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Bishop Gorman takes care of Arbor View, next up Palo Verde in Sunset title game

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer disagree on the Liberty vs. Las Vegas matchup for the same reasons as last year. They come to a consensus on the rest of the games, but also break down the matchups.

Bishop Gorman High’s Ryan Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Robert Stanley on a fake field goal in the second quarter Thursday in the Sunset Regional semifinals against visiting Arbor View to help the Gaels blow the game open in a 56-19 victory.

The score was tied at seven after the first quarter, but the two-time defending state champion Gaels took command in the second quarter. Smith, the Gaels’ wide receiver and kick holder, took the snap on the fake field and connected with Stanley for a 21-7 Gorman lead.

Arbor View’s first quarter touchdown came after Gorman’s punt returner mishandled a punt inside the Gorman 20-yard line.

“I thought we played a little undisciplined. We had too many penalties for sure,” Gorman coach Tony Sanchez said. “We’ll work on that and clean it up for next week.”

Smith had a pair of receiving touchdowns from quarterback Anu Solomon, who also rushed for a score. Running back Shaquille Powell carried the ball 15 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns, and sophomore Nathen Starks also scored twice.

The win sets up the annual playoff game between Gorman and rival Palo Verde, which is widely considered the most important game in Southern Nevada all year. This the fifth straight year the teams have met in the postseason — four times coming in the Sunset title game. The game is set for 8 p.m. next Friday at Gorman.

“It’s a fun game to be part of because they have such a good community that supports their school,” Sanchez said. “(Palo Verde) coach (Darwin) Rost does such a great job. He has built one of the best programs in the state. Any time you play against a proud community like that with a well-coached team, it’s a lot of fun.”

Sanchez and his assistant coaches huddled near a television after their game to watch Palo Verde rally past Centennial in the final minutes, 23-20. “Everybody cheered,” Sanchez said.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or ra

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  1. Wow.. didnt know bout the BG 2 minute drill! lol. From what I hear humility and etiquette is not in Sanchez' playbook. But the guy wins and I'm sure BG fans forget about it at the end of the night!

    Looks like folks are going to get their wish with a BG vs Palo game for the Sunset title. For those who are hoping for good game, they will be greatly disappointed. BG is going to destroy Palo! If anyone thinks 56 points is a lot...just watch BG put up basketball scores on Palo next week. Maybe in the past this might have been a good game but this year the gap between BG and Palo is just too big. Oh well...

    On a side note, the prospect of a Liberty vs BG game has gotten us Liberty fans pretty darn excited! :) I think this would be a much better football game than BG vs Palo in my own biased opinion. lol. Go Patriots!

  2. I'm sure, from the Aggies perspective, the purpose of an onside kick would be to try and recover the ball with the hope of scoring again. AV wouldn't kick onside "to give BG a short field". AV made a call that shows that they hadn't given up even though they were 30 points down. They wanted the ball back. You have to respect them for that.
    What's funny is pointing out BG's Pride, Stewardship, Class and being recruited by Jesus while telling folks to shutup and accusing them of jealousy!

  3. @BG1

    "And no that last touchdown wasn't not class that was to shut the he'll out of your guys fan"

    "You know what bishop gorman teaches us they teach us Pride and stewardship and CLASS you guys should just shut up a WIN is a WIN so deal with it AGGiES Psss......"

    Contradictions much? You say it wasn't class at the beginning then go around to say you do have class? Looking at pretty much your entire post, I'm going to assume you didn't graduate or even go to Gorman with that kind of grammar issues. But anyways Arbor played a great game and actually showed a little bit of control and dominance during the second half. They went for the fourth down conversions and converted them, they scored three times on one of the top teams in the nation! The defense forced turnovers and the offense got first downs. I couldn't be more proud of the Aggies, they did better than any in-state competitor so far. In fact, I think they've scored the most against Gorman than any in-state team in the past couple of years (last year Palo only scored 10 don't jump on me about that game). Anyways, hats off to the likely state champion Gorman and I'm considering coming to the Gorman-Palo matchup

  4. Well another CLASSLESS display by Bishop Gorman coach Tony Sanchez.
    Can someone explain to me why when you score late in the game and for all purposes the game is over you send out the first team to kick the P.A.T. "WOW" What about your second team? speaking of second team do you know on senior night (The seniors usually start the game) Gorman took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and who does Sanchez trot out the little junior kicker to kick the P.A.T. not his senior kicker who gets maybe 1 kick attempt per game if he's lucky.
    Sanchez has showed no class all year so I guess why would he start now.
    Maybe if Liberty wins out they could end up playing Gorman, Wouldn't that be something the two Nacua brothers playing against one another! Funny how one gets recruited for Gorman and the other has to go to Liberty gee I wonder who is paying for that.

  5. Also the score is wrong, the final was 56-20

  6. Well Grayghost I don't know who you talked too but I can assure you they are BROTHERS not COUSINS who ever told you that are lying to you.I know that for a fact, Did you ever notice that when both teams play you never see both parents at the game one is a Gorman and the other is a Liberty.
    They Nacuas are married not divorced they have other children also wonder how they can put the younger in GORMAN and the older at Liberty ?

  7. Unfortunately, i wasnt able to catch any of last night's games. i really wanted to see the Liberty v Las Vegas game. im hoping Liberty can get passed Foothill as ive said before that Liberty matches up best against Gorman and has the best chance to beat them. To a certain degree its all about matchups and so Gorman would easily dominate Foothill but have problems with Liberty while Liberty doesnt match up well with Foothill even though they beat them earlier this season and matches up better with Gorman. I think its interesting that many Gorman players were on the Liberty middle school program before going to Gorman. As for the Nacua boys, i dont know if they are brothers or cousins but its pretty obvious that the one at Gorman is there most likely on a full scholarship because Gorman needed a DE while the other is at Liberty because Gorman did not need a QB. Another example of Gorman being able to bring in the top talent by being able to give
    full scholarships. As i have said over and over again, Gorman is going to continue to dominate as long as they are allowed to give full scholarships to their football players. Tuasdad has addressed this before when i have brought this up but i cant think of any other way to level the playing field.