Football

Narbonne’s Lance Manuleleua plays the game of football to honor his fallen father

Narbonne High senior defensive tackle Lance Manuleleua did not play in 2016 LA City football final because his father died before kickoff. He was a team captain in last weeks championship game won by Narbonne.
( Photo by Robert Casillas, Daily Breeze/SCNG )
Narbonne High senior defensive tackle Lance Manuleleua did not play in 2016 LA City football final because his father died before kickoff. He was a team captain in last weeks championship game won by Narbonne. ( Photo by Robert Casillas, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

HARBOR CITY >> Even before last Friday’s L.A. City Section Open Division began, Narbonne senior defensive tackle Lance Manuleleua already felt he had won.

Moments before the game, Manuleleua was named one of the four captains to go out for the coin flip.

“We were getting ready to say our prayer before the game and coach walked up to me and told me I was going to be a captain,” Manuleleua said. “I walked up to him and told him, ‘I really do appreciate that, and it means a lot, especially what happened last year.’”

Last year. That’s when Manuleleua’s world was shaken upside down.

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