Just when we thought the boys of Fall form the Pacific NW were done we get one more shot to watch them shine. Tonight in the 1st Annual Polynesian All American Bowl. You can watch it at 9 PM our time (PST) on ESPN 3 and also live on a mobile device right here. While there are many many All American Games this one is a big time set up and is part of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. The game is in Hawaii at Aloha Stadium and has featured a week long schedule of practices, cultural events, and brotherhood.
More on The Game
The Polynesian Bowl will feature the world's elite high school players of Polynesian heritage and other ancestries.. The game will be held on January 21, 2017 during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week in O’ahu, Hawai’i.
About the Polynesian Football Hall Of Fame
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors Polynesia’s greatest players, coaches and contributors. As a non-profit organization, the Hall of Fame serves as a resource for Polynesian football history, provides collegiate scholarships and supports educational programs for Polynesian youth. Its permanent home is located at the Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie on O’ahu’s North Shore) and was established in 2013 by Super Bowl Champions Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanuvasa. Other board members include Troy Polamalu, Vai Sikahema, June Jones and Reno Mahe. For more information, visit www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org
The Pacific NW is full of great players and many All Americans and because we are so closely ties geographically with the Islands our people and cultures have mixed. Polynesians from every Nation have lived, worked, and helped make the Pacific NW the greatest part of the mainland since the very beginning of time. Without the influence of the Polynesian people the NW would not be as great as it is today and nowhere will you find as many ties that bind us all then you will through football.
The game is featuring Polynesian players and others and we want to pay tribute to them all including the Coaching staffs. Starting off our coverage is this young man.
The amazing Sefo Liufau of Tacoma (WA) Bellarmine Prep High School is a close friend of NWPR. We covered Sefo from his 10th grade year on and watched him go to Colorado and help turn the program around.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Tacoma, Washington native was born to Joe and Heather Liufau and is of Samoan ancestry. He is also the nephew of Inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame (Class of 2014) inductee Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson.
Liufau helped lead the University of Colorado to the biggest turnaround in Pac-12 history, from a 4-9 record last season to a 10-2 regular season record this year. The Buffaloes earned their first Pac-12 South Division Title, first berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game, their first 10-win season since 2001, and a #10 final overall national playoff ranking.
Sefo was just inducted to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame and was the finalist in a loaded class of future NFL players. Sefo epitomizes everything about being an All American and has spent the week with the Coaches, athletes, and organizers. Anyone in the NW can take great pride in this young man as he has represented all of us at the ultimate level. Thank you Sefo!
This is a group of legends folks. Almost all of them have ties beyond Polynesia and played and Coached in many places. Many of them have deep ties to the NW! Good lord without these men where would Football be? Read more here
Helmets - WOW
I am just going to say this. No one has ever had a cooler helmet - ever. I was told Nike did this design. All I can is Just Do It - again next year!
Now on to the players representing the Pacific NW. Check out the entire Rosters here for Team Mariota and Team Stanley - here are our guys!
Connor Wedington broke onto the recruiting scene as a 10th grader with some of the nastiest moves ever laid onto a football field as a Running Back and has risen ever since. This is one of the Top 150 players in the entire US and he has so many wonderful gifts to give anyone. On and off the filed he is a terrific prospect and we covered him through out his career. He is the last big time NW Recruit to commit and is down to Washington, Stanford, UCLA, Baylor, and Notre Dame. What a terrific talent form Sumner HS (WA).
Brandon Pili moved from Alaska to Beaverton, Oregon to play for the Westview Wildcats. In his first game the explosive D-Tackle landed 15 tackles and 4 Sacks against the Sherwood Bowmen (powerhouse school) and jumped from a no Star to a 3 Star within a week. He landed offers from Oregon State and many Pac 12's before getting offers from Ole Miss, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin. He will commit today so someone is going to man up big time! Way to go Brandon!
Eastside Catholic (WA) has had many great athletes and recruits. I am not sure I have ever seen one as big and fast as Hunter Bryant. In fact I don't think I have seen the likes of Hunter in a decade. He is so big and so fast that he is rare as a tight end. The future Washington Husky in our view is slotted to go All Pac 12 and to play on Sunday. We love this young man-a real blue chip All American.
Henry Bainivalu of migthy Skyline High School (WA) is one of the best Offensive Linemen to come from the NW in decades. He is a powerful young man and everything you would want in a 4 Star recruit. Here is another big time future Washington Husky who has proven he has what it takes to go big and has set an amazing example for the boys of the NW and everyone! Congrats Henry!
I am going to keep this short. This person is not an All American. This 19 year old man can throw a football but his off field issues to me would mean he should have never been at this game. He has a lot of work to do in my opinion and I do not believe he represents the brand of football and the type of player we are proud of here in the NW. The future may be bright for him. Time will tell. Those of you not aware I provide this link.
The great thing about this entire event is that it is being well run and there are several players in the game who are still looking for an offer. Most of them represent kids on the Top 200 lists from Rivals and 247 sports etc. But I am pulling for our NW kids and some under dogs too!
For you Coaches watching today you must watch a late addition to the Roster. Moanalua (Oahu) HS QB Nevin "Alakai" Yuen is a 6'4"- 190 lb gunslinger who posted 2,500 yards and 31 TD's last season. Alikai can really play and was elevated to this game after being named MVP of an All American Game last week. He is playing for Team Mariota and is filling in for Tua Tagovailoa od St Louis (Oahu) who is the #1 QB in the US and future Alabama commit. Tua was scheduled to play but Alabama decided it would be better if he enjoyed the game on the sidelines as he is fresh off the Army All American game!
So we will be rooting for Alikai and all the lesser knowns too. This is one of several kids that can rise and grab an offer after todays game!
Watch Late Comer Nevin "Alikai" Yuen in the Polynesian All American Bowl today!
This is the best competition these athletes have ever seen and several of the Coaches have told me the talent is that of a big time college team! Now Follow all the Action, pics, and more form Hawaii and cheer on our NW kids and all involved! The Twitter Stream for the game and organization is LIVE!