It was a test until it wasn’t.
After a bumbling first half left top-ranked Bishop Gorman in a dogfight against Anaheim Servite, the Gaels rolled off 21 points in the second half while ramping up a stifling defense to knock off their visitors from Southern California. Biaggio Ali-Walsh scored two touchdowns on the ground and quarterback Tate Martell connected with superstar wide receiver prospect Tyjon Lindsey on key plays as the Gaels eventually put their stamp on what was initially a lethargic performance in the Nevada desert.
There’s little question that the Gaels weren’t at full speed coming out of the gates. Despite outgaining Servite 272-41 in the first half, Gorman still held only a three-point lead into the break when sophomore kicker Derek Ng missed a 19-yard field goal attempt with just 1 second remaining in the half.
Rather than serve as an extra patch of daylight for Gorman, that missed field goal appeared to light a fire under the Gaels as they returned for the second half. As the Gorman defense stiffened the team’s offense finally hit it’s stride behind the offensive line, eventually pacing the way to a deceptively one-sided victory.
All of which means that the Gaels will remain number 1 for another week. Depending on what they learn from the narrow victory, they may hold on to the top spot for far longer, as well.