HONOLULU (KHNL) - Manti Teo, Dalton Hilliard, and Cayman Shutter. They're three of the most recognizable faces on the Punahou football team, but all three of them wouldn't be as productive as they are without the play of their lineman.
"They're the ones that give the quarterbacks time to throw, who give the running backs opportunities to run. Defensively they start the progress of shutting down the other offense, so they're extremely important and critical to our success this season," said Kale Ane, head coach of the Punahou Buffanblu.
Unlike the skill players, lineman don't get a lot of attention, but they know how important they are to the success of their team.
"We're unsung heroes, but we don't really need the credit, we do our jobs and everyone else shines," said defensive tackle Trevor Iosefa.
Any good coach will tell you games are won in the trenches.
And when you're a lineman you're battling for the player at your side.
"It's the only position on the team where you have to work together as a team, and if you don't things might happen, and things might not go so well," said Buffanblu offensive lineman Kaiwi Crabb.
And if you're a skill player you'd be well advised to take care of your lineman. After all, what goes around comes around and a happy lineman will be much more willing to go to battle for you.
"Dalton Hilliard did offer to buy us dinner, you know we block a lot for him and we work hard to make sure nobody touches Dalton," said Crabb.
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