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Bishop Gorman football ranked No. 13 in nation by MaxPreps’ Preseason Top 25

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Bishop Gorman High School players and coaches pose for a team portrait after defeating Reed High School of Sparks, Nev. in the Division I state high school football championship game at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

The nation will be watching Bishop Gorman’s quest to win a sixth straight state championship in football this fall.

Gorman’s steak of dominance since Tony Sanchez took over as coach in 2009 has made the program one of the best in the country. The Gaels are a fixture in national high school football rankings, a trend that won’t cease in the preseason of the 2014 season.

Gorman claimed No. 13 in one major poll, MaxPreps.com’s Preseason Top 25, released Sunday.

“We feel Bishop Gorman is a bona fide, consistent player in the chase for a mythical national title,” said Stephen Spiewak, MaxPrep’s national football editor. “They are extremely talented, well-coached and fearless when it comes to scheduling elite opponents.”

The Gaels will come in as major favorites in every game against local opposition, but they’ve reached the point where outsiders measure their success based on performance versus out-of-state foes. Two teams on Gorman’s schedule are ranked higher by Max Preps — Servite from Anaheim, Calif., at No. 11 and Saint John Bosco from Bellflower, Calif., at No. 12.

Spiewak also labeled two other opponents, Bingham from South Jordan, Utah, and Centennial from Corona, Calif., as capable of breaking into the top 25. But a team of Gorman’s caliber won’t fear anyone.

“This year’s team looks very skilled offensively and experienced and athletic on defense,” Spiewak said.

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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