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Gorman’s Shaquille Powell, Ronnie Stanley honored by SI.com

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Bishop Gorman’s Shaquille Powell, left, and Ronnie Stanley show off their trophy after beating Reed High School 72-28 for the 4A football championship Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno.

Not only were Bishop Gorman High running back Shaquille Powell and offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley two of Nevada’s top high school football players this fall, they were also two of the nation’s top performers.

The duo on Monday were included in SI.com’s 2011 High School All-Americas team as honorable mention selections. The website honored 25 players nationwide on each of its first and second teams, and picked another 100 players as honorable mention.

The seniors were both three-year varsity standouts, helping Gorman post a 43-3 record and win three straight state championships. This year, Gorman (16-1) finished ranked No. 5 by USA Today, posting wins against Servite High (Calif.) and Chaparral High (Ariz.).

The 5-foot-11 Powell, who is verbally committed to Duke, rushed for 2,427 yards and 40 touchdowns. For his career, his rushed for more than 5,000 yards and scored 86 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Stanley, who last week committed to Notre Dame, is a four-star recruiting prospect and one of the top lineman in the nation. Stanley used his size and athleticism to dominate the opposition, anchoring the right side of the Gaels’ line the past three seasons.

Also, Davonte Neal of Arizona’s Chaparral was first-team selection at kick returner by SI.com.

Neal, however, was far from a standout in the season-opener against Gorman, only touching the ball five times for 93 yards and a touchdown in a 42-22 loss to Gorman. Most of the damage came on an 82-yard screen pass for a touchdown against Gorman’s second team.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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