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Bishop Gorman records second straight shutout in win against Durango

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Bishop Gorman High School football players Nick Strehlow, Ben Guida and Jelani Walls.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer look ahead to another week of high school football and detail why the Northwest division appears to be the strongest in town. Palo Verde, Arbor View, Centennial, Cimarron and Cheyenne have all looked impressive in the early season.

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The Bishop Gorman High football team won its second straight game by shutout Friday, blanking host Durango 49-0 in a Southwest Division contest.

The two-time defending state champion Gaels (3-1, 2-0 Southwest) led 42-0 at halftime, using three rushing touchdowns from running back Shaquille Powell and three passing touchdowns from quarterback Anu Solomon.

Ryan Smith had two touchdown receptions and about 150 yards receiving for Gorman, and Jamir Tillman had seven receptions and a touchdown.

Last week, Gorman defeated Desert Oasis 54-0. After Gorman, Desert Oasis and Durango are widely considered the second and third best teams in the Southwest — making the lopsided scores a true testament to the Gaels dominance.

Last year, Gorman recorded six shutouts and allowed just 12 points in eight league games. They are off to another great start.

“I thought our defense and special teams played well,” Gorman coach Tony Sanchez said. “Offensively, we also did well, but at times we weren’t as sharp as we could have been.”

Despite narrowly losing 20-17 to Florida’s Armwood High two weeks ago, Gorman hasn’t dropped much in the polls. USA Today ranks the Gaels No. 18 and Rivals.com has them No. 11.

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