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All-State 2012

All-State 2012

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For the first time, the Star-Advertiser
is displaying the All-State football team
in a trading card format. Stories of the players and coach of the year are inside, along with the second and third teams and honorable mention.

Kahuku running back Aofaga Wily, safety Kawehena Johnson and coach Reggie Torres sweep top honors on the 2012 Star-Advertiser All-State football team.
In all, the Red Raiders place
10 players on the first team.
For the first time, the Star-Advertiser
is displaying the All-State football team
in a trading card format. Stories of the players and coach of the year are inside, along with the second and third teams and honorable mention.

Kahuku running back Aofaga Wily, safety Kawehena Johnson and coach Reggie Torres sweep top honors on the 2012 Star-Advertiser All-State football team.
In all, the Red Raiders place
10 players on the first team.

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Published by: Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Dec 25, 2012
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QUARTERBACK 
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ABRAHAM
SILVA
RUNNING BACK 
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TYLER
TAUMUA
UTILITY
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KANAWAI
NOA
 WIDE RECEIVE
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JEREMY
TABUYO
 WIDE RECEIVE
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TANNER
NISHIOKA
 WIDE RECEIVER / PUNTE
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WA‘A
OFFENSIVE LINE
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CHARLES
SATARAKA
OFFENSIVE LINE
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KOEHLER
OFFENSIVE LINE
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BOYD
OFFENSIVE LINE
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SAMSEL
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TULIMASEALI‘I
DEFENSIVE TACKLE
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SCOTT
PAGANO
DEFENSIVE TACKLE
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DAKOTA
TURNER
DEFENSIVE END
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LAMONE
WILLIAMS
DEFENSIVE END
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ISAAC
SAVAIINAEA
LINEBACKER 
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JOHNNY
TAPUSOA
LINEBACKER 
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RASHAAN
FALEMALU
LINEBACKER 
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MOHETAU
CORNERBACK 
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CORNERBACK 
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JOHNSON
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MOTUGA-GALEAI
SAFETY
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KAGAWA
UTILITY
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SCOTT
PAGANO
SCOUTING REPORT:
Despite constant double teams,Pagano had 41 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 14 tacklesfor loss as a senior, according to moanaluafoot-ball.com. He had 10 tackles, including four forloss, against eventual state champion Kahuku. Hegrew several inches since his freshman year, andnever stopped working on the field and in theweight room. That paid off in the summer of 2012,when he impressed recruiters at camps andwound up with more than 50 scholarship offers.
FUN FACT:
Pagano’s family lived in San Diego untilhe was 7, when his father was promoted and theohana moved to Honolulu.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE
MOANALUA
HT.
6-3
WT.
280
CL.
SR
KENNEDY
TULIMASEALI‘I
SCOUTING REPORT:
Tulimaseali‘i finished a veryclose second in the voting for All-State DefensivePlayer of the Year. “His athleticism, the way hechased down our quarterback on an option play,the last time I saw something like that was in col-lege (UH), Tony Brackens of Texas,” Farringtoncoach Randall Okimoto said. Kahuku coach Reg-gie Torres concurred: “We watched him on tapelooking for a weakness, but he never stops, evenwhen he’s combo-blocked.”
FUN FACT:
Tulimaseali‘i credits ministry work atchurch for helping him lose more than 20 poundsin the offseason.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE
WAIANAE
HT.
6-1
WT.
286
CL.
SR
ISAAC
SAVAIINAEA
SCOUTING REPORT:
Savaiinaea was the anchor of adefense that helped Punahou capture the ILHchampionship and reach the state final. He hadsix tackles, including two for loss, againstKahuku. The senior has been on the recruitingmap for visiting coaches since his junior year,thanks to a prototype body, good motor and out-standing academics. At one HUB Senior GoodwillGame meal, a coach thought the outside line-backer was a lineman.
FUN FACT:
Savaiinaea played basketball until foot-ball became top priority during high school.
LINEBACKER 
PUNAHOU
HT.
6-3
WT.
231
CL.
SR
LAMONE
 WILLIAMS
SCOUTING REPORT:
The converted tight end playedalmost exclusively at defensive end until the OIA title game, when he lined up at tight end againstMililani and caught two touchdown passes.Kahuku coach Reggie Torres believes Williams’ceiling is extremely high. “He’ll be one of the toplinemen in the state next year. He’s got the size,quickness, hands and he gets off the ball quickly,”Torres said. “And he’s smart.”
FUN FACT:
Williams can cook. He uses fresh co-conuts from the family farm to make palusami, aSamoan dish, from scratch.
DEFENSIVE END
KAHUKU
HT.
6-3
WT.
238
CL.
JR
DAKOTA
TURNER 
SCOUTING REPORT:
Turner’s versatility at defensivetackle and end were valuable, but he was also aclutch tight end with 11 receptions, includingseven for touchdowns. “He’s a playmaker. Everytime we played them, he caught a pass for atouchdown. He’s apt to making big plays,” Far-rington coach Randall Okimoto said. “Talk abouta motor, he plays at full speed. He really helpedMililani this year.”
FUN FACT:
Turner works out seven days a week,at the school or at 24-Hour Fitness. “I have to tellhim to stay out of the gym and rest oncein a while,” Trojans coach RodYork said.
DEFENSIVE END
MILILANI
HT.
6-3
WT.
255
CL.
SR
LASSELLE
THOMPSON
SCOUTING REPORT:
With his length and speed,Thompson was a Red Raider with versatility andpremium skills. “He’s a Mr. All-Around. He playedwide receiver and safety, then went from safety tocornerback. He’s a lockdown corner,” Kahukucoach Reggie Torres said.
FUN FACTS:
Thompson enjoys drawing tribal artand his favorite food is orange chicken fromPanda Express. Thompson’s favorite player is for-mer NBA star Clyde Drexler.
CORNERBACK 
KAHUKU
HT.
6-1
WT.
162
CL.
SR
JAYVEN
MOHETAU
SCOUTING REPORT:
Mohetau’s speed — he’s one ofthe OIA’s top hurdlers in track and field — was amajor asset to Kahuku’s defensive scheme. Hecombined with Lasselle Thompson to form a cor-nerback tandem that was difficult to beat in solocoverage. “He’s a hard-working kid, a great kid,”Kahuku coach Reggie Torres said. “And he’s agreat student.”
FUN FACT:
“Bubba,” as he’s known to family andfriends, is a member of Kahuku’s JROTC program.
CORNERBACK 
KAHUKU
HT.
5-11
WT.
174
CL.
SR
RASHAAN
FALEMALU
SCOUTING REPORT:
Falemalu’s versatility was a keyfactor in Kahuku’s stellar defense. “He’s an all-around guy who can line up in a three-pointstance, play linebacker and safety, as well as of-fense,” Kahuku coach Reggie Torres said. “He’sgot great hands.”
FUN FACT:
Falemalu is a member of the PacificaClub — an islandwide organization for Polynesianstudents — on campus. He also plays volleyball.
LINEBACKER 
KAHUKU
HT.
6-1
WT.
192
CL.
SR
JOHNNY
TAPUSOA
SCOUTING REPORT:
Tapusoa was a ferocious play-maker in the middle of Kahuku’s dominant de-fense. “He’s our defensive leader, a guy who goessideline to sideline,” Kahuku coach Reggie Torressaid. “He brings tenacity.”
FUN FACT:
Better known as “Ku-J” by family andfriends, Tapusoa learned to play guitar from hisfather and was named best dancer for theschool's senior hall of fame.
LINEBACKER 
KAHUKU
HT.
5-10
WT.
194
CL.
SR
REGGIE
TORRES
YEARWLTPFPANOTES
2012120034.89.8State D-I champion2011*91025.16.8State D-I champion2010**100040.011.1Disqualified2009121030.512.4State D-I runner up2008102021.712.0State D-I semis200763018.014.7OIA Red East champs2006112024.411.2State D-Ichampion*—Torres suspended first 3 games; Walter Santi-ago credited with first 3 wins; Kahuku was 12-1.**—Season ends after Kahuku was ruled to havean ineligible player>> All-State Coach of the Year: 2006,2011, 2012
COACH
KAHUKU
SHAUN
KAGAWA
SCOUTING REPORT:
Kagawa was an elite cornerbackwho could also step in at linebacker. Offensively,he was a wide receiver who also took handoffs atrunning back as needed. He came up big in a keywin at Honokaa, playing cornerback full timewhile rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns.He is also one of the top athletes in the state,gauging by his performance at the PIAA combine.
FUN FACT:
Kagawa is an All-State basketball player,but is also a lifelong tennis player.
UTILITY
KAMEHAMEHA-HAWAII
HT.
5-11
WT.
171
CL.
SR
DEVAILO
MOTUGA-GALEAI
SCOUTING REPORT:
From one play to the next, Mo-tuga-Galeai would provide run support, thencover a speedy receiver downfield. “He’s Mr.Tenacity, one of our locker room leaders,”Kahuku coach Reggie Torres said. “He’ll bring thehat. He’s not afraid to hit anybody. He’s a greatkid and a physical player.”
FUN FACTS:
Motuga-Galeai also plays basketball forthe Red Raiders. The “G” in Galeai is pronouncedas an “N” in Samoan.
SAFETY
KAHUKU
HT.
5-10
WT.
181
CL.
SR
KAWEHENA
JOHNSON
SCOUTING REPORT:
Johnson was one of the mostversatile athletes in the state, starting at safetyand picking off six passes (three for TD returns).He also ran back kicks, played wide receiver (20receptions, 443 yards, five TDs) and ran the op-tion occasionally at quarterback. “The kid justhas football sense. He’s smart,” Kahuku coachReggie Torres said.
FUN FACT:
A student in his school’s Hawaiian im-mersion program, Johnson is fluent in Hawaiian.
SAFETY
KAHUKU
HT.
5-8
WT.
163
CL.
SR
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