Video Highlights ASHSAA Football Week No. 2
Week No. 2 of the 2013 ASHSAA Football Season featured some great trials for some of the teams in the league, while others went home comfortably with the “W”.
This past Saturday also showcased the first football match up for the Junior Varsity Division, as Varsity headed into Week-2 of more action packed games.
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Samoana 14 - Tafuna 12
In a stunning upset, Samoana Sharks took the team — the Tafuna Warriors — that has held the JV Championship title for six years in a row. It looks like the JV Warriors dream of a straight 7-year championship title will not be an easy walk across the ocean, after the Sharks edged the Warriors by a two-point margin for the win.
Rumors at the Veterans Memorial Stadium say Samoana was lucky due to some of Tafuna’s best players not appearing in the game due to injuries during practice. But, "would have, could have, should have" — don't bring home games — and Samoa News witnessed the Sharks prove themselves worthy to play for the JV title this year. Samoana High School’s Ferrin Manuleleua is selected for Samoa News' “Player of the Week” for ASHSAA JV Week No.1.
Samoana 28 - Nu’uuli 6
This match up was determined to be a tough one, as Nu’uuli VocTech was looking good during their season opener against the Vikings a week ago.
For the past two years, while Nu’uuli suffered Shark attacks during the regular season, in Playoffs, the Wildcats proved their paw game was stronger — with the Sharks falling in both years.
This year, with the way Nu’uuli is working their way up the charts, they just might be able to do it again. But they will have to prove themselves after the big loss to the Sharks this past Saturday.
From the looks of it, the Wildcats are slowly improving, but we are looking for a performance far greater than what they’ve displayed so far with two defeats in a row.
Samoana so far is improving with their passing game, while their ground game is one of the most threatening in the league — as long as they have Dickie Ne’emia and Faletagaloa Silao in the back field.
Marist 50 - Stallions 8
The Crusaders had to be pumped up, after their loss to the Sharks two weeks ago. And, they delivered: Marist really showed a lot of improvements in their game against the Stallions, showing some of their secret weapons that never appeared during the season opener on Aug. 24.
On the other side of the field, Kanana Fou Stallions started out good with their running game, but they just don't have a deep enough bench to keep the intensity level high throughout the game, nor the players to run special teams as needed.
On the other hand, Kanana Fou is coming out with some of the best players that were expected to appear in this year's season, just in different uniforms. There are two former Warriors, who were some of the finest All Purpose players for Tafuna (Geno O’Brien and Gabriel Dalle), transfer quarterback from the Sharks, Benjamin Faleali’i, as well as others; and then there is also returning talent, like Taeaofou Va’a.
For their performance, the Marist Crusaders are awarded the Samoa News Varsity “Player of the Week” with Julius Fitisemanu, and the “Play of the Week” with Felise “Cruz” Vasa.
Vikings 12 - Lions 0
Everyone knew Leone needed a win to boost their self-esteem after taking a huge blow from the Warriors in this season's opener that saw the Lions walk away after the third quarter with a 73-8 loss on the scoreboard. Samoa News can't repeat what's been said in the potholes — we don't want to be sanctioned — but needless to say going into ASHSAA history books for that decision will not be forgotten soon.
Saturday's game, unfortunately, did not give the Lions their redemption. The Fagaitua Vikings wouldn’t give them access to the end zone, after a 12-0 shutout at full time.
Fagaitua entered this year's season with less then 30 players on the Varsity squad, and faced the Lions 40+ Varsity. Don't forget: The majority of the Vikings team are underclassmen — they are building a new family. What you are probably seeing is a team that will improve with every game.
As seen in their season opener, Fagaitua did a slow start and then took it home with authority.
They will face the Warriors this Saturday for the “Battle of the Toa’s” Rivalry match up in both Varsity and JV divisions.
A must see set of games at the Veterans Memorial Stadium — if everyone brings their A-game to the field.
If not, we're looking at "brawl" ball — with the possibility of a lot of hurt players on both sides, which is no good for anyone, especially the players — and of course for High School Football in American Samoa.
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