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Baldwin beats Farrington in dramatic fashion
November 12, 2011 - Robert Collias
Here is the start of my story on the Baldwin-Farrington game at War Memorial Stadium (it was a great game, worth the read if you weren't there):
WAILUKU - This was a titanic battle between two hard-hitting teams and a couple of the best offensive players in the state.
Baldwin High School quarterback Keelan Ewaliko outlasted Farrington running back Tyler Taumua to lead the Bears to a dramatic 28-24 win Friday in the quarterfinals of the First Hawaiian Bank Division I state tournament in front of about 3,000 fans at War Memorial Stadium.
The Bears' first win in the state tournament since 2007 didn't arrive until Ewaliko delivered the final knockout blow on an exhilarating 33-yard touchdown scramble, running over two Farrington defenders with 42 seconds to play.
"That last TD run, brah, my team was depending on me and I didn't want to let them down," Ewaliko said. "I tried my best and I got hit once, but I just told myself, 'You are not going down, you are going to score, and then I just regained my balance and ran all the way."
Farrington had a 15-play, 80-yard drive to take a 24-21 lead with 5:01 to play on a 1-yard dive by Taumua, his fourth touchdown of the night. The state's leading rusher finished with 157 yards on 27 carries - he had 1,727 rushing yards on the season - and his final TD created the fourth lead change of the night.
Ewaliko's third touchdown run - he also had a touchdown pass - was the fifth and final lead change.
"That was supposed to be a pass, but when in doubt, run the ball," Ewaliko said with a wide smile. "It felt really good, it just came as a sigh of relief."
Baldwin (9-1), the third seed and seventh-ranked team in the state by scoringlive.com, advances to face second-seeded Punahou next Friday at Aloha Stadium. Farrington ends its season at 10-2 after a 10-0 start.
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