When Cal Lee says something about his football team, you can bet he’s not blowing hot air.
He called linebacker Noa Purcell “the heart” of the Saint Louis defense on Monday morning.
Lee’s Crusaders defeated Kahuku 30-14 on Saturday night in the state Open Division championship, and it was made possible with players like Purcell leading the defensive charge. Purcell was chasing down Red Raiders runners all night — the ones coming at him, the ones he flagged down on the perimeter and the ones who got past him that he had to get from behind.
In the second half, Purcell was hurt badly when his helmet came off and he was hit in the head by the helmet of a Kahuku player.
“Noa is feeling better,” Lee answered, when asked about the status of Purcell’s health. “He’s going through the concussion protocol.”
When asked about Purcell’s intense effort Saturday, Lee said, “He is the heart of our defense and he has a big heart.”
Purcell — who is 5 feet 11 and 230 pounds — will return at linebacker next season, when he will be a senior.