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Friday, November 19, 2004



[ WARRIOR FOOTBALL ]


Broadway has groin
pull, may sit

Another day, another injury or two for the Hawaii football team.

Landon Kafentzis might start at free safety against Idaho tomorrow, as Lamar Broadway has suffered "a slightly pulled groin," defensive coordinator George Lumpkin said.

Idaho at Hawaii

When: Tomorrow, 6:05 p.m.

Where: Aloha Stadium

Tickets: $24 sideline, $19 south end zone, $10 north end zone (adult), $9 north end zone (senior citizens), $9 north end zone, $3 UH students and children ages 4-18. Available at Aloha Stadium, Stan Sheriff Center, UH Campus Center, RainBowtique at Ward Centre, and Windward Community College's OCET Office. Or call (808) 944-2697 or go to hawaiiathletics.com on the Internet.

TV: KFVE (Ch. 5), delay at 10 p.m., rebroadcast Sunday at 9 a.m. Also available live on pay-per-view. Call 625-8100 on Oahu or (808) 643-2337 on neighbor islands.

Radio: Live, KKEA, 1420-AM.

Parking: Gates open at 2:30 p.m. Parking is $5. Alternate parking at Leeward Community College, Kam Drive-In and Radford High School.

Traffic advisory: 1420-AM is the official traffic advisory station and provides updates before each home game.

Bus: Roberts Hawaii School Bus will run shuttles to and from the stadium with pick-ups at several locations. Call 832-4886 for information and reservations.

Also, the Warriors' depth at linebacker could be affected by yet another hamstring injury, this one to Chad Kapanui, the former starter on the strongside.

If Kapanui can't go, it especially affects the special teams, since he plays on all of them.

The defense is already missing cornerback Abraham Elimimian (hamstring) and linebackers Ikaika Curnan (high-ankle sprain) and Tanuvasa Moe (hamstring) from the starting lineup.

The loss of Curnan from the starting lineup at middle linebacker the past five games might be the biggest blow for the defense. He was the team's leading tackler last year.

Curnan feels he could play tomorrow, but it could endanger him from being able to participate against Northwestern and Michigan State the following two weeks.

"Whatever Coach says, goes. I'm not 100 percent. High-ankle sprains take a long time to heal," the junior from Kauai said.

In retrospect, Curnan said he came back too early when he tried to play three weeks after the injury.

"Definitely," he said. "I took three shots of Novocain for the Boise State game. I would definitely have liked a bye week."

On another injury note, receivers coach Ron Lee said junior wideout Ian Sample is not expected back this season. He injured a shoulder Oct. 17 at Texas-El Paso. At the time, the diagnosis was Sample might return in three weeks.

He played in two games, catching seven passes for 71 yards.

Little big man: In a season of disappointment and underachievement, one UH player has stood out above his teammates with consistently strong performances. And he's one of the shortest Warriors.

Michael Brewster, the 5-foot-5, 185-pound senior from Houston, rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in Hawaii's 70-14 loss at Fresno State last week.

Brewster leads the Warriors with 549 yards rushing and six touchdowns.

"Work ethic, passion, intensity," running backs coach Wes Suan said. "He's dedicated in the weight room and in preparation such as blocking schemes. He's really parlayed his talent."

Brewster said his blocking responsibilities won't change because of alterations to the UH offensive line this week, including moving left guard Samson Satele to center and inserting Hercules Satele at left guard for the second-year freshman's first start.

"Everybody out there knows what they're doing. I believe in everybody on the field," Brewster said. "I'm just doing my part. Hopefully I can do my part against Idaho."

Closing in: Idaho senior receiver Bobby Bernal-Wood has 87 receptions this season.

The school record is 95, set by Jerry Hendren in 1969.

What a deal: Tomorrow's game is being billed as "Family Night" by UH. Children ages 4-18 can get in for $3, compared to the normal price of $9.

Also, the second of four sets of Warriors trading cards will be given to the first 10,000 fans to enter the stadium.

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