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Warriors focus on getting back on winning track

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By Brian Ojima - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - It's back to business for the University of Hawaii football team, as they try to get back on the winning track.

The Warriors say they've put the loss at Boise State behind them and are now focusing on their home game against Nevada.

It's a stat that frustrates head coach, Greg McMackin; 6 points. That's the total number of points the Warriors have scored in the 2nd half of their 4 conference games this season.

The Warriors know that won't be enough, if they hope to beat a Nevada team that's won 3 of their last 4.

"In their wins they score 44 points," said McMackin.  "So we're gonna have to open things up and play ball."

Quarterback, Inoke Funaki, who threw five interceptions against Boise State last weekend, is still the starter. But don't be surprised to see the Warriors go with a combination of quarterbacks against the Wolfpack.

"We're gonna get a pure passer ready, do some things with Inoke, and change some personnel."

Those changes are likely to occur on the punt return team where the Warriors have lost a total of 4 yards on 12 punts this season.

"When the guy catches it he's not getting any yardage. So we're either not blocking or he's not running."

Coach McMackin says that winning a conference title, while still mathematically possible, is no longer one of the team's goals.

Their focus is on getting better every week and making it to the Hawaii Bowl.

"I'm sure not gonna give up on these players and these coaches. Because they're fighting their tail off," said McMackin.  "We're not gonna panic. I hope the fans don't panic because this is when we need them."

And the Warriors hope the fans will pack Aloha Stadium this Saturday night.

UH will be without running back, Healoha Pilares, who is battling a sprained right foot.

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