Warriors Ready to Tackle Bulldogs

MANOA (KHNL) - Work off some of the rust and slowly, get back into game shape.

That's the plan for the Warrior football team as it resumes practice, getting ready for the Georgia Bulldogs, and the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.

Running. Running. And more running.

It's a welcome activity, after what these student athletes dealt with during the week.

"Finals, we all know about that," said Ryan Grice-Mullen. "Now we can sleep in a little longer, and get ready, and just concentrate on football, and the big game."

"We had a lot of running," said Michael Lafaele. Coach Mel (DeLauria) wanted to get our speed and quickness back."

The Warriors resume practice this week, after playing their last game two weeks ago. They're taking it slow.

"It's just about coming out, getting back to practice mode and getting all the kinks out from not really doing anything for the last week or so," said Colt Brennan.

Right now, the Bulldogs are concentrating on the same.

"We have to be in shape," said Bulldog safety Kelin Johnson. "If we're not in shape, it's gonna be a long night."

So it's easy does it, before heading to the big easy. But just for a few days.

"We'll see if they're enthusiastic by Wednesday next week," laughed June Jones.

Warriors start getting serious next week. So so serious, head coach June Jones is closing them to the public for the first time ever.

He says it's because he wants to keep the team focused for the biggest game in school history.