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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, September 26, 2002

Warrior fans need a refresher

By Ferd Lewis
Advertiser Columnist

If it seems like it has been a while since the University of Hawai'i football team played here it's probably because it has.

The last time the Warriors teed it up before the home folks Randy Moss still had a good driver credit with his insurance company and the St. Louis Rams were Super Bowl favorites.

Now, by the time the Warriors come out of the tunnel Saturday night, 28 days will have elapsed since their last home appearance. Not for a decade have the Warriors spent so much time away from home at the start of the season.

With two road games sandwiched around an open date, the Warriors have logged more than 11,000 miles and eight birthdays between Aloha Stadium appearances.

Naturally, Warrior fans have some catching up to do what with all that has happened in the interim. So, how well do you know your Warriors?

As a refresher and public service before Saturday's Southern Methodist game, we offer this quiz to test your Warrior knowledge:

1. I had an offer to attend Harvard but I chose to stay home and try to play for UH. Now, I'm finally getting my chance.

2. By halftime last Saturday I had caught more UTEP passes than anybody in a Miner uniform and made more tackles than anybody in a UH uniform.

3. I have caught a touchdown pass in each game so far this season.

4. Public address announcers on the road have really messed up the pronunciation of my name, but opposing players are learning who I am.

5. After I took an interception back for 19 yards, I asked coach if he could use me at running back, where I was also an all-star in high school.

6. I've played a handful of positions already, but after my pass to Kilinahe Noa for a first down off the fake punt last Saturday, coach June Jones said I may still have a future at quarterback.

7. I was supposed to redshirt this season. Instead, I'm already making my mark on the defensive line as a freshman.

8. I turned 40 since we last played at Aloha Stadium, but the play of my unit is keeping me young.

9. I gave June Jones a shock when I revised the defensive plan just before game time. But it shook up Texas-El Paso's quarterback even more.

10. Every year I adopt a superstition to bring the Warriors luck on the road. This year it is eating chocolate yogurt.

Answers: 1. Shawn Withy-Allen. 2. Safety Hyrum Peters. 3. Britton Komine. 4. Isaac Sopoaga. 5. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa. 6. Special teams player Chad Kapanui. 7. Abu Maafala. 8. Defensive backs coach Rich Miano. 9. Defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa. 10. Sportscaster Jim Leahey.