Mililani’s Gabriel views career passing yardage record as team accomplishment

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History was made this past weekend as Mililani senior quarterback Dillon Gabriel became Hawaii high school football’s new leader in career passing yardage.

With 362 yards passing in a 35-0 win over Waianae, Gabriel reached 8,201 yards for his career, passing both Tua Tagovailoa (8,158 yards) and Timmy Chang (8,001 yards).

Despite setting a new record, Gabriel remained humble over the accomplishment.

“I think it’s just all together through my four years, everyone had a special part in it. Whether they caught one of my passes or put up a block for me so, I think just in that case, it wasn’t individual at all because through everything, I think everyone contributed to it,” he told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.

HAWAII PREP WORLD RECORD BOOK
All-Time Career Passing Yards 

  1. Dillon Gabriel, Mililani – 8,201
  2. Tua Tagovailoa, St. Louis – 8,158
  3. Timmy Chang, St. Louis – 8,001
  4. Andrew Manley, Leilehua – 7,637
  5. Tai-John Mizutani, Iolani – 7,592

Entering the season, Gabriel was selected to the Cover2 Awards watch list after finishing as a finalist for the Tommy Kaulukukui Award as state offensive player of the year. 

It’s very clear that personal accolades are not the motivation for his success.

“Not to be disrespectful, but I really don’t look too much into it. I don’t really care, not in a mean way at all, but I just, I’m more worried about if we win the game or not. That’s all I’m focused on,” he said.

Gabriel now joins former Trojan and current USC running back Vavae Malepeai as record holders from the Mililani program. In 2015, Malepeai passed Kahuku’s Mark Atuaia as the state’s all-time rushing leader, an accomplishment not lost with Trojans head coach Rod York.

“Him being the passing leader and we can’t forget about Vae (Malepeai) being the rushing leader, you know, that’s good for the school, good for the program, good for Mill-Ville and Mililani football. It’s definitely great for Dillon and his family and you know at the same time though it’s a team award. Because at the same time we would rather have a championship. We’re paving our way there and we’re going one game at a time,” said York.

The fourth-ranked Trojans will continue their quest at the program’s third state title since 2014 with a matchup at second ranked Kahuku on Saturday night. Kickoff from Weimer Field is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on Spectrum X-Cast.

For a preview of that game and much more, be sure to catch Cover2 Hawaii High School Football Weekly at 9:30 p.m. on KHON2.

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