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Vikings crush the Wildcats in their biggest win yet

Vito Kitiona near the end zone looks back just before scoring his second touchdown of the game on a quarterback keep – in the opening quarter of the match against Nuuuli. The Vikings scored three touchdowns in the first quarter in a huge 54-14 win over Nu’uuli last Friday evening.  [photo: TG]Freshman middle linebacker Georgia Mageo of the Vikings varsity squad, reading Nu’uuli’s offensive unit just before the snap in the opening half of their matchup last Friday evening. Georgia and his twin brother Georgie are two of the three freshmen who are starters for the Vikings varsity squad.  [photo: TG]Isileli of the Wildcats at midfield trying to evade a touchdown saving tackle by O’Neil of the Vikings during the opening half of their JV game last Thursday evening. Isileli helped the Wildcats to their first win of the season after beating Faga’itua 14-6. [photo: TG]Nathaniel Maea of Nu’uuli with the quarterback keep trying to read his blockers downfield as he gained huge yardage for Nu’uuli on this one. Maea helped the JV Wildcats to their first victory of the season, a 14-6 win over Faga’itua.  [photo: TG]Jesse Toilolo of the Vikings trying to work his way through the Wildcats defense, during the opening quarter of their JV match where the Vikings lost to the Wildcats 6-14.  [photo: TG]Nathaniel Maea of Nu’uuli trying to escape a sack in the backfield by a Viking defender during the third quarter of their JV match up last Thursday evening where Nu’uuli collected their first win of the season after defeating the Vikings 14-6.  [photo: TG]
Meanwhile Nu’uuli JV picks up its first win of the season

Officially opening the 8th week of the American Samoa High School Athletics Association (ASHSAA) Football Season was the battle between the Faga’itua Vikings and the Nu’uuli Wildcats, where the Vikings claimed victory in the varsity division, by a huge margin that hasn’t been accomplished before this year — a 54-14 victory.       

Coverage of ASHSAA's 2017-18 football season is sponsored by Congresswoman Aumua Amata.

In the meantime, Head coach Andrew Bill Ena and his Wildcats celebrated their first win of the season in the JV division after they nearly shut down the Vikings with a 14-6 victory last Thursday evening.

The celebration after the match was heard loud and clear from the Lions Park in Tafuna, as they made their way back to campus.



The Wildcats offensive unit led by Nathaniel Maea managed to march the chains downfield in their opening drive of the game – their best offensive drive yet this season, which led to their opening touchdown of the game. 

Wildcats second down from Faga’itua’s 10-yard line and Maea sends Joe Savaii up the middle with the first touchdown of the game.

The two point conversion was the same play to Savaii again and was good enough to secure an 8 point lead at 8:12 in the opening quarter of the game.

The Vikings fought hard to gain momentum into Wildcats territory, but Nu’uuli’s defensive unit led by Koa Leama was relentless as they shut down the Vikings completely in the opening half of play.

It wasn’t until the final minutes of the third quarter that Faga’itua finally answered back – Vikings first and goal inside the red zone and Elijah Taufuiava on a reverse play forces his way into the end zone for the Vikings first touchdown of the game.

The two point attempt was unsuccessful as Leama and the Wildcats defense stopped the play immediately in the backfield for a loss as the Vikes inched back to trail the Wildcats 6-8.

In the final quarter of play, Nathaniel Maea threw a long pass to Sa Vaifanua for a long reception, bringing the Wildcats up to Faga’itua’s 10-yard line.

Wildcats second down from there, and Maea tucked and ran the ball in for six, as Maea scored his first touchdown of the game, securing the 14-6 victory over the Vikings into the final seconds of the game.



Even though their JV had won the night before, the luck didn’t rub off on the varsity unit, as the Wildcats suffered a crucial loss against the Vikings, as they are still in search of a win in the ongoing regular season. Meanwhile, Vito Kitiona and the Vikings offensive unit scored three touchdowns – all in the first quarter.

Faga’itua opened up with their No-Huddle running game, chunking up yards and picking up the pace in their unstoppable running game.

8:31 in the opening quarter of the game, and the Vikings double reverse halfback pass out to Pitonu’u Ah-Sue was good enough to score their opening touchdown of the game, a 25-yard reception for Ah-Sue’s first touchdown of the match.

The two point conversion reverse hand off to Jacob Umu secured an early 8 point lead.

The Vikings kick off to the Wildcats was caught by Joe Savaii and as he tried to return the kick, he was met hard by Georgia Mageo, causing a fumble for the second time on a kick off return for the Wildcats, that was recovered by Faga’itua inside Nu’uuli territory.

Vikings first down from Nu’uuli's 25-yard line, and Vito Kitiona with an open field in front of him, tucked and ran the ball in for six, for the Vikings second touchdown of the game.

5:40 still in the opening quarter, and the Wildcats shocked the Vikings with a simple pitch play from midfield.

Nu’uuli’s first down from the Vikings 45-yard line and Ziggy Faletoi pitched the ball out to star running back, Iosefa Mauga who slipped out to the sidelines and turned it up as he boosted towards the end zone for Nu’uuli’s first touchdown of the game.

The two point conversion was a sweep play out to Mauga again to secure the team's first 8 points of the game.

Not too long after that, Kitiona led the Vikes back into Wildcats territory, continuously pursuing their ground game, as Kitiona dumped a screen pass to Pitonu’u Ah Sue from Nu’uuli’s 23-yard line.

Ah-Sue muscled his way into the end zone to score his second touchdown of the game at  3:22 still in the opening quarter of the game.

The two point conversion was a roll out pass to Steven Fiso which was broken up by Iosua Hemingway of Nu’uuli.

9:03 in the second quarter of play, and the Vikings continuously punished the Wildcats in the running game.

Faga’itua’s third down from Nu’uuli’s 15-yard line and Kitiona - who couldn’t find an open receiver - opted to tuck and run it in for his second touchdown of the game, giving the Vikings a 32-8 lead.Just before half time, the Wildcats surprised the Vikes again – a third down situation for Nu’uuli from midfield, and Mauga slipped through the middle of the Vikings defense and out to the end zone for his second touchdown of the game, bringing the Wildcats back to trail 14-32.

The second half of play saw the Vikings intensify in strength with their No-Huddle attack – as they played their option game perfectly. The running trifecta between Kitiona, Ah Sue, and DJ Grey pulled the Vikings up by a huge margin, as their defensive unit led by freshman linebacker Georgia Mageo and freshman defensive lineman Maurice Ta’ala shut down the Wildcats throughout the second half to secure the huge 54-14 victory.