Do the Governors have the girth?

Farrington is one of the few teams in the state that appears to have what it takes to collar Kahuku. Krystle Marcellus / Star-Advertiser
Farrington is one of the few teams in the state that appears to have what it takes to collar Kahuku. Krystle Marcellus / Star-Advertiser

Of any defense in the league, the Governors have historically had the mass and speed to give Kahuku a challenge in the trenches.

Wins by Farrington in this series have been hard to come by, but from a purely physical matchup, the Govs have a shot.

The big question is this: Will Farrington stay with its usual 11 starters? If coach Randall Okimoto sticks with his usual safeties and cornerbacks, that could be an issue. The Govs have had trouble making tackles at the second and especially third levels this season.

But they’ve got the personnel to stonewall power plays to the inside and off tackle. Imagine fullback Freedom Alualu, who has experience at linebacker, waiting at the edge when Kesi Ah-Hoy tries to squirm through. Picture one or two of the Govs’ tight ends, like Kingsley Moses-Sanchez (5-11, 209), Jace Baguio (5-11, 208) or Elia Mose (5-11, 197) on the other side containing Ah-Hoy or Harmon Brown.

It’s a scatter-shot idea, and most great programs don’t get gimmicky, particularly at this time of year.

But there’s this reality to deal with: In nine games, Kahuku has rushed for 2,406 yards (267.3 per game) on 333 carries (7.2 per).

Chopping at the line of scrimmage is permitted only at the point of contact, illegal done by a second player away from the block. No defense has successfully done this to Kahuku, obviously, and even Okimoto is not a fan of this technique. When another team used it against his “Bamboolas” a few years ago, he was not happy about it.

Of course, the simplest solution changing Kahuku’s approach might be for Farrington to get an early lead and keep it throughout. Even if they’re down one score in the final minutes, it’s unlikely Red Raiders would stray from their game plan. Believers and naysayers have their thoughts on Kahuku’s one-dimensional offense, but this much is true: it’s been a perfect season for the big, red wall so far.


  1. Paper Crane October 22, 2015 9:45 pm

    Great question about having girth like that’s for all four quarters and like the entire football field 120yds X 53.3yds;…main thing that the girth doesn’t spring a leak or several leaks;…enjoy this weeks other best game.

  2. hiro October 23, 2015 6:06 am

    Id say Farringto may have a chance on defense. Thats our style of football (c/o 99)… we prefer smashmouth in your face offebse cause thats our style defense. Not defending the spread and chasing QB’s around, maybe thats why the 2nd and third level tackeling has been bad, not great at one on one tackles but tackles in the box is where the Gov D is more comfortable. Whats gona hurt our chances is the Gov O against that dangerous Kahuku D. Thats the real Big Red Wall….. good luck too both teams cause thats the 2 teams for some reason get hate on the most. (Mililani haters building up tho lol). Farrington vs Kahuku…. classic old school OIA football…

  3. Petey October 23, 2015 9:34 am

    I don’t think so. Kapolei and Waianae both have size equal to, or larger than Farrington. Remember, Kapolei dominated Farrington and Waianae’s vaunted running game was stopped cold by Kahuku. The Red Raiders are on a collision course with Mililani.

  4. Kahuku 82 October 23, 2015 11:12 am

    Only dangerous thing about putting all your big boys on defense is if kahukus RBs decide to bounce it outside, gonna need some speed to catch up.. Key for govs offense is to give their defense time to rest by sustaining drives.. But forget about the past weeks, farrington always raise their level of play when it comes to kahuku! Gonna be a good classic smash mouth matchup.. Forget about the lovers of the forward pass, this one gonna be for da lovers of the forward RUN!!! Good luck to both teams!!!

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