Nick Rolovich did two cool things.
First, he excused the players from practice on Friday morning. Instead, they had a walk-through session that afternoon. The players were able to go through the scripted plays while getting somewhat of a break from what has been intensive practices. The benefit was shown today when the Warriors went through several scrimmage-like sessions.
And, two, Rolovich paid for the rental of a shave-ice truck. Players, coaches, and young fans who attended today’s practice were allowed to partake.
And third … Rolo followed advice from defensive coordinator Legi Suiaunoa, who suggested turning the final session into a competitive offense-versus-defense scrimmage employing NCAA overtime rules. That meant every drive started 25 yards from the goal line. Among the highlights:
> Quarterback Cole Brownholtz threw two TD passes — 25 yards to slotback Davine Tullis and 24 yards to receiver Kalakaua Timoteo III.
> Timoteo “dunked” on the crossbar following his TD, drawing an unsportsmanlike penalty. Rolovich praised the TD play and, while tsk-tsking the penalty because there was an ensuing PAT kick, agreed that there is a place for walk-off celebrations as long as it is the final play of a game. He called the celebration/penalty a “teaching moment.” Timoteo apologized for the dunk. The rest of us were like: That was a helluva dunk!
> Quarterback Cole McDonald displayed elusiveness and strength with his running (he even stiff-armed a cornerback en route to a first down) and throwing. McDonald tossed a 16-yard TD pass to tight end Kade Greeley.
> During the overtime session, Larry Tuileta threw his first TD pass since he was a Punahou senior in 2013.
> The best battle was between wideout Ammon Barker and cornerback Zach Wilson.
> Running back Diocemy Saint Juste was given a break, allowing the backups to show their stuff. Ryan Tuiasoa scored on a 16-yard run. Freddie Holly raced 28 yards up the middle to the 1. They decided to give him an automatic tap-in because they started the next series.