In yet another example of Hawaii being the hotbed of quarterbacks, Gatorade named Dillon Gabriel of Mililani its Hawaii Football Player of the Year on Thursday.
Quarterbacks have won the award in eight of the last 10 years, with running backs Vavae Malepeai of Mililani and Punahou’s Steven Lakalaka the only exceptions. In the first 10 years the award was given out, beginning in 1985, no quarterbacks were selected. Jason Gesser of Saint Louis was the first signal-caller so honored, doing so in 2000.
Gabriel threw for 3,754 yards and 38 touchdowns this season, leading the Trojans to the state championship against Saint Louis and concluded his career with 9,848 yards and 105 touchdowns. The award is also based on character and achievement in the classroom, where Gabriel holds a 3.91 grade point average.
He will also be given a $1,000 grant to award to the local or national youth sports organization of his choosing.
Gabriel, the state’s career passing leader, is the first quarterback to take the award despite not winning a state title since Larry Tuileta of Punahou in 2012. He won a Division I title last year with Mililani.
Gabriel is now up for Gatorade’s national award, which will be announced later this month.
2018: Dillon Gabriel, Mililani, QB
2017: Chevan Cordeiro, Saint Louis, QB
2016: Tua Tagovailoa, Saint Louis, QB
2015: Vavae Malepeai, Mililani, RB
2014: McKenzie Milton, Mililani, QB
2013: Larry Tuileta, Punahou, QB
2012: Larry Tuileta, Punahou, QB
2011: Steven Lakalaka, Punahou, RB
2010: Marcus Mariota, Saint Louis, QB
2009: Andrew Manley, Leilehua, QB
2008: Manti Te’o, Punahou, LB
2007: Manti Te’o, Punahou, LB
2006: Sam Fehoko, Farrington, DE
2005: Dylan Rush, Konawaena, TE/DE
2004: Kaluka Maiava, Baldwin, LB
2003: Abel Werner, McKinley, QB
2002: Abel Werner, McKinley, QB
2001: Johnathan Mapu, Kahuku, DE
2000: Pesefea Fiaseu, Saint Louis, RB
1999: Timmy Chang, Saint Louis, QB
1998: Joe Igber, Iolani, RB
1997: Jason Gesser, Saint Louis, QB
1996: Jason Gesser, Saint Louis, QB
1995: Jason Ching, Punahou, DT
1994: George Ornelles, Saint Louis, REC
1993: Vavae Tata, Saint Louis, DE
1992: Viliami Maumau, Saint Louis, DT
1991: Nate Kia, Punahou, DT/TE
1990: Mark Atuaia, Kahuku, RB
1989: Adrian Murrell, Leilehua, RB
1987: Adrian Murrell, Leilehua, RB
1986: Manley Williams, Saint Louis, LB
1985: Simnua Tiatia, Farrington, RB