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Trinity Trojan Elikena Fieilo

The Times, Trinity High and Tonga

A Friend of Unfair Park sends along this New York Times tribute to the Trinity Trojans out of Euless, the top-ranked prep football team in the country (and the team with the slowest-loading Web site in the land, as well). Of course, what The Times finds especially fascinating about the squad is its lineup of 16 players of Tongan descent -- which leads to this awesome exchange:

Each time he knocks a defensive lineman on his back, Uatakini Cocker, a 6-foot-2, 297-pound offensive tackle, screams: “Mate ma’a Tonga,” meaning, “I will die for Tonga.” Later, the playful Cocker said, he often has to explain his heritage to opposing players and fans in this typical postgame conversation:

“Are you Mexican?”

“Polynesian.”

“Samoan?”

“Tongan.”

“O.K., because you would be a very big Mexican.”

Also, another photo for our pal Brian Harkin's next gallery exhibit. --Robert Wilonsky

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