JV game, Kamehameha won 10-7.
Varsity is just starting. I’m expecting a low-scoring game. Kamehameha is learning a new system under new coach Doug Cosbie. The Warriors offense scored one touchdown in a 15-0 win over Castle last week. Farrington’s coming off a 33-16 loss to Waianae.
Long run by Kamehameha’s quarterback set up a touchdown pass that was called back by penalty (ineligible man downfield).
Third and long, nice rollout against a heavy rush by Noah Sua-Godinet for a long touchdown pass to William Young in the corner. Kamehameha leads 7-0 early.
T.J. Fitzsimmons had plenty of distance but was wide left on a 43-yard field-goal attempt for Kamehameha. Warriors still lead 7-0 with 6:10 left in the first quarter.
Brandon Simao with a nifty spin move near the sideline on a punt return for a touchdown. Return was about 55 yards. Kamehameha leads 14-0 with less than five minutes left in the first quarter.
Farrington running back Sanele Lavatai is down with an injury after a good pickup.
Kekoa Sasaoka. Ring a bell? The phenom from Kahuku was a promising kicker, but wound up on the Kahuku JV a year ago, then transferred to Farrington. He just drilled a LONG field goal for the Govs, then boomed the kickoff into the end zone. Kamehameha’s lead is now 10-3 with less than 11 minutes left in the second quarter.
But back to Sasaoka. He caught plenty of attention two years ago when videos of him booming 60-yard field goals (practice, no rush) at Aloha Stadium. How he wound up away from Kahuku, I don’t know. But I’ll find out. It’s turned out to be a strange scenario since Kahuku’s Jake Samsel went from being an All-State kicker last year — after transferring in from Utah — to missing spring and summer workouts.
Samsel is now on the roster at Kahuku, but rusty.
Another big play by Simao. On fourth and inches, he broke out of the pack in up the middle and scooted to the left sideline for a 21-yard touchdown run. Warriors now lead the Govs 21-3 with 7:21 to go in the second quarter.
Halftime: Warriors 21, Govs 3. Great defensive pressure by the home team, good balance offensively, solid special teams. Govs are struggling on the ground, plus Lavatai is now out for the game. And there’s no passing game to speak of.
Farrington needs time, reps to really get this new offensive unit (10 starters graduate) in sync. Facing stealth defenses like Waianae and Kamehameha is seriously tough sledding.
Sua-Godinet rolls on play-action and hits Kaaumoana Gifford for a short touchdown pass. Gifford got whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct (taunting) after the score. Warriors lead 28-3 with 3:13 to go in the third.
The game has slowed down a bit because of some injuries, mostly because of penalties. Simao is done for the night (cramps).
Sua-Godinet hits Maximillian Roe on a smooth swing pass for a 10-yard touchdown pass as Kamehameha opens the lead to 35-3 with 6:20 left. Most of the drive was runs up the gut.
Fitzsimmons hits a 40-yard field goal with about 10 yards to spare. Warriors lead 38-3 with 1:25 remaining.
Final: Kamehameha 38, Farrington 3. The Warriors have work to do, Coach Doug Cosbie says, on their passing game. Timing takes, well, time. But the ground game, defense — stellar tonight.
Farrington Coach Randall Okimoto wasn’t totally joking when he said the Govs did one thing well tonight — the field goal by Kekoa Sasaoka. But there are eight players who will return soon from academic probation, and that will help.