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Brandon Ching | ScoringLiveSeptember 1, 2018, 11:44pm
Sat, Sep 1, 2018 @ Farrington [ 6:30 pm ]
KALIHI — Hugh Brady accounted for five total touchdowns as No. 4 Punahou pulled away to roll No. 10 Farrington, 40-14 in an Open Division interleague contest at Edward ‘Skippa' Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki Field on Saturday.
The game was originally scheduled for Aug. 29, but was pushed back due to Hurricane Lane. Since both teams had a bye on the same weekend the game was rescheduled.
"I loved it," Punahou coach Kale Ane said of playing at Farrington for the first time. "It's my first time here and it's a great atmosphere and I like it."
The Buffanblu improve to 2-1 overall, while the Governors drop their third-straight game to fall to 1-3 overall.
Brady threw for 288 yards on 19-of-48 passing with four touchdowns and no interceptions and rushed for another. Koa Eldredge led all receivers with 115 yards and two touchdowns and Tamatoa Falatea added 80 receiving yards and a touchdown.
"We came out here and got the win so I'm happy we got the win. We got Mililani next week so we have to prepare for that. Overall, it was good since we got the win," Brady said.
Vincent Terrell added 103 yards on the ground and Sitveni Kaufusi added 72 rushing yards, which mostly came in the second half before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with an injury.
"He's a playmaker. Defenses shaped their defense around him and that's a good thing for us," Brady said of Terrell and the running game.
The Govs took over after Horn missed a 45-yard field goal attempt and later benefited from a roughing the punter penalty to extend their first scoring drive that resulted in Randy Millare's 47-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.
The Buffanblu didn't take long as it responded 10 plays later to tie the game at 7 with Brady's sneak up the middle.
Farrington went three-and-out and a personal foul penalty on the Govs placed the ball on the Farrington 40 giving the Buffanblu good field position. Punahou needed four plays to get into the end zone after Brady found Eldredge for a 20-yard completion to take the lead, 14-7.
"I thought the first quarter was better and the second quarter we went flat a little bit. The second half, we did much better," Brady said.
"They (Farrington) played really good defense. That's what affected us. We had to dig down. We expected a tough, physical game," Ane said.
Following Marist Liufau's strip sack and Hiram deFries-Saronitman's recovery, the Buffanblu redeemed it into points with Horn's 47-yard field goal for a 17-7 lead that held up until halftime.
"Anytime you get turnovers it's great," Ane said.
To open the third quarter, Treshawn Kepa raced out with a 97-yard kick off return to the Punahou 2 to set up Millare's second touchdown as the Govs trailed, 17-14 and could get no closer. Millare led the team with 78 rushing yards.
Punahou countered with a 88-yard scoring drive capped by Brady's 43-yard toss to Eldredge. The Buffanblu added another score in the third quarter after a Govs' three-and-out with Brady throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass to Tamatoa Falatea.
"I think we started did more of a variety of our play calling and sticking with the stuff we knew. It wasn't about making big plays but sticking to our basics," Brady said.
"It's his third game starting and he's got a lot to learn. He's his worst enemy and gets down on himself, but he does a great job for us and we know he's going to get better and better. Our job is to guide him and teach him," Ane said of Brady.
Brady finished his night with a 2-yard touchdown to Moku Dancil-Evans and Horn added his second field goal of the game from 32 yards out for the final points of the night in the fourth quarter.
The game ended on a somber note after Gunnar Locke took a hard hit and laid motionless as trainers from both teams tended to him and the coaches looked on. The game was called with 2:07 left on the clock. According to Ane, Locke should be okay.
"He's going to go home, but we worry about stuff like that," Ane said.
Punahou travels to John Kauinana Stadium to take on No. 3 Mililani on Sept. 8 while Farrington looks to rebound against Kapolei at home on Sept. 15.
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