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‘Bows football completes inaugural ‘Island Day’ Spring game under head coach Timmy Chang

It was the sights and sounds of football.
Published: Apr. 17, 2022 at 6:53 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was the sights and sounds of football.

As the Rainbow Warriors football team rocked the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex Saturday night during their ‘Island Day’ Spring game, a simulated gameday experience full of food, drinks, music and a full on game that saw team “Black” facing off with team “White”.

“You know I really liked a lot of things you know, these guys came out here and competed.” Coach Timmy Chang told reporters following the game. “They loved playing with each other, now there’s going to be mistakes of course, we get to go back and watch the film and correct, these guys got to keep going this is only practice 12 for us.”

With a final score of 27-24, the White squad got the win, thanks to a breakout performance by Campbell alumni, wide receiver Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala, who completed the hat trick with three touchdowns.

“I put a lot of hard work in myself, so just seeing it work.” Mokiao-Atimalala said. “You know I got to contribute to everybody, they did their job, it’s 11-man football so they all did their job and I did my job and that’s how you get it done.”

On the other side of the ball, the ‘Bows in Black were helped by a couple key takeaways from Kapolei graduate, safety Leonard Lee, who snagged two interceptions.

“It felt good, it felt good to just play football and get a chance to play.” Lee said. “So I mean I got to thank my coaches again and my teammates, coach is really doing a good job of coaching us up and then putting us in spots to make plays and be successful.”

Off the field there was just as much, if not more excitement as UH lower campus was a buzz all afternoon with multiple venders spread out across he complex, coupled with a free concert by Rebel Souljahz.

Bringing fans, families and alumni back together for a full on party in Manoa.

It was the realization of the dream coach Chang had of bringing life back into the program.

“Having Timmy home and the way he he’s running everything now is so great.” Former UH safety Leonard Peters said. “Look at how much alumni are here with their family and friends, you know we’ve got a lot of young, young teams out here, 30 kids you know all for free.”

“It’s probably better than what I envisioned, for it being the first time that we we’ve done this it was amazing.” Coach Chang said.

The ‘Bows close out spring practices this week as they look to their season opener against Vanderbilt on August 27th.

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