CLOSING THE BOOK: 2019 Farrington Governors

Farrington linebacker Joshua Matagi (55) celebrated a fumble recovery during the first half against Campbell. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

>> 2-9 overall, 2-3 OIA Open Division

>> Daniel Sanchez is 4-19 in two seasons with the Govs.

>> DB/RB TJ Paleafei, Jr.; RB Raymond Millare, Jr.; QB Darius Chaffin, Jr.; LB Torrence Liufau, So.



Farrington is a long away away from competing in the top of the OIA, but it is closer than some others.

The Governors got off to a rough start with a 35-0 loss to Leilehua, and now they are home watching the Mules compete for the Division I state title. Farrington did clinch its second straight playoff berth with wins over Kapolei and Waianae but only turned it into another loss to Campbell.

Farrington took forever to figure out an effective offense, getting shut out in three of its first four contests and scoring just six points in the other one. That offense improved by the middle of the season but still added up to just 9.6 points per game for the school’s lowest output since Skippa Diaz was handcuffed for a 9.3 mark in 1983. That was a full touchdown lower than last year, and the improved defense had no chance of making up for it. 

The defenders allowed 29.4 points per game after last year’s disappointing 33.0 mark, adding up to a point differential of minus-19.8 for the school’s worst since the team Francis Aiwohi took over from NFL legend Don Coryell way back in 1953. These Govs won two games to Aiwohi’s one, and the Governors haven’t had a winning season since 2016.

Farrington coach Daniel Sanchez tried to combat the impossible task in front of him by turning even further to the running game with passes called on only 37 percent of plays. That left quarterback Darius Chaffin to lead the team with only 157 pass attempts and turning it into 673 yards and only a single touchdown, the fewest yards for Farrington’s passing leader since since Jared Hakuole was limited to 636 in 2010.

Chaffin started every game and was unleashed in the first two weeks against Leilehua and Punahou before seeing his passing attempts dwindle. Chaffin was actually very good at taking care of the ball, with just seven interceptions, but he never really got a chance to push the envelope after Week 2. Kulana Pate got some run against Campbell and Mililani as the backup and was pretty much a clone of Chaffin with 164 yards on 29 attempts with two interceptions. Jonah Aina-Chaves threw the only other touchdown pass, collecting 138 yards on 21 attempts.

Raymond Millare was the first Farrington running back to get the ball more than 100 times in a season since Challen Faamatau had 259 in 2016. Millare toted the rock 104 times for 551 yards and four touchdowns to lead the crew for the second season in a row. That seems to be a difference between former coach Randall Okimoto and his old fullback, as Okimoto had no qualms against loading a horse with a workload similar than Diaz handed to him and Sanchez seems to be more willing to share the wealth.

Millare was used sparingly until the team’s midseason visit to Kapolei, where he exploded for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in a rare victory. He had only 18 carries in the four games before that. Millare went over the century mark in the next two games, against Kamehameha and Waianae, but his opportunities ground to a halt after that and he was nowhere to be found for the playoff loss to Campbell. So to put it simply, Farrington was 2-0 when Millare had 20 or more carries and 0-9 when he didn’t. Still, Millare had the most yardage for a Farrington running back since Faamatau in 2016. Millare was far from alone as far as talent goes. Chaffin was a more than effective runner with 159 yards when he wasn’t scrambling for his life and TJ Paleafei showed true glimpses of greatness with 174 yards and a touchdown on just 38 carries but was used sparingly until going 23-69-1 in the playoff game against Campbell. Jonah Aina-Chaves got a late start after moving over from St. Francis and never really got going, finishing with just 70 yards on 48 carries with a touchdown, a drop off from his production with the Saints in Division II. Torrence Liufau and Caleb Matagi also scored touchdowns for the Governors.

Tight end Christian Havea and Kainoa Mane were the only receivers to celebrate touchdowns in 2019, fewer than last year’s leading receiver, Selau Kalani, had by himself. Havea finished as the leader in receiving yards with 372 on a scant 26 catches, the second time in three years the leader had fewer than 400. Havea had some great games — more than five catches against Punahou, Canmpbell and Mililani — but disappeared all too often. Mane was the most dependable, catching a pass in every game except one even though they were short gains. Fifteen different receivers caught passes for Farrington this year, with Rios the only other one except for Millare to cover more than 100 yards.

Aina-Chaves, Havea and Mane will matriculate, with the receivers among the first to play an entire varsity career in the brutal Open Division. Catching Campbell might be a stretch, but with Millare and Chaffin both returning the offense should gain some separation on Kapolei and Waianae if the same division setup returns.

Farrington offensive lineman Faaope Laloulu (75) blocked as quarterback Darius Chaffin (12) dropped back to pass against Campbell. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.


Darius Chaffin1171-157-76731
Kulana Pate513-29-21640
Jonah Aina-Chaves910-21-01381
Raymond Millare90-1-000
Raymond Millare91045514
TJ Paleafei5381741
Darius Chaffin11791591
Torrence Liufau624931
Jonah Aina-Chaves948701
Caleb Matagi15231
Seau Kalani619170
Draven Fesili11120
Keane Foster3680
AJ Fernandez3230
Tugase Williams11-120
Floyd Faleao715-130
Kulana Pate53-200
Christian Havea6263721
Kainoa Mane10212381
Raymond Millare9161460
Isaiah Rios591060
Zion Paro-Amina24270
Dahlas Suyat22220
AJ Fernandez34180
Torrence Liufau61150
Floyd Faleao75130
TJ Paleafei5190
Exodus Liua1190
Keane Foster3170
Draven Fesili1140
Slzayah Savea11-10
Jonah Aina-Chaves91-20
Farrington quarterback Darrius Chaffin (12) led the Govs in passing in 2019. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Farrington’s Jonah Aina-Chaves (15) tried to get past Mililani defensive end Shane Kady (45) and linebacker Bam Amina (10) during the first quarter. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Farrington running back Caleb Matagi (52) broke the goal line for a touchdown against Campbell. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Farrington receiver Isaiah Rios (88) caught a pass and tried to get away from Leilehua cornerback Daijon Wilder (21) during the Govs’ season opener. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Farrington’s Raymond Millare returned a kickoff against Waianae. Photo by Andrew Lee/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Farrington’s Darius Chaffin (12) broke away for a big gain against Waianae. Photo by Andrew Lee/Special to the Star-Advertiser.


  1. ILH November 13, 2019 2:16 pm

    My Kalihi Peeps, so whats the key for success next year???

  2. Old School November 13, 2019 3:47 pm

    Think they should separate ILH-OIA alliance and realign OIA, go back to Prep Bowl format for Open…

  3. Hau’ulaBoy November 13, 2019 6:08 pm

    Farrington has the workhorse back that they need to feed. O-line is built for the run. Play action and maybe even option game. The key is the trenches. The type of lineman they have aren’t built for pass-protection.

  4. Unknown November 14, 2019 12:57 pm

    Farrington Football Program along with the Coaches, AD,Principal all are Guilty of Favoritism, Nepotism, and Discrimination!. There Code of Champions is a Joke!. They all break the rules! Even the Coach’s!. Always bout the win!. Not teaching the Love of the Game. All the 1st string F’s in there report card but still Start the Game!. Unreal?. Code of Champions?.

  5. ILH November 15, 2019 11:56 am


    So, get rid of the AD, Principal and the Coaches. Ok.

    Who would you like to see come in and take over the program?

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