Farrington wins despite fumble-itis

by Paul Honda on October 8, 2013

It was near-perfect execution in all phases for Farrington for a half against Kahuku.

In their OIA Red East showdown with No. 5 Kahuku, the underdog Governors led 14-0 in the third quarter when the pigskin became difficult to grasp. They fumbled three times, but lost the ball just once.

On an apparent fourth fumble, by quarterback Montana Liana after taking a hit from the Red Raiders, Kahuku recovered. But officials ruled the play an incomplete pass.

Video showed that Liana’s arm did not move forward, but video review is not a part of high school football.

“They said it was an incomplete pass. We didn’t have a good angle because we were on the far side,” Kahuku coach Reggie Torres said.

Nevertheless, Kahuku scored a touchdown a few minutes later and pulled within 14-7 before losing 21-7. The Govs pulled it out despite an additional fumble in the fourth quarter — a total of four in the second half.

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