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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Journey fulfills Jamora

On the outside, he was a self-described "fat boy" whose mother wouldn't let him play Pop Warner football.

Inside? Hauoli Jamora grew up watching Kahuku football, vowing one day to play for the Red Raiders.

But the optimistic kid found himself relocating from Hauula to California. After moving back to Oahu -- "I was begging my mom about Kahuku," he said -- they returned to Hauula for a short time.

Then came a move to Pearl City, and Jamora's dream wouldn't die. In fact, he spent his sophomore year catching the bus from Pearl City to Kahuku, getting to the bus stop at 5 a.m., transferring in Haleiwa and arriving at school after 7. Then came wrestling practices after school, then another long haul back to Pearl City.

Jamora hadn't even played a down of football for Kahuku, but he was content. Within two years, Jamora transformed into one of the state's top recruits.

His eye-popping performances wowed coaches and media, who in turn voted Jamora the Star-Bulletin defensive player of the year.

Kahuku's defense was particularly effective, a 3-4 system that put Jamora's strength and quickness to good use. Whether it was long fumble returns for touchdowns or blocked punts in the end zone, Jamora's motor never slowed.

It all came because he wouldn't stop working.

"The explosiveness, that came through the extra work we put in. The weight room, the running, everything," said Jamora, who moved to Laie by his junior year, living with his grandmother, Leona Kulesa.

Once a 5-foot-10, 180-pound eighth-grader, Jamora is now 6-3 and 235 pounds, widely recruited and solidly qualified. His 3.3 grade-point average opened doors: Arizona, Boise State, BYU, Hawaii, Oregon State, Washington and Wyoming have scholarship offers on the table.

The state final loss to Kamehameha still stings, especially when he recalls the missed tackle on a scramble by Warriors quarterback T.C. Campbell on a key third and long. But there are no regrets about all the miles and sweat. He's taken what he's learned from Reggie Torres -- his football, wrestling and judo coach -- to heart.

"There's always hype," Jamora said, "but humility is something we all need."

FIRST TEAM

Landon Aano
Kamehameha, DT, Sr.
Ht.: 5-9 Wt.: 285
One of state's top sackers, strong penetration inside, unending motor

Seali'i Epenesa
'Iolani, DT, Sr.
Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 315
Raiders defense limited foes to 2.8 yards per carry

Charley Tua'au
Leilehua, DE, Sr.
Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 290
Force in Mules' defense with combination of strength, speed

Jeremy Ioane
Punahou, LB, Sr.
Ht.: 5-11 Wt.: 195
Savvy, quick playmaker, goes sideline to sideline for an elite defense

Ben Mamea
Kahuku, LB, Jr.
Ht.: 5-11 Wt. 200
Tremendous instincts vs. run; Kahuku allowed 1.4 yards/carry

Kawika Stant
Kamehameha, LB, Jr.
Ht.: 5-10 Wt.: 205
Middle of Warriors' defensive storm; unit permitted less than 1 yard/carry

Chaz Bajet
Kamehameha, CB, Sr.
Ht.: 5-8 Wt.: 170
Lockdown cover man had eight of his team's 22 interceptions

Alvin Faamausili
Farrington, CB, Sr.
Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 170
Swarming defender; also a lethal weapon as returner and receiver

Brian Suite
Punahou, S, Sr.
Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 188
A dominant force on deep coverage, sure tackler against the run

Marcus Umu
Saint Louis, S, Sr.
Ht.: 5-11 Wt.: 180
Physical and punishing, solid coverage in backfield

Fred Padrones Leilehua, P, Jr.
Ht.: 5-7 Wt.: 160
Most consistent and deep punter

David Stant
Kamehameha
Coach of the year
Demanded great commitment in offseason, preseason, yielding title

SECOND TEAM

Player School Pos. Cl. HT. WT.
Kaena Moose 'Iolani DT Sr. 6-1 270
Eleu Wilson Waianae DT Sr. 6-1 315
Beau Yap Kamehameha DE Sr. 6-2 235
Kona Schwenke Kahuku DE Sr. 6-4 220
Zachary Quines Mililani LB Sr. 6-3 215
T.J. Tito Kahuku LB Jr. 5-10 195
Chivas Paris Waianae LB Sr. 6-0 200
Johnny Tupuola Kahuku CB Sr. 5-10 162
Walter Santiago Jr. Kamehameha CB Jr. 5-10 150
Wave Ryder Kamehameha S Sr. 6-2 185
Sean McFadden Punahou S Sr. 6-1 190
Trevyn Tulonghari 'Iolani P Jr. 6-1 180

THIRD TEAM

Player School Pos. Cl. HT. WT.
Veteson Sauni Kahuku DT Sr. 6-0 285
Keith Chargualaf-Tuilaepa Farrington DT Sr. 5-10 280
Koa Ka'ai Kamehameha DE Jr. 6-4 235
V.J. Fehoko Farrington DE Sr. 6-0 210
Justin Vele Farrington LB Jr. 6-0 200
Seth Ilae Farrington LB Sr. 5-10 200
Tyson Tynanes-Perez Campbell LB Sr. 5-11 200
Ikaika Kamaka Radford CB Sr. 5-9 175
Reid Saito 'Iolani CB Jr. 5-10 175
Xavier Peterson Moanalua S Sr. 6-0 200
Guyson Amina Waianae S Sr. 5-10 155
Ikaika Marfil Kamehameha P Sr. 6-0 200

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