Warriors get crushed In Florida

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - With Saturday's game being played on the east coast, Hawaii football fans were out early to watch the Warriors and Gators square off on T.V. at dawn.

As early as 6:00 a.m., fans were perched in their seats at bars and restaurants across Oahu. It's the start of the UH football season, and if east coast fans can stay up late to watch their teams when they play in Hawaii, Warrior fans can sacrifice a couple hours of sleep to support their team.

"Getting up at 5:00 a.m. on a Saturday to watch UH football, nothing's better!" said Football Fan Bob Schuessler.

"I'm a real early morning person, so this was a real treat to get up and watch them early in the morning," said Football Fan Lynn Wong.

There were some highlights, but mostly low-lights if you're a Hawaii fan. And it was disappointing for some who got up at the crack of dawn, only to watch Florida put the game to bed early.

"Unfortunately it's not turning out the way we expected, so I guess our mood has gone down a little bit so we're not enjoying it as much," said former UH Football Player Marlowe Lewis.

The Gators were a heavy favorite coming into the game verses the Warriors, and even though Florida fans were making most of the noise, some were just happy the football season has finally kicked off.

"It's great to see all the people rooting, even the Florida people, we don't mind them, we love college football," said Schuessler.

It was rude awakening for the Warriors on this opening day of the 2008 football season, but with seven home games on the schedule, their fans can look forward to cheering them on at Aloha Stadium.

The Warriors played before 90,000 fans, the second largest crowd to ever watch a UH football game.