Tough Cuts

December 5th, 2012
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Here’s the list that I started with for today’s All-Time Hawaii Grown football team, there are a few more I have to add that were considered, and let’s hear who else you think should be on it:

Quarterback: Garrett Gabriel (Pac-Five/Hawaii), Jason Gesser (Saint Louis/Washington State), Marcus Mariota (Saint Louis/Oregon).

Running back: Joe Igber (‘Iolani/Cal), Chris Fuamaut-Maafala (Saint Louis/Utah), Adrian Murrell (Leilehua/West Virginia).

Fullback: Bob Apisa (Farrington/Michigan State), Mosi Tatupu (Punahou/USC).

All-Purpose: Tommy Kaulukukui (Hilo/Hawaii), Herman Wedemeyer (Saint Louis/Saint Mary’s).

Wide Receiver: Ashley Lelie (Radford/Hawaii), Chad Owens (Roosevelt/Hawaii), Jason Rivers (Saint Louis/Hawaii).

Tight end: Russ Francis (Kailua/Oregon).

Offensive line: Bern Brostek (‘Iolani/Washington), Rockne Freitas (Kamehameha/Oregon State), Toniu Fonoti (Kahuku/Nebraska), Chris Kemoeatu (Kahuku/Utah), Olin Kreutz (Saint Louis/Washington), Chris Naeole (Kahuku/Colorado), Dominic Raiola (Saint Louis/Nebraska), Jesse Sapolu (Farrington/Hawaii), Samson Satele (Kailua/Hawaii), Max Unger (Hawaii Prep/Washington).

Defensive line: Junior Ah You (Kahuku/Arizona State), Tyson Alualu (Saint Louis/Cal), Charlie Ane (Punahou/USC), Al Harris (Leilehua/Arizona State), Al Noga (Farrington/Hawaii), Niko Noga (Farrington/Hawaii), Jesse Mahelona (Kealakehe/Tennessee), Levi Stanley (Farrington/Hawaii).

Linebacker: Brian Cabral (Saint Louis/Colorado), Kurt Gouveia (Waianae/Brigham Young), Manti Te’o (Punahou/Notre Dame).

Defensive backs: Blane Gaison (Kamehameha/Hawaii), Rich Miano (Kaiser/Hawaii), Hal Stringert (Saint Louis/Hawaii), Jeris White (Radford/Hawaii).

Kicker: Reggie Ho (Saint Louis/Notre Dame), Dick Kenney (‘Iolani/Michigan State), Peter Kim (Kaiser/Alabama).

27 Responses to “Tough Cuts”

  1. zzzzzz:

    Vince Manuwai? Mark Tuinei?


  2. Warrior Dave:

    Dave,

    I would have to add Timmy Chang to the list. If I had to subtract, I would take out Garrett Gabriel. Only time will tell regarding Marcus Mariota, but what a awesomet beginning he’s had. He blows everyone away when they were freshmen. He could be my all-time Hawaii born QB. Don’t think he will ever replace my personal favorite Colt, since he’s playing for Oregon. That offense is tailor-made for him. Don’t think he would be as outstanding playing for UH or Alabama.


  3. Dave Reardon:

    Yes, I had Vince and Timmy on this list originally as well as some others that I need to add. Maybe Mark, too..


  4. jd:

    Chang QB, Jimmy Kalili OL, Sam Harris DL, Jordan Dizon LB, Bobby Ahu AP just to name a few. Its tough to pick just a few


  5. Derek:

    Raiola and Kreutz were both centers. Naeole, Jesse, and Fonoti are guards. Who are the tackles?

    I would have Owens as the Kick Off return man.
    I would have Bobby Ahu as the Punt Retuner
    I would have Mosi Tatupu in there somewhere, probably as a running back/special teams player.

    Is Vai Sikahema considered from Hawaii? Did he go to Kahuku for a year? Just asking.


  6. zzzzzz:

    I think Freitas was a tackle. So was Tuinei.


  7. couch coach:

    Dave,

    Mahalo for the discussion. Off the top of my head, a couple players that should be included:

    OL: Mark Tuinei

    LB: Ink Aleaga

    DL: Breckterfield

    DB/Special Teams: E. Klaneski

    Wasnʻt Scott Terna (sp?) successful punter from Pun/Ohio St?


  8. Dave Reardon:

    All viable.


  9. Dave Reardon:

    I’m pretty sure Vai did not play at Kahuku, but I can’t say 100 percent for sure that he did not.


  10. Leron:

    Although born in Canada, can kicker Roy Gerela be considered homegrown since he graduated from Kalani? He played on the great Steelers teams of the 79s


  11. Luki:

    You would have to slide down Kurt Gouveia to DB since he was an all state safety at Waianae


  12. RC:

    How bout Skippa Diaz?


  13. Bigislandkurt:

    Timmy Chang and Jordan Dizon for sure need to be on that list.

    How about Hawaii Prep’s and current NFLer Max Unger?


  14. misterfudge:

    Just to correct you but Levi Stanley played for Waianae


  15. couch coach:

    DL:
    Because he really didnʻt play in high school, Molokaiʻs Kimo Von Oelhoffen might be overlooked, but he did start for a dozen or so years in the league.

    How about Maʻa Tanuvasa? He probably deserves mention.

    Not trying to rank anyone; just brainstorming names.


  16. Kenneth Takeuye:

    How about Roy Gerela for kicker – Kalani grad who made it to the Super Bowl with the Steelers.
    Levi Stanley went to Waianae HS, not Farrington


  17. phat dwag:

    Ink Aleaga LB (Washington/Pac-5) two time Butkus Award finalist.
    Itula Mili TE (BYU/Kahuku)


  18. NH:

    Neat idea but I would be interested in a homegrown list inclusive of playing for UH.


  19. Kimo:

    Max Unger went to OREGON not WASHINGTON… Ducks fans would string you up for that mistake.


  20. hwn duck:

    Mark Tuinei played D-Line in college
    RB- Arnold Morgado
    LS- Kale Ane and Kani Kauahi
    Head Coach- Ken Niumatalolo
    Asst Coach- Norm Chow and Duane Akina


  21. opiak:

    I remember David Hughes from Kamehameha and Boise State then to Seattle Seahawks who was just dominant. RB/FB


  22. lc:

    I believe Tom Tuinei played Dline. How about Joe Onisai? RBack from Pac5 and center at UH?


  23. al:

    can’t omit charlie wedemeyer nor timmy chang.

    mark tuinei had the longest nfl career.


  24. dreardon:

    Thanks everyone for all the great input. You’ve inspired me to do this again in the future, but making it the All-Pro team of Hawaii Grown players.


  25. al:

    i love mariota, however, he isn’t all time after just one time/year. not yet anyway.

    but, hey its your marbles and you do what you like.


  26. Gabriela Wahlquist:

    All I can say is you hit that right on the nose – I agree completely!


  27. hunter:

    Merci!


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