LAS VEGAS — For Bishop Gorman, it’s familiar at the top.
The Gaels finished the 2015 football season right where it started it — undefeated, state champs and capable of calling itself America’s best.
The Gaels, who won 2014’s Super 25 national championship, illustrated its greatness by winning its seventh consecutive Nevada Division I state title with a 62-21 pasting of Liberty at Sam Boyd Stadium. Biaggio Al-Walsh had 255 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns; he had more than 200 yards in the first half alone.
Gorman, ranked No. 1 in the Super 25, capped a perfect season for first-year head coach Kenny Sanchez, who took over from his brother Tony, who went to coach UNLV. The Gaels also won their 77th straight game against an in-state opponent, stretching back to 2008, and have won 39 straight games overall.
Gorman downed Liberty 50-0 in the 2014 Nevada state final.
The Gaels were in control almost from the outst Saturday and led 34-14 at halftime before continuing to pull away.
Gorman’s offense commanded ample attention all season, averaging 68 yards per game, 98 touchdowns and 691 points. Quarterback Tate Martell, who’s committed to play at Texas A&M when he graduates, threw for 2,400 yards, 28 touchdowns and amassed a 121.1 quarterback rating. Ali-Walsh, the Gatorade Nevada Football Player of the Year and the grandson of boxing champion Muhammad Ali, met his goal of rushing for 2,000 yards and scored 30 touchdowns. Wide receiver Tyjohn Lindsey, who’s been recruited by Oregon, UCLA and USC, caught 43 passes for more than 1,000 yards.
But Gorman’s defense was equally stellar, stifling top-ranked teams from New Jersey, Utah, Washington and California. The Gaels didn’t allow more than 20 points in a game and had six games of giving up seven points or fewer. The Gaels defense also forced 28 turnovers.
Liberty came in as a formidable opponent, having averaged 49 points per game over its 13 contests. Before Saturday, the Patriots’ only loss was in its opening game to St. Louis at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.