Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cousins Julius Tevaga, Tani Tupou lead Archbishop Murphy

Senior cousins Julius Tevaga, Tani Tupou anchor Archbishop Murphy lines.
Special to The Seattle Times
It's called the "Haka."
And for attendees of Archbishop Murphy football games, the sight might evoke a scene from the Denzel Washington film "Remember the Titans" — the one where the team first enters the stadium dancing together.
For the Wildcats, like the Titans in the movie, the "Haka" is about team unity.
But the Hawaiian war chant and dance is so much more.
"It's a war dance. It gets us hyped up on game nights," Wildcats senior offensive and defensive lineman Julius Tevaga said. "We do it facing the opponents."
Tevaga, along with his cousin and fellow senior lineman Tani Tupou, introduced the Hawaiian tradition to their team.

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