The Polynesian All-American Bowl presented by the AIGA Foundation kicks off on
Saturday, January 18th at 2 p.m. at Tustin HS.
One of the top All-American
games around, several of the top prospects in the West and nationally will be
participating in the game.
The coaching staffs for Team Black and Team White is stacked with former NFL
and college stars.
Team Black is coached by Jack Thompson, the former Washington State
quarterback who was the highest drafted Polynesian in the NFL. He'll be
joined by Mori Suesue, Steve Tafua, Sione Taufoou, Joey Thomas and Lenny
"AIGA means family and this weekend will stand as a milestone for these young
me that we hope will continue to help mold them into great men," said Taufoou,
who's the head coach at Menlo Atherton HS and one of the traveling coaches on
the Elite 11 and Nike Football Training Camp circuit.
Team White is coached by Maa Tanuvasa, a former Hawaii defensive end who won
two Super Bowl rings with the Denver Broncos. Coaching with him are Mike Crawford, Gery Graham, Reno Mahe, Damien Satete and Manu Savea.
Team Black has California's top offensive lineman, Damien Mama from St.John
Bosco. Other standouts on the lines include Kammy Delp, a commit to
Arizona State, David Lemoto from Canoga Park, Serra's Samiu Akoteu and Davis
Defensively, Tyler Cook, a BYU commit, Jason Fao from Long Beach Poly and
David Lemoto from Canoga Park are a couple of the FBS prospects on Team Black.
BYU commit Sione Takitaki is one of the two-way threats for Team Black.
Other names to watch include Tai Tiedemann, Justin Allen, Manly Williams,
Manase Palu, Jarvis Polu (Army commit), Manoah Tuiasosopo, Christian Pabico,
Dallas Lopez, Adam Connette, London Iakopo and Semise Kofe.
Team White has five-star safety Juju Smith from Long Beach Poly as it's
headliner, USC commit Viane Talamaivao in the trenches and Notre Dame commit
Tyler Luatua also on the roster.
Other names to watch are S.J. Fehoko, Austin Maloata, Matt Rockett, Chase Forrest, Matthew Palmer, Reuben Leasau, Josiah Polamalu-Gates, Mori Savini, Boise State commit Tennessee Suesue, Sione Taumoeanga, Austin Striplin, Polo Langi and
Tevita Ofahengaue, a former BYU tight end and former NFL Draft Mr. Irrelevant
is one of the organizers of the game.
"AIGA is family and with that said, AIGA over everything," said Ofahengaue.