One game into the 2017 football season, Cal Lee isn’t losing an iota of competitive edge.
If anything, the Saint Louis football coach is as hungry as ever to build the Crusaders into a championship team for the second time in as many seasons. A 49-7 win at No. 5 Waianae on Saturday night did little to soften his long-range goals for the top-ranked Crusaders.
“I like what I saw, but I think we can get better. We can’t just live on tonight’s win. That’s where the film comes in. It’s very important. When you look at it, you can evaluate,” Lee said.
The departure of All-State linebacker Dylan Toilolo (now at Kapolei) is a major loss, but Saint Louis didn’t miss a beat on Saturday. Defensive lineman Faatui Tuitele had a sack and sparked the Crusaders pass rush, while linebacker Isaiah Tufaga and his cohorts were busy all night with responsible duties against Waianae’s mix of wing-T and four-wide sets. Safety Kai Kaneshiro came up with an interception.
While the Crusader defense was in sync and the offense was a work of precision with Chevan Cordeiro in the pocket, Lee was less that stoked with his special teams unit.
“Special teams has a long way to get better. Right off the top on kickoff coverage, our punt, I wasn’t real happy,” he said. “It was all right, but we’ve got to get better.”