Warrior Beat: Warriors depart for final trip of season

Wideout JoJo Ward was clutch in last week's comeback victory over UNLV. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

The Warriors observed the four Fs today — football, family, friends and food.

Following today’s 90-minute walk-through session, the Warriors feasted on a turkey brunch.

They then departed to the airport for their scheduled afternoon flight to San Diego in advance of Saturday’s game against the Aztecs.

The Warriors are expected to arrive in San Diego late tonight. A heavier practice is scheduled for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a two-hour drive away, the UH basketball team faces Utah tonight in the opening around of the Wooden Legacy on the Cal State Fullerton campus.

Members of the UH Marching Band are in this dual-sport trip.


  1. Savich November 22, 2018 1:30 pm

    2:00 p.m. flight to LAX. Then 2 hours drive to San Diego. 2 +5 = 7. 7+2=9

    At latest, 9:30 p.m. they are deplaning.

  2. Savich November 22, 2018 1:40 pm

    10:00 p.m. deplaning. Or 15. Two drive, 12:30 a.m. Friday.

  3. Savich November 22, 2018 1:42 pm

    Two hour drive from 10pm and that makes 12:30 am Friday morning.

    So deplane at 10:15pm. PT

  4. Da Punchbowl Kid November 22, 2018 2:31 pm

    Go get ’em Warriors!!!

    Marching Band gonna be there?! Excellent!!! Let’s hope we get lots of Warrior fans at both events!

  5. Kahuna November 22, 2018 4:48 pm

    Brah…..why would the Wariors need to fly into LAX and make the two hour drive when Hawaiian Air can fly directly to San Diego?

  6. tom-warriornation November 22, 2018 5:25 pm

    The team is on the nonstop flight to San Diego on Hawaiian #16; arriving 9:45pm.

  7. coachdb November 22, 2018 5:26 pm

    They fly direct to San Diego arrive at 9:45 pm

  8. tom-warriornation November 22, 2018 5:30 pm

    Not too late to join our group of 300 fans at SDSU behind our team; also join our huge tailgate there at 3:30pm including the parents of our players; and former players. Text me 415=324-0585.

  9. UH Fan for Life November 22, 2018 6:14 pm

    The UH pep band is playing at tonight’s and Friday’s UH basketball games in Anaheim then they drive down to San Diego on Saturday for the football game. Kudos to the UH band for being the most spirited Warrior fans.

  10. Inyoface November 22, 2018 6:50 pm

    They need to bring back the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, that was a real good bowl. I wish the Hawaii Bowl would associate with the pac-12 again.

  11. Tom-warriornation November 22, 2018 7:57 pm

    UH basketball team on ESPN2 now!

  12. oneseason November 22, 2018 8:07 pm

    UH looking really good.

  13. Honu888 November 22, 2018 9:45 pm

    They did an air turn back to HNL due to maintenance issue. 3 plus hour set back. I hope this doesn’t distract their performance. A win over the Aztecs would cap off a pretty good season.

  14. cappie the dog November 22, 2018 10:35 pm

    Thanksgiving at my aunt’s house in Mililani, watching Hawaii play Utah, waiting for the other to drop and it never drops. How often does Hawaii play a game that is actually aesthetically pleasing to watch?

    For one night, they looked like a Top 25 team.

    I am particularly excited about Eddie Stansberry.

    Crossing my fingers: Is this Trevor Ruffin?

    Sheriff Drammeh continues to show off his one skill: The ability to draw the charge.

    Hawaii got calls; Hawaii made their free throws; Hawaii didn’t blow a twenty-point lead.

    Maybe there is a God.

  15. cappie the dog November 22, 2018 11:11 pm

    RealTime RPI has Hawaii at 58.

    Seton Hall 120.
    Grand Canyon 311.

    TR Brackets. I never heard of TR Brackets. But this is their take. They have Hawaii at 40.

    Seton Hall 109.
    Grand Canyon 269.

    ESPN has Hawaii at 228.
    CBS Sports has Hawaii at 59.

    Mathematicians have too much power.

  16. Maddog50 November 23, 2018 3:58 am

    Mid air overNebraska on the way to San Diego. Although we are 17 point dogs think we will make a game of it, last week helped the D a lot. I normally only comment on FB but some other sites have some self apppointed experts regarding the BB program and it’s direction. Well after last nite I gues that says something. GoWarriors!!!!!!

  17. cappie the dog November 23, 2018 4:13 am

    “Nebraska” is the album Bruce Springsteen recorded before “Born in the USA” turned him into a household name.

    The standout track is “Reason to Believe”.

    The reason to believe Hawaii can beat SDSU is Chevan Cordeiro.

  18. Old School Dave November 23, 2018 7:08 am

    How about UH extend Rolo’s contract, along with raises for him and his assistants? Going from 3-9 to 7-5 should be rewarded. Never mind about who’ll start at QB, as it’ll take care of itself. Opposing schools are using UH’s slow movement in their pitch to recruits.

    “Well, I’d reconsider Hawaii, as they haven’t committed to renewing their coach’s contract at this late date with only a year left.”

  19. Boolakanaka November 23, 2018 7:19 am

    Yup, UH should take the affirmative positon in offering Rolo an extension and a raise. In the neighborhood of 350k: HC raise approximately 150-175, and assistants, the main 3-4, sharing the remaining 150-175.

  20. A-House November 23, 2018 7:30 am


    will be good to trade low temps in Chicago for warmer climate in San Diego!

    have a good trip — you will see UH win tomorrow!!!

  21. Chicken Grease November 23, 2018 7:33 am

    November 22, 2018 1:42 pm
    Two hour drive from 10pm and that makes 12:30 am Friday morning.

    So deplane at 10:15pm. PT

    Thought “deplane” was what Tattoo used to say at the beginning of Fantasy Island?


  22. Inyoface November 23, 2018 8:46 am

    Great win from the mens basketball team, keep it going!

  23. burro sabio November 23, 2018 9:39 am

    Hawaii made 20 of 22 free throws in the last 5 minutes. That’s how you win games.

  24. suckkabooya November 23, 2018 11:01 am

    The best line up when in RPO varies down to down but some changes to personnel need to be adjusted for Cole to flourish when running it. When combined with true RnS formations where receivers can run free toward “space” it can make this offense unstoppable, particularly with Cole as QB (he had a nice run vs Nevada with a unreal burst on 4th quarter keeper) who can better keep defense off balance with his running abilities. Just need to protect/run block better, especially on 3rd down to extend drives.

    The best slant receivers for the RPO formation are Stubblefield and Armstrong-Brown. Put them in the spot that Ursua and Byrd are usually in. Align Holly from “pistol” (he is better downhill) or Reed from offset (to attack G-T or T-outside lanes, not middle). First and second down ideally. Third and long (7+ yards) then back to true RnS. You can see Rolovich switch up RPO and RnS packages down to down which might be throwing off Cole’s rhythm. Seems like he gets comfortable in one or the other and then it changes at odd times (my opinion), throws him (and O-line too) off. Chevan doesn’t waste time in when in RPO, he’ll just handoff to RB. No reading defender for him (yet) trying to throw to someone who doesn’t want to catch the ball in traffic. Good idea. Save that for Cole.

    This game can be the turning point for the program so how Rolovich handles this opportunity is going to determine a lot of things. Things that we can only imagine UH could become. Rolo is still learning how to manage as Head Coach so he may learn things “the hard way” (like putting in Chevan vs Nevada for one series). But if we the fans can be patient Rolo (and Batoon too) can turn the Program into something we always “Dreamed” it could become. Can do.

  25. Old School Dave November 23, 2018 11:55 am

    How about building an in-door practice facility? Even Florida schools have in-door facilities. Get too many “Niele Eyes” even at closed practices held on the grass fields.

    Hiring a Football Specific S & C coach is a primary and urgent need at the moment, though.

    One major reason USU pushed around UH, especially on the interior lines:

  26. suckkabooya November 23, 2018 12:07 pm

    Imagine Cole in a run first RPO similar to what Baltimore ran with Lamar Jackson (I think he throws better than Jackson) at QB. Some 11 personnel (using Torres as “H”) and some 21 personnel (with Furuta as FB) to attack running lanes or to max protect. A series where Cole can utilize his running abilities and O-line can really get after run blocks. A ball control change up series (part “wildcat” part RPO) here and there for opposing defenses to have to prepare for as the offense transitions (toward the two freshmen) in the near future. Nightmare. Plus Cole will be WR (probably slot in RPO package, WR in RnS) so may be on the field often. I’m hopeful this will happen. Just imagine.

  27. suckkabooya November 23, 2018 12:15 pm

    I forgot, no Torres next year, but ready to use for the Bowl Game. Next year Laulu maybe? …….Please.

  28. clyde November 23, 2018 12:18 pm

    Oh, man. McKenzie Milton being carted off the field after suffering an apparent right lower-leg injury. Tough to see something like that happen to an outstanding young man.

  29. islandman November 23, 2018 1:07 pm

    26. Utah St Athletic Operating expenses for 2016-17 was $34.2 million while UH’s was $48.9 million. This is not the capital outlays though.

  30. islandman November 23, 2018 1:10 pm

    SDSU has a good defense, allowing only 20.6 pts per game avg for MW games. Much better than UNLV’s.

  31. H-Man November 23, 2018 1:16 pm

    Really unfortunate for McKenzie to suffer an apparent serious lower leg injury. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

  32. Jr November 23, 2018 4:08 pm

    Is daton faruta playing this week herd he is not going .

  33. Stephen Tsai November 23, 2018 6:16 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47610

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