Rico Rosario rushed for 1,266 yards and 15 touchdowns as a Waianae junior running back last season, so many people wondered why he didn’t play in a season-opening, nonleague, 49-7 home loss to Waianae last Saturday.
Rosario said Tuesday night that he did not play in the game for two reasons. One, he broke a team rule, and two, he had an elbow injury suffered in a scrimmage against Punahou.
Rosario also said that his absence is temporary. He has not been told by coaches exactly when he can return to his running back position on the field, but that it could be as soon as the Seariders’ next game, which is Saturday at home against Kapolei.
Head coach Walter Young could not be reached for comment, and Waianae athletic director Kekoa Kaluhiokalani, while not giving any specific information on Rosario’s date of return, confirmed that Rosario’s absence is not a long-term thing.
Rosario also finished 2016 with 187 receiving yards en route to being named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State first team. He helped lead the Seariders to an appearance in the inaugural Open Division state tournament.