AJ Ulufale left it all on the field on Saturday at Kozuki Stadium.
The Pac-Five senior, who has taken turns at wide receiver, running back and quarterback for the Wolfpack this season, rushed for a game-high 158 yards on 29 carries in a 34-0 loss to ‘Iolani.
He did so with a cast on his broken left hand. Doctors told Ulufale not to play, but he didn’t listen.
“This might be my last time playing football and I’m not gonna quit on my teammates,” Ulufale said. “I did everything I could for my team.”
Ulufale injured his hand in a Sept. 23 matchup against St. Francis while playing quarterback. It’s limited him to running back, although he is still the team’s leading passer with 373 yards and three touchdowns. He also has six receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns this season.
His 158 rushing yards are eighth-most in school history in a single game. Only two players (Keoni Tom-Millare, Shandon Augustus) have rushed for more yards in a Pac-Five uniform since 1983.
The Wolfpack (1-7, 0-6 ILH Division II) enter Friday’s playoff matchup against Damien as heavy underdogs, where Ulufale will be counted on again for another workhorse performance.
“He’s a warrior. He played with that big cast on his hand and he was getting hit and just kept on playing,” Pac-Five coach Kip Botelho said. “That’s the kind of kid where we wish we had more of him.”
The Wolfpack have been undermanned all season. Ulufale was forced to play quarterback after Tyler Fukuroda suffered a season-ending injury.
Pac-Five forfeited a game for the first time ever, against Damien last week, but came back to give ‘Iolani a game before the Raiders pulled away late.