Historic coaching first headlines UH-Navy matchup

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - College football has been around for more than 140 years, but never in that time, has it featured a matchup like Saturday's between Hawaii and Navy.

For the first time, the two head coaches walking the sideline will be of Polynesian descent.

"Ken Niumatalolo is a tremendous football coach and, more importantly, he's a tremendous young man and he's done a terrific job," said Rainbow Warriors head coach Norm Chow. "Once the game starts, it's another opponent. Kenny's a very special friend and he's has some great values and someone you'd very much like to be like."

If the Bows would emulate anything, it'd be Navy's record.

The Midshipmen are 4-4 and two wins away from becoming bowl eligible for the fifth time during Niumatalolo's sixth season as head coach.

Navy also has a dynamic quarterback to thank for its success.

Keenan Reynolds is arguably the school's most complete quarterback in years and he runs an offense that racks up 297 yards per game.

"Navy's offense is so unique," said Chow. "So different from what we've seen. Last year, we played Air Force that one time, so the emphasis will be on making sure the defense understands their responsibilities. It's a tough job."

The Bows could see the resurgence of one of their most potent weapons.  Running back Joey Iosefa has resumed practicing and could see his first snap since injuring his ankle against Nevada.

"It's been a tough journey," Iosefa said. "This whole week, just watching the boys do work...It feels good. We have some testing going on this week and I was cutting and everything...feels good, no pain, I'm ready."

Kickoff is set for 10:30 a.m. Hawaii time and can be seen live on CBS Sports Network.

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