Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), the No. 1 team in the Super 25, ran its winning streak against Nevada opponents to 76 games with a 41-13 victory against Reed (Sparks, Nev.) in a Division I state semifinal.
Gorman moves to the state championship game next week against Liberty (Henderson) — a 62-39 winner against Basic (Henderson) — in hopes of winning its seventh consecutive state title.
Reed entered the game as the five-time North champion and has now lost to Gorman in each of the last five years in the postseason.
Saturday’s game was marred by complaints about the quality of the field and difficult footing, but Gorman scored the game’s first two touchdowns and led 14-0 by early in the second quarter.
“It never gets old, this is why we grind so hard,” Gorman coach Kenny Sanchez said. “I knew it was going to be a really good Reed game and we’d have to battle some conditions that we’re not used too. The weather, even though I thought it was a really nice day. The field was in bad shape, on both sides.”
He said the slippery field hindered both teams.
“Their offense is used to getting going. I think their guys struggled a little with their feet, but so did we,” Sanchez said.
After Reed scored to cut the lead to 14-6 in the second quarter, the Gaels scored twice in the final two-plus minutes of the half. Gorman sophomore Brevin Jordan caught a 15-yard TD pass that made it 21-6 until late in the half. Alex Perry had an interception on the Gorman 27 yard line weaved his way, slowly due to the slippery field, in for a score that gave the Gaels a little breathing room with a 27-6 lead at the half.
Reed opened the scoring in the second half to trim the lead to 27-13, but would not score again. Gorman added two more TDs, including a 47-yard run by Biaggio Ali-Walsh.
Ali-Walsh rushed for four scores and 182 yards on 22 carries on the slippery field. Gorman relied on Walsh and quarterback Tate Martell, both juniors, for the first three quarters. Martell rush for 87 yards on 14 carries, but he had a few drive-saving rushes in the first half. Martell completed 8-of-15 passes for 133 yards and two scores.
The Gorman victory capped a week that included some trash talking between the two teams and their fans on social media.
The Reno Gazette Journal contributed to this report.