Built for speed


POSTED: Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Think fast, D.

If an orange-and-black blur gets into the open field, forget about running it down.

The zoo hasn't warned anybody about an escaped Bengal tiger. It's something even more dangerous: Campbell speedster Samson Anguay.

The Sabers' wiry senior is a triple threat as a slotback, running back and return man. He's tormented opponents' defenses for the better part of three years now with his breakaway burst, solid hands and deft sideline cuts.

Anguay had the top preliminary time in the state 100 meter dash (11.08 seconds) as a junior before taking fourth in the main event with an 11.33.

“;When I was younger, my dad would always tell me, 'Why would you want to run somebody over?' I would ask him why (not), and he said, 'You can be the biggest and the strongest, but if you're not fast, you're nothing. Because speed kills,' “; the 5-foot-8, 162-pound Anguay said. “;I always followed that, and I always tried to better myself to bring up my speed. I might not be the biggest, or the strongest, but I use my advantages of speed to make people miss.”;

At 1-2 in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red West (2-3 overall), the Sabers are clawing for a playoff berth. They play No. 8 Leilehua next and could use every touchdown Anguay can produce in getting to the postseason. He accounted for both scores in the Sabers' 35-14 loss to No. 3 Mililani last week.

Anguay has six touchdowns in five games this season, accounting for 60 percent of the Sabers' end zone production.

He's already fulfilled one of his lifelong ambitions by verbally committing to Hawaii after the UH skills camp over the summer. Now he wants to live up to another by drawing comparisons there to his childhood idol, Chad Owens, and starring in front of his parents and grandparents.

Campbell coach Amosa Amosa thinks Anguay is on his way to doing it because of his sound work ethic. The coach recalled being wowed from the very start when Anguay made his varsity debut in 2007. Amosa was then the offensive coordinator for Aiea.

Anguay exploded for 212 yards and four touchdowns on Na Alii, including a 50-yard punt return.

“;He's a great example for all of our players,”; Amosa said. “;The kid works ... I mean, everything he does is 100 percent. All out. I gotta tell him, 'Man, take it easy sometimes.' But that's how he's been doing things all his years here at Campbell.

“;It's been a blessing for me. These kind of players come, maybe once every 10 years to see one like this.”;

Last year's OIA White champions have taken their lumps in moving up to the gauntlet of the OIA Red. The Sabers also dealt with the departure of nearly all of their offensive skill position players, including QB Lalo Respicio.

But there should be no excuses, Anguay said, because the team's overall talent is as good or better than ever. He gave a verbal nod toward new QB Maika Ulufale.

Some of his closest friends on the team have always known him to be in the talent spotlight. Linebacker Mana Gaui has played with Anguay since their Pop Warner days.

“;He was pretty skinny compared to everybody else. A twig, kine,”; Gaui said. “;But he was good — he could jump up, run, same as now.”;

Defensive lineman Odanaus Mataio appreciated how Anguay was the first to speak up in a team meeting before the Mililani game.

“;He was trying to tell everybody to just let (the previous losses) go. We can't do anything about it, just worry about the next game,”; Mataio said. “;I think this previous game was the first time we felt like we were part of a big family. Even though we lost, the team got to bond.”;

That Anguay would be the person to say that would have been unthinkable for him just a year or two ago.

“;Early in my high school career, (the biggest problem) was for me to leave the field and have doubts,”; Anguay said. “;Now it's not a problem. My family and my coaches (worked me through that), Coach Amosa and (assistant) Coach Wyatt (Tau). Our whole coaching staff.”;

So while Anguay does his best to keep a blank slate between weeks, watch the rest of his Sabers career carefully — it'll be gone in a blur.