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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Honolulu Advertiser All State Football Team

Siavii, Mamiya were unselfish, solid on field

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

Leilehua linebacker Robert Siavii and Saint Louis quarterback Micah Mamiya were more than just outstanding players. They were consummate team players.

Siavii and Mamiya lead The Advertiser's All-State Team as our Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year.

"On the football field, he's the first one there, last to leave," Leilehua coach Nolan Tokuda said of Siavii. "(He's) a guy that's hustling guys out of the locker room to make sure they're on time. When they don't do what they're supposed to on the field and I get down on them, he's the first one there to pick them up. 'We're all brothers. You gotta pull your line. You gotta do your part.' It's like having another coach on the field, but he's actually more connected to the players."

This is the second consecutive year Mamiya has taken the top offensive player honor. During his two seasons as the starting quarterback, he compiled a 22-1 record. An injury kept him out of last year's state title game.

"He made that offense go," Saint Louis coach Delbert Tengan said. "He'll be the first to tell you he had a lot of weapons that were available to him, but it starts with him. To have that burden and to have that record with one loss, I think it says everything about him."

Both players were unselfish for playing positions for the greater good of their respective teams.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Siavii played safety last season. Although he is built on the lean side, he was still solid enough to play close to the line of scrimmage to stop runs.

"He's such a ball hawk, we needed him closer to the ball this year," Tokuda said. "It was a good idea of Coach (Mark) Kurisu and Coach (Darrin) Matsumiya. I don't think I've seen a linebacker that can stuff the run and cover the slotback on the pass."

Saint Louis' Tengan said he was impressed with Siavii after watching the Mules' state semifinal win against Baldwin. Siavii returned a fumble for a touchdown and intercepted a deep pass intended for a slotback in that game.

"Siavii is athletic and has great instincts," Tengan said. "He's always around the ball."

Siavii said he has a recruiting visit to Idaho in early January. Other Division I programs are in the inquiring stage, he said.

Mamiya said he would have liked to play slotback, a position he feels is better suited for his 5-9, 170-pound frame. He is contemplating walking-on at Hawai'i as a slot. But because he was such an accurate passer and the best one available at the time, he ended up at quarterback for a program that has produced a number of all-state quarterbacks the last two decades.

"I'm sure he wanted to play slot, but he knew what was best for the team," Tengan said. "I'm glad everything worked out."

Because Mamiya was a threat as a runner, the Crusaders were able to run a hybrid offense that mixed the run-and-shoot with the option. Only a quick-thinker with quick feet like Mamiya could pull off the task.

He completed 132 of 243 passes for 2,267 yards and 25 touchdowns, most of those coming in the most competitive league in the state, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. His six interceptions were among the fewest in the state.

"He had a really consistent season," Farrington coach Randall Okimoto said. "He didn't make big mistakes and that really helped."

A fun fact: Mamiya's grandfather's cousin is Dr. Richard Mamiya, a quarterback at UH during the late 1940s who would become a renown heart surgeon. Saint Louis School's theater bears his name.

Mamiya leads a contingent of seven Crusaders on the All-State Team. Joining him on offense are linemen Tui Tuiasosopo and Mana Greig, as well as receiver Tamatoa DeMello, who was Mamiya's backup last season. DeMello was the starting quarterback in last year's title game against Kahuku.

Representing the Crusaders on defense are linemen Ryan Eastman and Geordon Hanohano, and defensive back Manoa Latu.

The Mules have four representatives. Joining Siavii is linebacker Art Laurel, receiver Edieson Dumlao and punter Rico Newman.

Newman also played slot when the Mules emptied their backfield.

The 5-10, 190-pound Dumlao was built like a fullback, yet was as smooth as any wide receiver in the state.

"He knows how to get open," Okimoto said. "He just goes and gets the ball."

Kahuku and Baldwin each follow with three players.

The Red Raiders are offensive lineman Benji Kemoeatu, linebacker Paipai Falemalu and defensive back Shiloah Te'o, who has verbally committed to Brigham Young.

Representing the Bears are receiver Kalei Kamahele, offensive lineman Sean Tesoro and all-purpose player Skyler Cabacungan. Tesoro has verbally committed to UNLV.

Punahou and Kamehameha have two players each.

The Buffanblu are linebacker Manti Te'o and defensive back Sia Tafuna, while the Warriors' selections are offensive lineman Mykenna Ikehara and defensive back Jordan Gomes.

Manti Te'o, a 6-2, 230-pound junior and cousin of Kahuku's Shiloah, is already regarded as the top prospect of next year's class. The ILH Defensive Player of the Year also is the state's Gatorade Player of the Year selection. He was much like Siavii in his ability to defend slotbacks and running backs on passes and still stop the run. According to the press release from Gatorade, Te'o averaged 11.4 tackles per game and was credited with nine sacks and forced two fumbles.

Moreover, Te'o doubled at running back. He scored 10 touchdowns, seven rushing and three receiving. He averaged 11.1 yards per carry.

Sole representatives of their schools are Damien running back Kama Bailey, Mililani receiver Taz Stevenson, Kealakehe kicker Lanakila Ynigues and Castle defensive lineman Solomon Koehler.

All-purpose selections are Kalaheo's Bruce Andrews and Lahainaluna's Lake Casco.

Koehler is regarded as the state's top recruit by rivals.com. The 6-2, 305-pound senior also played offensive line and was named to the OIA East all-star team on both sides of the line. He has made recruiting visits to Arizona and San Diego State. He also has an offer from UH.

Ynigues led all specialists in scoring with 69 points. While the bulk came on 48 PATs, he was picked because of his long-range ability (seven field goals, including a 47-yarder). Another factor was that he had 36 kickoffs for touchbacks. Though it did not factor in his selection, he also started at free safety and had seven interceptions.

This year, we added sub-all-state teams for Division I and Division II. The only difference is Leilehua's Newman is the All-Division I selection at running back.

Bailey and Casco are the only Division II players on the All-State Team. Bailey, who set an ILH single-game rushing record this season, was ILH Offensive Co-Player of the Year with Mamiya. Casco is considered a candidate for top defensive player in the Maui Interscholastic League.

More than 30 coaches statewide were asked to nominate players. Not all responded. But those who did were then asked to rank players by positions. Also, reporters from Maui and the Big Island were consulted for their island's players.

First and Second Teams

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