About 20 of Tide quarterback Tua Tagovialoa’s relatives, including aunts, uncles and cousins, joined the group of University of Alabama fans living in Hawaii to watch the national championship game that saw the Crimson Tide fall to the Clemson Tigers 44-16.
Don Thigpen, a former Lexington resident now living in Hawaii, said a group of fans meets regularly to watch Alabama games at an Embassy Suites hotel in Honolulu.
“We had the biggest turnout this year,” Thigpen said.
“Spirits were high prior to kickoff,” Thigpen said. “The pick six dampened the atmosphere but we were confident ‘Bama could come back. As Clemson continued to score, we remained confident. By half-time, there was still hope. That hope was dashed by the end of the third quarter.”
While it was a bad loss, Thigpen said Alabama fans remain proud of the Tide and will be back in September for a new season and new hopes.
“We all felt sorry for the seniors in their last game,” he said.