It was a hit that certainly wasn’t easy to watch and the fact that it happened in a high school contest almost made it worse.
Mililani and Wainae played in a heated contest under the Friday night lights in Hawaii high school football action at Aloha Stadium, and for all intents and purposes, it was a great game for Mililani, which won the game 42-6. With that said, a play early on in the contest stood out for all the wrong reasons, and unfortunately, it overshawdowed the Trojans’ big win.
Mililani quarterback Dillon Gabriel dropped back in the first quarter and targeted wideout Ryan Chang up the sideline, who completely beat his man-on coverage and looked to have a seam. It was a good throw from Gabriel and Chang did have a step or two on his defender, but he never saw the safety, Sam Freeney, coming over the top and closing on the route, and the wide receiver.
What resulted was one of the nastiest hits you’ll see in any level of football, NFL included. Freeney launched himself helmet first at Chang and considering the momentum of both players, the collision was monumental.
Not only did Freeney lead with the crown of his helmet, but he struck the wideout in the head as well.
Keep in mind, this is hard to watch.
According to prep sports reporter Kalani Takase, Chang was able to walk off the field under his own power, which is truly a miracle considering the severity of the hit.
Freeney was immediately flagged and ejected, which was more than warranted.