The 2018 Polynesian Bowl has attracted attention from all over the country as some of the best Polynesian high school players in the nation have come to the islands to play in the second annual exhibition game.
There are two teams playing in this year’s game that have already drafted its players from a pool of young and talented players.
Team Mauka will be coached by former Super Bowl and Rose Bowl champion coach Dick Vermeil and former Punahou standout DeForest Buckner, currently a member of the San Francisco 49ers, as the team’s honorary team captain.
Team Makai will be coached by former Rose Bowl champion coach Terry Donahue and honorary team captain Danny Shelton, a Washington native who plays for the Cleveland Browns.
Here’s a look at the all the information you’ll need to know ahead of tomorrow night’s game:
What: 2018 Polynesian Bowl.
Where: Aloha Stadium.
Time: 6:15 p.m., HT.
Tickets: Available here.
As was the case with last year’s inaugural Polynesian Bowl, this year’s uniforms and helmets are unique and unlike any helmet seen in college or the NFL.
There are quite a few local players in this year’s game, on top of the already diverse list of top rated high school prospects from the mainland. We’ve already profiled players such as Palaie Gaoteote, Talanoa Hufanga and Chevan Cordeiro, but here’s a quick glance at three players from the islands who are participating in this year’s Polynesian Bowl:
Players to watch
Samson Reed, DL, Kahuku
The Kahuku defensive lineman had another terrific season for the Red Raiders as he helped anchor Kahuku’s defensive line to an OIA title and a berth to the Open Division State Title game.
Already committed to the University of Virginia, Reed will have one more opportunity to light up his opposition at Aloha Stadium in his last high school game.
Jonah Kahahawai-Welch, LB, Kamehameha
One of the best defensive prospects to come out of the islands this season, Jonah Kahahawai-Welch will look to give the audience at Aloha Stadium a quick glimpse into the future when he plays for the Rainbow Warriors in the years to come.
The University of Hawaii early-signee has game-changing ability on the defensive side of the ball and will look to fly around the field on Saturday to hunt down the ball-carrier.
Zion Tupuola-Fetui, LB, Pearl City
An overlooked prospect coming into his senior season at Pearl City, Zion Tupuola-Fetui made the most of his final season and earned a scholarship to the University of Washington.
Don’t be surprised to see Tupuola-Fetui line up in different positions on defense and even make plays on special teams as he looks to showcase his athletic prowess one final time in Honolulu.
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