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.