Bishop Gorman may not have started the season at No. 1 in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25, but it’s going to take something big to keep them from ending the season there. Now we know that something certainly won’t be coming from Washington state.
The Gaels rolled past traditional Washington power Bellevue by a final score of 35-7 on Friday night, dominating on the road against another team that should have posed a bigger threat for the defending national champions.
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Instead the Gaels eased to 3-0, jumping out to a 14-0 lead at halftime and then quickly extending it in the third, eventually adding a fourth touchdown late in the third and the coup de grace with roughly six minutes remaining in regulation.
Running back Biaggio Ali Walsh, Muhammad Ali’s grandson, gained more than 100 yards on the ground while Tate Martell had another efficient, error-free night through the air. The star quarterback finished 3 of 7 passing for 91 yards and a 56-yd TD to Tyjon Lindsey, while rushing for 34 yards on 8 carries. He probably could have contributed more personally if needed, but he didn’t have to.
Mostly, it was Bishop Gorman’s defense that dominated, stuffing Bellevue whenever the Wolverines sustained a drive on a possession and broke into the Gorman half of the field. That stout defense in the clutch helped limit Bellevue running back Ercle Terrell when it really counted, penning the back in to the broader areas in the open field. By game’s end, Terrell had accumulated some of the least damaging 166 yards on 34 carries that you’ll ever see in an elite high school game.