Leilehua 9, Farrington 7
Andrew Manley completed 15 of 23 passes for 175 yards and Kamana Akagi had eight catches for 124 yards and a touchdown as the Mules defeated the Governors.
Leilehua advances to play Kahuku next week for the OIA championship. The two teams have combined to win the last six OIA titles, with the Red Raiders owning five of them. Leilehua’s only win came in 2007, during Manley’s sophomore season.
The Mules went on to win the state championship that year.
Farrington tried to ride the legs of running back Harry Tuimaseve, who handled the bulk of the Governors offense.
Kahuku 19, Castle 14
Viliami Pasi scored the game-winning touchdown with 27 seconds left and the Red Raiders continued a decade of dominance in the OIA playoffs by advancing to the title game for the eighth time in 10 years with a 19-14 comeback victory over Castle on Friday night at Aloha Stadium.
The state’s top-ranked team ran its record to 23-2 since 2000 in the OIA playoffs and has never lost once it reached the semifinals in that span.
Castle (6-4), nearly pulled off the unthinkable, coming from 10 points down to lead 14-13 all the way until the final minute. But Pasi, who has been slowed by a sprained ankle and a broken toe, scored on a 1-yard run with 27 seconds left to give Kahuku a chance to win its eighth OIA title this decade.
“Our coach wanted somebody with a passion to play and he came to me and asked if I could play and I said ‘yeah,’ “ said Pasi, who hadn’t practiced most of the week and didn’t play the entire first half.