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Baldwin pulls upset

By Fred Guzman / Special to the Star-Advertiser

LAST UPDATED: 05:21 a.m. HST, Nov 12, 2011

WAILUKU, Maui » A statewide television audience found out on Friday night what folks on Maui have known for the past two seasons. Namely, that Keelan Ewaliko can beat you with his strong right arm and his legs.

“He’s a very special player,” acknowledged Farrington coach Randall Okimoto after the junior quarterback willed Baldwin to a 28-24 victory in an opening round game of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division I football tournament.

On a third-and-14 situation and with time winding down on Baldwin’s season, Ewaliko scored on a mad dash of 33 yards with 42 seconds left, sending a crowd of about 3,000 fans at War Memorial Stadium into a frenzy. The victory lifted the Bears into Friday’s semifinals against second-seeded Punahou at Aloha Stadium.

“It was supposed to be a pass and I was rolling out to my left looking for (wide receiver) Brandon (Fernandez),” said Ewaliko, recreating the game’s decisive play. “When he wasn’t open, I knew I had to take off. I broke one tackle and told myself, ‘This is it. We’ve come too far. I can’t let my boys down. I gotta get in the end zone.’ ”

And he did, breaking another tackle at the 7-yard line before diving into the end zone, enabling Baldwin to win a state playoff game for the first time in four years and improve its season record to 9-1.

Ewaliko was magnificent in the first half, completing 10 of 14 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown while also gaining 86 yards on 11 carries for 200 yards in total offense .

“We made some adjustments at halftime and did a better job of containing Ewaliko and (running back Kina) Malafu,” Okimoto said.

Indeed, Ewaliko finished with 109 yards passing, completing 13 of 20 passes, and rushed 112 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries.

“But when the game was on the line,” Okimoto added, “that young man made a great play. You have to give him and Baldwin all the credit in the world.”

It was a painful loss for the Governors, who spent much of the season as the top-ranked team in the state and winning their first 10 games before suffering back-to-back losses to Kahuku (23-0) in the OIA Red championship game last week and then to the hometown Bears.

Farrington had taken a 24-21 lead with 5:01 left in the game on a 1-yard run by senior tailback Tyler Taumua, who finished with 157 yards and four scores on 27 carries. Then, for the fourth time in the game, a Farrington point-after went awry.

Farrington jumped out to a 6-0 lead on its first possession, going 92 yards on nine plays. Taumua’s 4-yard run capped the drive.

But the Bears bounced back on a 17-yard quarterback draw by Ewaliko as the clock ran out on the first quarter and Ewaliko hooked up on a 12-yard scoring pass to Kaiana Camvel with 23 seconds left in the half for a 14-6 halftime lead.

A 1-yard plunge by Taumua brought Farrington within a pair of points with 6:05 left, but the state’s leading rusher was stuffed by Baldwin’s defense on a 2-point attempt.

The Bears couldn’t keep Taumua out of the end zone with 3:43 left in the third quarter, when he bounced his rush around the left side for a 20-yard run, giving Farrington an 18-14 advantage.

The seesaw battle continued as Ewaliko scored on a 1-yard run with 10:33 left and Dean Phillips converted on another point-after to give the Bears a 21-18 edge with 10:33 left, setting the stage for a dramatic conclusion.

For Baldwin coach A.J. Roloos, it was a grand way to celebrate his 39th birthday. But the biggest gift of all is the realization that Ewaliko has one more season of prep football left before graduation.

“That kid,” said Roloos, echoing the sentiments of his counterpart, “is a special player. We put the game in his hands, and he came through.”

FARRINGTON (10-2) 6 0 12 6 24
BALDWIN (9-1) 7 7 0 14 28
Farr—Tyler Taumua 4 run (kick failed)
Bald—Keelan Ewaliko 17 run (Dean Phillips kick)
Bald—Kaiana Camvel 12 pass from Ewaliko (Phillips kick)
Farr—Taumua 1 run (run failed)
Farr—Taumua 20 run (kick failed)
Bald—Ewaliko 1 run (Phillips kick)
Farr—Taumua 1 run (kick blocked)
Bald—Ewaliko 33 run (Phillips kick)

RUSHING—Farrington: Taumua 27-157, Abraham Silva 12-47, Tavale Masalosalo 7-25, Travis Tamapua 4-9. Baldwin: Ewaliko 20-112, Vetekina Malafu 15-36, Branden Kaupe 1-(-2), Team 1-(-12).
PASSING—Farrington: Tamapua 9-18-2-123. Baldwin: Ewaliko 13-20-1-109.
RECEIVING—Farrington: Toma Barrett 7-111, Shane Cabato-Machado 1-6, Tyler
Milton Liana 1-6. Baldwin: Camvel 7-41,Malafu 2-33, Kaupe 2-1, Brandon Fernandez 1-23, Kyson-Lee Kaiama 1-11.

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Joe wrote:
Congratulations to Baldwin! Also, congratulations to Farrington for a wonderful season and to Coach Okimoto for being an individual that young people can truly look up to for moral leadership. In the light of this past week's events at Penn State, it is comforting to know that there are still Coaches out there who we can have faith in to do the right thing, no matter the consequences and provide our young man and woman with a model of how to live there lives both on and off the field. Although your season is over Coach Okimoto, you are a "Champion" for all that you do for the students in Hawaii.
on November 12,2011 | 03:17AM
Anonymous wrote:
Great season Gov's. You were my pick to win it all. I wish the game was at Aloha Stadium. The outcome may have been different. I also wished our timeouts were better used. Especially before Taumua's last punt and our last two offensive plays. The out come may have been different as well. The Gov's play hard and with class, a reflection of the coaching staff. Can't wait for Taumua's senior year!
on November 12,2011 | 06:49AM
Anonymous wrote:
uh oh.
on November 12,2011 | 07:11AM
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on November 12,2011 | 07:21AM
jimbone wrote:
Hurry someone give him a tissue......
on November 12,2011 | 07:35AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
There ain't enough tissue in O'ahu to cover this. Lol .
on November 12,2011 | 01:17PM
Mulepower wrote:
Game over.... Conrats Gov's you guys still going be great next year! Also dangerous too! Good luck to the seniors! Go MULES!
on November 12,2011 | 08:28AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
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on November 12,2011 | 08:50AM
false wrote:
The BEARS are the BEST...
on November 12,2011 | 09:31AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Chicago or Baldwin ?? Hey Shane Victorino went to Saint Anthony's on Maui; right ?
on November 12,2011 | 09:35AM
smooshpappy wrote:
Ggreat game! Tough loss for the Govs, great win for the Bears. Le'ts hope they do well in the rest of the tourney!
on November 12,2011 | 11:44AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
ESPN News - No. 5 Boise State upset by TCU, 36-35 . I will post this also on the UH warrior story however this made my day. Y I P P E E !!!
on November 12,2011 | 01:15PM
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