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Warriors gear up for another tough match-up

Greg Salas Greg Salas
Keao Monteilh Keao Monteilh

By Brian Ojima

MANOA (KHNL) - The University of Hawaii is still riding high after it's thrilling overtime victory over nationally ranked, Fresno State on the road Saturday.

But now the Warriors face another tough test as Louisiana Tech comes to town.

The Warriors schedule doesn't get any easier, as they face conference opponent, Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

The Warriors are a perfect 3-and-0 against the Bulldogs at Aloha Stadium. But they know that making it, 4 in a row, won't be easy.

It was back to work Tuesday morning for the Warrior players, as they turn their attention to another tough conference opponent, in Louisiana Tech.

Who can forget last year's thrilling come from behind victory by the Warriors, as they narrowly beat the Bulldogs, 45-44 in overtime to keep their perfect season alive.

The Warriors are gearing up for another tough physical match-up this weekend

"They blitzed non-stop last game, last year and it looks like they're probably gonna do that to ous again this year with full force demands and it really put the pressue on us so it's really going to be really up to the recievers, really get off to the line and make some plays," said Warrior wide reciever Greg Salas.

Quarterback, Inoke Funaki will make his 3rd start of the season for the Warriors.  And after being named the starter by coach Greg McMackin, he's gaining more confidence in his role.

"The big key is startng to come together mroe as a team and believe in each other that you go out there and do it," said Funaki.

The Warriors are 5-and-1 all time against the Bulldogs but there is reason for concern, after giving up over 300 yards rushing to Fresno State last weekend. Now the defense has the task of stopping Bulldog running backs, Patrick Jackson and Daniel Porter.

"From last year they had a combined over a thousand something yards rushing, they're great, they can move, they're not the biggest guys but they got that shake and bake," said Warriors defensive back Keao Monteilh.

With a victory over the Bulldogs, Hawaii would improve to .500 overall and 2-and-1 in the conference play.

This Saturday's game is homecoming for the Warriors and if history is any indication, it should be a good day.

The Warriors have won their last six homecoming games and eight of their last nine.


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