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Breaking down the state semifinals

Tue, Nov 23, 2010 (2:27 p.m.)

Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer break down this week's high school football state semifinals. Can Liberty handle traveling to Northern Nevada to face McQueen — and the Reno area's cold weather? Plus, everything you need to know about the much anticipated showdown between Bishop Gorman and Palo Verde.

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  1. I just do not get how you can keep talking up libertys size and strength and how good they are and then turn around and say Palo has no chance against gorman. Last time i checked Palo beat Liberty and matched for physicality.

  2. i can't wait for saturday, i think Gorman vs. Palo will be a monster of a game and i hope Liberty represents Henderson and Southern Nevada well by beating a storied program like McQueen.

  3. Looks like someone needs to watch the Liberty vs Palo game film. Palo DID NOT match them for "physicality" as you say. The Rost himself admitted in his interview...Liberty was the most physical team he has EVER played against. Palo Verde, like Liberty, practiced the day after the game. But where Liberty was hitting and running in full dress, Palo was icing down and trying to nurse their injuries from the night before. This info came directly from Palo players. Coaches across the valley who came to watch rendered the same opinion about Liberty's size and strength. They were all surprised that Liberty lost given the physical beat down they gave Palo. Liberty could not recover from their own errors. Liberty lost this game...Palo did not beat them. If you know anything about football you will understand the previous sentence. Cheer on your son and your team. Celebrate what they've achieved thus far. Because when they face Gorman, they will be crushed! And should by some miracle they make it past Gorman, Liberty will most certainly destroy Palo's dream of a state championship this year!

  4. Hey Keef, you just gave out the secret! Cardio and Endurance training!! These boys have been conditioning since February. They RUN for 30 minutes before practice and run for another 30 minutes at the end of practice. Then they run as a part of their personal workouts. If you got WIND and some STRENGTH, it will go a long way in compensating for whatever your size might be whether you're too big or too small. The rest is made up of sheer WILL!
    Just a note on the weather conditions for the game... It will be McQueen's first game in the snow this year just like Liberty. It would be different if they had been playing in the snow all along but it just started snowing in Reno. It will come down to whoever wants it more and is willing to give the extra to get there. Go Pates!

  5. Keef you're wrong but you're not crazy. If anybody can beat Gorman it is Palo. It's not because they are better, faster or more physical, if they beat Gorman it'll be because they want it that much more and played harder. I must say last years game that "stayed closed" was only because of two turnovers. Take away an INT returned for a TD and another turnover that resulted in a touchdown and it would have been a shot.

    either way i am looking more forward to this game than any potential state championship game. This game should be the state final it should be epic

  6. We forecasted two outcomes nearly spot on: Gorman over Arbor with Gaels winning by large margin. We also anticipated Arbor View's double wing offense would find "cracks in the metal" with the Gorman defense. They would produce one-two touchdowns against the steadfast defense. Jarrett Solomon's (National Sophomore of the year candidate)five touchdown passes and Gorman's adjusted defense...Sealed the deal with a pair of touchdowns in the closing minutes of the first half, which set the pace for the remainder of the game. Gorman will have a running start on the double wing of Palo"s offense. Next weeks game will have Palo rising to the occassion and play big....Gorman is more than one-two dimensional team and the stingy defense will be well ready slow down the (Brandon Wright show)running game. This local Summerlin rivalry will be well attended and a potential close game is one to watch. Edge Goes to Sanchez's Gorman.

    Liberty over Vegas: We fully predicted Liberty would win, and one of the most athletic defenses to come up big. We really liked the match up of the large blue color offense against the Vegas long as they stayed to true play off form (35-0 @ Q-4). What we did not anticipate is one of the most dominating defensive performances this year...let alone against a good Vegas team. Hats off to the entire Liberty nation coaching staff in putting together a sound game plan to negate "anything" that Vegas attempted to do. First half offensive efforts yielded maybe two yards. The defense of line with Teu Tai (big game) and Sam Tai lead the inpenetrable line. Line backers (Spencer Hill-Hale and Ted Efthemou) did a great job filling the running lanes and adding constant QB pressure. Between the D line and LB's resulted in 5 sacks. Haasan only threw three interceptions all season. Liberty's defensive backs made sure that the "speed" receiving outlets was shut down with two picks. Ryan Nimmo was impressive with a read pick that was well covered and speed timed, and was capped by another pick from Anthony Morgan. Liberty Versus McQueen: Two teams that are equally matched and playing in weather elements. This is a new weather system that can change the dynamics in a game: Wind and rain/snow that challenges footing, ball grip, passing, kicking, etc. But also can play into both teams game plan of ground and pound offensive. At this stage Liberty is a true state contender, BUT Traveling teams need to ensure proper rest, nutrition, and constant hydration. Also, you have a day to fight travel lag and must get in several short practices to adjust to altitude/climate (acclimation). This will allow the body to reduce the adjustment period. Finally, very important this week is the class work. Watch a lot film by position, know the tendencies, and schemes (i.e their Wildcat offense to mix things up)... this may be an open book test on this unfamiliar Northern Team. Edge goes to a prepared-warmly dressed Southern Nevada Liberty Patriots.