The six American Samoan high school teams represented here—four from public schools, one from the vocational academy and one made up of players from the territory's four private schools—share a 5,000-seat field on the main island as well as hopes of sending their kids on to the States to play big-time college football. Recruiters who make the trip this year will be looking at such players as Terrence Apted (50), a 6'5", 280-pound lineman who didn't appreciate the sheer violence of homegrown Samoan football until he visited relatives in the States. "When the ball's snapped, you don't hear the crunch in the lines," he says of the off-island game. "Here, you hear it in the stands."
Linebacker Senior Quad islanders
Offensive tackle Senior Tafuna High
Guard Senior Leone High
Offensive tackle Senior Faga'itua High
Linebacker Junior Poly tech High
Defensive end Junior Samoana High