Farrington played a lackluster first half Friday against Waianae, so Governors coach Daniel Sanchez wanted his team to go back to playing “Farrington football” in the second half.
He didn’t elaborated on what it meant, but linebacker TJ Paleafei filled in the blanks.
“Just executing every play and going hard,” Paleafei said.
Raymond Millare had 21 rushes for 123 yards and a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and the Governors scored all their points in the second half for a 19-14 victory over visiting Waianae an OIA Open Division game at Skippa Diaz Stadium.
Farrington improved to 2-5, 2-2 and will be the No. 4 seed in the OIA tournament. Kapolei and Waianae have been eliminated from the playoffs.
“It feels good. We’ve been working our hardest, coming out, busting our butts and trying to get to the top,” Millare said.
Millare’s 10-yard run up the middle put Farrington up 19-14 with 8:43 left.
“Just follow my blockers and I saw the cutback and I took that and I was gone,” he said.
Farrington tied it at 7-7 with 6:34 remaining in the third quarter on a 3-yard scramble by Darius Chaffin on fourth down and Jalen Joe Cabrales’ PAT kick.
On the next Searider possession, the Governors’ AJ Fernandez returned a strip sack 31 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-7 Farrington with 3:45 left.
Waianae took a 14-13 lead on Sheldon McLeod’s 17-yard pass to Saege Ayala with 35 seconds left in the third. Joshua Centeno-Cid made the PAT kick.
The only score of the first half was a 54-yard run up the middle by Waianae’s Alvin Quisquirin-Sabagala, who broke a few tackles on his way to the end zone. Centeno-Cid made the PAT kick to make it 7-0 with 59 seconds left in the first quarter.
Waianae had 87 yards of total offense, while Farrington gained 105 in the first half.
“The first half, we were shooting ourselves in the foot and making too many mistakes and missing blocks,” Sanchez said. “The second half, we told them to settle down and play Farrington football.”
The Governors completed only two passes for 41 yards and relied heavily on Millare, who gained 87 of his yards in the second half.
“Millare is explosive, we have to get the ball in his hands and we lean a lot on him,” Sanchez said.
Quisquirin-Sabagala had 25 carries for 161 yards for Waianae (1-6, 0-5). Other Searider ball carriers were held to minus-29 yards rushing and their quarterbacks only passed for 63 yards.
“Defensively, they’ve been solid all year. They came up big for us,” Sanchez said. “They played tough football and we came up with some huge stops.”