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.