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Short snaps: UH vs. Central Arkansas


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POSTED: Saturday, September 05, 2009

Enos makes them count

Scott Enos felt the jitters all night.

When it mattered, though, Hawaii's new kicker put the points through the uprights.

The JC transfer connected on a 36-yard field goal with 2:21 left in the third quarter to put UH up 19-14. He also made good on both of his extra-point attempts, which totaled the Warriors' winning margin.

“;At first I felt a little bit nervous, because I'd never played in front of that many people before,”; said the junior, whose previous largest crowd was in high school. “;Some of those kickoffs, everyone's getting pretty rowdy out there. It's a little hard not to get my adrenaline flowing. I just needed to relax a little bit, and I think this game really helped me (do it).”;

His only mistake was a shanked kickoff out of bounds in the first half that allowed the Bears to start on their own 40.

 

Brand-new defense comes through

With defensive end John Fonoti sitting out after suffering a bruised knee in practice on Tuesday, the Warriors were left without a returning full-time starter for last night's game.

After the Warriors fell behind 14-2, the defense limited the Bears to six second-half points and 31 yards in the third quarter.

“;We had a bunch of new little puppies out there, but they learned a lot today,”; UH head coach Greg McMackin said.

Linebacker Blaze Soares was among the first-time starters, playing in his first game since UH's Sugar Bowl appearance to close the 2007 season. He finished with seven tackles and sacked UCA quarterback Robbie Park on a 2-point conversion attempt.

Linebacker R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane, a spot starter last season, and safeties Spencer Smith and Mana Silva led the Warriors with 10 total stops.

 

Lack of penalties pleases coach

McMackin was overjoyed about one statistic: penalties.

The Warriors were assessed a total of 5 yards on two infractions.

“;And no personal fouls,”; McMackin said.

Last year penalties of all varieties were a big problem for UH.

One was illegal procedure for 5 yards, and the other was a block in the back that resulted in a penalty of a couple of inches on a punt, since Central Arkansas had downed the ball near the UH goal.

“;I'm doing a little thing where I've learned all the officials' names and I'm very polite to them and call them by their names,”; McMackin said. “;I think I'll continue to do that.”;

 

Bears feel rush hour

Despite having a police escort, it took Central Arkansas more than an hour to get to Aloha Stadium from the Waikiki Marriott.

“;I promise you, I've seen worse traffic in New York,”; Bears coach Clint Conque said.

Fortunately for the Bears, it didn't translate to a slow start. Central Arkansas forced a Hawaii fumble less than a minute into the game and had a 7-0 lead at the 13-minute mark of the first quarter.