Miliani quarterback Dillon Gabriel was masterful on Saturday night, shredding Kailua for 431 yards on 19 for 32 passing and five touchdowns in a 52-0 rout.
The performance put him in a tie for the second most amount of yards in a game in school history, with former Trojan star and current Central Florida signal-caller McKenzie Milton. It also put his career total over the 5,000-yard mark — 5,069 to be exact. He is already over 2,000 yards this season.
But ask the junior southpaw or coach Rod York about the gaudy numbers, and both will produce similar answers.
“Just the team playing together, that was the whole focus,” Gabriel said. “Stats doesn’t really matter unless you get the “W” and that’s the only stat that truly matters.”
“As far as the stats, we’re not worried about that,” York added. “We’re just worried about getting the “W” and playing well and making sure they execute.”
The No. 3 Trojans (8-0, 7-0 OIA Red) had the division’s top seed locked up after last Saturday’s win over Nanakuli, but preserved their perfect season heading into a bye week.
Last season’s team won a state title, but it was in the HHSAA’s second-tiered Division I bracket. A 36-33 loss to Waianae in the first round of the OIA playoffs knocked the Trojans out of Open Division contention.
This year’s Trojans have beaten every opponent by double digits, thanks in large part to their high-octane offense that’s been led by Gabriel’s season as one of the state’s top passers.
“He means a lot. He’s a guy that touches the ball every single time on offense,” York said. “He’s getting better at the reads and distributing the ball, getting the ball out of his hands.
In order to be the best, Mililani will have to beat the best. Clinching the Red’s top seed already puts the Trojans in a more favorable position than it was the last time around.
“We’ve got a lot of things to work on. We got a bye week to get stronger, faster, smarter, and all that kind of good stuff,” Gabriel said. “As long as we stay focused, good things should happen.”