Gabriel holds his own against No. 1 team in nation

Mililani quarterback Dillon Gabriel was sacked six times and hounded by a physical St. John Bosco defense, but still managed to finish 21-for-34 for 251 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover against the nation's No. 1 team. Photo by Steven Georges/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

For a brief moment, Mililani held a lead against the No. 1 team in the land.

Facing a St. John Bosco squad that had not given up a point yet this season and allowed only 9 total yards all game last week, the Trojans scored on their opening drive and took a 7-0 lead against the team ranked No. 1 by MaxPreps and No. 2 by USA Today.

That lead didn’t last long however as George Holani scored on an 80-yard TD run on the Braves’ first offensive play from scrimmage. Junior DJ Uiagalelei, the No. 1-rated QB prospect in the nation in the class of 2010, added six touchdown passes and the Braves ended up squashing the Trojans 52-14 in just their second home game at their brand new $7.2 million stadium.

“Those guys are No. 1 for a reason and you could see why,” Mililani quarterback Dillon Gabriel said in a phone interview after the game. “It was a great opportunity for us to kind of get better and see the top talent.”

Gabriel held his own against a Braves team that has 11 players with at least 10 Division I scholarship offers. The Army commit finished 21-for-34 for 251 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover.

His first TD throw went 47 yards to freshman Kai Banks, who had a team high seven catches for 116 yards. The Trojans’ up-tempo offense confused Bosco early and forced the Braves to take two defensive timeouts on the first drive.

Gabriel added a 5-yard touchdown pass to Maka Hill in the second quarter, but the Trojans were shut out the rest of the game.

The first half ended when Gabriel was stuffed on the goal line on a QB sneak on fourth down, keeping Bosco ahead 35-14.

“I think at least two or maybe three more touchdowns we left on the board,” Gabriel said. “I think that one right before half we didn’t get in was a key one. You can’t make mistakes like that, but we learned a lot and we’ll get better from it.”

Gabriel knocked off a few more career milestones in the game. He became the seventh quarterback on Oahu to surpass 7,000 career passing yards and his TD pass to Banks was the 80th of his career.

Mililani played just its third game ever on the mainland. The Trojans lost at Liberty High School in Henderson, Nev., 76-53 in 2015, and beat Clayton Valley in Calif., 49-30 last year.

St. John Bosco is scheduled to play Mililani on Oahu next season. The Braves traveled to Hawaii in 2014 and beat Saint Louis 63-14 with Josh Rosen at quarterback.

Mililani coach Rod York talked to his players at halftime during Fridays game at St. John Bosco. Photo by Steven Georges/Special to the Star-Advertiser

“The loss doesn’t look good but for us, it’s not a loss,” Gabriel said. “When we get back (to Hawaii) a lot of things will slow down. One through 11 those guys were 6-foot-3 and up and huge and strong. The windows were a lot tighter and getting out of the pocket was a lot harder. But we’ll be better.”

Gabriel was sacked six times and Uiagalelei finished 27-for-33 for 374 yards.

Mililani did force the Braves to punt on their first drive of the second half. It was just the second punt Bosco attempted this season.

Stanford commit Colby Bowman led the Braves receivers with nine catches for 142 yards and three scores.

Mililani didn’t have receiver Ryan Chang available for the game but did get running back Kilifi Malepeai and defensive tackle Mykah Tuiolemotu back from injury.

The Trojans will fly home Sunday to prepare for next week’s game against Punahou. Before that, however, the team will attend Saturday’s USC/UNLV game and root for Mililani alumnus Vavae Malepeai, a running back for USC and one of three players from Hawaii on the Trojans’ roster.

Mililani’s Ezra Save (94), top, and Mykah Tuiolemotu (7) ganged up to tackle St. John Bosco’s Keith Savage (20). Photo by Steven Georges/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Mililani freshman Kai Banks finished with seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown against St. John Bosco. Photo by Steven Georges/Special to the Star-Advertiser


  1. Knation August 31, 2018 9:55 pm

    Good job mililani!!! You guys showed them that we very well can play with the big boys

  2. Robocop August 31, 2018 11:32 pm

    Not sure how that’s considered “holding his own” that game was not close. Stats may say one thing but good god 52-14 and he did well??? So everyone else on offense blew it?

  3. Rrforlifebaby August 31, 2018 11:46 pm

    Good job. I honestly thought before the game the Trojans would put up 3 scores. Even the #1 team needs time to adjust. But once they did, game over. We all knew the trojan D wasn’t going to be able hang for very long. But much props for taking the game mililani; learn from it and move on. You guys going to be tough to handle.


  4. Hammer August 31, 2018 11:53 pm

    Get them a break but st louis won’t much of the same will come against st Louis but first the boys from hill going take care of kahuku get healthy because punahou pretty good good luck

  5. Bye September 1, 2018 3:30 am

    Sure “Hammer” when was the last time St. Lulu scheduled a game against #1? And when was the last time they traveled to play a powerhouse in the mainland? I mean dang gotta give it to Mililani. They went into Bosco’s house and a FRESHMAN put points on the board against them. St. Louis scheduling bubbogum teams. What happened the last time they played Bosco?

  6. Hammer September 1, 2018 3:49 am

    This is for bye when bosco came down st louis that year wasn’t that that look at this year bishop Gorman was supposed to come down when they found out st louis is even better this year then last year they tail went true there legs that’s what those teams do this year st louis team is awesome around possibility the best nobody wants to take a chance ask norbourne the coach said st louis is better this year then last year next week you will be a believer

  7. A fan September 1, 2018 3:55 am

    Dillion played a great game. SJB is huge and athletic. He had to scramble and fight for time to throw the ball to well covered receiver.

    Robocop, you had to be there to appreciate the effort Dillion gave. He earned every yard that he produced., SJB DBs played right in the face of the Mililani receivers. They are all 6’1” 180 lbs and physical. All D1 prospects with up to 24 D1 scholarships. D-line all 6’3” 260-280 lbs and athletic. LBs even better. Looks like a college team. I heard that Mililani was the first team to score on them. Army is getting a very good football player.

  8. Red dog September 1, 2018 8:38 am

    With Kahuku defense Mililani would’ve won easy. Watch what they do to St. Louis offense this week then you goin know what I mean.

  9. Mike September 1, 2018 9:08 am

    Bishop Gorman is number one team clowns get it right but already knew mililani was gonna get killed

  10. Alpha September 1, 2018 9:44 am

    Mike: Bishop Gormen got smoked by Mater Dei. BG’s best days are behind them. . . It dont take a genius to know that SJB was gona give it to Mil, but nobody expected Mil to put on early points against them instead of trash time td’s.

  11. Hammer September 1, 2018 10:19 am

    Reddit kahuku defense come one watch st louis going do to kahuku offense st louis defense and offense the starters only played two quarters and still no points the defense gave up st louis offense is not waianae offensive will see friday night what’s going happen lucky OIA teams play ILH teams in there back yards that’s OIA for you always finding away to cheat anything to try to win here’s one example last year st louis rank number one in the state all year everybody knows that number 1 plays 4 2 plays 3 st Louis played mililani and kahuku back to back with is bull shit

  12. Chicken Grease September 1, 2018 11:13 am

    Hey. Mililani scored against the # 1 team in thr nation. A certain coach at a local high school with the initials “S” and “T” in it (who just so happens to get all da kind-less at ONE touchdown scored on his [ranked?] team), should be quite worried.

    And Mililani is FAR from being THIS: [ ]

  13. Hawaii born September 1, 2018 6:17 pm

    Lol pray for yourself…must not be someone from a predominantly mormon community on the northshore…with religion so strong on our side youd think theyd listen to what is said at church and studies but..all I see on here from kahuku is no fruits of there religion and just cut downs and negativity…community pride but no pride in being a true christian..theres no good game to our enemies or yeah that was bad calls but we forgive and move on….theres only grudge and remember. Just look everytime someone from kahuku posts and see there fruits…and no I’m not from st.louis I’m born and raised been here over 150years.. GOD bless, remember church tomorrow

  14. Nala September 1, 2018 10:29 pm

    Hawaii born in not from kahuku…..I hate when people bash other schools…

  15. Awrite!! September 2, 2018 3:00 pm

    @Hawaiiborn- The saying “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer” is rearing its ugly head every year here in Hawaii HS football and all over the nation for that matter.

    That saying is referencing the build up and dominance of private ILH schools who have the resources and leadership to “get richer”.

    You only need to look back into history to understand the strategies of kings and leaders. Whether you want to believe it or not, there is a theory that Jesus Christ (who taught forgiveness, humility, meekness) was a made up character devised by the Roman empire to enslave and pacify the citizens. Roman kings and high priests did not want the people rebeling and trying to rise up and overthrow the government. The idea that God will punish you with eternal damnation because you broke laws of the land is exactly the way kings control their people…its a form of mind control.

    Compliance by the majority to meet the demands of the elite.

    To have faith in an invisible “God” require setting aside analytical thinking to engage the empathy parts of the brain.

    When the Europeans conquered new lands whats the first thing they did? abolish native cultures/beliefs and introduce christianity. Native Hawaiians were doing just fine existing on their own. It took the white man to come and tell them they were dressed wrong, talking wrong, acting wrong.

    The analytical thinking of the Natives was to fight back against invasion, but eventually because the white man had bigger weapons and greater science the natives had to give in. Part of the white man process of dominating the Natives was to introduce the Christian “GOD”, to have empathy, forgiveness and believe that their circumstances of being enslaved will be rewarded in the afterlife with greater rewards…not knowing at the same time the white man was stealing the land with evil intentions to conquer the Islands.

    Whats my point? People are sick of being controlled, sick of catering to the elite. Have you ever noticed that the top HS teams in the Country are all private Catholic schools? They recruit/disarm the talent from the communitys around them in order to build an elite program for their elitists leaders under the guise that GOD is good and provides for everyone, when really whats happening is the elitsts are making BIG money building their empires and alumni networks while the rest of the common folk “get poorer”.

    I have always viewed the ILH as a place for better opportunity and I have nothing against that. Whether in sports or academia if a kid and the family want to take advantage of that opportunity then great. But when these ILH schools (STL) get shown up by a public school (Kahuku) and when that same ILH school use its power to realign leagues, complain about OIA schedules and bully their way over the already disadvantaged OIA schools..

    …that is when you see the local natives of OIA schools, who also happen to be “religious” people – stepping outside of their “empathy” state of mind, back into the “analytical” state to speak out and fight back even if it come off a little rude or negative.

    How Christopher Columbus decieved in the name of GOD..

  16. Tfan September 2, 2018 6:44 pm

    Look the bad call right before the 1/2 cost Mililani the momentum of the game the flag should have never been thrown the ball was over the middle and high the call was on the left corner not even in the play horrible call!!! Keep in mind that team has not been scored on all year Dillon did good while running for his life was rushing allot of his throws but who can blame him for that Mililani is in good shape.. they are under sized on the defense which is there only weakness! Defense of line needs to have a better rotation so you have fresher guys in and will help with injuries all in all good job! You can’t win them all

  17. Katosan September 4, 2018 12:50 pm


    It’s not 2016 any more. Bishop Gorman hasn’t been #1 since then. They had 2 losses last year and got beat 42-0 by Mater Dei in Vegas this year. Gorman also just lost to a top AZ public school. Not the best AZ public. But, a top 10 school in AZ.

  18. Katosan September 4, 2018 12:53 pm

    Bosco won’t be challenged until Trinity League play due to an unusually weak non-league schedule this year. It looks like another 2 horse race in the Trinity again vs. Mater Dei. They will most likely meet up in the CIF D1 Finals for the right to play in the CA Open Division State Title Game.

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