The office is scorching hot this afternoon with trade winds at about 1 to 2 mph. No kidding. Fortunately, I was wise enough to invest in a large Slurpee™, one of my few allowances for 100-percent junk food this week.
Aiea is 1-1 after a loss to Kaiser and win over Kailua. There are some interesting pieces who graduated and some interesting pieces in this year’s lineup. But I don’t know if they’ve gelled as quickly as Farrington (3-0) has. It’s hard to beat any team with a third-year starter at quarterback, a team with a tradition of standout line play and a will to pound the football on the ground.
It’s about 90 degrees here, and if you’re sitting on these concrete bleachers, it’s probably closer to 115. Not joking. I once put a clock-style thermometer on the basketball court at “The Ghettos” in Kailua-Kona on a blazing hot morning. Needle went to 120 degrees within a minute.
Last night’s game at Moanalua didn’t start until 8:51 p.m. (after JV) and didn’t end until around 11:45. The other side of it, these 3 p.m. JV kickoffs on Saturdays at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium, is extreme heat. Bring your umbrella.
JV final: Farrington 35, Aiea 0. We have a varsity game set to kick off at roughly 5:30 p.m. Hallelujah!
Challen Faamatu breaks off a 53-yard cutback run with a great block from Freedom Alualu (the motion man). Ranan Mamiya cracks it in from 1 yard out on the next play. FAR 7, AIEA 0, 10:28.
Nice punt return by Mamiya sets up a quick 48-yard scoring drive for the Govs. Faamatu blasts through for a 1-yard TD run. FAR 14, AIEA 0, 2:19.
Mamiya adds passing to his skill set. He takes a lateral from Montana Liana, then throws a spiral to Kingston Moses-Sanchez, who fakes three defenders en route to a 71-yard touchdown. FAR 21, AIEA 0, :20.
Kekoa Sasaoka misses a 22-yard field-goal try, then drills a 27-yard attempt. FAR 24, AIEA 0, 4:01.
Senior defensive back Siaosi Pakileata picks off a pass and returns it 41 yards to the end zone. FAR 31, AIEA 0, 2:32.
Montana Liana to C.J. Liana on a 34-yard bomb. Faamatu scores on a 4-yard run. FAR 38, AIEA 0, :50.
Farrington’s defensive line closes out the first half nicely. Seufagafaga Luafatasaga bats down a pass attempt and Breiden Fehoko records a sack.
HALF: Governors 38, Na Alii 0.
Na Alii go backwards, then the punt snap sails high and out of the end zone. Farrington had 10 men on the line for a possible punt block. FAR 40, AIEA 0, 8:29.
They keep punting to him, so Mamiya returns this one 60 yards to the house. PAT fake and run fails. FAR 46, AIEA 0, 4:16.
Freddy Tumbaga with a 14-yard TD run. He’s not on the roster, hoping this is the right spelling until I get it verified. PAT pass failed. FAR 52, AIEA 0, :14.