Okamura: Fagaitua vs. Saint Louis is real game

Saint Louis running back Jahred Silofau was stopped short of the end zone on this play in a scrimmage last Saturday against defending Division I state champion Mililani. The Crusaders open their season Aug. 21 at Aloha Stadium against Fagaitua, the defending champions of American Samoa. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Saint Louis running back Jahred Silofau was stopped short of the end zone on this play in a scrimmage last Saturday against defending Division I state champion Mililani. The Crusaders open their season Aug. 21 at Aloha Stadium against Fagaitua, the defending champions of American Samoa. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Unlike its two previous high school football encounters in Hawaii this season, Fagaitua, the champions from American Samoa, will play in a real game for the third one.

Saint Louis athletic director Wade Okamura confirmed on Thursday that the Aug. 21 nonleague game between Saint Louis and Fagaitua at Aloha Stadium has been sanctioned by the National Federation of High School Associations and the Hawaii High School Athletic Association. It will be the official season opener for both teams.

Fagaitua has won 11 American Samoa High School Athletic Association championships since 1983. The Vikings are coming off scrimmages against Campbell on Aug. 1 at the Aiea High field and at Mililani against the defending Hawaii state champion Trojans’ second and third-teamers on Aug. 7.


Tickets for the Fagaitua vs. Saint Louis game are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 62-and-over and active military members with a military ID, and $5 for ages 6 through high school.

Defensive lineman Blessman Ta‘ala, fullback and linebacker Oly Ta‘ase and safety/running back Ferrin Manuleleua are among the Vikings’ top players, and the team is coached by Pooch Ta‘ase.


Saint Louis is coming off of preseason scrimmages against Kapolei, Kailua and Mililani.


Eight days after the game against Fagaitua, on Aug. 29, the Crusaders will host Liberty, a high-powered program from Las Vegas, at Aloha Stadium.

Saint Louis, ranked second in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Top 10, finished second in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu a year ago and are considered legitimate contenders this season. The Crusaders open league play Sept. 12 against No. 5 Kamehameha at Aloha Stadium.

COMMENTS

  1. Polo August 14, 2015 3:13 am

    Crush them! Show them Hawaii football! !


  2. FB fan August 14, 2015 6:12 am

    @polo….. what is Hawaii football? Can u elaborate ols


  3. Marvin August 14, 2015 10:51 am

    What time is the Saint Louis game versus Fagaitua on August 21?


  4. Matuu Pulotu August 14, 2015 11:34 am

    St.Louis should win because of their passing game but they will struggle to stop the rushing game. The Samoa teams are similar to Kahuku in many ways in that they are physical and athletic. They are heavy run oriented and pass enough to appear to keep the defenses “honest”. Should be fun to see as I hope Kahuku gets to play St Louis or Punahou. Of course I am foaming at the mouth for a rematch with Mililani and believe we will be ready for them on all phases of the game. See some of you in the playoffs.


  5. st. anthony trojan August 14, 2015 12:04 pm

    @ FB fan…..Hawaii football is… hawaiians….japanese…filipino…korean…haole…chinese…plus maybe one or two podogees sprinkle in…oops n samoan n tonga also…maybe many others included…sum times to many to mention……just my version to ur question to polo…is why is called hawaiian football…what u think ??


  6. Hunny D August 14, 2015 2:21 pm

    It’s funny you say that when majority is Samoan playing in hawaii. Maybe Trojan has those on there team oh wait never mind they all cannot play since all those samoans came over to help them win!


  7. Matiana August 17, 2015 8:55 pm

    Just leave the games to the boys playing!


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