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Gorman football looking to get back into win column

Gaels play California’s Servite High in final game against an out-of-state foe before opening league play next week


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Bishop Gorman wide receivers Ryan Smith and Terrence Chambers celebrate a touchdown against Servite Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. Gorman won the game 31-28.

Bishop Gorman vs. Servite — 2011

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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.

Players on the Bishop Gorman High football team have a chip on their shoulder.

Last week, the Gaels lost for just the fourth time in the past four seasons, coming up short against Bergen Catholic of New Jersey, 43-35.

They don’t have much time to be disappointed.

The Gaels face another stiff challenge tonight, traveling to Southern California to take on respected Servite High at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cerritos College. Last year, a last-minute field goal lifted Gorman to a win against Servite.

Another close contest is expected this year, giving Gorman (2-1) the perfect opportunity to make amends for last week’s defeat.

“It was a tough one, but we still went out there and played our hardest,” Gorman senior defensive back Justin Sweet said. “Sometimes you just don’t come out on top.”

It’s the Gaels’ fourth straight game to open the season against a nationally respected foe. It’s their last national opponent before opening Southwest League play next week and starting the title defense of the program’s three straight state championships.

Sweet classified the loss as the hardest to take in his three-year varsity career at Gorman, but Gorman coach Tony Sanchez is making sure his players don’t dwell on the past. Whether it was a big win — such as the team's win against top-10 ranked Our Lady of Good Counsel to open the season — or the tough-to-stomach loss of last week, the coach always stresses taking one week at a time.

There were lessons to be learned and mistakes to fix, but losing one game isn’t reason to panic.

When Sanchez looked at the game film early Saturday, he found several positives in the defeat. The Gorman offense, despite being hindered by two interceptions, a lost fumble and a fumble for a significant loss to stop a scoring drive, moved the ball well all night.

“At the end of the day, there are some good things that came from it and some bad things that came from it,” Sanchez said. “We have to sharpen some things up, especially in big games like that. You have to limit the turnovers. Not only turnovers, but costly turnovers, red-zone turnovers that were big momentum changes.”

Defensively, Gorman has surrendered 82 points in its past two games and allowed Bergen Catholic to pass for more than 300 yards. Gorman will have some minor changes with its defensive rotation for the Servite game, using senior tight end Robert Stanley more on the defensive line and running back Tajon Allen at linebacker.

“He does such a good job rushing the passer, we have to give him the opportunity to do that,” Sanchez said of Stanley.

“When you sit and watch the film, it’s the little things we aren’t doing well,” the coach continued.

Sweet, a Division I prospect and the leader of the Gorman defense, said the poor results aren’t because of a lack of effort.

“We are going to continue to come out every play and fight on the field and try not to give up so many points,” Sweet said. “We want a shutout.”

Servite has lost two of its first three games this season and didn’t score last week, but each of its opponents was a high-caliber California school. Like the past three weeks, and surely weeks ahead, it’s another challenge Gorman is ready to embrace.

“The season will play itself out. We’ll take it one game at a time. When it is all said and done, we’ll have won more than we lost,” Sanchez said.

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  1. Mr. Justin Sweet,

    Lets just say, you of all people need to sharpen your basic skills. This way opponents don't make plays like 3rd & 17, 4th & 12 etc.......

    Secondly, please put a LICK on the receivers. Meaning, you have to "HIT" somebody.

    Third, take control because you have the most experience & leadership. Leadership is not given, it's EARNED!!!!!!!

    Finally, it all falls on the coaches. Against Bergen, they had two (2) weeks and defense LB'S & SECONDARY were not ready & weak. Bottom line, they were out COACHED to say the least.

  2. In Mr. Sweet's defense there's about a million viewers of the clip where Sweet laid out the Good Counsel receiver who can vouch that he can hit someone.

    I agree with you on your points, Sanchez was outcoached and you make a good point pointing out they had the bye week to prepare and weren't. It happens, it was very frustrating to lose the game the way we did. I don't mind when we lose to a better team who beat us when we played well but to get beat (Even to a better team like Bergen) thanks in part to a lot of mistakes on our end that's very frustrating.

    Hopefully the 40 points St Louis put on our D and the slicing Bergen's QB did has the boys fired up to put on a show against Servite. Although Servite is having a down year and was shut out last year, holding Servite to few points will not be as impressive as it would have been last year.

  3. Thought I logged onto the wrong website this morning. Instead of seeing the standard LV Sun logo banner, I'm staring at a football field banner with a Gorman helmet center stage. Nice job. Good recruitment tool.

    Was there a cut in Sun photographers? I don't see many action shots of games this year. The weekly game summaries normally just have the team preview photos.

  4. AH SG always the hater and mightier than thou. I wake up everyday wishing to be as cool as you SG, everyday... the point is the kid is not afraid of contact. And I was only off by 500,000 not 995,000. Had 513,338 views on here and no I had no idea that website existed before Sweets video was posted on it and the link made the rounds. I guestimated the views based on there being 400K view in the first week, oops.

    EddieJames-- they did the banner with helmet and countdown for Palo Verde vs Desert Vista (AZ) and Liberty vs Crespi (CA) equal love for big oos games here. I wish they'd do it for Thursday Night Light games too. Might double their viewership to 300.

  5. Guru- I was kind of dissapointed there was no story on last nights game, had a few points to make about it but... ignoring public schools? I think that's an insult to the great coverage the sun provides. Do remember they've made plenty of cuts and layoffs at the Sun in the last few years and prep sports hasn't suffored any thankfully. I'm not just a Gorman fan i'm a fan of high school football games. I go to many other games other than Gorman and pay plenty of attention to all the teams, so if there was crap coverage of the rest of the schools i'd be pissed because I actually look forward to all those too.

    While I can imagine budgets issues account for lack of game photos, it does suck to see the stock pre season photos on every story. I am going to assume that they are doing their best with what they have. The review journal doesn't have photos of most games either.

    Since June (plenty of pre-season stories included)

    Gorman coverage- 16
    Rest of schools- 104

    Moapa 6 stories
    Liberty 6 stories
    Palo 5 stories

    How many of those 104 stories on public schools do you think get comments or more than a couple hits? Seriously most of the team preview and game recaps get little attention. Obviously schools like Palo, Gorman, Canyon, Moapa and Liberty have gotten more attention that most other schools because they are relevant.

    Now when you factor in that Gorman played in 4 big out of state games, which Liberty, Palo, Moapa also got a few stories about when they played big OOS. Plus the fact that those stories include recruit commitments, of which obviously 25 of the 36 schools don't have any and Gorman has a handful, those 15 also include the Sollenberger debacle stories which I credited to Gorman not Palo and i'd say that's pretty dang good coverage of public schools.

    I made this point before if you're the Sun and you see how many hits and comments those 104 stories get and compare them to how many hits and comments the 16 Gorman stories why do you think they keep covering Gorman? You have a nationally relevant team, like them or not, they are.

    Look at this story right now. Last weeks stories on all the games had probably as many comments as this one Gorman story. As long as they're nationally relevant they'll get more coverage than most. If people stopped commenting and reading it they'd probably get less. If more than a the handful of us who comment on other schools stories gave the 104 other stories more attention they'd beef it up.

    The coverage is incredibly better than it was say 5 or 10 years ago.

  6. @ tuasdad, I was being a little sarcastic. I love the football banners whether they are BG are some other school. By the way, I'm pulling for Gorman tonight because they are representing Nevada. But after tonight, it's all over.

  7. Lol I hear ya Eddie James.

  8. SG1...probably went to my junk mail, i'll look for it when I get to a computer my phone sucks for searching through my email.

    lvfootball...If it was just Bergen and Good Counsel that tore up our secondary, I wouldn't be too worried but with St Louis (albeit late in the game) putting that kind of yardage on them I worry just a little more than I did last year about playoff runs.

    Good part for us is that there's not a team in town with the passing attack or anywhere near the offense that Bergen or Good Counsel had. That would be case closed but with St Louis' sophomore qb also torching us in the air it makes me worry just a smidge. Liberty is probably as good if not better than St Louis, which makes me really really look forward to that potential Liberty/Gorman match up for state final.

    As for last nights game Keefer was covering UFC 152 all day yesterday, Brewer was probably on his way to California (yes for Gorman game) and who knows where Taylor Bern was.

    I think we're all disappointed that there wasn't a story on last nights game however when they've done 104 stories on schools not named Gorman and covered every game thus far I think the criticism you guys are given them today reference not covering last nights game because it's not Gorman is a bit unwarranted. They've covered every other game from palo to virgin valley. Sun Sports coverage record is 104-1

  9. I would have liked to see some mention of last nights game also. With that said I believe Gorman will win, Servite is down. Also believe Gorman got a wake up call last week. Does anyone know about the Friday night coverage on the news at 11. I havent seen it.I havent seen the helicopter either. Are they still doing it.

  10. I heard the helicopter coverage was axed - budget cuts