OIA PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Farrington at Campbell

Farrington's Challen Faamatau carried the ball as a sophomore against Campbell in the OIA third-place game in 2014. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.
Farrington’s Challen Faamatau carried the ball as a sophomore against Campbell in the OIA third-place game in 2014. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

OIA D-I Quarterfinals

The matchup: Campbell (5-3) vs. Farrington (6-2)
Location/Time: Campbell, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Head-to-head: Farrington leads 15-4-1
Last meeting: Farrington 34, Campbell 14 (8/13/2016)

Campbell’s offensive statistics

Updated: Nov. 5, 2016
Kawika Ulufale11131-246-2213517
Dustin Abellanida522-39-21893
Fangaima Mailei111-1-0281
Kekahi Reiny-Aloy11-1-050
Jeremiah Tauai50-1-000
Tasi Faumui111155443
Darius Cambe8541913
Kawika Ulufale111081439
Jalen Elliot58390
Jeremiah Tauai54310
Fangaima Mailei117190
Zayne Barr-Rauschenburg23170
Vernon Etrata-Daite96140
Dustin Abellanida5870
Tyrese Tafai3250
Joshua Salvida21-10
Krenston Kaipo11-20
Kekahi Reiny-Aloy13-30
Markus Ramos11476158
Fangaima Mailei11343661
Vernon Etrata-Daite9322291
Tasi Faumui11101180
Zayne Barr-Rauschenburg210660
Gabriel Colon-Valentin59660
Kawika Ulufale101281
Chance Medeiros22260
Tyrese Tafai21220
Jalen Henderson12130
Joshua Salvida21100
Dylan Urusa2280
Norman Manuma1150
Reginald Knowles1100
Raven Daligcod-Rivera11-30

Farrington’s offensive statistics

Updated: Nov. 6, 2016
Bishop Rapoza1080-146-493511
Justin Uahinui1269-132-57706
Challen Faamatau121-5-1141
TJ Tautolo101-1-080
William Rodrigues31-4-000
Challen Faamatau122511,21917
Iosefo Ah Ching11301691
TJ Tautolo10221542
Blessing Umaga12281372
William Rodrigues36931
Justin Uahinui1240590
Freedom Alualu1116544
Ryota Kony35380
Reginald Faamatau610300
Mosi Afe9280
Faasisina Masalosalo3160
Chad Silva1240
Kingsley Moses-Sanchez7100
Bishop Rapoza1025-221
Kingston Moses-Sanchez10466205
Mosi Afe9314285
Challen Faamatau12322773
Kingsley Moses-Sanchez7141322
Iosefo Ah Ching126801
TJ Tautolo106791
Blessing Umaga126510
Dindo Venzon22180
Stephen Eter23170
Freedom Alualu112140
Reginald Faamatau6151
Tainano Gaulua3250
Joseph Pangan1110

A lot has changed since Farrington’s 34-14 win over Campbell on Aug. 13.

The obvious difference for Campbell is in quarterback Kawika Ulufale, a mobile, shifty controller of the offense. It was Campbell’s defense that worked wonders against Moanalua in the close win on Sept. 16, and Ulufale struggled with four picks. But since then, rainbows and unicorns. Ulufale had his best performance in their most crucial matchup. He opened the Waianae game with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Markus Ramos, ran for another TD and finished the game 14-for-19, 171 yards and just one pick against one of the state’s top defenses to give the Sabers a first-round bye in the OIA playoffs.

The Sabers have spread the field in four-wide sets without relinquishing a desire to run the ball. Waianae curtailed RB Tasi Faumui and Campbell’s ground attack that night, limiting the Sabers to 28 rushing yards. The difference was Ulufale’s decisions. Another was about intangibles.

“Kawika has improved every week in managing our offense and taking care of the football,” Campbell coach Amosa Amosa said. “Most of our success on offense is based solely on our O-line play and execution.”

“One of the keys to their improvement has to do with the leadership, which starts with Coach Amosa and his staff,” Farrington coach Randall Okimoto said. “They’ve done a terrific job improving every week.

So, many weeks since their first meeting, the Governors and Sabers will clash in a Division I quarterfinal. The Govs are in good health and prepared for battle. Kingston Moses-Sanchez, who caught TD passes of 60 and 14 yards in the first matchup, is primed. RB Challen Faamatau, who was limited to 44 yards on 22 carries, but caught three passes for 49 yards and a TD, is healthy as well. QBs Justin Uahinui and Bishop Rapoza, who combined on 14-for-22 passing, 225 yards and no interceptions, are both armed and ready.

Campbell’s legacy during Amosa’s years as head coach isn’t just offensive fireworks. There has been wave after wave of talent defensively, primarily at linebacker and safety. This season, the defensive unit has racked up 19 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries and 25 sacks.

“We have a good mix of veteran leadership from Iosua Sevao, Braden Kauhane, Luke Ocreto-Penitusi, Ethan Muagututia, Micah Tynanes-Perez, Jeremiah Leaeno and our new addition on our D-line, big KiShaun Ki,” Amosa said.

He also credited three freshman starters, Tyrese Tafai, Jeremiah Tauai and Poki‘i Adkins-Kupukaa.

“Our stingy run defense has been our most valuable group,” Amosa said.

The Govs know the mission will be tough on Campbell’s turf.

“Most teams play better at home, so we need to play our best football at this time of the year going into a road playoff game,” Okimoto said. “I’m never comfortable at this time of the year but, I’m confident that our team understands what it takes to win.”


  1. ??? October 12, 2016 3:14 pm

    Whoever has the fewest turnovers will win!

  2. Checkyoself October 13, 2016 7:34 am

    Govs vs Sabers. Okimoto vs Amosa. Faamatau vs Kishaun Ki.
    Campbell has proven that they are the steel curtain for a dominant running team. Sabers can also be relentless against the pass game.
    Offense has gotten quite better in the last couple games but need to be more aggressive and not be lazy around the ball. Make more of an effort to catch the rock. Lean forward to get that extra inch when running and being tackled. Make every opportunity count. Beating the Govs will be difficult. Stop the run game. Defensive backs must make turnovers when they do pass the ball. Keep Govs offense off the field.

    Farrington has a super star running back Faamatau. The Hardest working back in the State. Rotation is key for offensive personnel and Faamatau will be successful in later quarters. Passing the rock has been ok to say the least but must make every opportunity count. To beat Campbell they must be more versatile and make big catches on the pass plays.
    Good luck, play smart, play safe and remember to HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!

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