Lee: Purcell the ‘heart’ of Crusaders’ defense

Saint Lous' Noa Purcell, shown recovering a fumble on Sept. 9 against Punahou, was a powerful force for the Crusaders in their 30-14 state Open Division championship game victory over Kahuku on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Saint Lous’ Noa Purcell, shown recovering a fumble on Sept. 9 against Punahou, was a powerful force for the Crusaders in their 30-14 state Open Division championship game victory over Kahuku on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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.

COMMENTS

  1. Oia#1 November 21, 2016 3:16 pm

    He’s a beast but toilolo is a MONSTER.


  2. Jay Gatoloai November 21, 2016 3:44 pm

    awesome read..


  3. GO CRUSADERS November 21, 2016 4:09 pm

    Purcell is one awesome player. He stepped up these past few games something saint louis really needed but like da bradda on the bottom said toilolo is one animo and tufaga right up there too. Haven’t seen a defense grow as much as this one. Can not wait for watch them next year!


  4. Jeezy33 November 21, 2016 5:27 pm

    Great player. So much for that “soft” ILH defense that wouldn’t be able to stop the mighty kahuku ground and pound. Remember that time when 88 and his bfs were yammering on about how Kahuku wins titles and takes “prestige” away from private schools because without football, nobody would know about schools like punahou, kamehameha, and st louis?

    Where you at, 88? I’m waiting for more of your tears!


  5. 101 November 21, 2016 6:04 pm

    St Louis should be the favorite from the ILH next season with all the defensive returnees. If they can figure out the QB situation, they’ll be in good shape. Punahou will have to rebuild after losing that insane receiving corps. Kahuku will definitely reload as they always do. What if Maiava transfers to St Louis? Or another passing team? Maiavas potential will not be maximized unless Tata utilizes an offense similar to Oregon with Mariota which involved read options and playaction from the gun. Should be interesting next year.


  6. Just saying... November 21, 2016 6:19 pm

    SL will have the best defense in the state for sure next year!


  7. Benz Pitolo November 21, 2016 6:30 pm

    For me their defense will be the star of the show. They’ve been the under appreciated key to almost all Saint Louie’s wins. With Toilolo, Purcell, and Tufaga returning to lead I’m positive of a return to States. Tufaga has some offers which isn’t surprising. I’m really surprised that Toilolo or Purcell hasn’t got one yet. I’ve watched that Toilolo kid ball out and I can guarantee we’ll be watching him someday on the big screen.

    Looking forward to another year!


  8. Education First November 22, 2016 8:08 am

    Jeezy33 November 21, 2016 at 5:27 pm
    Great player. So much for that “soft” ILH defense that wouldn’t be able to stop the mighty kahuku ground and pound. Remember that time when 88 and his bfs were yammering on about how Kahuku wins titles and takes “prestige” away from private schools because without football, nobody would know about schools like punahou, kamehameha, and st louis?

    Where you at, 88? I’m waiting for more of your tears!
    —————————————
    @Jeezy, I remember that! He is the King of the S**T-Talk. Jeezy, do you also remember when I told 88 to show up and he came up with that fairy tale that he met a lady named Mahina and told him I wasn’t there.

    This guy is such a coward. He is shivering under his mommy’s covers right now. No worries though, he is getting the courage to puff his Poindexter Chest out and talk some more stupid crap.


  9. Da General November 22, 2016 9:06 am

    CRUSADERS Defense will be stout next year. If I’m not mistaken I think 8 or 9 guys comeback. Purcell, Toilolo and Tufaga will be the vets next year. Not to mention I think the D-line is all sophomores. Wow! #91 has a bright future heard he has an offer from USC. The Men Of Kalaepohaku will looking tough for the next couple years.


  10. TheHeartlessPrick November 22, 2016 10:45 am

    9 comments… read them below or add one }
    Da General November 22, 2016 at 9:06 am
    CRUSADERS Defense will be stout next year. If I’m not mistaken I think 8 or 9 guys comeback. Purcell, Toilolo and Tufaga will be the vets next year. Not to mention I think the D-line is all sophomores. Wow! #91 has a bright future heard he has an offer from USC. The Men Of Kalaepohaku will looking tough for the next couple years.
    ————-

    Yup all they need is a qb that can throw it further than 20yrds. That’s the position that might now be groomed for next season.


  11. 88 November 22, 2016 5:30 pm

    Oh oh oh remember the time in band camp when you and EducationAl85 played with each other’s flutes…. What the hell are you yapping about now? I told you already Jeezy. You want more delicious tears just lay back and open wide…


  12. Alpha November 22, 2016 7:30 pm

    Da General November 22, 2016 at 9:06 am
    CRUSADERS Defense will be stout next year. If I’m not mistaken I think 8 or 9 guys comeback. Purcell, Toilolo and Tufaga will be the vets next year. Not to mention I think the D-line is all sophomores. Wow! #91 has a bright future heard he has an offer from USC. The Men Of Kalaepohaku will looking tough for the next couple years.

    #91 is Tui Tuitele, he’s from Kalihi. . . The kid been a beast since big boys(6footer since 6th grade). . .


  13. Jeezy33 November 22, 2016 8:07 pm

    lol 88. you’re STILL going at it, little boy? cry cry cry.


  14. TheKrew808 November 22, 2016 8:28 pm

    If St. Louis qb chevan gets a little stronger they will be hard to beat with guys like Panoke, and a few other juniors returning on O.The St. Louis Defense returns.
    Purcel
    Toilolo
    Taliulu
    Feary
    Moore
    Malipeai
    Tufuga
    Tui and felise that’s 9 starters returning I’m already getting excited!


  15. TheHeartlessPrick November 22, 2016 9:26 pm

    TheKrew808 November 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm
    If St. Louis qb chevan gets a little stronger they will be hard to beat with guys like Panoke, and a few other juniors returning on O.The St. Louis Defense returns.
    Purcel
    Toilolo
    Taliulu
    Feary
    Moore
    Malipeai
    Tufuga
    Tui and felise that’s 9 starters returning I’m already getting excited!

    _______________________________

    Defense will be solid no no doubt. More concerned about Cal not retiring & the staff staying in tact. Another concern is getting the next qb to throw it more than 20-30yrds. Doesn’t seem like much but its a stretch.


  16. Education First November 23, 2016 7:58 am

    Hey look everyone, Gaylord’s (88) back and ready to spit more ridiculous things full of misconceptions and lacking general understanding of elementary school level words. HAHA.

    Go fetch the tee Gaylord!


  17. Dr .Loden Rogers May 19, 2018 7:50 am

    Great player. So much for that “soft” ILH defense that wouldn’t be able to stop the mighty Kahuku ground and pound. Remember that time when 88 and his briefs were yammering on about how Kahuku wins titles and takes “prestige” away from private schools because, without football, nobody would know about schools like Punahou, Kamehameha, and st louis? Where you at, 88? I’m waiting for more of your tears!


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