HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Last Saturday's 31-21 loss to Fresno State was the final nail in the coffin for the Rainbow Warrior football team's hopes of getting an invitation to a postseason bowl game. But just because the Warriors aren't bowl eligible doesn't mean that their season is over.
The Warriors have to go games left, one on the road this Saturday at Utah State and then back at home to take on rival BYU. It would've been easy for the players to come out crestfallen this week in practice, but instead the team is taking everything in stride. At the end of the day, playing the game of football is about having fun.
"I think they're excited, obviously disappointed understanding the numbers game if wins and losses, but I think they're still excited to play football with each other and (it was) a pretty good practice," said Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich after practice earlier today. "I would've been worried if our guys came out feeling sorry for themselves, but I didn't see that."
The Warriors came out firing on all cylinders at practice. With nothing to lose at this point of the season, the only pressure to perform is coming from the team itself as they look to snap their three-game losing streak.
"I feel like the linebackers came out kinda slow, but other than that everybody came out pretty good," said linebacker Solomon Matautia. "We know this is it, two games left. So we're just trying to make the best of it."
With two games left in the season, the time for reflection is coming for the Warriors.
Wide receiver Dylan Collie loves the game of football, but appreciates the life lessons the game has taught him. He hopes that by pausing and reflecting on this season with his teammates as they prepare to take on Utah State this weekend, they'll all become better football players, as well as better people.
"We can't sit here and mope around. We can't sit here just because that bowl game is in our reach in terms of our control, but what is in our reach is how we finish and how we can go about life," Collie said. "When we look at this game in a bigger perspective and a greater picture, we understand that we learn so much from football and that's why we love it so much. And as long as we take that into it, then we're able to overcome little things like losses and that'll carry over into real life."