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The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) kicked off the opening of their 2013 Football Season this past Saturday morning, with matches full of surprises and memories for the record book.
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga was there to open the season, and encouraged the players “to play hard and play fair, and keep in mind their future ahead of them.” He threw the first football to open the ASHSAA 2013- 14 gridiron season.
This year, Samoa News has changed its format of the weekly high school football games. We will still be publishing sponsored photo pages to highlight football action for the week, however we will not be presenting a play-by-play account of each game — Varsity and Junior Varsity. Instead, we will publish game results played for the week, and highlights for the ASHSAA record book if they happen.
Instead, the Samoa New- Sports will be analyzing the games for the total week and decide on who to award its “Play of the Week” and its “Most Valuable Player of the Week”.
The Samoa News awards, photo pages and video clips are sponsored by GHC Reid, Co., Ltd., exclusive distributors of Coca Cola and Powerade — Oloa o Leala — Family of Fine Beverages.
Tafuna Warriors 73 – Leone Lions 8
Before the game finished, Tafuna took out nine of Leone's players, who had to checked on by the EMS, and some of them were taken to the hospital. Not one single Tafuna player was injured. However, one of its star players was ejected due to a late hit call, which falls under the "Unsportsmanlike Conduct Act" resulting in a 1 game suspension penalty for the THS player — Taupule Asotau- Defensive Back.
Fagaitua 49 - Nu’uuli 44
Nu'uuli was leading 38 - 18 into half time, but Fagaitua came back and edged the Wildcats 49-43. But NVTHS has taken the Player of the Week Award with outstanding plays from its Running Back — #2 Felise Enoka.
Samoana 27 - Marist 8
A frustrating game played with a high number of penalties assessed against both teams. Five players were ejected from this game: 3 from Marist and 2 from Samoana. Some were "Late Hit ejections" and some were "Personal Foul ejections”.
FOR THE ASHSAA RECORD BOOK
The scoreboard for this game had one of its busiest moments in ASHSAA history, with Tafuna scoring almost every five minutes in last Saturday’s blow out of the Lions — a team that was expected to give the Warriors the hardest time this year, after facing them in the championship game last season.
That’s not how it turned out to be after the Warriors racked up a fifty point lead by the half time of the game.
During the third quarter, Samoa News witnessed Leone’s Head Coach Arona Samoa speaking to one of the three main officials in the league, Kesi Tiapula, to tell him to stop the game at the conclusion of the third quarter.
Samoa News spoke to Tiapula about this situation, if Head Coach Arona threw in the towel at the conclusion of the third quarter to stop the game, and he said, “He never threw in the towel”.
He said, “Arona just walked over to inform me that they have agreed to stop the game to conclude this match at the ending of the third quarter of the game with less than three minutes remaining. We discussed that the tension of the game was too high and too risky to let it continue onto full time, so we all agreed to stop the game at the request of Leone’s head coach.”
Tafuna also made history in this game, breaking Samoana’s 1984 record with the most leading points in a game in ASHSAA football history. In 1984, Samoana was recorded with the most points to win a game, with a 72-0 lead over Marist in a full game situation.
Breaking the record, Tafuna won with 73 points in addition, they won without going to full time, and concluded the game with a victory in the third quarter of play.
Nu'uuli VocTech High School was leading 38 - 18 into half time, which is the first time in ASHSAA History that the Wildcats have ever lead over the Fagaitua Vikings with that many points. But, Fagaitua is and has always been know in ASHSAA as the "Second Half Team" — and came back and edged the Wildcats 49-43.
SAMOA NEWS’ PLAY OF THE WEEK
The Tafuna High School Warriors are awarded Samoa News’ “Play of the Week” on a play that was executed in the third quarter of the game:
Lauina Futi returned the Warriors last Touchdown of the game for a 68-yard touchdown return, and was the only touchdown return of the weekend for all three games.
SAMOA NEWS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Samoa News selected the Senior Running Back out of Nu’uuli VocTech High School Wildcats, “#2 Felise Enoka” as “Player of the Week” for week No.1 of the Varsity Division, after racking up 128 yard on 16 carries, 9 first down situations, 2 touchdowns, 4 solo tackles on defense, and 11 assists in their game against Fagaitua High School last Saturday.
Felise is the son of David and Gaupule Luamanu of Faleniu, and has been playing for NVTHS football Wildcats since his freshmen year. He has always been an outstanding running back, picking up two Player of the Game titles last season. It is fitting he opens up this year’s season as Samoa News’s pick for Week No.1 — Player of the Week — Congratulations!
Samoa News will continue its “Preseason Huddle” review of teams, which include Fagaitua High School, Nu’uuli VocTech High School and Kanana Fou High School, throughout this week, which is also brought to you by by GHC Reid, Co., Ltd., exclusive distributors of Coca Cola and Powerade — Oloa o Leala — Family of Fine Beverages.
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