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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sacramento Bee All Metro Defensive Players of the Year

Preparing for the Grant Pacers' terrorizing duo of Vei Moala and Puka Lopa made opposing coaches hyperventilate.
Moala was a human pile mover, requiring double or triple teams to deal with the 6-foot-3, 330-pound nose tackle. Lopa was a quarterback-chasing specialist on the outside of the line at a swift 6-2 and 250 pounds, his ponytail jutting out of the back of his helmet.
Together, they helped Grant set a state record with 85 sacks. Together, the close pals bow out as The Bee's co-Defensive Players of the Year.
"One really made the other," said Folsom coach Kris Richardson, whose Bulldogs split with Grant this season. "Moala was a load inside, and Lopa was incredible on the outside. I've never seen a kid go sideline-to-sideline like Lopa, a monster. Both of them."
They're only monsters in pads and gear. Otherwise, they're smiling, polite gentlemen, all good manners and cheer. But in helmets? Pure fright.
Lopa led the section with 21 sacks, and Moala was third with 16 as Grant went 13-1. They are national recruits who would like to continue playing together.
"That'd be a dream come true," Moala said.

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