Stokes Nihipali-Botelho of Kahuku (Hawaii) has been voted the Super 25 Top Star for games during the weekend of Sept. 1-3 by readers of USA TODAY High School Sports.
Nihipali-Botelho had two interceptions and kicked six extra points in Kahuku’s 44-0 victory against Campbell (Ewa Beach).
The defending state Division I champions, Kahuku is now 4-0, ranked No. 17 in the Super 25 and riding a 17-game winning streak heading into Friday’s game at Radford (Honolulu), 1:30 a.m. ET.
After that, Kahuku heads to Las Vegas to face top-ranked Bishop Gorman.
Nihipali-Botelho is a big part of a defense that has allowed 22 points all season and is coming off back-to-back shutouts. The defense was a key to last year’s success, allowing an average of less than four points per game.
“We were making sure all of us were 100 percent and knew our jobs, so we just had to come out and execute, and — with all of that combined with what I did — it felt really good,” he told Hawaii Prep World.
“We’ve got a lot to work on, giving up too much yards, too many big plays. We’ve just got to come back next week (to prepare for the Radford game on Friday), start working on it and hopefully come out better.”