Whatever label fans give Saint Louis I-AA this fall doesn’t matter.
Quarterback Jaron Sagapolutele and wide receiver Kache Kaio have one of the best connections in the state regardless of classification.
Kaio, a 6 feet, 1 inch and 200 pounds, simply overwhelmed Damien’s secondary and caught touchdown passes of 24, 15 and 36 yards in the first half as the Crusaders stifled Damien, 34-14, on Friday night at Aloha Stadium.
Saint Louis I-AA, comprised of freshmen and sophomores, had already sat through a postponed game back on Aug. 27. The Crusaders were the last of the ILH’s Open Division, D-I, I-AA and D-II teams to finally play a varsity game.
Sagapolutele, a 6-2, 205-pound freshman, rarely held the ball long and got the ball out to a variety of receivers. Any time Kaio drew single coverage, however, he was more than happy to dial up his former youth league teammate.
“I like when he goes deep. He just beats everyone down the field. When he gets the ball short, he gets extra yards down the field, too,” Sagapolutele said.
The chemistry was undeniable, whether Kaio ran go routes, screens or deep outs.
“I think we did good. Jaron threw to all the open spots. He can throw deep and I go down and get it. I knew their corner, No. 2. He would stay down, so I went up,” Kaio said.
Damien came into the game with a 2-1 record, including a 25-20 win over Kamehameha I-AA two weeks ago.
“Damien is a good team,” Sagapolutele said. “In the beginning, we were pushing the ball. Then when we came back from halftime, we were slow. Then at the end, we came through.”
Saint Louis I-AA’s next game is in two weeks at ‘Iolani. Damien plays at ‘Iolani next Friday.
“We’ve got to keep moving forward,” Kaio said.