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December 18, 2014

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Defending state champion Gorman makes quick work of Shadow Ridge

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Las Vegas Sun reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer discuss their failed attempt to predict the Southwest and Northwest divisions at the beginning of the season and break down this week's six playoff matchups.

The Bishop Gorman High football team recorded its seventh shutout of the season Thursday in a 56-0 victory against visiting Shadow Ridge in the Sunset Regional quarterfinals.

The Gaels scored a pair of touchdowns on defense, including a fumble return for a score from linebacker Ronald Lyles, in blanking their fifth opponent in six games. Mark Philippi scored on an interception return.

Offensively, Anu Solomon passed for three touchdowns in the first half, and Shaquille Powell and Nathen Starks scored on rushing touchdowns to help Gorman build a 49-0 lead.

Gorman, which was barely challenged in surrendering 12 points in eight league games to capture the Southwest Division title, was able to turn up the intensity for the playoffs.

Gaels’ coach Tony Sanchez credits a grueling early season schedule — they played two nationally ranked opponents in the initial five weeks — for preparing his team.

“We are prepared for the run ahead,” he said. “We have played in some really big, huge games. Our kids know victory and defeat. They have perspective on the whole thing because they have been here this year.”

Gorman will host Arbor View at 7 p.m. next Friday in the Sunset Regional semifinals.

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