Update 3 a.m. X-rays came back negative and he is awaiting an MRI when the specialist arrives at Pali Momi, Afe’s parents said. The bruise in the middle of his back was enough to cause some difficulty breathing, he said.
The end of a 44-8 loss to nationally-ranked Kahuku in the OIA Division I championship game was a painful one for the Farrington Governors.
After a fourth-quarter pass was overthrown, Farrington wide receiver Mosi Afe chased after Kahuku cornerback Na‘a Toara‘a and took a blindside block from Codie Sauvao during the return. A flag was thrown on the play for the illegal block and Afe laid face down on the turf at Aloha Stadium for several minutes. Trainers eventually turned him over onto his back and he was taken to Pali Momi Medical Center with a brace on his neck.
“We’re trying to find out if he’s OK, but they keep telling us to stay back,” senior Challen Faamatau said.
Coach Randall Okimoto said after Afe was transported that the senior was speaking and could move his hands and legs.
“I think it’s more precautionary,” Okimoto said.
The HHSAA D-I State Championships begin next week. Farrington, the OIA runner-up, will play an opening-round game.
“I hope Mosi is going to be OK, and hopefully he can come back next week. We really need him,” Okimoto said. “But first and foremost is his health.”
Kahuku senior cornerback Kekaula Kaniho wished Afe the best.
“Get better as fast as possible. I hope nothing serious happened. I mean, I hate to see anybody go down like that. Just pray for him,” Kaniho said.
The game was called by officials with more than 5 minutes remaining. The game was already in mercy-rule running-clock mode.
2:50 A.M. UPDATE: Afe reports X-rays were negative, he is currently waiting for an MRI. He has a big bruise in the middle of his back and had trouble breathing when he was down on the turf but playing the waiting game right now.
Saturday, 1:55 p.m. UPDATE: The MRI on his back was completed around 4:30 a.m. The results were negative, more good news for Afe, his family and the Farrington Governors. He checked out of Pali Momi and is resting at home.
“Thank you to everybody who came by the hospital and prayed for Mosi,” said his mother, Lela Afe-Passion.