Posted: August 14, 2012 - 3:08am
Farrington's Silva fills the void with flourish
Farrington RB Abraham Silva had 212 yards on 27 carries and 2 touchdowns against Waianae. ScoringLive file photo
It took only five plays into Saturday night's season opener against Wai'anae for Farrington to know that things would be OK despite starting tailback Tyler Taumua -- the state's leading rusher in 2012 -- not suited up while resting an injured shoulder.
That's when fellow senior Abraham "Amo" Silva put Governors fans at ease with a stunning 61-yard touchdown run to help give Farrington a quick 7-0 lead barely two minutes into the contest.
"it was pretty shocking, but as soon as I saw that hole open, I just used my burst speed to break away and my after-speed to get to the end zone," said Silva, a 5-foot-10, 212-pound converted linebacker. "But I gotta give props to my O-line, they played hard. I put my trust in them, they've always been there for me, on and off the field. I love them a lot."
The Govs' massive and powerful offensive line, which returned every starter from last year although one sat out due to academic issues on Saturday, paved the way for Silva to finish with 212 yards on 27 carries in the 37-23 nonleague victory at Radford's John Velasco Stadium.
He had 120 yards on 14 carries by halftime, then started the third quarter with 46 yards on three rushes on Farrington's first series, capped by a 10-yard TD scamper to the left side. That tied the score at 16-16, and the Governors eventually scored 21 straight points in the fourth to pull away.
"We kind of messed up a bit during the game, we've still got a lot more to practice," Silva said. "But Wai'anae really came ou to play hard, especially in the first half. This win really means a lot to us, so we can learn from it and get better next week against Saint Louis."
Farrington plays Saint Louis on Thursday at Aloha Stadium.
WEEK 1 TOP PERFORMERS
Punahou WR Kanawai Noa caught six passes for 175 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-0 win over West Anchorage.
Punahou QB Tui Tuileta completed 9 of 12 passes for 179 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs in a 48-0 win over West Anchorage.
Punahou LB David Torigoe recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in a 48-0 win over West Anchorage.
Leilehua QB Justin Jenks completed 17 of 27 passes for 175 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT in 23-15 win over Service (AK).
Leilehua WR Keoni Piceno caught eight passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
Mililani QB Jarin Morikawa completed 26 of 45 passes for 251 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT in 31-21 win over Moanalua.
Mililani WR Colton Dayacos-Gaspar caught nine passes for 86 yards and 1 TD.
Moanalua RB Ishmil Scott rushed 10 times for 99 yards and 1 TD in 31-21 loss to Mililani.
Kealakehe RB Lennox Costales rushed 23 times for 97 yards in a 10-3 win over Kailua.
Kamehahameha-Hawaii RB Faaolaina Teofilo rushed 9 times for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 25-6 win over Anuenue.
Kamehameha-Hawaii RB Jairah Chun-Lai rushed 9 times for 92 yards and 2 TDs in a 25-6 win over Anuenue.
Anuenue RB Kainalu Kaleo rushed 9 times for 116 yards and a touchdown in a 25-6 loss to Kamehameha-Hawaii.
Aiea WR Kamakana Apelu had 2 recpetions for 121 yards and a touchdown and also returned a kickoff 70 yards for another score in a 53-6 win over Kaimuki.
Aiea DB AJ Aleaga had a 30 yard interception return for touchdown in a 53-6 win over Kaimuki.
Campbell LB Solomon Leaeno recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in a 34-6 win over Kaiser.
Campbell LB Donovan Poniatowski returned a fumble 80 yards for a touchdown in a 34-6 win over Kaiser.
Campbell RB Paul-Andrew Rhoden had rushed 16 times for 71 yards and a touchdown and also added a receiving TD in a 34-6 win over Kaiser.
Kapolei RB Jacob Kukahiko rushed 10 times for 72 yards and 3 TDs in a 28-7 win over Pearl City.
Farrington LB Syndreck Dsio recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown in a 37-23 win over Waianae.
Damien RB Kyle Sato rushed 20 times for 132 yards and a touchdown in a 31-0 win over Kalaheo.
Pac-Five QB Cody Kim completed 13-of-22 passes for 202 yards and 3 TDs in a 26-13 win over Waipahu.
Waipahu WR Mataio Fualema had 4 receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown in a 26-13 loss to Pac-Five.
Iolani QB Reece Foy completed 15-of-23 passes for 285 yards and 4 TDs and also scored a rushing TD in a 43-40 win over Konawaena.
Iolani WR Chase Kakekuni had 6 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown in a 43-40 win over Konawaena.
Iolani WR Chad Hanaoka had 6 receptions for 92 yards and 2 TDs in a 43-40 win over Konawaena.
Iolani DL Esau Sele had 2 sacks in a 43-40 win over Konawaena.
Konawaena WR Dominic Morris had 6 receptions for 131 yards and 2 TDs in a 43-40 loss to Iolani.
Konawaena RB/DB Austin Denis had a field goal block return for touchdown in a 43-40 loss to Iolani.