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HONOLULU, Hawaii – Some of the best high school football players in the nation showcased their skills in the inaugural Hawaii/Polynesia-Mainland Bowl Friday night at Aloha Stadium.
In the end the Mainland All-Stars were victorious, 22-8, in a turnover-plagued game.
The defense ruled as the teams combined for 13 turnovers, including nine by the Hawaii squad. The Mainland scored 16 of its 22 points off of three Hawaii turnovers. While the Mainland squad took advantage of its opportunities, the Hawaii squad failed in their chances. Hawaii forced four Mainland turnovers but could not score off any of those, despite driving into the red zone on four occasions.
Corey Brown, U.S. Army All-American and Ohio State commit, picked off three Hawaii passes to lead the Mainland defense. Meanwhile Bryn Renner, a four-star Rivals.com recruit and a North Carolina pledge, passed for 124 yards and a pair of long touchdown passes to lead the Mainland offense.
Renner connected with Trabis Ward for a 52-yard bomb in the second quarter and David Wilson, Virginia Tech commit, for a 34-yard pass in the fourth quarter.
Hawaii turned the ball over on its first two possessions to help set up nine points by the Mainland squad in a 65-second span. Following a fumble recovery, Wilson scored on a 4-yard run for the game's initial score at the 5:09 mark of the opening quarter
Hawaii fumbled on its very next offensive snap and the Mainland again capitalized with a Nick Tausch 37-yard field goal that put Mainland up 9-0. Ward's 52-yard catch down the sideline made it a 16-0 game by halftime.
Hawaii finally got on the board with 5:02 remaining in the game when Hawaii pledge Corey Nielsen found UCLA pledge Roby Toma in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown strike. Hawaii would have two more opportunities for a comeback after recovering an onside kick and picking off a Mainland pass. However, both of Hawaii's drive stalled in the Mainland territory.
Rich McGuinness, creator of the Hawaii/Polynesian vs. Mainland Bowl said the game was a hit.
"It was exciting to see the Hawaii talent match up against the Mainland team," he said. "They have a rich tradition in football on this island and it was great to be able to pit some of the nation's best up against these tough Hawaii All-Stars at Aloha stadium, the same arena where the Pro Bowl has been played. I'm excited to see what next year's game will bring."
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The inaugural Hawaii/Polynesian vs. Mainland Bowl was broadcast live on Fox Sports College Channel and Fox Sports West Prime Ticket. It was also broadcast live locally via radio at AM 1500 and via the internet by Hawaii Digital Sports.
The game was presented by Football University, the same owners as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. For more information on the Hawaii/Polynesian vs. Mainland Bowl and its related events visit www.footballuniversity.org.
Football University, an invitation-only camp for elite-level youth and prep players, travels the nation to more than 30 cities to train elite players. Although it's invite-only, athletes are eligible to nominate themselves at our website for a chance to attend.