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) By Wes Nakama
Better late than never, Farrington's vaunted rushing attack kicked into high gear just in time to push the Governors past upset-minded Kapolei, 20-10, in O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference quarterfinal action Friday night.
An estimated crowd of about 2,900 at Roosevelt's Ticky Vasconcellos watched the Eastern Division runner-up Governors improve to 8-1 in league play and advance to next week's semifinal vs. West champion Mililani (8-1). Kapolei's up-and-down season ends at 6-4, but the Hurricanes can take pride in pushing heavily favored
Farrington to the limit and taking a 10-10 tie into the fourth quarter.
Tyler Taumua broke that tie with a 23-yard touchdown run on the second play of that final period, and Justin Tamashiro added a 27-yard field goal with 7:18 remaining to make it 20-10.
Kapolei's next possession resulted in a lost fumble three minutes later, but the Hurricanes regained the ball with 2:18 left after an errant punt snap put them at the Govs' 39-yard line.
Farrington then finally sealed the victory with a sack followed by Tre Boyd's interception.
That capped a tense game in which the Hurricanes gave themselves a chance by putting together long, time-consuming drives and keeping the Governors' potent offense off the field and in check for much of the night.
Kapolei took the opening kickoff and put together a methodical 17-play, 33-yard drive that ended in a punt but munched a stunning 7 minutes, 18 seconds off the clock.
The punt cornered Farrington at its own 3, but the Govs marched 84 yards in 21 plays before Tamashiro's 30-yard field goal which made it 3-0 with 9:36 remaining in the second quarter. The Hurricanes then kept the ball for 17 plays on their next possession before punting it away, then got the ball back again after forcing a three-and-out.
Kapolei's last series of the half resulted in eight more plays culminating in Brandon Begonia's 40-yard field goal to tie it at 3-3 as time expired.
Farrington opened the second half with a 13-play, 80-yard drive capped by Amo Silva's 4-yard TD run, and Shanell Atabay Carillo's extra point put the Governors ahead, 17-10. But the Hurricanes answered just seven plays later with Aizon Kahana's 48-yard touchdown pass to Kaeo Kanoa, who made a brilliant cut near the 15-yard sideline before racing across the field into the end zone.
Arielle Stoyanow's PAT tied it again at 10-10 with 4:21 left in the third quarter, but Farrington responded with an 11-play, 80-yard drive finished off by Taumua's 23-yard scoring scamper to give the Govs the lead for good.
Silva, who was sidelined for most of the second quarter after an injury to his left leg, returned in the second half and finished with 157 yards on 25 carries. Taumua ended up with 116 yards on 21 rushes.KAPOLEI (6-4) 0 3 7 0 -- 10
FARRINGTON (8-1) 0 3 7 10 -- 20
Farr -- FG Justin Tamashiro 30
Kap -- FG Brandon Begonia 40
Farr -- Amo Silva 4 run (Shanell Atabay Carillo kick)
Kap -- Kaeo Kanoa 48 pass from Aizon Kahana (Arielle Stoyanow kick)
Farr -- Tyler Taumua 23 run (Atabay Carillo kick)
Farr -- FG Tamashiro 27
RUSHING -- Kapolei: Jacob Kukahiko 19-50, Mana Reis 3-17, Kahana 13-(minus-12), Mitchell Moses 1-8. Farrington: Silva 25-157, Taumua 21-116, Montana Liana 1-6, Manu Masalosalo 1-3, Setefano Lavatai 1-(minus-1).
PASSING -- Kapolei: Kahana 8-19-1--122, Moses 1-1-0--12. Farrington: Liana 4-7-0--27.
RECEIVING -- Kapolei: Alton Julius 2-36, Moses 3-25, Kanoa 2-59, Reis 1-2, Kahana 1-12. Farrington: James Hashimoto 1-9, Francis Evangelia 1-1, Tyler Liana 2-17.