No structural damage to Paama’s knee

Kaimuki two-way standout lineman Sama Paama is headed to the University of Washington next year. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

An X-ray revealed no structural damage to the injured knee of Kaimuki lineman Sama Paama, Bulldogs coach David Tautofi said on Sunday morning.

“He’s doing OK. Thank God the X-ray was good,” Tautofi said of Paama, who was able to board the Bulldogs’ 11 p.m. flight back to Oahu from Lihue on Saturday.

Kaimuki lost to KIF champion Kapaa on Saturday afternoon, 20-12, in the Division II semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships. Paama, who had five tackles and played the entire game two ways, was injured on Kaimuki’s final offensive play while chasing down Kapaa’s Stetson Telles-Kelekoma after an interception. A Kaimuki player went for a tackle and missed Telles-Kelekoma, hitting Paama on the front of a knee.

Tautofi said there is still a chance there is a “PCL issue.”

“Thankfully, it’s not an ACL or MCL tear,” he added.

Paama’s mother, Ana, said her son will see a specialist on Monday. The 6-foot-4, 355-pound two-way lineman who also handled some kickoff duties, committed to Washington earlier in the year. He faced Brigham Young commit, Eli Unutoa of Kapaa, during the Division II semifinal game on Saturday.

Unutoa committed to the Cougars in late October over offers from Colorado State, Fresno State, California, Iowa State, Hawaii and San Diego State


  1. Bone 1 November 19, 2018 7:57 am

    Get well soon, can’t wait to watch you and Tui Rip it up at da “W”…. G2G

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