TRENCH WARFARE: Fehoko vs. Fetui-Suapaia

Breiden Fehoko is the fourth player in his family to be regarded as among the best at his position in the state for Farrington. Photo by Dennis Oda.
Breiden Fehoko is the fourth player in his family to be regarded as among the best at his position in the state for Farrington. Photo by Dennis Oda.

Farrington senior Breiden Fehoko has already taken care of his college commitment. The Governors defensive lineman is headed to Texas Tech and is set to enroll in January, leaving him settled on his future with no worries.

The only thing on Fehoko’s mind now is figuring out how this Governors defense can slow down Mililani in the semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships at Aloha Stadium. Fehoko and his boys on the defense line will need a big game to give the Govs a chance at pulling off the upset.


Oct. 4: Farrington’s Breiden Fehoko vs. Campbell’s Boss Tafai
Oct. 23: Mililani’s Rex Manu vs. Campbell’s Amosa brothers
Oct. 23: Campbell’s Josiah Mageo vs. Mililani’s Jordan Agasiva
Oct. 24: Punahou’s Canton Kaumatule vs. Saint Louis’ Fred Ulu-Perry
Oct. 24: Saint Louis’ Tanielu Evaimalo vs. Punahou’s Semisi Uluave
Oct. 31: Mililani’s Andru Tovi vs. Kahuku’s Salanoa-Alo Wily
Oct. 31: Kahuku’s Aleeki Vihimahi vs. Mililani’s Kaimana Padello
Nov. 7: Maui’s Logan Cabrera vs. Farrington’s Tatum Tanuvasa
Nov. 7 Hilo’s Kiliona Pomroy vs. Kahuku’s Siotame Uluave

Fehoko (6-3, 286) will go up against Mililani OL Derrick Fetui‐Suapaia (6-3, 260) in this episode of Trench Warfare.

As always, this is purely for fun. Each series is scored like a boxing round with a 10-point must system.


Fehoko tries to crash inside on Fetui-Suapaia on first play but no pressure results in long completion. Next play is a run away from Fehoko. Big gain to the left and Fetui-Suapaia gets his hands on Fehoko and pushes him inside away from the QB. Fehoko stood up on next play as Mililani runs to the right for a touchdown. Not a lot of double teams on first drive. 10-9 Fetui-Suapaia.


Fehoko gets a good push on Fetui-Suapaia, who needs help from RB Vavae Malepeai to keep Milton clean. Fetui-Suapaia with a better effort on the next play and Fehoko eventually gets down the field to assist on a tackle. Some athleticism from Fehoko there. Next run is away from Fehoko. Weird play on the next one. Fehoko kind of stunts outside but doesn’t really charge hard. QB McKenzie Milton with all day and then runs inside and easily jukes Fehoko who looked lost on that play. Next play is similar as Fehoko makes a step or two outside and then just stops before there’s contact with the Mililani lineman. Third-and-5 and Fehoko goes hard right into a double team but gets some push. 10-9 Fetui-Suapaia.


Fehoko came out with a big bull rush up the middle and took up three Mililani offensive players on the quick throw. Fetui-Suapaia absolutely whiffs on a block and Fehoko with a monster tackle for loss. Somebody woke him up. Huge play. Fehoko shows off some quickness beating Fetui-Suapaia and forcing a double from Antonio Ala. They run a screen to his side which saves Milton from getting crushed. Fehoko has been unblockable on this series. Mililani punts. 10-8 round for Fehoko. Dominant on that drive.


Mililani starts with a run away from Fehoko. Fehoko rushes outside on Ala and forces Malepeai to pick him up, allowing the blitzing linebacker to get the sack. Fetui-Suapaia lets Fehoko go around him and it’s a screen. Fehoko tries to jump and block the pass but it’s over his hands. First down. Not much of an effort for a rush on the next play by Fehoko as Milton has time then scampers left past Fehoko. First-and-goal. Ala with a one-on-one run block and shoves Fehoko 4 yards down the field. Haven’t seen that ever. Fehoko barely makes an attempt again as Ala just follows him to his right a couple of steps as the running blows right through for a touchdown. Second time tonight Fehoko goes 2-3 plays in a row without making much of an attempt at really anything. Fetui-Suapaia and Co. steals the round at the end after a good start by Fehoko. 10-9 Fetui-Suapaia with help from Ala.


Weird first play. Farrington forced a fumble and recovered it but a personal foul was called. Anyway. They let Fehoko through on a screen and then a double team by Fetui-Suapaia and Ala allow for a big pass play. Ala stands up Fehoko one-on-one. Fehoko moves inside and eats up a double team by the center and Fetui-Suapaia. Penalty on Mililani. Fehoko moves over to the left side for the first time. Maybe our first battle between him and Mililani RT Jordan Agasiva? Timeout Mililani instead. Fehoko back out there against Agasiva but a second Mililani timeout. Strange drive. Run left for a short gain and Fehoko does it again. The flop is back and the referees fall for it. 15-yard penalty on Mililani. Terrible call. Fehoko back to his normal side now. Fetui-Suapaia with a good pass block and it’s third and very long. Fehoko with a great move inside to get past the block and then shoves Andru Tovi back right into Milton who tries to scramble. Fehoko has him by the jersey but then loses him. Milton gets out of another block and finally goes down on the third wave of defenders. Fehoko can’t finish but still, big-time pass rush up the middle as he just bullrushed Tovi into the QB. A hold and a personal foul on Mililani on that drive. Fehoko forces the punt with a great rush and gets that round 10-9.


Mililani ball on its own 15 with 16 seconds left. They just run the ball and Fehoko crushes Tovi and gets a HUGE tackle for loss to end the half. Give the man his props. Helluva first half for Fehoko as we go to the break. 10-9 Fehoko.

Halftime notes: Fehoko up 4-3 thanks to the 10-8 round. Even though it’s close with the boxing-style scoring, this was hands down its the best half of football I’ve seen out of Fehoko all year. Playing like it’s his last game, he has been a beast. You take out two different stretches of 2-3 plays where he looked either lost or just wasn’t into it and it’s been a dominating performance. Looks as light and quick on his feet as I’ve seen. He really thrived when he moved over to the right side of Mililani’s offensive line. Wonder if we’ll see that more in the second half. Fehoko credited with two solo tackles and two tackle assists for three total tackles (two for loss) at the break.


Fehoko starts against Fetui-Suapaia and the run is to the other side. He moves to the middle and doesn’t bring much of a rush. Now he moves to the other side but again doesn’t make much of a rush. Tovi gets help on the double team and again not much of a rush. Tovi gives him a little shove and the two talk back and forth. Another quick pass negates any type of rush. Third-and-10. Beats Tovi but Tovi was setting up a screen. Holding on Agasiva trying to block down field. Big third down and again not much rush from Fehoko. Fourth down and Mililani calls timeout. Fourth-and-6 from the 7. Trojans kick field goal. Nothing from Fehoko on that drive. 10-9 Mililani.


Trojans try to set up a screen but Fehoko and the DL force the hurry and incompletion. Holding on the center. First-and-long. Farrington moving Fehoko around. He’s matched up against Tovi. Quick throw. Fehoko stunts to middle but whistles blow. Penalty on Mililani. Fehoko goes with the speed rush but Tovi gets the block. Ouch. Saw his knee buckle and Tovi hit the ground. He’s up but upset. Knee is definitely bothering him now. Fehoko stuns to the middle but it’s closed off and he stops. Long pass is incomplete. Trojans punt. 10-10. Solid play from both.


Tovi and Malepeai combine on the block on Fehoko. Quick screen next play. Third-and-1 as we go to the fourth quarter. Trojans run away from Fehoko for first down. Fehoko and Tovi are one-on-one now and just going at it, toe-to-toe. Tovi is laboring on that knee. Tovi holding his own now though as he gets two good blocks in a row on Fehoko. Quick pass on third down and it’s fourth-and-4. First-down run. Missed the matchup on that one, got stuck watching the ball. My fault. Quick snap and Agasiva goes low on Fehoko who then holds him down a bit. Trojans go fast and Fehoko is left standing at the line. Third-and-short. Mililani brings in Manu with a jumbo set. Fehoko with the pressure up front and it looks like he may have popped the ball loose. Actually I think Milton hit the center’s back as the center was pushed back by Fehoko. Hard to tell. Fehoko read that perfectly though as was off the second the ball moved. Now a false start on fourth-and-1. Fehoko stood up on fourth-and-6 and it’s a Trojans first down. Fehoko moves back over to Fetui-Suapaia’s side. No real rush on that play. Second and short and Mililani fumbles. That may have been Fehoko again. He drove Tovi back immediately on the snap. Nope. Looks like snap was bad. All of that and I have to go 10-10 because Fehoko was a big reason Mililani fumbled twice. 10-10.


Mililani goes deep to the end zone for reasons I don’t know. That’s a cocky play call. Back to the run away from Fehoko who didn’t move much. Third-and-4. Mililani goes quick and Tovi gets his hands on Fehoko and doesn’t let him go anywhere. Fourth-and-2. Fehoko is blocked but the Govs get the stop. 10-9 Tovi (Mililani).


After a bunch on onside kick attempts and flags. Mililani ball first-and-10 at Farrington 22. 1:05 left. Govs with 2 timeouts. Another long delay. Sounds like there were ejections. Couldn’t hear the head ref. Mililani takes knees. It can’t run out clock completely though.

Final notes: Mililani’s strong second half pulls out the win 5-4-2. But I tell you what, third time this year I watched Fehoko in depth and it really was the first time in the first half I saw just how good this kid can be. When he was focused and brought it, he was impossible to block. Fehoko has the ability to be a big presence in college that might not make a whole bunch of plays that count in the stats, but instead be that perfect run blocker that eats up space and plugs up the middle. Tovi should get some credit for bouncing back in the second half after getting chewed up his first couple of matchups against Fehoko. Solid game down to the wire. Farrington did everything it could to pull this one out.


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