Live football blog: Hawaii vs. Central Arkansas

JoJo Ward celebrated with receiver Jared Smart on Smart's first career touchdown catch in the second quarter. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

Hawaii holds on for a 35-16 victory over Central Arkansas to improve to 3-1.

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Lincoln Victor, a true freshman, scores his first touchdown — an 11-yarder from Cole McDonald — to give the Warriors a 35-16 lead with 327 to play.

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The Bears close to 28-16 when running back Carlos Blackman takes a handoff, goes around left end, slips a tackle and finds the end zone for a 23-yard score. Hayden Ray’s PAT makes it a 12-point deficit with 12:18 to play.

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After a scoreless third quarter, the Warriors still hold a 28-9 lead.

But the Bears are driving, opening the final period on their 46.

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With right guard Solo Vaipulu unavailable to play tonight, this would have been a good spot for Michael Eletise. But Eletise’s waiver to play still has not been approved by the NCAA.

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The Bears parlay a gift into a 35-yard field with 10 seconds left before the intermission.

Jared Smart’s muffed a punt at the UH 11 with 36 seconds left. The Bears recovered, setting up Hayden Ray’s fifth field goal of the season.

It’s 28-9 at the intermission.

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The Bears get on the scoreboard off the wildcat.

Running back Carlos Blackman took the direct snap, ran to his right, then threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Sam Camargo to close the Bears to 28-6. Blessman Ta‘ala blocked the PAT attempt.

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The Warriors make it 28-0 on Cole McDonald’s third TD pass of the game — 13-yarder to right slotback Cedric Byrd. Byrd broke open on a post route.

Cedric Byrd became the third receiver to catch a touchdown pass from Cole McDonald against Central Arkansas in the second quarter. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

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Left wideout Jared Smart’s first NCAA TD — a 16-yarder from Cole McDonald with 14:28 left in the second quarter — boosts the Warriors’ lead to 21-0. Smart took a swing pass in the left flat, eluded one would-be tackler and hurdled anther, to complete the scoring play.

Jared Smart caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Cole McDonald for his first career score in the second quarter. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

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Off a double move, right wideout JoJo Ward gets open on a crossing route to grab a 5-yard scoring pass from Cole McDonald. The Warriors extend their lead to 14-0 with 1:52 left in the first quarter.

Teammates hoisted receiver JoJo Ward after he caught a 5-yard TD pass from Cole McDonald, right, for a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

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The Bears are trying to shorten the game by taking the play clock down to the 5- to 7-second range before each snap.

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Dime back Kai Kaneshiro picks up a deflected pass and sprints 55 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Hawaii lead with 8:48 to play.

Kai Kaneshiro ran back a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown. / Photo by Jamm Aquino

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In the final home for the next four weeks, the Warriors play host to Central Arkansas today at Aloha Stadium.

Expect some of the understudies to have extended playing time. It does not appear that slotback/returner Melquise Stovall will play today. That should open the way for heralded freshman Lincoln Victor as both a kickoff returner and slotback. Victor has played in a game this year and if he appears in today’s game, he would reach the halfway point of his redshirt options.


  1. azwarrior22 September 21, 2019 5:04 pm

    Go Warriors !!!

  2. cappie the dog September 21, 2019 5:05 pm

    Go Warriors!!!

  3. cappie the dog September 21, 2019 5:10 pm

    Did you just see that? Arkansas let San Jose State score on purpose so they can get the ball back with enough time to tie.

  4. cappie the dog September 21, 2019 5:14 pm

    ESPN announces sound so disappointed. Chastising the Razorbacks QB instead of giving the Spartans secondary some credit. Too bad conference RPI is absolutely meaningless in college football. Fantastic win for the Mountain West.

  5. wafan September 21, 2019 5:18 pm


    Hey, the North Tunnel. That was my home away from home during football games.

  6. Andrew September 21, 2019 6:01 pm

    This is probably the most pathetic home crowd attendance I’ve seen since the Chow era. might be worst actually

  7. Andrew September 21, 2019 6:53 pm

    Spoke too early. Looks normal as of recent times.

  8. azwarrior22 September 21, 2019 8:28 pm

    Get Sunia out of there

  9. H-Man September 21, 2019 8:40 pm

    I am falling asleep. Rolo has ruined the game for the fans with slow play and timeouts.

  10. Buffoman September 21, 2019 8:40 pm

    The team will struggle against the upper tier teams in conference. Tackling is still poor. Decision-making by the qb has not improved. Run game almost nonexistent.

  11. sackkabooya September 21, 2019 8:47 pm

    Nevada will kill them at home if UH wants to f#%+ around like this.

  12. Buffoman September 21, 2019 8:59 pm

    Can you believe the number of turnovers? Hard to fathom the carelessness.

  13. azwarrior22 September 21, 2019 9:26 pm

    Very sloppy game…they need to clean up the turnovers, penalties, muffed punts, roughing the kicker…on and on.

  14. Inyoface September 21, 2019 9:41 pm

    Do they rub coconut oil on the football before the game?

  15. H-Man September 21, 2019 10:31 pm

    I thought Warriors should have put up 50+points against CAU Bears. Hawaii didn’t seem to have their heads in this game starting with the head coach. Up 28-0 to close the first half, Rolo calls back-to-back time outs to squeeze the clock. A muffed punt reception and CAU puts up a field goal. It was so simple, run out the clock and go in halftime leading 28-0. By the time the second half started, I was tired. Third quarter was unexciting. Seems like it took so long to call the plays. Yawn. Went home midway through fourth.

  16. sackkabooya September 22, 2019 2:20 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever been more disappointed after a game. But that’s my own problem that I’ll have to get over. Not for anyone else to have to worry over unless you want to. Up to you. I haven’t seen the game yet. I will watch the video as soon as I can. I listened to the game on the radio while I was working. I am kind of devastated in a sad way (heartbroken?) at the outcome despite the victory. Total 180 from how I felt last week in defeat. I think need to see the video and match it up with my recollections (and emotions) from the radio broadcast and move forward…. Missed opportunities. Realization seemed so close like it was right there. Idealism. ”Wistful” thinking. Sigh.

  17. Boolakanaka September 22, 2019 2:40 am

    Hey, a W is a W. And you play for a W….outcome achieved. Back in the day we had sloppy games against mediocre foes like CSULB and Fullerton, so take the W and regroup.

  18. 808SEC September 22, 2019 4:00 am

    Disappointed Keliiliki did not play. With conference play right around the corner, I was hoping the coaching staff would have used this game as an opportunity for him to get some playing time. Now with the possibility of UH going into conference play with 2 RBs (Holly and Keliiliki), It was an opportunity lost.

  19. Akamai Okole September 22, 2019 4:38 am

    Great Morning All!

    Awaiting Mr. Sol again this morning to the third W of the season. 😀

  20. Akamai Okole September 22, 2019 4:39 am


    56 – 14 Akamai Okole

  21. Maddog50 September 22, 2019 5:36 am

    Several players held out. Several left early so as not to make things worse. Sloppy but win is win.

  22. Maddog50 September 22, 2019 5:53 am

    Levao Viapalu Stovall Okeke Pritchard-Sharsh left early so did Kaneshiro. Akoteau who knows. Oh ya Picanco left late. All have an impact. Keep it in mind when belaboring this win. Who wudda think 3-1 right now

  23. Boolakanaka September 22, 2019 5:55 am

    Indeed Mad— W is a W. We are where we need to be and in fact in a great place for the conference!

  24. Maddog50 September 22, 2019 7:17 am

    Levao Viapulu Pritchard Okeke Stoval and others held out also early cautionary exits. Something to ponder-next up conference play-

  25. 808SEC September 22, 2019 8:30 am

    Good point Maddog about others being held out

  26. Kawika September 22, 2019 8:43 am

    Congrats to the Warriors! Hope the injuries are not serious. Gotta get ready for Nevada.

    Perhaps, UH should discontinue scheduling FCS teams. Lose lose situation of “who those guys?” “so what if you win?” “why didn’t they blow them out?” or actually losing (like Portland State, Florida Atlantic). On the other hand, as UH becomes more competitive they’ll have problems scheduling “name teams” such as with Wisconsin backing out.

  27. burro sabio September 22, 2019 9:17 am

    Did not get to see the game yet, but IMO while fans want to see certain players or plays, there is no point in putting all of your cards on game film for Nevada.

  28. wafan September 22, 2019 11:12 am

    Monku if they win. Monku if they lose.

    ‘Attaway, ‘Bows! Keep it up!!!

  29. A-House September 22, 2019 11:45 am

    my 3 most favorite take away from last night’s game:

    Simak still has the moves with the ‘ sticks ‘ and still very attractive — heard she just got engaged!!

    alumnae band members, cheer leaders, and flag gals turned out in record numbers — beautiful sight!!

    students attended filling 3 sections ( 90% ) in the orange section of the mauka north end

    most impressive band w/ alumnae I ever saw was at Ohio State — band covered the entire playing field from back of the end zone to the other end — unbelievable!!!!! sad, tho, because a 90 year old male trumpet player died on the field while practicing day before the game.

    and Midori ran the entire 100 yards on the field — maybe in 90 seconds!!

    it was a “win”, but it did not feel right — very uninspired — seems the entire 2nd half was just going through the motions — playing not to lose with a 28 – 3 lead???

    perhaps, it will be different at Reno — hope so!

  30. clyde September 22, 2019 12:01 pm

    Warriors looking like a M*A*S*H* unit heading into conference play. Ikeke, Vaipulu, Stovall, Phllips, Levao all didn’t suit up, and then there were those who left the game with apparent injuries like Kaneshiro, Sharsch, Reed, Picanco. And wonder whatever happened to Akoteu? Next men up …

  31. SteveM September 22, 2019 12:13 pm

    UH – UCA blog score winners

    1st – NorthShoreFan 42-12 (12 points off)
    2nd – cappie the dog 31-06 (14 points off)
    3rd – Boolakanaka 42-24 (15 points off)

    Note that cappie the dog and NorthShore Fan has placed twice in the last 3 games (no guesses in first game)

    A View From Afar – [first]
    Bigwave96744 – [third]
    Boolakanaka – [3rd]
    cappie the dog – [2nd] [2nd]
    H-Man – [2nd]
    NorthShoreFan – [1st] [3rd]
    Tanks ah! – [1st]

  32. wafan September 22, 2019 12:26 pm

    SteveM . . . 52 – 21 us. ‘Bows finally stop the turnover bleeding.


  33. Maddog50 September 22, 2019 1:10 pm

    Think several of injured return to field this week-on the road we are underdogs by 4. Check out condensed games of Nevada vs Weber State and UTEP. They struggled with both. We are neither-GoWarriors!

  34. sackkabooya September 22, 2019 2:03 pm

    You’re right everybody (Maddog, Boola, burro, wafan, all of you), win is a win. I guess it was because I felt like everything was rolling. Was so perfect. A lot of the things we (us the fans) needed to see was in the process of happening.

    The opposite wideout (Smart) was becoming a factor. Depth was inserted (via injury) here and there. Padello was on the DL disrupting, less linebacking. McDonald’s underneath passing reads looked smooth and not forced into the usual triple team coverages. And the defensive back end pass coverage got synched up with pass rush taking away anything real deep. Looked like everything was coming together and that maybe they started to get stuff figured out….Then something happened.

    Its hard to pinpoint exactly what it was. But for sure it wasn’t anything that Central Arkansas adjusted on or did different. Guarantee. They did play well and they are a good team with a good Coach (real good, great maybe) and a really good offensive scheme. But its was a 100% Hawaii problem. Missed tackles, fumbles, missed RPO reads (in both handing off and pulling), crucial penalties (the roughing was worse than Sunia’s 3 consecutive penalties) and a lack of confidence as “doubt” crept in. Even Coach Rolovich took some play calling duties away from the booth because of “doubt”. Not until some “youthful exuberance” in the form of Lincoln Victor sparked some intensity and re-focus was there any reason to believe CAU would not somehow make a comeback. That’s the sad part. Not so much mad (I didn’t feel angry after the game), but sad. Not anybody’s problem but mine. I will figure out and be ready to watch the Nevada game…..BTW Victor will pair real good with Stovall as playmaking slots with Phillips in Byrd’s (speed route) role next season. And then will pair UNREAL with Haasenritter after that.

  35. burro sabio September 22, 2019 2:32 pm

    One good thing is both players and coaches know they need to do a lot of work this week.

  36. islandman September 22, 2019 4:35 pm

    UH MBB and WBB basketball practice begins this week ? Junior M likely or may not play this season for UH.

  37. k September 22, 2019 4:38 pm

    anyone know what happened to Reed? he was walking back to the locker room yet it looked like he was very upset and yelling at someone. i don’t want to assume it was coaches/teammates following the fumbles.

  38. K September 22, 2019 4:48 pm

    very excited about Victor!!!
    hope he gets more playing time

  39. NorthShoreFan September 22, 2019 6:20 pm

    Yes, team looked like they were tires at times but then I realized, lot of newbies getting extensive pt. Hey 3-1…I’ll take it. Made things a bit exciting at times but the D stepped up.
    For the rest of the season, I don’t give a hoot about how the Warriors win….just win!
    The beers tasted good….

  40. UH Fan for Life September 22, 2019 9:47 pm

    37-They said on the ESPN Honolulu fan phone that Reed was taken to the locker room for concussion protocol after he lost the fumble. On the tv replay it looked like he spun to avoid a tackle then took a helmet to helmet hit and then the ball came out. Reed might have been upset that there was no penalty for the hit, but it didn’t look intentional.

  41. Whats Up September 22, 2019 10:52 pm

    This Hawaii team has got the heart, talent and swag to make 2019 a very special season. Being back in black uniforms and those helmets are so outstandingly awesome I get chicken skin. The Hawaii defense should get the bulk of the credit for Hawaii 3-1 record, the Hawaii offense has got to clean up the turnovers and penalties and the special teams FG kicking game needs improvement.

    This 2019 Hawaii Warrior team has what it takes to win a MWC Championship, just has to continue to improve every week.

  42. sackkabooya September 23, 2019 1:54 am

    Watching the video I thought Central Arkansas’ offensive plays and play calling were terrific, Almost like Navy’s offense when they run non triple option plays. Lots of misdirection, counters, pulling linemen, trap blocking and different plays aiming toward the edges. They also ran nice shovel pass plays, power (TE or H) passes to the flats and some wildcat. Little of everything.

    Didn’t really look like they deviated from the original game plan down 28-0.They didn’t panic and out executed UH’s defense somewhat in a good back and forth second half battle, almost completing a comeback. Terrific. Good luck to them on the rest of their season.

  43. Ipu Man September 23, 2019 7:00 am

    Steve M:
    UH 24 Them 21

  44. NorthShoreFan September 23, 2019 9:30 am

    ST…nice article on Cole. I’ve always believed the QB should be able to call plays. Defenses do change up at the last minute so looking for Cole to be more productive going forward.

  45. NorthShoreFan September 23, 2019 9:31 am

    Warriors 35
    Neva da 25

  46. NotNasti September 23, 2019 10:53 am

    When our offense took the field on the possession after Reed’s 2nd fumble, one of his teammates said something to him that set him off. Micah Vanterpool put his arm around Reed and “escorted” him from the south side to the north side of the benches. Other players came by to console him. I did not see any medical personnel near him.

  47. Maddog50 September 23, 2019 11:45 am

    Should be able to both run and pass a lot against Nevada. Question can we stop the run game and 6-4 receiver. Got a solid FG kicker with a leg. They struggled with Weber State and UTEP

  48. Boolakanaka September 23, 2019 12:01 pm

    Maddog, what’s your thought/evaluation on our oline (granted we get back a couple of our starters) versus Nevada’s dline?

  49. Maddog50 September 23, 2019 1:48 pm

    I think the OL as it is is fine. Bring back SV and it’s better. Watch condensed game of the last two opponents. Nevada has to bring pressure and that will open up underneath routes. I think even banged up we match up very well with them favorably. Leaving would be a plus but he would have practice all this week. If we come to play I say we’re in good shape

  50. Boolakanaka September 23, 2019 3:01 pm

    Mad, I agree, I think if we have a healthy line, we should be able to dominate the line of scrimmage.

  51. WarriorMojo September 23, 2019 4:53 pm

    George Ornellas. <– Only old farts will remember, but that's who Lincoln Victor reminds me of. Haven't seen that combination of speed, power and determination since then. He can be really, really, REALLY special.

  52. cappie the dog September 23, 2019 5:30 pm

    First live look at Josh Rojas: RBI single to center field against Adam Wainwright with two strikes. That was fun.

    I remember Geprge Ornellas. Wasn’t he originally going to Iowa State? What is the cutoff point for “old fart”?

  53. cappie the dog September 23, 2019 5:37 pm

    And Rojas has the speed to score from third base on a line drive to right field.

    I have all of my hair, but I remember Junior Lopati getting injured in the end zone after a long run. So, so sad. That guy looked like he was destined for the NFL.

  54. NorthShoreFan September 23, 2019 6:15 pm

    cappie…I was thinking of Lopati the other day. Me and my dad was in the north end zone and watched the play. He already scored (south end zone) and IIRC, the SDS guy still hit him from behind. Yes, I do believe he would have made it to the bigs if not for that one play.

  55. sackkabooya September 24, 2019 12:46 am

    That’s always what’s missing in the Hawaii version of the run and shoot. Even when June Jones ran it. The ability to install packaged units in certain situations to take advantage of stuff such as physical mismatches. The same four (or five) every play, unless somebody gets hurt (or ejected; that’s how we got to see Mardner). Too bad.

    Got lots of different sizes and skillsets (Victor’s skillset is way different than the other slots, complements Stovall’s) that could be inserted when the situation dictates. Might even open up rushing lanes so the run game can operate with less congestion. Something to at least think about. Using the whole group.

  56. sackkabooya September 24, 2019 1:07 am

    “Using the Group as a whole” would be a better way to put it… Can do?? At least consider it some. And then one day a recruit a TE/H onegaishimasu.

  57. NotNasti September 24, 2019 9:36 am

    George Ornellas was a “big” slot, and ran with power and determination. Lincoln Victor is much, much faster. 4.5 sec. 40, 10.9 sec (PR) 100 meter. You would think the Washington State 4A player of the year would have more than one FBS scholie offer. I think in addition to speed, power and determination, there is a huge chip/chunk on his shoulder. If he keeps this up, great things will happen for him, and our team.

    Re: Lopati, I was at that game as well. Junior was hit way, way back in end zone. Was there even a penalty? He was never the same.

  58. Whitey September 24, 2019 10:03 am

    Any recruiting news?

  59. ai-eee-soos September 24, 2019 10:16 am

    Read ST’s article …

    ” Hawaii freshmen Victor, Muasau and Fiso give the Warriors a bright future ”

  60. sackkabooya September 24, 2019 10:57 am

    I know we’ve brought this up before here but after watching the Central Arkansas game video I wish Rolo/Smith would use (mix in) more designed running plays attacking off tackle and edges more and letting the offensive line “hit” somebody (as opposed to read defender). You could even run counters using Reed’s ability to jump cut and change direction. Just to keep defenses off balance. Plus Holly runs way better (real good actually) out of pistol (he is not a good RPO runner at all). RPO should be used only if the QB is a real running threat (McDonald had two nice reads where he ran 10+ yards). You can always run play action off what would look like designed runs keeping the defense really “off balance”. The RPO just isn’t confusing anybody except our O-line, Holly, and Reed that one fumble. Furuta however is way better in RPO. That guy freezes LB’s. Got to recruit Big RB’s for RPO to work well in this system.

  61. Stephen Tsai September 24, 2019 11:20 am

    New post:

  62. Inyoface September 25, 2019 9:38 pm

    Ah thought chevan was a sophomore

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