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Gorman football ranked nation’s 8th best team since 2008

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The Bishop Gorman Gaels make their entrance before the Sunset Regional semifinals against Palo Verde at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas on Friday, November 9, 2012.

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Bishop Gorman High School players celebrate after defeating Reed High School of Sparks, Nev. in the Division I state high school football championship game at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Launch slideshow »

The Bishop Gorman High football team’s rise from Nevada power to a nationally respected program was validated today when the HSFB100 Dynasty Rankings listed Gorman as its No. 8 team since 2008.

The rankings, which where complied by NationalHSfootball.com, listed the nation’s best 100 teams since 2008 using a point system based on final rankings each season.

Gorman has won every Nevada large-school state championship since 2009 to finish ranked nationally in the HSFB100 each season.

In the Dynasty Rankings, each HSFB100 national champion received 100 points; others were give one point less in decreasing order of their final ranking. Gorman finished with 386 points; No. 1 De LaSalle of North California had 482.

“Since the hiring of Tony Sanchez, the Gaels have simply have not been challenged within their state,” wrote Dallas Jackson, one of the site’s analyst. “Winners of six of the last seven large school state titles there is just no one on the horizon who appears to be a threat to their continued dominance in the state. As such, the school has been upgrading their out-of-state scheduling so as to enhance their standing at the national level.”

During its rise to national prominence, Gorman has beaten respected teams from California, Arizona and New Jersey. It also gave eventual national champions Armwood of Florida (2011) and Booker T. Washington of Miami (2013), and De LaSalle (No.2 in 2010) big-time challenges in defeats.

Next year, Gorman will be tested with another slate of tough out-of-state games, including a late-September game against St. John Bosco of California.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21

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