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Will Gorman be tested by Reed in state title?

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 (1:50 p.m.)

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer sign off on the high school football season by dissecting the final game of the season, a state championship showdown between Gorman and Reed in Reno. They also praise for Liberty for its effort against Gorman in the semifinals.

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  1. FYI, Damonte Ranch high school is the newest, and nicest high school facility in the North. The 3A, 2A, and 1A championship games were scheduled to be there, but were moved to Fernley...due to the Caughlin Fire in Reno. Talk about OUCH.... Not nearly enough room for the fans, including the visiting fans side of the field from down South. Sad, but one had to be empathetic to the fire victims.
    Two years ago, when they were held at Damonte Ranch, they still didn't have enough seats for the Truckee fans. There was a HUGE turnout. I don't know how many Damonte Ranch seats, but it was not enough, and it will not be enough on Saturday.
    That being said, the field is excellent, and there is plenty of room around the field.
    @tuasdad, I will buy you that hot chocolate. : )
    Weather will NOT be a factor, bring your Sunscreen.

    For those of you that wonder why Truckee plays in Nevada, (along with South Tahoe, North Tahoe, Coleville and Needles.) MaxPreps wrote a nice "historical" story about Truckee. I put it up here for reference only, for those that may be curious.

    http://www.maxpreps.com/news/PbT_bhaGEeG...

  2. tuasdad,
    Well, 50 degrees may be "cold enough" for the peacoat.
    <grin>
    There will be plenty of seating for that few fans. ;)

    I suppose my Red "Truckee Football" baseball cap, and Black "101.5 FM" radio jacket will stand out among all of the Blue from both teams' fans.
    Aloha

  3. I'm not saying Liberty won't be good next year, but they lose a whole lot. They lose their best DE, their best LB, their best WR, their best DT/FB and their best OL! I don't know if that program can overcome all of that and remain Vegas Elite.

    Gorman loses 3 OL but essentially returns everyone else. Solomon, Tillman, Hunkin, Smith and Lott(Center) have been with the Varsity since their freshman year. I thought the loss of Stanley would be more significant than it was, but the Liberty game helped illustrate their depth. They had a DT flip over and play OT. In addition, those players mentioned above may be playing for what has to be unprecedented...a 4th State ring. I say may, because we all know you can't count your chickens before they're hatched.

    I am interested in what others think about Arbor View and Palo in terms of what they lose/bring back next year.

  4. I love the Southern Nevada love. Despite what some posters think, I know for sure that last year's Liberty team wished Gorman well in the State Championship game against McQueen. Glad to know this year is no different. In the end we are pulling for local kids to do well.

    Lvfootball, I think that Shaq, Stanley, Scoggins and Strehlow will obviously be missed but this past game should alleviate some concern about Gorman's depth. Phillipi will be missed as well but was hurt and missed a large portion of the season. Next year's team will still return all of their skill player except Powell. Starks will take over those duties next year and I don't think there will be any drop off. Defensively, they return the entire D-line and will be nearly unblockable. They also have Sweet returning who is a better DB than he was a RB. And he was a good RB filling in when Shaq was hurt last year. Overall, people questioned their defense at the beginning of the year. Hopefully, Saturday's game will once again prove those doubts wrong. I expect the same next year.

    They have to be the favorites again next year.

  5. My belief is that Hutchins played a little DE and OLB, but Smirk and Nacua will be back next year. Singer and Hunkin will be back. Hunkin did have surgery but it was outpatient and is he expected to be back "good as new." Hopefully, that's true. If he grows a few inches, he has a huge recruit upside. If not, he's a very good HSFB Player and the announcers for the Servite game loved him.
    No dispute about replacing some special players, but they lost a bunch of great players after the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Still believe that the 09' team was their best of the last 3 years.

  6. ok...it has taken a few days to get over the loss. LOL! It was a great run. It's nice to repeat a great season (11-2 last year too AND lost first & last game just like last year), but it's better to win it all! Oh well, still extremely proud of my 2012 Liberty football team. Mention has been made about injuries on the Gael team, but I have to give a shoutout to the ironmen who have played with and through injuries on the Patriots all season long. Everyone knows when you lack depth you just have to play through the pain because it is way better than quitting or forfeiting!! You gave it everything you had last Saturday...Gorman was simply the better team "that day"!
    Tuasdad, I should have told you to come to Liberty last Saturday morning. We all tailgated there from 7am-10am and then brought the food to the Rancho visitor parking lot afterwards. It was a mean spread for an anxious cheering crowd. I want to send a shoutout to all the families who got together Friday and rehearsed your cheers. That is what I call serious love and support!
    Much respect to all the Gorman players. Many of them are good friends with several of the Patriots. I saw two teams who played hard and respected each other's abilities. Didnt see any dirty football at all. I heard a lot of the Gael's said even though they won they have never gotten their "@sses kicked like that before". That's respect right there!
    Now as the Gael's head up north, we all wish you safe travel, no injuries, and victory!! Keep the 4A championship in the Vegas valley! And to all local seniors who aspire to play college football, live your dream and make us all proud!!
    Dang...this next month is going to be long! Come on January! One month break and football starts again (the training anyways)! Can't wait...

  7. not discrediting anyone. I dont want to come across that way! I was just recognizing Liberty. Hairline wrist fracture, separated AC joint, bulging disc, broken thumb, bruised ribs, torn meniscus and other knee injuries that the boys haven't had time to heal from... these occurred jsut in the last 3 weeks. Some from the games and some from practice. A lot of adults wouldnt play with these injuries. Nonetheless, these boys showed up and played. That's all I'm saying. Not judging anyone else just admiring the heart and fight in these young men from Liberty!

  8. Tuasdad, I happen to know that wiseguy sends nothing but love to the injured players on Gorman's sideline. Also recognize that players often play through the pain of injuries and they deserve credit for the warriors they are.

    Wiseguy, thanks for the well wishes to Kiki. It was much appreciated!

    Both of your positive thoughts are welcome and insightful for those of us keeping tabs from afar. Thanks. Brewer and Keefer, thank you from Cali!

  9. tuasdad, I have not seen them play in person. Just seen highlights. I was surprised how bad they beat both Carson and McQueen this season. McQueen is obviously having a down year, but I thought Carson would have put up more of a fight.
    They "appear" to be much better than the 2009 version, that BG killed in the Semi's. (I was at that game.)
    I do know they play well on Defense, but obviously have not faced a "team" like BG.
    Carson was not the same team without Sawyers, (while he was injured), but he was a non factor in their game with Reed.
    I don't believe Reed can hang with Gorman, but I suspect they will throw everything they can at Gorman, including the kitchen sink...
    Reed is also apparently quite good on Special Teams.
    That being said, if a defense puts pressure on the QB, and forces him out of his comfort zone....bad things can happen.
    Teams will throw everything at your team, when you are a winning program. We see EVERYTHING, thrown at Truckee. Fallon "was" a running team, but teams cannot run on Truckee, so they came in with a 4 wide receiver set. It worked initially, but then Truckee adjusted. (Truckee was also missing their All State MLB in that first Fallon game.)
    I wouldn't be surprised to see Reed match Gorman score for score until half way through the 2nd quarter, but Gorman's size will take a toll on the Reed lines, and the game will shift.
    Reed QB will have to spread the ball around and get rid of it quick...
    Hopefully, it is NOT more than a two TD differential, but Reed will have to have a LOT go right for that to happen.
    The only team they lost to, Granite Bay, in Week 1, is still playing in Cali. Granite Bay has only two losses on the season, to Vacaville and Del Oro. BOTH of those teams are still playing.
    Reed only lost by 1 score to Granite Bay.
    Hopefully, we all get to see a game that is still competitive in the 4th quarter.

  10. Several "New" stories up on the RGJ.com web site.
    One is about betting on high school football, and the other is the RGJ's take on "the game".

  11. Upper 30's at kickoff, sunny, no chance of "precip".
    Winds the last couple of days have produced 4 to 5 foot waves on Lake Tahoe, and there are people SURFING...
    Yes, SURFING on Lake Tahoe.
    Winds are supposed to be light on Saturday. A beautiful day for football.
    No sideline heaters necessary... <grin>

    http://www.weather.com/weather/wxdetail/...

  12. wow..disgruntled much? $80k a year is actually small college salary for their coach. we're talkin DII, DIII, & NAIA level average. You cant say "most D1" coaches cuz that's extremely inaccurate. D1 college coaches are paid very well..by my standard anyways. Mid 6 figure income and UP..way up! But I get the point you're trying to make. I am not a Sanchez fan by any stretch of the word. The gap between his public and personal image as a "coach" is too wide. Etiquette moves me to leave it that. BUT ANYWAYS, I do wish him and the rest of the Gael team the best of luck towards victory!

  13. Who is this post-wagon fan? Could he be an alias? Hmmm... Good luck to the Gaels today and good luck to the Raiders! Play your hearts out Raiders but don't win. Haha! Gaels, make it 3 in a row and go home flying high!! Remember, they play the games on the field for a reason. I expect Reed to throw everything AND the kitchen sink at you.

  14. nvfootballfan, I was not comparing Truckee to 4A schools, I was comparing style of play. What one team will do in order to win, when they are not expected to win. Reed is not expected to win, so they will pull out all stops, try trick plays, etc.
    "Little ole Fallon" averaged approximately 30-40 lbs. more than Truckee on the lines, and they tried everything they cold to win. Fallon is well coached, and not the "Little Old Fallon" of old.
    @tuasdad, thanks for sending over your #, I will text you mine so we can connect at the game.

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