2018 Polynesian Bowl reaction, look ahead to 2019

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The second annual Polynesian Bowl was a success as some of the country's best Polynesian high school football players showcased their talent at Aloha Stadium this past Saturday night, a game won by Team Makai, 31-14.

While the Polynesian Bowl is an exhibition game, that didn't stop players from both Team Makai and Team Mauka from laying down the hammer on their opposition. Many players who participated in the game and the week's festivities expressed their gratitude to the Polynesian Hall of Fame for putting together an unforgettable experience:

But now with the 2018 Polynesian Bowl out of the way, it's time to look forward to 2019. The Polynesian Bowl announced its first commitments for the 2019 game a couple of weeks ago, so here's a second look at the 24 players have been selected as next year's all-stars.

2019 Polynesian Bowl Selections (so far)

- Devyn Ford, RB; North Stafford, VA

- Horace "Bru" McCoy, ATH; Mater Dei, CA

- Ishmael Sopsher, DL; Amite, LA

- Henry To'oto'o, OLB; De La Salle, CA; Samoan ancestry

- Faatui Tuitele, DT; St. Louis School, HI; Samoan ancestry

- Brian Williams, S; Bishop Dunne, TX

- CJ Alatini, DE; Timpview, UT; Tongan ancestry

- Antonio Alfano, DL; Rahway, NJ

- Hank Bachmeier, QB; Murrieta Valley, CA

- Jacob Bandes, DL; Pittsburg, CA

- Julius Buelow, OT; Kapolei, HI; Tongan ancestry

- Kyle Ford, WR; Orange Lutheran, CA

- Mase Funa, OLB; Mater Dei, CA; Tongan ancestry

- Grant Gunnell, QB; St. Pius X, TX

- Joshua Pakola, OLB; St. Francis, CA; Samoan & Tongan ancestry

- Matthew Pola-Mao, DT; Mountain Pointe, AZ; Samoan ancestry

- Sua'ava Poti, DT; St. John Bosco, CA; Samoan ancestry

- Chris Steele, CB; St. John Bosco, CA

- Taulia Tagovailoa, QB; Thompson, AL; Samoan ancestry

- Marist Talavoa, OG; St. John Bosco, CA; Samoan ancestry

- Jonah Tauanu'u, OT; Narbonne, CA; Samoan ancestry

- Maninoa Tufono, ILB; Punahou, HI; Samoan, Tokelauan & Tongan ancestry

- Enokk Vimahi, OT; Kahuku, HI; Samoan & Tongan

- Max Williams, CB; Junipero Serra, CA; Hawaiian ancestry

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