Athlete Of The Quarter: Dillon Gabriel

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     Varsity quarterback Junior Dillon Gabriel, has proven himself time and time again on and off the field. Guiding the varsity team to a Division One Championship last year and maintaining a streak of wins this season, it is no secret to his teammates and coaches that Gabriel is a star athlete. However, it is his humility, drive, and the camaraderie he has with his team that sets him apart from the rest, earning him the title of Athlete of the Quarter.

     “I think he’s great because he’s a great teammate. He’s a great leader by example. He’s learning to become more vocal. He plays the most high profile position, which is the quarterback position, and he is arguably one of the hardest workers on the team,” said head coach Rod York.

     Gabriel attributes his successes to his team and the support they provide him. “Football is a team sport; I just want to be the best teammate I can be. If I can make people smile everyday, then I did my job. As well as stick to the reads. But without my team I’m nothing,” said Gabriel. “They push me everyday. They are the ones I see everyday. Probably even more than my blood brothers. They truly are my second brothers. I can’t thank them enough for the fun times and even the bad times.

    While Gabriel credits the team with his success, the work he puts in and the difficulty of his position is not lost on his teammates. “I remember driving past his house after practice to drop off one of my friends at home and I noticed his garage was open, I looked closely and I see him lifting weights in his garage right after we had a long day of running at practice,” said varsity center Senior Noah Williams. “Dillon has to perfectly read the defense in order to make the right passes and the right runs because one wrong read from him can cause a fumble or an interception.”

     Gabriel’s teammates appreciate the person he is off the field as well. He cares about people and makes sure they’re good. He’s a student athlete that makes sures his grades are good. He always cares about his O-Linemen, he buys us socks and gloves and takes us out for dinner sometimes just to show his appreciation towards us,” said Williams.

     York, having worked with Gabriel for the past four years—since he was an eighth grader coming into the Mill Vill Trojans program—he has seen Gabriel grow as a player and a person. “Dillon was always mature but it’s like he’s more mature. He’s always been a great kid, very coachable. He works very hard so he’s only improved,” said York..

     York has also observed Gabriel’s humility in the face of his high school success. “Football in Hawaii gets a lot of publicity and a lot of media, especially with social media and for him, he’s still humble. He’s a down to earth guy. It’s been easy for me as a coach to coach him because he’s just great kid,” said York, “Even though he has ithe’s doing well, he’s leading his teamhe’s still humble, he still works hard, he’s still the average Joe out there. He’s a great example for other people and how to be humble even though he’s star status now.”

     Gabriel believes in his own skills as well as the skills of his teammates coming into the season. The team’s skills will be on full display during next game on Oct. 27 against Kahuku.

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