(HAWAII ATHLETICS) —The University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors football team capped off its third season of spring practices under head coach Nick Rolovich on Saturday afternoon with the "Warrior Spring Game" at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex.
"This is how we wanted things to be," said Rolovich. "We had guys playing with intensity throughout the spring and into today. We want that same mentality to carry into the fall. As for today, we had a lot of fun. There were a lot of familiar faces and alumni walking around, and it's good to have all these guys on campus, it's what days like today are all about."
Throughout the afternoon the 'Bows showcased various skill drills, seven-on-seven, and green versus white scrimmages. The defense stood tall with a mixture of big plays and the ability to keep the offense contained.
Junior Kalen Hicks and sophomore Zach Wilson each nabbed interceptions in the secondary during scrimmage play, while junior linebacker Jahlani Tavai and sophomore linebacker Penei Pavihi were able to get into the backfield to record sacks.
Offensively sophomore Cole McDonald and freshman Jeremy Moussa saw the majority of the snaps at quarterback. McDonald used his feet on more than one occasion to break free from the pocket. Moussa found success through the air completing several passes of 15 or more yards, including a touchdown pass inside the red zone to junior tight end Dakota Torres from the five-yard line.
Junior wide receiver Cedric Byrd stole the show as he maneuvered his way through the defense finding space and making people miss throughout the afternoon, accumulating upwards of 10 catches.
"Today felt good, the entire spring felt good," said sophomore J.R. Hensely. "We had some changes from the end of the season to the start of spring ball and a lot of us took ownership when it came to adjusting and learning a new system. When we come out here and have a spring as we did, it makes you feel good heading into the offseason."
Shortly after the scrimmage fans were able to meet with their favorite players during an autograph session putting a close on the day.
Student-athletes will now look towards finishing up the spring semester with classes coming to an end and finals fast approaching.
The 'Bows will return for fall camp in August and will open the season on the road at Colorado State on August 25th. The first of seven home games will be on September 1st against Navy; season tickets are on sale now.