Posted: August 17, 2012 - 5:56am
Farrington upends Saint Louis, 39-33
Five of Farrington's six touchdowns were set up by turnovers inside Saint Louis territory in a 39-33 non-league prep football win Thursday night at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.
The Governors (2-0) spoiled the coaching debut Matt Wright in beating the Crusaders (0-1) for the first time since Oct. 18, 1968 (7-6) when Farrington played in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. The game was played at old Honolulu Stadium. The teams played to a scoreless tie in their last meeting in the ILH in 1969, but the Crusaders won their last five meetings, three in non-league play, as well as in the 1990 Prep Bowl and the 2002 state quarterfinals.
Farrington running back Abraham Silva rushed for 167 yards and three TDs, including a 52-yarder on the Governors' first play from scrimmage. Running mate Tyler Taumua had 84 yards rushing.
Saint Louis RB Adam Noga led all with 143 yards rushing, including a 65-yard TD run.
The Crusaders got off to an inauspicious start when returning quarterback Kawai Mook-Garcia did not suit for the game. He was seen in the coaches' box on the press level.
"Kawai had to take care of some personal stuff," Wright said. "He just needed some time off. He's going to back this coming week."
Junior Robert Faleafine and sophomore Ryder Kuhns filled in. Faleafine started, but Kuhns took the majority of snaps, completing 20-of-31 passes for 188 yards and one TD. But he was intercepted twice (by LB Syndreck Dsio and DB Setefano Lavatai). Faleafine completed just 1 of 2 passes, but it was a 43-yard TD pass to Jeremy Tabuyo, who had eight receptions for 125 yards. He also had a 21-yard TD catch from Kuhns.
"I thought they got into the groove of the game," Wright said of Faleafine and Kuhns. "For some of these guys, it was the first time out. I thought they did well; they executed for us well later in the game. We had six turnovers, two blocked punts and we lost by six. We just needed to come out earlier."
Missing Mook-Garcia didn't help.
"That's a big difference," Farrington coach Randall Okimoto said. "Anytime you don't have your starting quarterback, it hurts. Their second sub (Kuhns) looks like a starter. This is a school with a lot of quarterbacks."
The Governors beat Waianae last week, while this was the Crusaders' first game of 2012. Saint Louis had 13 penalties for 82 yards
"it was no excuse for us," Wright said. "We just have to execute. That's the bottom line. We have lot to work on, but at the same time it's not something that's making be panic. The stuff we have to correct is correctable. But I give credit to Farrington; they have a great team. They have two great running backs."
Ironically, it was a familiar name in Saint Louis football history that did some major damage on the Crusaders. Farrington LB Manly Williams, the nephew of the former Crusaders' defensive great of the same name from the 1980s, who blocked two punts that set up two Governors' TDs. Another irony is the Saint Louis alum Williams is an assistant for the Governors.
"Kind of weird," the elder Williams said of being on the opposite sideline of his alma mater. "But I'm here to support my nephews and help out the community.
"He wanted to go Saint Louis, but the mom wanted him to go Farrington. And just to follow his brother's footsteps, Lancelot Williams (now of the University of Hawai'i)."
Saint Louis won the coin toss and received the opening kickoff, but punted after three downs and Farrington took over at its 48, where Silva sprinted 52 yards for a TD on first down. Shanelle Atabay-Carillo missed the PAT to keep it 6-0.
But Saint Louis struck quickly on Faleafine's 43-yard TD to Tabuyo, taking 7-6 lead on Aaron Peltier's PAT.
Saint Louis' first turnover, a fumble by Noga that was recovered by Moalatoutai Heimuli at the Saints' 20 set up Silva's 14-yard TD run to give the Govs the lead they would not relinquish at 6:37 in the first quarter.
Williams' first blocked punt set up Montana Liana's four-yard TD pass to Tyler Liana in the second quarter, making Farrington's lead 18-7.
The Crusaders cut their deficit to 18-13 on Kuhns' 21-yard TD pass to Tabuyo, but Williams' second punt block at the Saints' 10 paved the way for Silva's two-yard TD run to give Farrington a 25-13 lead at the half.
Dsio's interception was countered by a Farrington fumble. But Lavatai's interception that was returned 47 yards to the Saint Louis 13 led to Montana Liana's 10-yard TD pass to Jackie Anakalea to make it 32-13.
Quick-striking Saint Louis answered with Noga's 65-yard TD run on first down after the ensuing kickoff to pull the Crusaders to 32-20. But a Saint Louis fumble that was returned 19 yards by Farrington lineman Nolani Eseroma to the Saints' 26 was eventually cashed in with Montana Liana's 22-yard TD pass to James Hashimoto to make it 39-20.
Devan Stubblefield returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a TD pull Saint Louis to 39-26 to end the third quarter.
Saint Louis pulled to 39-33 late in the fourth quarter when LB Colton Goeas lined up at running back and scored on a two-yard run. But the Crusaders failed on their onside kickoff, losing any shot at rally.
August 17, 2012
Abraham Silva, 52 yard touchdown run.
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Saint Louis WR Jeremy Tabuyo stretches out to snag a touchdown pass against Farrington. Greg Yamamoto | SL
Farrington LB Manly Williams blocked a pair of kicks against Saint Louis. Greg Yamamoto | SL
The Farrington defense stacked up Saint Louis RB Adam Noga on this play. Tyler Kanoa | University High