Game day: UMass

HADLEY, Mass. — Today’s most interesting sporting event that doesn’t involved a UFC fighter or “Money” is set to kick off the Warriors’ 2017 season.

There are key returnees for UH on both sides of the ball — notably QB Dru Brown, RB Diocemy Saint Juste, LT Dejon Allen, TE Metuisela ‘Unga, MLB Jahlani Tavai, and FS Trayvon Henderson. But after a purposeful offseason and preseason, there is a different feel to these Warriors. Not only is there maturity to the players, but it also appears the coaching staff has grown. The Warriors lost last year’s DC, Kevin Lempa, but retained his protege, LB coach Sean Duggan. Promoting Legi Suiaunoa to DC was a seamless transition.

Maybe all of that translates into improvement for this game, maybe not. UMass also appears to have made strong gains in the nine months since both teams closed the 2016 regular season with UH’s 46-40 victory.

But it should make for an intriguing opener.

The oddsmakers favor UMass, but I’m thinking UH wins this one.


  1. RoyGBivs August 26, 2017 6:00 am

    Imma ready….

  2. Tofuzuke August 26, 2017 6:15 am

    Lets see what we got!!!!! Good luck boys, play hard and represent!

  3. keliandkawika August 26, 2017 6:16 am

    For those who are not in Hawaii, is streaming the game for free

  4. What? August 26, 2017 6:17 am

    I know Hawaii vs UMass football will be a lot more exciting than that other event of “Money vs Notorious.”

    I will be watching the game at home at 12 noon. It’s less than 6 hours away. Game day is here!!!!

  5. Jack Flash August 26, 2017 6:45 am

    Gameday is finally here! Go Warriors!!!

  6. Ipu Man August 26, 2017 7:04 am

    So far:
    UH UMass
    56 14 Akamai Okole
    55 20 azwarrior22
    51 35 Ipu Man
    49 34 TChang
    49 35 justin
    48 21 Old Timer 808
    48 42 SteveM
    48 45 BigWave 96744
    46 40 oneseason
    45 24 Haleakala
    45 38 akuhead2
    45 42 Lowtone123
    44 27 Roy GBivs
    42 28 whats up
    42 28 G (China)
    42 37 Andrew
    41 13 Tofuzuke
    41 38 Kapahulu
    41 40 Derek
    38 27 ML Warrior
    38 24 Da Menehune
    38 28 H-Man
    38 34 bg
    35 31 localboy18
    35 31 bowwar
    35 34 What?
    34 24 boolakanaka
    34 27 Hibrain
    33 24 orioles4eva
    28 21 Da Punchbowl Kid
    27 20 Cappie The Dog
    27 24 Kazu
    26 24 HawaiiMongoose

  7. WarriorNY August 26, 2017 7:16 am

    52-20, the good guys.

  8. Kev-1 August 26, 2017 7:25 am

    17-10 Hawaii

  9. Inyoface August 26, 2017 7:41 am

    Looks like UMass website showing the game for free now. Scoah!

  10. Boolakanaka August 26, 2017 7:41 am

    What happened to our own Mike Mayock–aka-Jeezy??

  11. mo808 August 26, 2017 7:45 am

    Good Game Day Morning Folks! Howzit Tsaiko’s? Hope you folks are well and ready to see the team bring home da Win today! Praying for their health, strength, and protection! GO WARRIORS!

    US: 24
    DEM: 21

  12. Boolakanaka August 26, 2017 8:10 am

    Oh, FYI–Marcus Kemp may have etched his named on to the final roster, we some really great special teams play the other night.

  13. David August 26, 2017 8:26 am

    Our tour group’s tailgate starts at 3:00pm. Time to put on our game faces Warriors!!!

  14. Warrior Dave August 26, 2017 8:27 am

    Looking forward to seeing the A-House Ohana at the game.

  15. Da Punchbowl Kid August 26, 2017 9:19 am

    Here we go!

    Live Aloha ~ Play Warrior… GO WARRIORS!!!

  16. oneseason August 26, 2017 9:42 am

    Colorado State offense is looking good against Oregon State. CS just scored, and OSU replies with a 1 play touchdown. The Sept 30 Colorado State game at Aloha Stadium should be exciting. But for now … Go Warriors! Beat UMass!

  17. tom-warriornation August 26, 2017 9:55 am

    Join our group of 500 Hawaii fans at UCLA on Sept 9 at the famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena @$69 each—text me at 415-324-0585. Just found out I can email you the tix.

  18. tom-warriornation August 26, 2017 9:56 am


  19. Hilo-Warrior August 26, 2017 10:13 am

    Good day from San Antonio, TX.

    Please keep TX in your prayers.

    For now Harvey will not stop me from watching our boys season opener.

    Warriors win 41-27.

    Go Warriors!!!

  20. H-Man August 26, 2017 10:58 am

    Oneseason, thanks for mentioning CSU game. I’ve tuned in and watching 2nd half now. CSU has good passing offense. Hawaii secondary will be challenged.

  21. Stephen Tsai August 26, 2017 11:47 am

    And the Warriors performed their first ha‘a of the season.
    It’s a lovely day in Amherst.

  22. Ipu Man August 26, 2017 11:59 am

    This is it—Final Predictions–
    UH UMass
    56 14 Akamai Okole
    55 20 azwarrior22
    52 20 WarriorNY
    51 35 Ipu Man
    49 34 TChang
    49 35 justin
    48 21 Old Timer 808
    48 42 SteveM
    48 45 BigWave 96744
    46 40 oneseason
    45 24 Haleakala
    45 38 akuhead2
    45 42 Lowtone123
    44 27 Roy GBivs
    42 28 whats up
    42 28 G (China)
    42 37 Andrew
    41 13 Tofuzuke
    41 27 Hilo-Warrior
    41 38 Kapahulu
    41 40 Derek
    38 27 ML Warrior
    38 24 Da Menehune
    38 28 H-Man
    38 34 bg
    35 31 localboy18
    35 31 bowwar
    35 34 What?
    34 24 boolakanaka
    34 27 Hibrain
    33 24 orioles4eva
    28 21 Da Punchbowl Kid
    27 20 Cappie The Dog
    27 24 Kazu
    26 24 HawaiiMongoose
    24 21 mo808
    17 10 Kev-1
    🙂 🙂 🙂 Go Warriors

  23. Stephen Tsai August 26, 2017 12:03 pm

    UMass wins the toss, defers choice to second half, and will kick off to Keelan Ewaliko.

  24. Stephen Tsai August 26, 2017 12:04 pm

    Terrence Sayles also is back there. UH going with double returners.

  25. M L Warrior August 26, 2017 12:12 pm

    Anyone else having problems viewing the stream?

  26. mo808 August 26, 2017 12:26 pm


  27. H-Man August 26, 2017 12:29 pm

    Wow, Dru ran it in for the TD. That really adds another dimension that UMass has to defend. Warrior offense looking in sync.

  28. WarriorNY August 26, 2017 12:29 pm

    Offense looks very sharp so far!

    Thank god we can watch the games this year!

    Nice run by Brown. Great decision.

  29. WarriorNY August 26, 2017 12:32 pm

    Dejon looks like a man amongst boys

  30. Ipu Man August 26, 2017 12:42 pm

    keliandkawika #3 thank you for the UMass tv link.
    But it is about three plays behind Bobby Curran
    so am listening to both broadcasts on each ear.

  31. Mytake August 26, 2017 12:55 pm

    Aside from the 1 sack, the O line looks good in pass protection.

  32. H-Man August 26, 2017 1:03 pm

    Arrgghhh. Penalties, penalties. penalties. Fred threw a punch. I will be disappointed if the coaches don’t make a change.

  33. Willie August 26, 2017 1:14 pm

    I would have expected better from a Rolo coached team. Undisciplined, selfish play from the O-line! Are they trying to set a pace to lead the country in penalty yards? Come on Naole, get control of your players please!

  34. Inyoface August 26, 2017 1:15 pm

    What’s up with the Oline scrapping so much?

  35. H-Man August 26, 2017 1:18 pm

    Okay, Matt Norman replace Fred. And then Chris Posa gets ejected for throwing a punch!!!! Where is the discipline that Rolo always talks about?

  36. Willie August 26, 2017 1:21 pm

    Tell O-Line that the Mayweather vs McGregor fight is later today. Maybe if they blocked better instead of fighting they could have picked up 1 yard to keep the drive going.

  37. mo808 August 26, 2017 1:35 pm

    Too many penalties and turn overs UH –but….Ursua 85 yards!! The glass is only half full I guess..woohoo!!

  38. Palolo August 26, 2017 1:41 pm

    Poor Hawaii not playing well against a not very good UMass team. Poor sportsmanship is hurting us like last year. We will beat UMass but it will be tough against UCLA, BYU and the Mountain West teams.

  39. Willie August 26, 2017 1:45 pm

    Well, UH wins 1st half in penalties 8 to 3 for UMass. Most disturbing is that key penalties killed UH drives and last one extended UMas for the last second score. Thought we were beyond the poor discipline days of Mac and Chow!

  40. kawika49 August 26, 2017 1:56 pm

    Coach; please calm these players down.

  41. Mytake August 26, 2017 1:57 pm

    This team is hard to watch but, it nothing compared to the Mayweather fight. Can u say Ali vs Giant Baba?

  42. Stephen Tsai August 26, 2017 1:58 pm

    Well, that was an ugly first half.
    Too many penalties. Too many mistakes.

  43. Whats up August 26, 2017 1:59 pm

    Hello from San Antonio, Tx. Weather here is a little wet and windy today. I expected Hawaii to have some first game jitters but this is ridiculous. This team needs discipline, those penalties are insanely bad. Rolo needs to clean this mess up or UMass is going to upset Hawaii.

  44. kawika49 August 26, 2017 2:04 pm

    Or Hawaii will upset Hawaii.

  45. mo808 August 26, 2017 2:05 pm

    Praying for the team to come up with a better showing in the 2nd half! Rolo, I hope you had a chance to slap the heads of some buggahs who nevah show class and the back of the braddahs that were honorable! Go Warriors!! Get chance we still 0 -0 😊

  46. azwarrior22 August 26, 2017 2:32 pm

    Offense needs to step up and defense needs to buckle down.

  47. Willie August 26, 2017 2:35 pm

    At least for the 1st quarter, Colt’s uncle is doing well with SJSU @ home leading heavily favored & 19th ranked USF. Spartans look good so far on both the D & O line. Might be a long season for the Warriors in conference.

  48. Akamai Okole August 26, 2017 2:48 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    GO BOWS!

    Red Zone is on.

    Das it

  49. mo808 August 26, 2017 2:51 pm

    I love a turn over Recovered by our D 🙂

  50. oneseason August 26, 2017 2:55 pm

    Deuce … 28 – 28

  51. tom August 26, 2017 2:55 pm

    Wonder how we would have done at UMass if our O-Line was intact instead of being penalized or tossed out of the game.

  52. H-Man August 26, 2017 3:34 pm

    Dru Brown! Dru Brown !! Dru Brown !!!

  53. mo808 August 26, 2017 3:37 pm

    I know it’s been said that it ain’t over till the fat lady sings but I’m feeling pretty good right now!

  54. mo808 August 26, 2017 3:40 pm

    I knew it’d be close, but thought the defense would’ve made it a closer game. Happy for the win Warriors!

  55. seewhy August 26, 2017 3:42 pm

    How ’bout them Bows!?

  56. H-Man August 26, 2017 3:42 pm

    Phew, I was holding….. !!! An opening game win on the road !!!

  57. Chicken Grease August 26, 2017 3:44 pm

    Did you see the first UH player that the UMASS QB shook hand of? Manoa!!!!! That’s right you come over and shake the hand of MANOA all football opponents!!!!


  58. cappie the dog August 26, 2017 3:45 pm

    That was the most asinine two-minute drill I’ve ever seen.

    That’s my jaw on the floor when they ran the ball.

  59. Chicken Grease August 26, 2017 3:47 pm

    Whats up
    August 26, 2017 1:59 pm

    Hello from San Antonio, Tx. Weather here is a little wet and windy today. I expected Hawaii to have some first game jitters but this is ridiculous. This team needs discipline, those penalties are insanely bad. Rolo needs to clean this mess up or UMass is going to upset Hawaii.

    All O.K. over there? We are praying for Texas all over the nation here. Win or lose, main thing is you guys are safe!!!


  60. Ipu Man August 26, 2017 3:49 pm

    Four of you predicted accurately UH score: 38…
    but I declare bg da winner 🙂
    38 27 ML Warrior
    38 24 Da Menehune
    38 28 H-Man
    38 34 bg

  61. Dennis Halloran August 26, 2017 3:51 pm

    couldn’t get TV or streaming but it was thrilling on Gametracker. Way to go Bows

  62. Ipu Man August 26, 2017 3:54 pm

    UH offense scored 17 points in the 4th quarter…
    That is excellent.
    And the defense held UMass to 7 points in that quarter.
    Good job, Warriors. Proud of you.

  63. SteveM August 26, 2017 3:55 pm

    Whew… my guess didn’t bachi the game if the first half don’t count.
    But I had fate–after all, this is probably the first time ST ever openly predicted a UH in his blog. I don’t recall him ever calling one. ST is usually always accurate.

  64. Da Punchbowl Kid August 26, 2017 3:58 pm

    5,500 miles traveled. First game. First win. Time ran out for the Minutemen!


    Prayers for the Lone Star State.

  65. tom August 26, 2017 4:01 pm

    Congrats BG!

    Congrats Rolo and Team!

    Safe journey home!

  66. SteveM August 26, 2017 4:01 pm

    RE: #58
    Wow– bg was only 1 point off!
    Congrats bg!

  67. oneseason August 26, 2017 4:08 pm

    Nice final TO called by the UH coaching staff. The Eleven/UMass TV announcers complemented the call.

  68. Old School Dave August 26, 2017 4:10 pm

    Congrats Warriors!! Hard fought win on the other side of the continent. Enjoy the flight back home! Alway better when you win.

    U Mass TE will likely be playing on Sundays.

    Got a feeling that Coaches Rolo & Naeole are not happy with some things (penalties) and that some players will be rolling on the turf come next week.

  69. Whats up August 26, 2017 4:16 pm

    Glad Hawaii got that Ugly win, Rolo and his staff will have 5000 mile flight back home to correct the Ugliness the boys displayed in this game. But playing ugly like that against UCLA and MWC teams will cause Hawaii a lot more Losses than Wins.

  70. Willie August 26, 2017 4:19 pm

    Dunno what the coaches said at half time, but props to them with 2nd half penalties virtually non-existent! Those two replacement O-Line guys did great! Don’t see the two doghouse “P” boy fighters returning anytime soon. Dedication to team, discipline and just hard nosed football of those two that stepped up trumps physical talent anytime!

    Lastly #5 is a Beast and #7 has Sunday type talent!

  71. al August 26, 2017 4:42 pm

    First game. A lot of rust and new personnel to go along with new schemes.
    We shouldn’t expect anything less.
    Any win is never ugly, it’s a win.

    The heart of the team is there.
    Looking forward to each game.

  72. Inyoface August 26, 2017 5:16 pm

    What a game! What a game! What a game!

  73. z August 26, 2017 6:19 pm

    🏈😳🙈😅Way to battle back Warriors!!!

  74. Derek August 26, 2017 6:26 pm

    Without a doubt, John Ursua was just electrifying. Many times he was so open that you had to wonder where the defensive back was. What a player!

  75. WarriorNY August 26, 2017 9:58 pm

    Neil Everett on top ten plays talking Hawaii! Game winning play was number 10…

    I bet Neil reads this blog as well…

  76. H-Man August 26, 2017 11:07 pm

    It can be said the same for UMass’ TE #81 Breneman who caught 9 passes for 179 yds. Seems he was running free in an open meadow often and made you wonder where the DBs were. He will play on Sundays.

  77. z August 27, 2017 12:20 am

    Their head coach said that Ursua looked like Jerry Rice.

  78. z August 27, 2017 12:25 am

    Tsai better than the oddsmakers.

  79. Chicken Grease August 27, 2017 12:33 am

    This game better than Mayweather/MacGregor.

  80. 3-Prong August 27, 2017 2:34 am

    Hawaii road warrior rainbow fans all abuzz this morning at breakfast following a great win. Dru Brown, cool in the clutch. Unga and Ursua big time weapons.

  81. Chicken Grease August 27, 2017 2:34 am

    Who cares what UMass players will “play on Sundays”? The heck you guys concerned about them already? By the time they play in the NFL (or not), you’re only going to be concerned with whether they play for your team or not. Or just become another Caperkneel (were you concerned whether he played on Sundays or not back then? Now look at him).

    Be darn year 3070 by the time UH play the Minutemen again anyway.

    Support your UH Warrior players!!!!!!!!

  82. WarriorNY August 27, 2017 3:32 am

    When was the last time UH had players lead the country in Passing Yards, Receiving Yards, and Sacks…. Lol, yes it is Week Zero but still nice to see Hawaii Players with their names up there….

  83. Annoddah Dave August 27, 2017 5:10 am

    ST & Warrior Blog Dogs:
    Watched game with friends and we held on till the end. Nice victory to start the season. It was a happy Saturday afternoon to be sure.
    Go Warriors!

  84. Boolakanaka August 27, 2017 8:19 am

    Ursua was representing Halawa (by proxy) big-time yesterday. He could have easily gone north of 300 if not for a couple of penalties. Cheeeehoooo Larrio (his pops) !!!!!!

  85. UH4eva August 27, 2017 10:29 am

    #75 of course I read this blog. No better place to get Warrior news!

  86. clyde August 27, 2017 10:34 am

    When Ursua signed his LOI a few years ago, I checked his videos and thought, “Wow, his future might be in basketball not football.” Now, I think he’s on the right path. Such a fluid athlete; awesome performance.

    FYI: For those who care, Michelle Wie withdrew from a tournament in Canada to undergo emergency appendectomy.

  87. oneseason August 27, 2017 10:45 am

    UMass website has a replay of the game. The 3 videos that include a wrong date (“AUGUST 26 / FOOTBALL; FB Highlights VS. Hawaii [8/21/2017]”) are the ones you want; thanks couz808 @ Sports Hawaii.

  88. Inyoface August 27, 2017 11:01 am

    What was the Oline lineup in the second half?

  89. Chicken Grease August 27, 2017 11:01 am

    Blog host Tsai is on his way back to an islands, we can suppose.

  90. Chicken Grease August 27, 2017 11:37 am

    August 27, 2017 11:01 am

    What was the Oline lineup in the second half?

    Any Warrior who didn’t get ejected. 😜 🏉

  91. Palolo2_LA August 27, 2017 12:25 pm

    I attended the game in Amherst last night with kids and wife…few things standout to me. 1) it was an exciting game that could have gone very differently, but the Warriors persevered 2) tons of penalties, especially against Sr or upperclassmen as usual which needs to change 3) Ursua is a stud…reminds me of a C Owens without top end speed 4) the DL was not able to apply pressure and outside contain needs to be fixed 5) UMASS’ TE was wide open too often 6) there’s a bunch of high character players – many were thanking fans and jovial to my kids and otger fans who were excited to shake hands with them 7) starting with a win puts wimd in the players sails 8) the FR LB from Samoa made plays on special teams by blowimg ppl up and will be a stud

  92. Palolo2_LA August 27, 2017 12:38 pm

    9) Tvai is a monster in the middle, Muataitia hits like a hammer and Moala pushes 300 lb linemem around effortlessly. Can’t wait to see them develop

  93. Chicken Grease August 27, 2017 1:15 pm

    T103 August 27, 2017 8:26 am
    And Chicken Grease, it’s not a right that we get interviews with the coach or player, their first priority is the team and the game.

    Ehhhh?!?! Are you wit’ da press?

    It looks especially ingrateful when the Wahine took time to get lei from “the aunties.” They or Coach Ah Mow (indeed, WHILE the Wahine were getting their lei) could’ve given Ms. Luis a quote or two in 3-5 mins.

    Thank you.

  94. NorthShoreFan August 27, 2017 1:49 pm

    Guud Afternoon Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!
    BG…missed the extra point?….lol…Great prediction!
    Some discipline problems…coverage …ehhh…timing…..all fixable
    Ryan…keep doing the…Brick, Brick, Brick…it worked! If he no fumble then…?
    Going to be a really exciting season.
    Stuck in Pearl City freeway jam, listening to the game kept the jam endurable.

  95. Ran August 27, 2017 2:06 pm

    Looks like Marcus Kemp is making a good impression in KC camp:

    “Kemp, a rookie UDFA, had a few nice plays Friday night
    The biggest hit for the Kansas City Chiefs Friday night against the Seattle Seahawks came on the kickoff coverage unit, and it was delivered from a guy who isn’t even used to playing special teams. “

  96. cappie the dog August 27, 2017 2:24 pm


    It would be really cool if you named yourself after the Akira Kurosawa film.

    I am waiting for Criterion to release it on Blu-Ray. The DVD has been out of print for some time.

    I didn’t realize Kemp was doing well. I just look at the receiving stats.

  97. Kahuna August 27, 2017 3:00 pm

    Winning a game on the road is not easy….no matter who the opponent is. We in different elements and unfamiliar territory. Most team win ugly on the road so this win, to me, is a good win. No complaints from me.

    Of course, there are mistakes that need to be addressed but to win despite all the mistakes is encouraging.

  98. Stephen Tsai August 27, 2017 4:12 pm

    New post:

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