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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, September 14, 2008

No. 5 Farrington stuffs McKinley

By Kyle Sakamoto
Advertiser Staff Writer

Farrington's special teams were special, its defense didn't give an inch and its offense moved the ball last night against McKinley.

The end result was a statement-making 36-0 victory at Roosevelt's Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium

Farrington, ranked No. 5 in The Advertiser's Top 10 poll, improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference Eastern Division. The Governors moved a half-game ahead of idle Kahuku (2-0) in the league standings.

McKinley dropped to 1-3, 1-1.

"It was a total team win — offense, defense and special teams," said Farrington coach Randall Okimoto.

These are the stats that stood out for Farrington:

  • Alvin Faamasili recovered a muffed punt, which set up a field goal, and blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety — both in the second period.

  • Drake Miller hauled in a spectacular 39-yard touchdown catch from Dayton Kealoha in the second period, and returned the opening kickoff of the second half 83 yards for another score.

  • Running back Apelu So'oalo rushed 21 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

    "Our O-line just did their thing," he said. "We practiced hard all week and this is the outcome of it."

  • Quarterback Kealoha completed 10 of 15 passes for 133 yards and no interceptions.

    "We have a nice rotation in our backfield," Okimoto said. "Kealoha still needs to work on his accuracy, but he's getting better every week."

  • The Governors' defense held McKinley to 34 yards of total offense, and two first downs with both coming in the second half.

    "Honestly, that's one of the toughest defenses I've ever played against," said third-year McKinley coach Bobby Grey. "They keep it very simple and they fly around and make plays."

    Farrington took a 17-0 halftime lead with all the points coming in the final 6:57 of the second quarter. The Tigers' special teams contributed to three of the scores.

    Faamasili recovered a muffed punt at the 8, and So'oalo booted a 29-yard field goal three plays later 6:57 before halftime.

    On the Governors' next possession, they drove 65 yards on five plays and scored on Kealoha's pass to Miller. The ball appeared to be overthrown, but Miller leaped and made the grab and landed across the goal line with 2:41 remaining.

    "All I was thinking about was focusing on the ball and getting into the end zone," Miller said. "I just had the urgency to get that ball."

    The Tigers had a bad snap from punt formation on their next possession, and the Governors took over at the 16.

    Two plays later, So'oalo scored from 10 yards out to make it 15-0 with 1 minute left.

    Farrington used its timeouts on defense and forced a McKinley three-and-out on its final possession of the half.

    McKinley lined up in punt formation with the ball at the 18, and Faamasili blocked the ball out the back of the end zone to make it 17-0 with 24 seconds remaining.

    "I just took that hole and jumped for the block," Faamasili said.

    In the first half, Farrington's defense forced six three-and-outs and held McKinley to minus-3 yards of total offense.

    Meanwhile, Farrington gained 200 total yards.

    Miller gave the Governors momentum at the start of the second half by taking the kickoff up the middle for a score.

    "All I know is our kickoff return team is good," he said. "I was counting on the guys to open up a hole for me, and they did."

    So'oalo scored from 1 yard out with 4:08 left in the third period to make it 29-0. The 34-yard drive was set up by a 14-yard punt by the Tigers.

    Robert Molina's 2-yard touchdown run early in the fourth put the mercy rule's running clock into effect.

    The Governors finished with 350 yards of total offense against a McKinley team that suited up only 27 players and had many going both ways.

    "On offense they did what they needed to do," Grey said. "They wore us down."

    MCKINLEY (1-3, 1-1) 0 0 0 0— 0

    FARRINGTON (4-1, 3-0) 0 17 12 7—36

    Farr—FG Apelu So'oalo 29.

    Farr—Drake Miller 39 pass from Dayton Kealoha (kick failed).

    Farr—So'oalo 10 run (pass failed).

    Farr—safety, Alvin Faamasili blocked punt out of end zone.

    Farr—Miller 83 kickoff return (kick failed).

    Farr—So'oalo 1 run (kick failed).

    Farr—Robert Molina 2 run (Molina kick).

    RUSHING—McKinley: Kainoa Kahalewai 7-7, Roy Aliksa 4-3, Ionatana Woodward 2-1, Sio Fiso 1-(minus 2), Alvin Ponce 1-0, Justin Bassle 1-(minus 9), Solomon Dixon 1-2, Theodore Spensor 2-10. Farrington: So'oalo 21-124, Anthony Noga 6-33, Harry Tuimaseve 9-42, Kealoha 2-2, Ani Isumu 1-4, Siaosi Feleunga 1-1, Molina 3-12, Tyrell Shipley-Lagmay 1-(minus 1).

    PASSING—McKinley: Spensor 6-14-0—22, Fiso 0-1-0—0. Farrington: Kealoha 10-15-0—133.

    RECEIVING—McKinley: Ponce 2-8, Aliksa 2-2, Tavita Woodward 1-9, I. Woodward 1-3.

    Farrington: Isumu 5-64, Sammy Park 1-8, So'oalo 1-7, Tuimaseve 1-2, Miller 2-52.

    JV—Farrington 40, McKinley 0.

    Reach Kyle Sakamoto at ksakamoto@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-8041.



    Lalo Respicio threw for 302 yards, including touchdown passes of 84 and 42 yards to Samson Anguay, and also scored on a 20-yard run to lead the Sabers over Na Menehune in an OIA White game Friday night.

    MOANALUA (2-2, 1-2) 0 7 0 14—21

    CAMPBELL (4-1, 3-1) 0 0 13 17—30

    Moan — Elijah Cruz 3 pass from Adam Francisco (Justin Watanabe kick).

    Camp — Samson Anguay 84 pass from Lalo Respicio (kick failed).

    Camp — Respicio 20 run (Robert Regpala kick).

    Moan — Tahje Canyon 3 pass from Cruz (Watanabe kick).

    Camp — Landon Laguno 24 run (Daniel Masifilo 3 pass from Respicio).

    Camp — Safety.

    Camp — Anguay 42 pass from Respicio (Regpala kick).

    Moan — Xavier Peterson 11 pass from Michael Egami (Watanabe kick).

    RUSHING — Moanalua: Anthony Garingan 2-2, Canyon 5-13, Joshua Pedro 1-(minus 1), Jordan Tanioka 1-4, Tayler Tanaka 1-5, Egami 4-(minus 4), Adam Francisco 9-(minus 17). Campbell: Anguay 3-13, Brandon Aguna 8-51, Respicio 6-(minus 1).

    PASSING — Moanalua: Francisco 9-21-0-100, Egami 10-20-0-143, Elijah Cruz 1-1-0-3, Keanu Oliva 1-1-0-17. Campbell: Respicio 19-29-0-302.

    RECEIVING — Moanalua: Egami 2-13, Canyon 3-33, Cruz 2-18, Tanaka 1-17, Peterson 3-62, Garingan 6-44, Pedro 1-5, Keenan Johnson 1-13, Tyler Pinkney 2-58. Campbell: Arthur Aiowhi 6-60, Anguay 5-172, Daniel Masifilo 3-36, Derrick Santiago 2-12, Jamar Gonzales 3-22.

    JV score — Campbell 50, Moanalua 12.

    Reported by Campbell Staff



    The Wildcats defeated the Cowboys in a Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division II game last night. Details were not available.



    Bryson Williams scored on runs of 16 and 6 yards in the second half as the Lunas rallied from a 21-14 halftime deficit to beat the Warriors in a Maui Interscholastic League Division II game at War Memorial Stadium

    LAHAINALUNA (2-1, 1-0) 14 0 7 7—28

    KAMEHAMEHA (0-3, 0-1) 7 14 0 0—21

    KSM — Evan Garces 6 run (Nicholas Lopes kick).

    Laha — Jacob Boteilho 1 run (Ivan Delaney kick).

    Laha — Jake Manning 39 run (Delaney kick).

    KSM — Jordan Camara 1 run (kick blocked).

    KSM — Louis Turberzille 42 pass from Garces (Perani Richmond pass from Garces).

    Laha — Bryson Williams 16 run (Delaney kick).

    Laha — Williams 6 run (Delaney kick).

    Reach Kyle Sakamoto at ksakamoto@honoluluadvertiser.com.