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Warriors score big confidence booster after beating Bulldogs

Inoke Funaki Inoke Funaki
Greg McMackin Greg McMackin
Greg Salas Greg Salas

By Brian Ojima

HALAWA (KHNL) - The Warriors quieted any criticism that they would come out flat against Louisiana Tech, after their big overtime victory over nationally ranked, Fresno State last week.    

Energized by the home crowd on Saturday night, the Warriors looked impressive in their first scoring drive against the Bulldogs.

Quarterback Inoke Funaki, known for his running ability, called his own number and scored the first touchdown of the game to give the Warriors an early 7-0 lead.

That touchdown was set up by a long 53 yard pass to Malcolm Lane.

"Definitely a big confidence booster was that long pass to Malcolm because I think that was the first completion of the game," said Funaki.  

It was the start of a big night for Funaki who finished with a career best 224 yards passing as well as 43 yards on the ground.

"I think Inoke Funaki is outstanding, he brings so much to the table, he gives so many problems because he is so mobile," said Warriors head coach, Greg McMackin.

The Warriors scored first and never trailed as they tacked on another score on Greg Salas' 25 yard touchdown catch in the 2nd quarter.

"It's kinda late because you know if he's going to throw that ball usually I gotta go first and pop, but I guess he was waiting on the corner route and that didn't come so he just threw it up and let me try to make a play," Salas said.

The Warriors defense was just as impressive as the offense forcing 4 turnovers and blocking a field goal attempt in the 2nd quarter.

"We have a chance to be a real good football team because this team is really close, really trusts one another and really works hard with each other," said McMackin.

With the victory, Hawaii is now 6-and-1 against the Bulldogs overall and a perfect 4-0 at Aloha Stadium.  

The road doesn't get any easier this week, as the Warriors travel to Boise, Idaho to take on the WAC leading Broncos on Friday night.

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