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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 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.
The Spartans' sophomore was tabbed Most Outstanding Player of last week's Snapple/HHSAA D1 State Championships.
The 5-foot-7 junior guard helped the Red Raiders go undefeated against OIA teams.
Forward Angel Asaah was selected as the league's POY while Charles Chong earned coach of the year.
Maryknoll repeated as Division I state champion with a win over Kamehameha last Friday.
The Spartans avenged three losses to the Warriors in ILH play to capture their second straight championship.
Cowboys outlasted Roosevelt in a frantic finish to claim first-ever state crown.