Saint Louis is expecting Narbonne’s best. Narbonne is expecting early bed checks.
The two storied programs clash on Saturday, 6 p.m., at Aloha Stadium. The top-ranked Crusaders thrive on big challenges. Longtime coach Cal Lee leaped at the chance to pit his team against the Gauchos when the plan to play Kahuku fell through.
“Well, I know they’re a good football team, and when you travel, you travel with your best players. I know they lost last week, but on tape they’re big, physical and have a lot of speed,” Lee said. “They spread you out and they run good patterns. Their quarterback can run and they have a pretty good (running) back. We expect a physical game.”
Narbonne last traveled to the islands in 2006, losing to Kahuku 25-6 The Gauchos left L.A. on Thursday morning. gauchos coach Manuel Douglas and his staff will run a tight ship with 9 p.m. room checks, adding that the team wants to stay as close to Pacific Standard Time (three hours ahead) as possible.
“I’ve been to Hawaii 25 times with my family,” said Douglas, who is a teacher at Narbonne. “Many of the kids have never had the chance to go there. Some of them think they’ll be staying up late, but we’ll be waking up early.”
Saint Louis will be holding an alumni tailgate out at the stadium starting at 4 p.m.