Kolomalu has two younger brothers on the Springville team, and he got the message to junior Lakei and freshman Sione quickly.
"I told them to come back," he said. "It starts tomorrow in the weight room. Work hard, be ready for next year."
Junior Bradley Nicol, who tallied seven tackles defensively, was also teary-eyed.
"I just got all the juniors together and said that we don't want this to happen again," Nicol said. "We'll go into the weight room on Monday, because that's what we do — we work hard.
"We wouldn't be here if we didn't work hard," he added. "And we've been working hard since we lost to them last year."
In 2015, Springville's trek into the 4A playoffs ended in the semifinals with a 42-14 loss to East.
In fact, the only losses the Red Devils have suffered the past two seasons have been to East — ending undefeated seasons in both cases.
The state championship was still within sight for the Devils — although a significant comeback would still have been required — as late as midway through the fourth quarter.
But, down 34-20, Springville gave up the ball on downs with 7:30 left in the game, and East pulled away from that point.
"We gave it all we had. Sometimes things turn out not the way you want, but that's life," said Springville quarterback Jantsen Thorpe, while holding the 4A second-place trophy. "I wish a lot of things had been different, but I think that showed a lot about us — how long we hung in there."
The Red Devils actually had a chance to make the contest a one-possession game at the end of the first half when Nicol recovered an East fumble, with the Leopards up 27-13, at the 2:27 mark of the second quarter.
However, the opportunity deep in East territory also ended with Springville using all four downs without moving the marker.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game going in. You know, East is a great team and we had to take advantage of every opportunity and we weren't able to do that," Springville coach Willy Child said. "These kids put up two great years. Lost two games in two years. They worked hard to get back here and did everything we asked them to do."