Standout sophomore quarterback Luca Diamont of Venice learned last week that he will miss the 2017 season.
Diamont suffered a minor skull fracture when he fell off a golf cart in July. He hoped he could return before this season ended, but his doctor reconfirmed that the injury requires four to six months to heal, his father, Don, said Sunday.
"He still held out hope and I didn't want to crush his hopes," Don said. "You look at him and you wouldn't think there's a thing wrong."
In many ways, Corona Centennial's 40-20 defeat to Florida's IMG Academy on Saturday night in the Honor Bowl at San Diego Cathedral Catholic might end up being a victory.
Yes, things looked pretty bleak. All-star quarterback Tanner McKee went down with an ankle injury midway through the first quarter. The backup quarterback, Ala Mikaele, was taken off in a stretcher after a helmet to helmet hit in the second quarter.
Despite that adversity and facing a team made up of all-stars from 29 states and 12 countries, Centennial battled and fought and showed the kind of character needed to succeed later in the season.
Punahou's trip from Honolulu proved successful Saturday night after a 56-42 win over Gardena Serra at the Honor Bowl in San Diego.
Quarterback Stephen Barber put the exclamation point on the victory with a 99-yard touchdown run with nine seconds left. Punahou (3-0) came up with an interception on the one-yard line to stop a Serra comeback attempt.
Barber ran for two touchdowns and passed for three touchdowns.