OIA Red Playoffs
The matchup: Campbell (7-2) vs. Farrington (7-2)
Location/Time: Aloha Stadium, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Head-to-head (since 1973): Farrington leads 9-4-1
Biggest margin of victory: Farrington, 27-2, Nov, 11, 1988
*Smallest margin of victory: Campbell, 16-15, Oct. 20, 1995
* Teams played to a 0-0 tie on Sept. 11, 1998
Campbell’s offensive leadersUpdated: Nov. 18
|Amosa Amosa Jr.||11||30||419||4|
Farrington’s offensive leadersUpdated: Nov. 18
In his first season as Campbell head coach, Amosa Amosa took the Sabers to the Division II state tournament in 2008.
Campbell moved up to the OIA Red a year later and hasn’t made a state tournament since.
Is this the year?
The Sabers face the Governors in a rematch of an OIA Red semifinal game two years ago that came down to the final minute. A game current Sabers quarterback Isaac Hurd remembers very well.
Hurd was a sophomore and was the backup quarterback to Justin Tago-Sue, who was pulled in the third quarter after throwing a second interception. Trailing 27-12, Hurd led the Sabers to two touchdowns, completing six of his first seven passes.
A 10-yard touchdown pass to Keoni Piceno was followed by a 3-yard TD run on a quarterback sneak to cut the deficit to 27-24 early in the fourth quarter.
The Sabers got the ball back with 4 minutes remaining, but Hurd was taken out of the game with an injury to his wrist. The Sabers were stopped at at the Farrington 35 on fourth down and the Govs clinched a berth in the state tournament. Campbell lost to Leilehua the following week to finish fourth in the OIA and out of the state tournament.
Hurd will get another shot this week against one of the hottest teams in the state right now. Farrington has won seven in a row since starting 0-2 after squeaking out a narrow 17-10 win over Kapolei last Friday.
Quarterback Montana Liana put up a rare 200-yard passing game, connecting five times with Jacob Baguio, who had 127 receiving yards, including the game-winning 80-yard TD in the fourth quarter.
Farrington has given up 14 points or less in six of the seven games during its winning streak. A lot will depend on the stats of running back Sanele Lavatai, who had to leave last week’s game against Kapolei in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. The offense was clearly different without him as Farrington struggled to move the ball until the big 80-yard pass play.
There’s been a lot of talk about how much better the OIA Red West is than the East this year. Thursday night, it will be decided on the field. The two best teams in the East face the two best teams in the West. Farrington squeaked by Kapolei while Campbell put a hurting on McKinley. Can Amosa finally get that elusive Division I state berth or will the Govs make it to the OIA championship game for the second time in three years?