Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 | 11:59 p.m.
Going on the road in consecutive weeks to play nationally known opponents isn’t supposed to be this easy.
But defending mythical champion Bishop Gorman is playing defense like a team destined to repeat, holding respected Seattle-area power Bellevue out of the endzone Friday until the fourth quarter in a 35-7 victory.
Last week, Gorman beat Bingham 35-20, with the Salt Lake-area power scoring two late touchdowns when Gorman was emptying its bench.
“Our defense played lights out,” Gorman coach Kenny Sanchez said.
Bellevue’s wing-T offense, which is known for its precision, accounted for some extended drives against Gorman. But it didn’t score.
“That is a tough offense that you don’t ever get to see,” Sanchez said. “To travel to Seattle and hold Bellevue High School, who is known for that wing-T offense, to seven points in pretty impressive. I’m happy for the kids.”
Gorman scored on five of its seven possessions, including two touchdown runs from Biaggio Ali Walsh, who rushed for more than 150 yards. Haskell Garrett and Jonathan Shumaker added short scoring runs.
Tate Martell and Tyjon Lindsey hooked up for a 50-yard scoring strike in the second half.
Gorman’s schedule won’t get easier in the upcoming weeks, starting next week against Long Beach Poly at home. If Gorman, which is ranked No. 1 by USA Today, wins out, it will likely repeat as champions.