Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 | 11:59 p.m.
In the Bishop Gorman High football team’s rise to national prominence the past seven seasons, rarely has it been faced with this sort of misfortune.
The Gaels drove the length of the field Friday to open the game against host Bingham of the Salt Lake area in what was expected to be their toughest test of the season But, instead of scoring to take the lead, Gorman fumbled on the 1-yard line to give Bingham the ball.
Gorman needed overtime to defeat Bingham last season on the way to winning the mythical national title. Tonight looked like it was shaping up to follow a similar script.
“Any time you can come away with a victory on the road in a hostile environment and against a team of that caliber, it says something (about the program),” Gorman coach Kenny Sanchez said.
The game was six days after Gorman beat Chandler of Arizona to open the season last week. And because Gorman left Thursday for Utah, its preparation time was minimized. But the players weren’t bothered.
“It’s about the process,” Sanchez said. “We don’t talk about it; we don’t worry about it. We went back to work on Monday.”
Biaggio Ali-Walsh had two touchdown runs for Gorman, junior Bubba Bolden returned an interception for a 75-yard for a touchdown and Martell scored on a 3-yard quarterback keeper.
Now, Gorman moves on to its next challenge — next Friday in Seattle against powerhouse Bellevue.