PREPPING for 2018: St. Louis Crusaders

Saint Louis' Jayden De Laura will get his first crack at QB for the Crusaders in Friday's season opener against Waianae. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.


Saint Louis is going into the 2018 season with big aspirations.

That’s as usual. The difference this year, though, is for the first time in a long time, the Crusaders are playing a brutal schedule. No pushovers.

There could also be a trap game in Friday’s OIA-ILH alliance Open Division opener. Saint Louis plays Waianae, a team licking its wounds, at Aloha Stadium.

The Seariders were roughed up 34-13 by Division I Waipahu last week in a nonleague opener and, if nothing else, they will be coached up and ready to play their hard-nosed brand of football this week.

The gauntlet Saint Louis is going through continues with California Division I-A Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.) on Aug. 17, followed by all of the Hawaii Open teams waiting for their shot at the two-time defending top-tier champion — Mililani, Kahuku, Punahou, Kapolei, Campbell, Farrington and Kamehameha.

Coach Cal Lee did not exactly love his team’s effort in a scrimmage two weeks ago against Moanalua. The players know this, so expect Saint Louis (No. 12 in the MaxPreps national rankings) to be ready for Waianae and beyond.

“We put that in their minds,” Lee said. “You gotta go four quarters. The rest is about execution. As coaches, we’ve got to get them ready to play the game.”

Saint Louis defensive lineman Faatui Tuitele is one of two high school seniors in Hawaii named to the MaxPreps preseason All-American second team. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser

Lee talked about some of the Crusaders’ leaders:

>> Faatui Tuitele, defensive tackle: “He’s just a great kid to be around. Personable not only on the field but off as well. Good student. Shoot, I wish everybody was like him. He does everything right. He’s humble, works hard. I can’t say enough about him and what he brings to the table. He’s a leader out there. He doesn’t yell, yell, yell. He’s a good one.”

>> Gino Quinones, defensive tackle: “He has really developed from his sophomore to junior year and this year. The thing I like about him is he’s got size. Now he’s working on perfecting his defensive skills. You only do that by hard work. He’s a hard worker on the field and tries to get better and better. He’s critical of how he’s doing and knows what he needs to get better at. Another good kid on and off the field.”

>> Arasi Mose, offensive line: “He’s a big, big kid. What he’s gotta do is move a little faster. We know he’s got a lot of weight to move and he’s working on that. He’s going to do good stuff for us, a big physical guy. And he’s a got a good future ahead of him.

>> Ben Scott, offensive lineman: A tackle who has skills that he can take advantage of. I like his work ethic. He comes to work every day and tries to get better.”

>> Junior Wily, safety: “Talk about work ethic. This guy comes to practice, hits the weights — always in the weights — getting stronger for the physical game of football. He’s always hustling and running around and he’s smart. He really comprehends the game. He’s got that football sense.”

Friday’s game will mark the debut of Jayden de Laura, the next in line (after Tua Tagovailoa and Chevan Cordeiro) at quarterback for the Crusaders.


Next in series: Waipahu Marauders.

• Aiea Na Alii
Campbell Sabers
• Castle Knights
• Farrington Governors
• Kahuku Red Raiders
• Kaimuki Bulldogs
• Kaiser Cougars
• Leilehua Mules
• McKinley Tigers
Mililani Trojans
Moanalua Na Menehune
• Nanakuli Golden Hawks
Pearl City Chargers
• St. Francis Saints


  1. anywaaaays!! August 8, 2018 5:58 pm

    Maybe Tuitele doesn’t need to “yell, yell, yell” because Saint Lulu just “recruits, recruits, recruits.” Like I said before, without the prestige the OIA gives the ILH, all private schools would close down, that’s why we have this sham of an “ILH-OIA alliance.” Let the private schools play on their own if they want to destroy high school football with recruiting. We dont’ need them. RRFL!

  2. Recruitdis August 8, 2018 6:22 pm

    Anywaaays- shaddup you sound like a broken record. All you do is cry and whine all the time. Stop feeling sorry for yourself because know one does.

  3. Recruitdis August 8, 2018 6:54 pm

    Anywaays- they should ban you from this site because your the biggest cry baby. Let the kids play football because at the end of the day their the very ones who wants the oia-ILH merge. It’s people like you who ruins the game.

  4. Even STEVEN August 8, 2018 8:03 pm

    Wow that’s colorful… Stop crying, go to the game and watch your son sit on the bench at division 2. Your that kind of parent that gives your son excuses. (NUT UP) This year is great for all the levels. No more forfeited games. Pretty even playing field in all divisions. St. Louis isn’t going to run away with the title. Its going to be a grind. Keeping guys healthy is key. GL to all.

  5. Hawaii born August 9, 2018 12:45 pm

    It’s funny how people keep talking about recruiting from the ILH side..Campbell just recruited a bunch, kahuku always recruits from mainland in sports and day its family ties, maybe these kids want a better education to and not just to be good at sports, I was born and raised OIA but I cant tell you how happy I was when my eldest son got accepted Into kamehameha (ILH). These kids can be great at sports but if you ain’t going pro later on then you need solid education to make a career

  6. RealTalkHawaii August 9, 2018 10:38 pm

    @Hawaii Born
    I hear Kahuku got a kid from the Kalihi/Liliha area. Assistant Coach drops him off after school /practice every day. Seems funny when ANYWAAAAYS talks about ILH recruiting.

  7. Hammaz August 10, 2018 10:34 am

    Just thought. Saint Louis could probably put together a second team and field them in D1 and probably still compete for the title.

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