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The wait is over for Saint Louis quarterback Jayden DeLaura

HONOLULU (KHON2) - The last time Saint Louis took to the field the Crusaders hoisted a second straight Hawaii High School Football state championship.

After an idle opening weekend last week, the two-time defending champs will begin defense of their crown on Friday night against Waianae.

With last season's quarterback Chevan Cordeiro in a battle for starting quarterback at the University of Hawaii, it's next in line for "Quarterback High" as junior Jayden DeLaura will make his Crusaders debut at Aloha Stadium.

After arriving from Damien Memorial last year, DeLaura was forced to sit-out per transfer rules, but his time has come. Following a summer where he earned MVP honors at the GPA Showcase he will look to follow the footsteps of the program's last two Kings of Kalaepohaku, the aforementioned Cordeiro and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa. 

"I'm speechless. I just feel so excited that I get to play on this field at practice and then show what I got under the lights. It's been two years of no playing and I just feel excited," DeLaura told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.

"I'm excited for him because when you go through a whole season and you practice but you don't play, I mean, and now you have that opportunity to come out and do your thing and show your stuff. He's excited to do his thing and we're excited to see him perform," said head coach Cal Lee.

Over the last three seasons, Saint Louis has gone 29-3 with three ILH titles, three state title game appearances, and two state championships. Tagovailoa and Cordeiro also are the last two Cover2 Mariota Award winners as state player of the year. 

"I don't put too much pressure on myself. I just try to tell myself that I didn't prove anything yet so I just got to show my actions got to show on the field. I just can't wait for August 10 and just play our first game and just show this whole state that we're coming for that three-peat," said DeLaura.

The Crusaders and Seariders will hit the field on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Aloha Stadium. The game will be televised on Spectrum OC16.

In total there are 19 games this weekend.


OIA-ILH Open Division
>> Kapolei vs. Kamehameha, at Aloha Stadium, 5 p.m.
>> Saint Louis vs. Waianae, at Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
OIA-ILH Division I
>> Nanakuli at Aiea, 7:30 p.m.
>> Moanalua at Castle, 7:30 p.m.
>> Leilehua at Kailua, 7:30 p.m.
>> Damien at Radford, 7:30 p.m.
OIA-ILH Division II
>> Kalani vs. Kaimuki, at Skippa Diaz Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
>> Kalaheo at Kaiser, 7:30 p.m.
>> Kauai vs. Maui, at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
>> Waimea at Honokaa, 7 p.m.
Nonleague 8-man
>> Molokai at Pahoa, 6 p.m.

OIA-ILH Open Division
>> Farrington at Mililani, 6:30 p.m.
>> Punahou at Kahuku, 6:30 p.m.
OIA-ILH Division I
>> Waipahu at 'Iolani, 3 p.m.
OIA-ILH Division II
>> McKinley vs. St. Francis, at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium, 3 p.m.
>> Pac-Five at Roosevelt, 5:30 p.m.
>> Pearl City at Waialua, 6:30 p.m.
>> King Kekaulike at Hawaii Prep, noon
>> Bartlett (Anchorage, Alaska) vs. Baldwin, at War Memorial Stadium, 6 p.m.
>> Kapaa at Konawaena, 6 p.m.

*schedule compiled by Hawaii Prep World 

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