HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Given the all-star roster and lineup of collegiate and professional stars set to attend, the final high school football game in Hawaii for the 2018-2019 season already promises to be amongst the most entertaining of the year.
Tickets for the 2019 Polynesian Bowl, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on January 19, are now on sale.
Two of the most prominent Polynesian athletes in the NFL have already committed to serve as honorary captains — wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, the Pittsburgh Steelers' team MVP this season, and Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Haloti Ngata have both set to help pick the teams for this year’s game.
The game itself will almost certainly feature future NFL talent; the game features dozens of four-star and five-star high school recruits and many members of the ESPN300, a compilation of the best players in the country.
Faatui Tuitele, widely regarded as the state’s defensive player of the year, is expected to play, as is Taulia Tagovailoa, the former Kapolei Hurricane quarterback and younger brother of Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama’s Heisman Trophy finalist.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota and 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner will once again serve as game ambassadors. The coaches for the all-star game are Mike Bellotti and Jim Zorn.
And at least one other familiar face is scheduled to patrol the sidelines this year — Vili Fehoko, better known as the former Hawaii mascot named Vili the Warrior, will reprise his role and take to the field with his drums during the all-star game.,