Warriors are even in an uneven season

A third of the season has been completed, and this is what we’ve learned:

> Diocoemy Saint Juste and Ryan Tuiasoa are a powerful 1-2 punch. The Warriors also found ways to get Saint Juste the ball on screens and slip passes. It might be intriguing to see Tuiasoa the target of screens, too.

> It’s one thing to identify the need to avoid relinquishing chunk plays; it’s another to stop them. The Warriors practice against it, emphasize it, and for most of Saturday — Wyoming had 30 plays for 122 yards through three quarters — stopped it. But, hey, things happen.

> Almost unnoticed was the return of Devan Stubblefield to the rotation. He has speed, experience, and a lot misfortunate. Maybe this is the start of something good for Stubblefield.

> Metuisela ‘Unga has next-level blocking ability. It will be interesting if he duplicates the deep-route skills he displayed in the Hawaii Bowl.

> The Warriors need to split their final eight regular-season games to qualify for the Hawaii Bowl. But the Warriors have higher expectations. They defied the elements and Wyoming QB Josh Allen; now they have to finish off games in which they are underdogs.

> It’s never too early to scoreboard watch, but UH fans should take note that San Diego State is still a very good team.

> There’s no easy way to travel to and from Laramie. And that’s my lame excuse for this late post.


  1. tom-warriornation September 24, 2017 7:21 pm

    Go Warriors–we showed the world we are better than Wyoming; except for the final score. Remember Wyoming was the MW division champs last year who beat SDSU in the regular season.

    Last call to join almost 500 UH fans at UNLV on Nov 4 sitting right behind our team bench at the 50 yard line 10-20 rows behind–so close you can reach out and touch the players. Come meet the families of current players and legend former players like Jeff Duva, Gary Allen, Greg Cummins, etc.

    Text me: 415-324-0585.

  2. ai-eee-soos September 24, 2017 7:22 pm


    BEAT the BILLY GOATS !!!

  3. tom-warriornation September 24, 2017 7:23 pm

    If you are on Facebook; come join our Hawaii Football Warrior Nation group page with almost 3000 members; which includes Stephen Tsai.

  4. H-Man September 24, 2017 8:54 pm

    Just hoping it all evens out in the end. Warriors lost one they probably should have won, but hoping the wins will come where they are expected to lose. That equates to a 9-3 season, right?

  5. Duster September 24, 2017 9:17 pm

    I had may 24 hours or so to vent. Time to rock Colorado State. Go Warriors!

  6. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 24, 2017 9:45 pm

    Hawai’i 24 & C.S.U. 21, this coming Saturday. 30th prediction

  7. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 24, 2017 9:48 pm

    Wyoming was a bigger team than Hawai’i.

  8. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 24, 2017 9:51 pm

    Rams. Quick too.

  9. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 24, 2017 9:55 pm

    Attendance: 34,000 people. Saturday, September 30th, 2017 @ Aloha stadium

  10. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 24, 2017 10:03 pm

    Barker and Unga needs to catch all the balls thrown to them. 100%. Then Hawai’i will win. after September 30th game. (3-2)

  11. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 24, 2017 10:09 pm

    Tomorrow is rest day. Tuesday is practice day. Until Friday. Saturday gates open at 1:30 p.m. again, for short ribs cooking or steaks and grilled chicken. Many people have their tents already packed up and ready to go. A big weekend for UH. Let’s play some football!

  12. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 24, 2017 10:26 pm

    And again, I mentioned before, only 50,000 seats are available to be called a fan club this Saturday night at Aloha stadium. Fan club count.

  13. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 24, 2017 10:49 pm

    One more thing, Ah Mow-Santos will be the only coach other than Dave, if she wins a title for UH. History on Wahine volleyball. woa!

  14. Na Alii Pride September 24, 2017 10:58 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks special teams needs a lot of work?

  15. Duster September 24, 2017 11:14 pm

    #14, no, you are not the only one.

  16. Duster September 24, 2017 11:16 pm

    Have Moala, Akoteu and Eldredge been reinstated for the Colorado State game?

  17. ai-eee-soos September 25, 2017 12:20 am

    # 14 and @ 15.

    They need a hellava lot more team speed, as I posted previously.

  18. ai-eee-soos September 25, 2017 12:25 am

    ” … We got a little cute. … ”

    ” … We called the same play too often. … ”

    Coach Rolo on the “Nick Rolovich” show.

  19. ai-eee-soos September 25, 2017 12:31 am

    I think Rolo was referring to the empty set with DB,
    in the Red Zone.

    I remember 4 of them:


    INT – game pau.

    were there any others in the Red Zone ?

  20. ai-eee-soos September 25, 2017 12:34 am

    There was also the empty set with CM,

    I think it was 3 or 4 times – all runs.

  21. Duster September 25, 2017 1:01 am

    Stephen reported that Moala, Akoteu and Eldredge have been reinstated:


  22. Maddog50 September 25, 2017 2:48 am

    Okay that’s done. Aside from the final score. I had a great time and experience at Wyoming. Spent time with Dave Matlin, Coach Rolovich, Naole and John Estes. Chatted with Stephen, met Bobby Curran and John Veneri. Had a great time with Lance Tanaka and family. Met members of the Yamamoto Ohana, and visited with former teammate Rick White.
    Let’s not forget we gifted two games last year. UNLV and NM were wins turned to losses, team responded and finished strong. I strongly we believe we will improve on last years record.

  23. H-Man September 25, 2017 3:45 am

    This the face of the Warrior.

  24. Akamai Okole September 25, 2017 6:01 am

    Great Morning All!

    Nice to have Stubbs back in the rotation.

    Das it

  25. A-House September 25, 2017 7:19 am

    Colorado St is a very good football team.

    now its opponents team to feel the altitude drop to sea level and heat

    UH 27 them 21 — DBs and special teams must increase their effectiveness and cut out those stupid penalties!!! does UH have a speed burner on special team?

    kick off return for TD — kept watching the “right side” of UH and when the runner turned to his right UH players seem to keep going straight down the field

    watched part of the Air Force game — wish they could have won – rain and cold!!!

    must agree about UH play calling — seems the 1st qtr calls are repeats from all previous games — so easy to defend — its frustrating — co’m OC — be more creative!!!!!!!

  26. Maddo50 September 25, 2017 8:22 am

    Just watched the game again and two things stood out-Dejon Allens man never sniffed a tackle-not once! David Manoa played with a high motor all day. The personnel that missed and I believe it was more than three would have made a difference. In total agreement with coaches decision-sends a loud and clear message.
    Overall this was the offense and defense best physical effort and I think there’s more to come and a few more notches up-disappointed but feel good about remainder-GoWarriors!

  27. boolakanaka September 25, 2017 9:50 am

    Tough loss this weekend, when you get almost 300 yards passing, with both a 100+ receiver and rusher, you should be on the winning side. For me, the loss is placed squarely on the coaching–I think we got a tad too cute in our play-calling (creative is one thing, not relying on our guys because we are actually better, another) and penalties, which for me, is directly attributed to coaching.

    That said, we had tons of positives, and if we can clean up the penalties and get back some depth at dline, we will be ok. Naeole is doing a very solid job with the oline.

  28. Warbow September 25, 2017 10:27 am

    27boolakanaka completely agree with you. To take Dru Brown on a potential game winning drive on 3rd down to run a play that hasn’t worked all night with CM was crazy. When the game is on the line, you want your best in there, not run a play that everyone and their brother know is coming. Not going for the score at the end of regulation was wrong also. Why even call a time-out on a Wyoming 4th down then get the ball back and then run the clock out? Then in OT, we start with a 10 yard run by DSJ for a 1st down and had Wyoming on it’s heels sucking wind but yet we throw a pass on the next down for an int? Just should have ran it down their throats with RT. Coaches loss this game not the players.

  29. boolakanaka September 25, 2017 11:02 am

    28 Warbow–correct. We sometimes need to all get that sober look in the mirror –this time, the mirror clearly reflected the coaches as the responsible party. We really should have had a W on this one–but on to the next game, which has some real potential for a positive outcome. At about the 1/3 mark of the season, clearly our best players our Ursua (go Halawa) and Tavai.

  30. islandman September 25, 2017 11:19 am

    28. That run play worked the first time , Cole went for 13 yards or so.

  31. J-Dog September 25, 2017 11:41 am

    Dipped into the Cole McDonald pot 1 or 2 times too many.

    It was clearly obvious to everyone watching that McDonald was going to run. In my mind I was thinking (wishing) that perhaps it was to fool everyone into thinking he was going to run yet again, but actually was going to throw a pass for the 1st down.

    I blame the playcaller on that one, but also the replay showed that a lineman missed a key block that would have sprung McDonald free.

    Oh well, on to the next game. Hope being back in Aloha Stadium juices up the boys.

  32. Stephen Tsai September 25, 2017 12:01 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=44742

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