Posted: September 8, 2012 - 7:03pm
Farrington runs past Moanalua, 28-7
Rayson Kong and Brien Ing
As the adage goes, it isn't how you start, its how you finish, and nothing could be closer to the truth for Farrington running backs Abraham Silva and Tyler Taumua's play against Moanalua in front of a raucous, rain-soaked homecoming crowd at Roosevelt's Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.
After being held to just 41 and 13 yard respectively in the first half, Silva exploded for 155 rushing yards and a score and Taumua added two scores and 130 yards on the ground in the second half to help run Farrington past Moanalua, 28-7.
The tandem of Silva (216 yards, TD) and Tyler Taumua (143 yards, 2 TDs) combined for 359 yards on the ground for the game.
"We just had to keep our heads high. Coach (Okimoto) said we just have to let it go and be humble." added Silva. "We had a lot of mistakes, a lot of fumbles, but second half we just told each other move on and keep pumping until the end."
After receiving the opening kickoff, the Govs drove deep into Moanalua territory but were unable to score as Montana Liana's pass in to the end-zone sailed long, turning the ball over on downs. However, the Farrington defense, in a sign of things to come, forced a quick three-and-out by sacking Kaneshiro on 3rd down. After Moanalua's punt gave the Govs good field position at the Moanalua 48-yard line, they too went three-and-out with Na Menehune taking over at their own 21-yard line. After a 1-yard rush on 1st down, Kaneshiro dropped back to pass and threw the ball directly to Farrington defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko on what looked like a busted screen play. Fehoko expertly picked the ball out of the air and ran 14 yards into the end-zone. Shanelle Atabay Carillo, Farrington's Homecoming Queen, made the PAT kick to put Farrington on top 7-0.
Things looked like they were going to get out of hand early, but Moanalua was more than game, keeping Farrington out of the end-zone all the way to the end of the first half. There was an odd sequence of events in the 2nd quarter as an apparent rushing touchdown by Farrington was erased off the board. Farrington fullback Jackie Anakalea took a handoff on 3rd-and-goal, ran into a couple defenders near the goal line. After a few moments, the line judge signaled for a touchdown. However, after a lengthy discussion between the officials, the touchdown was erased and the ball was spotted at the 2-yard line. Farrington's run on 4th-and-goal was stuffed and Moanalua took over on downs.
And in rather unusual fashion, Farrington would head to the locker room leading just 7-0 at the break.
"This Moanalua team wants to play hard." said Silva. "I really give them a lot of credit because their defense was tough. They was giving us stops and all that."
But coming out of the halftime Homecoming festivities, a different, yet same, Govs team would emerge.
"We just ran right at them, and we do what we do." said Farrington head coach Randall Okimoto. "Just make a few adjustments here and there with the blocking and that's about it. The guys did the rest."
Moanalua received the opening 2nd half kickoff but Farrington quickly forced another three-and-out. Taking over at their own 38-yard line, Farrington needed only two plays to score. After a big gain by Silva to the Moanalua 36-yard line, Tyler Taumua took the handoff and raced up the middle, untouched for his first rushing touchdown of the night. Atabay Carillo's PAT kick was good making the score 14-0.
Later in the quarter, a high snap on 4th down sailed over Tyler Taumua's head, who was in to punt, with Moanalua recovering at the Farrington 10-yard line. On first-and-goal, Kaneshiro faked the handoff and sprinted into the end-zone for a touchdown. Landon Ogawa's PAT kick was good, closing the score to 14-7.
On Farrington's first play after the kickoff, Taumua took the handoff and was hit at the line of scrimmage where he fumbled at the Farrington 19-yard line. Moanalua's Ratu Mafaleo recovered the football, and was facing the real possibility of a tying the game despite getting dominated on both sides of the ball. But in a cruel twist of fate, Moanalua gifted the ball right back on the ensuing play, when Farrington pounced on a fumble at the 22-yard line.
With a little more than four minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Farrington embarked on an 18-play touchdown drive that saw the Govs convert three 4th downs and take more than six minutes off the clock. Despite Liana fumbling three times on the drive, at one time on consecutive plays, Farrington asserted their control on the game when Abraham "Amo" Silva dragged a couple defenders into the end-zone from ten yards out. Justin Tamashiro made the PAT kick putting the score at 21-7.
Moanalua could not answer, going three-and-out again, and Farrington put the game away with another clock-killing 12-play drive capped by Taumua's second rushing touchdown of the night. Atabay Carillo's PAT kick completed the scoring at 28-7.
"The kids were hungry after not scoring in the first half, so coming out the way we did in the second half, it was nice to see that." remarked Okimoto.
And defensively, Farrington was nothing short of stellar, holding Moanalua to just 47 yards of total offense. The Farrington defense harassed Moanalua quarterback Micah Kaneshiro into three interceptions, one a pick-six.
"The defense did well." said Okimoto. "You know Aisea Tavae he's the captain of that D, and he just led them and its good to see that they can keep the (opposing team's) offense down while our offense is struggling and that was really nice to see."
September 8, 2012
Rayson Kong and Brien Ing
Tyler Taumua, 36 yard touchdown run.
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Farrington RB Tyler Taumua accounted for 143 of the Govs' rushing yards and two scores. Brien Ing | SL
Breiden Fehoko returned a interception 14 yards for a Farrington score. Brien Ing | SL
Farrington DL Nolan Eseroma engulfs Moanalua RB Ishmil Smith. Brien Ing | SL
Moanalua QB Micah Kaneshiro had the lone score on the evening for Na Menehune on a 10 yard scramble up the middle. Brien Ing | SL
Moanalua WR Sheldon Pagba tries to break the tackle of Farrington's Aisea Tavae. Peter Caldwell | SL