Sure, they’re the No.1 team in the nation, they’ve won the past six Nevada state championships, and beaten Reed the past five years, but the Bishop Gorman Gaels swear they are not looking past Saturday’s game.
Gorman plays at Reed at 12:15 p.m. Saturday in a Division I state semifinal game. The winner will face the winner of the Liberty-Basic game on Dec. 5 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas for the state title.
Gorman practiced at Reed on Friday afternoon.
“You’re focusing on a 13-0 Reed Raiders team,” first-year Gorman coach Kenny Sanchez said. “You’re watching them on film and see that they are handling a lot of good teams. (The Gaels) don’t care about last year. Nobody cares about last year. Two teams are going to fight for a berth in the state championship. Our focus is concentrated on Reed.”
Gorman won the Sunset Region last week with a 28-10 win over Arbor View, the Gael’s second-closest margin all season and fewest points scored. Gorman had seven possessions and scored on four, including both in the second half.
“It’s not bad, it’s just not what we want,” Sanchez said.
Gorman linebacker Farrell Hester said the game pointed out a few areas for the Gaels to improve on.
“There was a few mistakes we have to pick up on,” Hester said.
He said the Raiders’ speed will be a key for Gorman.
“We’ve just got to focus on their speed and the speed of the game. We have to stay focused all game,” the junior said, adding he loves the cold weather.
Sanchez said the cold weather won’t affect the Gaels.
“Anytime you’re going for a state championship, in our case, even more so, a seventh straight football championship, the football gods make it hard on you,” Sanchez said. “In order to go to state, you’ve got to go through Reed’s house.”
Sanchez coached under his brother Tony for six years before becoming the head coach at Gorman.
He is enjoying the Gaels’ run of success, but appreciates that it might not last forever.
“We’re not going to win forever, it’s just not going to happen. It’s football. When that day comes (a loss), we’re going to pick ourselves up and get back to work,” he said.
He does not care what people say about the influx of money to Gorman.
“You’ve got to focus on your boys. At the end of the day, we’re never going to apologize for being successful,” Sanchez said. “I would say come out to practice and put on a helmet. Come work out in 120 degree weather or start lifting weights in January. Those things are going to be said. If a booster wants to come back, and alumni have a certain feeling for a school they graduated from and want to donate to that school to make it better, then I’m all for it.”