GAME NIGHT 8/3: Farrington/Leilehua

Farrington 35, Leilehua 16, F

At Hugh Yoshida Stadium
Farrington (1-0) 7 7 7 14 — 35
Leilehua (0-1) 0 6 10 0 — 16
FAR—Raymond Millare 77 pass from Richard Tagataese (Andrew Cabuco kick)
FAR—Cameron Faletufuga 24 fumble return (Cabuco kick)
LEI—Jeremy Evans 25 pass from Max Nichols (run failed)
LEI—Akoni Tom-Makue FG 25.
FAR—Selau Kalani 32 pass from Tagataese (Cabuco kick)
LEI—Nichols 39 run (Tom-Makue kick)
FAR—TJ Paleafei 1 run (Cabuco kick)
FAR—Kalani 1 run (Cabuco kick)
JV—Leilehua 27, Farrington 2.

RUSHING—Farrington: Samsen Tanuvasa 4-14, Tagataese 7-3, Kalani 14-42, Millare 6-26, Paleafei 7-25, Zion Lista 1-0. Leilehua: Chad Dilay 6-14, Nichols 10-(-2), Damarion Smith 2-1, Team 2-(-48), Kalei Aka 1-(-1).

PASSING—Farrington: Tagataese 6-13-1-150. Leilehua: Nichols 16-34-1-200.

RECEIVING—Farrington: Millare 2-80, Kalani 3-65, LaDravian Williams 1-5. Leilehua: Dorian Furtado 3-35, Jayzon Ramos 3-55, Evans 7-74, Dilay 3-(-3), Akagi 1-5, Rayden Rulloda-Kim 1-36.

Defensive lineman Chase Sedeno had his biggest play of the game, recovering a fumble by Nichols, who was hit during the pass rush. Farrington took over at the Mules’ 38, got a 31-yard strike from Tagataese to the versatile Laloulu, and he later completed the six-play drive with a 1-yard burst into the end zone. The Govs led 35-16 with 8:36 left.

The Govs then went almost exclusively to the ground attack, marching 80 yards in 11 plays. TJ Paleafei, making his debut in the game, carried three times, capping the drive with a 1-yard plunge over the goal line, and the Govs led 28-16 with 11:52 remaining.

The Govs’ staff is putting a lot of trust in a multitude of ballcarriers out of the backfield. Millare picks up 30 yards bouncing to the left, then 6 and 4 more yards on carries. Then it’s sophomore Tony Paleafei with his first carry for 2 yards, then a 10-yard gain to the 1. Fans here wanted a fumble, but his knee hit the ground before the pigskin bounced free. Quarter ends on the play.

Nichols races around the left side on a scramble and stuns Farrington with a 39-yard TD run. That brings the Mules within 21-16 with 3:40 left in the third. WOW.

Moments after the Mules cut the lead to 14-9 on a field goal, Tagataese hits RB Laloulu on a fourth-and-7 swing pass for a stunning 32-yard touchdown. That opens the visitors’ lead to 21-9 with 5:41 left in the third quarter.

Akoni Tom-Makue’s 25-yard field goal cuts the margin to five points.

The Governors have 85 penalty yards on nine flags.

Halftime statistics
At Hugh Yoshida Stadium
Farrington 7 7 xx xx — 14
Leilehua 0 6 xx xx — 6
FAR—Raymond Millare 77 pass from Rjay Tagataese (Andrew Cabuco kick)
FAR—Cameron Faletufuga 24 fumble return (Cabuco kick)
LEI—Jeremy Evans 25 pass from Max Nichols (run failed)

JV—Leilehua 27, Farrington 2.

#22 Samsen Tanuvasa 4-14.
#12 Tagataese 7-(-16),
#7 Sapati Laloulu 9-34.

#18 Chad Dilay 3-8,
Nichols 5-(-32),
#31 Damarion Smith 1-1,
Team 1-(-27).

Tagataese 3-6-1-82.

#5 Nichols 9-16-1-82

#13 Millare 2-80,
#7 Laloulu 1-2.

#17 Dorian Furtado 2-21,
#2 Evans 5-59,
#18 Dilay 2-2,

The Mules get on the scoreboard. After struggling against the Govs’ pass rush — four sacks — QB Nichols connects with WR Jeremy Evans for gains of 16 and 16 yards before finding him in the right corner of the end zone against double coverage. The 25-yard scoring strike brings Leilehua within 14-6 with :23 left in the first half. The PAT snap is on the ground and elite PK Akoni Tom-Makue takes a hit on the play.

The rain has made an effect, but not so large as now, when a bouncing shotgun snap got past QB Max Nichols and is scooped up by DE Cameron Faletufuga for a 24-yard TD return. The Govs lead 14-0 with 2:13 left in the second quarter.

Second quarter begins with more of the soft drizzle that has kept the synthetic turf a bit squishy and slick.

Farrington with the ball at the Leilehua 36 to start the next series, but Tagataese’s deep out is off target and picked by cornerback Trevor Cui-Anderson.

Fourth and 4 for Farrington, Jaeden Chow with the clutch shoestring tackle of Tagataese on a sprintout, technically a sack, to end the threat.

The Mules are done in with by a sack on their first series, then throw a pick in the second possession. Sapati Laloulu returns the ball 27 yards to the Leilehua 17.

Farrington opens at its 25 and scores on a 77-yard TD pass from freshman Rjay Tagataese to Raymond Millare. Govs lead 7-0 with 11:13 to go in the first quarter. WOW.

After a hot afternoon, rain fell during the first half of the JV game. Skies remained overcast through the completion with Leilehua prevailing 27-2.

Varsity game about to kick off at roughly 7:40 p.m. Leilehua wins the toss and defers. Farrington will receive the opening kickoff.

Leilehua senior quarterback Max Nichols warms up for the season opener. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.


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