Polynesian High School Football Player of the Year Award Finalists

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The four finalists for the 2019 Polynesian High School Football Player of the Year Award have been announced by Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

The four are: quarterback Jayden de Laura of St. Louis School (Hawaii), linebacker Noah Sewell of Orem High School (Utah), running back Lawrance Toafili (Pinellas Park High School (Florida) and quarterback DJ Uiagalelei of St. John Bosco High School (California). The finalists were selected from a Watch List of nearly 50 players.

“This award showcases the immense talent of our Polynesian student-athletes in high school football today,” said Jesse Sapolu, Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Chairman and Co-Founder. “We congratulate each Finalist and their families.”

The award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior high school football player of Polynesian Ancestry.  Crescent Valley High School (Oregon) and current University of Southern California Safety Talanoa Hufanga was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2017. Orem High School (Utah) and current University of Washington WR Puka Nacua & Thompson High School (Alabama) and current University of Alabama QB Taulia Tagovailoa were selected as co-players of the year in 2018. 

The finalists will be recognized during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend on O`ahu, Hawai`i. The Player of the Year will be announced during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner on January 17, 2020 and again at halftime of the Polynesian Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 18.
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