Saint Louis defense makes statement

Saint Louis’ Kaeo Freitas, left, and Isaiah Feary stop Iolani’s Isaac Anderson. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Saint Louis’ Kaeo Freitas, left, and Isaiah Feary stop Iolani’s Isaac Anderson. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

Known for its high-octane offense and gaudy numbers on that side of the ball, Saint Louis can make some plays on defense, too.

The Crusaders forced four ‘Iolani turnovers and had a goal-line stand in the game’s closing seconds, giving the Raiders their first shutout since 2013 in a 33-0 win.

“All credit to the boys, they just played hard,” acting head coach Wes Tufaga said. “They did their responsibilities and ran to the ball and did everything we expected.”


‘Iolani quarterback Jarin Yokogawa was picked off three times, two of them resulting in touchdowns.

Senior defensive back Jalen Saole started the defensive onslaught with the game’s first interception in the first quarter. Noa Purcell then jumped a route for an 85-yard interception return to the end zone.

“We just tried to turn up the tone this week,” Purcell said. “You cannot take ‘Iolani lightly. With this victory tonight, we just gotta look forward and get Punahou next week or Kamehameha.”


Kama Moore added a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown with 3:23 to go in the first half, followed by a Nathaniel Guvette fumble recovery on the ‘Iolani 26 after a quarterback hurry by Isaac Slade-Matautia.

“A lot of things happened tonight. The defense just saved us,” Crusaders quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said. “With the defense’s tempo, it kind of got things going for our offense.”


With the win, the Crusaders are set to compete in next week’s ILH championship game at Aloha Stadium.

“We’re just trying to work. Just give a team effort,” Purcell said. “Next week, we gotta practice hard. Whoever we get next week is gonna be a challenge for us.”

COMMENTS

  1. Manley October 14, 2016 10:13 pm

    Wow. Wes Tufaga from Kahuku head coach at St.Louis and.Vae Tata from St.Louis is head coach at Kahuku. Sharing the luv.


  2. Da General October 14, 2016 10:21 pm

    Defense was looking really nice. Hope Coach Wes can be the DC thru out the playoffs. #LetsGoCRUSADERS


  3. Sean October 14, 2016 11:26 pm

    Wes Tufaga played for St. Louis not Kahuku.


  4. ??? October 15, 2016 5:57 am

    @ Da General
    You really kicking Cal Lee to da curb as da DC? “WOW”


  5. Manley October 15, 2016 8:09 am

    Sean,Tufaga live Kahuku. I did say from.


  6. Chloropicrin October 15, 2016 3:01 pm

    Question is can they stop the powerful run game of Kahuku? And Waianae or Farrington for that matter?


  7. TooMeke October 15, 2016 4:00 pm

    Iolani.

    Nuff said.


  8. ILH October 15, 2016 9:55 pm

    Crusaders or Buf and blu to win Open Division.


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