Anthony Sagapolutele, Darrell Masaniai has Cal Lee stoked about Saint Louis D-line

Saint Louis defensive lineman Anthony Sagapolutele worked to bring down Kahuku running back Zealand Matagi during the state title game at Aloha Stadium. Jamm Aquino/

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.


  1. Quitters September 15, 2019 10:28 am

    They were up 28 points and Kahuku had 56 yards total offense compared to 200 that StL had. They knocked Kahuku’s lights out and could’ve probably gained more than 56 yards in complete darkness. Stop crying. It’s a bad look. Nobody likes a quitting cry baby.

  2. CrusaderDad September 15, 2019 11:00 am

    note – lame…the Red Raiders played hard, just not their night.

  3. really September 15, 2019 2:45 pm

    @Crusader Dad,

    Notes is just ridiculous. Notes and Mahatma Ghandi are just pessimistic people who have to make excuses due to jealousy or envy.

  4. Makakilo Warrior September 15, 2019 3:00 pm

    @Notes, you crack me up. Kahuku was not playing very well and St Louis was playing solid ball. 28-0 for the first half and there was hardly any offense for Kahuku with all the blue jerseys in the backfield every other play. Kahuku has a good team, just not their night…. your insinuations i hope are only hiccups for you… and not terminal.

  5. Jusamom September 15, 2019 3:50 pm

    @notes wow…sour grapes much?? I was at the game and St. Louis had Kahuku clearly dominated on both sides. I don’t get how much “power” you think St. Louis has but whatever your taking, I want some. St. Louis is doing awesome and let’s be honest, at some point, St. Louis will no longer be the head cheese but until, then just support your team and quit blaming everything on St. Louis. I have seen and supported St. Louis through their losing seasons and will continue to support them. My son played football and was recruited by anyone. I chose to send him to St. Louis because it is an all boys catholic school and I made the sacrifice.

  6. Qbcoach15 September 15, 2019 5:07 pm

    @notes: So you’re saying that St Louis, who was up by 28 points, had something to do with the lights going out?
    Can you say “clueless?” Same thing is going to happen to Punahou next week. St Louis is too strong on both sides of the ball. Another undefeated season.

  7. Kalihi Kid September 15, 2019 7:04 pm

    To the person who said that the lights went out at the Stadium mysteriously, I think your lights went out a long time ago.

  8. Hau’ulaBoy September 15, 2019 11:05 pm

    Stupid Notes. Not a true RR4L.

  9. Hau’ulaBoy September 15, 2019 11:09 pm

    Congrats to these boys and this team. This coming from a true RR4L.

  10. amela September 16, 2019 5:22 am

    St. Louis controlling the lights? Fake News.

  11. Now in Cali. September 16, 2019 6:36 am

    Notes was gonna blame the sun but couldn’t. He would’ve blamed that the side of the field he was on messed up his feng shui. Probably the same guy who complains about recruiting. Probably his kid couldn’t get into St. Louis so he’s bitter.

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