The winner of tonight’s game between Leilehua and Farrington gets a week off next week as the No. 2 seed out of the OIA Red with a first-round playoff bye.
Top performances in series
Farrington passing vs. Leilehua: Royce Machado with 306 yards in 2001
Farrington rushing vs. Leilehua: Abraham Silva with 178 yards in 2012
Farrington receiving vs. Leilehua: Yeoland Tamapua with 130 yards in 2001
Leilehua passing vs. Farrington: Andrew Manley with 313 yards in 2008
Leilehua rushing vs. Farrington: Termaine Anderson with 74 yards in 1994
Leilehua receiving vs. Farrington: Kamana Akagi with 124 yards in 2009
LEILEHUA MULES (5-2, 4-2 OIA Red)
Head coach: Mark Kurisu
NO. 8 FARRINGTON GOVERNORS (4-3, 4-2)
Head coach: Randall Okimoto
Leilehua 33, No. 8 Farrington 6
After an onside kick is recovered by LEI (it was short anyway), the Mules are pounding right up the middle. Drive stalls at the 19, and for the first time, Tom-Makue misses a field-goal try.
Leilehua 33, No. 8 Farrington 6
Tom-Makue tacks on a 21-yard field goal and tries his best to sell a faux hit from Chasen Castelliano in the final minutes. Not exactly Oscar worthy.
Leilehua 30, No. 8 Farrington 6, 4Q, 10:11
Eter’s scrambling ability is wearing the Mules defense down. He runs circles and gains 15, then 24 yards. Then it’s a 12-yard pass to Richard Pili. Then he escapes the pass rush again and lofts an 18-yard TD pass in the back of the end zone to Bobby Alualu-Alo. PAT pass is deflected, but the Govs are on the scoreboard.
THIRD QUARTER ENDS
Correction, five of the six kickoffs to this point were touchbacks by Tom-Makue. The next one is returned 24 yards, FAR ball at its 25. Tanuvasa runs for 6 yards as the quarter ends.
Leilehua 30, No. 8 Farrington 0, 3Q, :19
The Mules have Alijah Stone (5-3, 205) at RB and he gets busy with three carries and a catch. The catch is for 11 yards, first down. Tom-Makue’s 31-yard field goal is his third of the game.
That’s six touchbacks on kickoffs by Tom-Makue. Plus two FGs. Farrington starts again at its 20. A personal foul on Farrington pushes the ball back to the 11, and then Stephen Eter at QB is sacked. Punt is returned 14 yards, LEI ball at the FAR 37. TV time out.
Leilehua 27, No. 8 Farrington 0, Leilehua 0, 3Q, 6:22
Mules ball and McGary tears off a big run on the left side, but he goes down with a leg injury. He’s carried off by teammates. Tom-Makue nails a 41-yard field goal, running into the kicker penalty declined.
Tom-Makue with another kickoff for a touchback, his fifth in five tries. This one goes out of the back of the end zone. First play for FAR (after a personal foul on LEI on the kickoff), pass by Afe goes through Silva’s hands, intercepted by Kalani Iman.
Leilehua 24, No. 8 Farrington 0, 3Q, 9:24
Mules muff the punt return but recover. Two plays into the series, McGary blasts up the middle for a 46-yard TD. He now has 115 yards on 16 carries. PAT is good, though Tom-Makue is hit hard, roughing the kicker penalty. Check that, no penalty called.
Tom-Makue’s kickoff is another touchback, his fourth. Weapon. Govs go three and out, hampered by another penalty (procedure). Punt.
Farrington will receive the second-half kickoff. The Govs had 0 net rushing yards in the first half.
Leilehua 17, No. 8 Farrington 0, Leilehua 0, Half
At Hugh Yoshida Stadium
Farrington (4-3, 4-2) 0 0 x x — 0
Leilehua (5-2, 4-2) 10 7 x x — 17
LEI—Jeremy Evans 24 pass from Kona Andres (Akoni Tom-Makue kick)
LEI—Tom-Makue FG 49
LEI—Evans 4 pass from Andres (Tom-Makue kick)
JV—Leilehua 15, Farrington 12.
#22 Samsen Tanuvasa 9-17,
#30 Reginald Fa‘amatau 2-9,
#1 Chris Afe 1-(-9),
#14 James McGary 14-65,
#1 Andres 3-(-23),
#1 Afe 4-8-0-52,
#1 Andres 12-23-0-134,
#7 Stephen Eter 1-6,
#11 Chad Silva 3-46,
#3 Keanu Hirota 3-53,
#2 Evans 3-39,
#17 Dorian Furtado 3-13,
#4 Jeremy Ramos 2-12,
#14 McGary 1-17,
FAR runs out the last few seconds of the half.
Here we go after two FAR time outs. Looks like a trick play, but LEI flagged for illegal shift. Maybe they should’ve kicked? Fourth and 9, Andres looks to the right sideline and throws the ball into the turf. Farrington ball, LEI turnover on downs. That was weeeeird.
25-yard pass from Andres to Dorian Furtado is nullified by a holding call, but the Mules march anyway. Andres to Evans for 11 yards and McGary runs up the middle for six yards. Andres with great touch on a deep post pass — just over the defender’s fingertips, but Hirota drops it at the 10. Andres throws away a pass with Evans double teamed near the pylon and here comes Tom-Makue for a 45-yard field goal, but Farrington calls time out with :13 left in the half. After the time out, the Mules send their offense back out and the Governors call another time out. Maybe now Leilehua sends Tom-Makue back out there. Why not?
Afe to Silva for a 32-yard gain to the 10, but the drive stalls on two runs and a sack by Jaeden Chow. FG try by Blessing Umaga is blocked by Sunny Kamanu Jr. The ball is bouncing and bouncing, finally covered by FAR at the FAR 44. LEI ball, 1:12 left in the half.
Mules third down, Andres sacked for a 16-yard loss by TitanAlii Pesamino. Punt is returned four yards, FAR ball at its 38. Personal foul on LEI moves it to the LEI 47.
Mules kickoff by Tom-Makue is a touchback, the third of the game for him. Govs pick up their first first down after opening with play-action on first down, an 8-yard pass from Chris Afe to Chad Silva, and then a 3-yard gain by Samsen Tanuvasa. But the drive stalls, punt downed at the LEI 42.
Leilehua 17, No. 8 Farrington 0, Leilehua 0, 2Q, 7:33
Mules with a patient drive, Andres throwing quick, short passes with the occasional give to McGarry up the A gap. Ball is at the Govs 17, injury, Leilehua lineman Austin Michael is carried to the sideline by teammates. Andres quite accurate, finds the 6-foot-4 Evans near the pylon for a 4-yard TD pass. Evans’ second TD of the night.
FIRST QUARTER ENDS
The period ends with Farrington at its 33, fourth and 1. Govs try to draw the Mules offside, doesn’t work. Procedure call, 35-yard punt downed. LEI ball at its 37.
Leilehua 10, No. 8 Farrington 0, Leilehua 0, 1Q, 1:18
First play of the next Mules drive is a dive up the middle again to McGary for no gain. Farrington defender is down with an injury. Nose tackle Tyrese Futialo. McGary in motion, empty backfield, screen pass to McGary for 17. Next pass, Jeremy Ramos has his man beat by five yards near the end zone, ball overthrown. Then it’s McGary up the gut for 11 yards. Drive stalls, Akoni Tom-Makue’s 49-yard field goal is good. WOH.
Farrington can’t cash in on the turnover by LEI. Three and out, punt goes out of bounds at the LEI 40.
Mules fumble on an exchange between Andres and RB James McGary, recovered by Kim Angelo Gatioan, huge break for the Govs, who take over at their own 22. Momo killer for the Mules.
Leilehua 7, No. 8 Farrington 0, Leilehua 0, 1Q, 6:13
Leilehua goes three and out, but it’s another Farrington penalty: running into the punter, which gives LEI a first down. This is starting to look like the JV game. LEI has to burn a time out. The left guard was late getting on the field.
Farrington’s first series is sloppy. Delay of game. Then after a 1-yard run, a bad snap for a 17-yard loss. Punt and fair catch. LEI ball at the FAR 45.
Leilehua 7, No. 8 Farrington 0, 1Q, 9:34
Pass interference call on the Govs helps the Mules, who average 1 yard per rushing attempt on this opening drive. Kona Andres connects with Keanu Hirota on a seam route for a 36-yard gain as he breaks two tackles. Then Andres finds Jeremy Evans in the left corner for a 24-yard TD strike. That was quick.
Perfect night, slight trade winds. JV game was won by Leilehua 15-12. No rain expected, just beautiful. Farrington wins the coin toss and defers. Leilehua will receive from the makai end zone. Governors will kick off from the forest-side end zone.