Spring fling is a showcase, but not a finished product for Rainbow Warriors

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This Saturday's spring game is an opportunity for fans to catch a glimpse at next year's Rainbow Warrior football team. But when push comes to shove, fans will only be getting a taste of what the new-look Run and Shoot offense will look like.

Despite a month of practices, the Warriors still have a lot to work on offensively - but that's not a bad thing.

The team has made strides on both sides of the ball this spring, but the offense struggled at times with new quarterbacks, new receivers, new offensive linemen, new running backs and a new playbook.

But over the past few practices, chemistry has developed. And running back Freddie Holly III sees that when he steps inside the huddle during practice.

"I'm actually really proud. Our offense, we just have more of a bond this year," he said. "Everything's clicking with the quarterbacks, with the receivers, like the chemistry is there and it's built. I'm just excited for this upcoming season - it should be a good one."

Quarterback Cole McDonald called this year's spring practice a "spring of growth" for a number of reasons. McDonald, who is competing for the starting job under center this fall, understands that even a good showing this Saturday guarantees him nothing.

"Personally, it's just another practice. It's a game-like situation but you can't say anything until you hit game one and we start winning," he said. "Nothing's set in stone and for me personally, it's just about sharpening my craft, sharpening the boys' craft, coming together as a group and as a collective unit. You can say I had a good spring game but what does that mean you're losing nine game during the season?"

The Warriors will be hoping to do better than a nine-loss season this fall, but building towards a winning season will begin this Saturday.

Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.