Sure, it’s 7-on-7, where there is no pass rush.
Where Saint Louis, with the state’s best pass rushers, can’t line up and tee off. Yet, it was Waipahu’s tremendous defensive force, Fiva Tulafale, who stepped up in a 28-22 win over the Crusaders at the Los Angeles Rams 7v7 tournament on Saturday. So many questions. Is Tulafale an interior defensive lineman, edge rusher, linebacker or safety? The answer is yes. Waipahu could use him in every possible way this fall, maximizing his extreme versatility, athleticism and competitiveness.
It wasn’t just Tulafale, of course. Second-year starting quarterback Cody Marques was pinpoint accurate on his throws, and All-State running back Alfred Failauga was practically unstoppable as a pass catcher.
Tulafale, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive lineman/linebacker/safety roamed and ranged sideline to sideline for three interceptions — each counting for two points in the 7v7 scoring format — in an eye-popping performance.
Tulafale chatted with Hawaii Prep World before and after the Saint Louis matchup. He has offers from Hawaii, Arizona and Nebraska.