The glass is half full in Cal Lee’s eyes.
“We agreed, mutual agreement. We didn’t want to wait and see if the lights would go out again,” Lee said after the Saint Louis-Kahuku game was called at halftime with the No. 1-ranked Crusaders up 28-0.
Saint Louis improved to 5-0 overall, 4-0 in ILH Open play. On a night when Kahuku was intent on asserting its ground attack, Saint Louis answered the call. It was a true test for the front seven of Saint Louis in this season after stalwart linemen Faatui Tuitele and Gino Quinones graduated.
“I like our D-line. Anthony Sagapolutele has good feet. He’s not Tui, but he moves around. I like Darrell Masaniai,” Lee said.
It was close to 10 p.m. when officials spoke with Lee and Kahuku coach Sterling Carvalho about the situation.
“That’s what they told me. They said, don’t come out (of the locker room). We were waiting for about 10 more minutes. If it doesn’t get better, we wait another 10 minutes,” he said.
Rain started falling on Aloha Stadium prior to the kickoff of the second game of the triple-header, a matchup of Mililani and Kamehameha that began at around 4:45 p.m. During the final game, Saint Louis and Kahuku played through occasional showers.
There was talk in the bleachers of lightning in the parking lot or even an island-wide blackout, but those rumors were unsubstantiated. Lee has seen it all in nearly three decades as a head coach.
“I think it might have happened once at Kaiser,” he said. “The kids want to play, and we wanted to get all the kids to play. When you mention safety, if something happens.”
For once, on this odd evening, the man who is normally first on the bus was the last.
Saint Louis meets unbeaten Punahou on Friday in an ILH showdown at Aloha Stadium.