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Gorman football shows it can play with nation’s best in loss to Florida power

Gaels rally back from 20-3 second-half deficit, but come up short when potential game-tying field goal is off target


Sam Morris

Bishop Gorman head coach Tony Sanchez yells at his quarterback to spike the ball against Armwood Friday, August 26, 2011. Armwood won the game between the two nationally ranked teams 20-17

Gorman Falls at Home to Armwood

Bishop Gorman wide receiver Jamir Tillman is dragged out of bounds by Armwood linebacker Eric Striker during their game Friday, August 26, 2011. Armwood won the game between the two nationally ranked teams 20-17 Launch slideshow »

Bishop Gorman misses last-second field goal, loses to Armwood 20-17

Bishop Gorman High's Kline Fielden missed a 40-yard field goal with just seconds left Friday night, giving Florida's Armwood High a narrow 20-17 victory at Fertitta Field in a contest of top-10 national opponents.

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Trailing 20-3 with less than five minutes to play Friday in the third quarter, the Bishop Gorman High football team could have easily stopped fighting.

But they didn’t.

And even though their rally came up short in a 20-17 loss to visiting Armwood High of Florida on ESPN2, Gaels coach Tony Sanchez told his players they had nothing to be ashamed about.

Sure, the sting of losing is a feeling no player wants to feel. But, as the coach pointed out, there is no shame in giving the No. 2 ranked team in the country everything it could handle and then some.

“I don’t think I have ever seen our kids lie down,” Sanchez said. “They did what I expected them to do. I don’t know, maybe some other people thought the game wouldn’t be as close. But I think there is not a kid in that locker room who isn’t crushed, because they fully expected to win.”

Gorman scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cut its deficit and was driving in the final seconds but had to settle for a 40-yard field goal attempt with seconds remaining that could have tied the game and forced overtime. But junior Kline Fielden, who earlier connected on a 27-yard attempt, missed low and wide left.

Gorman’s fourth-quarter rally started on the first play of the final 12 minutes when senior Shaquille Powell rushed up the middle for a short touchdown to cut the deficit to 20-10. The score capped the Gaels first drive of the second half, because the Armwood offense ran seven minutes off the clock when it received the ball first after halftime.

Gorman wasn’t finished.

The Gael defense was at its best late in holding a conservative Armwood fourth-quarter attack in check and giving the Gorman offense another crack at cutting into the deficit.

Junior quarterback Anu Solomon, who completed 13 of 19 passes for 114 yards and rushed for another 54 yards, did most of his damage in the fourth quarter in orchestrating the comeback. His 2-yard touchdown run with 2:53 remaining brought Gorman to within three points, 20-17.

Armwood was only able to run 53 seconds off the clock on its next possession, punting back to Gorman with a little more than two minutes to play and plenty of chances to win the game.

But the two-time defending Nevada state champions couldn’t complete the comeback. While the Gaels showed the national television audience they were worthy of their top-10 national ranking, they weren’t ready to accept a moral victory — even if they gave a powerhouse team from a state with some of the nation’s best high school football a run for its money.

“We never quit. We have a young team and everyone played their hearts out,” said Powell, who finished with 83 yards rushing. “What else can you ask for?”

Gorman, which last week opened the season with a 42-22 victory against Chaparral High of Arizona, returns to local competition next Friday to open Southwest Division play against Desert Oasis. They have one more game against a nationally respected opponent — Sept. 30 against Servite from California, which will also be televised by ESPN.

“You want to challenge yourself,” Sanchez said. “We are always going to schedule the hardest game we possibly can and go fight. We told those guys we will play anybody, anytime, anywhere.”

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  1. Great photos by Sam Morris! Especially love the one with a smiling Shaq Powell shaking the hand of the Armwood running back, which demonstrates the good sportsmanship one likes to see in high school football.

  2. Bishop Gorman Gaels are a fine football team and will always do well

  3. Absolutely great game. The young men of Bishop Gorman represented Nevada football very well! Congrats to the fellas from Florida. Gorman's "suspect" defense demonstrated they are ready and willing for this football season! Way to give your team a chance to win. The venom spewing haters will continue to hate. Just keep representing your families, your school and yourself with class. Again, GREAT EFFORT and GREAT GAME!!

  4. Even though my prediction didn't come thru, great game Gaels. More power to you guys. Lets get ready for Servite.

  5. Once again the Moron from his Mother's basement rears his head! First point you're absolutely wrong on: Armwood IS #2 in Maxpreps HSFB rankings. So, stop claiming you know anything about HSFB! Second point where you prove how small minded you are! You trash a high school kicker and then claim you weren't trying to pick on him! Again: MORON.

    Next point: there was a clear holding call on Armwood's 3rd TD that wasn't called. It was blatant! I don't have your all knowing vision, so I don't know if there was or wasn't a hold that extended a Gorman drive...oh wait, the Ref called a hold so there WAS a hold! Idiot!!

    Why should anyone listen to your crying when your point of view is so biased you take shots at teenagers on virtually every post. Injuries are part of football! But you already know that since you are the all knowing Daniel Jackson. Gorman's #7 (D1 Recruit) was injured and didn't play the second half. Should we assume that he would have prevented Armwood's 3rd TD? Of course not.

    As for your conspiracy theories: please enlighten us when you have hard evidence to back not only your claims against Gorman, but also to prove the Lunar Landing was faked, the identity of JFK's second shooter and that your mother and father are actually brother and sister!

    Until then I'll be waiting for your next jealousy filled post.

    Good Luck to ALL of the Nevada HSFB student athletes who continue to chase their dreams under the Friday Night Lights!!!

  6. Comment removed by moderator. Name Calling

  7. How small can your IQ be Daniel? You really think that some other person who posts and cosigns my comments means that we are the same person? Even more evidence of your baseless claims.

    Have you been designated as the official spokesperson for all of Vegas? Your use of "we" seems to imply that there was some sort of title bestowed upon you. Maybe you can send me a link to prove that point.

    As for your point regarding the holding brought that up first in your earlier post. Perhaps your IQ really is in the sub 80 range and you've forgotten. We can continue to debate these points non-stop. It's what I do for a living. Your problem is that you lack any evidence whatsoever and then jump to conclusions such as me being the same person as another poster.
    As far as not defending Sanchez goes...he's a grown man. I will continue to defend high school athletes from any school when so-called grown men attack their character. I see you chose not to respond to my point about you attacking the kicker. That must be because your attack is indefensible and reprehensible.

    Facts? Haha! Let me know when you come up with some. Palo is good every year in football. Centennial Women's hoops is good every year. Rancho is good in baseball every year. Undisputed facts! Does that mean that they just happen to have extremely talented kids in their district at those specific sports? Year in and year out? I think not.

    If your going to engage in a debate, at least remember to bring your brain. Ask your mom where she put it.

  8. Okay. I'll play. The comment about asking your mother where your brain is, is NOT a joke about your mother. Mom jokes start with "your mother is..." I'll spell it out for you: It was a slight aimed at you! Got it...Good.

    You NOW are apparently aware that Armwood IS ranked very high by most, if not all HSFB polls. This awareness is after you attack Brewer for his lack of knowledge in pointing out Armwwod was ranked #2 by Maxpreps. I love it. You are such an easy target. It's almost pathetic. No wonder you come on here and berate HS Students in an attempt to trash an institution.

    Gorman losing to Armwood and Servite (also ranked in the top ten by most polls) doesn't prove Gorman is horrible! You really have no idea how national ranking/polls work. Yet another example of your ignorance. Gorman lost to DLS and Hamilton and still finished in the top 25 las year. Do you need me to spell it out again for you?

    Your so called points numbered is High School Football. There are bad calls and missed calls all over the field, at every game across America. You really don't get it and never will. Brewer continues to point out that National exposure is good for all of Nevada football, but you are so blinded by your ignorance, you refuse to believe.

    Again, an individual with a moniker that is clearly fabricated should not make claims about identity. The other post mirrors my comment but more importantly; check the writing style! Two different styles means two different people. I'm starting to doubt your IQ again.

    Just so I'm clear, you come here and want me to go to another site for proof of the "we" and "us" you claim to speak for. Absolutely hilarious. You poor soul. My point is a very simple one. If you have a problem with Gorman take it up with the NIAA. Don't come on here and trash kids who bust their tails.

    BTW, I love how you avoid responding to the actual points I've addressed towards you and instead fall back on an age old tactic of repeating oneself over and over. You do that because you hope people will fail to realize you bring nothing of substance to the table.

    Hey Brewer...hope you enjoy watching me take the garbage out! (Daniel it's called a metaphor.)

  9. Prior to the game, Maxpreps ranked Armwood #2 in the nation! Get that through your thick skull. Your attack on Brewer didn't take that into account and told him to get his facts straight. It was clear you were in the wrong and you can't even man up about that!

    "I know I'm right" and "explain it to me?" You're making a joke right? I might as well try and make a blind man see!

    I clearly have struck a chord, based on several observations. First, the timeliness of your response. Normally, you are slow to respond. I would counsel you to continue that trend based on my next point. Your final paragraph seems to have a few grammatical errors. I won't use this as a forum for educating you on the intricacies of the English language. I find that ironic considering the subject matter of the paragraph. Can you see the irony? Hmm, maybe it's beyond you.

    As for Vegas and your views on where YOU live...I pity you. If you are as successful as you claim, and as unhappy as you seem, here is some more free advice. MOVE! I happen to love LA and the Bay Area...FYI: they are in California! One more assumption you were wrong about huh? I could direct you to a good real estate agent. On second thought, we don't need close minded, self hating, child attacking individuals like you wasting our air.

    Thanks for the moment of amusement you provide. :)

  10. You think that One CalBear and me are the same? Sorry Charlie. You're insame individual. In the Twilight Zone.

  11. SG1. You're a sick person. You're so far out, that now you think that One CalBear is me. How stupid can you be. No matter what you say, Gorman will always be #1 in Vegas until another school can dominate the field like Gorman. There are alot of good players in other schools. They just need good coaches. Arbor View and Palo gives Gorman a tough fight. Watching Arbor view play Liberty, they just might beat Gorman this year. There defense look good.

  12. Gorman don't cheat. People like you cheat. By making false accusation against Gorman, and bad mouthing all the players on the team. Sanchez, is just like any other coach on the football field. They yell and curse when thing aren't working. You see it on the television during NFL games. He didn't embarrassed the school or the state. And the rest of the city don't hate Gorman, only you and other jealous people. Because you attended a loudsy school that could not beat Gorman or win a State Champ.

  13. Gorman Football
    Why is it that Coach Tony Sanchez does nothing for his graduating senior players? As a example you have a quarterback number 14 who works hard daily has not gotten any playing time up to now as QB, NO! Oh wait they play a weaker schedule from now on so MAYBE he will get in a few snaps to get some stats to move on to next level ,There are quite a few players on the roster in the same position.
    Perhaps Coach Tony Sanchez should look in the mirror and remember when he was a senior player in High School looking to move on I bet his coach helped him how quickly we forget

  14. Welch, I have said before I am not a Gorman football supporter because I believe they have an unfair advantage in recruiting the best players in Southern Nevada and giving them full scholarships. But Gorman football is a national power and so if a graduating senior is not good enough to play, then he doesnt play. And Im sure #14 will play when Gorman is winning in games. But I dont see what is wrong with that. I have been involved in high school and college football for many years and I can tell you that #14 will not be moving on to the next level to play football. He is in no way a D1 prospect. But #12 the starting QB is also not a D1 prospect.

  15. Ray C
    Since you have been involved in High School football and College football (as I have) then you should know if you have 2 quarterbacks which in your opinion are not moving up to the next level then when you have a big lead like the one Gorman had against Chaparral you should play both players in case 1 gets hurt or are you one who would just bury the opposing team like the Coach of Gorman likes to do. But your right in a sense since Gorman's schedule is soft from now until the playoffs you would think the 2 will get a chance to play some. At least it will give Coach Sanchez a chance to work on his kicking game.

  16. I don't always agree with Daniel but in this case it is such a true comment posted by Daniel Jackson : QUOTE
    Kline...poor lil' kicker. Here's a kid that looked scared stiff on the sideline for about 3 minutes just praying he wasn't going to get called in to save the game. But this is also a player that has had his roster spot purchased and should be carrying a golf bag, so I guess in a way...that's a lotta karma for Gorman.
    It won't be the only game they lose by using inferior players. If your parents have money you can attend Gorman and be a starter on Varsity.
    Does Gorman not have a second team guess not in game 1 against Chaparral leading 35 to 22 with less than 1 minute left in the game Gorman's Head Coach Tony Sanchez has his first team in they score making it 41-22 with 47 seconds left so what does Coach Sanchez do he marching out his starters for the P.A.T. and finish the game"WOW" rub it in coach, perhaps he has forgot he has other players on the bench
    There are other schools that have a great program besides the money school in the state of Nevada.

  17. When you play against schools like Armwood, Chaparral and Dela Salle, or any tough school, you keep scoring and never let down until one minute or fifty second left on the clock. You know that saying, " a wounded animal is a dangerous animal". They can strike back quick. It may look bad, but alot of teams lost games because they thought they had it in the bag, and started to let down. If I was a coach, and had to play Gorman, Armwood, or any tough school, I'll keep on scoring until zeros is on the clock. I don't care if it was 60 to 0.

  18. firefox 11
    I think what your trying to say is it's OK to keep scoring even with 1 minute to play and the score 60-0 or higher even if your playing Desert Oasis ,Durango ,Clark, Western and any other team in the Sunset Southwest.
    Well excuse me playing the teams Gorman has in it's division is a joke wait until the playoffs when they will face tougher opposition I guess it's OK to pound the little guy to look good in your eyes.How can you justify having your first team in the game with the score 35-0 late in the first half a game your completely dominating you score again and guess what Sanchez marches out his first team to kick the extra point! Guess he is trying to give his little kicker some confidence, well good luck Sanchez the only thing he (and you) will be remembered for is losing the Armwood game and giving Gorman it's first lose on it's home field.

  19. Here's a response to firefox 11 I missed last week
    First: of all there are athletic players who live all over the city who attend Gorman who are getting financial. These students would be going to public schools except for the Gorman financial aid , Now maybe that's not a form of cheating in your eyes but is it fair.
    Second: Coach Sanchez is not like any other coach in football he represents a Catholic High School with a father of the cloth on the side line is this proper to yell and curse I think not and then after the game Sanchez says a prayer with the team!, Do you think he is asking for forgiveness?

  20. Welch, you're right on that. Sanchez, represent a religious institution and should not of yell the profanity, and then say prayer. But, what I was trying to say, is that, all coachs yell and curse when things are'nt going right, thats all. I was'nt trying to defend Sanchez.