Cool finish to Warriors’ 2nd week of camp

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.

Middle linebacker Jahlani Tavai
Safety/punter Ben Scruton
Left tackle Dejon Allen

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.


  1. Luki August 5, 2017 3:40 pm


  2. justsomeguy August 5, 2017 3:58 pm

    21 days. Hyped.

  3. EasyRider August 5, 2017 4:16 pm

    Larry Tuileta didn’t show any signs of rust. I would say he is in contention for the back-up spot. And the running game showed strong including newbies Reed and Dale.

  4. Tofuzuke August 5, 2017 4:55 pm

    I was impressed w/ the defense, DB coverage was a tighter man to man. The D is aggressive and are flying for the ball. Warriors come out to PPPLLLLAAAYYYYY!!!!

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid August 5, 2017 5:05 pm

    Excellent. Players playing up, coaches coaching up and then there was shave ice!

    Live Aloha! Play Warrior!

  6. kalua pig August 5, 2017 6:03 pm

    i hope kalakaua timoteo slam dunks the goal post after catching his first career will be worth it.

  7. Dawei August 6, 2017 4:34 am

    Wondering if anyone’s heard about football express shuttles from Waikiki to Aloha Stadium this year. Roberts runs a lot of buses but none from Waikiki.

  8. tom-warriornation August 6, 2017 4:50 am

    Nice writeup ST!

    Great advice from defensive coordinator Legi Suiaunoa–he sounds like Head Coach material.

    Did they kick any FG’s during this scrimmage; any word on our kickers?

    Since Cole McDonald is a great runner, how about we utilize Cole in an option offense for goal-line situations (like JJ did with Shawn Withy-Allen)–since the passing is limited in these situations, we need to use the QB as an extra weapon here! This will also be a surprise element to opponents; and also a moral booster for the backup players, who know how to play this offense!

  9. cappie the dog August 6, 2017 6:14 am

    The difference between a 6-6 season and a 10-2 season is that bye week between at UCLA and at Wyoming.

  10. H-Man August 6, 2017 7:08 am

    Dawei, you should probably ask your tour coordinator about a Waikiki special bus service for the game, but there is a shuttle bus service from Ala Moana Shopping Center. It’s available to anyone. No need ID card. These are yellow school buses (kinda small seats/no air-con) that are operated just for the UH home games. I’ve never used the service from Ala Moana so I can’t tell you exactly where this service is located. I use the service from Leeward Community College and its $2 round trip. The fare from Ala Moana is probably higher because of distance; maybe $5 round trip. These are the two locations where this shuttle service is established. It is not operated by the university, nor the city or state, so no use calling them for more information. The location for the return trip to catch the school bus service is centrally located just outside the stadium on Salt Lake Blvd. Easy to find since there will be two lines of yellow buses; one for Ala Moana and one for Leeward CC. No need to rush. Many, many buses. No need for ticket. Just get in the right line or you might end up at Leeward CC.

  11. Coach DB August 6, 2017 8:33 am

    The best battle was between wideout Ammon Barker and cornerback Zach Wilson. Hope Barker will be that #1 receiver that we need, and Wilson is a Dawg his nickname should be Scrappy!

  12. Stephen Tsai August 6, 2017 8:54 am

    New post:

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