Warrior Beat: “It’s for the state”

KIcker Ryan Meskell (left) and rush end Kaimana Padelllo played pivotal roles in the Warriors' five-overtime victory over San Jose State. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

The close games … the overtime battle in San Jose … the “believe” mantra … for Warrior followers, it’s starting to have an ’06-’07 vibe.

Running back Dayton Furuta‘s gritty performance after not practicing the past week is a good story.

Ryan Meskell‘s redemption from two missed field goals and a hooked PAT to what proved to be the game-winning 3-pointer is a better story.

Asked what it was like to be a hero, Meskell said: “I’m not the hero. We’re all heroes. If it weren’t for the boys, I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to kick those last two (field goals in the fourth and and fifth overtime periods).”

Furuta said his father reminded him to view the larger picture.

“I don’t want to let our team down,” Furuta said following yesterday’s game. “I don’t want to let our fans down. It’s for the state of Hawaii. We traveled out here. We’re on a mission. … My dad said, it’s not about me anymore. He knows it’s something special out here.”


  1. seewhy September 30, 2018 8:34 am

    Good morning, Tsaikos! 🤙🏽

  2. seewhy September 30, 2018 8:36 am

    We are so lucky Furuta entered the game last night. It was surely game changing. And hats off to Meskell. Even though he missed a bunch yesterday, he came through and made the final clutch FG.

  3. NorthShoreFan September 30, 2018 9:04 am

    Gritty performance yesterday. Will need a lot more going forward.
    San Jose State learned from Army. We’ll be seeing a lot more ..rush three and drop eight. If line can pass protect and receivers can get time to find the pukas, we maybe able to really pick the D and run the ball for good yards.
    Looking to beat the Cowboys.

  4. boolakanaka September 30, 2018 9:34 am

    Last nights win was sort of like a girl I dated way back when: not so good looking, but I’ll take it.

    Wyoming is a very winnable game next week, and we really need that one as the schedule gets real tough the following six games.

  5. NorthShoreFan September 30, 2018 9:39 am

    Second dat!

  6. NorthShoreFan September 30, 2018 9:40 am

    Now all the ladies looking in the mirror today…hooo….

  7. A-House September 30, 2018 9:41 am

    a GREAT win for the Warriors and State of Hawaii!!!

    bet there are a bunch of tired, spent viewers in Hawaii from watching the game game yesterday.

    congratulations, get a good rest, and tomorrow starts the game planning for Wyoming.

  8. NorthShoreFan September 30, 2018 9:42 am

    Watching replay. We need more Padello clones.

  9. Warrior fan September 30, 2018 9:54 am

    #8 NorthShore Fan-
    Rodger That!!!

  10. Maddog50 September 30, 2018 10:09 am

    Aside from all the miscues mistakes penalties etc., I doubt any other player could have made those Farve like shovel passes for TDS like McDonald. So much to work on so much to get better at overall-this was a must win and so it is!

  11. tom-warriornation September 30, 2018 10:14 am

    Thank you ST for coming out at the UH tailgate yesterday; and giving us your football insights. Larry Beil was excited to see you there; as all of us, and we enjoyed your wit & humor.

    Did everyone see all the players coming up into the stands after the game–that was so exciting for all us diehard road warrior fans that spend their hard earned dollars to support the team all over the country! An ultimate experience that we fans will never forget! Everyone should join us and share those unforgettable moments! To see videos of this; go to our Facebook page: Hawaii Football Warrior Nation.

  12. Whitey September 30, 2018 10:16 am

    Be a luxury if the Warriors had more speed and size on defense, especially the lb and db pisition. Things will not change for the rest of the season, so the Warriors will need to improve in practice and carry the improvement to the next game.

  13. islandman September 30, 2018 10:43 am

    The San Jose St kicker, Crawford was 4 for 5 prior to yesterday’s game. He had previously missed only a 53 yd FG.
    In 2016, he made 89 % of his attempts; in 2017, 82 % and his only 3 misses that year were in the 50+ range.

  14. NorthShoreFan September 30, 2018 10:49 am

    #13…Mana…Strong Mana….IMUA!

  15. Music Man September 30, 2018 11:08 am

    From my observation, the offense is doing great!

    Defensively, the secondary defensive backs need to be coached better. If they improve just 25%, we wouldn’t be seeing these nail biting endings. ( It’s exciting though )

    If the 25% improvement is realized, Hawaii would be undefeated the rest of the way.

  16. Jeezy33 September 30, 2018 11:26 am

    A bad win is always better than a great loss.

    But man we better clean things up.

    We need to figure it out on offense and just take what the defense gives. Don’t need the Homerun ball every time. When defenses rush 3 and drop 8, we need to run the ball.

    Defensively, I don’t know where to start. If DBs can’t cover a go route without getting beat by 5 yards then we’re in trouble. Our zone D is super soft over the middle and TEs and RBs will have field days running free over the middle.

  17. Whats up September 30, 2018 11:34 am

    Great Job to the team with 5-1 winning record swag.
    After watching San Jose State players fall to injury all over the place in last nights game. I got to give it to the Hawaii Football players. Those young men are tough as tanks to play banged up and no bye week this season.

    But the next 7 games is going to be the murders row part of the schedule. This part of the schedule will test the intestinal fortitude and resolve of Hawaii Football coaches and players.

    Wyoming- Home Game
    BYU- Road Game
    Nevada- Home Game
    Fresno State- Road Game
    Utah State- Home Game
    UNLV- Home Game
    San Diego State- Road Game

    Got to stay focused every week and work/grind, SJSU brought there “A” game last night. I expect Wyoming to come in to Aloha Stadium and bring there “A” game. Every team on the rest of the schedule is bringing there “A” game to dethrone Hawaii from a top the MWC.

    Live Aloha/Play Warrior

    Play Swag/Go Warriors!

  18. Bogeywarrior September 30, 2018 11:51 am

    Referee calls were questionable ticky tact on personal foul out of bounds, pass interference both on Okeke. Both calls resulted in touchdown drives. Holding call on 57 also negated Cole TD. Our special teams on kickoffs are terrible. Too many guys out of position, need more layering.
    Our corners not fast enough to play press coverage.

  19. suckkabooya September 30, 2018 12:03 pm

    #12 Whitey

    You’re right, this is who they are. And frankly this is who we thought they were going to be. This is who Cole is, nothing more, nothing less (watching him throw during warm-ups last year I never thought he could be this good). Tough minded kid. Lucky for us. This is what the defense is, a work in progress reliant on persistence, full of rotating pieces looking for the right fit. And this is apparently what the special teams are, a work in progress as well. Lucky to be 5-1 but you can see the potential. Once things “click” will be unstoppable, even special teams (hope to see more rugby style later). They (the program )embrace us (the fans) and are giving their all, thus the 5-1 record . Small, young, but full grit and determination. Appreciate the effort from everyone. Different now.

  20. UH Fan for Life September 30, 2018 12:23 pm

    Congratulations to coach Rolo and the team on a tough road win and a 5-1 record. This team is mentally tough and you can see how playing for each other gets them through adversity. They are learning to expect to win and digging deep to overcome adversity, something we didn’t see much of in recent years when a miscue would lead to heads hanging or blame between the offense, defense and special teams.
    Opponents are watching tape to learn how to stop the RnS, but I’m confident this coaching staff will continue to evolve and improve.

  21. SteveM September 30, 2018 1:03 pm

    I recall option teams where the QB flips the ball to a trailing back when he is going to be tackled and can’t make it into the end zone himself. But a shovel pass to a slot/wide receiver in the end zone fires the imagination!

    ST — Was the shovel pass into the end zone a designed play or an ad lib?

  22. Da Punchbowl Kid September 30, 2018 1:15 pm

    This was a display of grit, heart and pride. Every game will be part of a work in progress on both sides of the ball, but as long as the Warriors have those three things, they will prevail.

    “Bigger than themselves.” The collective mana of Hawai’i has dropped into the Warriors.

  23. coachdb September 30, 2018 1:30 pm

    I was at the game last night and we have a lot of players that are hurting but not injured. So some healing time would be nice, but unfortunately that’s not possible. The defense is really nicked up hopefully they can pull it together again next week. With a few breaks down the road this team could contend for the conference tittle, they seem to be mentally tough with agood blend of coaches to keep them on track! Mountain West should be concerned about the warriors putting it all together later this season and whipping up on everyone!!! Just keeping it 💯

  24. winning September 30, 2018 2:02 pm

    #21 is right on. Shovel passes would work quite well if they are dropping 8 back. Didn’t see too much of those. Also, why not throw more underneath stuff and move the chains. Couple of times they went longer when could have breakaways underneath. Also, good move by matching up better with that Big TE-they essentially kinda shut him down in the second half. We was gonna blame the DB coach but the DC, I guess, made the move. I mean we was talking trash to fire the guy.

  25. UH Fan September 30, 2018 7:53 pm

    Love to see redshirt freshman Michael Boyle Kick!

  26. amela September 30, 2018 8:16 pm

    On some screen passes it looked like their defense was in between our blockers, well covered like they knew the play. But I must say their DB’s looked a lot faster then ours.

  27. Boolakanaka October 1, 2018 6:02 am

    As to DB play, a couple of things,: on paper speed and on field speed….two distinct things.

    While we have the necessary speed on paper, the biggest inhibitor of seeing that speed translate usually boils down to two items: having a complete knowledge and intelligence about scheme and responsibilities and totally trusting your technique. When any of the two are NOT held in tandem, you usually have DBs that either look slow or tentative.

    Ok, enough ike for today…

  28. Stephen Tsai October 1, 2018 6:21 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47003

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