The day the Govs won it all (in Nevada)

Cliff Laboy was a member of the 1968 Farrington team that beat Bishop Gorman at their house. Star-Advertiser archive photo.
Cliff Laboy was a member of the 1968 Farrington team that beat Bishop Gorman at their house. Star-Advertiser archive photo.

Even though it is ancient history, it has been done before.

As Kahuku prepares to meet Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas on Saturday, it can take some comfort in the fact that it is not the first Hawaii team to travel to beat the Gaels and return to the islands a winner.

Farrington did the trick way back in 1968, when a team that included Randy Cadiente, Onosai Tanuvasa, Russ Onaga, Wilfred Makaehu, Howard Ilae and Cliff LaBoy made the trip and beat the Gaels 26-7 despite a decided lack of speed compared to their mainland counterparts.

The Governors finished that season 8-3-1, not losing until its final three games.

Farrington was hardly playing the top team in the nation back then, Bishop Gorman didn’t win its first state championship until two years later. Hawaii teams struggled when traveling to Nevada after that, not beating a team on its home turn there until Saint Louis beat Green Valley in 1998.

Kahuku’s players can still be groundbreakers, becoming the first team from the North Shore since 1992, when they beat Provo, to jump on a plane and come back a winner. The Red Raiders have invaded the mainland three times since and lost each time, with only the first time ending up being a close game.

Here is a list of Oahu teams making mainland trips. Report any errors in the comments.

Centennial (Ore.) 35, Aiea 26

Punahou 22, Del Oro (Calif.) 15
Liberty (Nev.) 76, Mililani 53
Radford 74, Mt. Tahoma (Wash.) 6

Kamehameha 25, Del Oro (Calif.) 17
Parker (Calif.) 22, Radford 20

Punahou 10, Helix (Calif.) 6
East High (Utah) 38, Kahuku 15

Radford 21, Cresent Valley (Ore.) 17

Punahou 19, Vista (Calif.) 7

Punahou 42, Central Kitsap (Wash.) 19

Punahou 23, Eastlake (Wash.) 19

Skyline (Utah) 27, Kahuku 8

Kailua 29, Snow Canyon (Utah) 28

Skyline 24, Kahuku 21

Saint Louis 56, Salt Lake City West (Utah) 13

Saint Louis 55, Green Valley (Nev.) 6

Torrey Pines (Calif) 31, Punahou 14

Kahuku def. Provo at BYU stadium

Kamehameha 13, Rancho Alamitos (Calif.) 7

Galileo (Calif.) 35, McKinley 20
Wooster (Nev.) 22, Kalani 18

Punahou 42, Orem (Utah) 6
Radford 0, Provo (Utah) 0

Farrington 24, Sierra (Calif.) 7
Kamehameha at Clark High (Nev.)

Western (Nev.) 35, McKinley 7
South Salem (Ore.) 14, Punahou 8
Proctor Hud (Nev.) 14, Roosevelt 0

St. Francis (Calif.) 6, Kaimuki 0

Saint Louis 49, Los Gatos (Calif.) 19

Farrington 26, Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 7
Medford (Ore.) 24, McKinley 14

Kaimuki 39, St. Francis (Calif.) 14


  1. JustAfuam September 16, 2016 1:15 pm

    Correction, my junior year at Kahuku 1992 was the first time Kahuku traveled to the mainland. We went to Provo, Utah under Coach Doug Semones and played Provo High School at BYU Stadium and beat Provo. The match up was called the Rumble in the Rockies.

  2. Insideoutsidein September 16, 2016 2:46 pm

    I don’t think BG was as good as they are today. Scouting high school football talent and having kids transfer from different states was probably non existent.

  3. Jerry Campany September 16, 2016 3:14 pm

    Thanks, JustAfuam, I have confirmed the Rumble in the Rockies but not the score yet. It has been edited into the story along with Kailua’s win over Snow Canyon in 2002.

  4. Ldub Twent Owl Three Sixteen September 17, 2016 12:25 pm

    The Torrey Pines game against Punahou happened here (Punahou’s campus). Also, Iolani played Central Kitsap in Tacoma, WA, and lost 30-27 (2005).

  5. Greg Nee September 17, 2016 1:59 pm

    1972 Clark High (Nev) 21, Kamehameha 14

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