Leilehua’s Watson to have season-ending surgery

2016 October 8 SPT - HSA Photo by Bruce Asato  -Leilehua’s Charles Moku Watson hauls in a long pass for a first down behind Aiea’s Austin Mogote in the second quarter of their game at Hugh Yoshida Stadium,  Friday, Oct. 8, 2016.
2016 October 8 SPT – HSA Photo by Bruce Asato -Leilehua’s Charles Moku Watson hauls in a long pass for a first down behind Aiea’s Austin Mogote in the second quarter of their game at Hugh Yoshida Stadium, Friday, Oct. 8, 2016.

The Leilehua Mules can rock and roll with some of the most explosive foes in the state.

That much is true, even on a night when the mighty Mules had to begin life without one of the top two-way performers in the islands. Charles Moku Watson, their standout defensive back/wide receiver, didn’t dress for the game against No. 7 Mililani on Friday. Watson, who recently decommitted from Washington State, will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum on Tuesday according to Leilehua coach Nolan Tokuda.

The Mules did what they could, leading 21-20 late in the first half before losing 63-42 at John Kauinana Stadium. Jerome Holiday, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior, stepped up in Watson-like fashion. Holiday hauled in two touchdown passes and knocked away a fourth-down pass attempt from Dillon Gabriel to Andrew Valladares.


There was no way, though, to overcome the absence of Watson. The 6-2, 190-pound senior has 10 scholarship offers: BYU, Colorado, Fresno State, Hawaii, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Washington State.

The OIA playoffs are done for Leilehua (4-7), which had already qualified for the HHSAA Division I state tournament.

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