Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa become's Hawaii leading passer, leads Saint Louis to state title

Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa become's Hawaii leading passer, leads Saint Louis to state title

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Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa become's Hawaii leading passer, leads Saint Louis to state title

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July 6, 2016 -- Beaverton, OR, U.S.A -- Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa of St. Louis (Hawaii) talks to the media at The Opening and Elite 11 high school football camp at Nike headquarters in Oregon. -- Photo by Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Images, Gannett ORG XMIT: US 135130 opening/ elite 1 7/6/2016 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, show at The Opening Final, became Hawaii’s leading passer (Photo: Troy Wayrynen, USA TODAY Sports)

Alabama quarterback commit Tua Tagovailoa became the career leading passer in Hawaii high school football history and led Saint Louis to a 30-14 win against No. 19 Kahuku  in the state Open Division championship in Halawa.

According to Hawaii Prep World, Tagovailoa finished his career with 8,158 passing yards and 84 touchdowns. Chang passed for 8,001 yards during his career in 10 more games than Tagovailoa played. Tagovailoa also added 1,727 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns for 111 career TDs.

Tagovailoa’s career record as a starter is 24-5 as he finished up school and plans to enroll early at Alabama in January. He will play in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 7 in his last high school game.

He leaves Saint Louis having led the school to its fourth state title in school history with the upset victory Saturday. The matchup was voted the Super 25 Game of the Week by readers of USA TODAY High School Sports.

Tagovailoa was 16-for-25 for 243 yards passing and added 136 rushing yards along with two total touchdowns in the state title game. No play was bigger than his conversion of a fourth-and-1 and his own 29-yard line with six minutes remaining and his team ahead 16-14.

Running a play that Saint Louis actually does not have in its playbook, he went for 29 yards. He later capped the scoring drive with a 30-yard run for a 23-14 lead with 4:44 remaining.

“We never practiced that. I mean, you see that in NCAA and NFL, where they start from shotgun and go underneath,” Tagovailoa told Hawaii Prep World. “It was just one of those things where you trust your coaches and they trust you, you go out and do it. My coach told me to go under center, but I told him I’m going to walk up, and once you walk up, it shows where everybody (on defense) was going in their gaps.”

Kahuku finishes the season at 11-2. The loss to Saint Louis was its only defeat against a Hawaii team; the other loss was at No. 1 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).

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