High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Kenan Sadanaga

Eye on POY: Hawaii football

November, 25, 2011
11/25/11
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program's selection process.

Steven Lakalaka
Senior running back, Punahou (Honolulu, HI)

2011 Team record: 11-2
2011 Team standing: Will play in Division I state final vs. Kahuku tonight

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs:
205-1,090 (5.3)- 12
2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 34-268 (7.9)- 1

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: UCLA (verbally committed)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-League; 2010 Third Team All-State; 2009 Second Team All-League

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