Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Published Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 | 12:39 a.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer talk Liberty's statement victory, Bishop Gorman's error-filled night and Centennial's time to shine against Arbor View. In the middle of the usual discussion, they break into an argument over which player is having the best season so far — D.J. Pumphrey or Niko Kapeli.
Nate Starks rushed for three first-half touchdowns Friday night to lead the Bishop Gorman High football team to a 42-0 victory against California’s Servite High at Cerritos College.
Gorman, which had surrendered 40 or more points in its two previous games, was sharp defensively in forcing Servite to punt after three down on its first two possessions.
Starks had scoring runs of 14 and 5 yards in the first quarter, then busted several tackles for an 81-yard scoring run early in the second quarter.
Quarterback Anu Solomon added a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamir Tillman and capped the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. Tajon Allen scored the Gaels’ other touchdown, rushing in for a 2-yard touchdown 16 seconds before halftime.
Last week, Gorman was defeated by Bergen Catholic for just its fourth loss the past four seasons. This week, they were back to their dominating ways in beating a quality California opponent.
Gorman (3-1) opens Southwest League play next week by hosting Legacy.
Check back later for more on this story.Gorman's last national test a big one at California power Servite
If last year’s game is any indication, the Bishop Gorman High football team’s game tonight against California’s Servite High at Cerritos College could be a classic.
Gorman prevailed 31-28 on a last-minute field goal in knocking off Servite in 2011, capping a back-and-forth contest where each team could have been victorious.
Expect a similar type of game this year.
Both programs are respected nationally and feature several high-level Division-I college recruits. While Servite has just a 1-2 record, and its lone victory was by one point, it is motivated for redemption from last year and much better than the record in its initial three games would indicate.
Gorman (2-1) is playing its fourth national opponent to open the season, looking to get back on track after falling last week to Bergen Catholic, 42-35.
Even in defeat, the Gaels were able to move the ball against Bergen Catholic, but were hindered by multiple turnovers to end potential scoring drives.
This is Gorman’s last game against an out-of-state opponent before opening Southwest League play next week against visiting Legacy.
Gorman is the three-time defending state champions, partially playing a tough schedule of notable national opponents to prepare for its title defense. The importance of defending its title is a message coach Tony Sanchez delivered to his players this week after practice.
The game will be broadcast online only. For live coverage following me on Twitter @raybrewer21 or check back throughout the night. I will update this story after each quarter.
Gorman isn’t the only Las Vegas team with a tough game tonight.
Centennial hosts Arbor View in a battle of undefeated squads each ranked in the top-five of the Sun’s weekly rankings. Also, Green Valley visits Coronado in a battle of up-and-coming teams.
We’ll have scores from every game in the valley, including all of the contest in the opening week of league play in the Division I-A. Check back all night.
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