Two state championship teams will go at it Aug. 17, when Saint Louis and Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.) play a rematch of last year’s 56-50 win by the Crusaders at Aloha Stadium.
This year’s game will also be at Aloha Stadium, with a starting time to be determined.
After Saint Louis’ victory over the Gauchos last year, the Crusaders won five games in a row to finish a 10-0 season as the state’s Open Division champion for the second year in a row.
Narbonne fell to 2-3 after the loss to Saint Louis and then won 10 straight games, including a 28-21 victory over Pittsburg for the California 1-A (the second-highest tier) championship.
“We were looking for another game, so we put out an invitation to Narbonne for the possibility of playing again,” Crusaders coach Cal Lee said. “They were all in favor of it. They probably want to get back at us. They’re a good football team. No question about it. It will get us prepared for the season.”
Saint Louis puts its 15-game winning streak on the line when it opens the inaugural OIA-ILH interleague season Aug. 10 against Waianae at Aloha Stadium.
The Crusaders finished 2017 at No. 5 in the MaxPreps computer rankings. Narbonne was No. 47.
Here are highlights of Saint Louis’ win over Narbonne last year, which included:
>> Saint Louis QB Chevan Cordeiro passed for 393 yards, six TDs
>> Saint Louis WR Mitchell Quinn caught seven passes for 232 yards, four TDs
>> Narbonne QB Jalen Chatman passed for 517 yards, five TDs and ran for one more TD
>> Narbonne RB Jermar Jefferson totaled 244 yards, three receiving TDs from scrimmage
Both teams combined for 1,115 yards of total offense.