Peninsula Player of the Year: Seta Pohahau

The winter season brings a bit of well-deserved rest for Aragon standout running back Seta Pohahau. He will condition himself for the upcoming spring track and field season, but the senior is primarily heralded for what he does on the football field.

Pohahau was recently named the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and is primed to take a crack at the starting backfield when he joins Brigham Young University next fall.

The rigors of a second-place run in the Bay Division had as much trouble slowing Pohahau as did opposing defenses. In eclipsing the 100-yard mark in every game this season, Pohahau totaled 1,914 yards and 20 touchdowns, an effort that earned him The Examiner’s Peninsula Player of the Year award.

“At certain points of games I was tired, but I [tried not to] to think about the tiredness,” Pohahau said. “I just wanted to get the job done.”

When Pohahau joined the varsity as a sophomore, he was utilized as a wingback as the backfield was already stacked with Dominic Williams and Matangi Tonga. Pohahau broke his wrist against San Mateo that season and saw limited action when he returned.

As a junior, though, he hit the ground running and never stopped. He didn’t miss a start over the past two seasons and racked up 1,512 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior.

He said he stayed ahead of the competition this year by good old-fashioned hard work.

“[Aragon coach Steve Sell] told me: ‘You’re going to have a good year,’” Pohahau said. “I knew everyone was going to key on me, but I just wanted to do my part.”

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