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BYU Athletics Blog | October 2015

Samoa, fifth posting

Oct 27, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 2:00 pm | Updated: October 28, 2015 2:00 pm | Permalink

Fifth report from Brent Haring, head coach for the American Samoa National Team:

Wow, I cannot believe it is Monday morning already. We begin our journey back tonight. The last two days have been days that I don't think any of us will forget. Saturday morning we went to the stadium (there is one main stadium on island for virtually every major event) where they were holding the annual Day of the Woman festival. Brian, Kim Santiago, Coach Littlewood, and myself were all invited to sit up on the stand with the Lieutenant Governors as "distinguished" guests...as you can see we have fooled everyone here. Following the program Coach Littlewood did a basketball-refereeing clinic to all the baskets referees on the island. They were so excited to pick the brain of someone that has worked multiple NCAA tournaments. While Coach was doing that I went and ran another clinic for baseball and softball players on the island. Once again the turnout was unbelievable as many kids showed up to watch and participate. 

After the clinics we were invited by the Scratch/Ho Ching family to their land (which is unbelievable as it overlooks the ocean) for a traditional umu (bbq) where we weaved our own plates from the leaves of the coconut tree. They then taught us how to make palusami a tradition meal (taro leaves with coconut milk inside). The food was all cooked in the umu underground and there was so much of it. What an awesome experience to learn about the culture firsthand. We are so grateful that the Ho Ching family would have us over to do this. Once dinner was over we sat around and visited with one another, it truly was a highlight to get to visit with them. In true Samoan fashion through talking we came to find out that Brother Ho Ching and my father in law are pretty closely related, as such it became a family gathering as well. What an awesome experience!!

Sunday morning we were able to attend church in Pava'ia'i at the English-speaking ward where we were welcomed with open arms. That evening we did a fireside for the Pago West Stake and it was the highlight of the trip. What a blessing to be here and to interact with the youth of American Samoa and the wonderful members here. This has truly been a trip to remember and I personally am grateful to Brian and Coach for the opportunity to come with them.

Samoa, fourth posting

Oct 26, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 12:37 pm | Permalink

Fourth report from Brent Haring, head coach for the American Samoa National Team:

Today was a busy day. We did four school visits where we met with different groups of kids. Our group was humbled by the kids. Each group with the exception of one gave thanks by singing a traditional Samoan hymn. When the time came to sing they would each grab the hand of those sitting next to them and then harmonize the hymn acapella. Their voices are stunning and it really hits you right in the heart. Following the school visits the Parks and Recreation department as well as the American Samoa Basketball Association hosted a free basketball clinic that we were able to instruct at. It was a great turnout as kids came from all parts of the island. What a great day but as you can imagine we are dead tired as we were going from early this morning until late this evening. Until tomorrow!!!

Football team provides uplifting evening for prison inmates

Oct 24, 2015 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:45 pm | Updated: October 26, 2015 4:36 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team conducted a fireside on Friday night for inmates at the Utah State Prison. The annual event proved to be an uplifting experience for all involved.

The fireside opened with a beautiful musical number "Light a Candle" performed by the inmate choir. BYU senior offensive lineman Ryker Mathews and freshman outside linebacker Moses Kaumatule then addressed the room of inmates and volunteers, speaking of experiences in their lives that help them overcome challenging circumstances and always have hope. 

Junior running back Algernon Brown played the guitar while singing a heartfelt rendition of the song "Never a Better Hero" before senior defensive lineman Remington Peck led an open Q&A session where inmates were able to address questions to members of the football team or offer their own thoughts and appreciation.

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall concluded by offering some thoughts of encouragement before the team and members of the prison choir joined to sing a closing hymn "We'll Bring the World His Truth." 

Officials at the prison expressed appreciation to coach Mendenhall and the team after the event, indicating how the annual fireside has really made a positive impact on the inmates who attend.

Check out the photos below taken at the fireside. 

BYU defeats Wagner

Oct 24, 2015 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 4:05 pm | Permalink

BYU continued to build its lead when quarterback Beau Hoge scored his second rushing touchdown of the day with 8:07 left in the fourth quarter. Hoge completed 5 passes for a total of 48 yards to recievers Trey Dye, Akile Davis, Jake Zilowkowski and David Kessler on the drive.

The Cougar offense continued its attack when quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. connected with Dye. for a 47-yard completion but turned the ball over on downs later to the Seahawks.

BYU finished with 741 total yards of offense, passing for 411 yards and rushing for 330. 

Cougars lead 63-6 after three quarters

Oct 24, 2015 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 3:44 pm | Updated: October 24, 2015 3:46 pm | Permalink

On the first drive of the second half, Wagner running back Matthias McKinnon scored on a 1-yard run to put the Seahawks on the scoreboard. The extra point attempt was blocked by BYU defensive lineman Logan Taele. The Seahawk drive lasted eight minutes and eight seconds.

BYU responded with another scoring drive when quarterback Beau Hoge threw a swing pass to reciever David Kessler who took the ball 47 yards for a touchdown. The Cougars led 56-6 with 3:23 left in the third quarter.

After the BYU defense forced a three-and-out, BYU got the ball back on its own 24-yard line. Freshman quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. completed his first career pass with a 6-yard pass to reciever Josh Weeks. On the next play, running back Nate Carter carried the ball 70 yards for a touchdown to give the Coguars a 63-6 lead with 55 seconds left in the quarter.

Cougars end first half with 49-0 lead

Oct 24, 2015 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 2:45 pm | Updated: October 24, 2015 2:46 pm | Permalink

BYU's offense scored on the first drive of the second quarter to take a 35-0 lead when quarterback Tanner Mangum found reciever Mitch Mathews in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Mangum also completed passes for 46 and 19 yards to reciever Terenn Houk on the same drive. Mangum finished the half throwing 12-13 for 237 yards and three touchdowns.

A 43-yard punt return by cornerback Michael Shelton set up the next Cougar scoring drive. Running back Francis Bernard punched the ball in from the one-yard line to make it 42-0 BYU with 9:49 left in the second quarter. The 50-yard drive lasted one minute and 28 seconds.

Defensive back Jordan Preator had an interception on a 3rd and 7 to give the Cougars the ball on the Seahawk 40-yard line. Beau Hoge came in at quarterback and led the Cougars to another scoring drive, rushing seven times for 32 yards. Hoge scored his first career touchdown on a two-yard scramble giving the Cougars a 49-0 lead.

In the first half, the Cougar defense kept the Seahawks to only 37 yards of total offense. Linebacker Fred Warner had a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss while Manoa Pikula recorded five tackles. Sixteen different Cougars recorded tackles for the BYU defense.

BYU leads Wagner 28-0 after first quarter

Oct 24, 2015 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 1:52 pm | Updated: October 24, 2015 2:47 pm | Permalink

The Cougars started the game off strong against the Wagner Seahawks with quarterback Tanner Mangum completing three passes for 57 yards passes including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Colby Pearson just 1 minute and 13 seconds into the game. 

On the Cougars' second drive, running back Francis Bernard rushed for 28 yards off two carries before Mangum connected with Mitch Mathews on a 20-yard pass to make the score 14-0 with 11:28 remaining in the 1st quarter. 

The rushing attack continued for the Cougars with running back Algie Brown breaking a 42-yard run to score with 7:52 left in the first quarter. Brown broke through several Seahawk tackle attempts and dove for the pylon to make the score 21-0, capping off a 66-yard drive that lasted only one minute and three seconds.

The Cougar defense forced three-straight three-and-outs with linebacker Manoa Pikula leading the Cougars with three tackles while teammates Austin Heder, Bronson Kaufusi and Travis Tuiloma each had two two tackles. Linebacker Fred Warner also had a sack on a third down that forced a Seahawk punt. 

With 3:35 left in the first quarter Brown broke another long run, going 36 yards to the end zone to make the score 28-0 BYU. The drive took six plays and covered 72 yards. 

Getting to Know: Tuni Kanuch and Colby Pearson

Oct 23, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:50 pm | Updated: October 23, 2015 4:32 pm | Permalink

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, we had a chance to talk with Tuni Kanuch and Colby Pearson. Learn a little bit about them below.


Tuni Kanuch

Sophomore offensive lineman

Major: Exercise and wellness

Stadiums most excited to play in: All of them, but especially at home because we have a lot of fans.

One thing people don’t know about you: Manoa Pikula is my cousin. I played on little league teams with Algernon Brown.

Name: It’s Tongan. Tuni means 'Junior', so I’m named after my dad.

Other sports: I only played football in high school. I started playing baseball, but was too big. I played basketball, but got sick of being fouled out. I didn’t start football until I was 13 or 14.

Favorite actor: Brad Pitt, Tom Hardy, Will Smith

Favorite food: Meat, burgers, fish, chicken any of that stuff. I love the Cheesecake Factory and cheesecake.

Three things you did during the offseason: Train, watch film and hangout with my wife.

Role model: Mom and wife: She’s getting her PhD here in counseling psychology. I think that’s really cool because I’m not that great at school, so to see my wife trying to be the best that she can be helps me want to be the best that I can be in football and everything else. Also, Coach Wintrich. He’s a good all-around coach. He’s always there for you. He’s not too authoritative or too high to come sit in the locker room and chill with us.

Nicknames from the team: First year me and a few others were called Team Swoll. We also have different superheroes and I was known as Juggernaut, but it has phased out. Mitch Mathews calls me Tune Squad from 'Space Jam'.

Pregame rituals: Pray

Favorite football memory: Before the Texas game, six minutes before we went in, we turned up the music full blast and everyone turned up super hard and everyone was pumped and ready to play.


Colby Pearson

Junior wide receiver

Major: Exercise Science. I’m planning on going to dental school.

Stadiums excited to play at: The Big House. I’m excited to go to Michigan. But a lot of our away games are at top-notch places, so they are going to be exciting.

One thing people don’t know about you: I can play the song “A Thousand Miles” on the piano. I took piano lessons for about five years.

Other sports: In high school, I played baseball and basketball as well as football.

Favorite athlete: LeBron James. He’s the greatest.

Favorite movie: "Remember the Titans" is a classic. So is "Dumb and Dumber."

Favorite actor: Adam Sandler and Will Smith.

Walk-up song: Definitely the Darth Vader march.

Food: I like Italian food, but I’m an Idaho boy. So I always love a good steak and potatoes.

Who do you look up to: My dad. He played college football in Idaho, and he taught me everything I know. He supports me every step of the way.

Nicknames: Honey Colbs, like Honey Combs, is one of my favorites. I have a lot, like Colberto, Coolbie, Colbs, and the coaches call me Idaho.

Pregame rituals: I like to isolate and listen to music. I say a prayer as well.

Favorite football memory: My senior year in high school was when we won the state championship. It was amazing playing my last high school game with all my friends and coming out on top.

Samoa, third posting

Oct 23, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 10:45 am | Updated: October 23, 2015 7:05 pm | Permalink

Third report from Brent Haring, head coach for the American Samoa National Team:

This morning we got up and went to Pesega High School, which is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We had a great reception from Principal Leauanae and his students. We were all blown away by the beautiful voices of the students as they harmonized the hymn We Thank Thee Oh God For A Prophet. It was truly amazing. We then boarded a flight back to Pago Pago American Samoa, once again we crossed the International Dateline so we returned on Thursday, so this is our second Thursday on this trip. When we returned we had a clinic that was put together by the Parks and Recreation department as well as the American Samoa Baseball Program. The boys and girls that attended were a blast to work with! What an incredible opportunity to pass along what we have to these young kids. Tomorrow we have another busy day, can't wait to see what it brings!!

Samoa, second posting

Oct 22, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 10:40 am | Permalink

Second report from Brent Haring, head coach for the American Samoa National Team:

This morning we skipped Wednesday by flying to the island of Apia Samoa which is 25 hours ahead of American Samoa. We went to the Apia market and then drove around the island to our hotel. What a beautiful island. When we got to the hotel we each took some time to get into the ocean and pool. We then had a traditional Samoan meal with a fiafia show with the traditional singing and dancing along with a fire knife dance. Tomorrow we look forward to doing a devotional at Pesega Church School and a chance to visit the temple grounds. Tofa soifua!