It wasn’t flashy, but it was the Warriors needed: A victory.
The Warriors tried flashy in the first two games, opening the playbook to pages rarely seen. But last night’s game was about field position (24 punts between the teams) and ball control (the Warriors ran 15 times on 16 first-down plays in the second half).
Scott Harding, who recovered the on-side kick with 1:54 left, was covered with ice packs after the game. He took a beating, even as a punter — c’mon, is it really OK to belt a guy, even when he rolls out, after he punts? — but continued to show why he’s UH’s defending MVP.
There is no quarterback controversy. Ikaika Woolsey has the strongest arm, mobility and a command of the offense. He is expected to start against Colorado, with Jeremy Higgins and Taylor Graham available for relief.
The Warriors might have to consider some moves at running back. Steven Lakalaka, aches and all, had 31 carries. That’s a lot of work for a back not named Iosefa. Dominique Small left the game after being hit hard and fumbling. Diocemy Saint Juste has battled ailments.
The one thing is the Warriors appear to be fit. That’s a tribute to Gary Beemer’s offseason conditioning program, and it should be helpful when the Warriors travel to Boulder, Colo., this week. Elevation is 5,430 feet.