Mililani senior quarterback Dillon Gabriel and Saint Louis senior defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele were named the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State offensive and defensive players of the year on Sunday.
You can read the Star-Advertiser feature story with a list of first, second and third teams and honorable mention by clicking here.
Waipahu’s Bryson Carvalho was voted coach of the year after leading the Marauders to the OIA Division I title and their first state championship ever in football.
Gabriel is the third consecutive quarterback to win player of the year honors on offense, following Saint Louis’ Tua Tagovailoa (2016) and Chevan Cordeiro (2017).
Gabriel led the Trojans to an OIA Open championship and set the state’s career passing record mark of 9,848 yards. His 105 touchdown passes are second all-time to Timmy Chang.
For the year, Mililani averaged 35.1 points per game. The only teams to limit the Trojans to fewer than 20 points were St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) and Saint Louis, who are Nos. 3 and 14 in the USA Today Super 25 national rankings.
Tuitele is the first defensive player of the year from Saint Louis since Wilson Afoa in 2002 and is one of nine Crusaders named to the All-State first team.
The others are linebackers Jordan Botelho and Nick Herbig, defensive end Gino Quinones, defensive backs Kamo‘i Latu and Korvin Feagins, offensive linemen Ben Scott and Arasi Mose and receiver Roman Wilson.
Herbig and Botelho give Saint Louis two linebackers on the first-team All-State list for the first time since Noa Purcell and Dylan Toilolo did it in 2016. Other standout linebacker pairs from the school include Timo Paepule and Taualai Fonoti in 2001, Joseph Lobendahn and Ikaika Curnan in 2000, Joe Siofele and Fabian Manumaleuna in 1997, James Sunia and Fabian Fonoti in 1996, Kelii Kaanoi and Jacob Yoro in 1995, Kalei Kaanoi and Eric Lono in 1989 and John Correia and Garriss Akiona in 1987.
Waipahu defensive backs Deacon Kapea and Zeondre Benjamin made the All-State first team, giving the Marauders two defenders on the team for the first time since Gary Page and Michael Moody in 1978. They are the first defensive backs from the school honored since Falaniko Vitale in 1991.
>> Sama Paama is Kaimuki’s first member of the All-State first team since Chester Sua in 2010 and the first defensive player from the school on the list since Daniel Tautofi in 2002.
>> Kupono Blake is the first Kamehameha defensive end to make first-team All-State since Mika Tafua in 2014.
>> Tausili Fiatoa gives Kahuku at least one defensive player on the Star-Advertiser’s All-State first team for the fifth straight year and gives the school a defensive end on the list for the second straight year after Samson Reed repped the school last year.
>> Darius Muasau is the first linebacker from Mililani to make first-team All-State since Jacob Afele and Dayton Furuta in 2013. Other linebackers to make the list include Josh Andrews in 2006 and Mikhail Mabry in 2003.