In Tuesday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Paul Honda wrote about the top 10 prep stories of 2017. You can read it here.
Here’s a deeper look at one of the 10 stories.
3. Dynasty reborn at Saint Louis
A decade ago, Saint Louis football was a dynasty no more. The Lee brothers, Cal and Ron, had departed, eventually landing at UH with June Jones. The run of state football champions since their last state title, in 2002, read like this: ’03, Kahuku; ’04, Kamehameha; ’05, Kahuku; ’06, Kahuku; ’07, Leilehua; ’08, Punahou; ’09, Kamehameha.
In ’10, Darnell Arceneaux returned to lead Saint Louis to a state crown. He also departed, and since then the list read this way: ’11, Kahuku; ’12, Kahuku; ’13, Punahou; ’14, Mililani; ’15, Kahuku.
By ’14, however, the Lee brothers returned to Saint Louis. In ’16, Year 3 of the rebuild, the Crusaders took their first state championship in six seasons. They made it back-to-back this past fall. After 14 Prep Bowl titles from ’83 to ’98, a state title in ’99, and titles in ’02 (Delbert Tengan) and ’10 (Arceneaux), the dynasty is back.
The ’16 title, with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback, was highly anticipated. The title run in ’17, though, with a first-year starter at QB, was a work of art. Chevan Cordeiro’s mastery and leadership were off the charts, something that hadn’t been seen in a first-time starter since ’10, when Marcus Mariota was a senior. The tutelage of quarterbacks guru Vince Passas is always golden, through every Saint Louis slinger who has gone on to success at the next level and beyond. The defensive unit was sprinkled with eventual All-State selections, hard-nosed in the Crusader tradition that started with Cal Lee.