"The Rise of the Blue Empire" and good sportsmanship
This past weekend, before the Samoana Sharks and the Tafuna Warriors squared off in the biggest game of the year — ASHSAA's varsity football championship game — fans and supporters of both teams took to the streets, hanging up homemade banners, school uniforms, and signs featuring the name and number of their favorite players.
The east side, which usually bleeds red this time of year in support of the Faga'itua Vikings — who have consistently played and won championship games — was decorated this time with blue 'ie lavalavas and banners to celebrate the achievements of the Samoana Sharks, who have now won their first championship title since 2009.
It has been 8 years since the Sharks reigned supreme but this year is extra special for Samoana, as they swept both football divisions, winning championship titles in both the junior varsity and varsity divisions.
This past Saturday, Samoa News was on the road, admiring the school spirit of each team and the support of their fans and family members. The fence near the Veterans Memorial Stadium was covered with maroon and white signs in support of the Warriors.
Heading into Utulei, Samoa News observed these three ladies hanging up a sign that read: "Blue Empire". At this same spot, after the game was over and Samoana was officially named champs, a big group of kids gathered next to the main road, waving at cars and awaiting the motorcade that usually parades the championship trophy for everyone to see.
It was a great run for the Sharks, a journey that has led many to call it "The Rise of the Blue Empire".