Milton may return to full practice next week

Mililani's McKenzie Milton may return to practice next week, according to head coach Rod York. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Mililani’s McKenzie Milton may return to practice next week, according to head coach Rod York. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Injured Mililani senior quarterback McKenzie Milton may return to full practice next week, Trojans head coach Rod York texted Hawaii Prep World on Wednesday.

“Right now, Dillon Gabriel is starting,” York texted. “He (McKenzie) is getting better. Looks like he’ll be back (taking reps at practice) next week.”

When pressed for further details, York — who is preparing for the biggest game of the year so far coming up — wrote, “Kahuku is all I’m thinking about.”

The defending state Division I and Oahu Interscholastic Association champion Trojans (9-1) play Kahuku (10-0) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Aloha Stadium.

Both teams are headed to the D-I states, which start the following weekend. The OIA champion gets a first-round bye.

According to Mark Milton, McKenzie’s father, the quarterback has been cleared to rehab and throw this week at Trojans practices.

“From what I heard, he was throwing well (Tuesday),” Mark Milton said. “We’re waiting for the doctor to clear him (for full practices and competition) next week. If that happens we’ll see how it goes. Best-case scenario is if Mililani can beat Kahuku and he comes back for the semis. We really wanted him to come back against Kahuku, but it wasn’t in the cards.

“It will all depend on what coach York wants to do (when the Trojans begin the state tournament). It’s a team game at the end of the day and we trust his judgment. Dillon Gabriel has been playing very well.”

Gabriel, a freshman, was brought up from the junior varsity squad and became Mililani’s starter in the playoffs.

Milton, the reigning Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State offensive player of the year who has given his oral commitment to the University of Hawaii, injured his right, throwing shoulder when he was hit by Kailua defensive lineman Christian Mejia during the first quarter of a 45-21 win Sept. 26.

Doctors initially expected Milton to be out 3-5 weeks, and the injury will hit the five-week mark on Saturday. Milton suffered an acromioclavicular joint separation.

Before the injury, Milton had passed for 2,000 yards and 26 TDs and rushed for 355 yards and another two TDs in seven games. Gabriel has passed for 353 yards and seven TDs in three games.


  1. LBI October 28, 2015 8:32 pm

    Awesome!! Hope the decision doesn’t backfire at any point during practice or game time. The future should be the focus no matter at what point the season is. All the best young man, I know you bring the level of play to a higher degree for your team, and as well for the opponents.

    Go Big Red!!

  2. TGOD October 28, 2015 8:52 pm

    Agreed, the future is where it’s at for Kenzie as he has accomplished pretty much everything he can in his high school career. The coaches won’t put him in jeopardy, but I hope he can make it back for states.

  3. turfwar October 28, 2015 10:17 pm

    This would be huge if he come back for the state tourney. But if not keep getting healthy and make the most of your game at the next level. As a longtime prep football fan I have enjoyed every game I have been able to see this young man play. For me he is the best I have ever seen. And I have been going to games since the 60’s at Honolulu Stadium. Good luck in your future athletic career and look forward to following your college career.

  4. RED October 28, 2015 11:17 pm

    They still need to beat Kahuku…But this is a possibility. 😉

  5. GoBigRed October 29, 2015 4:35 am

    I cannot speak for this outstanding young man or his family.

    All I know if it was MY son, I would not let him practice, play, etc until FULLY CLEARED by at least TWO doctors. Especially with a free ride for college waiting on deck.

    I hope he is fully healed and ready to roll by states. But if not, please think LONG TERM! Don’t rush back and INCREASE THE RISK of re-injuring that great arm.

    Still wish we could’ve faced him. Hopefully states. Good luck to him and his family.

  6. Manly October 29, 2015 7:14 am

    Good luck and best wishes to McKenzie in what every him and his family decides.

  7. Pomiland October 30, 2015 8:16 pm

    hoooo brah like let em play brada

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