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Prep Football Preview Special
Prep Football Preview
Game of the Week
Michael Lasquero | ScoringLiveSeptember 7, 2019, 9:37am
Fri, Sep 6, 2019 @ Kapolei [ 8:00 pm ]
KAPOLEI — A perfect storm of events helped the Farrington football team pick up its first win of the season Friday night.
The unranked Governors took an early 13-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game and dominated the trenches on both sides of the ball to stun No. 7 Kapolei, 22-8, at the Alvin Nagasako Sports Complex.
Calijah Mareko's 23-yard pick-six on Kapolei's first play from scrimmage and a muffed punt led to Raymond Millare's 3-yard scoring run helped give the early advantage to Farrington, who was outscored by its opponents — 142 to 6 — during the month of August.
With a 13-point lead in hand, the Governors (1-4 overall, 1-2 OIA Open) proceeded to control the line of scrimmage and the clock. Farrington totaled five sacks and rushed for 220 yards behind Millare's season-high 171 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
"It was two critical errors; the pick-six by our quarterback and the muffed punt on the punt return that really put the game in their favor and the momentum," said Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez, whose team is 3-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Farrington RB Raymond Millare had a season-high performance to power the Governors' offense over Kapolei.
While it was the Governors' best offensive performance of the season, it was the complete opposite for the Hurricanes, who were 0-for-4 on fourth down conversions.
Kapolei quarterback Noa Bailey entered the game with 1,053 passing yard through five games, but threw for just 45 yards and was picked off twice before getting pulled in favor of backup Freddie Gregorio. The Governors also did a good job against potent receiver De'Zhaun Stribling, who had just three receptions on nine targets. Stribling finished with 30 receiving yards, with most of it coming on a 25-yard TD pass from Gregorio with 7:29 to play in the fourth quarter.
"They're physical and they just outplayed us. Every time they've outplayed us and outcoached us. That's on me," said Hernandez, who is 2-10 against the Governors during his tenure with Kapolei after Friday night. "I still love these kids. They don't deserve this. They tried hard and I'm happy for Farrington because they're a great bunch of guys and they deserved to win."
But enough about Kapolei, because the night belonged to the Governors.
Farrington had a short field to start the game after the Hurricanes tried an onside kick on the opening kickoff. The visitors turned it over on downs after falling a few yards short of the first-down marker, but Mareko got the Governors on the board one play later after picking off a pass intended for Kapolei's Alea Mahelona.
Farrington senior Calijah Mareko looks back before running into the end zone on an interception return.
It was a redeeming moment for the Farrington senior, who got kicked off the team before the end of last season and was playing in his first game of the year.
"It feels great because I missed four games and this is my first game back. I just want to thank God for blessing me with another chance," said Mareko, who also broke up two other passes.
"My was job was to sit and watch the out (route)," Mareko said of the play. "I seen (the receiver) come right to me and go out and I seen the ball and I just reacted and I got the pick-six."
Both teams went three-and-out on their next two drives before Farrington's Vance Amorin recovered a muffed punt at the Kapolei 20-yard line. After a 14-yard run and an encroachment penalty, Millare ran it in from three yards out to make it 13-0 with 7:00 showing on the first quarter scoreboard.
Kapolei had a golden opportunity to find the end zone later in the first half after a fumble recovery at the Governors' 31-yard line, but Farrington withstood the turnover after eight plays and a number of penalties that were called on both teams.
The Farrington defense consistently found ways to get into the Kapolei offensive backfield Friday night.
"We just had to keep up the tempo, that's it," said Farrington defensive lineman Matthew "Leroy" Miller, who was in on a sack on Kapolei's penultimate play of the game that forced a turnover on downs. "We put in a lot of work. We was on a losing streak, but we're coming back."
After Kapolei turned it over on downs at the Farrington 6-yard line, the Governors ran it 10 straight times before Millare scored on a 14-yard run to give the Governors a 19-0 halftime lead.
Andrew Elijah Juan Cabuco added a 33-yard field goal to extend Farrington's lead to 22-0 with 1:31 to play in the third quarter.
The Governors will have a week off before hosting Kamehameha while Kapolei travels to Campbell (2-3 overall, 1-2 league) next Friday night.
Rough Riders scored 17 points off of turnovers; will meet Lahainaluna in semifinals.
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Kamehameha rallied in the second half to outscore Lahainaluna, 26 to 7 to improve to 2-0.
Leilehua scored on first play from scrimmage and totaled 11 tackles for loss in win over Baldwin.
Three different players notch goals for Kamehameha in shut out of Kaiser.