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Gorman’s defense answers call, gives Gaels fourth straight Sunset crown

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Bishop Gorman coach Tony Sanchez points to his players after their second touchdown of the first quarter during their game against Servite at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif., Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

Bishop Gorman defeats Centennial 59-7

KSNV reports that Bishop Gorman High School defeated Centennial High School 59-7 to take the Sunset Regional championship for the fourth straight year.

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Bishop Gorman High football coach Tony Sanchez summarized his team’s blowout win against Centennial Friday for its fourth-straight Sunset Regional championship with the same message he preached all week.

As the players circled around him clutching the championship plaque, Sanchez bellowed: “How about that defense?”

All week Sanchez made defense the focal point in practice and the locker room, and on Friday, the players responded. Gorman (11-1) suffocated the Bulldogs’ offense; swarming the ball and forcing four turnovers that resulted in two touchdowns. While the offense racked points in the 59-7 victory, Sanchez said it was the defense that paved the way for the fourth regional championship.

“That was a championship-caliber defense,” Sanchez said. “…That was a phenomenal effort.”

Sanchez said the defense came out motivated to shut down Centennial (9-3) after seeing score predictions that had them giving up 26 points. Each day leading up to the game he challenged them to prove the predictions wrong.

“Our defense got called out all week,” Sanchez said. “That was big talk in the locker room talk with the kids, they were determined to come out and play a great defensive game.”

From the opening possession, that motivation showed. Centennial’s offense struggled to find any rhythm never making it beyond midfield. Gorman orange jerseys swarmed the ball on any runs, and flustered Bulldogs’ quarterback Austin Turley. They punted twice at the start of the game, which led to two-straight touchdowns for Gorman.

Then, near the end of the first quarter, the Gaels’ defense got into the scoring. The defensive line tipped Turley’s pass, and cornerback Justin Sweet caught the ball returning it for a 39-yard touchdown. On the next possession, defensive end Jake Smirk scooped up a fumble and returned it 64-yards for a touchdown knocking the wind out of the Bulldogs.

“That was fantastic,” Sanchez said. “Right away it gave us momentum, and then we got another score in the first half.”

While on offense, Gorman quarterback Anu Solomon picked apart the Centennial’s defense. The Gaels marched down the field scoring on every possession. Solomon finished the first half with two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns with 240 yards passing.

By halftime, Gorman led 49-0 leading to a running clock in the second half.

Centennial finally broke free on offense with 5:30 left in the game, when Turley found receiver Brandt Honda for a 43-yard touchdown pass. Still, it was too little, too late. With the majority of their starters out, the Gaels had already clinched the victory and a trip to Reno.

“Defense played a big role tonight,” Solomon said. “They played great obviously, (letting up) seven points, (forcing) turnovers. Our defense is really good; some people are overlooking them.”

Gorman will take on Reed High, which won the 4A Northern Regional Championship game against Damonte Ranch. Gorman defeated Reed for the state championship in 2011, and Sanchez is already looking forward to a chance at a fourth-straight state championship.

“They’re going to be a no huddle, spread (offense) team,” Sanchez said. “It’s going to be a good, fun game.

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  1. So...

    When does Gorman go Pro?

  2. Great game Gaels! Let's keep it going!

  3. Outstanding defensive effort. I like it when I'm wrong about how many points we will give up. It was Solomon's curtain call at Fertitta field and he did excellent. This will be the last year I can book my trip to Reno 8 months in advance with full confidence so i'll enjoy it.

  4. I predicted a blow out. Gorman put the brakes on in the first game. I have said it from the beginning Gorman can beat everyone by 40 or 50 points and will do so the next 2 games. If anyone is within 20 points its because they put the breaks on because of the heat they are taking for killing teams. The Gorman win streak against Nevada teams will continue. Congrats to Gorman!

  5. Congrats to Centennial for great season. Once again congrats to Gorman for the victory

  6. Don't be so quick to credit Sanchez, I believe most public school coaches in Nevada would win with a stacked team too. This is further evidence Gorman does not belong in the same league as PUBLIC schools. Centennial is one of the most dominant public school teams this year and they got slaughtered. I predict the same outcome with Gorman's remaining public school opponents. No PUBLIC school can compete against a stacked private school. When the average margin of victory against NV schools the last 5 yrs is 50+ points, that's a good indicator NO public school is closing ground nor will they ever. There is no doubt Gorman is a great team and will continue years down the road, but you don't belong in the same league as public schools. Congratulations Gorman for the win and congrats to Centennial for a great season.

  7. LMFAO @ all of the haters.....I love it.

  8. And when one of those segments offers a Japanese program, we will call them Valo Perde and kids who happen to be pretty good at a certain sport transfer to said school then???

    SG1... like i said in the personal message you sent, if you have information of violations about Gorman then I encourage you to report that to the NIAA otherwise you're just another guilty party allowing it to happen or unjustly adding fuel to a fire.

    I don't doubt you've got a valid reason to dislike Gorman but if you have something on them and are just going to crap on them on every story but not come forward with info then you're part of the "problem". Failing to point out the many other schools with "advantages" also seems a bit one sided.

    Gorman had an open house Saturday and i'm bout dang sure that anyone who would have gone to that open house without any pre-conceived bias of Gorman, or any knowledge of how good their athletic programs are would want to send their kid to Gorman over most if not all of the public school offerings if they had the ability to do so. Drugs and sex is just as much as any public school but the lack of gangs, fights and large quantity of slackers keeps kids focused. A good kid and good student can excel at any school but the environment at Gorman isn't duplicated anywhere in this valley.

  9. Faith Lutheran, Meadows, and other private schools aren't restricted by "boundaries" either. People can "move" into public school districts if they want to play at a particular school. That 100 homes example is a joke....even more fodder.

    I LMFAO @ haters because you're funny.