No home football games for Govs until 2017

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The power, speed and versatility of running back Challen Faamatau could have graced the debut of Farrington’s Edward Skippa Diaz Stadium this fall.

It was not meant to be. Due to delays, the field will be available for practices only. Home games will not be played until 2017.


The facility, long discussed at one of the island’s oldest high schools, was planned for opening this fall. There were rumors floating that winter rain caused delays. Football coach Randall Okimoto, a former All-State running back for the Governors, said the delays had more to do with funding issues. 

“I’m not too sure exactly what the delays were, but I do know that we were told there wasn’t enough money for the visitors side. Then that was resolved and now that the visitors side will be done, that will take more time to finish,” Okimoto texted on Wednesday morning.

The Farrington-side bleachers will fit 2,500 spectators and the visitors’ side will accommodate 1,500, Okimoto added.

The good news is that the Governors may not have to practice at nearby Kalakaua Middle School field any longer. Rocks and holes on the field have presented injury risks in the past year for both the varsity and JV football teams.


Okimoto is also hoping the Governors will have summer pass league games and preseason scrimmages on the new turf.

“Spring football is a maybe on the (new) field,” Okimoto wrote.

The bleachers will occupy both sides of the field, he added. Farrington’s home bleachers will sit on the grandstand area in front of the pool — which will not have to be destroyed. The visitors’ bleachers will be across the way next to Houghtailing Street.

Like every Farrington alum and fan, Okimoto has been patiently waiting for the day when the powerhouse Govs play football games on campus. Okimoto, who enters his 15th season as head coach this fall, has seen his team’s play home games at Roosevelt’s Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium since the start.


“It’s surreal. I’m very thankful and looking forward to it,” Okimoto texted.

Anywhere, any time, home field or not, Faamatau and his burly Bamboolas up front have a lot of potential in store for the 2016 season. As a junior last season, Faamatau lined up at running back, wide receiver and slot back, and also returned kicks. He rushed for 1,289 yards and 13 touchdowns on 207 carries and caught 34 passes for 510 yards and eight more TDs. Farrington reached the semifinals of the Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I playoffs and finished 7-4 overall.

COMMENTS

  1. Mahatma Gandhi April 7, 2016 2:35 am

    But are the Nevada schools coming to steal more Samoans from Farrington?


  2. northshore April 7, 2016 3:05 am

    Any school would welcome a new football field and I’m happy for Farrington to be able to play at their own facility. As stated, a 4,000 spectator stadium is nice to have but to squeeze a stadium in an area that is already crowded and limited for parking, it will be a chaos to find parking close to the vicinity of the field especially on a big game. Did anyone involved with building the stadium ever took the time to figure out the avasilability for parking in that area of town? I already see the problem, anticipated traffic congestion coming into Farrington from every direction that will create a total mess. As far as having a 4,000 sitting capacity, I wish that a “champion” within the state legislature would push for more sitting capacity (bleachers on the visitor’s side) at the Kahuku football field. As far as drawing a huge crowd at the football games, Kahuku is one of the schools within the OIA that always has the biggest crowd as witness at the 2015 state football championship and Kahuku is always on the lowest priority as far as providing better and updated facility. Farrington, I’m happy for your new facility and that you have a “champion” within the state legislature that were pushing for you. Enjoy your new facility and good luck in the coming football season.


  3. northshore April 7, 2016 3:27 am

    Speaking of available parking at a sports facility. Kamehameha Kapalama simultaneously built a multi- level parking structure when they built the new football field. That is a reflection of smarts and a well planned project. Majority of the state government projects, it’s the carriage before the horse, like building the football field at Farrington without ample parking to accommodate thousands of fans or are they planning to build a multi-level parking structure within the next decade? Typical state mentality, take care of the carriage first and the horse later, after forgetting that they really need the horse to pull the carriage. Just a complete joke.


  4. Mahatma Gandhi April 7, 2016 4:03 pm

    Yeah, why no new field for Kahuku football? Who knows?


  5. Polo April 8, 2016 11:11 am

    Glad for the Govs! I’m a kahuku alumni, but this is for the Govs! NorthShore stop crying


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