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The last time Kahuku lined up against Farrington, the Red Raiders stumbled and ended their season with a stunning loss in the Oahu Interscholastic Association playoffs.
In their rematch last night, Kahuku was able to sidestep the Governors this time to remain undefeated and in control of the OIA Red East Conference race with a 40-7 victory at Roosevelt Stadium.
"Every week is a big hurdle. For anybody who takes a tumble, it's bad already," Kahuku coach Siuaki Livai said after watching his team improve to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.
Farrington (3-3, 3-2) ended Kahuku's season a year ago with a 21-20 victory in the quarterfinals of the OIA playoffs. The loss snapped Kahuku's string of four consecutive league titles and two state championships.
In that loss, Kahuku had five turnovers, including a fumble deep in Farrington territory in the game's final minute. Last night, it was Farrington that struggled to maintain control of the ball, giving up three fumbles and four interceptions.
The Governors stayed within hailing distance of the Red Raiders for much of the contest, but Kahuku ended the game by scoring 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
"They made fewer mistakes than we did," Farrington coach Randall Okimoto said. "Hopefully we'll get another chance, but they were the better team tonight."
Kahuku running back Dustin Huddy ran for two touchdowns as part of a balanced Red Raider offense that generated 350 total yards. Defensive backs Toriano Taulogo and Afa Bridenstine had two interceptions apiece for the Kahuku defense.
Kahuku got off to a shaky start as Farrington's Jerome Crisostomo intercepted a pass from Bronson Ponciano-Ahue on the game's first play from scrimmage.
But the Red Raider defense stopped Farrington on three plays to get the ball back for their offense, which responded by scoring on its next two possessions to take a 12-0 lead at halftime.
On the first play of the third quarter, Farrington quarterback Eti Atonio fumbled the snap and Kahuku's Kimball Niumatalolo recovered for the Red Raiders. Kahuku cashed in on the turnover on a nifty option play by quarterback Waika Carvalho. Carvalho went around the right side for 19 yards then pitched the ball to Darren Magalolo just before being tackled. Magalolo went the final 6 yards for the score.
Farrington got on the scoreboard on a punishing 10-yard run by Jostin Waialae to cut the Kahuku lead to 18-7 with 10:14 left in the game.
At Roosevelt H.S. field
Kah -- Dustin Huddy 14 run (kick failed)
|Kahuku (5-0, 4-0)
|Farrington (3-3, 3-2)
Kah -- Bronson Ponciano-Ahue 1 run (pass failed)
Kah -- Darren Magalolo 6 run (run failed)
Far -- Jostin Waialae 10 run (Ropeti Gafa kick)
Kah -- Manu Ngatikaura 18 run (Frank Bracewell pass from Waika Carvalho)
Kah -- Huddy 2 run (Carvalho run)
Kah -- Hyrum Moors 6 run (kick failed)
RUSHING -- Kahuku: Darren Magalolo 7-42, Ponciano-Ahue 2-13, Hyrum Moors 9-29, Huddy 7-49, Cy Naki 3-7, Simote Vea 4-27, Carvalho 10-60, Ngatikaura 2-20, Dayna Magalolo 1-3, Jonathan Rickertson 1-12. Farrington: Matt Bell 15-59, Ameko Vaimasanuu 4-15, Harrison Harris 1-0, Waialae 2-23, Eti Atonio 5-3.
PASSING -- Kahuku: Ponciano-Ahue 2-3-0-21, Carvalho 6-17-0-71, Spencer Hafoka 1-1-0-45. Farrington: Atonio 10-26-4-120.
RECEIVING -- Kahuku: Tevita Ofa 1-45, Tevita Finau 1-11, Hafoka 3-43, Moors 1-11, Kurtney Silva 1-3, Dar. Magalolo 1-13, Vea 1-11. Farrington: Alvin Faumui 1-11, Waialae 1-(-1), Bell 4-57, Harris 4-53.
Junior varsity -- Kahuku 30, Farrington 6.