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Island football players ready to defend state and pride

Cayman Shutter Cayman Shutter
Corey Nielsen Corey Nielsen
Billy Ray Stutzman Billy Ray Stutzman

By Jason Tang - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - For football players in the Islands, they've heard it all before.

"We've read the kind of stuff that says Hawaii has less talent and that kind of stuff, and I don't think the people who say that have ever seen Hawaii kids play," said recent State champion Punahou quarterback Cayman Shutter.

On Friday those people will get their chance as the inaugural Hawaii-Polynesia Mainland bowl that will take place at Aloha Stadium. The game matches some of the nation's top prep players from the mainland, against the top players in the Pacific region.

"It is a small state, but we're a big family and that's what's going to help us win," said quarterback Corey Nielsen, who verbally committed to play for the University of Hawaii next year.

"We have to show that we can compete with mainland team, as long as we can show that we can stick as a team and play our game, we can match up with anyone," said St. Louis wide receiver Billy Ray Stutzman.

Not even two weeks have gone by since organizers announced the rosters, but the home team feels as long as they're getting along, everything else will fall in to place.

"We have stickers of each others team on our helmets, we're all hanging out, so I think that's the most important part," said Shutter.

Besides going out and representing Pacific players, the team also feels the importance of protecting their house.

"This is our home, and nothing against the people coming in, we gotta defend it," said Shutter.

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