Kamehameha quarterback Thomas Yam is out for the season with a broken collarbone, according to numerous sources close to Warriors football.
Yam, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound sophomore, was having a brilliant season. Through four games, he was 58-for-93 and nine touchdowns passing with only three interceptions for the fifth-ranked Warriors (3-1). He also had rushed for 230 yards and four TDs.
Yam was hurt late in Saturday’s 31-27 loss to No. 1 Saint Louis while scoring on a 1-yard run, his third rushing touchdown of the game. The injury occurred at the goal line on a hit by Saint Louis linebacker Dylan Toilolo, who was flagged for a personal foul on the play.
Calls to Kamehameha head coach Doug Cosbie and athletic director Glennie Adams were not returned as of Tuesday afternoon. Hawaii Prep World is also awaiting a call from Yam’s parents for a possible comment.
On Tuesday, Saint Louis head coach Cal Lee wondered why Toilolo was penalized and said he thought he was just trying to make a play at the goal line.
“It’s unfortunate that he (Yam) got hurt,” Lee said. “He’s (Toilolo) a good kid.”
Lee also said one of his players, Crusaders running back Jonathon Manalo, will be lost for the season with a leg injury after incurring a hit in the Kamehameha game. Manalo, who scored five touchdowns a year ago as a junior, rushed for 56 yards on 10 carries in three games this season.
Earlier this season, Yam set the Kamehameha record for passing yards in a game with 323 along with four touchdowns in a 53-0 home win over Baldwin.
While the injury is a big blow to the Warriors’ offense, they have a more-than-capable replacement in Fatu Sua-Godinet, a former starting QB who has been playing slotback and diversifying the attack.
Sua-Godinet has seen only spot duty at QB this season. At slotback in just two games, he has caught six passes for 25 yards and rushed for 21 yards on five carries. In 2014, as a junior, he passed for 1,225 yards and nine TDS, and as a sophomore, he threw for 928 yards and nine TDs.