Saint Louis junior defensive lineman Faatui Tuitele‘s status for Saturday’s Interscholastic League of Honolulu football Division I second-round championship game is unknown.
“Tui is a game-day decision,” coach Cal Lee said Thursday. “He hurt his elbow in practice and did not play last week. He will play next week for sure.”
Next week, the Crusaders (7-0) — the league’s first-round champion — will only be playing if they lose Saturday’s game against Kamehameha (4-4). If they win, they are overall league champions and will qualify for the Division I-Open state tournament to be held Nov. 10 and Nov. 18. A Saint Louis loss on Saturday would extend the ILH D-I postseason one more game — a rematch against the Warriors next Friday.
Tuitele, who is 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, is a vital cog in the Crusaders’ front seven.
Tuitele has Division I offers from 18 colleges: BYU, California, Clemson, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington.