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Friday, November 21, 2008

Tongan players help build football powerhouse in Texas

When Fotu Katoa became the first Tongan to play football for Trinity (Euless, Texas) in 1982, he had no idea he was the start of something big at the school.

Twenty-six years later, almost 4,000 Tongans live in Euless, a Dallas-Forth Worth suburb, and a part of Trinity's success is attributed to Tongan players.

On this year's 11-0 team, almost 20% of 88 players are Tongan. The Trojans are No. 1 in USA TODAY's Super 25 and are the No. 1 Class 5A team in Texas.

Trinity, the defending 5A Division I champion, plays Plano in a second-round playoff game Saturday at Texas Stadium. Electricity is surging in anticipation of the matchup. Plano is ranked in the top 10, and the teams met in last year's semifinals, won by Trinity 30-27 in double overtime.

Continue to USA Today

1 comment:

Joseph said...

Nice article! Didn't know they got a community of Tongans in Texas of all places. But its good to see. Establishing another base where Poly players could be coming from.