Running backs also had a big night catching the ball as Iosefa caught an eight yard middle screen for a touchdown. He had two receptions for 18 yards. Marcus Langkilde hauled in five passes for 35 yards, and Steven Lakalaka added another for 13 yards.
During the week Wiesehan told Langkilde he might be the game’s leading receiver based on certain plays they were designing. With 5 receptions, Langkilde ended up tied for the most receptions and the third most reception yards.
With Iosefa doing yeoman’s work the past two games and Lakalaka and Langkilde rotating back in the line up, Diocemy St. Juste seems to be odd man out. Wiesehan said that is on him for not finding the times and place to use St. Juste. Wiesehan vowed that would change because St. Juste is such a great change of pace from Iosefa.
Wiesehan continued to marvel at Iosefa’s versatility beaming with “he can run, he can punt, he can throw; he is a great wildcat quarterback.” When asked if Iosefa can also kick field goals, he emphatically replied yes.
He switched to Scott Harding, pointing out how difficult it is for return teams to handle our punts. “Harding can kick right footed or left footed, and he finds ways to use up time before kicking.”
On film, Harding was timed holding the ball (he did not scramble in this one) for two seconds because the return team did not put up much of a rush. That delay helps the punt coverage to close in on the receiver. Harding punted 10 times for 382 yards, placing the ball on the one and the five. He even had on that touched a return player, who had no idea where the ball was, and was recovered by Hawaii.
Wiesehan looks forward to next year when Penitito Faalologo a 5′ 11″ 250 pound Freshman defensive lineman will be tried as a fullback. Faalologo is a classmate of Iosefa’s from Fagaitua High School in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Asked about the uncharacteristic bad snaps from center Ben Clarke, Wiesehan reported that Clarke has a Grade 2 MCL knee sprain. That makes it more difficult to place weight on his knee while snapping the ball.
Wiesehan closed with experiences at Under Armour headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. He said the people in the building were agog at the Rainbow Warriors performing the Haka on the floor. “They had never seen anything like it.”
Written by Gareth Sakakida
The luau will be held at the University of Hawai’i Athletics Complex Soccer Field.
Reception starts at 5:00 PM and dinner and & awards program at 6:00 PM.
Tickets are $50 adults / $25 children (4-12 years)
Also available are a limited number of “Warrior Tables” which provides for VIP seating, pupus, five reserved parking, and a special Nā Koa logo gift for $1,500 (10 seats).
There’ll be lots of food and entertainment and a chance for you to interact with your favorite players and coaches. Win or lose, the team deserves our support for their effort throughout the season so please plan to be there!
Photos from the Warriors 35-28 loss to the Rams of Colorado State