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2017 Game Highlights

The Inaugural Polynesian Bowl was played at Aloha Stadium on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Team Stanley came away with a 9-7 victory after a Jeff Chan field goal with 39 seconds remaining in the game.

A.J. Epenesa of Team Stanley took home Defensive MVP honors after tallying five tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. Connor Weddington was named Offensive MVP, rushing for 54 yards and scoring for Team Stanley’s only touchdown.

Marcus Mariota
Team Mariota Captain

VS.

Ronnie Stanley
Team Stanley Captain

Team Mariota Head Coach

June Jones
June Jones

Team Mariota Honorary Coach

Jack Thompson
Jack Thompson

Inaugural Polynesian Football
Hall of Fame Inductee

Team Stanley Honorary Coach

Olin Kreutz
Olin Kreutz

Inaugural Polynesian Football
Hall of Fame Inductee

Team Stanley Head Coach

Dick Tomey
Dick Tomey

2017 Polynesian Bowl Roster

Team Mariota

  • Andrew
    Aleki

    Linebacker
    Honolulu, HI
    Kamehameha Schools
    Hawaiian Ancestry

    Andrew Aleki

    247, Rivals and Scout 3 star; Undeclared.

  • Popo
    Aumavae

    Defensive Tackle
    Stockton, CA
    St. Mary’s HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Popo Aumavae

    Scout 4-star; Oregon commit.

  • Henry
    Bainivalu

    Offensive Tackle
    Sammimish, WA
    Skyline HS
    Fijian Ancestry

    Henry Bainivalu

    ESPN300 Rank #157, 4-star; 247 Rank #196; Washington commit.

  • Hunter
    Bryant

    Tight End
    Bellevue, WA
    Eastside Catholic

    Hunter Bryant

    ESPN300 Rank #263, 4-star; 247 Rank #190; Rivals 250 Rank #134; Scout Rank #73; Washington commit.

  • Nico
    Collins

    Wide Receiver
    Pinson, AL
    Clay-Chalkville HS

    Nico Collins

    ESPN 4-star, Rank #154; 247 Rank #104; Rivals Rank #59; Scout Rank #147; Undeclared.

  • Challen
    Faamatua

    Running Back
    Honolulu, HI
    Farrington HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Challen Faamatua

    The leading rusher in Hawai’i.

  • Juliano
    Falaniko

    Linebacker
    Pago Pago, AS
    Leone HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Juliano Falaniko

    Rivals and Scout 4-Star; USC commit.

  • Lorenzo
    Fauatea

    Defensive End
    West Valley City, UT
    Hunter HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Lorenzo Fauatea

    ESPN, 247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Oregon State commit.

  • Vili
    Fisiiahi

    Center
    Laie, HI
    Kahuku HS
    Samoan & Tongan Ancestry

    Vili Fisiiahi

    Undeclared.

  • Sione
    Heimuli-Lund

    Fullback
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Brighton HS
    Tongan Ancestry

    Sione Heimuli-Lund

    ESPN300 Rank #272, 4-star; 247 Rank #202; Rivals 250 Rank #140, Scout Rank #289; Stanford commit.

  • Mata
    Hola

    Linebacker
    Alta, UT
    Alta HS
    Tongan Ancestry

    Mata Hola

    247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Noah
    Kema

    Defensive End
    Lawrence, KS
    Lawrence Free State HS
    Hawaiian Ancestry

    Noah Kema

    Undeclared.

  • Seyddrick
    Lakalaka

    Linebacker
    Honolulu, HI
    Punahou School
    Hawaiian, Samoan & Tongan Ancestry

    Seyddrick Lakalaka

    D-1 prospect with several offers; Undeclared.

  • Leonard
    Lee

    Defensive Back
    Kapolei, HI
    Kapolei HS
    Hawaiian Ancestry

    Leonard Lee

    Undeclared.

  • Jordan
    Lolohea

    Defensive End
    Salt Lake City, UT
    East HS
    Tongan Ancestry

    Jordan Lolohea

    247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Onesimus
    Lutu-Clarke

    Offensive Tackle
    Waianae, HI
    Waianae HS
    Samoan & Tongan Ancestry

    Onesimus Lutu-Clarke

    Rivals 2-star; Undeclared.

  • Brandon
    McKinney

    Safety
    Orange, CA
    Orange Lutheran HS

    Brandon McKinney

    ESPN 4-star; 247 Rank #252; Scout Rank #205; Washington commit.

  • Evan
    Minami

    Kicker
    Honolulu, HI
    'Iolani School

    Evan Minami

    He was a perfect 34-for-34 on extra-point tries this season and made six field goals of at least 32 yards; Undeclared.

  • Michael
    Minihan

    Offensive Guard
    Honolulu, HI
    Saint Louis School

    Michael Minihan

    ESPN, 247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Georgia Tech commit.

  • Sioeli
    Naupoto

    Wide Receiver
    Kahuku, HI
    Kahuku HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Sioeli Naupoto

    Hawai'i All-State 1st Team; Undeclared.

  • Brett
    Neilon

    Offensive Guard
    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Santa Margarita Catholic
    Hawaiian Ancestry

    Brett Neilon

    ESPN300 Rank #188; 247 Rank #209, 4-star; Rivals 250 Rank #248; USC commit.

  • Connor
    Neville

    Quarterback
    Wilsonville, OR
    Wilsonville HS

    Connor Neville

    ESPN 4-star, Rank #264; Washington State commit.

  • Stokes
    Nihipali-Botelho

    Wide Receiver
    Kahuku, HI
    Kahuku HS
    Hawaiian Ancestry

    Stokes Nihipali-Botelho

    One of the leading scorers in Hawai'i; Undeclared.

  • Sampson
    Niu

    Linebacker
    San Diego, CA
    Madison HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Sampson Niu

    Rivals 4-star; Oregon commit.

  • Nakoa
    Pauole

    Defensive Tackle
    Kapolei, HI
    Kamehameha Schools
    Hawaiian Ancestry

    Nakoa Pauole

    Undeclared.

  • Isaiah
    Pola-Mao

    Safety
    Phoenix, AZ
    Mountain Pointe HS
    Samoan & Tongan Ancestry

    Isaiah  Pola-Mao

    ESPN300 Rank #222, 4-star; 247 Rank #108; Rivals 250 Rank #89; Scout Rank #126; Undeclared.

  • Poutasi
    Poutasi

    Offensive Guard
    Las Vegas, NV
    Desert Pines HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Poutasi Poutasi

    ESPN, 247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Ryan
    Ramones

    Wide Receiver
    Honolulu, HI
    Moanalua HS

    Ryan Ramones

    One of the top receivers in Hawai'i; Undeclared.

  • Jalen
    Saole

    Safety
    Honolulu, HI
    St. Louis School
    Samoan Ancestry

    Jalen Saole

    Undeclared.

  • Jaymin
    Sarono

    Wide Receiver
    Kapolei, HI
    Kapolei HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Jaymin Sarono

    The first Hawaii high school player with 100 receptions this season.

  • Liki
    Seu

    Offensive Guard
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Orange Lutheran HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Liki Seu

    Undeclared.

  • Tua
    Tagovailoa

    Quarterback
    Honolulu, HI
    Saint Louis School
    Samoan Ancestry

    Tua Tagovailoa

    ESPN300 Rank #56; 247 Rank #33, 5-star; Rivals 250 Rank #46, Scout Rank #36; Alabama commit.

  • Myron
    Tagovailoa-Amosa

    Defensive Tackle
    Kapolei, HI
    Kapolei HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa

    247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Kurt
    Taylor

    Running Back
    Loganville, GA
    Grayson HS

    Kurt Taylor

    ESPN, 247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Michigan commit.

  • Keith
    Taylor

    Corner Back
    Anaheim, CA
    Servite HS

    Keith Taylor

    247 Rank #245, 4-star; Rivals Rank #130; Washington commit.

  • Jack-Eli
    Tufono

    Tight End
    West Jordan, UT
    West Jordan HS
    Hawaiian & Samoan Ancestry

    Jack-Eli Tufono

    247 2-star; Idaho State commit.

  • Langi
    Tuifua

    Defensive End
    South Jordan, UT
    Bingham HS
    Tongan Ancestry

    Langi Tuifua

    ESPN300 Rank #276, 4-star; 247 Rank #247; Scout Rank #262; Undeclared.

  • Mo
    Unutoa

    Offensive Lineman
    Kapa'a, HI
    Kapa'a HS
    Hawaiian & Samoan Ancestry

    Mo Unutoa

    247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Aliki
    Vimahi

    Defensive End
    La'ie, HI
    Kahuku HS
    Samoan & Tongan Ancestry

    Aliki Vimahi

    ESPN, 247, Scout and Rivals 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Mark
    Webb

    Wide Receiver
    Warminster, PA
    Archbishop Wood HS

    Mark Webb

    ESPN300 Rank #180, 4-star; 247 Rank #135; Rivals 250 Rank #90; Scout Rank #52; Georgia commit.

  • Ronson
    Young

    Running Back
    Honolulu, HI
    Saint Louis School

    Ronson Young

    Undeclared.

Team Stanley

  • Feleti
    Afemui

    Linebacker
    Kahului, HI
    Maui HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Feleti Afemui

    Rivals and Scout 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Chaz
    Ah You

    Safety
    Provo, UT
    TimpviewHS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Chaz Ah You

    ESPN300 Rank #232, 4-star; 247 Rank #147; Rivals 250 Rank #168; Scout Rank #121; Undeclared.

  • Kesi
    Ah-Hoy

    Safety/Running Back
    Kahuku, HI
    Kahuku HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Kesi Ah-Hoy

    247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Hawai'i commit.

  • Maurice
    Bell

    Wide Receiver
    Murrieta, CA
    Murrieta Valley HS

    Maurice Bell

    ESPN 4-star; Colorado commit.

  • Terrell
    Bynum

    Wide Receiver
    Bellevue, CA
    St. John Bosco HS

    Terrell Bynum

    ESPN300 Rank #187, 4-star; 247 Rank #244; Rivals 250 Rank #163; Scout Rank #255; Washington commit.

  • Jeff
    Chan

    Kicker
    Honolulu, HI
    Punahou School

    Jeff Chan

    Named to Interscholastic League of Honolulu All-Star Team and Third Team All Hawai'i; Undeclared

  • Levani
    Damuni

    Linebacker
    Millville, UT
    Ridgeline HS
    Fijian Ancestry

    Levani Damuni

    Rivals 4-Star; Undeclared.

  • Ryan
    Dominick

    Safety
    Honolulu, HI
    Punahou School

    Ryan Dominick

    Hawai'i Third Team All-State; Undeclared.

  • Christian
    Elliss

    Safety
    Littleton, CO
    Valor Christian HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Christian Elliss

    Undeclared; Son of Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inductee Luther Elliss.

  • Noah
    Elliss

    Defensive Tackle
    Littleton, CO
    Valor Christian HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Noah Elliss

    ESPN, Rivals and Scout 4-star; Son of Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inductee Luther Elliss.

  • AJ
    Epenesa

    Defensive End
    Edwardsville, IL
    Edwardsville HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    AJ Epenesa

    ESPN300 Rank #61; 247 Rank #22, 5-star; Rivals 250 Rank #35; Scout Rank #21; Iowa commit.

  • Jojo
    Falo

    Center
    San Diego, CA
    Madison HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Jojo Falo

    247 and Scout 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Josh
    Falo

    Tight End
    Sacramento, CA
    Inderkum HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Josh Falo

    ESPN300 Rank #158, 4-star; 247 Rank #164; Scout Rank #248; Undeclared.

  • Alex
    Faniel

    Quarterback
    Glen Allen, VA
    Glen Allen HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Alex Faniel

    ESPN, 247, Rivals, and Scout 3-star; Ole Miss commit.

  • Austin
    Faoliu

    Defensive Tackle
    Santa Ana, CA
    Mater Dei HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Austin Faoliu

    ESPN, 247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Arizona commit.

  • Chuck
    Filiaga

    Offensive Tackle
    Aledo, TX
    Aledo HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Chuck Filiaga

    ESPN300 Rank #137, 4-star; 247 Rank #98; Rivals 250 Rank #118; Scout Rank: #125; Michigan commit.

  • Mango
    Finau

    Offensive Tackle
    Wailuku, HI
    Baldwin HS
    Tongan Ancestry

    Mango Finau

    Brigham Young commit.

  • Chris
    Glaser

    Offensive Tackle
    Solon, OH
    Solon HS
    Samoan & Tongan Ancestry

    Chris Glaser

    ESPN, 247 and Scout 3-star; Virginia commit.

  • Cyrus
    Habibi-Likio

    Running Bac k
    Mountain View, CA
    Saint Francis HS
    Tongan Ancestry

    Cyrus Habibi-Likio

    ESPN, 247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Armando
    Herrera

    Quarterback
    Redlands, CA
    East Valley HS

    Armando Herrera

    Awarded Player of the Year by the San Bernardino Sun; Undeclared.

  • Isaiah
    Jackson

    Cornerback
    Honolulu, HI
    Moanalua HS
    Hawaiian Ancestry

    Isaiah Jackson

    Hawai'i 2nd Team All-State; Undeclared.

  • Ryan
    Kelley

    Quarterback
    Chandler, AZ
    Basha HS

    Ryan Kelley

    ESPN300 Rank #97, 4-star; 247 Rank #197; Rivals Rank #152; Scout Rank #274; Arizona State commit.

  • KiShaun
    Ki

    Defensive Tackle
    Ewa Beach, HI
    James Campbell HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    KiShaun Ki

    Undeclared.

  • Omar
    Mareko

    Linebacker
    Kapolei, HI
    Kapolei HS

    Omar Mareko

    Undeclared.

  • Dylan
    McCaffrey

    Quarterback
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    Valor Christian HS

    Dylan McCaffrey

    ESPN300 Rank #60, 4-star; 247 Rank #51; Rivals 250 Rank #52; Scout Rank #109; Michigan commit.

  • Charles
    Moku Watson

    Safety
    Wahiawa, HI
    Leilehua HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Charles Moku Watson

    ESPN, 247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Phil
    Paea

    Defensive Tackle
    Berrien Springs, MI
    Berrien Springs HS
    Tongan Ancestry

    Phil Paea

    ESPN 4-star; Michigan commit.

  • Kawai
    Phifer

    Wide Receiver
    Mililani, HI
    Leilehua HS
    Hawaiian Ancestry

    Kawai Phifer

    Hawai'i Third Team All-State; Undeclared.

  • Brandon
    Pili

    Defensive Tackle
    Portland, OR
    Westview HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Brandon Pili

    247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Isaac
    Rex

    Tight End
    San Clemente, CA
    San Clemente HS
    Hawaiian Ancestry

    Isaac Rex

    247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Brigham Young commit.

  • Joshua
    Ross

    Linebacker
    Orchard Lake, MI
    Saint Mary's HS

    Joshua Ross

    ESPN300 Rank #235, 4-star; 247 Rank #220; Rivals Rank #220; Scout Rank #196; Michigan commit.

  • Jacob
    Russell

    Offensive Guard
    Honolulu, HI
    St. Louis School
    Hawaiian Ancestry

    Jacob Russell

    Undeclared.

  • Michael
    Saffell

    Offensive Guard
    Fountain Valley, CA
    Edison HS

    Michael Saffell

    247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; California commit.

  • Codie
    Sauvao

    Safety
    Laie, HI
    Kahuku HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Codie Sauvao

    Undeclared.

  • Nephi
    Sewell

    Corner Back
    St. Georgia, UT
    Desert Hills HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Nephi Sewell

    247, Rivals and Scout 2-star; Undeclared.

  • Rhedi
    Short

    Safety
    Los Angeles, CA
    Cathedral HS
    Tongan Ancestry

    Rhedi Short

    ESPN, 247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Arizona commit.

  • Miki
    Suguturaga

    Defensive Tackle
    Honolulu, HI
    Punahou School
    Tongan Ancestry

    Miki Suguturaga

    ESPN, 247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Ethan
    Takeyama

    Wide Receiver
    Honolulu, HI
    Punahou School

    Ethan Takeyama

    Led the Punahou Buffanblu with 931 receiving yards on 52 receptions with nine touchdowns.

  • Taz
    Tauaese

    Running Back
    El Segundo, CA
    El Segundo HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Taz Tauaese

    Undeclared.

  • Alden
    Tofa

    Defensive End
    West Jordan, UT
    West Jordan HS
    Samoan Ancestry

    Alden Tofa

    247, Rivals and Scout 3-star; Undeclared.

  • Nami
    Tuitu'u

    Offensive Guard
    Mesa, AZ
    Mesa, HS
    Tongan Ancestry

    Nami Tuitu

    Scout 2-star; Utah State commit.

  • Zelan
    Tupuola

    Offensive Guard
    San Juan Capistrano, CA
    JSerra Catholic
    Samoan Ancestry

    Zelan Tupuola

    247 and Rivals 3-star; Fresno State commit.

  • Andrew
    Valladares

    Wide Receiver
    Mililani, HI
    Mililani HS

    Andrew Valladares

    He set the school’s single-game receiving record with 215 yards.

  • Connor
    Wedington

    Running Back
    Sumner, WA
    Sumner HS

    Connor Wedington

    247 4-star, Rank #242; Rivals Rank #146 Scout Rank #66; Undeclared.