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SAINT LOUIS CRUSADERS
>> 2015 record and finish: 9-2 (5-1 ILH D-I); defeated Punahou 27-23 in ILH championship game; defeated Mililani 56-30 in D-I state tournament semifinals; lost 39-14 to Kahuku in D-I state tournament final
>> Number of returning starters: 7 (3 offense, 4 defense)
>> Number of returning seniors: 24
>> Number of starters lost to graduation: 15
>> Number of seniors lost to graduation: 26
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections lost to graduation: Nate Herbig (first-team OL), Tytus Timoteo (second-team OL), Tanielu Evaimalu (second-team DE), Ronson TImbreza (second-team CB), Drew Kobayashi (third-team REC), Jordan Iosefa (third-team LB)
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections returning: Tua Tagovailoa (first-team QB), Isaac Slade-Matautia (second-team LB), Jalen Saole (second-team S), Dylan Toilolo (third-team LB)
>> ILH D-I All-Stars lost to graduation: Nate Herbig (first-team OL), Tytus Timoteo (first-team OL), Drew Kobayashi (first-team REC), Tanielu Evaimalu (first-team DL), Jordan Iosefa (first-team LB), Ronson Timbreza (first-team DB), Aperaamo Augafa (second-team OL), Aaron Miller (second-team OL), Saitaua Lefau (second-team RB), Samuela Mafua (second-team OL)
>> ILH D-I All-Stars returning: Isaac Slade-Matautia (first-team LB), Jalen Saole (first-team DB), Leelan Oasay (second-team REC), Ronson Young (second-team REC), Jimmy Gonsalves (second-team RB), Dylan Toilolo (second-team LB), Iosefo Noga (second-team DB)
>> Among 2016 key offensive returnees: Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Sr.); Michael Minihan (OL, Sr.), Leelan Oasay (SB, Sr.), Jacob Russell (OL, Sr.), Ronson Young (WR, Sr.)
>> Among 2016 key defensive returnees: Isaac Slade-Matautia (LB, Sr.), Jalen Saole (CB, Sr.), Noa Purcell (LB, Jr.), Isaiah Tufaga (SS, Jr.), Dylan Toilolo (LB, Jr.)
>> Crusaders with Division I FBS college offers: Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Sr.), Isaac Slade-Matautia (LB, Sr.), Michael Minihan (OL, Sr.), Isaiah Tufaga (LB, Jr.), Faatui Tuitele (DL, So.)
>> All-time state championships: 3 (all D-I — 1999, 2002, 2010)
>> All-time Prep Bowl (1973-1998) championships: 14 (all D-I — 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
>> All-time ILH championships: 34 (all D-I — 1925, 1930, 1941, 1942, 1945, 1949, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2015)
>> 2016 conference: ILH D-I
Head coach CAL LEE on the Crusaders’ outlook for 2016:
“The first day with helmets will be July 18, so we’ll get that going then. Things are going pretty good. Our first preseason game is Aug. 6 with Mililani, then our first league game is Sept. 2 with ‘Iolani. We’re ready to go and it won’t be long before football season starts.
“Everybody is pretty much excited. When the season ended in November, the kids had time to reflect on this coming season as far as what they have to do — offseason conditioning, offseason weight training for those not involved with other sports.
“For spring ball, I always think there’s a really bad ILH rule. They give you five days of spring ball. Is somebody against football? For baseball, basketball and track and other sports, it’s year-round and as soon as the season is over, you can play the same sport somewhere else. For football, they really watch football. If a guy wants to get better, they have to do it on their own or go to camp, that kind of stuff. I just don’t see it. I brought it up to the league. In those five days, you can’t do anything with the kids. On other days, if you try to teach them, that’s against the law.
“Another rule I don’t like is football players not being able to play for another team in the offseason. If you are a seventh-grader and are on our intermediate team and you’re not even seeing game action, you can’t go and play in the Big Boyz league after our season or you will sit out next season. That really hurts. They do this to kids that don’t even play a down in intermediate. Why?
“We are approaching this year the same as any other year. We came close (state D-I runner-up) so, like in any year, that means we’ve got to get better. We’ve got to get in shape, stay in shape, get bigger, faster and stronger the best you can. As coaches, you do whatever you can do to get better, work harder, teach better. Everything’s gotta be better. We’re not looking for a C-minus. We’re looking for an A. We’ve got to find out what you did right and that is great, but also what we didn’t do well and improve whatever it is.
“We’ve got to work on three phases of the game. It doesn’t matter (too much what we did last year). This is a new group, new kids. It would help to get all 11 guys back, but sometimes you don’t have 11 back.
“Last year (losing 39-14 to Kahuku in the D-I state title game), you’ve got to blame the coaches and I’m the head coach. I’ve gotta do better job in getting the (players) to play better and getting them prepared better.
“(As for the loss to Kahuku), in our league, and nothing against our league, we throw the ball a little more, so when you come against a team that runs the ball a little more, it’s a little different. Everybody could see that. We’ve got to be more physical and prepare the players to be more physical. When you throw the ball, it’s almost like a pass league. When you run, it’s more smash mouth. We’ve got to prepare for teams that are going to run ball. If you don’t stop the run, you’ve got problems. We are conscious of that and we will make sure we do that.
“You’ve gotta give them (Kahuku) credit. Somebody’s gotta lose. The winner gets all the accolades. They played good defensive football. You can’t win if you can’t score. It’s right there in black and white. If you don’t block, if you don’t catch, if you turn over the ball eight or nine times, you gotta take care of that stuff. We preach that.
“Are they ready? We’ll make sure they’ll be ready. You do things by steps. We’re not going to play a championship game on Aug. 6 (against Mililani). Play that first game as a team and go on. Grow as a team and move on and on. And in that first game against Mililani, we will be tested because they’re balanced. They can play either the run or the pass.”
2016 Saint Louis football schedule
>> July 28: at Kailua (scrimmage only)
>> July 30: Campbell (scrimmage only)
>> Aug. 6: at Mililani
>> Aug. 20: at Hilo
>> Aug. 27: Waipahu (scrimmage only)
>> Sept. 2: vs. ‘Iolani, at Aloha Stadium
>> Sept. 9: vs. Punahou, at Aloha Stadium
>> Sept. 17: vs. Kamehameha, at Aloha Stadium
>> Sept. 23: at ‘Iolani
>> Sept. 29: vs. Punahou, at Aloha Stadium
>> Oct. 7: vs. Kamehameha, at Aloha Stadium
2016 Saint Louis varsity football staff
>> Head coach: Cal Lee (253-38-5, 24th season)
>> Offensive coordinator: Ron Lee
>> Quarterbacks: Vince Passas
>> Slotbacks: Lee Boyd
>> Slotbacks: Logan Nakamura
>> Wide receivers: Gerald Welch
>> Running backs: Tupu Alualu
>> Offensive line: Robert Crowell
>> Offensive line: James Hall
>> Defensive coordinator and linebackers: Frank Pahia
>> Defensive line: Nainoa Campbell
>> Defensive line: Shawn Kalima
>> Defensive backs: Wes Tufaga
>> Defensive backs: Keone Batoon
>> Linebackers: Sam Taulea
>> Linebackers: Shawn Pacheco
>> Linebackers: Gary Graham