St. Thomas Aquinas — Saint Louis’ potential opponent — wins Florida state title

Saint Louis celebrated its 45-6 win over Kahuku on Nov. 29 for a fourth straight Hawaii Open Division championship. Now, the Crusaders are attempting to finish with an unblemished 13-0 record in a bowl game next weekend. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

St. Thomas Aquinas won its 11th Florida state championship Saturday.

The Raiders (14-0) from Fort Lauderdale rallied to beat Edgewater of Orlando 28-23 at Daytona Beach for the 7A title, according to the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida.

The result is significant for Saint Louis (12-0). It’s not official yet, but the Open Division Hawaii state champion Crusaders are expected to play in the GEICO State Champions Bowl on either Dec. 20 or 21. Saint Louis coach Cal Lee previously said it was the Raiders who the Crusaders would be playing if they won Saturday’s game.

St. Thomas Aquinas trailed 14-0 early and 14-7 at halftime before rallying back.

The Raiders are No. 5 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national rankings and No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25. The Crusaders are No. 7 in MaxPreps and No. 6 in USA Today.

Lee is in the middle of getting Saint Louis ready for the trip and the game that the Hawaii football fraternity will be keenly interested in.

“There’s reservations, scheduling the practice facilities, housing, meals for (about) 90 kids,” Lee said.

Asked if he is out to raise the national flag a little higher for all of Hawaii, Lee said, “We’re sure going to try. They (the Raiders) are a good football team. The competition is definitely there. It will be a good test for the both of us. We’ll be finding out how good we are.”


  1. Ilh December 15, 2019 8:12 am

    Go gette’m Crusaders

  2. R88 December 15, 2019 8:58 am

    Go crusaders…..represent Hawaii well. You guys are the best of the best. Have fun and take care of your brothers….. we support you,

  3. LETHIMPLAY December 15, 2019 9:01 am

    Whose authority is it that does not allow Botelho to play? All he did was defend himself like anyone should if attacked. Even police officers defend themselves when attacked. Even the United States of America defend itself. LETHIMPLAY!

  4. ??? December 15, 2019 11:37 am

    Agreed, LET THE KID PLAY!!!!!

  5. Anonymous (Its Ted) December 15, 2019 2:21 pm

    Let the Kid play!

  6. "UNITY=STRENGTH" December 15, 2019 2:25 pm

    Alright guys it looks like it’s St Thomas they are there for a reason so no F******A***** on this trip strickly bussiness!!! It seems the game will take place at Bishop Gorman’s home field so the energy might be against you there NEUTRAL FIELD MY A**!!! so draw it from one another and the Ohana watching in the stand’s and Rep the 808 best you can NOW’S the time to show what the Island boy’s can produce ALL WILL BE WATCHING!!!:) Btw protect Jayden receiver’s be aware remember ball first!!! O and D line watch your knee’s they will be looking to take somebody OUT REAL TALK SO PREPARE COACH’S!!!

  7. Mahatma Gandhi December 15, 2019 3:21 pm

    St Louis = win-at-all-costs football program. Destroy the competitive balance of Hawaii state high school football. Auwe.
    Ban them from high school sports in Hawaii.

  8. Primo December 15, 2019 4:10 pm

    @Mahatma Gandhi aka notes…..Shaddap!!!!!

  9. Primo December 15, 2019 6:35 pm

    @Mahatma Gandhi aka notes…. Shaddap!!!

  10. Primo December 15, 2019 6:49 pm

    @Mahatma Gandhi and notes….Do you ever get tired of crying?

  11. Really December 15, 2019 10:22 pm

    Ghandi is pathetic. His kid’s team probably got their butt whopped so bad. He can’t let it go.

  12. Recruited not Rooted December 15, 2019 11:55 pm

    HPW needs to ban you Mahatma Gandhi. CLOWN!!!

  13. Dr. Phil December 16, 2019 6:46 am

    Running QB who can throw and a RB who is SHIFTY… Their D looks tough.


  14. Hau’ulaBoy December 16, 2019 10:06 am

    Go represent us with pride. On that day we’ll all be part of the brotherhood. Go Crusaders!!!!

  15. Hau’ulaBoy December 16, 2019 10:09 am

    P.S. Ban the Ghandi guy, please HPW police.

  16. Tedium December 16, 2019 10:39 am

    If all he did was defend himself, then he wouldn’t have been arrested. Facts are facts. I guess Wisconsin was just defending himself too. The 2 biggest, fastest, strongest athletes had to “defend” themselves against 1 guy? Let the professionals handle the off the field drama. if you don’t plead Not Guilty..guess what, you’re guilty. Thus, he won’t be playing. But too bad, I would have wanted to see Hawaii’s best team fully loaded go against Florida’s best. I still think Saints beat em. Offensively the system and the athletes who buy into the system are with the Saints. I hear the opponent has stud LB…I’m sure he can’t run with all the wideouts though.

  17. SEC December 16, 2019 1:52 pm

    Interesting to see if St.Louis can keep up with the speed. Orlando Edgewater stayed with Aquinas because of typical Florida RB’s with size and speed. Without a running game it will be tough. Florida DB’s with size and speed are use to guys like Calvin, Ridley, Amari Cooper, Jerry Jeudy.and Sammy Watkins all Florida high school boys. The St.Louis QB is very good but will he have time? That’s why Florida has 211 NFL players followed by Cali. with 185. I was fortunate to play in Florida and scored the only TD when we beat Edgewater. Now being close to Hawaii football I hope St.Louis wins but can’t make stupid mistakes.

  18. HVAGD1 December 17, 2019 9:45 am

    Speed Kills.

  19. Chris December 19, 2019 12:41 pm

    You guys at hawaii prep world are St. Louis haters the stuff I wrote isn’t bad just like the other comments you allowed but some how cuz you know I’m from St. Louis you not posting my comments. I’ll definitely let other people know on the internet and Facebook and Instagram about your anti St. Louis actions. Hawaii prep world St Louis Haters. Don’t worry we’re used to it at St Louis didn’t think you’d be doing it here also. I bet none of you went to St. Louis. With that attitude. I will not be using hawaii prep world site in the future your too biased and I’ll make sure everyone I reach will not use you as a football service in the future!!!!

  20. Chris December 19, 2019 12:46 pm

    Hawaii prep world Saint Louis Haters!!! Just a fyi

  21. Crsaders 001 December 21, 2019 3:37 pm

    go saints

  22. go hawaii December 21, 2019 3:39 pm

    He went outside to defend himself.. no wonder cal lee not college coach… focus on values and academics holy catholics

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