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    Quarterback Marcus Mariota, left, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound senior, threw for 2,597 yards and 32 touchdowns in leading Saint Louis to the state title. . Juda Parker, right, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound senior, used his supreme speed to lead the Saints with 64.5 tackles.

He was and still is, at heart, a Kalani Falcon.

Marcus Mariota strolled the vast field at Kahala Park on many a Saturday in the fall. Whether it was out of nostalgia or a sense of support for his former Pop Warner squad, he would take it all in with a few current and former teammates.

Somewhere between the grass drills at Kahala and intricate lab work with the quarterbacking brain trust at Kalaepohaku, Mariota developed into a prize recruit for one of the nation’s top college football teams.

Just on performance alone, the Saint Louis signal-caller did more than enough to wow coaches and media, earning Star-Advertiser All-State offensive player of the year honors.

Mariota had more than double the votes of Mililani’s prolific playmaker, Trent McKinney. Kaimuki ironman Chester Su’a, Leilehua wide receiver Fred Padrones and Waianae quarterback Puletua Wilson also received votes.

In voting results that were nearly as lopsided, his teammate, Juda Parker, dominated the defensive player of the year. Parker received first-place votes from more than 70 percent of the panel.

"I’m just very humbled and blessed by the coaches’ selection. I’m taken aback," Parker said. "It goes to show, if you put in hard work and dedication, it can definitely pay off."

In some core, fundamental ways, Parker was and still is a Firebrand. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end was an ironman performer at Word of Life, but when the high school shut down in the offseason, Parker was a gifted student-athlete without a place to call home.

He and teammate Paulay Asiata were adopted by the ohana at Kalaepohaku and continued to thrive. Parker finished with a team-high 64.5 tackles, 16 sacks and two forced fumbles.

The two were classic leaders for their team, more by action than words. Mariota’s cerebral approach was molded by quarterbacks guru Vinnie Passas and head coach Darnell Arceneaux.

Mariota, at 6-4 (6-3 and 5/8ths, to be exact) and 190 pounds, isn’t just the tallest of quarterbacks from a program the churns out storied passers.

He may just be the best. With a bazooka of an arm — he coiled 70-yard bombs at practice as a sophomore, former receiver Billy Ray Stutzmann (UH) once said — and an intricate understanding of the pass rush, Mariota posted numbers that Crusaders fanatics and efficient program coders can love:

» 165 completions in 252 attempts (65.4 percent)

» 32 touchdown tosses with only five interceptions

» a passer rating of 189.98, easily the highest of any starting quarterback in several seasons

The final nail for many defensive coordinators, though, was dealing with Mariota’s speed, especially after Arceneaux returned to his alma mater. With an emphasis on multiple looks and a keen appreciation for Oregon’s version of the flex option, Arceneaux — once a shifty ballcarrier in his day — employed Mariota’s stunning acceleration and speed. Mariota, who posted 40-yard sprint times from 4.5 seconds down to 4.33 at the PIAA combine in May, rushed for 455 yards on just 60 carries (8.6 per carry) with seven touchdowns.

That was just enough to keep defenses off balance. Oregon knew about his multiple skills in the offseason and offered him a scholarship. Mariota was one of the earlier verbal commits, even before he had started a varsity game.

The humility that made him a willing apprentice hasn’t changed, not even with a state championship.

"Learning from a guy like Jeremy (Higgins) was actually good for me. He ran the offense well. Taking what he saw and what I saw, seeing different views and putting it all together helped me a lot," Mariota said. "I learned to get the ball out a lot quicker and allow these guys to make plays."

He is also the unofficial team tutor, according to Passas. Mariota has a 4.15 grade-point average.

"He has the accuracy of Jason Gesser. Has the coolness of Timmy Chang. Has the competitive spirit of Darnell Arceneaux," said Passas, who coached these passers. "So he’s all of those guys built into one guy, and that’s Marcus. He’s faster than all of them. He’s smarter than all of them. So if we’re choosing sides and I have the first pick, Marcus would be the first pick. Don’t tell Darnell that."

Coach of the year honors went to Arceneaux, who left Mililani and came back to the Crusaders for a second stint. In his first try, back in 2003, he guided the team to the state final only to lose 27-26 to Kahuku. This time, the Crusaders went 11-1, with a 42-28 win over Leilehua and a 36-13 victory over Waianae in the state tournament.

Clint Onigama (Kaimuki), Daniel Matsumoto (Waianae), Rod York (Mililani), Wendell Look (‘Iolani), Reggie Torres (Kahuku) and Nolan Tokuda also received votes.

The future for Mariota is practically set, with his commitment to Oregon. Parker was an early commit to Tennessee, but has opened his options. He visited UH last weekend and will tour Oregon State in early January.

Mariota will participate in the NUC All-World Gridiron Classic in Columbia, S.C., on Friday.

Parker will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 8.


First Team

Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl
QB Marcus Mariota Saint Louis 6-4 190 Sr.
REC Fred Padrones Leilehua 5-9 170 Sr.
REC Duke Bukoski Saint Louis 6-2 190 Sr.
REC Hassan Richardson Mililani 6-4 190 Sr.
OL Paulay Asiata Saint Louis 6-5 300 Sr.
OL Jamal Napeahi Kahuku 6-1 283 Sr.
OL Blaze Ryder Kamehameha 6-1 260 Sr.
OL Steven Siilata Kahuku 6-0 265 Sr.
OL Christopher Thee Kahuku 6-0 254 Sr.
RB Chester Su’a Kaimuki 6-2 210 Sr.
RB Aofaga Wily Kahuku 6-0 185 So.
U Solomon Dixon McKinley 5-10 160 Sr.
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl
DT Kennedy Tuimasealii Waianae 6-1 300 So.
DT Dallin Muti Kahuku 6-0 256 Sr.
DE Juda Parker Saint Louis 6-4 245 Sr.
DE Koa Ka’ai Kamehameha 6-5 250 Sr.
LB Justin Vele Farrington 6-0 224 Sr.
LB Ben Mamea Kahuku 6-0 217 Sr.
LB Starr Sua-Passi Saint Louis 6-1 220 Sr.
CB Walter Santiago Jr. Kamehameha 5-11 185 Sr.
CB Reid Saito ‘Iolani 5-10 180 Sr.
S Tigi Hill Kahuku 6-3 215 Sr.
S Chucky Kaahanui Aiea 5-10 175 Sr.
Special Teams
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl
PK Ceejay Santos Baldwin 6-1 183 Sr.
P Fred Padrones Leilehua 5-9 170 Sr.
RET Jeremiah Andrade Leilehua 5-8 155 Jr.


Second Team

Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl
QB Trent McKinney Mililani 6-0 175 Sr.
REC Darrien Shealy Leilehua 6-1 175 Sr.
REC Eric Lum Kailua 5-10 167 Sr.
REC Ro Wilson Baldwin 6-3 180 Sr.
OL Chase Yamada Mililani 5-6 307 Sr.
OL Cameron Lalau Mililani 6-2 327 Sr.
OL Afi Greig Saint Louis 6-0 245 Jr.
OL Piulu Kahapea Kailua 6-2 298 Sr.
OL Keenan Faatea Punahou 6-0 295 Sr.
RB Zachary Payomo Mililani 5-7 169 Sr.
RB Victor Moananu Waipahu 5-7 190 Sr.
U Jesse Carney Kalaheo 5-10 180 Sr.
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl
DT Ilaio Sio Aiea 5-11 250 Sr.
DT Na’Alii Robins Saint Louis 6-3 245 Sr.
DE Kalei Auelua Saint Louis 6-4 230 Jr.
DE Richard Villasenor Moanalua 6-2 240 Sr.
LB Cody Petro-Sakuma ‘Iolani 5-7 175 Sr.
LB Douglas Tautua Aiea 5-11 200 Jr.  
LB Lancelot Williams Farrington 6-0 211 Sr.
CB Trayson Medeiros Kahuku 5-10 172 Sr.  
CB Kawehena Johnson Kahuku 5-9 145 So.
S Elijah Lagafuaina Mililani 6-0 185 Sr.
S Cyrus Coen Pearl City 6-0 205 Sr.
Special Teams
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl
PK Jordan Lee ‘Iolani 5-7 155 Jr.
P Trent McKinney Mililani 6-0 175 Sr.
RET Ro Wilson Baldwin 6-3 180 Sr.


Third Team

Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl
QB Puletua Wilson Waianae 6-1 185 Sr.
REC Joshua Tupua Saint Louis 5-10 190 Sr.
REC Punga Vea Kahuku 6-1 160 Sr.
REC Everett Kim Pac-Five 5-9 160 Sr.
OL Shane Brostek Hawaii Prep 6-3 300 Jr.
OL Dustin Telefoni Castle 6-1 272 Jr.
OL Haoa Lono Waianae 5-11 205 Sr.
OL Houston Clemente Saint Louis 6-5 275 Sr.
OL Kekuapono Kalua Moanalua 5-11 270 Sr.
RB Steven Lakalaka Punahou 5-10 200 Jr.
RB Ikaika Gante Anuenue 5-8 160 Sr.  
U Ray Cooper Pearl City 5-8 175 Sr.
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl
DT Ioane Sagapolu Farrington 6-0 275 Sr.
DT Jarome Fa’amata Farrington 5-10 240 Jr.
DE Nicholas Acoba Kahuku 5-11 220 Sr.
DE DeForest Buckner Punahou 6-7 230 Jr.
LB Chavez Kauwalu Waianae 5-8 195 Sr.
LB K.T. Tuumalo Punahou 6-3 210 Sr.
LB T.J. Tito Kahuku 5-11 226 Sr.
CB Kainoa Raguindin Aiea 5-8 170 Sr.
CB Leland Gomez Saint Louis 5-9 175 Sr.
S Peni Vea Kealakehe 6-1 185 Sr.
S Kalei Contrades Saint Louis 5-10 185 Sr.
Special Teams
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl
PK Kaimi Fairbairn Punahou 5-11 160 Jr.
P Ceejay Santos Baldwin 6-1 183 Sr.
RET Anae Va’a Aiea 5-11 180 Sr.


Honorable Mention

» Quarterbacks: Kenan Sadanaga (Leilehua), Evan Moe (Kahuku), Jaymason Lee (Castle), Reece Foy (‘Iolani), Kahaku Iaea (Kailua).
» Receivers: Mason Kualii-Moe (Kaimuki), Diacorri Briscoe (Pearl City), Nainoa Frank (Kalaheo), Joshua Kong (Castle), Charley Bollig IV (Kamehameha), Shairone Thompson (Kahuku), Jeremiah Andrade (Leilehua), Keano Kuia (Kalani), Josiah Sukumaran (‘Iolani), Tavon Pegues (Kamehameha-Hawaii).
» Offensive linemen: Tiras Koon (‘Iolani), Maika Moala (Kaimuki), C.J. Hoohuli (Kamehameha-Hawaii), Tupe Taito (Waipahu), Kalawaia Jenkins (Leilehua), Toa Fonoimoana (Kalaheo), T.J. Faimealelei (Kaimuki), Jared Serrao (Mililani), Hawk Hanoa (Kamehameha-Hawaii), Landon Freitas (Mililani), Charles Sataraka (Farrington), Hayden Wills (Kamehameha), Aukai Monroe (Punahou), Mitchell Boyd (Farrington), Samson Kaleikini (Kapolei), Tuafale Faatoafe (Aiea), Aaron Tufono (Kaiser), Faaesea Lakatani (Castle), Jason Malaga (McKinley), Kelii Copp (Saint Louis), Davin Viernes (Campbell), Christian Salvador-Aspera (Aiea), Chris Nakata (Roosevelt), Kapua Awong (Kapolei), Colsen Chun-Ming (Kaiser), Keeyan Nakatsu (Kamehameha), Zachary Mauga (Aiea), Christopher Finau (Castle).
» Running backs: Josh Gonda (Kaiser), Jaylen Mitchell (Waianae), Tyrone Brown (Kahuku), Charles Spencer (Moanalua), Isaiah Adams (Hawaii Prep), Fonoivasa Mata’afa (Kahuku), Phil Hogan (Moanalua), Bryson Panui (Waianae), Ammon Baldomero (‘Iolani), Scotland Smith (Farrington), Jostin Carbajal (Lahainaluna), Jun Cho (Kalani), Darius Anderson (Pac-Five), Darren Acoba (Kauai), Waika Alapai (Kapaa), Keanu Mook-Garcia (Saint Louis), Keaka Fernandez (Kapolei).
» Defensive tackles: Siosiua Uhatafe (Kaimuki), Taitus Failaunga (Pac-Five), Jordan Tanioka (Moanalua), Punahele McShane (Roosevelt), Apoga Siafagaloa (Waianae), Isaiah Thompson (Campbell), Jordan Luamanuvae (Kaiser), Lopeti Fonokalafi (Kaiser), Alapati Noga (Aiea), Pasoni Tasini (Baldwin), John Vave (Kailua), Maika Moala (Kaimuki).
Defensive Ends: Keanu Foki (Farrington), Semo Sila (Farrington), Colby Cabatu (Kamehameha-Hawaii), Addison Kogami (‘Iolani), Lopisoni Mailei (Campbell), Samson Maeva (Aiea), Josh Simmons (Kapolei), Matai Tuaato (Leilehua), Seth-Jonah Keolanui (Kaiser), Ethan Mahaulu (Kailua), Chevrolet Mikaele (Kailua), Penitito Melei (Leilehua), Peter Ulu-Fano (Waianae), Aubrey Seui (Radford).
» Linebackers: Charles Tauaefa (Farrington), Krix Hugley (Radford), Benetton Fonua (Kahuku), Taylor Cruz (Kamehameha-Hawaii), Mitchell Loewen (Lahainaluna), Cilvin Steward (Mililani), Martin Taulelei (Moanalua), Austyn Flores (Damien), Stockton Crowley (Leilehua), Isaiah Neves (Roosevelt), Rudi Galapia (Waialua), Branden Abiva (Aiea).
» Cornerbacks: Keoni Wong (Kamehameha-Hawaii), Reyn Clarke (Kamehameha-Hawaii), Justice Sarcedo (Kaimuki), Moses Alimoot (Castle), Nicholas Motellang (Kaimuki), Joel Talaro (Moanalua), Jordan Mendiola (Pearl City), Taylor Taliulu (Aiea), Joshua Torres (Campbell), Reyn Sugai (Pac-Five), Shayvis Wilson (Damien).
» Safeties: Dorsey Norris (Radford), Ashton McKay (Roosevelt), Tevita Baravilala (Radford), Leo Kozlowski (Kamehameha-Hawaii), Keahi Hogan (‘Iolani), Anthony Lockett (Moanalua), Alex Ironside (McKinley), Matthew Mendiola (Aiea), Mahuka Cullen (Anuenue).
» Utility: T.J. Reid (Radford), Agaese Tago (Roosevelt), James Wilson (Waianae).
» Place-kickers: Jesse Correa (Saint Louis), Aaron Goo (Saint Louis), Max Goode (Kapaa), Eric Lum (Kailua), Lee Arakawa (Moanalua), Shea Shimabukuro (Kauai), Kamalei Rosa (Waialua).
» Punters: Jordan Lee (‘Iolani), Brendan Sagucio (Pac-Five), Chucky Kaahanui (Aiea).

Returners: Kaeo Aliviado (Saint Louis), Chester Su’a (Kaimuki), Ikaika Gante (Anuenue), Jaylen Mitchell (Waianae), Agaese Tago (Roosevelt).


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