Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), which has been the No. 1 team the past two seasons in the Super 25 football rankings, will open the season on the road Aug. 26 at Cedar Hill (Texas) in a game televised by ESPN, then play four other difficult out-of-state opponents.
The Gaels, who have won 39 games in a row, will play host to Florida 4A semifinalist Cocoa (Fla.) on Sept. 2, will travel to Pac-5 Division runner-up St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) on Sept. 9 and will play host to Hawaii champion Kahuku on Sept. 17.
After a bye week, Bishop Gorman will play host Sept. 30 to two-time defending Florida state 7A champion St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale), whom many feel will be the Gaels’ most likely competition for the No. 1 spot in the preseason rankings. The game is also expected to be televised by an ESPN network.
“I made a lot of phone calls,” Gaels coach Kenny Sanchez said. “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.”
Last season, the preseason No. 1 team, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) lost its only game when it opened the season in Texas against Trinity (Euless). Sanchez knows it won’t be easy playing on the road before a big crowd at Cedar Hill, which won back-to-back state titles in 2013 and 2014.
“You’re playing a great team right away and you have no time to get your bearings,” Sanchez said. “You make one mistake and it can cost. They’re going to be 10,000-15,000 people rooting against you. You have to start fast and be ready to roll right away.”