Mililani quarterback McKenzie Milton is out for three to five weeks with an AC joint separation in his right, throwing shoulder.
Coach Rod York passed the news on Monday morning after Milton visited a doctor.
“It’s a mid-AC separation,” York texted.
Milton’s father, Mark Milton, also confirmed Monday morning that the injury is to his son’s AC (acromioclavicular) joint. For a general medical overview of that part of the body, go here: http://bit.ly/1MCGa5G.
On the whole, it’s good news for Milton and the Trojans (6-1, 6-0), the defending OIA and state champions. The injury was severe enough that after Mililani’s game at Kailua, York thought for certain that Milton would miss the rest of the season.
Mark Milton believes a return in three weeks will probably be too quick of a turnaround time.
“The best-case scenario would be the OIA semifinals,” he said, careful to note that it’s not a given that Mililani makes it that far. The OIA championship game, if Mililani is in it, (is a more realistic timeframe).
“This might be a blessing. He got banged up in the game against Liberty in Nevada (a 76-53 loss on Sept. 4), and he’s been playing through it. It was a real physical game. This might be a time where he can heal his whole body.”
Mililani winds up its regular season on Friday at Moanalua. After that, the Trojans have an OIA playoff bye on the weekend of Oct. 9-10, followed by an appearance in the OIA quarterfinals on the weekend of Oct. 16-17, before the possibility of being in the OIA semifinals on the weekend of Oct. 23-24. The OIA title game is the weekend of Oct. 30-31 and the Division I state tournament starts the weekend of Nov. 6-7.
“As a coach of 16- to 18-year-olds, we prepare for the worst and hope for the best. We thank God and hope all is well for the Miltons,” York wrote. “We appreciate all the great support from the many that have emailed and texted to wish McKenzie the best.”
Mark Milton was relieved that McKenzie doesn’t need surgery and that no bones were broken.
“We have a really good orthopedic doctor, and he will be getting checked up in a couple of weeks to see how he’s doing,” he said.
Here’s how the Mark Milton remembers the play:
“It was around the fourth play of the game and McKenzie had just run a couple of times for about 40 yards. It was his first pass. The right defensive end, Christian (Mejia), who is a really good player, came from the edge and wasn’t blocked. In the middle of releasing the ball, McKenzie was hit on his blind side. He (Mejia) picked him up and landed him on his shoulder. It was a good play. He did what he was supposed to do. The pass was a completion for about a 29-yard gain.”
Mejia is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior.
On Friday night, after the Kailua game — a 45-21 win — Milton texted, “God is faithful!”
By Saturday, his Twitter account was deluged by teammates, friends and fans from across the state and as far away as California (via former Punahou and current Cal offensive lineman Semisi Uluave).
McKenzie Milton @McChickenzie Sep 26
Never gonna question God’s plans for me! #blessed
44 retweets 209 favorites
Milton was selected the Star-Advertiser All-State offensive player of the year in 2014. On Saturday, sophomore Kaysen Higa stepped in and threw four TD passes as the Trojans pulled out the win over the Surfriders.
At this point, Milton ranks fifth in the all-time passing yardage list.
>> 32 games (28-2 as a starter)
>> 493-for-749 (65.8 percent)
>> 6,959 yards
>> 77 TD
>> 17 INT
>> 192 carries
>> 1,740 yards
>> 18 TD
>> 8,699 total yards
His career passer rating is 173.25, one of the best in state history.
This fall, in seven games, he has completed 120 of 178 attempts for 2,000 yards, 26 TDs with three picks. His passer rating in ’15 is 206.63, which ranks as the best among QBs in the past decade.
Milton has also rushed for 355 yards on 33 carries with two TDs.