GAME NIGHT 11/11: Saint Louis/Waianae

Captains for Saint Louis and Waianae meet at midfield. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Captains for Saint Louis and Waianae meet at midfield. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

An old rivalry is renewed in the first semifinal game of the Open Division doubleheader in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships at Aloha Stadium.

ILH champion Saint Louis faces OIA fourth-place Waianae as both teams return to the semifinals of the state tournament for the second consecutive year.

Saint Louis 42, Waianae 7

Crusaders advance to second consecutive state final and are now 19-1 in last 20 games against Waianae.

at Aloha Stadium
Waianae (9-5) 0 0 0 7 — 7
Saint Louis (9-1) 14 28 0 0 — 42
StL—Ronson Young 5 pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Jacob Tobias kick)
StL—Noa Purcell 36 interception return (Tobias kick)
StL—Young 4 pass from Tagovailoa (Tobias kick)
StL—Tagovailoa 80 run (Tobias kick)
StL—Dylan Silva 3 run (Tobias kick)
StL—Young 9 pass from Tagovailoa (Tobias kick)
Wain—Rico Rosario 1 run (Tate Ebel kick)

RUSHING—Waianae: Rico Rosario 19-67, Javen Towne 8-27, Solomon Hussey 2-4, Jorell Pontes-Borje 2-2, Jaren Ulu 5-(minus 15), team 2-(minus 19). Saint Louis: Tagovailoa 4-67, Silva 4-29, Chevan Cordeiro 1-12, Maika Bonner 1-6, A. Monteilh 2-4, Stewart Allen 2-3, K. Malepeai 2-3, Keoki Wela 1-2, Jimmy Gonsalves 1-1, Austin Tuisano 1-0, Chandan Sappal 1-(minus 4).
PASSING—Waianae: Ulu 11-21-1-119, Pontes-Borje 0-2-2-0. Saint Louis: Tagovailoa 13-15-0-162, Cordeiro 4-5-0-39.
RECEIVING—Waianae: Isaiah Freeney 4-52, Keoki Davis 2-24, Jerusalem Tootoo 2-22, Kade Ambrocio 2-18, Rosario 1-3. Saint Louis: Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe 5-50, Young 4-53, Chandler Washington-Villanueva 1-31, Mitchell Quinn 1-18, Casey Zanni 1-12, Leelan Oasay 1-12, Ikaia Bernardino 1-11, Kainalu Reyes-Hackney 1-10, Noah Alejado 1-4, Tuisano 1-0.


Getting very chippy out on the field. This could be an interesting final eight minutes or so.

Waianae still on its first drive of the second half as the running clock has us already in the fourth quarter. Rico Rosario with a 1-yard TD run to give Waianae its first points with 9:15 remaining. Rosario with his 15th rushing TD trailing only Farrington’s Challen Faamatau this season. Rosario (1,258 yards) trailing Waipahu’s Alfred Failauga (1,259 rushing yards) by 1 yard for the state rushing lead.


Saint Louis DL Luke Kava hurt on an illegal block. Only downfall for Saint Louis tonight is losing a couple of defenders to injury. LB Braeden Meyer now banged up for Saint Louis.

Cordeiro with a pass to Mitchell Quinn for 18 yards. Saint Louis drives inside the 20 but turns it over on downs.

Running clock in the second half. Crusaders ball first. Chevan Cordeiro in at QB. Tua’s day is probably done. 13-15, 162 yards, 4 TD (one rush); 4 carries, 67 yards.


In case you were wondering, here are the biggest blowouts in the history of the state tournament.

11/26/1999: Saint Louis 56, Waimea 0
11/24/2000: Saint Louis 63, Waianae 10
11/9/2013: Kaiser 59, Konawaena 6
11/29/2002: Saint Louis 51, Waimea 0
11/17/2000: Saint Louis 48, Castle 0
11/4/2016: Campbell 48, Waiakea 0
11/16/2001: Saint Louis 54, Aiea 7
11/15/2014: Lahainaluna 52, KS-Hawaii 7
11/16/2001: Kailua 53, Waiakea 8
11/6/2015: Mililani 62, Hilo 18
11/17/2012: ‘Iolani 43, Radford 0
11/16/2001: Kahuku 57, Lahainaluna 14
11/26/2005: Kahuku 43, Waianae 0
11/28/2003: Saint Louis 48, Baldwin 6
11/23/2001: Saint Louis 49, Kailua 7
11/15/2013: Punahou 48, Farrington 6
11/19/2004: Kauai 49, Pac-Three 7
11/28/2009: Kamehameha 40, Leilehua 0
11/4/2016: Damien 40, Waialua 0


DB Isaiah Tufaga intercepts Ulu to end the first half.

DB Sam Freeney ejected for a targeting penalty as he drills a defensless receiver, Noah Alejado, who is able to jog off under his own power. Tagovailoa with a 9-yard TD to Young. 42-0, :24.

Pontes-Borje back in at QB and he’s picked off by Kama Moore, who returns it 34 yards for a TD but flags everywhere. The pick will count but Saint Louis has two personal fouls on the play to move the ball back to the Waianae 41.

Crusaders start on the 50. Tagovailoa hits Young for 35 yards to the 15. Silva carries for 3 yards to the 6 to set up fourth-and-1 but a personal foul for an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit is called. First-and-goal at the 3. Dylan Silva 3-yard TD run. 35-0, 2:20, Q2.

Waianae starts on its 11. Purcell down after a play. He’s had a huge first half for Saint Louis. Third down and Toilolo is almost unblocked on an ultra-quick sack for the Saint Louis LB to force a punt.

Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa celebrated an 80-yard TD run. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa celebrated an 80-yard TD run. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Saint Louis starts on its 20. Tagovailoa drops back and takes off and he has NOBODY in front of him. To the outside and he gets a big block downfield. HOUSE CALL. Untouched. 80-yard TD run for Tagovailoa. 6:35. 3 carries, 65 yards for Tua.

Waianae starts on its 20. Ulu sacked by Slade-Matautia for a loss of 4 yards. Rosario with a 9-yard run. Third down and Ulu takes a shot in the backfield. Dylan Toilolo hits him hard. No foul here but pass interference on defense is called. First down Waianae. Javen Towne tries to get outside but Purcell with a big tackle to force the punt. Saint Louis’ individual defensive players all coming up big in this first half.

Ulu has a pass go off the hands of an open receiver on third-and-3 and Waianae will punt. Tagovailoa hits Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe for 19 and then with another first-down completion. Leelan Oasay with a 12-yard reception. Tagovailoa finds Young for a 4-yard TD. 21-0, 10:09, Q2. Tagovailoa 7-9, 92 yards, 2 TD.


Waianae starts on own 27 after illegal block on return. Rosario runs for 7 but the fullback dive is stopped for no gain by Purcell and it’s third down.

Crusaders start on their 22. Second-and-10 and Mauga with a HUGE sack of Tagovailoa for a loss of 16. Mauga following up a big game last week with another big game. 12.5 sacks this year for Mauga. Receiver wide open over the middle but it’s low and incomplete. Noah Alejado dives for it but it’s too low. Crusaders will punt from own 6.

Ulu back in at QB and Rosario carries twice to set up a third-and-3. Ulu really favoring that right arm. Waianae picks up the first down and Rosario pounds his way into Saint Louis territory as Waianae attacks the interior of the Saint Louis DL. Leaping catch by Kade Ambrocio to the Saint Louis 37 and add 15 more as a bad, bad late hit by the Saint Louis DB. Rosario with two carries for 6 yards to set up third-and-4. Rosario strung out to the outside and is stopped for no gain. It’s fourth down. Waianae will go for it. Seariders call timeout. 2:19. LB Isaac Slade-Matautia comes flying off the edge on fourth down to sack Ulu. Crusaders take over.

Saint Louis' Noa Purcell brings back an INT for a touchdown. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Saint Louis’ Noa Purcell brings back an INT for a touchdown. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Pontes-Borje remains in at QB and Noa Purcell steps in front and intercepts the first pass thrown by Pontes-Borje. A 36-yard INT return for a TD makes it 14-0. 7:08.

Chandler Washington-Villanueva dove to come up with a 31-yard reception for Saint Louis to set up the first TD. Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Chandler Washington-Villanueva dove to come up with a 31-yard reception for Saint Louis to set up the first TD. Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

DEEP BALL IS CAUGHT. Diving catch by Chandler Washington-Villenuva for 31 yards to the 5. Tagovailoa to Ronson Young, 5-yard TD pass. 7-0 Crusaders. 8:06.

Low snap is fumbled and Saint Louis brings the heat on the punter. Saint Louis will take over on the Waianae 36.

Ulu now 2-for-2 with a pass to Tootoo near midfield but he overthrows a receiver and is down on the next play. Jorell Pontes-Borje in at QB. Junior Rico Rosario (shoulder) in at RB. He runs for 3 yards and Waianae punts.

Tua Tagovailoa starts at QB for Saint Louis. He runs for 1 and then pitches to Dylan Silva who fumbles. Kanai Mauga on the recovery. DB Chavison Kalamau with the forced fumble. Seariders ball.

Senior Jaren Ulu starts at QB for Waianae, which starts on its 22. Two loses net minus-3 yards to set up third-and-13. Jerusalem Tootoo with an 11-yard reception but the Seariders are short and will go three-and-out.

Waianae will receive.


Jason Kaneshiro took a look at the Saint Louis/Waianae rivalry.

Saint Louis quarterback Marcus Mariota handed the ball off to running back Jason Towne in the second quarter of the 2010 state title game. Star-Advertiser photo by Scott Morifuji.
Saint Louis quarterback Marcus Mariota handed the ball off to running back Jason Towne in the second quarter of the 2010 state title game. Star-Advertiser photo by Scott Morifuji.

This is the first meeting between the two schools since QB Marcus Mariota led the Crusaders to a state title with a 36-13 win over the Seariders to close the 2010 season.

HISTORY: Saint Louis leads the series 18-4 in the Prep Bowl and state championship eras.


  1. TheHeartlessPrick November 11, 2016 5:21 pm

    Waianae showing up tonight or what?!
    St Louis covering the 30 pt spread… 21-0

  2. TheHeartlessPrick November 11, 2016 5:24 pm

    Waianae needs Nainoa Dung & “The Winning Team” right now.

  3. Chloropicrin November 11, 2016 5:30 pm

    If Waianae’s Oline cannot control the game the lose, and right now they’re getting beat. Toilolo’s hit should have been targeting.

  4. 88 November 11, 2016 5:36 pm

    Terrible no call by the REFS. There needs to be some kind of replay allowed in these games because these high school refs are terrible. What happen to our kids Saftey being a priority. I’m sitting all the way up in the blue and heard the hit from here.

  5. Chloropicrin November 11, 2016 5:41 pm

    Waianae’s passing game is elementary level. Hard to run play action when they cannot even move the ball. Waltah, please get someone that know offense!?!

  6. What u smok'n November 11, 2016 5:44 pm

    Waianae= good players with crappy coaches

  7. Chloropicrin November 11, 2016 5:46 pm

    Waianae with crappy coaches = perennial gatekeepers.

  8. 88 November 11, 2016 5:46 pm

    How do the REFs call that a helmet to helmet hit but miss the obvious helmet to helmet on Waianaes QB. That is straight bullshit!

  9. Chloropicrin November 11, 2016 5:56 pm

    Can Felipe quit being over dramatic? can tell he never play ball, Freeney was going for the ball, both players were going for the ball, seems like both wasn’t looking. He says that freeney teed up on that hit. Safety first, but hits happen.

  10. Chloropicrin November 11, 2016 6:04 pm

    The defender has every right to get the ball, the TV angles showed that Freeney was looking to make a play, unfortunately they got into a collision.

  11. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate November 11, 2016 6:08 pm

    waianae could easily march down the field with that smash mouth run game, the oc trying to be to pretty is killin waianaes chances.

  12. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate November 11, 2016 6:12 pm

    when cal lee says they are not used to stoppin the run is just an excuse that he couldnt stop kahuku bcause they are smashing the 2nd best run team waianae right now.

  13. What u smok'n November 11, 2016 6:13 pm

    This is why replay is needed in high school football especially in the post season. The kid got thrown out of the game for no good reason.

  14. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate November 11, 2016 6:18 pm

    lol, felipe and im sure the rest of the state drooling over stl performance tonight…”favorites to win the state title”.

  15. Chloropicrin November 11, 2016 6:19 pm

    Waltah I know Kana is your classmate and Keoni beats everyone in Madden, but please get real offensive minds on the staff.

  16. Chloropicrin November 11, 2016 6:20 pm

    @grab’me. darlings.

  17. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate November 11, 2016 6:42 pm

    i thought waianae was dirty but stl takes the cake

  18. Chloropicrinb November 11, 2016 6:55 pm

    After Tua leaves STL goes from great to good. The back up QB is from Waianae, wonder how he’s gonna do? He should come back home cause Ulu graduates, but due to playbook and offensive coaches I wouldn’t blame’em for not wanting to come home.

  19. Chloropicrin November 11, 2016 6:56 pm

    After TUA leave, STL goes from great to good. The back up QB is a Waianae boy, he should consider coming back since Ulu graduates. I don’t blame him though because of the playbook and coaches.

  20. Interested Bystander November 11, 2016 6:57 pm

    Were you all not watching how dirty Waianae was playing? Or I’m I imagining things?

  21. Chloropicrin November 11, 2016 7:06 pm

    Congrats STL you were the superior team tonight.

  22. AUWE November 11, 2016 7:31 pm

    I didn’t expect Waianae to win this one but I thought they would have put up a better fight then that! Would have thought they would come out playing Waianae football and not try to get into a shootout match! But it’s hard when you get behind early and try to play catch up.. Congrats to St. Louis

  23. Waianae November 11, 2016 7:40 pm

    @TheHeartlessPrick seriously what would Nainoa do ? He barely play ball cause he always quits half way through the season cause he doesn’t get his way. Last time I checked he quit 2 times cause he wasn’t getting put in. He should stick with boxing cause that’s what he’s good at. Not downing on Dung but I’m just saying. If the players we have now can’t do what they suppose to how is he gonna do any difference

  24. dirty plays by waianae November 11, 2016 8:25 pm

    waiane is playing extremely dirty right now. they playing with no class. this is on the coach.

  25. Just saying... November 11, 2016 9:09 pm

    STL left no doubt and clicking on all cylinders. This game could have easily been 70-7 with Tua only playing 1 half. Dream rematch is all set.

  26. oia#1 November 11, 2016 9:26 pm

    Waianae needs a qb especially! Lots of guys here was calling for pontes borge, but holy smoke that kids throws pick 6s like halloween candy! Ulu wasnt as bad. If coaches would stick to the run game we can wear the other team down, and hit freeney for the 1on1s … its really tough being a waianae fan, but hopefully we can get through this sooner then later, i feel like the kids are carrying the coaches. As far as the stlouis back up qb, why would he want to come here? Like someone said waianae playing elementary ball with passing lol. Dung quit on the team because he couldnt beat out the others to get on the field. But oh well IMUA WAIANAE!

  27. chloropicrin November 11, 2016 9:28 pm

    If was Cal Lee of the past, Tua would have played the entire 3rd quarter, and the score could have very well been 70-0

  28. chloropicrin November 11, 2016 9:34 pm

    @OIA1 I was being sarcastic about the QB coming back to play on the westside. A for Pontes-Borge, I feel like he should have been the man last year. They brought him up from JV in 2014, waited his turn and never got the chance. I tend to agree with you that the kids are carrying the coaches. The talent is there, they just need an offensive mind and people that can motivate the boys.

  29. chloropicrin November 11, 2016 9:52 pm

    AD Kaluhiookalani Walter is the guy, but please clean the unnecessary baggage on the sidelines. Make the assistants (especially on offense) all reapply for the jobs and consider bringing in someone with experience, or at least knowledge of a more intermediate passing game, not the simple route tree that they teach in peewees.

  30. TheHeartlessPrick November 11, 2016 10:41 pm

    Waianae November 11, 2016 at 7:40 pm
    @TheHeartlessPrick seriously what would Nainoa do ? He barely play ball cause he always quits half way through the season cause he doesn’t get his way. Last time I checked he quit 2 times cause he wasn’t getting put in. He should stick with boxing cause that’s what he’s good at. Not downing on Dung but I’m just saying. If the players we have now can’t do what they suppose to how is he gonna do any difference


  31. 88 November 11, 2016 11:01 pm

    Waianae should have fed their RBs the ball. RB gains 5 yards on first down than the OC calls passing plays on 2nd and 3rd. Their identity is hard nose running. You don’t go away from that and choose to put your chsmpionship hopes in passing the damn ball. Hope their RBs were not Seniors cause they just wasted them if they were.

  32. Pick Six November 11, 2016 11:10 pm

    I agree with some of you on the point where Waianae was moving the ball on the ground, should’ve stuck with it and not panic and get cute with the play calling

  33. Chloropicrin November 11, 2016 11:20 pm

    yes they were gaining yards on the ground, then stall their own drive as the coach would call the only passing play in the playbook, it’s probably named after Freeney. The Freeney Fly?

  34. AOK November 12, 2016 12:25 am

    Wheres all the oia fanboys who said that stl couldnt handle a physical oia team? That stls oline was soft, that the d couldnt handle one smashmouth run first team since they only play ilh soft pass first teams? Wheres all those crusaderz haters at?

    2nd best rb in da island and he avg 3 yds per carry…smdh

  35. Hauula93 November 12, 2016 1:14 am

    Don’t worry AOK..The mountain is coming. And smash mouth football is what we do best…RRFL… Great season Waianae… OIA ALL DAY, EVERY DAY….

  36. Da General November 12, 2016 5:23 am

    Coach Wes is doing a he’ll of a job calling the plays on D. From Iolani 35-0. Punahou 5 picks. Now waianae. Hopefully he can come up with something good to stop the RR Ground n Pound. Can’t wait for next week. Good luck to all the athlete’s.

  37. Just saying... November 12, 2016 6:03 am

    The blueprint to stop smash mouth football (Bishop Gorman blowout) has already been created. STL has the talent on both sides of the field and if they limit turnovers/penalties there will be a new state champion next week.

  38. Pick Six November 12, 2016 7:09 am

    @just saying,

    St. Louis is not even close to being a Bishop Gorman type team. You have no running game except for Tua man. You don’t have the atheletes that Gorman has. Your best oline man was the same guy getting manhandled in last years state title game. All these pass happy teams look good…till you face Kahuku! Now we don’t even need to line up in the jumbo which is “caveman” right? St. Louis couldn’t even stop that. Now they’re going to try and stop a Kahuku offense that can line up in multiple formations . Goodluck! Better hope the zebras help you guys out.

    Watching the Waianae/St.Louis game, Seariders should’ve stuck to the ground. 3yds here, 3 yds there they could’ve worn down that Crusader dline. I saw hands on the hips and heavy breathing in the 1st qtr.

  39. dirty plays by waianae November 12, 2016 8:05 am

    Waianae was forced to throw the ball because the st louis defense and because they were down multiple touchdowns early. Unless you’re kahuku who is more physically dominant than almost every team in the state, running up the middle the entire game isn’t going to work. Waianae played hard but was too outclass by Saint Louis. Then they started for play dirty.

  40. Chloropicrin November 12, 2016 9:34 am

    One can also say the blueprint to stop high flying offenses is smashmouth..?

  41. 88 November 12, 2016 12:05 pm

    The blueprint to stopping smash mouth football only works if your the #1 Team in the Nation. You need a collection of top athletes from all over the United States to stop Kahuku. Not just kids from Kalihi Waipahu and Laie. People keep forgetting this when they talk about the Gorman game. Can Kahuku be stopped? Yes they can. However you need the PLAYERS and the WILL to fill the gap and take on block after block. Something no kid in Hawaii has been willing to do for the past 2 years. St. Louis front 7 look 100% better and fitter than last years squad but they play in a flag football league and it showed every time Waianae ran the ball.

  42. Manley November 12, 2016 2:08 pm

    Let me see. St.Louis beats the #6 team on Oct.21, have a 21 day rest period. In the meantime, Waianae played the number1, 3,4 and 5 plus Mililani with NO rest and injured Qb and Rb, and St.Louis defense looks GREAT?? ILH got too much hype. When St.Louis lose next week along with Iolani then the ILH’s Division one teams all lost to an OIA team this year.

  43. O November 12, 2016 2:15 pm

    Waianae just got straight up embarrassed on the field. And it was more embarrassing for the behavior of the players and fans in the stands. And Waianae is supposed to be one of the top 4 teams in the state? What a joke.

  44. Alpha November 12, 2016 4:16 pm

    Waianae football is a joke.

  45. 88 November 12, 2016 4:26 pm

    If losing to the #1 and #2 ranked team in Hawaii makes your program a joke than every High School program in the state of Hawaii ,except for Kahuku, is a joke. Players win games. Coaches lose them.

  46. Chloropicrin November 12, 2016 5:28 pm

    Half of Waianae’s coaches is a joke.

  47. dirty plays by waianae November 12, 2016 6:03 pm

    Waianae football is one joke because of how dirty and no class they play. Not because they went lose to one good st louis or kahuku team. The players, the coaches, even the parents never represent west side proud today. Was truly classless. Even if Kahuku fans here run their mouth plenty, at least the boys on the team and the coaches play with class, win with class, and very occasionally when they lose, they lose with class.

  48. Just saying... November 12, 2016 7:59 pm

    @Pick Six, STL played BG a lot closer back in ’12 (losing only by 12 only) vs. Kahuku’s blowout not in your league recent lop sided loss. And by the way STL has the #1 rated QB in the country and very likely leading Bama in 2 years so I would say that they do in fact have the athletes. There’s even a small possibility that 5 years from now Hawaii may have it’s 2nd Heisman winner. We will see what happens next week but I would bet that Cal Lee will have schematic laid out to stop the run and force Kahuku to throw the ball more than they want to.

  49. oia#1 November 12, 2016 9:25 pm

    Yes, lots of wasted talent.

  50. 88 November 13, 2016 1:59 am

    How did their athletes do in the title game last year? It’s easy to look good against Kamehameha and Iolani.

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