Future cougs well represented at Polynesian Bowl 2022


Wasatch’s Jarinn Kalama runs to the end zone to score a 28-yard touchdown as Lehi’s Hank Griffin follows him during a second-round 5A football playoff game at Lehi High School in Lehi on Friday, October 29, 2021. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – If you want a BYU football fix in January, you’ll get to see future Cougs in action this weekend.

The 2022 Polynesian Bowl takes place Saturday night (9:30 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network), bringing together the nation’s top high school players on one court to compete in an annual all-star game. This is the first Polynesian Bowl on the island of Oahu since 2020 (before the COVID-19 pandemic).

Four BYU football signers will participate in the All-Star event this week at Kamehameha High School. The game was taking place at Aloha Stadium, but this venue is prohibited from use.

The four BYU football signers include Weber High School defensive lineman Aisea Moa. Moa, a former four-star recruit, signed up for classes earlier this month and was announced as one of BYU’s eight midyear newcomers.

Moa will play on “Team Makai” (Hawaiian term for ocean), coached by former Super Bowl champion QB Doug Williams. They will face team Mauka (Mountains in Hawaiian), coached by legendary Hawaiian head coach June Jones.

Along with Moa, the other BYU signers for the 2022 Polynesian Bowl are Rigby High School’s WR Jarinn Kalama (Wasatch High via Hawaii), Orem OL Vae Soifua and OL Talin Togiai.

Another name to watch is Skyridge offensive lineman Tapuvae Amaama. Amaama will visit BYU on an official visit the following weekend in Provo. The 6-foot-4, 340-pound inside lineman recently got a home visit from BYU offensive line coach Darrell Funk.

The history of BYU football in the Polynesian Bowl

Since the Polynesian Bowl launched in 2017, numerous BYU commitments have played in the event. The last two Polynesian Bowl offensive MVPs currently play at BYU in QB Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters (2020) and WR Puka Nacua (2019).

A total of 12 BYU football players, either on the 2022 roster or currently on assignment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have played in the Polynesian Bowl since 2017.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.


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