Four Jets Compete in Invitationals

Courtesy Photo &nbsp&nbsp Left to right, Encinal Jet players: Kauakahi Kahuanui, Micah Nieto and Jezaiah Naigulevu celebrate after playing in the “Patriot Bowl” Saturday Dec. 28, 2019, at Diablo Valley College in Concord.

Four Jets Compete in Invitationals

Players selected to compete in Paradise Bowl in Hawaii

Four members of the Encinal High School (EHS) football team took part in the second annual Junior Prep Sports (JPS) Northern California Patriot Bowl Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at Diablo Valley College in Concord.

Jet wide receiver Micah Puahl-Nieto and punter/kicker John Brindles played on Team Liberty, while linebacker Jezaiah Naigulevu and offensive/defensive lineman Kauakahi Kahuanui played for Team Freedom. Teams were picked at random.

Team Liberty won the game, 7-6. Naigulevu was named defensive player of the game.
Players who showed exceptional ability in the game were selected to take part in the JPS High School Football Invitational “Paradise Bowl” today, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Puahl-Nieto, Naigulevu and Kahuanui were selected to play in the Hawaii Bowl. They boarded a flight on Jan. 6 to represent EHS and Alameda in the senior football showcase. The game will consist of players from California, Nevada, Hawaii and American Samoa.

The Patriot Bowl is designed to honor the efforts of the military and first responders. Players who take part in the game are given military-themed jerseys and equipment. 

The Jets finished 11-2 overall and won the West Alameda County  Conference Foothill League title. They advanced to the North Coast Section Div. V title game, but lost to Del Norte High of Cresent City, 14-13.