Sometimes a team is so overwhelmingly dominant that their games are virtually over before they begin. We’ve certainly reached that point with national No. 1 Bishop Gorman.
For eight straight weeks heading into Friday’s Nevada Division I state championship, Gorman has put up historic offensive numbers while completely shutting down opponents. Since concluding the team’s out-of-state, non league schedule, no one has been able to touch the Gaels. Against foes from Nevada, Gorman has an average margin of victory of more than 47 points. In that span, they’ve allowed a total of only 26 points.
That’s 26 total points in eight games, an average of just more than 3 points per game. You’re not going to lose many games when you hold opponents to a field goal in high school football. Add in that you are scoring 50.5 points per contest and you’re definitely not going to finish short.
Just for the record, here are all the final scores since Gorman returned to in-state competition following a narrow, 34-31 victory against then national No. 1 St. John Bosco of Bellflower, Calif.
- Bishop Gorman 56, Shadow Ridge 0
- Bishop Gorman 77, Durango 0
- Bishop Gorman 70, Legacy 13
- Bishop Gorman 49, Palo Verde 0
- Bishop Gorman 63, Desert Oasis 0
- Bishop Gorman 52, Centennial 7
- Bishop Gorman 56, Arbor View 6
- Bishop Gorman 50, Liberty 0
Keep in mind that four of those victories have come in playoff action, advancing to the Division I state title game in historic fashion. So how has Gorman been achieving such one-sided dominance? By doubling down on their biggest strengths after surviving the nation’s most brutal out of league schedule.
— Sophomore quarterback phenom Tate Martell has had just one game with a QBR below 114 during the team’s streak, including three wins with QBRs above 150 and another pair higher than 140. The run has pushed his overall season average QBR to 140.5 and has passed for more than 2,300 yards.
— Star wide receiver Cordell Broadus, Snoop Dogg’s son, has brought in a catch in each of Gorman’s in-state games. He has more than one catch in six of the eight games against fellow Nevada programs. In the team’s 70-13 victory against Legacy, Broadus had three touchdowns on just four receptions.
— Linebacker Nela Otukolo has blossomed into one of the region’s best tacklers, averaging 6.625 tackles per game. He also has 6.5 tackles for loss during the stretch.
— Running back Russell Booze has pushed his per carry average yardage to nearly 10 per down, despite two very subpar games during the stretch. Just check out his stat line from the win against Palo Verde: 13 carries for 187 yards, average 14.4 yards per carry with three touchdowns. Considering the fact that Gorman operates a multi-back system where at least three runners per week receive multiple carries it’s remarkable that Booze has been able to rack up the numbers that he has.
Of course, a good deal of the success behind Gorman’s run belongs to longtime coach Tony Sanchez, who has turned the program into a perennial national title contender during his six years leading the Gaels. In fact, Sanchez has been so successful that he’s received serious consideration to take over at UNLV (some are reporting that a contract is close), a major Division I football program.
It’s hard to argue with Sanchez’s results. In fact, the only thing harder might be trying to top this year’s Gorman squad.