The Warrior Beat

Game day

April 26th, 2008

The Black team took a 17-7 lead at the half of the Warrior Bowl.

Inoke Funaki threw scoring passes of 27 yards to Malcolm Lane and, with 3 seconds remaining in the first half, 6 yards to Daniel Lofton.

Green's  Tyler Graunke threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Michael Washington.

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If you're attending today's Warrior Bowl, keep an eye on:

• Defensive end Elliott Purcell of the Black team. John Fonoti and David Veikune are clearly the Warriors' best pass-rushing defensive ends, but Purcell has the first-step quickness — "explosiveness," in football vernacular — to earn a place in the rotation.

• Left tackles Ray Hisatake and Aaron Kia. Last year's left tackle, Keith AhSoon, moved to left guard, where he's expected to remain. Hisatake and Kia, both of whom will be fourth-year juniors in the fall, are tall with long reaches. With the quarterbacks receiving snaps from under center this season, a good back-side blocker is essential.

• The Green team's offense. Nick Rolovich, the new quarterback coach, is calling the Green's plays. It will be interesting to see what the former Warrior quarterback has concocted.

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