HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Jenessa Gladstone
Coming off a championship winning 2013 season, the boys of Punahou's football team are looking to repeat history.
However, with every new year comes a new set of challenges and a search for a new thumbprint.
"The identity of this offense is to rely on each other," offensive lineman Semisi Uluave said. "We don't have a Larry Tuileta anymore. But we still have a Kanawai Noa. We still have an offensive line. A running back and a quarterback."
With the graduation of three-year starting quarterback Larry Tuileta, junior Ephraim Tuliloa has stepped up to the first team.
"We're excited about Ephrim coming in and battling for the starting spot. He's had a few weeks to work with Kanawai. And it's great to have two players who are competitive and accomplished," head coach Kale Ane said.
But the team's roster isn't the only aspect under construction.
Former Kahuku Head Coach Reggie Torres has been added to the coaching staff, bringing three state title experiences with him.
Relying on Torres' insight, a newly renovated offense, and the state's most highly regarded player in Canton Kaumatule, the Buffanblu is only focused on duplicating last year's success.
"Every year is different but I think we've established a standard that we'd love to live up to," Ane said. "And take away from what we didn't accomplish from last year. There's a lot of expectations. But we believe our kids are up for it."