Lee, Tuitele dissatisfied with TD given up

Saint Louis receiver Makoa Close put a stiff arm on Waianae defensive back Xaiston Kamehaloha (2) during Friday's game. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The state of the Saint Louis Crusaders requires no address.

They simply dominate all three phases. In a 69-6 trouncing of Waianae on Friday night, No. 1 Saint Louis was unstoppable on offense, relentless on defense and owned the field-position battle via special teams.

“They’re good. They’re in midseason form,” Waianae coach Walter Young said.

Waianae mustered minus-2 yards rushing against a ferocious front seven, but that didn’t bring any smiles to Saint Louis’ veteran coach, Cal Lee, or standout defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele.

“We still got a lot of work to do. I’m looking for a perfect game,” said Lee, the winningest coach in Hawaii prep football history. “How do you think they scored a touchdown? Eleven guys missed a tackle. You can’t be too excited about that. That’s what I mean. We want a perfect game and we made mistakes. Tackling. That’s poor coaching. We’ve got to teach them better. We’ve got to do a better job.”

Tuitele, who has 39 scholarship offers, was equally dissatisfied.

“I think that one touchdown, we were kind of hoping to shut them out,” Tuitele said. “That’s our goal for every game. All those missed tackles, we’ve just got to work hard and get back to it. Waianae is physical. Those guys are good. It’s a good fight every time we play Waianae. We can’t hang our heads. We’ll just try to get better every time out.”

On the other side of the ball, first-time starter Jayden de Laura was borderline masterful. In one half, he completed nine of 12 attempts for 234 yards and three touchdowns. He didn’t throw a pick and was sacked just once.

“I felt comfortable. We work hard in practice, so everything comes easy,” he said.

Waianae brought a heavy blitz in the second quarter, and on one play, de Laura scrambled from mid-field to the sideline and back, covering roughly 50 yards before throwing an incompletion.

“It was kind of crazy, but we’ll go back to practice and work on that. When I came to the sidelines, I knew I needed to get rid of the ball. I kind of told (my coaches) myself I have to do that,” the junior said.

The reward for a lopsided win over a perennial OIA powerhouse?

“Practice,” Lee said. “We’ll practice twice tomorrow.”


  1. CynHyn August 11, 2018 8:14 am

    I thought these Open games was all about avoiding “blowouts”? Give Waianae props for staying cool. Even to the last play, the LOU was showing cockiness.

  2. anywaaaays!! August 11, 2018 1:58 pm

    It just goes to show how much the ILH destroyed OIA football through rampant recruiting. The only reason why this so called “alliance” happened was to raise the prestige of the ILH by beating up on OIA schools. They will put their names out there more to pull more recruits so that their overrated schools can continue to stay open. The only way Saint Lulu stays open is football recruiting and the occasional years that they beat Kahuku. It’s a sham of an alliance for a sham of a school. Wait until they come to our house in la’ie. RRFL!

  3. ALLILH August 11, 2018 2:37 pm

    Cry Cry Cry! Look back on all the old posts…aannyywwaayyss and company said the ILH needs to play a real schedule, now that they going beat up on the OIA teams weekly you just cry cry cry! Stop complaining and let the kids play!


  4. RidgeRunnerDD-214 August 11, 2018 3:37 pm

    63 points….that’s the separation between a program that doesn’t believe in an off-season, and a program that is(by all appearances) still in the off-season. I have no love for Saint Louis or the rest of the ILH, but I believe the Waianae coaching staff could learn something from the football system they have there.

  5. Choloropicrin August 11, 2018 6:37 pm

    Kahuku and Mililani are the only OIA teams that can compete this year with the ILH. I think Campbell is a year away imo.

    Waianae’s program / coaches needs to up their game if they expect to compete this year and the coming years. Gone are the days where “physical superiority cancels out all theories”…scout, watch film and speed and quickness in the off season all help.

    On a side note there are quite a few Waianae boys on this year’s STL team.

  6. Saints Asassin August 11, 2018 6:50 pm

    Recruit? C’mon now…you really believe we go out there and recruit? really sound like a retard liberal brain size of a pea. never in St. Louis football program or any other sport we go out and recruit we have tradition & history goin waaaaaay back. Facts check, Punahou goes out recruit, Millilani, Kahuku jus to name a few. Keep hating we gonna go out thier and spank every opponent that gets in our way especially to y’all OIA y’all don’t stand a chance with ILH. Till then…Watch us on cruise control on that 3peat. Defend the Koa🏆 brotherhood till my last breath.

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