OIA Red final: Farrington-Kahuku update (12:35 pm)















12:35 a.m. Penalties: Farrington 12 for 132 yards, Kahuku 13 for 160 yards. Billy Hull has the penalty yardage for the OIA White final, which was also a festival of yellow flags. I never saw so many illegal blocks (Pearl City) and illegal procedures (Waipahu) in my . . . well, maybe in a few years, not the entire 21-plus years I’ve been covering preps.

11:18 p.m. Final score, 23-0, Kahuku wins the OIA Red title. It was a masterful defensive performance for Kahuku, allowing just 124 total yards against, arguably, the state’s most productive offense. Farrington had some success moving the ball despite a ground attack that was grounded, but over time, Kahuku’s defense took command.

Farrington quarterback Travis Tamatua completed seven of his first 11 attempts, but when the Govs fell behind by double digits and went almost exclusively to the air, he missed on his final nine pass attempts. The Kahuku pass rush, with three sacks (two by Tovia Tufuga), would not cease.

Both teams are in next week’s state tournament, so it’s safe to say the best may be yet to come.

10:33 p.m. Viliami Livai tosses an 18-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Nagy and Kahuku leads 23-0 with 3:42 remaining.

10:30 p.m. 3:47 left, Kahuku driving again. The Red Raiders opened the lead to 17-0 on a 1-yard run by Aofaga Wily with 7:55 left.

9:54 p.m. 1-yard sneak over the goal line by quarterback Viliami Livai has Kahuku 9-0 with 2:57 to go in the third. PAT kick misses.

9:24 p.m. Halftime. Kahuku still leads 3-0 despite a botched fake field-goal try to end the half. Semo Sila of Farrington sacked the holder, Spencer Nagy, on the fake and rollout.

Both defenses are in control, limiting two elite running backs. Farrington’s Tyler Taumua has 12 rushing yards on nine carries, and Kahuku’s Aofaga Wily has 22 yards on five attempts.

Neither team has attempted a pass on first down yet.

8:41 p.m. First quarter ends, Farrington ball on its 25. Govs have 14 rushing yards on nine carries.

8:28 p.m. Opening drive, Farrington punts, derailed by a 17-yard chop block penalty. Kahuku three and out. Farrington three and out. Kahuku benefits from two Farrington personal foul penalties and Aluli drills a 22-yard field goal. Kahuku leads 3-0, 4:16 to go, first quarter.

Paul Honda, Star-Advertiser


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