Warrior Beat: Warriors head east

Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald, seen here running on a keeper against the Rice Owls in the first half on Saturday, spoke of the significance of the 9/11 attacks today. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

The Warriors — somber and respectful of today’s historical significance — are scheduled to depart this afternoon on a non-stop flight to New York.

“My heart goes out to anyone who’s lost loved ones,” quarterback Cole McDonald said. “It’s a day to remember.”

Offensive lineman J.R. Hensley spoke of how the 9/11 attacks “affected not just our nation, but the whole world.”

The Warriors are set to arrive in New York tomorrow morning. They will practice tomorrow afternoon. The rest of their practices are expected to start in same time frame as Saturday’s noon kickoff.

For one of the few times, Sodexo today offered breakfast steak at the training table. / Photo by Stephen Tsai


  1. haka September 11, 2018 11:16 am

    Hehehe…get rice!
    Remembering all of 911.

  2. haka September 11, 2018 11:20 am

    Will they be able to go to The National September 11 Memorial & Museum?
    That would be a moving visit for sure.
    I hope their travel is comfortable, timely and safe.
    Go Warriors!

  3. Hilo fan September 11, 2018 11:21 am

    Dont know if its been covered but whats the status of Pumbaa Williams. After that great game against Navy was excited to see him against Rice but he didnt play. Injured? Traveling?

  4. Chicken Grease September 11, 2018 11:23 am

    That’s a giant breakfast steak!

    Mr. Tsai, might the nation’s place votes come from sports newsroom consensus. Or are they usually determined by the reportah him- or herself? I am also wondering if that Knoxville vote arrived due to a Mariota effect?

    Have a good feeling that Hawaii will win this one in the last few mins. of the game.

    The Warrior
    The Black Knight

  5. Chicken Grease September 11, 2018 11:29 am

    Whenever I think of West Point, I have an image of Civil War-ish young cadets having proper convuhsashuns with rich Southern Belles in front of a red brick building, like the Honolulu City and County hall of records. Not like when I think of Naval Academy, where I tend to think of that scene from Patriot Games when Dr. Ryan gets attacked by Irish terrorists RIGHT when he leaves the gates of the school! And a Navy security officer in a long grey coat, regulation hat, wnd handgun saves Ryan’s life.

  6. Chicken Grease September 11, 2018 11:32 am

    Remember 9/11!!!!

    And protect this great country!!!!


  7. H-Man September 11, 2018 11:36 am

    Great way to start the day with steak n eggs. Travel safe. Have a great game and overall experience.
    Warriors 34 Black Knights 31

  8. bg September 11, 2018 12:27 pm

    Loved the Call the Coach show. Sounds like things are being sorted out and corrected as they should be. Watched the Army-Liberty game and don’t believe the Army secondary can stay with our WR’s. I just hope the experience of playing Navy’s offense carries over to this game and the Warrior defense can limit Army to 3-4 td’s. If so, I think we win.

    Pomai: Hawaii 52 Army 28

    Head bowed to remember what happened 17 yrs ago. Changed our lives forever…

  9. Da Punchbowl Kid September 11, 2018 1:14 pm

    Stay focused Warriors! This is a big test of your mettle! You can do it!


    Never forget!

  10. dreamcitymike September 11, 2018 1:18 pm

    Save travels for the team on this 17th anniversary of that unforgettable day ….9/11!! Live aloha/ Play warrior!

  11. bowwar September 11, 2018 1:50 pm

    #7: I heard that ALL Big City Diners are opening at 5:30 am so people can watch the game and have breakfast…Anywhere else opening early on Saturday?

  12. Ipu Man September 11, 2018 2:25 pm

    Interesting side note: Nike is West Point Uniform/shoes…

  13. Andrew September 11, 2018 2:32 pm

    Would you like more rice with your shoyu? Pouring like Kristi Yamaguchi over there

  14. kalua pig September 11, 2018 3:11 pm

    seems like the only way haole boys can eat stick rice is with shoyu all ovah.

  15. bobbob September 11, 2018 3:46 pm

    the sohodex steaks were terrible. Like chewy beef jerky. Looks like nothing has changed in 15 years.

    The eggs look the same as well. an entire tray of “scrambled” eggs poured out from a huge barrel of mystery goo.

  16. bobbob September 11, 2018 3:48 pm

    @11 – is it going to be on standard TV here? CBS? Or PPV for hawaii only?

  17. Stephen Tsai September 11, 2018 4:12 pm

    That’s actually a local coach’s plate

  18. JesseJames September 11, 2018 4:13 pm

    Good afternoon Tsaikos. Anyone heading out to BCD to warch the game??? All BCD locations opening up at 5 TURTLES.

    Remembering all my EMS, Fire, Police, Port Authority, and other first responders who went in and made the ultimate sacrifice for others on that fateful day 17 years ago. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. I WILL NEVER FORGET!!!


  19. JesseJames September 11, 2018 4:15 pm

    *…all my EMS, Fire, Police, Port Authority, and other first responder brothers and sisters…

  20. burro sabio September 11, 2018 6:00 pm

    Local coach??? Ho da shame…

  21. kalua pig September 11, 2018 6:41 pm

    no can.

  22. PONO September 11, 2018 7:23 pm

    ST did you see results from the plant based diet?

  23. Sports for Fun September 11, 2018 8:57 pm

    Game will be shown on CBS Sports Network

  24. suckkabooya September 12, 2018 1:21 am

    Tavai needs to play a little more “loose” this game in my opinion. A little less responsibility and more “read and rip”. He needs to disrupt and force them into quick decisions. The rest of the defense can play off his disruptiveness but he has to be the one to play loose and free. The interior of the D line is getting more experienced, you can see it, they can help him out. Batoon can do it. So can Tavai. We’ll see.

  25. suckkabooya September 12, 2018 1:27 am

    BTW, Penei Pavihi looks like “Tavai Jr.” Playmaker too. Terrific.

  26. Spidey September 12, 2018 3:51 am

    Sudexo “steak” … don’t miss that “food”

  27. Maddog50 September 12, 2018 5:33 am

    In case your interested. Army played Duke and was pretty much dominated. Army beat Liberty last week in Liberty’s first season venture in the FBS. Liberty is a provisional member this year as an independent. My opinion-Navy is a better team on both sides of the ball. Although Army can throw it they are more a power option team and does not present the same problems as Malcom Perry did. There is a definite difference in their outside attack pitch pHase that has more arc and depth when it attacks the corner. Don’t see them defending well in the open space against receiver or ball carrier. They are tough and physical, but that being said, the Warriors show up the same way they have without miscues on special teams, no “stupid” penalties, and solid tackling this one looks like it favors the Warriors

  28. Scott September 12, 2018 7:00 am

    Hawaii getting mentioned in Sports Illustrated Extra Mustard Bits and Pieces…


  29. Chicken Grease September 12, 2018 7:04 am

    Sports for Fun
    September 11, 2018 8:57 pm

    Game will be shown on CBS Sports Network

    Good. I have this channel, in HD version too. Can stay home, then, make my own breakfast feast. 🍳🥞🥓🥩🥐🍚

  30. Maddog50 September 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Much is made of the 6am HST Kickoff. The Warriors practice at that time everyday-now all they got to do is get adjusted, Just like Navy who had their game against us at 11pm their time. We just need to come to play winning football! GoWarriors!!!!

  31. azwarrior22 September 12, 2018 9:15 am

    Right on, Maddog !

    Go Warriors !!!

  32. dreamcitymike September 12, 2018 9:16 am

    I also think that our defense is making great strides & surprising play by first year players, Batoon slowly turning up the intensity & scheme! Of course Maddog50 is spot on with his astute observations as always …double digit win is expected this Saturday!!

  33. islandman September 12, 2018 9:21 am

    Army’s RB’s are pretty heavy, 230, 235, 240, 225 lbs. Ours are 200, 240 and 185.
    Their leading rusher in yards is Calen Holt from Kamehameha / 9.7 yds per carry. The team is averaging 5.1 yds per carry.

  34. islandman September 12, 2018 9:25 am

    Commentator said Army is more physical than Navy.

  35. Maddog50 September 12, 2018 9:41 am

    One of the big keys this week is not to let them sneak receivers out of the backfield-one thing for sure they are going to throw the ball as a change up. The other key is to force them to consider running the outside on the option as a preferred method-the option phase is much deeper than Navy and provides a little more time to get to the LOS. Don’t get me wrong these guys are “stout” so no chance to be sloppy with tackling. No question that they will have counter misdirection and reverse in the Ol’ proverbial bag O tricks given Navy success on there reverse. Some weekly emerging stars every week on Warrior Defense-how bout dis! Time for all the stars on this defense to shine and yet a new one emerge. Inside guys will be key this week to clog the inside lanes-GoWarriors!!!!!

  36. clyde September 12, 2018 10:32 am

    My two cents: Following its loss to Duke, Army made a concerted effort to establish its fullback dive against Liberty, and was very successful at it.
    Army has several physical backs so, as Maddog points out, Hawaii can’t be “sloppy” with its tackling, particularly in its second line of defense or it will see a steady diet of gashing runs up the middle.
    Let’s hope Tavai will be at, or near, full strength after the injury he sustained on Saturday.

  37. Casual Observer September 12, 2018 10:42 am

    Liberty seems to play a similar offense to UH so Army has shown the ability to contain the RnS. However, the Hawaii offense seems more crisp and maybe the coaches are more insightful and individually, the players are better playmakers. One difference is the run option with Cole Macdonald. Looks like it should be another shoot out with our defense slowing them just enough. Another outstanding performance from the O line and we should be okay.

  38. suckkabooya September 12, 2018 12:50 pm

    When I watched the 51yard TD run for Rice on Saturday I thought it was the fault of the scheme but watching the video you can see it was just poor technique that can easily be cleaned up. I didn’t like Padello in that “low” two point stance (he cannot see at his height) but the scheme put him in good position. Mautautia (I think he was the “Will LB”) crashed the middle, Tavai and Okeke overplayed the (strong side) outside run so essentially Padello was the inside LB for that play. He missed. And Okeke couldn’t recover so touchdown. As the season goes on the defense should adapt to the different (over last year) responsibilities and techniques needed to adjust to what Batoon is trying to do. Once they get the gist of everything , then adjust their abilities, this defense will be AWESOME. I really believe it. You can see it. They just have to believe it too. I think they will.

  39. Da Punchbowl Kid September 12, 2018 2:47 pm

    Trust in the coaches and each other is key for the Warriors this game. The offense and defense are works in progress, but will get better each game. If the Warriors play with the confidence and ferocity they have shown so far, they’ll do great. I believe!

    Some great posts above! Mahalo to y’all. It takes a village to to support fierce Warriors!

    Making a super market run on Friday to pick up special ingrediments for brekky with the Sweety as we watch the Warriors take their air attack to the ground pounding Black Knights!



  40. roygbivs September 12, 2018 3:24 pm

    Warriors Win

  41. Stephen Tsai September 12, 2018 3:41 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=46795

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