While powerhouses Kahuku and Saint Louis have found success through the aerial game, Punahou and Farrington — both still unbeaten — have relied heavily on the cornerstones of defense and the ground attack.
Farrington, which zoomed four notches up to No. 2 in The Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 (to be released in print Tuesday), ran 45 times for 223 yards behind its offensive line, affectionately called the “Bamboolas” by coach Randall Okimoto.
Quarterback Jared Hakuole threw just seven passes for a very old-school run-pass ratio of 6.4 to 1.
Fourth-ranked Punahou ran 31 times for 142 yards with just 17 pass attempts in a 10-0 win over Moanalua.
Unlike the past decade, when run-and-shoot offenses grew in popularity, there’s no distinct trend right now. There are still pass-happy offenses; unbeaten Kapaa is rising steadily in the KIF. But Hawaii Prep, with a punishing O-line led by Shane Brostek, has outscored two opponents 108-14 by relying on the running game.