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.


  1. Rooted September 30, 2015 10:41 pm

    Thanks for the update Trojan Prep World. Lol. Best of luck to Gabriel.

  2. Nick Abramo September 30, 2015 11:08 pm

    Rooted: We are Golden Hawks Prep World, too:

  3. Nick Abramo September 30, 2015 11:09 pm

    And we are Tigers Prep World:

  4. Manly October 1, 2015 7:36 am

    How about Kahuku Red Raiders Prep World. How’s their injuries going with Ah Hoy and the starter that was injured 2 months ago? Also Ameperosa? Fans want to know.

  5. CriticalReader October 1, 2015 8:17 am

    C’mon guys. A little early, huh? Let the kid develop out from under a microscope until he’s at least a sophomore.

  6. Lee Boy October 1, 2015 10:47 am

    People just need to stop hating on Mililani. Did anybody said anything when Kapolei started a Freshmen QB.

  7. Check yoself October 1, 2015 1:14 pm

    OH MAN!!!
    Reload, Recruit… Call it how you see it…
    York pulls it off again.
    Sorry Pearl city Chargers… Mill Vill has your QB!!!
    Mililani at its best………

  8. Choice is mines not yours October 1, 2015 3:54 pm

    Love how the have nots are complaining so much about where an athlete decides where he/she wants to play. He/she has the right to choose where they want to play, must be a good reason why he/she didn’t choose your school. If your team is as good as you say, why worry? You don’t worry about the ILH why worry about Mililani? Must be a reason…….Good luck Dillon!

  9. Check yoself October 1, 2015 4:34 pm

    @ choice is mine not yours
    Mililani has great youth football programs from military league to big boys….
    When parents like you jump on the bandwagon you are stepping on toes that’s been in the mililani football program.
    Milton is from Mililani. You not!! You’re a charger. You even coached in Pearl city.
    ILH on the other hand could welcome you more knowing you were employed by a private school.
    C’mon man… Let the real MILILANI FOOTBALL BOYS stand up!!!!!!!!

  10. Lee Boy October 1, 2015 4:37 pm

    Hahahaha, this is a joke. Everyone in the state recruits, Mililani just gets the best players. Take a look at the ILH none of the kids are from their school district. Take a look at ST Louis for example they brought in a big name safety from the big Island that’s curently riding the bench. LMAO who did you guys pay off to bring him here. I was at the Punahou vs ST Louis game last week. Best game I ever seen in years only to get ruined by bad calls from the refs. I wander if Punahou had something to do with the refs. Can anyone answer this question! How do the ref messed up the overtime possessions, are these guys clowns or what.

  11. Check yoself October 1, 2015 5:05 pm

    Yes you are right that probably these athletes don’t live in the district…
    Private school doesn’t have a certain district.
    What they do have is Alumni that want their offspring to go there too.
    They have a TUITION TO PAY!!!
    As for athletes that attend private school with a scholarship that’s great!!!
    They deserve everything coming to them.
    Unless you started attending from preschool, everybody is a TRANSPLANT….
    As for Mililani, Milton is not a transplant…
    He has an awesome offensive line that blocks for him….
    Let’s see if they’ll block for the Pearl City transplant Gabriel…
    Something to think about.
    What’s right is right… What’s wrong is wrong… All our student athletes work really hard.
    Let’s not cheat the system….

  12. lee boy October 1, 2015 5:49 pm

    @check yorself
    OK what are you trying to said brada. The offense of line will block harder for Higa or Gabriel because they are back ups you think they care ware he is from. Like I said before everyone recruits don’t hate on Mililani because it’s a great public school and most parents want their kids to go there. You didn’t mention anything about the refs or the ILH bringing kids from the big Island to flop.

  13. Check yoself October 1, 2015 6:14 pm

    We will soon find out who blocks for who…
    Remember there are still athletes from mill vill.
    As a QB you must be a leader. There’s football eticut that still needs to be seen.
    A blending between players. The trust between QB and offensive squad.
    As for being a great school, Mililani is the #1 public highschool as of last year and years to come. Mililani has one of the best D1 Football programs out there. No one can dispute that.
    Question is does the student athlete want to attend that school because mom and dad said so.
    As for ILH recruitment of outer island athletes its up to them… Like I’ve said before, ……….
    Even if he sits on the bench, he is getting a top notch education!!!
    In conclusion in football, winning isn’t everything. What ever happened to honor, community pride and team comradery(from hanabadah days).
    Football is football. Let’s play football!!!

  14. 808polytics October 1, 2015 8:29 pm

    UH UM!!!. HOLD UP,WAITAh MINUTE!..I dont think ALL schools RECRUIT!! RESPECT to the real ROOTED not RECRUITED schools! KAHUKU AND WAIANAE!! And what happen to the NEW RULE the OIA passed to prevent these certain PUBLIC SCHOOL coaches from WORKing THE SYSTEM AND to GO AROUND THE RULES??? seems like MILLZ KEEP RELOADING THESE top notch TRANSPLANTS FROM ALL OVER THE ISLAND. And the difference between MILLz and the other recruiting schools is KAM,PUNZ,STL,IOLANI ETC. IS PRIVATE… they offer scholarships or great edumacation …KAISER was doing the same thing when RICH MIANO was there! DO THE MATH

  15. 808polytics October 1, 2015 8:32 pm


  16. Trojanfan October 1, 2015 9:31 pm

    So what your saying is every player on kahukus team is born and raised in kahuku?

  17. Try Wait October 1, 2015 9:47 pm

    Kaysen from West Side, but Dillon lives in Mililani and transferred from Punahou…yes Punahou….Just go Dillon. Also the writer of this article got the wrong Gabriel…Thats Garrett not Darryl…

  18. Lee Boy October 1, 2015 9:48 pm

    Brada these dudes are salty because Mililani have not lost in Hawaii since Milton’s Sophmore year. Oh wait were does sasaoka came from or when Farrington needed a qb they went and got uhinui from Kaiser. Even Tua’s little brother at Kapolei but no one is talking about these schools because they aren’t beating you. LMAO

  19. Check yoself October 1, 2015 10:12 pm

    Please read what I’ve commented. And that’s what I’m saying. Lmao!
    Kahuku also is one of the most dominating football programs from the military league
    and big boy leagues. Laie park is ROOTS!!!
    Like Waipio Panthers is ROOTS(Mililani)!!!!!
    Milton is a ROOTS player from the panthers. And even then still dominated on the field.
    Everyone has an opinion and this is mine.
    There’s a spot for every student athlete. When parents choose to send their kids to different schools, the kids that been in their community football program can be passed up.
    Why? Well, in Mililani over the past three years, with parents and coaches, ITS NOT WHAT YOU KNOW……. ITS WHO YOU KNOW……..

  20. Trojanfan October 1, 2015 11:40 pm

    @check yo self from what I understand the new Qb there bringing up from Jv lives in mililani and attended punahou.Why would someone on the team not block for him?That would be a selfish person,not a team player.Maybe that kind of player would get passed up.It doesn’t matter if your from mililani or another area you still have to take your place on that field or someone else will.Because no matter what people say high school football is about having fun but also winning.

  21. Check yoself October 2, 2015 7:23 am

    @trojan fan
    We soon will see. I know we have a lot of talented and gifted athletes here in Mililani……
    Just so tired of seeing and hearing about transfers taking the spot light because of your
    Dads legacy. Like I said, Mililani has their athletes that has gone through the system like Milton.
    Let our Mililani student athletes shine.
    Now it’s another UPROOTED buffnblue/charger TRANSPLANTED in Mililani…..
    Sometimes The root don’t take, because the soil is different…. And you know what happeneds next. LET THE REAL TROJANS PLEASE STAND UP!!!!

  22. phILHarmonic October 2, 2015 9:53 am

    Parents make the decision for what school their son attends in the best interest for his future. Is the issue that he is taking opportunities away from players born and bred in that District? Valid argument, if it is being made from someone with a son on the team, then by all means go and address it appropriately with the administration. Is the issue that the district that the player belongs to feels that he should stay? Go talk to the parents, and good luck with that. Is there some sort of unfair advantage? I dont know, but I do know that if you on my team, I got your back, and if you like go play for another team, good luck, but if we challenge you I going try put you on your back. Its football whatever team takes the field is the brotherhood and that is all that matters.

    But it does create great chat room banter.
    Keep it coming.

  23. Check yoself October 2, 2015 10:42 am

    @ philharmonic
    I agree with you that we as parents want only the best for our kids.
    Yes true that the brotherhood on the feild runs deep.
    But I beg to differ to say it’s alright to jump on the bandwagon and
    now your on a championship winning team because of my DADDY and
    my LAST NAME….. PFFFFFF!!!!!!
    What kind of respect you gonna get with that.
    So he probably wasn’t starting elsewhere. So go to another school. Then another.
    Nothing was earned if you ask me!!!!!!!
    Yes they are our children and we do want the best for OUR children.
    But what are you teaching them by doing this?
    What’s gonna happen when he has kids? Move to kahuku where the program still great?
    Cmon what happened to endurability, to finish what you started, to honor your community,
    School pride, pride in oneself.
    Last I heard
    no matter what your last name is!!!!!!!!!

  24. phILHarmonic October 2, 2015 11:13 am

    Great points.

    But why is that your concern. To each his own.

    What does his name have to do with anything. Live and let live.

    Maybe he going create his own identity and success here. He is 9th grade.

    If you are implying that his name has something to do with opportunities given, you are absolutely on point. And what. That falls on the people that give him these opportunities not the youth or family.

    Lastly, how can you not remember the thrashing of BYU? One of my childhood greatest memories.

  25. Check yoself October 2, 2015 11:46 am

    Just for kicks let’s put it all on the table…….
    Let’s find out from each OIA TEAM whom from which are STARTERS that have actually come up through their community football programs.
    Straight up “EARNED THEIR KEEP”…..

  26. Trojanfan October 2, 2015 11:46 am

    @check yoself Give it a break already.How you going hate on a young high school kid.He does live in mililani you know.Maybe something happen were the parents cannot afford punahou anymore you don’t know every players situation.I don’t know your situation but sounds like you have a child that has been passed up for some reason or other,if this is true I feel bad for your child,but by coming on here and putting down other kids it’s not going to help you or your child.Not trying to be mean but like I said above you have to take that position on the field it’s not going to come on a silver platter,if coach didn’t need to,he wouldn’t bring the Jv Qb up to varsity.

  27. Check yoself October 2, 2015 12:02 pm

    Again… Please read and understand…. “Sounds like” LMAO
    Its called alumni… Community pride goes a long way.
    We gonna see if the root takes…
    You see it time and time again… Time for the

  28. call like it is October 2, 2015 1:04 pm

    quote from check yoself: Well, in Mililani over the past three years, with parents and coaches, ITS NOT WHAT YOU KNOW……. ITS WHO YOU KNOW……..
    LET THE REAL MILILANI TROJANS PLEASE STAND UP!!!!!! I AGREE LOOK AT HOW MANY FIRST STRINGERS FATHER ARE ON THE COACHING STAFF!!!! ARE THEY GOING TO HOLD THEIR SON’S HAND WHEN THEY ENTER COLLEGE!!! Anyhow’s what is the code on no tolerance to drugs…hmmmmmmmm its come to many peoples attention that many first string players have been caught doing pakalolo but still on the team???? Need to call investigator news team to look into that matter… No doubt Coach York is a good Coach but you cannot close your eyes this kind of actions!!!!!!!!!! Oh it has also come to many attention that one team one family be humble slogan is good but ahhh you need to keep your first stringers in check ..them tauting the 2 and 3 string players telling them there sh—ty is laughable ..apparently this first string players were given the idea that they were above the rest of team when they didnt have to suit up for the scrimmage against the the Samoan High School, why didnt they suit up because they are special and they couldnt afford to get hurt only the 2 and 3 string were….WINNING ISNT EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!! DOING THE RIGHT THING IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Check yoself October 2, 2015 2:05 pm

    The plot thickens….

  30. lee boy October 2, 2015 2:53 pm

    @call it like it is
    Brada I here you talking but you ain’t saying much. The regulars didn’t suit up because they already played to scrimmage back to back. As for your drugs accusations that’s very serious specially when you have no facts. Let the kids play and the coaches coach when you become the head man of a school you can rest your players. Those coaches that are coaching their kids are going the extra mile. I bet their sons appreciate them. Jealousy is a terrible thing braddah

  31. Trojanfan October 2, 2015 3:00 pm

    Looks like some daddy’s salty cause there sons didn’t make first string.If,and I’m pretty sure they do,have the same attitudes as there daddy’s there it is.Like I said you have to fight for the position it’s not coming on a silver platter.If that was my son and wanted to play football he would get licken for crying to daddy and not stepping up to the plate.Teach your sons to standup for themselfs,don’t blame other people for being underachievers.GETTING THICKER……

  32. Homegrown October 2, 2015 3:11 pm

    Looks like a “real” Mililani parent airing out all their dirty laundry. I was wondering if any families were feeling unhappy with true Mililani boys riding the bench cause of Yorks brilliant strategy to bring in a bunch of Polynesian coaches(and their nephews and athletes they coached in pop warner and big boys league). Maybe winning is not enough for these families who feel their boys deserve to represent the community they’ve been raised in.

  33. Check yoself October 2, 2015 3:12 pm

    Riding on the coat tails of the
    I’m a call it …..
    Mililani don’t need scabs….
    We can do it on our own!!!!!!

  34. Trojanfan October 2, 2015 3:43 pm

    @Check yoself Calm down its only high school football.We all transplants on this earth,I bet you at one time didn’t live in mililani that makes you a scab to.@homegrown not going to work this community is to strong, worry about kahukus problems cause from what I heard you guys get plenty.

  35. Homegrown October 2, 2015 3:56 pm

    @TrojanFan don’t worry about Kahuku’s problems. This ain’t our first rodeo. We’ve lost more championship games than Mililani’s ever appeared in.

  36. Trojanfan October 2, 2015 4:21 pm

    @Homegrown I’m not worried about kahukus problems.My comment was about you trying to stir up more drama, you know what you were trying to do.

  37. Homegrown October 2, 2015 4:26 pm

    @trojanfan you’re right I’m hoping check yo self goes on another

  38. lee boy October 2, 2015 4:39 pm

    Hahaha, I am starting to think that check yorself is Higa’s dad. Don’t be mad cuz just tell your son to work harder during the off season or he will be riding the bench for the next two years.lmao

  39. lee boy October 2, 2015 4:44 pm

    @Homegrown, the red raída were the masters at recruiting. Can you tell us the real reason why coach let lie left. I heard he was getting kill haole threats Ova there.lmao

  40. DaPhony October 2, 2015 4:45 pm

    I think @Check yoself needs to do just that!! It seems obvious that you don’t like this boy. Do you even know anything about the family? Do you know that the boy was born & raised in Mililani? So, please explain “Real Mililani Trojans Please Stand Up? These are teenagers playing a game they love….& here come adults, ruining whatever fun they have. Let the coaches coach, the players play, & the haters hate.

  41. Homegrown October 2, 2015 5:14 pm

    @lee boy we love da haoles in da country. Leslie was a bad hire from the start. Living out here away from your wife and grandkids, not sustainable. Kahuku definitely the masters at recruiting, that’s why you see the same family names contributing year after year. Not irrelevant Mililani who all of a sudden loaded with Samoan names that were standouts previous years at Farrington, Aiea, Waipahu, Leilehua.

  42. CanesNation October 2, 2015 5:52 pm

    Grab some popcorn and enjoy all the trojan drama. lmao! Kapolei is already playing a frosh QB and they are on the rise. He will be the all-time yards leader by the time he is finished for sure. If you don’t believe me, come back in 2018 and let me know. The Hurricanes also have a great young receiving group too. And the best thing is that they have a large home grown talent pool that is big, strong, and fast. No need to recruit a big o-line and d-line. The next powerhouse in the blue. Chee hooo!!!

  43. motoxdad October 2, 2015 6:26 pm

    Lee boy, can you please name the the players that was recruited to Kahuku so everyone will know who you’re talking about. Please don’t try to tarnish Kahuku , their championships are genuine and we do it with great pride that comes from the community with HOMEGROWN talent from the community. We have a history of great names, names that are still here generations later. I agree there is transfers on every team but to actively recruited is a whole different story. Don’t get me wrong, I think Mililani is doing good for themselves whether if people agree or disagree with how there doing it but they are only scratching the surface of what Kahuku has accomplished.
    For your question about Lee, he was a TRANSPLANT that had no clue about the culture here in Kahuku. All he did was he took away a good chance of another championship .

  44. leeboy October 2, 2015 7:49 pm

    Hahaha, agreed you are on the rise you manage to salvage your season. The question is what are you going to do when ST Louis come up calling for little braddah and his daddy when big braddah graduate. Another joke

  45. leeboy October 2, 2015 8:00 pm

    @motoxdad I am not trying to tarnish your legacy. You have a tight nit community that loves football, but your time has passed brah. If York had all your athletes you can cancel Xmas Mililani will be challenging for the number 2 spot in the nation. Ok there is no recruiting players transfer but when they transfer to the mill we call it recruiting. BTW Leslie was a good coach last year team wasn’t as good as this year. Your players are bigger and more experience. Oh before I forget ware did Amaperosa,sassaoka, Renauld came from?

  46. motoxdad October 2, 2015 9:13 pm

    Kahuku’s time has passed? Now you’re just being silly.

  47. Homegrown October 3, 2015 8:05 am

    @lee boy funny you should mention those names, they all came up through the ranks at Laie Park Big Boys. Country boys born and raised bro. Sefa’s family moved away during his freshman year and now he’s back. Sasaoka left his sophomore year and now he’s vack. Renaud is long time Kamauoha fam been in Laie before the

    Don’t make me drop names on Mililani’s roster, and check where they from. Especially those of the Samoan BTW Trojans looked awesome last night, but their top receiver(not saying any names) as a little too full of himself. Awesome player, but cocky as heck. Should watch Mariota for a little self conduct inspiration.

  48. Lee Boy October 3, 2015 10:28 am

    Great game last night but I was on the West Side checking out Radford vs Nanakuli. I usually try to see the best game during the week. Radford is balling this year, hahaha I got to admit you are a cool dude. Your post was funny as hell,I actually talk to some of the Samoan parents in the stand they are good people. If your had a choice would you prefer your kids to attend Kaimuki or Mililani? nough said. I actually think this is good for football kids are getting a good education and getting good coaching too. As for the receiver from the Millz that kid is not cocky he is a fierce competitor he always wants the rock. Few people can conduct theirself like Matiota he is just an excellent kid, bet his parents are proud.

  49. call like it is October 3, 2015 4:41 pm

    I am a father of a regular as you stated he does play 1 string but unlike you apparently he was raise in christian way that all is god’s children and that you treat everyone equal , and as for the last statement to teach my son to” STAND UP” he does by standing up to the” DA HUI” BUT NOT JOINING IN THE TAUTING OF THE OTHER TEAM MATES BY CALLING THEM SHI___Y. AFTERALL IT SEEMS YOU ARE AWARE THAT FOOTBALL IS TEAM!!!!! SPORT NOT INDIVIDUAL SPORT!!!!! YOU ALSO STATE THAT THE REST OF TEAM WHO IS NOT THE REGULARS ARE UNDERACHIEVERS???? NOTHING MORE TO SAY!!!!
    And as to my son crying to me far from it’s CALLED A CONSCIENCE…

    @lee boy

    It is easy to say nothing which you have stated about my post…By how’s this if you were
    surpeona under the penalty of perjury would you risk your job and freedom to particpate in a coverup…I dont think so…and there are many people who work in Mililani High School that know what’s going on..Enough said

  50. Lee Boy October 3, 2015 5:50 pm

    @call like it is
    Success brings jelousy and envy. Don’t know what cover up you are talking about brah

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