Warriors set to kick off home season game with Wildcats

Cameron Higgins
Cameron Higgins
Ron McBride
Ron McBride
Inoke Funaki
Inoke Funaki

By Howard Dashefsky - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - After a sound beating on the road at the hands of 5th ranked Florida, the UH Warrior football team kicks off it's home season Saturday night against Weber State out of Utah.

The team arrived Thursday and went directly to Aloha Stadium.

It's a familiar setting for 10 Wildcat players who still call Hawaii home, but now suit up for Weber State.

A testament they say to Coach Mac, not Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin, but Weber State head coach Ron McBride

"He likes the Polynesian players and he just makes us feel at home," said Cameron Higgins, Weber State quarterback. "For guys that didn't get a shot a UH he's there for you."

The former University of Utah head coach has recruited Hawaii players since the mid 60's.

And Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin once served as one of his assistants.

Bottom line, he knows Hawaii, and Hawaii's brand of athletes.

"They're a natural for the game," said Weber State head coach Ron McBride. "They like to hit and they contact and they're competitive. It's a natural and they're great kids."

One of those kids he knows all too well is Inoke Funaki. Coach McBride remembers watching Funaki play for Kahuku.

Now several years removed from his Red Raider days, Funaki stands ready to make his first career start as a Warrior.

"I've been here a couple years now and there's things I need to get better at," said Funaki. "But over all I have a good idea of what goes on on the field and I have to just go out and execute and do what coaches tell me and just trust what they tell me."

Kickoff is set for 6:05 Saturday evening at Aloha Stadium.