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Saturday, September 15, 2007

American Samoa Players of the Week

by Brian Vitolio

The Nu'uuli Poly-Tech Wildcats pulled off a historic tie for their school last Saturday against one of the "Big Four" teams in ASHSAA football, tying Samoana 8-8 with a last minute touchdown.

Helping to pull off this near-major upset for the Wildcats was Chin Fu Ta'ase. Ta'ase picked off a pass late in the fourth quarter and returned it back to the end zone for a touchdown.

He also recorded eight solo tackles to garner this week's co-defensive player of the week award.

The other is Joe Salave'a, who has garnered his second nod for the Leone Lions.

He helped them pull out a one-point win against Tafuna last Saturday with a force play, two sacks, two fumble recoveries to go along with eight total tackles, six of them unassisted.

Two weeks ago he was also named defensive player of the week.

The offensive player for this week went to Leone's Afasene Tasi, the second straight week he has gotten the nod for the award. He carried the ball 15 times for 136 yards, also scored and had runs of 55 and 74 yards.

In the junior varsity division, Arona Tulafono of Faga'itua was honored for the second time this year as offensive player of the week. He ran 18 times for 177 yards and scored twice in helping the Vikings beat Tafuna last Friday.

For defense, Loi Lavea of Leone was named after recording 11.5 tackles in their win against division-leading Samoana. He had nine solo tackles.

These are the ASHSAA players of the week.

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