Soli Afalava thinks he might be playing when the Kahuku football team plays McKinley in an OIA Red East matchup on Friday.
It may or may not be wishful thinking, and it depends on who you talk to on how long the Kahuku sophomore running back will be out of action.
Afalava, who has rushed for 363 yards and three touchdowns in four games for the Red Raiders (3-2, 3-0), tore ligaments in his shoulder against Moanalua on Sept. 7, according to Kahuku coach Reggie Torres. Afalava did not play in last Friday’s 48-13 homecoming victory over Castle.
Standing on the sideline before the game with his arm in a sling, Afalava confirmed he had torn shoulder ligaments, but also added that he broke his collarbone.
“Coach wouldn’t let me practice (last week), but I want to see if I can get out there next week.”
Torres said such a quick return is highly unlikely and that the scheduled return is Nov. 4, which would be during the postseason.
“Soli is going to rehab it and we’ll see if we can get him ready and out there sooner (than Nov. 4),” Torres said.
The running back position is not a pressing need at the time for the Red Raiders, who used 12 ballcarriers to rush for 204 yards against the Knights.