By Jason Tang - bio | email
MANOA (KHNL) - He'll light you up on the football field, just ask any player that's had the pleasure of meeting Blaze Soares. His name fits him perfectly, and believe it or not, it's not a nickname.
"My dad had a childhood friend, it was one of his best friends, this game named Blazen Bonds and my dad was talking about him with my mom and my mom decided to take Blaze from Blazen and that's how I ended up getting my name," said Soares.
After sitting out last year with an injured ligament in his left calf, Blaze is back with a vengeance. He leads the team in tackles with 37, and the scary thing is he's only getting better
"I guess I was just blessed to live up to what my names means, I was just one of those fortunate guys that got picked with the right name for me," said Soares.
His name is just right, but there's something in his blood as well. His cousin is R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane, and together the two seniors lead the relentless Warrior defense.
"We also wanted to play with each other, and it's great for the family too, to see two cousins playing, and having each other backs, I don't think you can get better than that," said Soares.
Blaze says his athletic genes comes from his father, who was a star football player at Campbell high school. But don't worry Mom, he knows he pulled from your side too.
"I might have got all my athletic ability from my dad, but I got my mom's brains you know, she can talk she's a good talker, so that's what I took from her, and the good looks," said Soares.
Blaze and the Warriors return to Aloha Stadium on Saturday when they host WAC rival Fresno State at 5pm.
The Bulldogs will bring another heavy dose of running to challenge the Hawaii defense, but Blaze says the defensive unit won't be embarrassed again.
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