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WATCH VIDEO: ZENA IESE CALLS EMERGING LEADERS CONFERENCE “LIFE CHANGING”

Records two short documentaries during conference
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American Samoa was represented during the Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue conference (EPLD) 2014 by 33-year-old Zena Iese of Amanave and Afao, and Josie Malepeai, an employee of the USDA Farm Service Agency.
 
The goal of the Conference, according to epld.net is “to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific region’s future leaders to manage challenges collaboratively, positively, and creatively.”
 
An independent media specialist and independent contractor, Iese said he attended the opening ceremony in New Caledonia and spent three days there before the delegates were sent to different Pacific island nations to carry out study tours.
 
In his case, Iese said, he was sent to Fiji with eleven other delegates representing nine different Pacific nations. The conference was held October 16-28.
 
“This was the first time for me to visit that side of the world and not only was it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, it was also a life changing experience that I will never forget,” Iese told Samoa News last Friday.
 
He said he was fortunate to be chosen, as his application was among a pool of 700+ submissions from around the Pacific region.
 
The Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue Conference is held every four years and Iese is already beginning the push to have the territory host the next event, or even future conferences.
 
“The conference brings together emerging leaders to promote good governance for their countries,” Iese explained. “Leaders from different industries were present and for me, I was in the category of independent film while Malepeai represented the federal government.”
 
Initially, there were supposed to be 110 delegates involved, but only 81 showed up.
 
“Being part of the EPLD has definitely opened my eyes to that side of the world and how to connect with them,” Iese said. “If we really want to get somewhere with our economy  and structure, all we need to do is look to the people who are going through the same things, specifically our brothers and sisters in the neighboring Pacific islands.”
 
He continued, “We are so tied up in the American world and their way of life, when there are others out there going through the same thing and their methods are working for them.”
 
Iese said he was able to compete two documentaries in a matter of six days, footage that can be viewed through the Samoa News website and Facebook page.
 
The documentaries — one that is four minutes long and another, an eight-minute piece — include recordings on both land and air.
 
He said during his study tour of Fiji, he and the other delegates were able to go around the island and get a first hand look at the economic machines that drive Fiji, as well as learn about how they are moving forward.
 
“We looked at Fiji as a role model for other Pacific islands, and we discussed how we can incorporate their methods,” Iese explained, adding that Fiji has “been at it since the 1800s, and although their economy took many hits with unstable political issues in the past, resilience kept them going and now they continue to grow, with exports like Pure Fiji and Fiji Water which are exported to worldwide destinations.
 
He said he collected data and was given the chance to make a presentation before Princess Anne, who is a member of the Conference Board.
 
Iese’s presentation was about his findings in Fiji, specifically the social, political, and economic arenas, and what solutions we would come up with.
 
“It was great getting feedback and being in the presence of all these world leaders,” Iese said. “We were able to rub shoulders with the High Commissioner of Australia, Princess Anne, the President of Fiji, and others who hold key positions in different countries and nations around the Pacific. Their goal is to groom the leaders of the future and they understand that if the Pacific islands work together, everyone would realize that we are not separated by the ocean but instead, we are connected by it,” Iese said.
 
Two of the biggest issues discussed during the conference, said Iese, were climate change and domestic violence.
 
“For Fiji, the issue is the erosion of lands through water,” Iese explained. He said there would be a drought and then the island would be hit with heavy rainfall which floods most of the land. He recalled how they were returning to their hotels when they got caught up in a flood. He said the water completely covered the bridge and residents were walking around like it was nothing. “They weren’t panicking because they are used to it. Our van couldn't make it across the bridge so we waited. Fifteen minutes later, people were out there taking selfies of the flood. It’s an everyday problem for them.”
 
Iese said that during the conference, someone said that “Samoans want to be first in everything”. He said, “It was evident that this was true because Samoans from New Zealand and Australia were speaking up, speaking their minds during discussions. I had a sense of pride just seeing that.”
 
He said “The reason why we have it so strong is because we are of a small island nation, where unity is still easier to control, unlike Papua New Guinea where they are dealing with 800 different clans and dialects, everyone speaks different languages. But we are all going through similar problems. The conference opened our eyes to the ways they solve their problems there, giving us a different look as far as solutions.”
 
Iese said he had an ‘awesome experience’ and he wants to meet with Governor Lolo to share the information he has, “and see what they want to do with it.” He said he also wants to make contact with other key leaders in the territory, including young people who are potential leaders in both the government and private sector.
 
In the meantime, Iese said he looks forward to the next EPLD Conference, which is set for 2018.
 
He wanted to express his gratitude to Samoa News; Terry Custodio Auva'a; Mapu Jamias and Iligainoa Gebauer; Jonathan Fanene, Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr., and Pa’u Roy Ausage and the entire Dept. of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) crew; Ethan Lake and the American Samoa Amateur Wrestling Association; his parents Tolua and Wika Iese; and his siblings Leotina, Teka, and Andrew for making it possible for him to take part in the EPLD 2014.

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Football 2014 Regular Season coming to a close

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The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) 2014 Football Season will end its regular season schedule this upcoming Saturday, with the biggest rivalry of the league in the ‘Battle of the Toa’ — to take place for the second time this season, with Tafuna High School going into the battle undefeated, while Fagaitua High School can taste victory, as they nearly won (34- 38) during their rival match in the first round of the ASHSAA season.

 

Coverage of the 2014- 15 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca-Cola, distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — Your Family of Fine Beverages.

 

This past Saturday morning showcased the Vikings stomping all over the Wildcats in a lopsided match up which favored Fagaitua in both halves. However, even though Nu’uuli lost 37 - 0, they made a great defensive stand against the Vikings in the first half of the game — keeping Fagaitua at 18 - 0 in the first half.

 

Teams like Tafuna, Leone, and Samoana would’ve surely blown the Wildcats off the field before half-time incurring the Mercy Rule – but Fagaitua had a hard time against the Wildcats as Head Coach Atafua and his staff did what they could to hold onto the game.

 

In the second game of the day – the Rivalry match up (Clash of the Titans) between the Samoana Sharks and the Leone Lions had the crowd on the edge of their seats, as Samoana ended up disappointed again, remaining puzzled — as how to defeat the Lions, who’ve claimed victory in both rival meetings in this year’s season.

 

Despite their loss, Samoana had the upper hand in the passing game, but it was just no match for the Lions speedy Folasa Vili and Iki Tuileta, who led the Lions to roar victory over the Sharks, 26- 18.

 

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Samoa News selected Leone High School’s All Purpose player (Running Back/ Receiver/ Linebacker/ Safety) Folasa “Frost” Vili as the Player of the Week for ASHSAA Football Week No.11.

 

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Samoa News selected Fagaitua High School’s Ferrin Manuleleua’s sweep play for a 41-yard touchdown as the Play of the Week.

 

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Football 2014 Regular Season coming to a close

tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) 2014 Football Season will end its regular season schedule this upcoming Saturday, with the biggest rivalry of the league in the ‘Battle of the Toa’ — to take place for the second time this season, with Tafuna High School going into the battle undefeated, while Fagaitua High School can taste victory, as they nearly won (34- 38) during their rival match in the first round of the ASHSAA season.

 

Coverage of the 2014- 15 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca-Cola, distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — Your Family of Fine Beverages.

 

This past Saturday morning showcased the Vikings stomping all over the Wildcats in a lopsided match up which favored Fagaitua in both halves. However, even though Nu’uuli lost 37 - 0, they made a great defensive stand against the Vikings in the first half of the game — keeping Fagaitua at 18 - 0 in the first half.

 

Teams like Tafuna, Leone, and Samoana would’ve surely blown the Wildcats off the field before half-time incurring the Mercy Rule – but Fagaitua had a hard time against the Wildcats as Head Coach Atafua and his staff did what they could to hold onto the game.

 

In the second game of the day – the Rivalry match up (Clash of the Titans) between the Samoana Sharks and the Leone Lions had the crowd on the edge of their seats, as Samoana ended up disappointed again, remaining puzzled — as how to defeat the Lions, who’ve claimed victory in both rival meetings in this year’s season.

 

Despite their loss, Samoana had the upper hand in the passing game, but it was just no match for the Lions speedy Folasa Vili and Iki Tuileta, who led the Lions to roar victory over the Sharks, 26- 18.

 

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Samoa News selected Leone High School’s All Purpose player (Running Back/ Receiver/ Linebacker/ Safety) Folasa “Frost” Vili as the Player of the Week for ASHSAA Football Week No.11.

 

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Samoa News selected Fagaitua High School’s Ferrin Manuleleua’s sweep play for a 41-yard touchdown as the Play of the Week.

 

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Football 2014 Regular Season coming to a close

tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) 2014 Football Season will end its regular season schedule this upcoming Saturday, with the biggest rivalry of the league in the ‘Battle of the Toa’ — to take place for the second time this season, with Tafuna High School going into the battle undefeated, while Fagaitua High School can taste victory, as they nearly won (34- 38) during their rival match in the first round of the ASHSAA season.

 

Coverage of the 2014- 15 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca-Cola, distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — Your Family of Fine Beverages.

 

This past Saturday morning showcased the Vikings stomping all over the Wildcats in a lopsided match up which favored Fagaitua in both halves. However, even though Nu’uuli lost 37 - 0, they made a great defensive stand against the Vikings in the first half of the game — keeping Fagaitua at 18 - 0 in the first half.

 

Teams like Tafuna, Leone, and Samoana would’ve surely blown the Wildcats off the field before half-time incurring the Mercy Rule – but Fagaitua had a hard time against the Wildcats as Head Coach Atafua and his staff did what they could to hold onto the game.

 

In the second game of the day – the Rivalry match up (Clash of the Titans) between the Samoana Sharks and the Leone Lions had the crowd on the edge of their seats, as Samoana ended up disappointed again, remaining puzzled — as how to defeat the Lions, who’ve claimed victory in both rival meetings in this year’s season.

 

Despite their loss, Samoana had the upper hand in the passing game, but it was just no match for the Lions speedy Folasa Vili and Iki Tuileta, who led the Lions to roar victory over the Sharks, 26- 18.

 

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Samoa News selected Leone High School’s All Purpose player (Running Back/ Receiver/ Linebacker/ Safety) Folasa “Frost” Vili as the Player of the Week for ASHSAA Football Week No.11.

 

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Samoa News selected Fagaitua High School’s Ferrin Manuleleua’s sweep play for a 41-yard touchdown as the Play of the Week.

 

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GHC Reid ASHSAA Football: Still undefeated Tafuna looking to take title again — VIDEO

This past Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, the reigning undefeated champions— the Tafuna Warriors— showed the league that they aren’t about to be beaten when they can field the high caliber players that they have running on both offense and defense. The Warriors turned off the lights for Samoana after sending them home with a 42 - 24 loss to open up the second round of ASHSAA Varsity Football.
 
Coverage of the 2014 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca Cola — distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — “Your Family of Fine beverages”.
 
Tafuna’s first string quarterback Frank Mauigoa remains out due to an injury last weekend against the Vikings, which opened the opportunity for Tito Malae to show what he’s learned since his appearance as QB back in the AYFS league.
 
Malae showed that he, too, has potential, and is looking much better than the quarterback in front of him for Tafuna. He led the Warriors to a 42 - 24 victory against the Sharks, but there was another player on their offense that was selected as the Player of the Week.
 
Vikings 28 - Lions 0
 
The no.2 ranked Fagaitua Vikings showed the Leone Lions no respect, nor any mercy after a game that saw no spark from Folasa Vili of the Lions, but a lot of action from the Vikings Oly Ta’ase and Blessman Ta’ala. Leone wasn’t able to adjust or counter any of the Vikings attacks, as Fagaitua hardly had the ‘ManChild’ Blessman Ta’ala off the field (only a Sophomore).
 
Ramos Fano led the Vikings offensive unit with the pride of his unstoppable backs, and jet speed receivers that confused the Lions on running and passing attacks during their match. The Vikings not only beat Leone, but shut them out to open off the second round of ASHSAA Varsity Football with a 28 - 0 victory.
 
Player of the Week
 
Samoa News selected Tafuna High School Fuava’a Umu, the running back for the Warriors as the Player of the Week for ASHSAA Football Week no.6.
 
Play of the Week
 
Samoa News selected Logan Tago’s interception that was taken all the way back for a 90 yard touchdown.

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GHC Reid ASHSAA Football: Still undefeated Tafuna looking to take title again — VIDEO

This past Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, the reigning undefeated champions— the Tafuna Warriors— showed the league that they aren’t about to be beaten when they can field the high caliber players that they have running on both offense and defense. The Warriors turned off the lights for Samoana after sending them home with a 42 - 24 loss to open up the second round of ASHSAA Varsity Football.
 
Coverage of the 2014 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca Cola — distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — “Your Family of Fine beverages”.
 
Tafuna’s first string quarterback Frank Mauigoa remains out due to an injury last weekend against the Vikings, which opened the opportunity for Tito Malae to show what he’s learned since his appearance as QB back in the AYFS league.
 
Malae showed that he, too, has potential, and is looking much better than the quarterback in front of him for Tafuna. He led the Warriors to a 42 - 24 victory against the Sharks, but there was another player on their offense that was selected as the Player of the Week.
 
Vikings 28 - Lions 0
 
The no.2 ranked Fagaitua Vikings showed the Leone Lions no respect, nor any mercy after a game that saw no spark from Folasa Vili of the Lions, but a lot of action from the Vikings Oly Ta’ase and Blessman Ta’ala. Leone wasn’t able to adjust or counter any of the Vikings attacks, as Fagaitua hardly had the ‘ManChild’ Blessman Ta’ala off the field (only a Sophomore).
 
Ramos Fano led the Vikings offensive unit with the pride of his unstoppable backs, and jet speed receivers that confused the Lions on running and passing attacks during their match. The Vikings not only beat Leone, but shut them out to open off the second round of ASHSAA Varsity Football with a 28 - 0 victory.
 
Player of the Week
 
Samoa News selected Tafuna High School Fuava’a Umu, the running back for the Warriors as the Player of the Week for ASHSAA Football Week no.6.
 
Play of the Week
 
Samoa News selected Logan Tago’s interception that was taken all the way back for a 90 yard touchdown.

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GHC Reid ASHSAA Football: Still undefeated Tafuna looking to take title again — VIDEO

This past Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, the reigning undefeated champions— the Tafuna Warriors— showed the league that they aren’t about to be beaten when they can field the high caliber players that they have running on both offense and defense. The Warriors turned off the lights for Samoana after sending them home with a 42 - 24 loss to open up the second round of ASHSAA Varsity Football.
 
Coverage of the 2014 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca Cola — distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — “Your Family of Fine beverages”.
 
Tafuna’s first string quarterback Frank Mauigoa remains out due to an injury last weekend against the Vikings, which opened the opportunity for Tito Malae to show what he’s learned since his appearance as QB back in the AYFS league.
 
Malae showed that he, too, has potential, and is looking much better than the quarterback in front of him for Tafuna. He led the Warriors to a 42 - 24 victory against the Sharks, but there was another player on their offense that was selected as the Player of the Week.
 
Vikings 28 - Lions 0
 
The no.2 ranked Fagaitua Vikings showed the Leone Lions no respect, nor any mercy after a game that saw no spark from Folasa Vili of the Lions, but a lot of action from the Vikings Oly Ta’ase and Blessman Ta’ala. Leone wasn’t able to adjust or counter any of the Vikings attacks, as Fagaitua hardly had the ‘ManChild’ Blessman Ta’ala off the field (only a Sophomore).
 
Ramos Fano led the Vikings offensive unit with the pride of his unstoppable backs, and jet speed receivers that confused the Lions on running and passing attacks during their match. The Vikings not only beat Leone, but shut them out to open off the second round of ASHSAA Varsity Football with a 28 - 0 victory.
 
Player of the Week
 
Samoa News selected Tafuna High School Fuava’a Umu, the running back for the Warriors as the Player of the Week for ASHSAA Football Week no.6.
 
Play of the Week
 
Samoa News selected Logan Tago’s interception that was taken all the way back for a 90 yard touchdown.

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GHC REID ASHSAA FOOTBALL: TAFUNA BARELY MADE IT TO REMAIN ‘UNDEFEATED’

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Once again, the Warriors Varsity squad sounded off at the end of the “Battle of the Toa’s” victoriously, after barely beating the Vikings, who will be looking to come back in the second round, to correct what should’ve been a game to remember in the home of the Vikings. Tafuna thought they were about to see their first loss in 3 years of being an Unbeatable program, against Fagaitua in a 38 - 34 match.
 
There is some doubt that the Warriors quarterback Frank Mauigoa, will be fielding anytime soon, after a serious injury against the Vikings this past Saturday morning, which will most likely have him rest for 4 - 6 weeks from the game. The 2-time MVP quarterback for the Warriors is now replaced with second string QB Tito Malae, who is another threatening component of Tafuna’s team.
 
As for the Vikings, not one single player was seriously injured against the Warriors game, as Fagaitua is looking quite threatening to most of the teams in the league, especially the reigning champions.
 
If you want to talk about defense, interceptions and tackles for losses, the Vikings had the upper hand of these stats against Tafuna, but time wasn’t on their side, as they saw the Warriors using their beast mode fullback Cornelius Maiava, to brutally gain first downs and run the clock out for a desperate win of 38 - 34.
 
Coverage of the 2014 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca Cola — distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — “Your Family of Fine beverages”.
 
Leone 12 - Nu’uuli 6
 
Leone Lions made the Wildcats look good this past Saturday morning, as Nu’uuli is looking like the team they’ve never been — from the beginning of the season. Compared to their two blow out losses in the past two weeks, the Wildcats have had enough, and are looking to come back and spot themselves a righteous ranking spot amongst the best this season.
 
The game became a surprisingly tough match for the Lions since the start of the first quarter. Nu’uuli stuck it out and managed to shut out the Lions leading into half time.
 
Samoa News does point out that the Lions star — all purpose player Folasa Vili — wasn’t fielded last Saturday, and this might have been the reason for the Lions minimal competitive performance against the Wildcats.
 
Player of the Week
 
Samoa News selected Fagaitua High School’s Anthony Tovio as the ‘Player of the Week’ for ASHSAA Football Week no.5 – Battle of the Toa.
 
Play of the Week
 
Samoa News selected Tafuna High School’s Cornelius Maiava’s  78 yard run for a touchdown as the Play of the Week for ASHSAA Football Week no.5 – Battle of the Toa.
 
LEONE LIONS UNDEFEATED IN JV DIVISION AT END OF ROUND ONE
 
The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football Season has only begun, and already the Junior Varsity Division is closing off its first round of competition. Thursday evening, the reigning champions, Leone High School defeated the only team that stood between them and an undefeated first round — Samoana Sharks.
 
Samoana High School is not only a team that brings size, but also talent to the field every game they play – however mistakes always leave them trailing. As of now, the Sharks have not won a single game since the round started, as for the Lions, they have not lost one so far.
 
Their first meet of the season this past Thursday showed a lot of skill-based talent from a majority of the players, but it was lack of teamwork effort and communication on the part of the Sharks that led to the Lions 20 point lead heading into halftime with the Sharks frustrated on how to beat Leone’s strong defense.
The second half showed improvement from Samoana, as they managed to adjust and recoup from the first half slaughter – their defensive unit astoundingly allowed only one touchdown within the whole second half.
But Samoana rebounded a little bit too late, and the Lions roar to victory, 28 - 14.

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GHC REID ASHSAA FOOTBALL: TAFUNA BARELY MADE IT TO REMAIN ‘UNDEFEATED’

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Once again, the Warriors Varsity squad sounded off at the end of the “Battle of the Toa’s” victoriously, after barely beating the Vikings, who will be looking to come back in the second round, to correct what should’ve been a game to remember in the home of the Vikings. Tafuna thought they were about to see their first loss in 3 years of being an Unbeatable program, against Fagaitua in a 38 - 34 match.
 
There is some doubt that the Warriors quarterback Frank Mauigoa, will be fielding anytime soon, after a serious injury against the Vikings this past Saturday morning, which will most likely have him rest for 4 - 6 weeks from the game. The 2-time MVP quarterback for the Warriors is now replaced with second string QB Tito Malae, who is another threatening component of Tafuna’s team.
 
As for the Vikings, not one single player was seriously injured against the Warriors game, as Fagaitua is looking quite threatening to most of the teams in the league, especially the reigning champions.
 
If you want to talk about defense, interceptions and tackles for losses, the Vikings had the upper hand of these stats against Tafuna, but time wasn’t on their side, as they saw the Warriors using their beast mode fullback Cornelius Maiava, to brutally gain first downs and run the clock out for a desperate win of 38 - 34.
 
Coverage of the 2014 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca Cola — distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — “Your Family of Fine beverages”.
 
Leone 12 - Nu’uuli 6
 
Leone Lions made the Wildcats look good this past Saturday morning, as Nu’uuli is looking like the team they’ve never been — from the beginning of the season. Compared to their two blow out losses in the past two weeks, the Wildcats have had enough, and are looking to come back and spot themselves a righteous ranking spot amongst the best this season.
 
The game became a surprisingly tough match for the Lions since the start of the first quarter. Nu’uuli stuck it out and managed to shut out the Lions leading into half time.
 
Samoa News does point out that the Lions star — all purpose player Folasa Vili — wasn’t fielded last Saturday, and this might have been the reason for the Lions minimal competitive performance against the Wildcats.
 
Player of the Week
 
Samoa News selected Fagaitua High School’s Anthony Tovio as the ‘Player of the Week’ for ASHSAA Football Week no.5 – Battle of the Toa.
 
Play of the Week
 
Samoa News selected Tafuna High School’s Cornelius Maiava’s  78 yard run for a touchdown as the Play of the Week for ASHSAA Football Week no.5 – Battle of the Toa.
 
LEONE LIONS UNDEFEATED IN JV DIVISION AT END OF ROUND ONE
 
The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football Season has only begun, and already the Junior Varsity Division is closing off its first round of competition. Thursday evening, the reigning champions, Leone High School defeated the only team that stood between them and an undefeated first round — Samoana Sharks.
 
Samoana High School is not only a team that brings size, but also talent to the field every game they play – however mistakes always leave them trailing. As of now, the Sharks have not won a single game since the round started, as for the Lions, they have not lost one so far.
 
Their first meet of the season this past Thursday showed a lot of skill-based talent from a majority of the players, but it was lack of teamwork effort and communication on the part of the Sharks that led to the Lions 20 point lead heading into halftime with the Sharks frustrated on how to beat Leone’s strong defense.
The second half showed improvement from Samoana, as they managed to adjust and recoup from the first half slaughter – their defensive unit astoundingly allowed only one touchdown within the whole second half.
But Samoana rebounded a little bit too late, and the Lions roar to victory, 28 - 14.

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Vikings remain Unbeatable – Samoana looking promising

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The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) advanced into week 4 of football action in the territory this past weekend, with the Fagaitua Vikings remaining undefeated and heading into their biggest game of the season this upcoming Saturday, against the only other undefeated team in the league, the reigning Champs, the Tafuna Warriors.
 
The Samoana Sharks, on the other hand, are making good changes on their side of the ball, as they’ve adjusted to a righteous path that just might take them back to the final game of the season, if they can keep up the momentum.
 
Coverage of the 2014 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca Cola — distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — “Your Family of Fine beverages”.
 
On Friday, Samoana’s Junior Varsity experienced their second loss of the season, after being slaughtered by the JV Warriors, who are trying their best to fight their way up to putting their reputation to the test. As of now in the Junior Varsity Division, Leone is clearly on to top of the group, as they remain undefeated, and with Tafuna’s 20 - 0 win against the Sharks, they are looking to play a good rematch against the reigning champs of the division – the Lions.
 
Saturdays double header match up started off with the Vikings showing the Wildcats how the game is played, after they stretched a 42 - 0 lead into half time. Fagaitua brought in their second string, and it even widened the gap of points, as the Vikings proudly sailed back to the east side with a 54 - 0 win against Nu’uuli.
 
The second game of the day was one to watch, as the Clash of the Titans between the Samoana Sharks and the Leone Lions had their supporters at the edge of their seats. It was such a hard fought match that the Sharks barely made it through with the win, as the Lions weren’t letting up to full time – a win is a win, and the Sharks did go home with a 12 - 0 win.
 
Player of the Week
 
Samoa News has selected Samoana High School’s quarterback Fa’auuga Naiuli as ASHSAA Week No.4’s Player of the Week.
 
Play of the Week
 
Samoa News selected Oly Ta’ase of Fagaitua Vikings 89 yard touchdown reception as the Play of the Week for ASHSAA Football Week No.4.

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