ASHSAA football season kicks into high gear after 3-week break
Week five of the American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football season concluded this past Saturday with exciting action after a three-week hiatus. Saturday's action featured three varsity match-ups that included two blowouts and one game that was way closer than what the final score indicated.
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Faga’itua Vikings (39) - Fa’asao Marist Crusaders (0)
The Fa'asao Marist Crusaders were blown out during the first game where the Faga’itua Vikings were able to score in every way possible, thanks to a high powered offense that was led by Quarterback Fagaese Ta’ase who connected on three touchdown passes with three different receivers.
Not only were the Vikings able to score in the air, they put three in the end-zone on the ground as well, with one of those being a defensive touchdown when Crusaders quarterback Uluao Letuli fumbled while trying to run the ball that was picked up by Vikings defensive lineman Jarred Vaina.
Leone Lions (29) - Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats (20)
The Leone Lions appeared to be on the right track to a shutout victory when they took a 16-0 lead going into the half after quarterback Eddie Tagaleo’o ran one in for a touchdown while wide receiver Ricky Petaia caught a short 15-yard pass to score.
In second half, the Wildcats came back and managed to score 14 points; but by that time, the Lions had already racked up 29 points. The Wildcats ended the game on a high note despite the loss, when Felise Enoka scored on a 25-yard run with less than five seconds left in the game.
Tafuna Warriors (62) -Kanana Fou Stallions (8)
For a team that has been scoring over 60 points per game and holding teams to less than eight, the Warriors did what they do best - and that is, play with very few mistakes and on a level where only perfection is accepted.
Saturday was no exception. It appeared that every time the Warriors touched the ball, they scored. On their very first possession, the Warriors were up on the score board and never looked back. Their defense also did their part by stopping the Stallions' offense in their tracks each time they touched the ball, despite Stallions' quarterback Benjamin Faleali’i staying in the pocket on each down, looking for an open receiver throughout the game. The Stallions did manage to get on the score board when in a ‘rare’ moment, the Warriors flubbed one in their own end-zone where the Stallions fell on it for their only score. The game was stopped 11 seconds into the second quarter when the Stallions decided to throw in the towel.
Samoa News Varsity Player of the Week
Samoa News' Varsity Player of the Week honor goes to Gus Napoleone of the Faga’itua Vikings. Napoleone was able to help lead the Vikings to victory with a 30-yard touchdown catch and numerous long runs. Only a sophomore, Napoleone is a two-way player who continues to show improvement each week while contributing to the Vikings squad.
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