Warriors glad to be back at .500

Bryant Moniz
Bryant Moniz
Greg Salas scores a touchdown
Greg Salas scores a touchdown
Greg Salas
Greg Salas
Rodney Bradley
Rodney Bradley

By Mike Cherry - bio | email

HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - It feels good to be back at 500.

The Warriors enjoyed their first game at the Aloha Stadium in three weeks, after destroying Charleston Southern 66-7 on Saturday night and scoring touchdowns on seven of their first nine possessions, improving their record to 2-2 on the season.

It was an evening filled with highlights in more ways than one, as several UH players either hit career-highs or career firsts in a Warrior uniform.

Quarterback Bryant Moniz completed 19 of his 27 passes for a career high 395-yards and 6-touchdowns, tying him with Nick Rolovich and Colt Brennan for most TD's in one half of play.

The Leilehua grad also ran in a score in the 3rd, giving him 7-total TD's.

Receiver Billy Ray Stutzman hauled in his first career touchdown. The St. Louis grad had a 16-yard grab in the first quarter from Moniz.

UH also played 6-quarterbacks against the Bucs and that opened the way for David Graves to toss his first career TD on a 41-yarder to Dustin Blount making the score 63-7.

On the receiving end of things, three players made more than one date with the endzone.

Kealoha Pilares hauled in 2-touchdowns for the 2nd time this season, while running back Alex Green scored once on the ground and once through the air.

But Greg Salas may have breathed the biggest sigh of relief. The senior caught his first pair of touchdowns of the season with 7-grabs for 131-yards.

"Yeah that felt good," Salas said. "Finally, four games in, it was nice I was excited. I was looking forward to it, I knew I was going to get in eventually but I was glad it was finally now, today. We still did make a little bit of mistakes but it was nice to still go out there and go up and down the field it was fun."

The only major injury of note happened to receiver Rodney Bradley in the first quarter.

The senior suffered a hamstring injury that reports say could keep him out one-to-six weeks. Coach Mack says he's optimistic he'll be able to return next week against Louisiana Tech.

The Warriors host the Bulldogs in their WAC opener at Aloha Stadium next Saturday.

The Bulldogs are coming off of a tough loss to Southern Miss.

"Might have just been the atmosphere you know," Moniz said. "It was good to be home again in front of the fans and I'm more concerned with my two picks instead of the 6-touchdowns. You can't always be perfect but it's something that you shoot for and it's something I try to strive for. I think those two interceptions kind of overshadow my two touchdowns. It's something I gotta work on this week."

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