Waipahu running back Alfred Failauga is Hawaii’s all-time career rushing record holder.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior broke Vavae Malepeai‘s mark of 4,549 yards on a 4-yard run midway through the first quarter of tonight’s game against No. 9 Leilehua at Hugh Yoshida Stadium.
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Failauga rushed for 186 yards and a touchdown on 39 carries in a 23-13 loss.
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Malepeai, a three-year starter at Mililani from 2013-15, broke Joe Igber‘s record of 4,428 yards that had stood for 17 years.
Now a redshirt junior at Southern California, Malepeai congratulated Failauga on breaking his mark.
“Congratulations to Alfred on setting the record. Records are meant to be broken and I’m proud of him,” Malepeai said this week. “He is taking it all to a new level.
“I know how it feels to carry the ball a lot and pick up yards. But I know, like me, he credits his teammates for his success. I would tell him to continue doing what he’s doing, keep God first and keep being a leader. And keep grinding and having fun, because at the end of the day football is just a game.”
Failauga is playing in his 33rd varsity game and began the day with 4,495 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns on 715 carries.
Through his first two games of the season, Failauga has rushed for 576 yards and seven touchdowns, including a school-record 342 yards in a win over Castle last week.
Waipahu has six more games in the regular season and could play as many as five games in the OIA playoffs and HHSAA state tournament. Only four players have ever rushed for 2,000 yards in a single season — Igber, Randall Okimoto (Farrington), Mark Atuaia (Kahuku) and Kama Bailey (Damien).
To view the rushing record book, click here.