A kid by the name of Keao Monteilh intercepted four passes for Saint Louis in his first high school start 17 years ago.
That Monteilh evolved into a fine college player at the University of Hawaii.
Now, his nephew is doing big things in high school for Roosevelt.
Aalona Monteilh, whose father Anthony is Keao’s brother, was a defensive presence in Roosevelt’s 28-7 victory over Waialua at the Bulldogs’ Toshiyuki Nakasone Field on Friday night.
In the first quarter, he intercepted a pass at the goal line to stall a Bulldogs drive.
Then, he returned a punt 42 yards for a touchdown to break a 7-7 tie.
After that, Monteilh had two interceptions, including one for an apparent touchdown, but they were both called back on penalties.
“This is what we’re looking for,” Monteilh said. “It’s what we do. We’re (aggressive) and in practice we make each other better. Those calls (on the nullified interceptions) weren’t what I was looking for, but I can’t change anything from the game. Waialua has gotten better since last year (when the Bulldogs went 1-8), but we still got the ‘W’ and that’s all that matters.”
Monteilh says he has learned a lot from his uncle.
“I’m trying to break his record (those four TDs in one game in 2002). He was a great player in college and he has taught me so much in how I play and I can thank him for that.”
On the punt return, Monteilh saw his blockers make the hole and sped away.
“I saw the opening and I just took it,” he said.
Said Roosevelt coach Kui Kahooilihala about Monteilh, “He’s a good athlete who plays great in space. He set the receivers up real well and made plays. It’s amazing, man, the things he does on the field.”
The game got testy with tons of personal foul and late-hit penalties. Things got heated often.
“That was too much penalties,” Kahooilihala said. “The kids played aggressive but that extra hitting, we never need to do that. We gotta keep that stuff down. Gotta get back to basics and stick to basics. Waialua is a good team. A very good team.”
Two Waialua players — Tyson Apau (ankle) and Kade Dellatan (unknown injury) — were taken by ambulance to a hospital. Those two injury timeouts resulted in a total of 71 minutes of delay, leading to a game that lasted 4 hours, 3 minutes. In addition, Tyson’s brother Hunter Apau, who scored the Bulldogs’ only touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Justyce Lacar, hurt his collarbone.
Kyler Dicion, who played at quarterback and linebacker and was on the field most of the night for Waialua, said, “It was a hard loss, but we are going to get back up and meet them in the playoffs and they better be prepared is all I can say.
“There was bad blood, super bad blood.”
With three sacks, Keneke Gusman also had a huge game for the Rough Riders