VIDEO: Highlight-Hawaii at PTP National Showcase

The Silver team was one of four that traveled to the PTP Sports National Showcase.

Video footage of all four teams representing Highlight-Hawaii from days one through three at the PTP Sports National Showcase are below.

More than 140 players from the islands played in the fully-padded event. (If there is missing footage that hasn’t been included here, please leave a link in the comments.)

Highlight-Hawaii organizer Nate Kia says he’s looking forward to seeing footage of game action he didn’t see during the three-day event in St. George, Utah. The four teams, plus another 20 or so who were added to other teams, were loaded with versatile players.

“All our guys, there are so many tweeners dimensionally and obvious football players. Height, length all that stuff, put on the helmet and they all play like they’re 6-4, playing big,” Kia said. “It really depends on system. The hybrid is of more value right now. All of our guys are really physical. They can play in the box, rush the passer, cover man-to-man, make plays in space. That’s the Hawaii defenders. That’s what we put out. That’s what Seau (Maiava) can do. Can you rush the passer? Come off the edge? Cover? Yes, yes and yes.

“Because a majority of the kids are serious, depending on how they develop, because of their commitment to play at the next level, they’ll get somewhere, at some division,” Kia added. “We had freshmen up there playing against guys trying to get to college and they more than held their own. Some guys get accolades and stars on their name early, and some guys have never started a high school varsity game yet because of the pandemic, and they’re up here making a name in a showcase.”

Kia got a good look at Red team quarterback Cameron Friel of Kailua.

Cameron Friel blew everybody’s mind. We didn’t even use his legs. He never left the pocket to run downfield. He just extended plays. He was awesome,” he said. “All of the slotbacks we had out there were awesome. They really had a great camp and they showed what we have skill-wise. I wonder what (Hawaii coach Todd) Graham’s going to do. That kind of determines what (high schools) do.”

The demand for pass rushers will always be high. Maiava collected 16 sacks in three games. Tevarua Tafiti (Red) of Punahou had 13.

“How are you going to coach a kid like Teva. You do best for the team, put him on the edge and create havoc. Same with Kaeo (Akana). Some other guys like Jayce Pedro (of Damien), Seau, gosh, there’s just so many guys,” Kia said. “I can’t wait to see all the video I didn’t see.”

The Red team of Highlight-Hawaii went 5-1 at the PTP Sports National Showcase. Photo courtesy of Highlight-Hawaii.





Tevarua Tafiti was one of 10 Highlight-Hawaii players honored as the best at their positions by PTP Sports.


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