UH Football victorious, 31-25, over UNLV on Senior Night

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Senior defender Jonah Kahahawai-Welch chases down UNLV Quarterback Doug Brumfield in the first half. Kahahawai-Welch was one of 20 seniors honored after the game.

The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Football Team (3-9, 2-5 MWC) sent his 20 seniors off with a 31-25 win over Mountain West Conference opponents UNLV (4-7, 2-5 MWC) in the Clarence TC Ching Athletics Complex on Nov. 19. With the win AH regained ownership of the Island Showdown Trophy, one of four rivalry trophies for which the Rainbow Warriors are playing.

Second quarterback Braden Schager led the passing game with three touchdowns and rushed 202 yards 16-for-27. Senior Tight End Caleb PhillipsSenior wide receiver Zion Bowens and junior wide receivers Tamatoa Mokiao Atimalala each caught a touchdown pass from Schager. Red shirt freshman wide receiver Jalen Valhalla led the team in receptions with five catches for 50 yards. Senior runs back Dedrick Parson led Rainbow Warrior’s ground play with 19 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Game summary

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Senior running back Dedrick Parson sealed the win with a 34-yard rushing touchdown late in the game. Parson was one of 20 seniors honored after the game.

The Rebels opened the game with a nine-game 66-yard drive that ended in a field goal. AH countered for 80 yards on his first possession in nine games and ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Schager to Mokiao-Atimalala. A Matthew Shipley With an extra point, the ‘Bows took a 7-3 lead midway through the first quarter. After a three-and-out drive by both teams UNLV converted on a 48-yard field goal to close the gap on one late in the quarter.

Both teams remained scoreless until the Rebels added a first-half touchdown at 3:17. The point after that gave UNLV We went into halftime with a 13:7 lead.

The Rainbow Warriors received the kick in the second half and conceded. An 11-yard touchdown pass from Schager to Phillips set an exclamation mark on a 12-play drive from 84 yards to putt AH Secure 14-13. A third field goal by Daniel Gutierrez late in the third quarter gave the Rebels a 16-13 lead. AH took the lead again in the game of the game – a 55-yard touchdown pass from Schager to Bowens. In subsequent possession, senior linebacker LoganTaylor picked up UNLV Quarterback Doug Brumfield.

AH took advantage of the turnover and took a 24-16 lead with a 30-yard field goal from Shipley, leaving 12-17 in the game. The Rainbow Warriors got the ball back after a miss UNLV Field goal, however, the Rebels defense fired Schager and forced a fumble that was processed for a touchdown, closing it AH lead to 24-22. After a critical turnover on Downs by UNLV with less than five minutes remaining, AH extended his lead to 31-22 on a 34-yard touchdown run by Parson. UNLV scored a field goal, but it wasn’t enough as the ‘Bows sealed their third win of the season, 31-25.


The Rainbow Warriors now head into their last game of 2022 against San Jose State (6-4, 4-3 MWC) on November 26 at 10:30 am HST.

-Through Marc Arakaki