It’s time for defense at Farrington

Farrington's defense prepared for the season by scrimmaging with Punahou on Saturday. (Photo by Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser)
Farrington's defense prepared for the season by scrimmaging with Punahou on Saturday. (Photo by Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser)
Farrington’s defense prepared for the season by scrimmaging with Punahou on Saturday. (Photo by Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser)

With Tyler Taumua and Amo Silva running the ball for Farrington the last two years, the Governors had their highest average points per game since 1973 and averaged more than 30 points in each season. They had never done that before.

But with the two stellar running backs gone to graduation, this year’s fortunes will probably rest with Manly Williams and the defense. That unit gave up more than 17 ppg for the first time since 2005 and probably can’t afford to do it again. Click this chart of Farrington’s offense, defense and win total since 1973. The offense can’t be expected to stay on its historical path, so for the Govs to win this year the defense is going to have to rise up to where it was from 2008-2011 under coach Randall Okimoto.


In Saturday’s Star-Advertiser, Okimoto said he wanted to run 60 percent of the time after doing so 70 percent of the time last year. That might be fine, but Farrington HAS to run. It’s what it has always done.

In games in which a leading passer and leading rusher was reported since 1973, the Governors are 144-49-5 when their leading ground gainer has more yards than their leading passer. When their quarterback carries the load in that span, Farrington is a pedestrian 79-81-3.

Top 10 games in which the QB has carried the load for Farrington. QB listed first, followed by leading rusher:

8/26/2000 at Aiea W 13-12 Gilbert Sa 301 Michael Rabago 16
10/28/2005 at Mililani W 20-19 Elijah Filifili 340 Hercules Sula 56
8/26/2006 Moanalua W 61-14 Elijah Filifili 323 Joshua Fernandez 46
10/19/2001 Leilehua W 33-20 Royce Machado 306 Paul Laga 35
9/24/2004 Castle L 19-34 Eti Atonio 286 Raymen Faaiu 33
9/29/1995 Kahuku L 19-50 Corey Shippy 262 Nathan Fareti 11
8/21/2004 Iolani L 7-24 Eli Atonio 270 Ioane Siuta 26
10/6/2000 at Roosevelt W 34-21 Gilbert Sa 258 Paul Laga 50
8/27/2004 Punahou L 20-41 Eli Atonio 232 Alex Mendoza 31
9/25/1999 McKinley W 37-25 Waylon Philpot 243 Tuaila Onosai 45

And top 10 games in which the leading rusher has dwarfed the leading passer:

11/5/1992 Roosevelt L, 43-54 Shawn Kelii 0 Talbert Kahakai 261
10/30/1987 Kalani W, 52-20 Paul Solomon 26 Resti Paguriagan 270
11/23/1990 Waianae W, 15-7 Carl Liana 0 Randall Okimoto 216
11/2/1990 Kailua W, 13-7 Carl Liana 40 Randall Okimoto 245
10/6/1990 Kaiser W, 26-3 Carl Liana 0 Randall Okimoto 200
9/8/2012 Moanalua W Montana Liana 8 Abraham Silva 206
11/8/1984 at Mililani W Ese Emose 0 Misipati Tupuloa 198
10/15/1988 Kalaheo W, 42-7 Paul Solomon 0 Ului Halaeua 188
10/18/1986 Kaiser W, 30-7 Esi Emosi 0 Prince Anguay 185
9/14/1990 Kalaheo W, 33-8 Carl Liana 50 Randall Okimoto 234

So it is no secret where Okimoto got his philosophy. The question is, does he have an Okimoto, Taumua or Silva on the roster this year?


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