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ICYMI: Student and Teacher come face to face in title game

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When Kahuku met St. Louis on Friday, the game not only marked the renewal of one of the state's most storied rivalries, it was also a reunion between a coach and former player, who this time stood on opposite sidelines.

"Coach Lee has actually instilled some pillars that I still carry on in my daily life I've learned hard work dedication, commitment, sacrifice, just the little things" said first year Kahuku head coach, Vavae Tata.

Long time St. Louis head coach, Cal Lee, says seeing his former player coaching against the old colors won't change their relationship at all.

"It's different because you know I'm cheering for him every game that he's playing, to see him across the side. But when the game is over the friendship the love for one another continues to grow," said Lee. 

Interestingly enough the rivalry between St. Louis and Kahuku began during senior year with the Crusaders when Cal Lee led St. Louis to a victory over Kahuku in the 1993 prep bowl.

Tata said, leading the Red Raiders to the state championship game has brought back ""a lot of nostalgia, as a matter of fact one of my good buddies, to this day we're still friends and we still talk about the game so it's... it's bringing me back."

More than two decades after he coached a young Tata and the rest of the Crusaders to a win over Kahuku, Lee said now coaching against his former student "it kind of makes you feel old, it seems like yesterday he was playing, and playing in the prep bowl of all games, and here we are."

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