Kahuku senior starting quarterback Tuli Wily-Matagi suffered a concussion during a running play in Friday night’s 20-7 OIA championship game loss to Mililani.
“I was diagnosed with a concussion,” Wily-Matagi said after the game. “I am going to try my hardest to get back. (Backup) Samuta (Avea) did a great job out there.”
The loss of their senior leader was a big blow to the Red Raiders, whose offense tailed off with the sophomore Avea, who saw limited action in the regular season.
Salanoa Alo-Wily, a two-way force for Kahuku, who was severely disappointed after the loss, also gave props to Avea.
“He didn’t get many reps during the week, and he didn’t know what to expect,” Alo-Wily said. “He did a good job, and now he knows what it’s like in a big game.”