McMackin says Warriors football season far from over

Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin

By Jason Tang - bio | email

GAINESVILLE, Florida (KHNL) - Warrior football season kicked off this past weekend, and though it wasn't the debut University of Hawaii head football coach Greg McMackin hoped for, despite the 56-10 loss to Florida, he believes his team can gain a lot from this experience that will better them as the season progresses.

"The first ever meeting between the Gators and the Warriors, and the home team takes it 56-10."

They're two days removed from one of the biggest losses in UH history.

Warrior head football coach Greg McMackin had only four words to say regarding the loss.

"I have no excuses."

No excuses, but he did have an explanation.

"We can't have six turnovers and win a ball game, and that's what happened to us."

The Warriors are not the experienced team they were last year.

And opening the season with one of the top teams in the country will only make them better.

"You improve the most between your first and second game, I'm glad we played a good football team, and now we have to correct from the mistakes we made."

One of the changes Coach Mack will make is at quarterback. Kahuku standout Inoke Funkai will get the nod after his 4th quarter performance.

"Funaki, nobody can catch him, touchdown!"

"When Inoke was told he was the third guy, he didn't cry, he didn't whine, he just tried to make the other guys better and when he got his opportunity he made the most of it, and that's what I respect about him, and that's why he's going to get his shot."

This Saturday the Warriors play Weber State in their home opener, and Coach Mack wants to reassure fans, this season is far from over.

"We're still going to win the WAC and we're still going to win a Bowl game."

Coach Mack also hopes fans will come out and support the team.

He says Weber State won't be as easy a game some people think it will be.

Plus, it will also be a homecoming of sorts for more than a dozen Hawaii players who went to Weber State.