Saint Louis begins title defense on the road at Waianae this weekend

Isaiah Tufaga

Nine months after returning to the Hawaii high school football mountain top, the reigning Open Division state champions of Saint Louis will begin defense of their Koa Trophy.

This weekend, the first of the 808 prep schedule, the Crusaders will take on Waianae in a rematch of 2016’s Open Division semifinal.

Saint Louis coach and living legend Cal Lee enters his 25th-season on Waialae Avenue.

“Well, I think we want to be tested and Waianae will surely give us a good test for the first game, and then you can evaluate and look at the personnel and see what we can do to get better.” Lee said.

Cal Lee

Saint Louis brings high expectations following Lee’s 18th championship at the school, with University of Hawaii verbal committ Chevan Cordeiro as the heir-apparent to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The 2016 Cover2 Marcus Mariota player of the year is now a freshman at Alabama.

“Everyday we come out here and just work hard and having that target on our back just makes everything extra.” slotback Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe said.

“You got to work harder every play. Every move, every catch counts, so, everything.”

Lee added, “You know, what happened last year is over. We just got to work hard and get better for the season, it’s really no pressure as far as that is concerned. We just got to work hard.”

The Red Reign is wasting no time to be tested as the Crusaders draw a loaded Seariders team in week one, looking for pay-back after a season ending 35-point loss in the state championship tournament semifinals a season ago.

“Waianae always come out. They come out to bang, they come out to play, they have that rugged mentality and that’s what we have here too, so it should be a good showdown” said linebacker Isaiah Tufaga.

“Coming into summer practices that’s been the mindset, just defend the Koa (trophy) and represent the team well, the alumni, everybody, the coaches, and just trust what they install in us.”

Kickoff between the Seariders and Crusaders is set for 6:30pm on Saturday at Raymond Torii Field.


Friday, August 4

Kalaheo @ KS-Maui

Kapolei @ Campbell

Kamehameha # Farrington

Waipahu @ Nanakuli

Punahou vs. Moanalua
7:00pm @ Radford

Saturday, August 5

Kapaa @ Maui
7:00pm @ War Memorial

Damien @ Castle

Pac-5 vs. McKinley
6:00pm @ Farrington

Lahainaluna @ Pearl City

Saint Louis @ Waianae

Saint Francis @ Leilehua

KS-Hawaii @ Kauai

KICKOFF to Season 5 of Cover2 Hawaii High School Football Weekly is Thursday, August 31st at 9:30pm on KHON2


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