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.”