Waianae’s Rosario invited to Polynesian Bowl

Waianae running back Rico Rosario led the state in rushing as a junior and is currently third in Division I this season. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Waianae running back Rico Rosario, who set the Seariders’ single-game school rushing record with 243 yards earlier this season, has been selected to play in the 2018 Polynesian Bowl.

Rosario (5-foot-10, 200 pounds), who was an All-State first-team selection as a junior after leading the state in rushing yards, is currently third on Oahu in Division I with 702 yards and a league-best 10 rushing touchdowns in only seven games played.

Rosario surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards in a win over Farrington last week and has recorded nine 100-yard rushing games in his career.

He missed the first game of his senior season against Saint Louis and then was forced to play quarterback due to an injury to starter Justin Tacgere.

Since returning to his primary role at running back, Rosario is averaging 140.2 rushing yards per game during the Seariders’ six-game winning streak heading into Friday night’s OIA semifinal game against Mililani at Aloha Stadium.

Rosario is the 21st player from Hawaii selected to the game and second running back. Hilo’s Kahale Huddleston has also earned an invite to the game.

The Seariders will be represented in the game by Rosario and linebacker Kana’i Mauga.

The annual all-star game will take place Saturday, Jan. 20, at Aloha Stadium.

Selection No. 22 from Hawaii will be made tonight on Cover2: Hawaii High School Football Weekly at 9:30 p.m. on KHON2.

There will be eight more invites handed out to players from Hawaii after tonight. To make your case for who should be selected, comment here.

For a list of players in the game, check out our Polynesian Bowl page.


  1. Choloropicrin October 19, 2017 6:33 pm

    Toto Mailo needs an invitation!!

  2. Rahjaaa October 19, 2017 7:19 pm

    Punahou Boys in the trenches needs to be invited (Motupaka, Fakatoumaki for example)…Only Uluave was invited…

  3. Rahjaaa October 19, 2017 8:42 pm

    As well as Maka and Soa ! FILM DONT LIE !

  4. Rahjaaa October 19, 2017 8:43 pm

    Got to invite the Clemens kids too, recently offered by the Utes !!!

  5. Kamehameha#1 October 20, 2017 10:52 am

    Its about taking your team to the next level! Kamehameha QB needs to play in that game! Their offense needs to be represent and I can’t think of anybody but QB (Yam) and Kanoa Shannon!

  6. Douglas Hu October 20, 2017 11:33 am

    Congrats to Rico! Very deserving! Yam and Shannon is some tough kids, too!

  7. Hawks October 20, 2017 7:37 pm

    Chayce Morgan is a tough kid from a small school out in Nanakuli valley. He should be considered to play the poly bowl

  8. Waywardpineapple75 October 24, 2017 1:00 pm

    Dayne Evangelista

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