Hot conditions here at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium for this OIA Blue showdown.
JV game won by Farrington, 30-14.
Govs drove to the Moanalua 36 and stalled. MOA then drove to the FAR 37 and stalled despite two great fake punt calls. One snap went to the up back, who ran for a first down. The second fake resulted in a pass from another up back, but the receiver fell down before he could get one more yard for a first down. Cauley trickeration!
Farrington deliberately driving downfield on its next possession as the quarter comes to a close. Ball on the MOA 12.
Nice drive by Farrington, aside from a downfield hold and an early procedure whistle. Challen Faamatau slices through the left side on fourth down for a 4-yard TD. PAT kick caroms off the right upright, no good. FAR 6, MOA 0, 11:08.
Moanalua gets Michael Feliciano involved and he breaks off a 23-yard gain to start the series. Kawaiola Anderson’s 22-yard field goal splits the uprights. FAR 6, MOA 3, 8:15.
Govs drive 52 yards in five plays despite a holding call, but with the help of a 15-yard flag on MOA. Bishop Rapoza hits Faamatau with a 30-yard bomb. This came one play after a TD pass from Rapoza to Kingston Moses-Sanchez was called back by penalty. Two-point pass from Rapoza to Freedom Alulau is good. FAR 14, MOA 3, 6:40.
Two sacks by FAR pins MOA, and the Govs drive to the 21. Faamatau makes a tremendous catch in tight coverage for a 25-yard gain. But Rapoza leans on Faamatau once too often and a deep pass is picked off by Andrew Nava and returned 21 yards to the MOA 22. Next play, Alakai Yuen connects with Brandon Bender for a 78-yard TD. Fake kick and dropped pass on the PAT is dropped in the end zone. FAR 14, MOA 9, 2:30.
Govs drive 62 yards and score on a perfect 19-yard TD pass from Rapoza to Faamatau, who had lined up in the slot. A 30-yard pass from Rapoza to Moses-Sanches started the march. Kenneth Kaili drills the PAT. FAR 21, MOA 9, 1:18.
I’m thinking they left too much time on the clock.
MOA drives quickly with a 32-yard pass from Yuen to Bender, but Feliciano gets dinged up on a first-and-goal carry on Ryota Kony’s tackle. Feliciano has lost yardage on four carries so far.
Then the officials screw up. Plain as day. For the second time in the half, they get the down wrong. Moanalua ran the ball (Feliciano’s 2-yard loss), then Yuen tossed an incomplete pass. After another incomplete pass, it should’ve been fourth down. But the down marker incorrectly had 4th down up, and the crew went along with it. Farrington ball with :07 left in the half.
Human error? Really hard to swallow adults not being able to count to 4. Second time in the half. How many more in the second half? Probably two more. We shall see. If I’m Moanalua, I’m not happy at all. The arrogance of not communicating with each other or upstairs to double check on the correct down TWICE in one half?
Farrington kneels and the half is over.
Na Menehune drive 78 yards in four plays, aided by a FAR face mask. Yuen connects with Ryan Ramonnes for a 40-yard TD pass. Quick quick. PAT pass incomplete. FAR 21, MOA 15, 10:04.
MOA recovers a muffed kick receive by FAR and scores three plays later on a 17-yard pass from Yuen to Isaiah Jackson on a post route. PAT is good and Na Menehune lead for the first time. MOA 22, FAR 21, 9:10.
Six-play, 62-yard drive by MOA, aided by another FAR 15-yard flag, to the end zone. Yuen with another nice post route by Romonnes for a 28-yard strike. MOA 29, FAR 21, 4:45.
MOA defense stopps FAR at the Menehune 39. Then Yuen guides the team in white and blue 61 yards to paydirt. He finds Feliciano on a post route (it keeps working for Moanalua) for an 8-yard TD pass. PAT fake kick, Feliciano’s pass is picked off in the end zone. MOA 35, FAR 21, 1:02.
Now it’s just getting crazy! Farrington gets a 64-yard bomb from Rapoza to Moses-Sanchez, hits him right in stride along the right sideline for the home run. Running-into-the-kicker call on the PAT gives FAR another chance after missing the kick. They line up at the far left hash mark and Rapoza hits Moses-Sanchez, who lined up at TE, for an easy out-route pass and 2 more points. MOA 35, FAR 29, :25.
I’ve got Yuen with 332 passing yards with the four TD strikes.
Moanalua gets a 74-yard TD pass called back for holding. Thing of beauty. Yuen’s arm strength is real. But the call hurts for Big Blue, 17 yards.
MOA goes three and out — and no fake punt on fourth-and-28 (that one failed in the first half), and a dribbling snap leads to a short punt of 19 yards. FAR needs just three plays to drive 28 yards. Faamatau scores on a 4-yard blast and the PAT is good. FAR 36, MOA 35, 10:23. Whew!
MOA has fourth and 6 at its 34 when FAR is whistled for a penalty. Nobody up here in the box knows what it was. Now it’s fourth and 1 and MOA calls time out. They’re going for it with 9:06 left.
Feliciano bursts up the middle out of a shotgun/two-RB set for the first down. MOA is at the FAR 37 when FAR clogs up a potential shovel pass, and Yuen is hit hard on an incomplete pass downfield. He’s down and trainers are with him. There’s 7:13 left.
Trainers for both teams are tending to Yuen, who has been on the field for the past 10 minutes and a portable stretcher has been brought to midfield. Difficult to gauge what his injury is, but no question it’s serious. Ambulance is on the way for Yuen, who had played a spectacular game: 21-for-35, 345 yards, five TDs without a pick.
MOA has Rodson Kealohi at QB and they move the ball to the 10 with a wildcat look. Bu the drive stalls and a chop block sets them back 15 big yards. A field-goal try for 47 yards never gets off the ground as FAR stuffs it for a sack.
MOA gets the ball back after a FAR punt with 1:24 to play.
Ryota Kony with a pick-6 from about 15 yards out. PAT misses wide left. MOA still in this game. FAR 42, MOA 35, :46.