Governors get back to what works

by Jason Kaneshiro on September 12, 2013

Farrington's Sanele Lavatai has the Governors' offense humming again. Honolulu Star-Advertiser Photo by Krystle Marcellus

Farrington’s Sanele Lavatai has the Governors’ offense humming again. Honolulu Star-Advertiser Photo by Krystle Marcellus

It took a little while for Farrington’s running game to find some traction this season before Sanele Lavatai and Vimoto Fuimaono broke loose for dual 100-yard games last week.

Lavatai went for 157 yards and three touchdowns and Fuimaono finished with 110 yards on just seven carries in a 31-14 win over Kailua. The accomplishment had become relatively commonplace last year when Tyler Taumua and Abraham Silva both powered past the century mark in five games:

Kaimuki—Silva 176, Taumua 115.
Moanalua—Silva 206, Taumua 166.
Kapolei—Silva 157, Taumua 116.
Leilehua—Silva 178, Taumua 173.
Kealakehe—Taumua 171, Silva 146.

Between them, Taumua and Silva combined to give the Governors at least one 100-yard rusher in 20 of 25 games in 2011 and ‘12. Farrington had just two such games in 2010 and went 11-for-12 in 2009, when Harry Tuimaseve averaged 148.8 yards per game.

Prior to last week’s game, Lavatai’s 42 yards in a season-opening loss at Waianae was Farrington’s most productive rushing performance of the young season.

Farrington’s ground game will try to maintain the momentum on Saturday when the Governors (2-2, 2-0 OIA Red East) face McKinley (3-2, 2-1) at Roosevelt’s Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.

After starting 2-0 in the OIA Red East, McKinley is looking to maintain a place among the conference leaders following a 21-7 loss to Castle last week.

Farrington won last year’s meeting 26-7 at Roosevelt, pulling away after McKinley took the lead on an 84-yard touchdown pass from Denzel Kalahiki-Gasper to Tyrell Tuiasosopo. Taumua ran for 113 yards and a touchdown.

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