Trojans bring up QB Gabriel from JV team

Dillon Gabriel, right, pictured with his father, former University of Hawaii star quarterback Darryl Gabriel, is moving up from the Mililani JV team to the varsity. He is expected to play at quarterback along with teammate Kaysen Higa. Nick Abramo / Honolulu Star-Advertier.
Dillon Gabriel, right, pictured with his father, former University of Hawaii star quarterback Darryl Gabriel, is moving up from the Mililani JV team to the varsity. He is expected to play at quarterback along with teammate Kaysen Higa. Nick Abramo / Honolulu Star-Advertier.

Mililani football head coach Rod York told Hawaii Prep World on Wednesday night that he brought up freshman Dillon Gabriel from the junior varsity team to the varsity this week.

The move was made after three-year starter and last year’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State first-team quarterback McKenzie Milton injured his right, throwing shoulder early in last Saturday’s 45-21 win over Kailua.

Backup Kaysen Higa‘s first 10 passes were incomplete against the Surfriders, but he settled down to finish 9-for-23 for 223 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.


York said both Gabriel and Higa will play for No. 3 Mililani (6-1, 6-0 Oahu Interscholastic Association Blue) on Friday in the regular-season finale at Moanalua. Higa is a 5-foot-9, 160-pound sophomore. Gabriel is 5-9 and 150.

York said a determination on the order in which they play Friday (No. 1 and No. 2) will be made when the team arrives at Moanalua for the game.


Higa is 15-for-36 for 274 yards and five touchdowns this season. Another backup, Maka Chun, is 4-for-6 for 43 yards. York said Chun, a 5-9, 155-pound senior, has been out the last two weeks with a concussion.


Gabriel, the son of former University of Hawaii star quarterback Garrett Gabriel, got a taste of the varsity level during a preseason scrimmage against Kamehameha on Aug. 1.

Milton, a senior and a University of Hawaii commit, is out an estimated 3-to-5 weeks with an acromioclavicular joint separation in his shoulder. He may be back as early as the OIA quarterfinals, which the Trojans have already qualified for, but a more realistic estimate, according to his father, Mark Milton, is the OIA semifinals or championship game if Mililani advances that far.

COMMENTS

  1. Trojanfan October 3, 2015 7:48 pm

    @ call like it is I’m glad your son was brought up in a Christian home ,that’s a good thing.And the 2s and 3 s have been doing a great job.And yes we are all created equal under GOD.But I think you miss my point which is it does nobody any good to get on a puplic forum and call others kids scabs, and make accusations about the other players on the team.GOD BLESS


  2. hiro October 3, 2015 8:59 pm

    Daaaamn, 51 comments?, lemme be the 52nd and say the refs are doing horrible job this year. But there the ones out there and not me so, just get better please…..


  3. Lee Boy October 4, 2015 6:40 am

    @hiro
    This was a hot topic we had some salty dudes in this forum. The OIA and ILH needs to do a better job hiring these refs. They are like old goats running around the field. One can really tell that some of these clowns don’t have a clue about football or even play the game. It’s sad to see these clowns ruining the game. One of the best high school game ever Punahou vs Saint Louis got decided by a bad call. Get it together refs these kids are playing their hearts out, the least you can do is learn the damn rules or if you make the call. Make sure both team get the same call.


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