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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Preseason All-CIFSS: Long Beach/South Bay

The following Polynesians have been selected to CalHisports preseason all star team. The team includes AIGA 7on7 players Jesse Scroggins and Dion Bailey of Lakewood and Princeton Fuimaono and John Timu of Long Beach Jordan. See link.

OT -- Ma'Autua Brown (Paramount) 6-5, 300 Jr.
Brown is one of the better underclass prospects in the region and should develop into one of the best players in the San Gabriel Valley League this year. He definitely passes the eye-ball test and showed flashes of brilliance at last spring's L.A. Nike Camp.

C -- Filo Fonoti (Mayfair, Lakewood) 6-2, 255 Jr.
The Monsoons have dominated the Suburban League for the past eight seasons and even though they have graduated 17 starters, the coaching staff is optimistic they'll continue their 48-game league winning streak because of talents such as Fonoti. He's a good athlete who is probably more of a defensive tackle prospect on the next level, but he fits best on the offensive side of the ball on this team. Besides, Mayfair returns two solid runners in Keith Harvey and Dominique Small that should propel its offense.

DE -- Justin Utupo (Lakewood) 6-2, 230 Sr.
One of the best overall players in this region, Utupo is somewhat overlooked on his team because of all the offensive firepower surrounding QB Jessie Scroggins. As a junior, he put up great numbers which included a reported 78 tackles, an amazing 30 for loss and 10 sacks. At the L.A. Nike Camp, he displayed the strength and explosiveness that would make up for any perceived lack. He's been offered by schools all over the country and has already give a verbal to Notre Dame. In Lakewood's opener, he even caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Scroggins.

LB -- Princeton Fuimaono (Jordan, Long Beach) 6-1, 190 Sr.
Plays outside linebacker for the Panthers, but is athletic and fast enough to one day play safety on the next level. He had a productive summer during passing league competitions and was a standout at the L.A. Nike Camp. A repeat selection on this team, "Bobo" was credited with 56 tackles, 38 assists and three sacks last season for a Jordan team that surprised Lakewood with a 21-14 victory and tied for second place in the Moore League. Jordan is the last Moore League team to defeat Poly back in 1994 and they think they can be the ones to do it again with the team they have this season.

ROV -- Taumoelau Kaveinga (Leuzinger, Lawndale) 5-11, 200 Sr.
Yet another top performer at a Nike Football Training Camp, Kaveinga shined at the University of Oregon NFTC. Like his older brother, USC linebacker and former first team all-state pick Uona, the younger Kaveinga plays linebacker for the Olympians but showed he has the speed and cover ability to play safety on the next level. As a junior, he was credited with 98 solo tackles, 29 assists, six sacks and two fumble recoveries. Already holding an offer from UNLV, Kaveinga hopes to attract offers from bigger programs with Oregon, Oregon State and USC atop his list.

P -- John Timu (Jordan, Long Beach) 6-0, 190 Sr.
Another repeat selection, we cheated a little bit by putting Timu on the team as a punter. He boomed 32 punts for 1,274 yards (39.8 avg.), with a long of 54 yards. But putting Timu on the team as a punter is actually a knock to his overall talent. Jessie Scroggins notwithstanding, Timu is the best all-around talent in the Moore League. The Washington commit passed for 1,395 yards and 15 touchdowns against only seven interceptions. He added 642 yards and five touchdowns rushing. On defense, he added 27 tackles, two interceptions and caused a fumble. At the L.A. Nike Camp, he worked out with the wide receivers but he could DB on the next level.

Another linebacker to keep your on eye from the region that just missed making this team is Artesia's T.J. Tamatuia.

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