It was all about the backups Saturday night as Mililani and Kamehameha squared off for a controlled football scrimmage at John Kauinana Stadium.
The Trojans and Warriors starters played one series each in the scrimmage in which each team got 10 offensive plays in a row before the ball was turned over to the other squad’s offense.
With the first-teamers on the field, Kamehameha scored on a 49-yard pass from Fatu Sua-Godinet to Kumoku Noa, and the Warriors’ defense stopped quarterback McKenzie Milton and the high-powered Mililani offense from scoring.
After that, the Trojans backups outscored the Warriors backups with two touchdowns to none. Left-handed freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel, the son of former University of Hawaii star quarterback Garrett Gabriel, scored on a rushing touchdown and he set up another TD with a long pass to AJ Burris. Devin Miguel plowed in from 1-yard out on the next play for the score.
Burris was at it again on the other side of the ball a few plays after his big catch, making a touchdown-saving tackle on Brayden Miyamoto‘s long gain up the middle for the Warriors.
Kamehameha’s Justice Young and Brett Yap got to see some action at quarterback with Sua-Godinet resting. Young connected with Wilhelm Cordes on a long pass play.
When the scrimmage ended, coaches from both teams wished the other side well during the handshake line, with comments such as, “Stay healthy. Have a great year. Good luck.”
Kamehameha head coach Doug Cosbie was happy his younger players got some work, but as far as positives go, that’s all he could come up with.
“As a coach, I tend to ignore the good things and look for things that need work,” Cosbie said. “We were undisciplined tonight, with holding and illegal procedure calls. I will know a lot more when I watch the film. I do know that an undisciplined football team is not going to win a lot of games.”
Trojans head coach Rod York said the scrimmage was “good for us.”
“Our twos and threes got some good work in, and we had a great week of work,” he said, referring to the three scrimmages in a row that started with a 48-14 win over Leilehua on Thursday and a 44-30 victory over Kahuku on Friday.
The scoreboard was not turned on for the Kamehameha scrimmage.
“All 80 (varsity guys) got to play,” York added before saying that three players were brought up from the 65-member junior vasrity team, including Gabriel.
“Did you see the way he moved the offense?” the coach asked about the freshman QB.
The scrimmage was Kamehameha’s second of the weekend. The Warriors faced Farrington in an evenly played matchup Thursday. They open the regular season with a nonleague game at Waianae on Friday.
Mililani will scrimmage Saint Louis on Saturday before opening its regular season against McKinley on Aug. 15 at Roosevelt’s Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.