OIA PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Kahuku vs. Farrington

Farrington RB Challen Faamatau and the Govs came up just short against Kahuku in the OIA playoffs last season. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.
Farrington RB Challen Faamatau and the Govs came up just short against Kahuku in the OIA playoffs last season. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

The matchup: Kahuku (9-0) vs. Farrington (7-2)
Date: Friday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., Aloha Stadium
Head-to-head: Kahuku leads 35-16 (Since 1966)
Last meeting: Kahuku 21-14 (Oct. 23, 2014)
Biggest margin of victory: Kahuku 47-0 (Sept. 1, 2001)
Smallest margin of victory: Farrington 15-14 (Oct. 2, 1971); Farrington 14-13 (Oct. 1, 1977); Farrington 14-13 (Aug. 29, 1986); Farrington 14-13 (Oct. 1, 2011)

Kahuku’s offensive leaders

Updated: Nov. 21, 2015
Kesi Ah-Hoy1322-46-13454
Cameron Renaud1110-21-01711
Kekona Neumann75-11-1411
Jordan Mariteragi32-4-2250
Ted Kenese70-1-000
Kesi Ah-Hoy132211,26918
Harmon Brown1312279214
Sefa Ameperosa9926698
Ted Kenese7312143
LeRod Tongi1022756
Cameron Renaud1116612
Steven Lombard410570
Vaikona Tuifua46230
Michael Mauai33220
Keala Santiago121210
Aaron Tapusoa122180
Kaniela Jones11160
Jordan Mariteragi32-20
Kekona Neumann77-171
Pua Falemalu581561
Keala Santiago125661
Kekaula Kaniho124900
Royce Pao44400
Harmon Brown134340
Morgan Capillan23431
Ocean Tuia22511
Siave Iafeta22110
Draeton Thompson11300
Kesi Ah-Hoy131261
Stennett Alapa11180
Stokes Botelho13190
Noah Magalei1171
Kawika Macy1110

Farrington’s offensive leaders

Updated: Oct. 31, 2015
Bishop Rapoza11122-211-61,52516
Justin Uahinui717-40-42732
Joziah Anakalea710-18-11303
Andrew Aneki11-1-0330
Challen Faamatau100-2-100
Challen Faamatau112071,28913
Freedom Alualu11492523
T.J. Taumua813620
Tanu Tautolo415610
Faasisina Masalosalo59461
Bishop Rapoza1153330
Joziah Anakalea7590
Ayson Calip1260
Ryota Kony101-70
Justin Uahinui72-90
Kingston Moses-Sanchez11528248
Challen Faamatau11345108
Jathen Chaffin9241982
Kingsley Moses-Sanchez7121731
Joseph Pagan35480
Freedom Alualu114250
Faasisina Masalosalo53410
Jace Baguio13381
Tanu Tautolo43320
T.J. Taumua83160
Joziah Anakalea7380
Bishop Rapoza111291
Andrew Aneki11140
William Prescott81120
Elia Mose1110

Quick, name the only school to beat Kahuku three separate times since the turn of the century?

Saint Louis? Nope. Punahou? Try again. Kamehameha? Forget about the ILH.

That honor belongs to the OIA’s Farrington Governors, who knocked off the Red Raiders in 2002, 2011 and 2013. Kahuku has lost only 25 games (excluding forfeits) since the start of the 2000 season and has won 10 OIA titles and seven state championships. There is no questioning the Red Raiders’ status as the No. 1 program during the state championship era.

After winning back-to-back state titles in 2011 and ’12, the Red Raiders didn’t look like world beaters for the next two years, losing eight games and going through two different head coaches.

Now, with Vavae Tata running the show, the Red Raiders are back to their dominant form, punctuated by a 30-0 victory over Waianae and a 56-10 throttling of Kapolei in their last two games.

Kahuku has risen to No. 2 in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 but now faces an old rival in the Govs, who have won two of the last six meetings. The Red Raiders seem to be peaking at the right time of the season while the Govs have had some trouble late.

Farrington is 2-2 after starting the year 5-0 and only one of its last five wins have been by more than eight points. That was last week in a 28-0 shutout of Campbell in which senior running back Challen Faamatau was held to a season-low 53 yards rushing.

That won’t cut it against the Red Raiders. In Farrington’s last two wins over Kahuku, Sanele Lavatai rushed for 118 yards and Tyler Taumua ran for 100. The Govs have to move the chains and establish some type of presence on the ground to run the clock, take the air out of the ball, and not allow the Red Raiders offense to cash in on good field position.

That will be easier said than done against a Kahuku team that finally gave up double digits in points in a game. Kapolei’s 10 points scored were a season-high allowed by the Red Raiders, who still average allowing just 3.6 points per game.

Kahuku pounded Kapolei’s defense for 441 yards, which is cause for concern for the Govs, who managed only 144 yards on the ground against the same Hurricanes team that beat Farrington, 23-6.

By simple comparison, Kahuku dropped 56 points on a Kapolei team Farrington only managed to score six against.

Uh oh.

QB Bishop Rapoza was supposed to bring a new aerial attack to the Govs offense and he’s thrown for 14 touchdowns in nine games, but has been held to an average of 102.8 yards in his last five games.

To pull off the upset, Farrington has to find a way to score at least a few points against this high-energy Kahuku defense. Either Faamatau and the offensive line has to create running room and churn up yardage, or Rapoza is going to have to deliver big in the passing game. If neither happen, then it might be 10 wins and counting for a Red Raiders team that is without question a legitimate contender to win yet another state title, continuing their dominance of the state championship era in the state of Hawaii.


  1. NSfootball October 21, 2015 9:03 pm

    Good luck to both sides. Both teams are 0-0 and the past is the past, I see the Govs fighting hard like they always do and the Red Raiders continuing to execute and hopefully add a few more wrinkles to that power run.

  2. LBI October 21, 2015 9:04 pm

    Regardless of how rich this public school rivalry is and the advantage the RR have over the Gods from the history standpoint. I enjoy the intensity it brings leading up to kickoff time…that’s why we play the game right?
    Keep bringing the heat…Go Big Red!!

  3. Paper Crane October 21, 2015 9:06 pm

    It’s been over a month now since Coach Randall Okimoto’s said his defense showed it’s inexperience, yet still they got their offense and above all nothing to lose?

  4. LBI October 21, 2015 9:07 pm

    Lol @ Gods..Govs

  5. Hauula93 October 21, 2015 9:51 pm

    I’ve got alot respect for Farrington Governors, plus we get to watch a school that plays similar to our mighty raiders.. Smash mouth football at its finest.. Good luck to both teams… Go big red…

  6. #1ENEMYIFTHESTATE October 21, 2015 10:43 pm

    Good luck to both team. The two teams that people like to talk ish about. Go big red

  7. TGOD October 22, 2015 12:36 am

    Classic OIA football matchup! Farrington has nothing to lose and will come out swinging. But Kahuku is to me the favorite to take the OIA and State title with their D and running game. Best of luck to both squads!

  8. Red Raider 4 Life October 22, 2015 4:35 am

    Good fun game for our family cuz our poor Governor brother-in-law married into a Red Raider Tribe. No worries Paul M, we still love you unless the football gods are pissed at Kahuku and we lose, den you better tread lightly lol….Representing Red Raider Pride from Roseburg Oregon, Go Get Um, No Scade Um!!!!

  9. Kahuku 82 October 22, 2015 5:43 am

    The season just wouldn’t be the same without a big red and govs matchup!! Good luck to both teams……

  10. Homegrown October 22, 2015 10:13 am

    Always fun to see this matchup. Kahuku’s power run game and swarming defense might be too much for the Govs this year but no doubt the Govs are coming to play tomorrow. I’m kinda hoping Kahuku works on some passing plays to start off and if all else fails go back to their bread and butter to put points on the board. Good luck to both teams, hopefully no major injuries!

  11. GoBigRed October 22, 2015 4:04 pm

    Can’t wait to watch! Always good!

  12. ilh October 22, 2015 4:59 pm

    Another push over team for Kahuku, Govs can’t compete with Kahuku and Mililani, Govs not conditioned when playing these types of games, sorry to say.

  13. 88 October 22, 2015 6:21 pm

    Didn’t Govs spank an ILH team this year?

  14. Kahuku 82 October 22, 2015 7:04 pm

    ^^^^ yep da same team that gave all three ILH teams a good run for their money!!!

  15. ilh October 22, 2015 10:09 pm

    All you Kahuku fans, you really think you have a great team this year, let’s save the trash talking for after the State Final.

  16. 88 October 22, 2015 11:37 pm

    You started the trash talk. Now you being all sensitive… c’mon man.

  17. Kahuku 82 October 23, 2015 12:16 am

    How is the truth trash talking?? You the one called farrington a pushover!!!! Don’t think so!!

  18. GoBigRed October 23, 2015 4:04 am

    What’s da point of trash talking AFTER we win??? At that point it’s a fact and NO NEED trash talk. Das why trash talking is best BEFORE and DURING a game. That is true trash talking. Duh.

    Example: ILH is Babogum cuz dey play da same teams with the same offensive schemes EVERY GAME!! Makes them WEAK when they have to play a power running team. Kahuku would RUNT all OVAH ILH!!!

    See? Das trash talking. (And I used “RUNT” on purpose)

    OOOOOHHHHHHH ooohhhh OOOOHHHH oooohhhh…. OOOOOOHHHHHHH ooohhhh OOOOOHHHHHHH oooohhhh *tomahawk chopping ALL DAAAYYYY!!*

  19. Lee Boy October 23, 2015 3:00 pm

    Kahuku will win these game but the Govs could make thinks difficult for the Raidaz if the defense coordinator makes the right adjustment. I don’t think they have enough fire power on offense to run with Kahuku. Only weapon is Faamatau it should be Kahuku vs Mililani for the OIA next week.

  20. 88 October 23, 2015 3:09 pm

    To stop Kahuku’s offense you gottah have 11 fit players on D that like to lay the hat. Unfortunately I dont think the Govs or any team in the State for that matter, have the personnel to do this. Good thing is we will see in about 1hr 11 minutes

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