HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In what was Saint Louis' most tightly-contested game so far this season, the Crusaders edged out the 35-28 victory over Punahou tonight at Aloha Stadium.
Punahou jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on its first drive of the game, giving the Crusaders a rare glimpse of life on the losing side of things. It didn't take long for Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura to find a rhythm on offense as he began to command the line of scrimmage.
However, de Laura was not perfect on the night.
The junior signal-caller finished 19-of-32 passing for 293 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions - a career high. Three of his interceptions came in the first half as Punahou kept the Crusaders at bay through the opening half of play, going into the interval tied up at 21 apiece.
But de Laura used his legs wisely in the second half, rushing for 75 yards on 16 carries and two scores. On the other side of the field, quarterback Hugh Brady threw for 291 yards on 20-of-36 passing with four picks of his own.
Brady stood tall against a Saint Louis front-seven that imposed its will in the trenches, especially Faatui Tuitele who totaled three sacks on the night.
Saint Louis will look to stay undefeated next weekend against against the Hurricanes at Kapolei while the Buffanblu take on Campbell on the road.