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SAMOAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS

 #90 John Tuitupou (Vaitogi), #55 Blessman Ta’ala (Aua),  and #50 Justus Tavai.
Hawaii Head Football Coach Todd Graham motivates his defensive line during the 2nd Quarter vs. New Mexico Lobos.  American Samoans may be familiar with #90 John Tuitupou (Vaitogi), #55 Blessman Ta’ala (Aua),  and #50 Justus Tavai. The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Football Team defeated the...
Faga’itua Vikings O’Neil Ah-Chee struggling to break a tackle against a Nu’uuli Wildcats defender
Faga’itua Vikings O’Neil Ah-Chee struggling to break a tackle against a Nu’uuli Wildcats defender at midfield during the second quarter of their varsity play-off match up when the Vikings were running their two minute no-huddle offense. Faga’itua won 27 - 6 and will proceed to the semi-finals. ...
Willie Talamoa, rear center with shaved head, next to Kinohi Aki, rear left
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu football coach Willie Talamoa bought his players cleats, drove them to practice and often stayed late to talk with those having trouble in school. For Talamoa, his actions weren’t just about football. They were about helping the young people in the hardscrabble neighborhood...
Tafuna Warriors Sam Logoai (4)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More action from the Varsity match up this past Saturday morning at Veterans Memorial Stadium, where the Tafuna Warriors defeated the Leone Lions 42 to 6. More ASHSAA highlights later this week.
USC defensive lineman Jay Tufele
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — In July, a week before she would check into the hospital, Noreen Tufele offered her little brother, Jay, a ride back to USC’s campus. It was a generous offer, considering the 10-hour haul between their home state of Utah and Los Angeles. But that was typical Nini, as Jay...
Vavae Malepeai with an American Samoa flag in the background
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — The Pac-12 Conference announced on Tuesday that they will postpone all fall sports until at least January 2021 — including football. For players like USC senior Vavae Malepeai, today’s decision offered clarity instead of shock. “I guess (the decision was) not too...
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett
(AP) — The NFL is taking baby steps toward full reopenings for its teams. It has no other choice. No long throws downfield. Mostly halfback dives into the line. There are so many issues that must be addressed with the opening of team facilities across the nation. Just because a handful of clubs...
Rob Ruck
Pullman, WASHINGTON — Samoans and football. It’s a pairing that is much more complex than a simple write up, but is, at the very least, fodder for discussion on any number of issues, such as diversity, over and under representation in sport, the warrior image, stereotypes, and the role of money. “...
Pictured are some of the sons of Samoa who are currently on the roster, with MSSU running back coach, Keiki Misipeka (far right); academic support specialist, Rachel Jennings (far left) - both natives of American Samoa - and head coach Jeff Sims (middle row, center).
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — For years, Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) head coach Jeff Sims has had Polynesian players on his team’s roster. It was only a matter of time before he would come to the islands to see what gives these players their edge. Along with MSSU Running Back Coach,...
Pictured are some of the 25 local high school football players
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Football players from Leone HS, Tafuna HS, Samoana HS, Nu’uuli VocTech, and Fagaitua HS during National Signing Day - yesterday - at the Edu- cation Department conference room. Football players from Fagaitua HS and Samoana HS as they were recognized during National...

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