The Gatorade Company, announced Thursday, Dillon Gabriel of Mililani High School as its 2018-19 Gatorade Hawaii Football Player of the Year.
Gabriel is the third Gatorade Hawaii Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Mililani High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Gabriel as Hawaii’s best high school football player.
Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in December, Gabriel joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports.
The 6-foot, 190-pound senior quarterback passed for 3,754 yards and 38 touchdowns this past season, leading the Trojans (10-3) to the Division I Open state tournament championship game. The 2018 Oahu Interscholastic Association Offensive Player of the Year, Gabriel is a three-time First Team All-OIA selection. He concluded his prep football career with a state-record 9,848 passing yards and 105 touchdowns.
Gabriel has volunteered locally with the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart program and he has donated his time as a youth football coach and official.
Gabriel has maintained a 3.91 GPA in the classroom. He has verbally committed to attend the United States Military Academy, where he will play football, in the fall of 2019.
Gabriel joins recent Gatorade Hawaii Football Players of the Year Chevan Cordeiro (2017-18, Saint Louis School), Tua Tagovailoa (2016-17, Saint Louis School), Vavae Malepeai (2015-16, Mililani High School), McKenzie Milton (2014-15, Mililani High School), and Larry Tuileta (2013-14, Punahou School) among the state’s list of former award winners.
As a part of Gatorade’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” Gabriel has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of his choosing.
He is also eligible to submit an essay to win one of twelve $10,000 spotlight grants for the organization of choice, which will be announced throughout the year.