Hawaii football: A good bye

Right wideout JoJo Ward signed autographs for the Aiea youth team following today's practice. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

The Warriors completed their third — and final — practice of bye week with sprints and renewed enthusiasm.

“I think the development of the offense is progressing,” associate head coach Brian Smith said after today’s two-hour practice at the Ching Athletic Complex. “You can see that — growing through the second half of the Washington game, then Central Arkansas, then Reno. You’re seeing a progression of confidence … and familiarity and comfort playing together with each other offensively.”

This weekend is the second bye for the Warriors. The first break came after the season-opening victory over Arizona.

“The great thing about this one was coming off of travel,” said Smith, referring to the Warriors’ delayed return from the mainland following a 54-3 victory over Nevada a week ago. “It allowed us to have a few days to let the players catch up on sleep. A lot of the coaches got to stay (on the mainland) and recruit for a few days. And it gave us some extra time to start prepping for (next Saturday’s game against) Boise.”

An added boost was the return of center Kohl Levao, who has not played in a game this season since suffering an ailment during training camp.

“He’s back practicing,” Smith said. “It’s great. He’s another physical body. He has experience. As much depth as we can get on the O-line is great.”


  1. wafan October 5, 2019 6:36 pm


  2. tom-warriornation October 5, 2019 7:24 pm

    Come join our Road Warrior group at games at UNLV; and sit with other UH fans and families of our current players at the 40-50 yard line right behind our beloved Warriors; with the families of Cole McDonald, Jason Matthew-Sharsh, Kanai Picanco, Derek Thomas, Ben Scruton, Justice Augafa etc. And let’s spoil their homecoming like we did at Reno!

    Our group is 500+ at UNLV; and come join our tailgates and meet your fellow diehard fans!

    Email me: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com

    or Text me 415-324-0585

  3. NorthShoreFan October 5, 2019 9:00 pm

    Good to see all you Tsaikos and Da Head Tsaiko today.

  4. A-joe October 5, 2019 10:12 pm

    NorthShoreFan – Good fun catching up with you and everyone else. Some I haven’t seen literally in years.

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid October 5, 2019 11:28 pm

    #3 and #4 – Magical! Mahalo Koakane and Kifi for setting it up.

    Bring on da Broncs!

  6. Mauka Warrior October 6, 2019 6:49 am

    Is anyone coming to Albuquerque to watch us beat up the Lobos?

  7. A-House October 6, 2019 8:15 am

    yes, yes! great to see some Tsaikos whom we have not seen for years!!!

    good fun with good friends — winnah, winnah, chicken dinner!

    it will be a tough game at Boise this coming Saturday — Warriors, believe in the coaches, believe in the plays called, and most important, BELIEVE IN YOURSELVES!!!!!!!!

  8. Whitey October 6, 2019 9:10 am

    Noise 31
    US 47

  9. UH4eva October 6, 2019 9:13 am

    #6 yes my whole family will be going and some friends. Should be good fun. The stadium normally empty. We will be on the Hawaii side 50 yard line.

  10. Honu888 October 6, 2019 10:19 am

    After watching the game last night, Boise doesn’t seem to have the same potent offense it once had in past years. I think we have a legitimate chance of pulling off an upset and our first win in there house. Both of our defenses are playing well so I think it will be a fairly low scoring game.

    UH -24
    BSU – 20

  11. Andrew October 6, 2019 10:53 am

    If there’s ever going to be a time when Hawai’i beats Boise at Boise, this is it

    Hawai’i: 41
    Boise: 28

  12. H-Man October 6, 2019 11:53 am

    Hawaii 42 Boise 38

  13. cappie the dog October 6, 2019 12:22 pm

    Justin Ah-Yat GW-field goal on his 2nd try 56
    Dan Hawkins-called fake punt in the 4Q. 17

    You, the guy who won the dance contest last night, you who show up at women’s basketball games, you are awesome. You get a partial assist for last night’s comeback victory because you kept the crowd in a good mood. You won as soon as you stepped on the court. And congrats on the Vegas trip, you deserve it.

  14. ai-eee-soos October 6, 2019 1:05 pm


    Boise at # 14 in both AP and Coaches polls.



  15. Matt October 6, 2019 2:15 pm

    Well…given the fact that Boise played UNLV while Hawaii used their bye week in preparation for Boise, I expect a possibly down-to-the-wire game. Yes, you can make the statement Boise State’s freshman QB has been stellar, but at the same token, Boise didn’t have stellar outings against its first two opponents. The fact that Florida State led by 12 and lost it by 5 proved WEAKNESS! Even with Marshall. A low-scoring game and still won? It should have felt more like a blowout if you ask me. On paper, Boise State didn’t quite get much of a challenge after their first two opponents. They blew out their next three opponents by a combined 71 points. The true test for Hawaii to beat Boise is on these tasks:

    1) Don’t get distracted by the blueness of the field while handling an altitude of 2,695 feet above sea level.

    2) The secondary handling Boise’s receivers. Khalil Shakir stands at 6’0″ and is averaging over 70 yards per game, John Hightower is 6’2″ and averages 60 yards per game, 5’10” Akilian Butler averages close to 40 yards per game, CT Thomas at 5’8″ averages over 70 yards per game. Each of those guys are lethal if the secondary doesn’t cover them carefully.

    3) Hawaii forcing Boise State to make their defense second-guess their routes against their receivers, especially if Byrd or Ward can outpace Boise’s secondary and make big plays in chunks.

    4) Cole making good decisions and not allowing Boise’s defense to trample in bunches.

    5) Hawaii’s offense defense plays a clean game, much like how they did against Arizona and Oregon State. If they can play with that kind of game with Boise, whether on offense or defense, it shouldn’t be much of a problem.

    Much like Honu’s comment, I’m probably expecting “maybe” a semi-low scoring game, give or take…

    Hawaii – 30
    BSU – 27

    ((For the record, I’m not a gambler myself, but with the way things are going with this UH Football team, there is still hope that the drought of beating ranked opponents can be ended right here.))

  16. Ipu Man October 6, 2019 2:54 pm

    Boys 35
    Warriors 42

  17. Stephen Tsai October 6, 2019 2:57 pm

    Hawaii always runs into a timing problem.
    For instance … It would have been fun to see a true freshman quarterback play on the road against Hawaii. Instead. the Boise quarterback gets the comfort of home. And next year, with a full season of experience, he gets to play in Hawaii.

  18. ai-eee-soos October 6, 2019 3:03 pm

    boise opens at -13.

  19. Andrew October 6, 2019 3:30 pm


    At least we avoid them on the schedule when he’s a junior and senior

  20. ai-eee-soos October 6, 2019 6:12 pm

    # 19.

    Yah, but will look forward to playing them

    in the Conference Title Games !!!


  21. TH October 6, 2019 6:27 pm

    The fake media is at it again! Curious on how in the latest AP TOP 25 poll, Arizona got 11 votes and Hawaii got 0, even though Hawaii beat Arizona head to head and has the same amount of losses,1, as Arizona.

  22. TH October 6, 2019 6:38 pm

    Also Hawaii beat just as many pac-12 schools, 2, as Arizona did. Hawaii beat Arizona and oregon state while Arizona beat Colorado and UCLA, which I might add that the latter lost to San Diego state, which blows the whole strength of schedule argument out of the water.

  23. Inyoface October 6, 2019 7:59 pm

    Avoid Boise? We not sked dem.

  24. Winning October 6, 2019 8:19 pm

    Hope game doesnt come down to a FG. Possibly a Big problem.

  25. H-Man October 6, 2019 9:04 pm

    Boise -13, that’s about right. It’s going to be cold, snowing even. Hawaii has to travel. Same conditions for the Nevada game.

  26. SteveM October 6, 2019 9:21 pm

    Sorry folks, I had an unexpected detour to the hospital and I won’t be able to track the score guesses for the Boise game.

  27. bg October 6, 2019 9:40 pm

    Hey SteveM! How come the hospital let you stay up so late! Us seniors supposed to be moi moi already. No worries, that expert team of docs going fix you up better than new. Next cruise…”all day, all night w/ Marianne”. Go gettum.

  28. akuhead2 October 6, 2019 10:38 pm

    UH 42
    BSU 31

  29. Maddog50 October 7, 2019 2:35 am

    So Levao is back, hopefully Stovall. Not so sure Bubba Waa didn’t get in the mix last week. Pritchard Okeke and Akoteau will or should be back to true form. This is gonna be a challenge, but observing BSU they hold a ton cause they can’t protect the Qb-they are also athletic in the secondary but hold and interfere quite blatantly in the secondary. They were penalized for 130 yards this past week. This game will tell us where we are as a team. No blowout here-close game and again if we show up to play we come away with a win. No sweat if we get down early. No real insight here can’t afford turnovers and mistakes. This is our best chance to win in years! Go Warriors!!!!

  30. Boolakanaka October 7, 2019 5:21 am

    Weather will be not that big of a factor, probably mid 50s at game time.

  31. Hehshimah Jahseen October 7, 2019 6:22 am

    When will That Big Guy Ernest Moore play

  32. LizKauai October 7, 2019 7:11 am

    Aloha and Lokahi! Wins every time no matter the score :mrgreen:
    Healing Energy to all and GO, RAINBOW WARRIORS!

  33. islandman October 7, 2019 7:32 am

    Boise has some tricky plays and showed a couple at the beginning of the UNLV game.

  34. Mytake October 7, 2019 9:14 am

    UH beat BS in Boise when B Wagner was coach and BS was DII.

  35. sackkabooya October 7, 2019 9:28 am

    Feels like the 2006 season. Lost to #25 Boise at Boise by a touchdown. Opened the season with a loss at Alabama. Blew out all the other WAC teams then won a good (real fun to witness) home game vs Purdue. The next week lost (as ranked favorite) a close game vs a good Oregon St team. Finished by blowing out Arizona St in the Hawaii Bowl. The next year they would go undefeated but this group (the 2006 team) was considered a little better (way more physical). But you could see things were starting to click offensively and carried over to the “magical” 2007 season. History repeating itself? Maybe, but the narrative can change with a win Saturday. On a tangent that we have not seen (or felt) before. Will take full focus, preparation, and trust but totally 100% possible. From there “the sky’s the limit”. Unreal. Can do.


  36. sackkabooya October 7, 2019 9:35 am

    The SRS column rates the teams overall ability. 2006 was at 10.71. 2007 was at 6.36. So far this year UH is at 6.79


  37. Mauka Warrior October 7, 2019 10:26 am

    #9 the keiki and I will be at the UNM game as well. Hope to see you there. I’ll shoot you a message around game week.

  38. ai-eee-soos October 7, 2019 1:33 pm

    MWC News

    JUCO DT Anthony Shipton was offered by Hawaii


    DB Dennis Barnes visited Hawaii
    WR Jay Wilkerson visited Hawaii

  39. Inyoface October 7, 2019 3:34 pm

    Not sure if the team got beanies but might help stay warm on the sideline.

  40. Stephen Tsai October 7, 2019 6:45 pm

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=51426

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