Hawaii Prep World will be releasing summer previews of all 29 Oahu varsity football teams in advance of the 2017 season that kicks off in early August.
23RD IN A SERIES
>> 2016 record and finish: 8-4 (5-2 OIA Red); beat Kaiser 43-0 in first round of OIA D-I playoffs, beat Campbell 25-7 in OIA D-I quarterfinals, beat Kapolei 33-27 in OIA semifinals, lost 44-8 to Kahuku in OIA D-I championship game, lost 14-8 to Waianae in first round of the state tournament Open Division
>> Number of returning starters: 3 offense, 3 defense
>> Number of returning seniors: 15
>> Number of starters lost to graduation: 8 offense, 8 defense
>> Number of seniors lost to graduation: 15
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections lost to graduation: Challen Faamatau, first-team RB and second-team RET; Tainano Gaulua, third-team DT; Iosefo Ah Ching-Noga third-team S
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections returning: None
>> Among 2017 key offensive returnees: Sale Collins, Jr., OL, 6-0, 280; Logan Faitau, Jr., OL, 6-1, 295; Blessing Umaga, Sr., RB, 5-10, 205; Titan Pesamino, Sr., TE, 5-11, 215; Reginald Faamatau, Sr., TE/FB, 5-8, 200
>> Among 2017 key defensive returnees: Foi Sila, Sr., DL, 6-0, 270; Chasen Castiliano, Sr., DB, 5-9, 165; Samsen Tanuvasa, Jr., LB, 5-9, 165; Ezra Williams, Sr., DB, 5-10, 160; Tre Barrett, Jr., DB, 6-2, 195
>> Governors with Division I FBS college offers: None
>> All-time state championships: None
>> All-time Prep Bowl era (1973-1998) championships: None
>> All-time OIA championships: 1 (1990, D-I)
>> All-time ILH championships: 2 (1944, D-I; 1965, D-I)
>> 2017 conference: OIA D-I
>> 2017 state tournament declaration: Division I-Open
Head coach RANDALL OKIMOTO on the Governors’ outlook for 2017:
“Everyone is excited to get our first game on our field at our home stadium. It’s going to be a first time for us. First time in history, so that’s going to be a special moment for us. I feel like Kamehameha is the appropriate team to play in our community.
“The summer is the same as usual. We’re trying to instill values and team rules and work ethic. We’re stressing attitude and effort. It’s not always easy, but year in and year out, you find out that those are the things you have to do.
“As a coach, you see players will come and go and graduate. If you are there year after year, it’s not easy because you gotta go back to the basics every year. A part of you wants to progress. You want to take the kids to another level, but of course they graduate, so you go back to whatever you have coming to your program from junior varsity. That’s the biggest challenge year in and year out, coming back to the fundamentals and how to give that message so they will receive it and apply it.
“Numbers-wise, we’re doing OK, with 55 to 60 on varsity. JV has about 65 to 70.
“Last year, I was pleasantly surprised with where we ended up, considering the lack of players we had up front. When I say players, I mean talent and the lack of size up front. Usually we have more linemen. Last year, we were limited with our linemen for whatever reason. I was happy the others stepped up to carry the load and happy that the coaches as well were able to adjust offensively and try and get better production on the field.
“This year, our goals are the same as usual. We want to continue to keep Farrington at (or around) the top of our league and are looking to progress. We’re talking to our guys that a bunch of seniors have left and the new guys have to come in and we have to get them at that same level. And we talk to them about what we need to do to try to break that cycle, to do better than the year before. That’s a challenge, to start with the guys coming back and then do better than the year before. That takes a lot of time and effort and that’s what we’re trying to do.
“As an example of where we are at, though, and I don’t want people to take it the wrong way, but if it was up to me and I was going to choose between Open, D-I and D-II last year, I would have picked D-I. And the reason why I say that is that’s what the players were telling me with their actions. Even if they weren’t saying it with their words, they were saying it with their actions that they didn’t want to be an Open Division team. I think we should have been there in Open, but they didn’t show me they belonged.
“Every year is always a new challenge. Every team takes on a different personality, and we face different challenges and none of it is the same. That’s what makes coaching so fun and keeps us young as we get older. We look forward to what football has to offer.
“Nothing against being on TV, but when you look on the schedule and see that you’re on TV six out of seven times, wow, you talk about inflated egos and trying to keep them in check because of that. It’s like being a parent, you don’t want to spoil your kids all the time or it’s going to be a problem.”
2017 Farrington football schedule
Subject to change. Click here for the latest schedule updates.
Saturday, July 29
Punahou at Farrington (scrimmage)
Friday, Aug. 4
Kamehameha at Farrington (nonleague)
Friday, Aug. 11
Farrington at Campbell
Friday, Aug. 18
>> Farrington at Nanakuli
Saturday, Aug. 26
>> Kapolei at Farrington
Friday, Sept. 1
>> Farrington at Kailua
Friday, Sept. 8
>> Mililani at Farrington
Saturday, Sept. 23
>> Castle at Farrington
Friday, Sept. 29
>> Farrington at Leilehua
2017 Farrington varsity football staff
>> Head coach: Randall Okimoto (16th season, 111-62)
>> Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks: Murphy Kealoha
>> Defensive coordinator and linebackers: Shane Lyman
>> Offensive line: Aaron Kamau and Jonathan Velasco
>> Defensive line: Pale Sanerivi and Honolulu Mika
>> Running backs: Robby Hong and Al Torco
>> Tight ends: Resti Paguirigan
>> Defensive backs: Manley Williams
>> Wide receivers: Ben Kamau