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2016 AYFS FOOTBALL WEEK NO.2 – BLOWOUT WEEKEND

tony@samoanews.com

The second week of the seventh AYFS Football Season in American Samoa featured three lopsided victories during the triple-header that kicked off week No.2  – last Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna.

 

It was almost a shutout weekend for the three match ups – the first two games resulted in shutout wins for the Steelers and the 49ers, and in the final game of the day the Bears almost sent the Buccs home empty handed with a 34 - 6 win.

 

Samoa News spoke to AYFS president Victor Avalos, who reflected on week two saying, "This weekend was way smoother than the opening Saturday – the sun is glaring, but we're blessed with an island breeze that helps cool the players down and get them comfortably in sync."

 

He added, "We started a little bit early today because we didn't want the kids to be spending too much time in the sun, especially with school in session. We had some great match ups today – and the great thing about it is — some of the teams who lost during the opening week, are actually improving and getting better."

 

Avalos told Samoa News that "winning isn't important to us – as long as we see some promising changes as to overall team performance, that’s all we want – we'd rather see improvement in the teams and the players as the season progresses."

 

STEELERS 30 – CHARGERS 0 (GAME 1)

 

In The opening game of the day the Chargers held the Steelers back to only a 14 point lead into halftime – the second half of the game was in favor of the Steelers as head coach Shawn Togia motivated his squad to record their first win of the season.

 

The Steelers punished the Chargers in the ground game, as Pualau led the Steel Curtains with not only three touchdowns, but numerous sacks and tackles for losses on defense to record their first win of the season with a 30 - 0 shutout victory.

 

49ERS 38 – RAIDERS 0  (GAME 2)

 

The second game of the day wasn't a surprise at all as to who would win this one, as the Niners were determined and favored to be the victors of this match – but it didn't quite start out that way. The Raiders shocked the Niners in the opening half of the game, when the Raiders defensive unit held Koizon Ozu and the 49ers offensive unit to a 14 - 0 lead into halftime.

 

Suddenly, the tables turned even more during the second half, when Ozu and Mauigoa led the 49ers offensive unit to consecutive end zone appearances – with the passing play working tremendously in the hands of Jr. Sufia. The Niners closed off the second half with a 38 - 0 victory, their second win of the season.

 

BEARS 34 – BUCCANEERS 6 (GAME 3)

 

The closing match of the day featured the two eastern region football teams, the Bears from Pago Pago and the Buccaneers which cover the whole eastern side of the island – The Bears no huddle offense answered with the first six points of the game, putting the Buccs in a tight situation on offense, as the Mageo twins along with Avery Seumanutafa led the Bears defensive unit to shutting out the Buccs in the opening half of the game.

 

The Bears continued through their ground attack to severely take a lopsided lead by the second half of the match – until a saving touchdown on the Buccs side of the ball led by quarterback Heini Ta'ase. Nevertheless, the reigning AYFS Champions added another victory to their record with a 34 - 6 win.

 

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2016 AYFS FOOTBALL WEEK NO.2 – BLOWOUT WEEKEND

tony@samoanews.com

The second week of the seventh AYFS Football Season in American Samoa featured three lopsided victories during the triple-header that kicked off week No.2  – last Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna.

 

It was almost a shutout weekend for the three match ups – the first two games resulted in shutout wins for the Steelers and the 49ers, and in the final game of the day the Bears almost sent the Buccs home empty handed with a 34 - 6 win.

 

Samoa News spoke to AYFS president Victor Avalos, who reflected on week two saying, "This weekend was way smoother than the opening Saturday – the sun is glaring, but we're blessed with an island breeze that helps cool the players down and get them comfortably in sync."

 

He added, "We started a little bit early today because we didn't want the kids to be spending too much time in the sun, especially with school in session. We had some great match ups today – and the great thing about it is — some of the teams who lost during the opening week, are actually improving and getting better."

 

Avalos told Samoa News that "winning isn't important to us – as long as we see some promising changes as to overall team performance, that’s all we want – we'd rather see improvement in the teams and the players as the season progresses."

 

STEELERS 30 – CHARGERS 0 (GAME 1)

 

In The opening game of the day the Chargers held the Steelers back to only a 14 point lead into halftime – the second half of the game was in favor of the Steelers as head coach Shawn Togia motivated his squad to record their first win of the season.

 

The Steelers punished the Chargers in the ground game, as Pualau led the Steel Curtains with not only three touchdowns, but numerous sacks and tackles for losses on defense to record their first win of the season with a 30 - 0 shutout victory.

 

49ERS 38 – RAIDERS 0  (GAME 2)

 

The second game of the day wasn't a surprise at all as to who would win this one, as the Niners were determined and favored to be the victors of this match – but it didn't quite start out that way. The Raiders shocked the Niners in the opening half of the game, when the Raiders defensive unit held Koizon Ozu and the 49ers offensive unit to a 14 - 0 lead into halftime.

 

Suddenly, the tables turned even more during the second half, when Ozu and Mauigoa led the 49ers offensive unit to consecutive end zone appearances – with the passing play working tremendously in the hands of Jr. Sufia. The Niners closed off the second half with a 38 - 0 victory, their second win of the season.

 

BEARS 34 – BUCCANEERS 6 (GAME 3)

 

The closing match of the day featured the two eastern region football teams, the Bears from Pago Pago and the Buccaneers which cover the whole eastern side of the island – The Bears no huddle offense answered with the first six points of the game, putting the Buccs in a tight situation on offense, as the Mageo twins along with Avery Seumanutafa led the Bears defensive unit to shutting out the Buccs in the opening half of the game.

 

The Bears continued through their ground attack to severely take a lopsided lead by the second half of the match – until a saving touchdown on the Buccs side of the ball led by quarterback Heini Ta'ase. Nevertheless, the reigning AYFS Champions added another victory to their record with a 34 - 6 win.

 

[Log onto www.samoanews.com to watch video highlights of the 2016 AYFS]

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2016 AYFS FOOTBALL WEEK NO.2 – BLOWOUT WEEKEND

tony@samoanews.com

The second week of the seventh AYFS Football Season in American Samoa featured three lopsided victories during the triple-header that kicked off week No.2  – last Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna.

 

It was almost a shutout weekend for the three match ups – the first two games resulted in shutout wins for the Steelers and the 49ers, and in the final game of the day the Bears almost sent the Buccs home empty handed with a 34 - 6 win.

 

Samoa News spoke to AYFS president Victor Avalos, who reflected on week two saying, "This weekend was way smoother than the opening Saturday – the sun is glaring, but we're blessed with an island breeze that helps cool the players down and get them comfortably in sync."

 

He added, "We started a little bit early today because we didn't want the kids to be spending too much time in the sun, especially with school in session. We had some great match ups today – and the great thing about it is — some of the teams who lost during the opening week, are actually improving and getting better."

 

Avalos told Samoa News that "winning isn't important to us – as long as we see some promising changes as to overall team performance, that’s all we want – we'd rather see improvement in the teams and the players as the season progresses."

 

STEELERS 30 – CHARGERS 0 (GAME 1)

 

In The opening game of the day the Chargers held the Steelers back to only a 14 point lead into halftime – the second half of the game was in favor of the Steelers as head coach Shawn Togia motivated his squad to record their first win of the season.

 

The Steelers punished the Chargers in the ground game, as Pualau led the Steel Curtains with not only three touchdowns, but numerous sacks and tackles for losses on defense to record their first win of the season with a 30 - 0 shutout victory.

 

49ERS 38 – RAIDERS 0  (GAME 2)

 

The second game of the day wasn't a surprise at all as to who would win this one, as the Niners were determined and favored to be the victors of this match – but it didn't quite start out that way. The Raiders shocked the Niners in the opening half of the game, when the Raiders defensive unit held Koizon Ozu and the 49ers offensive unit to a 14 - 0 lead into halftime.

 

Suddenly, the tables turned even more during the second half, when Ozu and Mauigoa led the 49ers offensive unit to consecutive end zone appearances – with the passing play working tremendously in the hands of Jr. Sufia. The Niners closed off the second half with a 38 - 0 victory, their second win of the season.

 

BEARS 34 – BUCCANEERS 6 (GAME 3)

 

The closing match of the day featured the two eastern region football teams, the Bears from Pago Pago and the Buccaneers which cover the whole eastern side of the island – The Bears no huddle offense answered with the first six points of the game, putting the Buccs in a tight situation on offense, as the Mageo twins along with Avery Seumanutafa led the Bears defensive unit to shutting out the Buccs in the opening half of the game.

 

The Bears continued through their ground attack to severely take a lopsided lead by the second half of the match – until a saving touchdown on the Buccs side of the ball led by quarterback Heini Ta'ase. Nevertheless, the reigning AYFS Champions added another victory to their record with a 34 - 6 win.

 

[Log onto www.samoanews.com to watch video highlights of the 2016 AYFS]

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American Youth Football of Samoa kicks off 7th Season

tony@samoanews.com

This past Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, the American Youth Football of Samoa program officially opened its 7th annual football season – three games kicked off the season, and all three match ups were brutally entertaining.
 
Samoa News spoke to AYFS President Victor Avalos, who said, “We’ve just opened our 7th season here in American Samoa, it's been a great day, we have a lot of support here from all the parents and fans of AYFS – thank you for supporting us, our motto is 'Do it for the kids', also a thanks to the volunteers.”
 
Avalos pointed out that there are “a total of 6 teams competing in this year’s season. We have the Raiders and 49ers who cover the western region of the island, then of course the Chargers and the Steelers that cover the central region, and finally the Bears and the Buccaneers that cover the eastern region."
 
According the AYFS president, "This year’s season is going to have only 1 round, and an extra weekend for playoffs, with this year’s Championship game scheduled for March 26, 2016."
 
Avalos is a newcomer to the leadership of AYFS program — taking over as president of the AYFS program from founding father of the league. "Shiloh Pritchard was the initial founder and basically we're following the same footprint,” Avalos said. “As to any changes …we're pushing for parents to start helping their kids develop highlight videos and their athletic status with the hopes of college scholarship offers and things like that for the kids’ futures."
 
In conclusion, the new president acknowledged this season’s league sponsors and those who helped make it possible.
 
"First we'd like to thank Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and the First Lady, all their departments have been helpful with a lot of resources," he said. “We'd also like to thank ASTCA, DYWA, the Stadium Director Tole'afoa Henry Tavake, DOC, Neil’s ACE Home Center, Tony's Construction, Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation, KVZK-TV, and of course Samoa News who's always there for us every year."
 
Raiders 6 – Bears 42
 
The opening game of week one concluded favorably in the hands of the AYFS reigning Champions, the Bears – but at the start of the match, the Raiders were able to score the first six points of the game, and things looked as if they were going their way.
 
Until that is, the AYFS Bears from Pago Pago answered with their first touchdown of the game in the opening quarter – from then on, the Mageo twins on the Bears defensive unit led their squad to shutting out the Raiders for the rest of the game. The Bears dominated the rest of the match and concluded their effort on a high note with a vicious 42-6
 
Steelers 20 – Buccaneers 26
 
The second match up of the day was the most interesting and entertaining of the triple header season opener – the Steelers dominated viciously in the first half of the game, running all over the Bucc's defensive unit, and shutting out their offense throughout the first half. At half time, the Steelers were ahead 20 - 0.
 
It wasn't until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, that the Bucc's came on the field looking like a way different squad compared to the first half – with Head Coach Sua'ese Pooch Ta'ase adjusting his overall team strategy from their mistakes in the first half.
 
The Buccaneers came back and scored four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions for a miraculous comeback, to win over the Steelers 26-20.
 
49ers 60 – Chargers 24
 
The final match of opening day wasn't a surprise at all for those who've followed AYFS throughout the past years of the season – the 49ers reckoned as one of the powerhouse teams in the league, crucially punished the Chargers in the opening half of the game, with what almost looked like a shut out.
 
The Niners clearly led by 30 points midway through the second quarter of the game – until the Chargers stepped up their game, and scored their first touchdown on a 34-yard quarterback scramble that sparked the Chargers on their way back.
 
For the Chargers, all that stood between them and winning, was time and the 49ers unstoppable running back – Koizon Ozu who racked up 5 touchdowns to slay their opponents in week one of AYFS Football, as the Niners defensive unit led by Head Coach Loso I'aulualo stopped the Chargers short in their 60 - 24 victory for the record book.
 

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American Youth Football of Samoa kicks off 7th Season

tony@samoanews.com

This past Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, the American Youth Football of Samoa program officially opened its 7th annual football season – three games kicked off the season, and all three match ups were brutally entertaining.
 
Samoa News spoke to AYFS President Victor Avalos, who said, “We’ve just opened our 7th season here in American Samoa, it's been a great day, we have a lot of support here from all the parents and fans of AYFS – thank you for supporting us, our motto is 'Do it for the kids', also a thanks to the volunteers.”
 
Avalos pointed out that there are “a total of 6 teams competing in this year’s season. We have the Raiders and 49ers who cover the western region of the island, then of course the Chargers and the Steelers that cover the central region, and finally the Bears and the Buccaneers that cover the eastern region."
 
According the AYFS president, "This year’s season is going to have only 1 round, and an extra weekend for playoffs, with this year’s Championship game scheduled for March 26, 2016."
 
Avalos is a newcomer to the leadership of AYFS program — taking over as president of the AYFS program from founding father of the league. "Shiloh Pritchard was the initial founder and basically we're following the same footprint,” Avalos said. “As to any changes …we're pushing for parents to start helping their kids develop highlight videos and their athletic status with the hopes of college scholarship offers and things like that for the kids’ futures."
 
In conclusion, the new president acknowledged this season’s league sponsors and those who helped make it possible.
 
"First we'd like to thank Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and the First Lady, all their departments have been helpful with a lot of resources," he said. “We'd also like to thank ASTCA, DYWA, the Stadium Director Tole'afoa Henry Tavake, DOC, Neil’s ACE Home Center, Tony's Construction, Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation, KVZK-TV, and of course Samoa News who's always there for us every year."
 
Raiders 6 – Bears 42
 
The opening game of week one concluded favorably in the hands of the AYFS reigning Champions, the Bears – but at the start of the match, the Raiders were able to score the first six points of the game, and things looked as if they were going their way.
 
Until that is, the AYFS Bears from Pago Pago answered with their first touchdown of the game in the opening quarter – from then on, the Mageo twins on the Bears defensive unit led their squad to shutting out the Raiders for the rest of the game. The Bears dominated the rest of the match and concluded their effort on a high note with a vicious 42-6
 
Steelers 20 – Buccaneers 26
 
The second match up of the day was the most interesting and entertaining of the triple header season opener – the Steelers dominated viciously in the first half of the game, running all over the Bucc's defensive unit, and shutting out their offense throughout the first half. At half time, the Steelers were ahead 20 - 0.
 
It wasn't until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, that the Bucc's came on the field looking like a way different squad compared to the first half – with Head Coach Sua'ese Pooch Ta'ase adjusting his overall team strategy from their mistakes in the first half.
 
The Buccaneers came back and scored four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions for a miraculous comeback, to win over the Steelers 26-20.
 
49ers 60 – Chargers 24
 
The final match of opening day wasn't a surprise at all for those who've followed AYFS throughout the past years of the season – the 49ers reckoned as one of the powerhouse teams in the league, crucially punished the Chargers in the opening half of the game, with what almost looked like a shut out.
 
The Niners clearly led by 30 points midway through the second quarter of the game – until the Chargers stepped up their game, and scored their first touchdown on a 34-yard quarterback scramble that sparked the Chargers on their way back.
 
For the Chargers, all that stood between them and winning, was time and the 49ers unstoppable running back – Koizon Ozu who racked up 5 touchdowns to slay their opponents in week one of AYFS Football, as the Niners defensive unit led by Head Coach Loso I'aulualo stopped the Chargers short in their 60 - 24 victory for the record book.
 

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American Youth Football of Samoa kicks off 7th Season

tony@samoanews.com

This past Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, the American Youth Football of Samoa program officially opened its 7th annual football season – three games kicked off the season, and all three match ups were brutally entertaining.
 
Samoa News spoke to AYFS President Victor Avalos, who said, “We’ve just opened our 7th season here in American Samoa, it's been a great day, we have a lot of support here from all the parents and fans of AYFS – thank you for supporting us, our motto is 'Do it for the kids', also a thanks to the volunteers.”
 
Avalos pointed out that there are “a total of 6 teams competing in this year’s season. We have the Raiders and 49ers who cover the western region of the island, then of course the Chargers and the Steelers that cover the central region, and finally the Bears and the Buccaneers that cover the eastern region."
 
According the AYFS president, "This year’s season is going to have only 1 round, and an extra weekend for playoffs, with this year’s Championship game scheduled for March 26, 2016."
 
Avalos is a newcomer to the leadership of AYFS program — taking over as president of the AYFS program from founding father of the league. "Shiloh Pritchard was the initial founder and basically we're following the same footprint,” Avalos said. “As to any changes …we're pushing for parents to start helping their kids develop highlight videos and their athletic status with the hopes of college scholarship offers and things like that for the kids’ futures."
 
In conclusion, the new president acknowledged this season’s league sponsors and those who helped make it possible.
 
"First we'd like to thank Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and the First Lady, all their departments have been helpful with a lot of resources," he said. “We'd also like to thank ASTCA, DYWA, the Stadium Director Tole'afoa Henry Tavake, DOC, Neil’s ACE Home Center, Tony's Construction, Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation, KVZK-TV, and of course Samoa News who's always there for us every year."
 
Raiders 6 – Bears 42
 
The opening game of week one concluded favorably in the hands of the AYFS reigning Champions, the Bears – but at the start of the match, the Raiders were able to score the first six points of the game, and things looked as if they were going their way.
 
Until that is, the AYFS Bears from Pago Pago answered with their first touchdown of the game in the opening quarter – from then on, the Mageo twins on the Bears defensive unit led their squad to shutting out the Raiders for the rest of the game. The Bears dominated the rest of the match and concluded their effort on a high note with a vicious 42-6
 
Steelers 20 – Buccaneers 26
 
The second match up of the day was the most interesting and entertaining of the triple header season opener – the Steelers dominated viciously in the first half of the game, running all over the Bucc's defensive unit, and shutting out their offense throughout the first half. At half time, the Steelers were ahead 20 - 0.
 
It wasn't until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, that the Bucc's came on the field looking like a way different squad compared to the first half – with Head Coach Sua'ese Pooch Ta'ase adjusting his overall team strategy from their mistakes in the first half.
 
The Buccaneers came back and scored four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions for a miraculous comeback, to win over the Steelers 26-20.
 
49ers 60 – Chargers 24
 
The final match of opening day wasn't a surprise at all for those who've followed AYFS throughout the past years of the season – the 49ers reckoned as one of the powerhouse teams in the league, crucially punished the Chargers in the opening half of the game, with what almost looked like a shut out.
 
The Niners clearly led by 30 points midway through the second quarter of the game – until the Chargers stepped up their game, and scored their first touchdown on a 34-yard quarterback scramble that sparked the Chargers on their way back.
 
For the Chargers, all that stood between them and winning, was time and the 49ers unstoppable running back – Koizon Ozu who racked up 5 touchdowns to slay their opponents in week one of AYFS Football, as the Niners defensive unit led by Head Coach Loso I'aulualo stopped the Chargers short in their 60 - 24 victory for the record book.
 

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First Basketball Development League a success

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Developing basketball in American Samoa and recruiting more young players are the main reasons behind the first Basketball Development League sponsored by the Fagaloa Basketball Association that ended two weeks ago at the Fagaalu Park.
 
In a interview with Paul P. Amituana’i, who is a referee certified by the International Basketball Association (FIBA) last week, he told Samoa News that the American Samoa Basketball Association’s vision for this year is to conduct more tournaments and recruit more young players.
 
Last week, the Fagaloa Basketball Association (FBA) under the umbrella of the American Samoa Basketball Association (ASBA) summed up its first Development League for this year for all the local basketball teams and clubs from Fatu ma Futi to Aua.
 
Five teams competed in this tournament and the Fagatogo Blues team won the tournament after defeating the Fagaalu Starz team in an amazing championship game 59-58.
 
Fagatogo Blues team took the 1st Place Trophy and $200 cash prize, while the Fagaalu Starz team took the 2nd Place Trophy and $100 cash prize.
 
“The Fagaloa Basketball Development League last week was our first tournament for 2016,” said Amituana’i.
 
“Not only do we need more new players, but we also want our veteran players to … come together so that we can spread the knowledge and the skills to our youth, and encourage them to continue on to play.
 
“Our next step is to prepare our local teams and clubs for the upcoming Flag Day Basketball Tournament, which will start soon. To fulfill our dreams for this year, we also plan to conduct our first Coach and Referee Training after Diehl Langkilde and I were certified by FIBA last year,” said Amituana’i.
 
Amituana’i continued to say that the ASBA is wasting no time but focusing on developing the sport and recruiting more local coaches, officials and referees to assist the Federation in developing the sport on island.
 
The next move by the FBDL to help develop the sport includes a “Valentine’s Double Elimination Basketball Tournament” at Fagaalu Park next week.

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