There was yelling, no-pause action, and three players were ousted for “lollygagging.”
In other words, it was a productive Tuesday practice.
“We made it hard,” head coach Norm Chow said of the Warriors’ first practice in four days. “We wanted it hard. They hung in there. They sucked it up. It’s going to be hard. We’re raising the bar.”
Chow had set two goals for yesterday’s practice: 1) Maintain the intensity and focus, and 2) Work on tackling.
Chow noted there were several missed tackles in last Friday’s scrimmage. “It’s not their fault,” Chow said. “We didn’t practice tackling (enough). That’s what we tried to do (yesterday).”
The Warriors will have scrimmage-like sessions in their next two practices — tomorrow on the grass field and Saturday at Maui’s War Memorial Stadium.
• Quarterback Jeremy Higgins apparently has ascended to No. 2. There were screams of approval, from his grandmother and auntie, after each of his pass completions yesterday.
• There is the belief the pro-set offense is a set offense. Not so. The Warriors have multiple formations, from double tight ends to an empty set. An impressive sight is running back Joey Iosefa taking off on a downfield route. Good luck to the defender who has to cover Iosefa in the open field.
• Iosefa also serves as the personal protector on punts. Iosefa, a former high school quarterback, is the Warriors’ Tim Tebow.
• T.J. Taimatuia has moved from weakside linebacker to middle linebacker. He was on the first-team defense yesterday.
• Yesterday’s opening defense: DE Beau Yap, DT Haku Correa, DT Geordon Hanohano, DE Paipai Falemalu, SLB Art Laurel, MLB T. J. Taimatuia, WLB George Daly-Lyles, CB John Hardy-Tuliau, FS Bubba Poueu-Luna, SS Leroy Lutu, CB Dee Maggitt.
• DT/NT Mose Samia, who is having a good spring, is considered part of the starting rotation.
• Calen Friel resumed practicing yesterday, and he did well in defensive drills. When he’s up to speed, he’ll be in the rotation at one of the interior-line positions. There are murmurs that Friel would be a nice fit on the depleted offensive line.
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Chow and his assistant coaches will be answering viewers’ questions during tonight’s made-for-TV event, “Let’s Do This Together.”
It airs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on KFVE the Home Team and Oceanic Sports 12.
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Happy birthday to Glendalyn Junio.
Also happy birthday to the creator of a great comment (“It’s better than statehood”) and great senior-night dunk — David Hallums, Pearl City High’s head football coach. To recap: Hallums grabbed the side of the backboard with his left hand, pulled himself up, kissed the backboard and dunked. And that’s how you raise the bar.