Narbonne to return for Saint Louis rematch

Narbonne cornerback Ja’maree Boone defended a pass intended for Saint Louis wide receiver Mitchell Quinn during last season's game. Quinn scored four TDs in the fourth quarter in the Crusaders' 56-50 victory at Aloha Stadium. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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.


  1. HI HS FAN June 15, 2018 2:04 pm

    Going be a good matchup and test for the Crusaders. They can break in their new QB and see how he performs under the lights. You know that defense will be St. Louis’ strength once again.

  2. Felix June 16, 2018 3:49 am

    I am glad to see Saint Louis getting more exposure of the talents they have here. More california schools know the reputation of St. Louis being a well coached football team.

  3. ??? June 16, 2018 2:46 pm

    More exposure? STL always had exposure;
    their the Bishop Gorman of Hawaii, of course mainland schools want to test them.
    Canyon Country, De La Salle, Bishop Gorman and St John Bosco all tested them and passed with flying colors.

  4. Mahatma Gandhi June 17, 2018 11:11 am

    I remember that Canyon Country game. They whipped St Louis. That was back around 1989. Local refs kept St Louis in it the first half. Same year St Louis beat Farrington in the Prep Bowl. I am not a robot.

  5. Da blacc panther June 18, 2018 8:02 am

    When will St.Louis travel and play a team like mater dei on the road? Narbonne isnt in the open division in the state of California. Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, St. JOHN bosco and Centennial Corona those are the top high school teams in the Southern California.

  6. @76SOUTH June 18, 2018 6:40 pm

    I guess St. Louis was the only school that wanted to get tested back then besides Kahuku. I agree that St Louis needs to play powerhouse teams from California. Narbonne is good but they are not Mater Dei or Bosco or Centennial. Ghandi- you have the wrong year. St. Louis beat a team from San Diego that year. Not sure of the name but supposedly they had 6 players on the Defense with D1 offers. The safety and corner were the tops at their position and both committed to USC. How do I know? We got smashed from St Louis that year. Lol not a good memory but it is what it is. Good luck to all the schools this coming football season!

  7. BROTHERHOOD UP 2 NO GOOD June 19, 2018 7:50 am

    St. Louis will get tested, its going to be a good battle specially without the defense of purcell, tufanga, feary and co.
    And a new quarterback with some new different receivers. Narbonne would want their revenge. Good luck to both teams

  8. 808 sports fan June 21, 2018 8:17 pm

    Cmon St. Louis you’re the 2x defending champ. Step your game up and challenge the powehouse Mater Dei in California. The Best of Hawaii vs the Best of California

  9. ??? June 24, 2018 9:21 pm

    It will never happen, cause when they play mainland schools that also recruit they catch cracks.

  10. dominic ebel August 11, 2018 7:21 am

    @76south The only time these National ranked teams met N#5 Mater Dei and n#3 Narbonne played was in 2012 Narbonne beat them 18-17 that nationally ranked game in preseason. Bruce Rollinson said. Narbonne team speed was way to fast for Mater Dei in 2012.
    That same year 2012 in the State open Regional on to see who was going to play De La Salle in the State open. Centennial beat Narbonne in Overtime something like 44-43 but that game could of gone either way. Bosco and Narbonne never played least in the past 30 years Maxpreps does have nationally ranked N#1 bosco n#2 Mater Dei n#17 Centennial n#24 Narbonne n#7 Hawaii St. Louis

  11. Katosan August 17, 2018 11:27 am

    Narbonne isn’t the champs of CA’s 2nd tier. They’re the 3rd tier champs. It goes Open, 1-AA, 1-A. Folsom is the 2nd tier champ.

    There’s a sizable gap between the Open and 1-A. Both finalists in the 1-A State Title Game got a running clock (down 35 points in the 4th) put on them by Corona Centennial in the regular season. Cen10 got blown out in the Southern Section D1 semis by D1 finals loser, St. John Bosco. The winner of SS D1 gets the So Cal bid for the Open Title Game.

  12. Katosan August 17, 2018 11:37 am

    808 sports fan:

    Mater Dei & St. John Bosco would destroy St. Louis. It wouldn’t even be close. They’d have their back ups in by the middle of the third. Both teams have more than 20 players with D1 offers. Mater Dei has nine 4 & 5 star players alone. Heck, they have a back up 4 star DB with an offer from Alabama. Another back up 4 star DB just transferred too.

    The next level of CA teams in De La Salle, Folsom, Mission Viejo and Cen10 would beat St Louis by 3-4 TDs. As they all play in two state bowl tiers higher than Narbonne, except Folsom who is one tier above St. Louis.

    St Louis is playing right at their level. Against a good CA team, the best of the weak LA City Section. But, far from the best in CA.

  13. Milionea Toluao August 17, 2018 2:00 pm

    I remember when St.Louis played the Nationally Rank, No#1 Del La Salle and lost by 10 points…
    This occurred in 2001. Kahuku lost to Cal poly the Nationally Rank, No#2 by 28

    That goes to show, Hawaii boys can play…

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