Trip to OIA title game cures Mililani’s York

Mililani's Raysen Motoyama made a diving catch for a touchdown against Farrington. Photo by Jordan Fong/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Mililani coach Rod York was feeling a bit under the weather heading into Saturday’s game against Farrington.

Perhaps a convincing victory and spot in the OIA Open Division final will help him on the road to recovery.

Dillon Gabriel completed 14 of 30 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns and Mililani’s defense allowed only 17 total yards in the first half of a 47-7 victory over visiting Farrington.

“The defense always sets it up of us,” said York, who added he has a cold and was trying not to sneeze. “We have some big brothers on our team and our front seven are pretty good.”

The Trojans’ hurry-up offense racked up 418 yards, with five pass plays going for 35 yards or more.

Gabriel, who threw two interceptions, needs six more passing yards to get to 3,000 for the season. He is already the state’s all-time career passing record holder.

“He had to extend some plays with his feet, his eyes were always down field,” York said. “He took some shots, but he was able to come back. He threw a pick here and a pick there. I was happy with his performance.”

No. 3 Mililani (8-2) will face Kahuku next week for the title. The Trojans will be competing in their seventh consecutive state tournament.

“Now we’re just focused on the OIA championship. We’re just going to take it game by game,” Gabriel said. “We were just focused on this week. We had no focus on anything else.”

Farrington (2-9), which won a three-way coin flip to get into Saturday’s game against Mililani, will play Campbell in next week’s third-place game. The winner will earn the league’s final berth in the four-team state tournament in the Open Division.


  1. Govs October 28, 2018 1:04 am

    Come on 2-9 Farrington plays on again, we have the worst playoff system in USA. Farrington keeps playing is like beating a dead horse.

  2. notes October 28, 2018 8:00 am

    I agree, it should be OIA1 vs ILH1 like the prep bowl. End of story.

  3. Choloropicrin October 28, 2018 8:50 am

    It would be great if Farrington beats Campbell next week and makes it into states at 3-10.

    They need to have it like the prep bowl era if no outer island team is in the open playoffs. Have a triple heade with OIA 2nd taking on ILH 2nd, OIA 3rd vs ILH 3rd.

  4. Dafun October 28, 2018 10:29 am

    How about get rid of 3 OIA teams and make it fair since you can have a massive losing record and make it in states.

  5. CynHawn October 28, 2018 3:06 pm

    How about we get rid of the Open league and OIA vs.ILH #1’s. That way no hurt feelings and fluff games.

  6. ??? October 28, 2018 4:33 pm

    What if the OIA said “Have every ILH student pay FULL tuition with NO Scholarships or Financial Aid”. Would that make it fair??

  7. ALLILH October 29, 2018 11:21 am

    Hey ???….How about you have every OIA player play for the district they live in!


  8. ??? October 29, 2018 4:57 pm

    Sorry if I hit your soft spot on Recruiting.
    The Truth does hurt.

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