Warriors prepare for another big rival against Fresno State

Ron Lee
Ron Lee
Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin

By Jason Tang - bio | email

HALAWA (KHNL) - The road to a repeat conference championship doesn't get any easier for the University of Hawaii football team.

Two out of their next three games are on the road against top 25 opponents.

And while the team isn't panicking, they know now is when they need to put it all together.

"Funaki throws sideline pattern, it's picked off!"

It wasn't pretty, but at least the Warriors are honest.

"As bad as we played on offense, we played hard, but as bad as we played we still got close to 400 yards, we have to execute, take what teams give us and I'll think we'll be okay," said Ron Lee, Warriors offensive coordinator.

Despite Hawaii's latest loss, the team is still confident in their potential.

"We just have to go out there and play smart, like Coach Ron was telling us, if we play smart we would've beat this team by a lot, San Jose State," said Kealoha Pilares, Warriors wide receiver.

The Warriors prepare for another big rival against conference foe Fresno State in California.

And UH isn't worried about the Bulldogs being ranked in the top 25.

"I think it's a great challenge because we've faced really what I thought two top ten teams, but that's who you want to play, you want to play the best," said Warrior head coach Greg McMackin.

And their best is what the Warriors will need to be at if they want to walk away winners on Saturday.

"Defensively they've got their hands full, Fresno State has a heck of an offense, we gotta step up on offense, hold the ball, keep them off the field and score."

The Warriors won't dwell on the negatives, instead they're looking to stay positive.

"This is a fun time to be on this team, because the only place we can go is up from here."

The Warriors depart for Fresno Thursday.

Kick off for that game is at 4pm Hawaii time on Saturday.

It's available live on Pay-Per-View, or you can catch the rebroadcast of it right here on the home team on Saturday night at 9:30.