Honolulu Havok PresserMay 10th 2018
After a close game that was won against the Buffalo Blizzard, The Honolulu Havok notched another win in their records, back to back wins. As the presser table was up and ready, Head Coach Kasey Morgan came out from the back, followed by Offensive Coordinator Delano Smith and Defensive Coordinator Kevin Ross. They all took a seat as they waited for the rest of the press to arrive into the room. After several minutes of wait time, everything was a go.REPORTER:
“Hello and welcome back, my name is Casey over at Honolulu Star and in a 35-31 victory in which there was little defense on both sides, but the end is what count and the ladies kept Blizzard from attempting a late comeback. What a way to pull that off! After that Kristina Kiker Field Goal, can you breakdown how that final drive for the lead and the win went?KASEY MORGAN:
“For sure, I always appreciate the fight our Havok girls show out there, especially in that one. Those last few minutes in play, both sides went back and forth, but thankfully after a clutch stop by the defense, we managed to get the ball and run some clock and get down the field and score that Touchdown. Much credit to Delano Smith, our OC for that draw-up to finish them off.”
Kasey, after answering and breaking down the drive, a nod to the reporter followed as the next reporter stepped up.REPORTER:
“So following up on that question, this one is for you, Mr. Smith. My name is Kevin and I’m from the Hawaiian Beat which is about the life and culture plus more down here in Hawaii. I sometimes feature Honolulu Havok in articles for the influence it has brought down here for the youth. However, my question is on that final play, was that straight from the playbook or was that something on the fly and was it the reason you called for the timeout?!”DELANO SMITH:
“We always go through our set for that week’s opponent. When it came down to that last play, we had originally called for a play we rarely ever call. However seeing their defense, I made the call for the timeout. Picked another that gave Cailey quite a few opportunities to get the ball in. Focus was on Chey and Kharma in the endzone. Adarro was covered. Tabitha was uncovered off the short Curl route. Cailey found her, and she caught it! We won. Hero!”
Delano had sat back in his chair as the next reporter came into the picture and before he proceeded to ask anything, he cleared his throat.REPORTER:
"Yes, Maceo, Sports Writer for Honolulu Times Paper. Close call after close call. Past two weeks, hair-raising I should say. No turnovers created for Havok Defense against Buffalo when so far every game besides this one, you've managed to get atleast one. Any adjustments need to be made to maybe be more aggressive-toned to force more turnovers."
Ross looked at the reporter slash Writer for the newspaper in Honolulu with a side-eye before choosing to answer.KEVIN ROSS:
"While we had our streak frozen like deers to headlights, all ‘ere matters be our girls got the job done! That's all we ask of ‘em. To the next game."
The reporter, Maceo however wasn't all the way done as he had another one seemingly for Kevin.REPORTER:
"While that is true, will there be any adjustments coming towards Phoenix Burn who sits trying to right the ship after last week’s loss?"KEVIN ROSS:
"Look ‘ere our girls work hard in ‘esearch. If you are tryin’ to say if we will take ‘em lightly? Never. They be going to be fueled after that huge loss and we will have to be on our P's and Q's don’t cha know? On the point of a mosquito. Buffalo Blizzard ain’t ’llowed turnovers in two games now, we're not the only ones ain’t able to take their 'cookies'. Maybe yer see some against Phoenix. I feels you wills. However, all ‘ere matters is that we takin’ care of business on the field."
The reporter calmly backed away after Kevin gave his answer. It didn't stop there however as the next reporter stepped in, a lady reporter this time, showcasing her pleasant smile.REPORTER:
"Aloha! My name is Karen. I work for HI-5, Channel 5 News. For the Phoenix Burn who are looking to turn things around, how will the game plan be for this week's game, Kasey?"
There was a light little chuckle in the room amongst the staff to that question as Kasey Morgan went forward into the microphone.KASEY MORGAN:
"Beat them up. Simple as that! They have been playing horrible lately. It would be unwise for us to allow that trend to not continue. We always show respect at the end but Phoenix Burn are getting punched in the mouth like every other team we’ve faced off against. There are no...breaks!"REPORTER:
"Hi, Kevin from LFL Network, Your All-Star stud QB, Cailey Carter is steady thriving well under the changes you and staff made on the Offense. Where do you feel the next change may be?"KASEY MORGAN:
"My rule is if it isn't broken, do not repair. Everything has been well. Have there been some things we could've done better? Of course! But Cailey has made it her business to challenge herself each and every week and she's continued to grow outstandingly. She has earned respect from around the league as top five Quarterback. Everything is fine the way it is."REPORTER:
"Penalties...What about Penalties?"
Another reporter from across the room shouted towards Kasey, un-introduced but Kasey went ahead to proceed to answer the question.KASEY MORGAN:
"Next time, introduce yourself before blurting out questions to be answered. Penalties, I know, it's a question that has been asked before. Five penalties for 30-something yards. 34 to be exact to their one that was twelve yards. Not cost-effectively but understandable. It's a quick fix, it will be fixed."REPORTER:
“I’m...I’m sorry Coach. Just excited to see the turn around and like everything. Actually this next question is for Coach Smith. My name is Franklin Guff, reporter for Kalani High School. I’m sorry I’m just so excited I’m even here. I uhh, I’m here with actual reporters. Ok, ok. The question. Coach Smith this is probably the first time this season your offense has the upside in the T.O.P side of things. A lot of people believe if you control the ball you control the game what are your thoughts when it comes to Time of Possession?
Coach Smith is already at the front prepared to answer. Realizing he’s just a kid kinda calms Coach Morgan while Delano gives a nod to the young reporter.DELANO SMITH:
You can play the game without taking the time. Depends on your strengths. My outlook is more field position than anything else. Hard to play if you don’t score. Hard to score with more field in front of you. Each game is same amount of time for 4 quarters. The point is playing hard and making the right decisions at the right time. We are currently 3-2 if the time of possession truly mattered with the end result it would be less wins for us. Slow start? Yes. Are we finally picking it up? Hell Yes. Our girls are full throttle from start to finish. That is all this coaching staff and our fans can ask for.REPORTER:
Thank you guys so much.
The excited youngster takes his seat leaving the floor to another.REPORTER:
While you are up there Coach Smith, I’m Jack VanVleet. Channel 7. Question for you, your WR core has been said one of the best in the past seasons for the LFL. With Cailey Carter getting in gear and Kharma and Chey being productive as always is it nice to see your other targets like Adara and even Tabitha coming along great so far in this early season?DELANO SMITH:
More than nice to see it’s great! I’m ecstatic honestly. The leadership of Kharma Del La Reye is showing and proving each and every week. It’s why she is one of our captains and one of our leaders. There isn’t an aspect of the game she doesn’t touch. Right along with her sister Rikki. They are the Twin Terrors for a reason after all and it’s always great to watch them work on both sides of the field. That said with that leadership what’s it done it made Adara and Tabby and Shae come forward in comfort and show their skills right alongside the lead. It’s something I never doubted coming into the season and I assure you it will only get better and show more as the season continues.REPORTER:
A question for Coach Morgan. I’m Sandy Jacobs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Do want to ask what do you feel you have to worry about most when it comes to the Phoenix Burn? Offensively what do you feel are their strengths? Defensively what do you feel are their strengths?KASEY MORGAN
: They seem to know how to even things out offensively which is a strength for them. Thing is all we have to do is make that turn one dimensional and that will give them a hard time. Defensively, I do think they move well but the fact our girls have been here and have the experience I believe will give us the edge. One of the best cores around I put my money on it and I know we will remain hungry even in the dry heat of Phoenix. Our thirst will only be quenched by a W.
After that, there was a brief amount of silence in the room, each getting tough questions asked their way but as time elapsed, Kasey looked around.KASEY MORGAN:
"Well if that is it for the week, I appreciate you all for the intelligent Questions. Glad we could provide you all with an answer. Time to get to work. See you next time!”
With that, the trio arise from their seats, feeling the pain that is felt when one sits too long, the slight shot of stiff pain inserted, showing as they made their exit from the room. The people, the cameras all made their exit.