Bishop Gorman, the two-time defending Super 25 football champions, have been given permission to play an 11-game regular season this fall, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association approved the one-time request to exceed the state limits. The NIAA has a maximum of nine games with a Hall of Fame Game allowed if the schools make a donation to the NIAA Hall of Fame.
The situation was a result of league realignment that led Bishop Gorman to be placed in a league with seven teams last month after playing in a five-team league last season. Two of the Class 4A leagues now have seven teams.
“In February, we had good conversations with the NIAA and correspondence with the Clark County School District,” Gorman assistant athletic director Grant Rice told the Review-Journal. “We informed them that we planned on scheduling five nonleague games. We anticipated having no more than six teams in our league, meaning that we would have five league games. We received no pushback.”
Gorman already had scheduled an aggressive non-league schedule with out-of-state teams and Rice said adding a game was because of “circumstances beyond anyone’s control.” He said Gorman would only schedule four out-of-state games in 2017, knowing the revised league alignment.
Gorman, winners of 39 consecutive games, faces Cedar Hill (Texas), St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), Cocoa (Fla.), Kahuku (Hawaii) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). The Sept. 30 game against Aquinas could pit the top two teams in the country.
“I made a lot of phone calls,” Gaels coach Kenny Sanchez told USA TODAY High School Sports in March. “There are some teams that didn’t want to play us, but most of the times, they all wanted to play us. Kahuku called us. I’m good friends with Jason Negro at St. John Bosco and Cocoa has been calling me for years to play. They’re underrated. They may only send like 30 players, but they have a lot of Division I talent.”