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.