vs KS-Maui (WMS) Aug 30 rush 8-78 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Baldwin (WMS) Sept 6 rec TD (19) pass TD (14)
∆∆ vs Maui (WMS) Sept 13 rush 8-40 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ KS-Maui Sept 27 rush 19-165, 2 TD (17,3) rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 47-375, 4 TD; 8 YPC
rec

Soane Vaohea, Maui >> Pupule rating: 85
∆∆ vs Kealakehe (WMS) Aug 15 DNP?
∆∆ vs KS-Maui (WMS) Aug 21
∆∆ vs Baldwin (WMS) Aug 29 rush 7-53 rec 2-30
∆∆ vs #9 Lahainaluna (WMS) Sept 13 DNP?
∆∆ vs King Kekaulike (WMS) Sept 20 rush 8-101, 2 TD
∆∆ Total rush 15-154, 2 TD; 10.3 YPC; 77 YPG

Freedom Alualu, Farrington >> Pupule rating: 84
5-8, 252, So.
∆∆ vs Waipahu (Aloha) Aug 16 rush 1-7
∆∆ vs #9 Kapolei (Ticky) Aug 23 rush 0-0
∆∆ @ Moanalua Aug 29 rush 3-30 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Aiea (Ticky) Sept 6 rush 2-21 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Kailua Sept 12 rush 2-18 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ #2 Mililani Sept 27 rush 5-28 rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 13-104; 8 YPC; 17.3 YPG
Note: Prime blocker as FB.

Ronald Matautia, Kapolei, 5-11, 205, Sr. >> Pupule rating: 84
LB/RB, 5-11, 205, Sr.
∆∆ @ #5 Kahuku Aug 15 rush 6-36, TD (5)
∆∆ @ #6 Farrington (Ticky) Aug 23 rush 7-26
∆∆ vs #2 Mililani Aug 30 rush 2-2 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Moanalua Sept 5 rush 8-64, 2 TD (3,6)
∆∆ #6 Campbell Sept 12 rush 1-2 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Kailua Sept 19 rush 4-10, 2 TD (4,1) rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 28-140, 5 TD; 5 YPC; 23.3 YPG
Note: Full-time LB.

Austin May, Campbell >> Pupule rating: 84
Sr.
∆∆ vs Castle Aug 15 rush 7-38, TD (25)
∆∆ vs Moanalua Aug 22 rush 12-80, TD (1) rec 1-4
∆∆ vs Kailua Sept 5 rush 6-27 rec 1-21
∆∆ @ Kapolei Sept 12 rush 5-33 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs #2 Mililani Sept 19 rush 7-32 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Aiea Sept 27 rush 13-82 rec 1-(-4)
∆∆ Total rush 50-295, 2 TD; 5.9 YPC; 49.2 YPG
rec 3-21
Extra point: He’s as fluid and decisive a runner as I’ve seen this season, just happens to share the backfield with an exceptional talent in Terell Johnson.

Trensten Spragling, Kapolei, 5-8, 170, Sr. >> Pupule rating: 84
5-8, 170, Sr.
∆∆ @ #5 Kahuku Aug 15 rush 8-29
∆∆ @ #6 Farrington (Ticky) Aug 23 rush 18-74
∆∆ vs #2 Mililani Aug 30 rush 2-(-3)
∆∆ @ Moanalua Sept 5 rush 14-87, 2 TD (11,21)
∆∆ #6 Campbell Sept 12 rush 8-11, TD (5) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Kailua Sept 19 rush 6-18 rec 1-(-6)
∆∆ Total rush 56-216, 3 TD; 3.9 YPC; 36 YPG
rec 1-(-6)

Makoa Freitas, Kamehameha >> Pupule rating: 83
∆∆ vs St. Francis Sept 5 rush 14-82, 2 TD (3, 2) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Damien Sept 11 rush 11-48 rec 1-12
∆∆ vs #8 Saint Louis (Aloha) Sept 20 rush DNP?
∆∆ vs Pac-Five (Aloha) Sept 27 rush 3-38, TD (29) rec ?
∆∆ Total rush 28-168, 3 TD; 6.5 YPC
rec 1-12


Bugsy Tui, Farrington >> Pupule rating: 83
FB, 5-7, 248, Sr.
∆∆ vs Waipahu (Aloha) Aug 16 rush 1-0
∆∆ vs #9 Kapolei (Ticky) Aug 23 rush 5-23 rec 1-1
∆∆ @ Moanalua Aug 29 rush 1-4 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Aiea (Ticky) Sept 6 rush 4-45 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Kailua Sept 12 rush 4-30, TD rec 0-0
∆∆ @ #2 Mililani Sept 27 rush 0-0 rec 1-3
∆∆ Total rush 15-122
rec 2-4

Leighton Rosa, St. Francis >> Pupule rating: 82
RB/CB, 5-6, 145, So.
∆∆ @ Keaau Aug 16 rush 116 yd, TD
∆∆ vs Holy Trinity (Canada) Aug 23 rush 14-84, TD rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Pac-Five (Aloha) Aug 29 rush 19-91 rec 1-5
∆∆ @ #3 Kamehameha Sept 5 rush 2-5 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ #1 Punahou Sept 13 rush 1-4 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs #5 Saint Louis (Aloha) Sept. 27 rush 7-45, TD (1) rec 3-4
∆∆ Total rush 229, 2 TD
rec 4-9

Kekoa Kaluahine-Cacal, Kapaa >> Pupule rating: 81
5-6, 175, Jr.
∆∆ vs Lahainaluna (Vidinha) Aug 16 rush 19-61
∆∆ @ Waimea Aug 29 rush 14-72
∆∆ @ Kauai (Vidinha) Sept 12 rush 7-26
∆∆ vs Waimea (Vidinha) Sept 20 rush 8-94, TD
∆∆ Total rush 38-253, TD; 6.6 YPC; 63.3 YPG

Raymond Caayon, Saint Louis >> Pupule rating 80
5-9, 175, Sr.
∆∆ vs Mililani Aug 16 rush 10-41, FL rec 1-(-6)
∆∆ vs St. John Bosco (Calif) Aug 22 rush 1-3
∆∆ vs #1 Punahou (Aloha) Aug 29 rush 12-75
∆∆ vs Pac-Five (Aloha) Sept 5 DNP?
∆∆ @ ‘Iolani Sept 13 DNP?
∆∆ vs #4 Kamehameha (Aloha) Sept 20 DNP?
∆∆ vs St Francis (Aloha) Sept 27 DNP?
∆∆ Total rush 23-129; 5.6 YPC; 43 YPG;
rec 1-6

Kepono Kawaaloa, Damien >> Pupule rating: 80
RB/DB, 5-6, 153, Jr.
∆∆ @ Kauai (Vidinha) Aug 23 rush 9-25 rec 3-18
∆∆ @ ‘Iolani Aug 29 rush 2-5 rec 1-7
∆∆ vs #1 Punahou (Aloha) Sept 5 rush 3-5 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ #3 Kamehameha Sept 11 rush 10-82, TD (77) rec 1-12
∆∆ vs St Francis (Aloha) Sept 20 rush 16-124 rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 40-241, TD; 6 YPC; 48.2 YPG
rec 5-37

Elijah McCarthy-Gouveia, Kapaa >> Pupule rating: 80
5-8, 160, Sr.
∆∆ vs Lahainaluna (Vidinha) Aug 16 rush 14-74, TD (1)
∆∆ @ Waimea (Hanapepe) Aug 29 DNP?
∆∆ @ Kauai (Vidinha) Sept 12 rush 6-48
∆∆ vs Waimea (Vidinha) Sept 20 rush 12-43, 2 TD
∆∆ Total rush 32-165, 3 TD; 5.2 YPC; 53 YPG

Jrue Williams, Kahuku >> Pupule rating: 79
∆∆ vs #10 Kapolei Aug 15 rush 7-43
∆∆ vs Waipahu Aug 22 rush 3-18
∆∆ vs McKinley (Ticky) Aug 29 rush 3-12
∆∆ @ Castle Sept 12 rush 3-27
∆∆ @ Kaiser Sept 19
∆∆ vs #4 Leilehua Sept 27
∆∆ Total rush 16-100

Bubba Ellis-Noa, Konawaena >> Pupule rating: 78
5-8, 205
∆∆ vs Kauai Aug 16 rush 12-67, TD
∆∆ vs KS-Hawaii Aug 29 rush 12-26, TD
∆∆ @ Keaau Sept 5
∆∆ vs Waiakea Sept 13
∆∆ @ Konawaena Sept 19 rush 0-0 rec 8-98, TD (51)
∆∆ @ Honokaa Sept 26
∆∆ Total rush 24-93, 2 TD; 3.9 YPC 46.5 YPG

Jurick Valdez, Waianae >> Pupule rating: 78
5-6, 155, Jr.
∆∆ vs Moanalua Aug 15 rush 18-73, 2 TD rec 3-36
∆∆ @ #10 Kaiser Aug 22 rush 10-18 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs #7 Leilehua Aug 29 rush 3-14 rec 1-(-3)
∆∆ vs McKinley Sept 5 DNP?
∆∆ vs Castle Sept 19 rush 2-(-2) rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Waipahu Sept 26 rush 9-42 rec 0-0
∆∆ Total rush 42-145, 2 TD; 3.5 YPC; 29 YPG
rec 4-33

Kaeo Batacan, KS-Hawaii >> Pupule rating: 75
5-5, 140, Jr.
∆∆ @ Konawaena Aug 29 rush 22-72 rec 1-4
∆∆ @ #10 Hilo (Wong) Sept 5 rush 9-23 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Kealakehe Sept 12 rush 10-36 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Waiakea Sept 19
∆∆ @ Hawaii Prep Sept 27 ?
∆∆ Total rush 41-131; 3.2 YPC; 43.7 YPG
rec 1-4

Ekolu Young, Kapolei, 5-10, 200, Sr. >> Pupule rating: 75
5-10, 200, Sr.
∆∆ @ #5 Kahuku Aug 15 rush 11-27
∆∆ @ #6 Farrington (Ticky) Aug 23 rush 4-16
∆∆ vs #2 Mililani Aug 30 rush 4-(-4), FL rec 3-46
∆∆ @ Moanalua Sept 5 rush 6-25 rec 0-0
∆∆ #6 Campbell Sept 12 rush 5-24 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Kailua Sept 19 rush 1-0
∆∆ Total rush 31-88

Bishop Moore, Roosevelt >> Pupule rating: 75
5-4, 135, Sr.
∆∆ vs Pearl City Aug 15 rush 14-16
∆∆ vs Radford Aug 22 rush 10-52 (INJ – knee)
∆∆ Total rush 24-68

Samson Low, Damien >> Pupule rating: 73
RB/DB, 5-6, 148, Sr.
∆∆ @ Kauai (Vidinha) Aug 23 rush 8-43 rec 1-16
∆∆ @ ‘Iolani Aug 29 rush 14-62 rec 2-10
∆∆ vs #1 Punahou (Aloha) Sept 5 rush 8-11 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ #3 Kamehameha Sept 11 rush 4-(-1) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs St Francis (Aloha) Sept 20 rush 10-24, TD, 2-pt run rec 1-6
∆∆ Total rush 34-115 rec 3-26

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Reupena Fitisemanu, Kahuku
6-0, 265, Sr. (ILB/FB)
∆∆ vs #10 Kapolei Aug 15 rush 6-25
∆∆ vs Waipahu Aug 22 DNP
∆∆ vs McKinley (Ticky) Aug 29 rush 0-0
∆∆ @ Castle Sept 12 rush 5-29, TD (12)
∆∆ @ Kaiser Sept 19 rush 5-15
∆∆ vs #4 Leilehua Sept 27 rush 1-(-2)
∆∆ Total rush 17-67
Note: Full-time at LB.

Salanoa Alo-Wily, Kahuku
∆∆ vs #10 Kapolei Aug 15 rush 2-5
∆∆ vs Waipahu Aug 22 rush 2-46, 2 TD (1,45)
∆∆ vs McKinley (Ticky) Aug 29 rush 2-5 rec 1-25
∆∆ @ Castle Sept 12 rush 7-119, TD (3)
∆∆ @ Kaiser Sept 19 rush 9-45 rec 1-16
∆∆ vs #4 Leilehua Sept 27 rush 5-14
∆∆ Total rush 27-234, 3 TD; 8.7 YPC; 39 YPG

Gage Quinabo-Reis, Kalani
∆∆ vs Waialua Aug 16 rush 11-44 rec 1-10
∆∆ @ Kalaheo (Kailua field) Aug 23 DNP?
∆∆ vs Anuenue (Kaiser Stadium) Aug 29 DNP?
∆∆ @ Roosevelt Sept 5 DNP?
∆∆ vs Radford (Kaiser Stadium) Sept 12 DNP?
∆∆ vs Kaimuki (Kaiser Stadium) Sept 20

Soli Afalava, Kahuku
6-2, 201, Sr. 
∆∆ vs #10 Kapolei Aug 15 rush 6-25
∆∆ vs Waipahu Aug 22 rush 0-0
∆∆ vs McKinley (Ticky) Aug 29 rush 0-0
∆∆ @ Castle Sept 12 rush 3-16
∆∆ @ Kaiser Sept 19 rush 2-3
∆∆ vs #4 Leilehua Sept 27
∆∆ Total rush 11-44
Note Full-time at safety.

Sunshine Anuenue, Nanakuli
5-7, 195, Jr.
∆∆ vs Roosevelt Aug 29 rush 13-90 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Kaimuki Sept 13 rush 6-17 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Pearl City Sept 26 rush 1-(-1) rec 0-0

Algene Kelekolio, Konawaena
5-4, 135
∆∆ vs Kauai Aug 16 rush 0-0
∆∆ vs KS-Hawaii Aug 29 rush 0-0
∆∆ @ Keaau Sept 5
∆∆ vs Waiakea Sept 13
∆∆ @ Konawaena Sept 19 rush 14-69, TD
∆∆ @ Honokaa Sept 26

Donovan Defang, Lahainaluna
∆∆ @ Kapaa (Vidinha) Aug 16 rush 12-53 rec
∆∆ vs King Kekaulike (WMS) Aug 22 DNP?
∆∆ vs KS-Maui (WMS) Aug 30 DNP?
∆∆ vs Baldwin (WMS) Sept 6
∆∆ vs Maui (WMS) Sept 13 rush 7-20 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ KS-Maui Sept 27 DNP?

Ansen Cabanilla, Lahainaluna
∆∆ @ Kapaa (Vidinha) Aug 16
∆∆ vs King Kekaulike (WMS) Aug 22 rush 4-62, TD (37)
∆∆ vs KS-Maui (WMS) Aug 30 rush 0-0 rec 2-28
∆∆ vs Baldwin (WMS) Sept 6
∆∆ vs Maui (WMS) Sept 13
∆∆ @ KS-Maui Sept 27 rush 0-0 rec 2-49, TD (43)

Kaysan Nakatsu, Kamehameha
∆∆ St. Francis Sept 5 rush 10-54, TD (11) rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Damien Sept 11 DNP?
∆∆ vs #8 Saint Louis (Aloha) Sept 20 rush 1-(-2)
∆∆ vs Pac-Five (Aloha) Sept 27
∆∆ Total rush 23-199, 3 TD; 8.7 YPC

Keith Jones II, Kaiser
Jr.
∆∆ vs Aiea Aug 16 rush 4-8
∆∆ vs Waianae Aug 22
∆∆ vs Waipahu Sept 5 rush 16-135, TD (8) rec 1-6
∆∆ vs McKinley Sept 12 rush 4-29 rec 1-13
∆∆ vs #3 Kahuku Sept 19 DNP?
∆∆ @ Castle Sept 26 DNP?
∆∆ Total 4 gm rush 25-181, TD; 7.2 YPC; 45.3 YPG
rec 2-19

Kyrus Rapacon, Kauai
RB/TE/DE, 5-10, 235, Sr.
∆∆ @ Konawaena Aug 16 DNP?
∆∆ vs Damien (Vidinha) Aug 23 rush 8-10 rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Waimea (Vidinha) Sept 5 rush 20-136, TD rec 0-0
∆∆ vs Kapaa (Vidinha) Sept 12 rush 6-14 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Waimea Sept 26
∆∆ Total 34-160, TD; 4.7 YPC; 53.3 YPG

Solomon Lopes-Liutolo, McKinley
∆∆ vs Kaiser (Ticky) Sept 12 rush 11-94, TD (1) rec 1-0
∆∆ vs Waipahu (Ticky) Sept 20 rush 8-13
∆∆ Total 4 gm rush 20-132, TD; 6.6 YPC; 33 YPG
rec 1-0

C. Paneku, KS-Hawaii
∆∆ vs Kealakehe Sept 12 16-67 rec 0-0
∆∆ @ Hawaii Prep Sept 27 ?

Sheadon Kalei, Roosevelt
∆∆ vs Kalaheo Sept 19 11-55
∆∆ vs Anuenue Sept 26 W (forfeit)

Kawika Cavanh, Kalaheo
∆∆ @ Roosevelt Sept 19 15-55

Kodi Ongory-Mathaias, Aiea
5-7, 170, Jr.
∆∆ @ Kaiser Aug 15 rush 14-43 1-1-0-19
∆∆ @ Kailua Aug 30 rush 10-16, TD
∆∆ vs #5 Farrington (Ticky) Sept 6 rush 10-37 rec 2-2
∆∆ vs #2 Mililani Sept 12 rush 11-30
∆∆ @ Moanalua Sept 19 rush 15-47 rec 1-13
∆∆ vs #8 Campbell Sept 27 DNP?
∆∆ Total rush 60-173, TD; 2.9 YPC; 34.6 YPG
rec 3-15

Laakea Day, King Kekaulike
∆∆ vs Baldwin Sept 26 rush 12-79

Not playing
3. Jordan Ross, ‘Iolani, 5-8, 164, Jr. >> Pupule rating: 88


SUMMARY
K.J. Pascua (‘Iolani) is a name that ILH watchers knew about, but to the rest of the world, he’s a surprise, especially since we expected Jordan Ross to be the starting RB. Pascua is a solid, no-frills chain mover. He and backup Storm Lotomau have very little wasted motion hitting the hole, and they’re big reasons why the Raiders are successful running the ball. Again. Dominic Maneafaiga (Nanakuli) and Jahred Silofau (Saint Louis) are two more impressive backs Maneafaiga gets to showcase his pass catching skills often in the Chargers’ offense, a natural, instinctive playmaker who can slither through traffic. Silofau is only a sophomore and is making the most of his opportunity in a crowded Crusaders backfield.

The cream of the crop right now in terms of talent and numbers is Vavae Malepeai. Of the top five backs, he is arguably the best pure I-formation style back, though he carries the ball out of pistol and shotgun handoffs, too. His past two games are more reminiscent of last year’s 1,375-yard, 20-TD season. He averaged 25.5 carries and 172 yards (and three TDs) in wins over Campbell and Farrington. Having relatively fresh legs coming into that two-game stretch helped. If he maintained that level of production over a 12-game schedule, Malepeai would rush for 2,064 yards on 306 carries with 36 TDs. The beating his body would take, well, that might not be worthwhile. I don’t expect defenses to let Malepeai get 25 carries per game, but if it happens, health and durability will certainly be a concern for the junior.

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