Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 | 12:30 a.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer try to contain their excitement for the start of the football season enough to get through the first slate of games. They also discuss the two defending state champions, Bishop Gorman and Faith Lutheran.
After losing an All-American to injury Friday, the Bishop Gorman High football team didn’t miss a beat with his replacement.
Alize Jones, the nation’s top-ranked tight end, left with a leg injury in the Gaels’ highly publicized game at Servite in the Anaheim, Calif., area. Both teams are ranked by multiple national polls, including Gorman No. 1 by USA Today.
Gorman will remain in the top spot thanks to sophomore Tyjon Lindsey. Lindsey caught two touchdown passes and returned a punt about 90 yards for a touchdown, helping the Gaels’ offense score 34 second-half points in a nationally televised 48-27 victory.
“He’s a real versatile guy,” Gorman coach Tony Sanchez said. “When Alize went down, he picked up all of those tight end (passing) routes.”
Lindsey and sophomore quarterback Tate Martell, who transferred together this summer to Gorman from Poway in California, proved to be an unstoppable combination.
Martell came off the bench at the end of the first half and immediately led Gorman on a scoring drive for a 14-6 halftime lead. He finished 9 of 15 for 178 yards and three touchdowns, connecting twice with Lindsey and once with Cordell Broadus. Broadus, who had four catches, was also credited by Sanchez for his work blocking downfield.
Senior running back Russell Booze had three touchdown runs and about 100 yards rushing. He sealed the victory with a 45-yard touchdown run with about five minutes remaining.
The Gorman defense also played well. When Gorman struggled to score early, the defense limited Servite to a pair of short field goals after scoring drives deep into Gorman territory.
“They were a good football team, really big and athletic,” Sanchez said. “That was just a big win.”