HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two of the top high school football programs in the country collide Friday night at Aloha Stadium.
Saint Louis, the defending HHSAA state open division football champion and the 10th-ranked team in the country, according to MaxPreps, hosts three-time national champion Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) in the Aloha Football Classic.
The Crusaders, coached by Hawaii football legend Cal Lee, are undefeated on the season and remain ranked as the #1 team in Hawaii in the ScoringLive Power Rankings, and #10 in the nation according to MaxPreps.
The Saints are riding a 28 game winning streak into Friday night’s matchup that could have massive implications on national prep rankings.
Head coach Cal Lee has been in many big games throughout is hall of fame tenure and believes that prime-time games like this, is what football is all about.
“We’re really excited,” said Lee. “This will be a great challenge for us and our football team, this is what you want to do, compete with the kids from out of state.”
Crusaders quarterback Jayden De Laura sees the matchup between the two nationally ranked teams as an opportunity to showcase Hawaii football talent in comparison to the rest of the country.
“Its like a dream come true,” said De Laura. “As a team we have been thinking about this game all summer and we’ve been preparing hard, so now it’s time to go out there and execute.”
Bishop Gorman opened their season last Friday against Utah powerhouse Orem High School, topping the Golden Tigers 4-7 at Fertitta Field in Las Vegas.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Aloha Stadium. Tickets can be purchased at www.AlohaFootballClassic.com.
The game will not be televised.
As the Crusaders and Gaels square off at Aloha Stadium, the second game of the Aloha Football Classic will be happening in Mililani, where the Trojans play host to Liberty High School, Nevada’s second-ranked team.
Kickoff at Mililani is scheduled for 7 p.m.