The first day of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Football Championships brought us an even number of blowouts (Campbell 48-0, Damien 40-0, Lahainaluna 52-14) and competitive games (‘Iolani 17-14, Leilehua 26-25, Mililani 49-28).
Saturday night at Aloha Stadium is a groundbreaking moment in the 17-year history of the state tournament with the first Open Division games scheduled to begin.
In the first game, we get a rare matchup of two OIA teams that have yet to play this season. While Mililani and Leilehua will meet for the third time in 44 days next week, Waianae (8-4) and Farrington (8-3) will tangle for the first time in 2016.
This is the fifth straight year the two teams will have played at least once. Waianae ended Farrington’s season last year winning the OIA third-place game to clinch a state tournament berth. This year, Waianae’s season would have been done without the creation of an Open Division. The Seariders lost the third-place game this year to Kapolei.
The winner Saturday gets ILH champion Saint Louis in the semifinals.
HISTORY: Waianae leads the series 17-8 in the Prep Bowl and state championship eras.
Live updates of the 4:30 p.m. kickoff will follow below.
FINAL — Waianae 14, Farrington 8. Seariders advance to face Saint Louis in the Open Division semifinals on Nov. 11.
7:19 — Ambrocio 2 yards up the middle on first down. Farrington takes its first timeout with 1:53 left. Towne gets to the Farrington 42 to set up third and 1. Timeout Govs. Towne is stopped short, Farrington uses its last timeout with 1:39 left. Now Waianae uses a timeout on fourth and 1. Towne up the middle for 9 yards and a first down and that should do it with 1:29 left.
7:13 — Rapoza converts on fourth-and-3 at the Govs 22 with a 6-yard pass to Faamatau. Three incomplete passes brings up another fourth down and Rapoza hits Ah Ching for 18 yards and a first down. Farrington moves into Waianae territory but this time a fourth-down pass is incomplete. Waianae takes over at its 49 with 1:58 left leading 14-8. Faamatau injured on the play and is on the turf on the Waianae sideline. He crosses the field with help from two teammates.
7:09 — Farrington attempts a throwback on the kickoff return, Faamatau tracks down the loose ball and gets to the 15.
7:03 — Towne goes right for 5 yards. Towne again off the left side and he’s in with a 15-yard run. TOUCHDOWN. Seariders reclaim the lead with 4:58 left. Timeout Waianae before the PAT. Ebel’s kick is good. Waianae leads 14-8.
7:01 — Faamatau is stuffed on a run up the middle and the ball comes loose late. He’s initially ruled down, but the officials meet and give the ball to Waianae at the 20 with 5:39 left.
6:59 — Towne picks up 14 on first down, but Farrington stops the drive at the Waianae 40 and the Seariders punt. Farrington ball at its 20 with 5:54 left.
6:55 — On Farrington’s fourth play of the drive, Faamatau finds just enough room on the right side to score on a 2 yd run. TOUCHDOWN. Rapoza stopped on the 2-point conversion attempt. Farrington takes an 8-7 lead with 7:40 left.
6:50 — Waianae gives it right back on fumble on a handoff on third and 16. Ayson-Jae Calip recovers at the Waianae 13.
6:47 — Farrington sets up at the Waianae 41 after the free kick. Faamatau picks up 9 yards on his first carry and fumbles on the next. But it’s wiped out by a facemask penalty. Farrington keeps possession at the 25. Govs attempt a double pass and Faamatau’s throw is just long. Govs face fourth and 10 when Waianae jumps offside. Rapoza’s pass is tipped and falls incomplete. Waianae takes over with 10:08 left.
6:40 — Masalosalo opens the fourth quarter with a sack of Pontes-Borje in the end zone. SAFETY. Govs on the board trailing 7-2, 11:56 left. Govs will receive the free kick.
6:39 — Pontes-Borje escapes on first down to avoid a safety, sneaks it forward on second down to end the third quarter.
6:33 — Faamatau and Freedon Alualu up the middle for 1 yard each. Faamatau stopped short again on third down. Timeout Waianae before fourth and goal at the 1. Farrington comes out in the centipede package, Faamatau keeps it up the middle and is stuffed by the Seariders. Waianae keeps the lead with the goal line stand.
6:28 — Ah Ching adds to his big night by blocking a Waianae punt and Umaga scoops up the loose ball and returns it to the Waianae 9. Penalty moves it to the 4. First down Farrington.
6:24 — Faamatau lines up a QB in the power package and keeps it three times for a total of 5 yards. Govs punt from their end zone, downed at the Waianae 46, 3:57 third quarter.
6:17 — Towne up the middle for gains of 12 and 6 yards. Ambrocio goes wide for a pick up of 3 and Grey moves the chains with a 7 yard run to the Farrington 47. Ulu to Ambrocio for a 23-yard catch to the Govs 20. On second down, Ambrocio escapes the pursuit for a 5-yard gain. Grey surges forward to the 9 to set up first and goal. Waianae runs it up the middle on four straight plays and Towne is stuffed by Faasisina Masalosalo on fourth down. Farrington ball.
6:09 — Waianae will receive to open the second half and before the kick Farrington is called for encroachment. Ambrocio fields the kick at the 20 and weaves upfield. Personal foul moves Waianae back to the 25.
5:50 — Faamatau returns the kickoff 55 yards to the Waianae 43. Farrington calls timeout with :07 left. Waianae closes the half with a sack by Kanai Mauga. Halftime. Waianae has 225 yards in total offense to Farrington’s 11. The Govs still in it thanks to their three takeaways. Ulu is 6-for-9 for 97 yards and a TD.
5:47— Waianae faces third and 2 when Towne gets a good block on the edge to spring him down the sideline. Towne gets to the Farrington 43 with a 29-yard gain. Penalty on Farrington gives the Seariders 5 more yards. Ulu to Isaiah Freeney for 10 yards to the Govs 28 with :33 left. Ulu deep down the left side to Freeney for the TOUCHDOWN. Tate Ebel PAT good. Seariders lead 7-0, :19 second quarter. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards,
5:37 — Justin Uahinui takes a turn at QB and fumbles the snap on first down. He connects with Faamatau over the middle for a 20-yard completion to the Waianae 30. Personal foul on Farrington pushes the Govs back to the 45, first and 25. Rapoza has a receiver open downfield on third down but Tony Cabral tips it away at the last moment. Farrington punt goes into the end zone for a touchback.
5:34 — Freedom Alualu sacks Ulu for a 5-yard loss on second down. Ulu goes deep on third down and Ah Ching nearly comes up with the third interception. Waianae punts.
5:30 — Govs pick up a first down on third and 5 on an 8-yard completion from Rapoza to Stephen Eter. A sack is wiped out by a defensive holding call on Waianae. Another third down completion is 3 yards short and Blessing Umaga punts for the fifth time today.
5:23 — On third and 12, Ulu completes a throw to Grey who picks up the first down, Fumble. Govs recover at the 13 for their third straight takeaway.
5:17 —Ambrocio appears to have some room on a reverse but is stopped short of the first down. After Grey picks up the first down with a 4 yard run, yet another false start, the fourth of the half for Waianae. Nice play action fake by Ulu and an 11-yard completion to Atui Valu. Javen Towne gets loose for a 29-yard run to the Farrington 29. After a 2-yard loss, timeout Waianae.
5:13 — Second quarter starts with a sack for a 12-yard loss and Farrington punts from the Waianae 31. Touchback.
5:10 —False start for Farrington on first down and Faamatau is dropped for a 7-yard loss. Bishop Rapoza completes a 10-yard pass on the final play of the first quarter.
5:07 —Pontes-Borje back at QB for Waianae. Drive starts with a false start, then a delay of game on third down. Ah Ching comes up with his second interception and returns it to the Waianae 17 with :52 left in the first quarter.
5:02 — Farrington’s possession results in a loss of 2 yards and the Governors punt for the third time today.
4:59— Waianae called for personal foul, false start and holding penalties on consecutive plays to push the Seariders back to the 48. Iosefo Ah Ching comes up with an interception on third and 36. After a weaving return into Waianae territory a penalty gives Farrington possession at its 47.
4:55 — Jaren Ulu takes over at quarterback for Waianae. Solofua Grey picks up the game’s initial first down and Rico Rosario finds room down the sideline for an 18-yard gain to the 42. Rosario picks up nine yards on his next two carries to set up third and 1 at the Farrington 49. Seariders call timeout to avoid a delay of game. Ulu lofts a throw to Kade Ambrocio for a 27-yard completion down the right side. First down at the Farrington 22.
4:49 — Waianae forcing Challen Faamatau to run east-west early on. The Seariders string him out for a 2-yard run on first down. Faamatau finds a little room up the middle for 4 yards on third and 8. Farrington punt is downed at the Waianae 14.
4:46 — Waianae QB Jorell Pontes-Borje fumbles his first snap and recovers. Javen Towne with a 2-yard gain. Pontes-Borje completes a 10-yard pass to Jeresalem Tootoo and the Seariders punt.
4:41— Waianae drops Farrington for losses on first and third down and forces a punt. Waianae takes over at its 29.
4:37 — Waianae will kickoff to open the game.
4:34 p.m. — National anthem, Hawaii Pono’i and both alma maters completed, coming up on kickoff to the Open Division’s inaugural matchup.