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Saturday, October 21, 2000

H A W A I I _P R E P _ S P O R T S

Revenge sweet
for Kaimuki

Coach Ronald Oyama
says the 22-17 victory over
Farrington made a statement
for his program

More prep football

By Ben Henry
Special to the Star-Bulletin

When Farrington quarterback Gilbert Sa's pass fell to the turf last night at Aloha Stadium, Kaimuki got revenge.

Next Friday, the Governors get their chance.

The Bulldogs held on to beat the Governors, 22-17, behind 154 rushing yards from Chanceton Mirafuentes in front of 2,353 fans.

"We got over that big hill," Kaimuki head coach Ronald Oyama said just after last night's game. "(The win) really made a statement for our program."

The teams meet again next week in the first round of the Oahu Interscholastic Association playoffs.

Last year the Governors ousted the undefeated Bulldogs from the postseason.

Last night's game didn't have much more than an obscure bearing on the OIA playoff picture, as both teams had already clinched postseason berths. Kailua earned the final Red Division playoff spot last night, with Waianae and Kahuku also in.

But the win still meant a lot to Kaimuki.

"This was our chance to let people know we can play with the upper teams in the OIA," Kaimuki defensive coordinator Erik Rhinelander said.

"Everyone played with all their hearts, and we never gave up," Kaimuki tight end and defensive lineman Daniel Tautofi said. "We wanted revenge from last year."

Farrington head coach Harold Tanaka was not oblivious to the budding rivalry.

"I knew we'd be in for a dogfight," he said.

Oyama's game plan included a balanced attack. But with Jordan Caires completing a third of his 18 passes, Kaimuki strayed, attempting just two of those passes in the second half.

While the Bulldogs were unable to score in the second half, defense kept them in the game.

"Our defense has been pulling us through sometimes when our offense stalls," Oyama said. "It's a team effort."

Down by 5 points with just under three minutes left in the game, Farrington had the ball at the Kaimuki 24 yard line. But on the next play, Sa's pass to the end zone was intercepted by defensive back Darin Fujimoto.

"That was a big momentum winner for us," Rhinelander said. "We worked on playing the deep ball in practice."

Farrington regained possession at its own 28. Behind 44 all-purpose yards by Sa and with the help of two Kaimuki pass interference penalties, Farrington found itself at the Kaimuki 7 with four seconds left in the game.

On the next play, Kaimuki was penalized for pass interference again, giving Farrington one more play with no time left.

But Sa's pass was batted down by Tautofi, ending the game.

"What was hurting us all night was the drag route," Rhinelander said. "We were telling our linebackers to make sure they sit and stay with it. They finally did and made a big play at the end."

Farrington (4-4, 5-4)3 7 7 0--17
Kaimuki (6-2, 7-2)3 19 0 0--22

Scoring summary

Kai--Justin Faimealelei 30 FG
Farr--Adrian Villoria 24 FG
Farr--Alex Faumui 33 interception return (Villoria kick)
Kai--Faimealelei 11 pass from Jordan Caires (Faimealelei kick)
Kai--Soloni Taumalolo 1 run (kick failed)
Kai--Faimealelei 22 pass from Caires (run failed)
Farr--Michael Rabago 3 run (Villoria kick)

Individual statistics

Rushing--Farr: Rabago 18-104, Christopher Faavesi 4-18, Gilbert Sa 9-23, Villoria 1-(-23), Billy Tafea 1-(-2), Panapa Fereti 1-(-7). Kai: Chanceton Mirafuentes 26-154, Jonathan Ishida 7-10, Soloni Taumalolo 2-3, Caires 4-(-18).
Passing--Farr: Sa 15-32-2 for 178 yards, Rabago 0-1-0 for 0 yards. Kai: Caires 6-18-1, 61 yards.
Receiving--Farr: Warren Gaspar 2-36, Micah Alexander 4-66, Chad Mock 3-18, Rabago 2-4, Kalani Lautele 1-32, Jayrald Mateo 3-22. Kai: Mirafuentes 2-2, Faimealelei 3-44, Bryden Fujimoto 1-15.
Junior varsity: Farrington 44, Kaimuki 14.

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