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.