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VIDEO: UNDER-17 SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT OPENS IN THE TERRITORY

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American Samoa had their first games for this year’s OFC Under-17 Soccer Championship tournament yesterday afternoon at the Pago Pago Soccer Stadium. American Samoa (Group 2) is hosting the Oceania qualifiers along with Samoa, Group 1. Winner of the tournament will play in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.
 
Yesterday the first game of Group 2 had American Samoa facing off with Vanuatu.
 
Playing well during the first half of their game yesterday, the American Samoa team trailed only 3-0 going into the second half. Not too long into the second half, Vanuatu seemed to score “at will” with Sylvain Worworbu leading the way.
 
Worworbu not only scored their first goal 11 minutes into the game, he scored three more times in the second half (61, 70 and 83 minute mark). Vanuatu had a host of players scoring that ended in a 13- 0 defeat for American Samoa.
 
Samoa News was not able to retrieve the score of the second game — between Solomon Islands and Tonga — as of press-time. The next games in Group 2 are tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 15.
 
Vanuatu, with a decisive win under its belt will face Tonga (1:00 p.m.) and American Samoa goes up against Tahiti at 3:30 p.m. at Pago Pago Soccer Stadium.
 
In Group 1 — in Samoa — on the first day of play (Samoa is 25 hours ahead of American Samoa time), Papua New Guinea downed Cook Islands by a score of 3-0. Papua New Guinea players Brendon Kambula put in the first goal at the 13 minute mark, while teammates Martin Tokwakwasi (75 minute mark) and Freddy Tupani (90 minute mark) each scored one to put the game out of reach against the Cook Islanders.
 
Oceania Under-17 defending champion Team New Zealand overpowered Fiji, as they beat the Fijians 6-0. New Zealand’s James McGarry (12 and 33 minute marks) and Logan Rogerson (17 and 55 minute marks) each had two goals as teammates Benjamin Mata (69 minute mark) and Connor Probert (90 minute) each added one.
 
Samoa News will continue to bring the latest updates of the 2015 OFC Under-17 Soccer Championship tournament being played here in American Samoa and Samoa from January 13- 27.
 
The FFAS continues to invite the public and all of the different communities in the territory to come out and support their teams, with all games being played at the Pago Pago Soccer Stadium.
 
More photos in slideshow.
 
Group 1: (Samoa)
 
Team            GP            W            T            L            G            Pts
 
New Zealand            1            1            0            0            6:0            3
 
Papua New Guinea            1            1            0            0            3:0            3
 
New Caledonia            1            1            0            0            2:0            3
 
Samoa            1            0            0            1            0:2            0
 
Cook Islands            1            0            0            1            0:3            0
 
Fiji            1            0            0            1            0:6            0
 
Group 2: (American Samoa)
 
Team            GP            W            T            L            G            Pts
 
Vanuatu            1            1            0            0            13:0            3
 
Solomon Islands            0            0            0            0            0            0
 
Tonga            0            0            0            0            0            0           
 
Tahiti            0            0            0            0            0            0
 
Am. Samoa            1            0            0            1            0:13            0
 
 

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VIDEO: UNDER-17 SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT OPENS IN THE TERRITORY

jeff@samoanews.com

American Samoa had their first games for this year’s OFC Under-17 Soccer Championship tournament yesterday afternoon at the Pago Pago Soccer Stadium. American Samoa (Group 2) is hosting the Oceania qualifiers along with Samoa, Group 1. Winner of the tournament will play in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.
 
Yesterday the first game of Group 2 had American Samoa facing off with Vanuatu.
 
Playing well during the first half of their game yesterday, the American Samoa team trailed only 3-0 going into the second half. Not too long into the second half, Vanuatu seemed to score “at will” with Sylvain Worworbu leading the way.
 
Worworbu not only scored their first goal 11 minutes into the game, he scored three more times in the second half (61, 70 and 83 minute mark). Vanuatu had a host of players scoring that ended in a 13- 0 defeat for American Samoa.
 
Samoa News was not able to retrieve the score of the second game — between Solomon Islands and Tonga — as of press-time. The next games in Group 2 are tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 15.
 
Vanuatu, with a decisive win under its belt will face Tonga (1:00 p.m.) and American Samoa goes up against Tahiti at 3:30 p.m. at Pago Pago Soccer Stadium.
 
In Group 1 — in Samoa — on the first day of play (Samoa is 25 hours ahead of American Samoa time), Papua New Guinea downed Cook Islands by a score of 3-0. Papua New Guinea players Brendon Kambula put in the first goal at the 13 minute mark, while teammates Martin Tokwakwasi (75 minute mark) and Freddy Tupani (90 minute mark) each scored one to put the game out of reach against the Cook Islanders.
 
Oceania Under-17 defending champion Team New Zealand overpowered Fiji, as they beat the Fijians 6-0. New Zealand’s James McGarry (12 and 33 minute marks) and Logan Rogerson (17 and 55 minute marks) each had two goals as teammates Benjamin Mata (69 minute mark) and Connor Probert (90 minute) each added one.
 
Samoa News will continue to bring the latest updates of the 2015 OFC Under-17 Soccer Championship tournament being played here in American Samoa and Samoa from January 13- 27.
 
The FFAS continues to invite the public and all of the different communities in the territory to come out and support their teams, with all games being played at the Pago Pago Soccer Stadium.
 
More photos in slideshow.
 
Group 1: (Samoa)
 
Team            GP            W            T            L            G            Pts
 
New Zealand            1            1            0            0            6:0            3
 
Papua New Guinea            1            1            0            0            3:0            3
 
New Caledonia            1            1            0            0            2:0            3
 
Samoa            1            0            0            1            0:2            0
 
Cook Islands            1            0            0            1            0:3            0
 
Fiji            1            0            0            1            0:6            0
 
Group 2: (American Samoa)
 
Team            GP            W            T            L            G            Pts
 
Vanuatu            1            1            0            0            13:0            3
 
Solomon Islands            0            0            0            0            0            0
 
Tonga            0            0            0            0            0            0           
 
Tahiti            0            0            0            0            0            0
 
Am. Samoa            1            0            0            1            0:13            0
 
 

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VIDEO: UNDER-17 SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT OPENS IN THE TERRITORY

jeff@samoanews.com

American Samoa had their first games for this year’s OFC Under-17 Soccer Championship tournament yesterday afternoon at the Pago Pago Soccer Stadium. American Samoa (Group 2) is hosting the Oceania qualifiers along with Samoa, Group 1. Winner of the tournament will play in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.
 
Yesterday the first game of Group 2 had American Samoa facing off with Vanuatu.
 
Playing well during the first half of their game yesterday, the American Samoa team trailed only 3-0 going into the second half. Not too long into the second half, Vanuatu seemed to score “at will” with Sylvain Worworbu leading the way.
 
Worworbu not only scored their first goal 11 minutes into the game, he scored three more times in the second half (61, 70 and 83 minute mark). Vanuatu had a host of players scoring that ended in a 13- 0 defeat for American Samoa.
 
Samoa News was not able to retrieve the score of the second game — between Solomon Islands and Tonga — as of press-time. The next games in Group 2 are tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 15.
 
Vanuatu, with a decisive win under its belt will face Tonga (1:00 p.m.) and American Samoa goes up against Tahiti at 3:30 p.m. at Pago Pago Soccer Stadium.
 
In Group 1 — in Samoa — on the first day of play (Samoa is 25 hours ahead of American Samoa time), Papua New Guinea downed Cook Islands by a score of 3-0. Papua New Guinea players Brendon Kambula put in the first goal at the 13 minute mark, while teammates Martin Tokwakwasi (75 minute mark) and Freddy Tupani (90 minute mark) each scored one to put the game out of reach against the Cook Islanders.
 
Oceania Under-17 defending champion Team New Zealand overpowered Fiji, as they beat the Fijians 6-0. New Zealand’s James McGarry (12 and 33 minute marks) and Logan Rogerson (17 and 55 minute marks) each had two goals as teammates Benjamin Mata (69 minute mark) and Connor Probert (90 minute) each added one.
 
Samoa News will continue to bring the latest updates of the 2015 OFC Under-17 Soccer Championship tournament being played here in American Samoa and Samoa from January 13- 27.
 
The FFAS continues to invite the public and all of the different communities in the territory to come out and support their teams, with all games being played at the Pago Pago Soccer Stadium.
 
More photos in slideshow.
 
Group 1: (Samoa)
 
Team            GP            W            T            L            G            Pts
 
New Zealand            1            1            0            0            6:0            3
 
Papua New Guinea            1            1            0            0            3:0            3
 
New Caledonia            1            1            0            0            2:0            3
 
Samoa            1            0            0            1            0:2            0
 
Cook Islands            1            0            0            1            0:3            0
 
Fiji            1            0            0            1            0:6            0
 
Group 2: (American Samoa)
 
Team            GP            W            T            L            G            Pts
 
Vanuatu            1            1            0            0            13:0            3
 
Solomon Islands            0            0            0            0            0            0
 
Tonga            0            0            0            0            0            0           
 
Tahiti            0            0            0            0            0            0
 
Am. Samoa            1            0            0            1            0:13            0
 
 

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JUNIOR SEAU'S FAMILY: NFL TAKING NO OWNERSHIP FOR SEAU'S DEATH

For two decades, Junior Seau played in the NFL and for most of those 20 years, his then-wife Gina could only helplessly watch as the game gradually took its toll on her husband.

In a segment for Showtime's 60 Minutes Sports that's set to air on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Gina and two of Seau's children opened up to reporter Armen Keteyian about Seau, who was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after committing suicide in May 2012.

"When he would come home from games, he would go straight to the room," Gina tells Keteyian. "[He'd] lower the blinds, the blackout blinds, and just say, 'Quiet, my head is, is burning.'"

After playing for the Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots, Seau retired from football following the 2009 season, but the burning didn't stop. Seau's son Tyler said that his dad started changing after he retired.

"I saw a man right before my eyes changing," Tyler said. "He wasn't that happy go-lucky guy anymore."

Seau's daughter Sydney admitted to Keteyian that being with her dad in his post-retirement life wasn't easy.

"It was hard," Sydney said. "Because we were all reaching for someone that wasn't exactly reaching back, even though we know -- we knew that he wanted to."

The Seau family had the option of accepting a $4 million payment that was offered to them under the NFL's proposed concussion settlement, however, the family wants no part of that money.

The Seau's have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in hopes of getting accountability out of the league.

"The NFL is taking no ownership for what they've done," Tyler tells Keteyian. "There's no responsibility on their part. They're basically giving you a number and [being] like, 'All right, there you go. We're done.'"

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AMERICAN SAMOA ALL STARS BEAT HAWAI’I IN SAMOA BOWL XII, 12 - 6

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Samoa Bowl XII concluded this weekend after the annual event kicked off Christmas week with the arrival of guest competitors from Hawaii, California, and Utah. Volleyball competition was held Thursday and Friday, leading up to the main event – the Samoa Bowl Football Game now in its 12th year.
 
Last year, Hawai’i claimed the Samoa Bowl title under the supervision of head coach Jim Higgins – this year, Hawai’i was under the leadership of head coach Amosa Amosa.
 
American Samoa was the challenger this year led by head coach Sua’ese Pooch Ta’ase, who took Am. Samoa to victory in a competitive 12 - 6 victory.
 
Am. Samoa 12 - Hawai’i 6
 
During the first half of the match, Frank Mauigoa of American Samoa wasn’t showing any signs of letting his air attack out as the weather was a threatening factor for a passing game, both for Hawai’i and the local All Stars in a bruising first half that had American Samoa leading 6 - 0 after a power house running attack.
 
Leading into halftime, American Samoa continued to dominate in the running game, gaining numerous yards in an option formation that occupied a full house backfield.
 
Hawai’i on the other hand, had a hard time against Am. Samoa’s defensive unit, as a majority of their offensive possession was played in their territory without any signs of an offensive spark in the passing or running game.
 
With the rain over in the second half, it brought more action to the field as both teams now had the chance to show off their air raids. Hawai’i opened with quick passes to the outside, but were immediately shut down by Am. Samoa’s defensive unit when they confirmed two interceptions in the second half to bury any thoughts of a passing game for quarterback Li’ili’i and the State of Hawai’i.
 
Frank Mauigoa for Am. Samoa continued with warm up his arm of a canon with short passing situations to Lyle Asiata Siu and Tuioti Danielson – Hawai’i’s defensive unit led by Mageo and Lavata’i were frustrated as they couldn’t adjust their zone coverage to the locals run and gun attack the scored them their second touchdown of the game when Mauigoa ran in his second quarterback keeper for both of American Samoa’s touchdown situations.
 
Late in the fourth quarter, and Hawai’i’s quarterback Li’ili’i bombed out a long pass to receiver, a pass that was tipped off by American Samoa’s Mathew Ma’ilo, and bounced onto the hands of Hawai’i wide receiver Faoa Kelly who tucked in the pass and fell into the end zone for Hawai’i’s first and only touchdown of the game.
 
American Samoa were threatened in the final five minutes of the game, when Hawai’i recovered the ball from Am. Samoa’s offense on a fumble and started making their way towards the local red zone. With a minute remaining in the game, Li’ili’i’s fourth and goal situation was an incomplete pass to his slot receiver, confirming the win for American Samoa after quarterback Mauigoa for American Samoa came back in to kneel the ball as time ran out in the game.
 
“Players of the Game”
 
Offensive Player:
 
Samoa News selected Am. Samoa’s quarterback – Frank Mauigoa from Tafuna High School as the Offensive Player of the Game in Samoa Bowl XII.
 
Defensive Player:
 
Samoa News selected Hawai’i Linebacker and Defensive End – Josiah Mageo from Cambell High School.

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The Arts Council's 37th Annual Holiday Music Festival

Supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts
photos: Tony Gasu & Jeff Hayner
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The Arts Council's 37th Annual Holiday Music Festival

Supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts
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SON OF AMERICAN SAMOA AND OREGON QB MARCUS MARIOTA WINS HEISMAN

NEW YORK (AP) -- Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st-century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon's first Heisman Trophy winner.

The Ducks' understated star won the Heisman on Saturday night going away, capping a three-year climb to college football's most prestigious individual award.

"I'm humbled to be standing here today," Mariota said, reading an acceptance speech he had a hard time getting through without choking up.

A pinpoint passer with wide-receiver speed, Mariota came into his junior season as the favorite to win the 80th Heisman and delivered a performance that turned the presentation ceremony at a theater in Times Square into a foregone conclusion.

Mariota received twice as many points as second-place finisher Melvin Gordon, the record-breaking running back from Wisconsin. The other finalist, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper, was third.

Mariota received the second-highest percentage of possible points (90.92) in Heisman history, behind only Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, who had 91.63 in 2006. Southern California tailback Reggie Bush received 91.77 percent of possible points in 2005, but his victory was later vacated for violating NCAA rules.

The first Hawaii native to win the Heisman has accounted for a Pac-12-record 53 touchdowns (38 passing, 14 rushing and one receiving) while directing the Ducks' warp-speed spread offense. He also led Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff.

It will be a matchup of Heisman-winning quarterbacks in the Rose Bowl semifinal Jan. 1 with Mariota and the second-seeded Ducks facing Florida State and Jameis Winston.

Mariota has been making a whirlwind tour up the East Coast collecting trophies. First stop, Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, to pick up an armful of hardware. Next stop, Baltimore for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He took a train to New York on Saturday morning. It was his first time on a train and his first time in the Big Apple.

"It's breathtaking, really," he said of the city hours before being announced as the winner. "I've never been around so many skyscrapers and lights and people. It's definitely been a different feel, but it's cool."

In an era when so many Heisman winners seemingly come from out of nowhere - the last two were the first freshmen winners - Mariota's rise was slow and steady.

Three of the last four Heisman winners were in their first seasons as starters, including Cam Newton, who won the award in his only season at Auburn after transferring from a junior college. Before Newton, three straight sophomores won the award (Tim Tebow of Florida, Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and Mark Ingram of Alabama). Tebow was the first sophomore winner.

Like Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Winston, the previous two winners, Mariota started as a redshirt freshman. It didn't take long for him to establish himself as a star, but unlike Johnny Football and Famous Jameis, Mariota wasn't the face of college football in his first season.

In his second season he was even better, putting up numbers that rivaled those of Heisman finalist quarterbacks Winston, Manziel, AJ McCarron and Jordan Lynch, but when it came time to vote for the Heisman, Mariota was forgotten. He didn't even finish in the top 10 in 2013.

This season Mariota was the man to beat from the start and nobody could touch him. Except for a blip in early October, when the Ducks lost to Arizona, Mariota exceeded the hype.

He leads the nation in passer rating (186.2), is fifth in total offense (342.5 yards per game) and has led the Ducks to a Pac-12 title with a chance to play for their first national championship.

Of course, patience and poise have defined Mariota's career. He didn't start for his high school team until he was a senior - then led Saint Louis in Honolulu to a state title.

A quiet leader with a nice-guy reputation, Mariota brought no off-field baggage to this Heisman ceremony. After a season beset by off-field troubles, including a school hearing into sexual assault allegations, Winston wasn't a finalist this time around.

Mariota has another year of eligibility, but he's been in Eugene, Oregon, for four years and is on target to graduate soon. He has yet to declare for the NFL draft, but he has likely played his last home game at Autzen Stadium.

Mariota passes the NFL eye test, too. He could have been a high draft pick last year, and his stock has only gone up this season.

Oregon's only Heisman finalists before Mariota were quarterback Joey Harrington in 2001 and running back LaMichael James in 2010. For Harrington, Oregon, with Nike's help, put up a billboard in Times Square to promote their Heisman candidate.

Oregon didn't need a billboard to get the word out about Mariota. His play provided all the publicity he needed.

Marcus Mariota spoke of the aspirations of Polynesian youth, ended his acceptance by saying "fa'afetai tele lava" and during a pre-announcement interview spoke about the brotherhood of Hawaii football players wherever they play in college.  Below he demonstrated his solidarity and after game friendship with fellow Polynesians by gathering with Hawaii Oregon Duck teammate, Wade Keli'ikipi and USC Hawaii Trojan Abe Markowitz and another unidentified teammate after the Oregon 2012 victory over USC in the LA Memorial Coliseum.  Photo Courtesy Markowitz Family Archives.

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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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