Published Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 | 2 a.m.
Updated Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 | 2:15 p.m.
RENO — Call them the nine-time Nevada state champions.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson rushed, passed and caught a touchdown today for the Bishop Gorman High football team in a 48-7 victory against Reed High at Mackay Stadium for the program’s ninth straight championship.
Brevin Jordan, Jalen Nailor and Amod Cianelli had touchdowns for Gorman, which recorded its eighth shutout on the season. Derek Ng added two fields, and Jeff Utlofoshio and Andrew Ruelas had interceptions.
Gorman finished the season with a 13-2 record and on a 12 game winning streak.
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Gorman ahead 48-0 heading into final quarter of state championship
When Gorman turned the ball over midway through the third quarter on its 39-yard line, Reed had one of its best chances to score in the large-school state championship game.
But on the second Reed play, Gorman’s Jeff Utlofoshio stepped in front of a pass for an interception and returned it deep into Reed territory.
Gorman scored six plays later for a 48-0 lead on a short touchdown run from Dorian Thompson-Robinson. The UCLA commit Thompson-Robinson has rushed, caught and passed for a touchdown, including a long pass to Jalen Nailor for an early third-quarter touchdown.
As expected, Gorman leading Reed 31-0 at halftime The Bishop Gorman High football team is one half away from their ninth consecutive state championship.
Amod Cianelli has a touchdown run and reception for the Gaels, helping them lead Reed 31-0 at halftime of the large-school classification finals.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson has a touchdown pass and reception, and Derek Ng closed the first half scoring with a 40-yard field goal.
Reed has one been on Gorman’s half of the field, settling for a field goal attempt which feel short.
Gorman up 14-0 on Reed after first quarter at state
Amod Cianelli scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for the Bishop Gorman High football team to close the first quarter and give the Gaels a 14-0 lead against Reed in the large-school state championship game at Mackay Stadium in Reno.
The Gaels first touchdown came on a trick play when wide receiver Jalen Nailor took a direct snap and completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
Reed has run eight plays for 11 yards and has punted twice.
Gorman takes early 7-0 lead in state title game
The Bishop Gorman High football team has scored first in the large-school high school football state championship game against Reed, using a 10-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Jalen Nailor to quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson on a trick play.
Reed won the coin toss and elected to receive. Gorman needed eight plays to score the initial points, including a diving catch for a first down Brevin Jordan.
Reed picked up a first down on its initial drive of the game, but had to punt the ball back to Gorman.
Pregame: Reed a familiar opponent at state for Bishop Gorman
The last football game of the high school season in Nevada is expected to produce a similar result.
Bishop Gorman High is playing for its ninth consecutive large-school state championship at 12:10 p.m. today against Reed High, and many anticipate the Gaels will post another lopsided win.
Reed is a familiar opponent for Gorman, who has beat the Northern Region champions in three of the past eight title games. And beat them soundly — 70-28 in 2014; 48-14 in 2013; 72-28 in 2011.
Until kickoff, here’s what you need to know:
Reed is a perennial Reno-area power but needed a wakeup call midway through the season to start rolling. It lost 39-0 to Reno on Oct. 13, but hasn’t lost since.
Reed’s last two victories have been by a combined seven points, including avenging the loss to Reno.
The Reed offense has produced 571 points in 14 games, including quarterback Cameron Emerson passing for 1,936 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Raiders have rushed for 40 touchdowns, relying heavily on hard-to-tackle senior Josiah Schmidt (5-foot-10, 200-pounds) who has 977 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
Senior Issac McCoy leads Reed with 42 receptions for 435 yards.
No mercy rule
The mercy rule of a running clock can only be used during a state championship game if both coaches agree. If not, regardless of the score, the clock runs like a regular game.
Last large-school championship game?
The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s Board of Control in mid-January will be asked to approve a new class 5A classification. The current proposal is for the class to only include Las Vegas teams, meaning today’s north-south state final could be the last of its kind.
Reno teams likely will be in the 4A, where they’d meet struggling Las Vegas schools such as Chaparral in the state playoffs.
“That’s just sad,” Gorman coach Kenny Sanchez said of the potential last game.
The game won’t be televised in Southern Nevada. But the live stream is available online for $10. And, of course, you can follow along here.