Mililani QB Brendyn Agbayani steps up after getting benched in win over Farrington

Mililani quarterback Brendyn Agbayani (7) was benched in the second quarter against Farrington before bouncing back in the second half against the Govs. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Mililani quarterback Brendyn Agbayani was replaced to start the second quarter Saturday against host Farrington.

Instead of losing focus, he stayed mentally in the game and came back ready to go in the second half of the second-ranked Trojans’ 35-0 victory over the Governors.

Agbayani, who threw two interceptions in the first quarter, guided the Trojans to touchdowns on three of their first four possessions after halftime in an OIA Open Division game.

“I was reading the defense, pre-snap reading and just getting mental reps,” Agbayani said of his time on the sideline.

Mililani ran the ball six consecutive times on its opening drive of the second half before Agbayani connected with Kanoa Gibson on a 31-yard scoring strike to make it 21-0.

The Trojans also scored on runs of 2 and 6 yards Jasiah Alcover. The drives were off short fields after Farrington botched a snap in punt formation and had a 9-yard punt.

Agbayani, a junior tasked with replacing Dillon Gabriel, who is expected to get playing time in his first collegiate game at Central Florida next week, threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Gibson in between first-quarter interceptions by Farrington’s TJ Paleafei and Trey Ramones. Agbayani was replaced by Esaiah Gideon, a freshman who was on the junior varsity last week.

“I was second-guessing myself,” Agbayani said. “Coach Rod (York) talked to me. I couldn’t be selfish. I had to fix it and bounce back.”

Agbayani finished 6-for-13 for 101 yards, while Gideon was 6-for-12 for 44 yards. Gideon threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Gibson on the first play of the second quarter to make it 14-0.

“Brendyn came out struggling and we went with the next guy. The next guy came in and did a good job,” York said.

Agbayani is still finding his way, according to York.

“He’s still new, he’s still learning,” York said. “We’re trying to get him as much reps as possible. We’ll try to open it up a little more.”

Gibson finished with six catches for 98 yards and three touchdowns for the Trojans (3-0, 3-0 OIA Open).

The Governors (0-4, 0-2) have scored only six points in four games this season.


  1. HailFromDaNorth August 25, 2019 6:33 am

    What happened to RJ Javar? Why did all these Mill Vill boys leave?? I watch these boys beat my beloved red raiders JV to win it that one year. That Javar kid looked promising. Looks like Rod rules out there with an iron fist! Whatever he says goes.

  2. ? August 25, 2019 7:13 am

    York has to go.
    Not a good role model….

  3. Truthfully August 25, 2019 8:13 am

    Ahem. Yes the Quaterback is a important but it’s a “team sport” . Without the offense and defense what do have?? York got the players so don’t be a hater!! His getting done!

  4. Truth August 25, 2019 9:11 am

    @HailfromDaNorth I heard Agbayani dad is one of the coaching staff reason why his starting not his talent.

  5. ??? August 25, 2019 9:22 am

    Isn’t Mililani Undefeated?
    Let the Haters Hate.

  6. ??? August 25, 2019 9:28 am

    Nobody is talking about how terrible Farrington is offensively?
    6 points in 4 games? What is going on with the coaching and their non-adjustments.
    Got talent but Worst Farrington team in decades!

  7. ??? August 25, 2019 9:31 am

    Just imagine how bad it would be if they did not have the St Francis & Kailua transfers? “Auwe”

  8. Cryhyn August 25, 2019 9:57 am

    What happen to Liam McGhee,kicker from last year? Senior year. Did Kady play yet? How come Alcover not lb like last year? Why are 6 seniors on other OIA D1 teams? Does York run Mililani? Where did all the community base kids go? Is community pride lost?

  9. Cryhyn August 25, 2019 10:05 am

    St.John Bosco will toast.

  10. Bo Tosaka August 25, 2019 11:00 am

    Mililani is now known for their recruiting. This is the reason why all those former mililani players left to go to other Highschools. If you look at the starting line ups, majority is all transfers. Thats the problem with York and his staff, they only can coach talent. Real coaches will coach up kids that are given to them.

  11. Austin Chang August 25, 2019 11:12 am

    RJ Javar plays at Moanalua

  12. notes August 25, 2019 11:13 am

    community pride was lost since the ILH stepped up their recruiting game and engineered this “open division.” all the open division allowed the ILH to do is beat up on OIA teams with the kids that they stole from the public school community. Now schools like mililani are having to do the same and it’s destroying high school football. I don’t blame rod york. he’s doing what he can to win. we need to have an investigation into ILH recruiting and all these OIA transfers. it’s bad for football, it’s bad for communities, and it’s bad for the kids. end the open division and let the private “schools” play in their own semi pro league

  13. Truth August 25, 2019 11:36 am

    Coach York first goal for next season is to recruit a better QB for next year…..

  14. "UNITY=STRENGTH" August 25, 2019 11:43 am

    To bad these games(Liberty,Bishop Gorman) aren’t televised both games at the stadium would’ve made more sense hope there’s folks who can at least stream or video the game’s and post them online can’t be two places at once that night. My best to coach Rod the other coach’s and his Trogan’s I hope they have a good game plan prepared for next week. These teams would run up the score in D1 these teams aren’t Puddy Tats HeHe!!!:)

  15. Hee-Haw August 25, 2019 12:36 pm

    Don’t be mad at York. You need to focus attention on Mililani’s AD, Admin. and Staff that allowed Mil-Vil to happen…They allowed him to stay even after all the “stuff” happened too. SMH

  16. MAKAKILO COMMUNITY August 25, 2019 3:57 pm

    Good job Mililani and exposing these players to top programs in the nation. You’re setting an example for Hawaii football to get better. Even though they come from different parts of the island this is good experience for the players who want to go play college ball.

  17. ??? August 25, 2019 4:16 pm

    @ Bo tosaka
    Tell that to STL fans about “can only coach talent”

  18. "UNITY=STRENGTH" August 25, 2019 4:41 pm

    Just to clarify when I said these teams would run the score in D1 I didn’t mean it that way but to some teams in our new open division a very hard time and would need more work sad to say. Also I want to give a shutout to Punahou and coach Kale Ane and staff when there Buff @ Blu take’s on those Jack Rabbit’s the following day along with last but not least Damien and coach Eddie Klaneski and staff when they go against St. Thomas More Collegiate those should be awesome games as well there should be video of these games as well. Love and Aloha to ALL.:)

  19. "UNITY=STRENGTH" August 25, 2019 4:51 pm

    Also Shutout to Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez and staff when he’s Hurricanes take on Downey (Downey, Calif.) next week I must be getting forgetful please Forgive!!!:)

  20. Hau’ulaBoy August 25, 2019 6:50 pm

    This is where all the haters went. All the same guys who hate on RR4L, hating on Mill Vill now. Just go and represent your team and community. Too funny these clowns.

  21. 96730 2 89 August 25, 2019 9:38 pm

    Well said @Hau’ulaBoy.

    It’s hard being at the top. That’s why I give respect to Kahuku. All those consecutive years owning the crown while teams came and went. Every year it was Kahuku vs. (The best the ILH could offer).

    Let’s get that train chugging again Big Red!!!

  22. 3 week Defending losers August 26, 2019 8:07 am

    What happened to that high powered offense? Looks like its a little harder to be an OC for York and his staff or whoever is calling the plays without a natural talented Mckenzie Militon and Dillon Gabriel that doesnt need to be coached up . Thats 7 years of 2 great Qbs. Should have never scheduled a game with Basco. Mililani’s offense cant produce and with the next 3 games coming up, Mililani is going to get a beat down like they never seen before 3 weeks in a row. Mililani’s D can only carry them so far. Force Mililani to throw the ball and you can stop their offense this year, plain and simple. Who ever is calling plays for Mililani, York needs to get a new OC, its terrible watching that offense struggle with descent talent at the skills position.

  23. Trustno1 August 26, 2019 9:31 am

    York is the OC!! And DC!! Vince has the title of DC but York makes the call. York’s offense struggled against a bad Farrington defense. Good luck this week to all 808 teams vs mainlanders. 808vsEverybody!

  24. ??? August 26, 2019 3:41 pm

    Sole, that’s twice you said “Shutout” but meant “Shoutout”.
    spell check uso!

  25. "UNITY=STRENGTH" August 26, 2019 4:20 pm

    ??? Thank You!!!:)

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