Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 | 2:05 a.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer are back with their weekly high school football podcast. This week's episode plays more like a variety show, as the two touch on a number of issues related to last week's gridiron action.
The Gaels proved they could post gaudy scores against more than just the area’s lower-tier teams. They can do the same against the elite.
Behind a career-high 298 passing yards and four touchdowns from Solomon, Gorman blew out Arbor View 56-7.
“We always want to run the ball behind our offensive line,” Gorman coach Tony Sanchez said. “We have to run the ball to keep people honest, but if they load the box up, we know we have one-on-one situations.”
And the Gaels know they have the man behind center to exploit those matchups. Solomon, who finished 15-for-20, spent the night flinging spirals so tight and on-point that Joe Montana would have blushed.
“Earlier in the game, things didn’t go as planned because the defense didn’t come out in man,” Solomon said. “But at the end of the game, we got back to it.”
No one outside of the Gorman sidelines noticed the difference. The Gaels took what they were given in the first half and Shaquille Powell, who had 10 carries for 108 yards, rushed for touchdowns on each of their first three possessions.
Solomon also went underneath to Tillman, who had close to career night with six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, for his first four completions.
“We have a special relationship that other receivers don’t have,” Solomon said of Tillman. “He’s a great wide receiver. He’s one of those kids who will make it to the next level.”
Even if the Gorman offense wouldn’t have roared from the beginning, the defense provided room for error. The Gaels came up with a key stop on a fourth-and-four from their own 23-yard line on the only threatening Aggies drive of the first half.
Most of the other possessions ended in three-and-outs with senior Ronnie Stanley wreaking havoc with tackles at the line of scrimmage and quarterback hurries on passing downs. Not much changed in the second half, as the Gaels defensive front kept dictating their terms.
Senior defensive end Zach Hutchins forced a fumble and recovered another in the third quarter.
“Our kids got really excited because their guys made some comments about running the ball down our throat and being the more physical football team,” Sanchez said. “That wasn’t the coaches talking about it. It was the kids. Our kids really felt like they had something to prove.”
Only one Arbor View rush went for more than 10 yards and it came in the final seconds. Arbor View is known for its arsenal of running backs, but junior Donnie Gaskin was the only one to finish with more than 30 yards against Gorman. He had 49 yards on 14 carries.
“That game makes you better,” Sanchez said. “Arbor View is a good football team. They are very well coached. They have a lot of talent out there.”