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Gorman football’s 2012 schedule includes game in Hawaii


Sam Morris

New Bishop Gorman football helmets are seen on the ground as the Gaels warm up for their game against the Chaparral Firebirds at the Sollenberger Classic on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

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The Bishop Gorman High football team’s schedule for 2012 is starting to take shape, including a road game over Labor Day weekend in Hawaii against Honolulu power St. Louis High.

The three-time defending state champion Gaels, who last fall finished ranked nationally in the top 10, tentatively have four games scheduled against high-caliber national opponents and could play a fifth out-of-state foe if again invited to the mid-August Sollenberger Classic in Arizona.

Gorman’s home opener is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 24 against Our Lady of Good Counsel from Olney, Md. Our Lady of Good Counsel was ranked No. 6 by USA Today in its final 2011 poll, one spot behind No. 5 Gorman.

On Sept. 14, the Gaels will host Bergen Catholic High of New Jersey, which is one of the state’s top teams and a top-50 national opponent.

The following week, Gorman will play at perennial national power Servite High of Anaheim, Calif., at Cerritos College.

Gorman coach Tony Sanchez announced the schedule Sunday at the team’s end-of-the-year banquet. Needless to say, the players were pretty excited.

“Their reaction was no bigger than the reaction for the other (games),” Sanchez said of the Hawaii trip. “They are fired up about playing great football teams. The kids expect us to find teams to push them to be ready to defend the state title.”

It’s the same scheduling formula Gorman has used the past two years. They finished with a 16-1 record last fall, beating Chaparral High of Scottsdale, Ariz. , and Servite on a last-second field goal, but they narrowly lost at home against Armwood of Florida.

Traveling to Hawaii, or even into Southern California, is no easy task for a high school team. But for Gorman, it’s become the norm — the Gaels have played six games outside Southern Nevada the past three years.

“The kids know what is expected of them,” Sanchez said. “Win, lose or draw, it won’t be because of a lack of preparation.”

Gorman played three times last year on national television, including both home games against national competition televised by ESPN. Sanchez said television deals for the 2012 slate are being finalized.

Teams for the 2012 Sollenberger Classic, which typically pits the defending Arizona and Nevada state champions, have yet to be announced. Gorman, which has played the past two years, would go up against Desert Vista High of Phoenix on Aug. 18 if the Classic keeps its same format. Desert Vista was ranked No. 11 by USA Today.

Gorman isn’t the lone local school with a marquee national game. Liberty High, which lost to Gorman in the state semifinals, will travel to Southern California over Labor Day weekend to play in a four-team event hosted by Servite, Patriots coach Rich Muraco said. The Patriots’ opponent will be determined later this week.

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  1. Wow. Rumor from was that Sanchez put out a request for any tip program in country who wanted to play to call, apparently he really did. Will be hard without the o line but I think we can be competitive. I'd say winning 2 or 3 of those 5 games would be a good showing for NV. We won't reload like Bergen or Servite and we shouldn't be anywhere near top of rankings to start. But this schedule will give a good measurement for how good the program is nationally, even on a down year.

  2. the best thing about this whole thing is Liberty getting to go on that trip and hopefully they'll play a solid Cali program and represent the state well. Very excited to see both games can't wait.

  3. What's really cool is that Servite wanted Gorman to be part of its event, but since Gorman already had its Hawaii game booked, coach Sanchez recommended Liberty. Vegas football is starting to earn a great national reputation. ...

  4. If only Liberty/Palo could travel or get high caliber teams to come here more it would be awesome.

    Maybe 2013 Gorman can host a 4 or 6 team event like Servite is doing and have the Liberty/Palo/Gorman vs 3 out of state programs on one day, one field. Would be great showcase and show some great pride for locals

  5. Credit to Gorman for putting Nevada High School Sports on the map. This should help all of the kids playing high school football in this state be seen by more college programs. Now can UNLV even find Gorman to recruit football players? Nice to see how these games can be shown on ESPN and yet the State Championship Football game could not even get on Las Vegas radio as ESPN 1100 and 920 decided on airing Nevada Wolfpack football instead.

    What was with the dead crowd at Cox on Saturday? Sold out building that had more people who were there to show off and rub elbows than to really root for either team? It is about time that the Findlay Prep vs Gorman game be played at a bigger arena. Thomas and Mack or Orleans would be better for a game that has this demand to be seen. The crowd was like going to a UNLV game without a student section - oh yeah that already happens.

    Get a bigger facility for the game next year. They knew that everyone wanted to see this game and should have put this into a bigger building. Make it happen next time. A game at Sam Boyd for Gorman Football is next when they are selling out their home games.

  6. Kirkland... I suspect that the Gucci crowd and a few freeloading politicians packed the Cox Pavilion. They don't know how to make noise at a basketball game

  7. Kirkland, that's the crappy side of Gorman alums and parents. Can't tell you how frustrating it is to be at a football game on a big third down or goal line stance and an entire section of people are too "uppity" to bother standing up or cheering. It's very much a rubbing elbows and who's who for a portion of those in attendance. I envied the Servite fan base when we played them last year. Everyone on their side, student, parent or player was on their feet, yelling, cheering in the rain while half of our side was just their to say they went. Ugh, hate it.

    btw the Findlay/Gorman game was originally going to be at Thomas & Mack but NCAA rules abotu HS game being played at same venue same day as College nixed that and they had to move it. I'm sure next year it'll be at Orleans or T&M

    I wish they'd do a double or triple header of local teams at the T&M against OOS competition get the little sense of community that we have to show support for some of these HS.

  8. Are any other schools going to be invited to the Sollenberger Classic again? I liked seeing both the 4A and 3A get a shot at Arizona. Would love to see it again.

  9. Gang: It's TBA on the Sollenberger Classic. They usually send out the invitation in mid-April. I did hear they plan on keeping the game at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

  10. Bergen Catholic head coach Campanile will get a close look at Solomon this coming week. Solomon is one of the QB's for the US team in the international bowl? And he's a coach.

  11. I am an admitted Gorman hater from way back. That being said, major props to Gorman for going out and getting these big games on the schedule! I still dont think it is fair for them to battle for the state championship with the public schools, but there is no practical solution for that problem at this time. So, with amazement at myself, i will be all in rooting for Gorman to beat the out of state schools!

  12. Well nice to see Tuasdad is in full propaganda mode for his beloved Gorman. "Sanchez put out call to play any top team" really? St. Louis Hawaii was 6-4 and didn't even make the playoffs. Use to be top team, not anymore. Bergen Catholic 8-3 lost to Don Bosco 42-14. Servite proved to be overrated this year, and lost by 3 to BG with star tailback not playing because of injury. Servite lost a ton of Sr this year so next year will be major rebuilding year. Lady Good Counsel will be good even they lost several Sr including 5star rec/db. But they have to travel all the way across country to play, which is extremely hard on high school kids, just ask Dela Salle, which has had hard time playing out of state the last several years with some bad losses.

    If Sanchez really wanted to play the best he would be trying to schedule Louisville Trinity, Grayson Georgia, and/or Santa Margarita. These are the teams that are favored to be no. 1 in the country. Also, why does Gorman not travel to play the Elite teams? And don't count this Hawaii game because a team in Hawaii that can't make the playoffs is hardly considered an Elite team.

    Hopefully, Gorman will at least play the larger division school in Az this year like they did 2years ago when they played Hamilton (and lost), instead of playing the lower division team like this past year.

    Credit to Sanchez though, using the Sun and Brewer as a nice recruiting tool. Let's see, come to Gorman get free trip to Hawaii. Smart.

  13. Quick question on another subject, just wondering why no coverage of Durango's firing of football coach Maki? Who is going to be new coach? And is there anymore coaching changes around the valley?

    Oh, and by the way Ray, I don't believe Sanchez had anything to do w Liberty playing in Servite event. I believe a well connected parent at Liberty is the one responsible. Apparently he was putting this together over a month ago.

    Great to be talking about H. S. football already.

  14. Lvfootball, 2 of the 5 teams they're playing finished in the top 25 in the country in almost every poll, a third was top 100. Yes Servite fell short of expectations but Gorman had a home/away two year deal with them. Should sanchez not honor their deal to play in California because Servite fell short? They should have scheduled East St Louis a bigger power in Hawaii but how do you know they didn't try scheduling other games that just didn't work out logistically? Rivals lead writer Dallas Clark bloogged last October when sanchez contacted him and asked for any top team looking for a game. Bergen Catholic lost three games, two against the #1 or #2 (depending on which poll you look at) Don Bosco. Which their first game was a narrow loss. Their third loss was to Plant from tampa who happened to be the Florida 8A state champ and top 20 in country too. Three of these games with be out of state two will be home games, and mind you next year Gorman will travel to NJ to play BC. As for liberty whoever is responsible should get credit for that I'm just glad another top program will be representing the state. I'm eagerly awaiting to hear who liberty will be playing, have you heard any possible opponents? Agree or disagree I can't wait for football season