Lane ends spring's final practice with exclamation point


POSTED: Friday, April 24, 2009

Malcolm Lane just kept on running ... with a few dozen of his friends closing fast.

The Hawaii receiver capped the Warriors' final practice of the spring yesterday by hauling in a pass from Brent Rausch and sprinting to the end zone to close a 2-minute-drill period that served as a sneak preview of tomorrow's Warrior Bowl.

“;When you're in the end zone and you score and you look back and the whole team is running down after you, that's what makes football so much fun,”; Lane said.

After about an hour of practice at Ching Field, the Warriors broke up into their teams for the spring game—Mauka and Makai—and ended their final on-campus workout by giving both sides a chance to run and defend a 2-minute drill.

Both teams started at the 30, and Shane Austin appeared to drive the Mauka team to a score when he connected with Greg Salas for a touchdown. But a penalty wiped out the play and the team eventually ran out of time at the 9-yard line when Austin caught a pass batted back to him and couldn't get another play off.

The Makai took over, and after a no-gain scramble by Rausch on first down, the junior quarterback lofted a pass down the right side for Lane, who separated from the cornerback and caught the ball in stride for a 70-yard score.

The play provided a rousing conclusion to practice and kick-started the hype for tomorrow's intrasquad scrimmage at Aloha Stadium.

“;I want this game to be as competitive as possible,”; said Lane, who traded jerseys with injured slotback Rick Taylor and wore No. 9 instead of 89. “;All of us are competitive people and everybody wants to win.

“;I know there's going to be a couple people looking for my head, but that comes with the turf.”;

Lane is a returning starter on the right side, and his run to the end zone showed he's maintained his speed despite missing about a month of offseason workouts due to illness.

“;I'm just looking forward as soon as spring is over getting right back to work for next year,”; Lane said.

The spring game will be preceded by an autograph session at 1 p.m. The scrimmage is scheduled to start at 3.

If you go ...

...Players expected to participate in the autograph session are Lane, Salas, Greg Alexander, Inoke Funaki, John Estes, Aaron Kia, Kealoha Pilares, Leon Wright-Jackson, Jeramy Bryant, Mana Silva, Spencer Smith, R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane, Brashton Satele, John Fonoti, Rocky Savaiigaea and Tuika Tufaga. ... The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet will be open during the event and fans will have to pay $1 per person (children under 12 free) to enter the stadium parking lot. Admission to the stadium is free.