Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) wound up the season where it started, as the No. 1 team in the Super 25 high school football rankings.
The Gaels (15-0) held off a late challenge from Booker T.Washington (Miami), which moved up from No. 4 to No. 2 with its 34-28 overtime defeat of No. 8 Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) in the Burger King State Champions Bowl Series.
The Tornadoes’ win showed how close they are to Bishop Gorman. Maurice Alexander threw three touchdown passes and ran for two touchdowns its a come-from-behind defeat of Bingham, their only common opponent. Gorman won at Bingham 23-20 in early September.
Along with their wins against Bingham, Bishop Gorman and Booker T. Washington (15-0) each beat another team in the final Super 25 as Bishop Gorman beat No. 24 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) and the Tornadoes defeated No. 5 Miami Central.
The two biggest things in Bishop Gorman’s favor are it has won six consecutive state titles to four for Booker T. Washington and the Gaels had a more dominant season, outscoring opponents by an average of 39.4 points a game, compared to the Tornadoes’ score differential of 26.1 points a game. Booker T. Washington has won 41 consecutive games.
De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) finished at No. 3 after a 14-0 season and a California Open Division Bowl championship. Allen (Texas) was No. 4 with a 16-0 record and a third consecutive state championship.
The other primary gainer in the final rankings was Miami Central, which moved up a spot from No. 6 after Da’Vante Phillips and Lenwood Joyner each had two touchdown catches in a 37-27 defeat of then-No. 15 Bothell, Wash., in the Burger King State Champions Bowl Series.