Return Gridiron game in American Samoa

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UP FOR IT: Some of the St Josephs College gridiron team players with their coach, Agatupu Lefao.

UP FOR IT: Some of the St Josephs College gridiron team players with their coach, Agatupu Lefao.

The sport of Gridiron Football, established at St Josephs College, is taking development a step further with a return game in American Samoa.  

St. Joseph’s College football team left Samoa on Friday for for their second game against Tafuna High School in Pago Pago.

Football coach, Agatupu Lefao said in July this year, St Joseph’s College hosted an inaugural Gridiron Camp and game at St. Joseph’s College.

“That first game was a learning experience for the boys but they have since adapted to it easily. During that game, they scored four touchdowns surprising Tafuna High School who were not expecting that we would score at all,” he said.

“Even though we lost to Tafuna High School, I was very proud of my team”, he said.

“Samoa Gridiron is hoping to attract more schools into our competition and the whole idea is to have our own league in another five years.”

St Joseph is the first school that participated in American Football and were now finishing off with our last game of the year. 

“The game is a pathway for our Samoan youths to get to the stage of gaining sports scholarships. I do believe that football can be used as a vehicle to get University scholarships in the United States.”

The 25 member St Joseph’s squad is made up of Year 11 and Year 12 students.

This time, they are even more well prepared to face the football team from Tafuna High School during their four day tour.

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