Punahou’s 1-2 punch at running back tough to deal with

Punahou's Vincent Terrell is part of a dangerous backfield for the Buffanblu. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Punahou quarterback Hugh Brady passed 50 times in Saturday’s 40-14 victory over Farrington.

A casual fan might think that the Buffanblu are all about the aerial game, but that is wrong.

No. 5 Punahou has a real-deal backfield, with the nimble Vincent Terrell and the smashmouth Sitiveni Kaufusi.

So while Brady was throwing for 290 yards on a somewhat erratic night in which he completed 19 of those 50 passes, Terrell and Kaufusi were lighting it up on the ground.

Terrell’s time to shine was the first half, when he picked up 89 of his 103 rushing yards. He was a handful with his moves and he’s uncannily light on his feet.

In the second half, Kaufusi, who is 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, came right at the Govs with all 71 of his yards.

“Our running backs are unbelievable,” said Punahou receiver Koa Eldredge, who caught five Brady passes for 115 yards and two TDs. “Terrell in the open field is a dangerous man, breaking tackles, so shifty. Sitiveni is a power, D-I-type running back. Anything in his way he plows over.”

The Punahou defense yielded just 132 yards, but fell victim to one big play and another on special teams. Farrington’s Raymond Millare scored on a 47-yard run, and another Govs track guy, Treshawn Kepa set up a 2-yard Millare touchdown with a swerling-dervish of a 97-yard kickoff return.

Bigger fish are ahead for the Buffanblu (2-1, 2-1 ILH Open). They’re at No. 3 Mililani next Saturday and follow up against old ILH nemesis Saint Louis at Aloha Stadium in two weeks.

“It was a big win for us,” Eldredge said. “Having a week break, we wanted to come in and get everything off our chest and get ready for Mililani and a tough Saint Louis team.”

The Trojans (3-1, 1-0 OIA Open) will be trying to get back on track after losing 52-14 on the road to the nation’s top-ranked team, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), on Friday.

Farrington (1-3, 0-2 OIA Open) has a big game coming up against Carson (Carson, Calif.) next Saturday at Liberty High in Las Vegas. Carson hosted No. 6 Kamehameha last week, losing 17-6 to the Warriors from Hawaii.


  1. anywaaaays!! September 2, 2018 10:06 am

    Punahou’s 1-2 punch is Recruiting and Destroying Communities. RRFL!

  2. Hawaii born September 2, 2018 1:44 pm

    Guess you never go church today lol religion is so big throughout kahukus community but no positivity from guys like this,, wouldn’t you want people to know that kahuku fans love GOD but as you can see it’s just RR4L no JC4L …they all talk about how ILH recruit and brainwash the kids, never will you hear them talk about the heavenly father and how the kids are blessed and thankful they kept safe…keep talking how you guys do..it only reflects your religion more than your community…I’m a red raider but I ain’t proud to be it…I did nothing to earn it..I was born in kahuku and went there…but I chose to serve christ and be a Christian..that’s what I’m proud of unlike these RR4L that just choose to hate..lol even on a sunday..guess he never go church…thank you heavenly father for giving the players at punahou talent and keeping all players safe

  3. Coach B September 2, 2018 1:47 pm


    Destroying communities just like D1 college teams are destroying communities when they offer higher education to kids? Im almost certain that UH plays a team every year that features a Hawaii kid. We don’t complain when those kids find success at their respective institutions, even if it’s at the expense of UH.

    Not sure if I understand your motives here. If you want to complain, then you should go ask the state why they don’t devote more resources to public schools and raise our standards of education so that there isn’t as much of a desire to go to private schools. Until that point don’t don’t question the opportunities that parents are taking advantage of in order to get their kids an education. If you have kids you can do what ever you want with their future, but so far your logic suggests that you would also be against college scholarships if they were fortunate enough to get offered one.

  4. Just ranting September 3, 2018 4:51 am

    It’s the system that Punahou has that does the real damage. It is an offense that keeps opposing defenses on the field and tires them out as the game goes on. Farrington has a good defensive unit and a good scheme but their offense is rubbish. In the old days, really big guys would just run over their smaller opponents but now, techniques are taught that makes that type of offenses easy to deal with. Time and time again you see the back try to plow into a mass of bodies and it stops right there because the other team knows where he’s headed. You don’t need a brain to know that all you have to do is put more guys at the attack point to stop this. If the offense can stay on then field and keep up with teams with Punahou’s offense they would be contenders. And, kids would WANT to stay in their districts and play for their school. Just ranting

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