In Farrington football circles, everyone knows about the Governors’ beloved Bamboolas. And they’re back again for another go-round with the old ground and pound, old-fashioned football this season.
If one thing that’s constant at Farrington, it’s the massive front wall of the offensive line.
This year’s Bamboolas, however, have an oddity, someone who head coach Randall Okimoto calls both the “comedian” of the bunch as well as the “average killer.” By average killer, he means that senior tackle Jacob Togia brings the height and weight averages way down by being the smallest one at a “miniscule” 5 feet 7, 290 pounds.
The other five guys expected to see the majority of playing time on the line (only five of the six will start), in ascending order by weight, are: senior tackle Mealofa Sevao (5-9, 290), senior tackle Spencer Aupaau (6-0, 325), senior guard/center Makaala Laulu (5’11, 350), senior guard/center Malachi Louis (6-0, 385), and junior guard Poa Moananu (6-2, 400).
Sevao is the only returning starter of the six, but all of the rest are veterans waiting for their turn to move the piles and make room for running backs Challen Faamatau, Tanu Tautolo and Freedom Alualu and protect one of the three quarterbacks who rises to the top of the competition and becomes the starter — senior Joziah Anakalea or juniors Justin Uahinui and Bishop Rapoza.
The Governors are ranked No. 6 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Preseason Top 10. Nick Abramo previewed the Govs in today’s Star-Advertiser.