Two of the biggest up-and-coming football names attached to the state of Utah made a key connection during the Polynesian Bowl on Saturday night.
Late in the second quarter of the postseason bowl game, BYU quarterback signee Jacob Conover threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Orem High wide receiver and USC commit Puka Nacua in the corner of the end zone to lift Team Makai to a 17-0 lead over Team Mauka.
An illegal block on a third-and-7 play put Team Makai into a third-and-22 situation, setting up the score.
Conover rolled left out of the pocket and threw to the corner of the end zone to Nacua, who made the grab as he fell out of bounds while being held. The play was initially called an incomplete pass.
“The review looked good, I know I got my feet down. Now I’m just waiting for that call,” Nacua said during a sideline interview with the CBS Sports broadcast crew while the review was taking place.
“Jacob put it in the only spot where I could get it, and I was able to grab it.”
After review, Nacua was ruled to have gotten a foot down inbounds in the end zone for the score.
Former BYU and NFL return specialist Vai Sikahema, who was a part of the TV broadcast crew, gave praise to Conover for the play as well: “How about that throw by Jacob Conover, the only spot where he could have caught it.”
Nacua was named Polynesian High School Co-Player of the Year earlier in the week along with quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa of Alabaster, Alabama. Tagovailoa is an Alabama signee and the younger brother of current Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Nacua ended up earning offensive MVP honors in the game as well, finishing the night with six receptions for 93 yards, according to USA Today, as Team Makai beat Team Mauka 27-7.
On a night filled with turnovers, Bingham High's Lolani Langi also got in on the act, recovering a muffed punt for Team Makai in the third quarter.