It should be a fun weekend of football as the OIA Division I playoffs begin while the ILH regular season ends and the OIA D-II playoff race gets sorted out.
No. 6 Farrington (5-2, 5-2 OIA Red) will be without head coach Randall Okimoto due to a family obligation for its OIA first-round playoff matchup against Kaiser (2-6, 1-6 OIA Blue) at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium. Govs’ running back Challen Faamatau has rushed for 2,850 yards and 34 touchdowns in 30 career games. He has a chance to go over 3,000 yards tonight against a depleted Kaiser team that expects to suit up 25 players after having 24 for a game against Kahuku last Friday.
HISTORY: Farrington leads the all-time series 17-6 and has won 12 of the last 13 meetings. The last game between the two schools was a 46-0 shutout by the Govs in 2011.
Live updates of the 7 p.m. kickoff will follow below.
9:30 p.m.: And that’s it. Farrington moves on and will play in the state tournament.
8:57 p.m.: Any questions whether Arnold Martinez would look at his battered undermanned squad and throw in the towel were answered when they answered the bell for the third quarter. Unfortunately, Farrington returned the kickoff for another touchdown. Iosefo Ah-Ching travels 97 yards to make it 43-0 Farrington.
8:39 p.m.: Halftime, Farrington up 36-0. The second half will begin with a running clock. Kaiser’s gauntlet of a schedule is almost complete.
8:20 p.m.: Farrington adds another score, this one from the air. Kingsley Moses-Sanchez hauls in a 24-yard pass from Bishop Rapoza and then Farrington converts for two points on a bad snap. Farrington 36-0 with 5:06 left in the first quarter.
8:13 p.m.: Faamatau gets loose again, this time scoring from eight yards out. Farrington leads 28-0 with 7:29 to go before half after Umaga’s kick.
7:56 p.m.: Faasisina Masalosalo recovered a punt blocked by teammate Ayson-Jae Calip in the end zone. Governors up 21-0 with 10:27 left before the half.
7:50 p.m.: Farrington scores again, this time Challen Faamatau breaking off a 47-yard touchdown run. The pass was good to make it 14-0.
7:15 p.m.: That didn’t take long. Richard Anderson with a 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown but the kick failed. Farrington leads 6-0 with 10:16 left in the first quarter.