Another week, another rout for the nation’s top ranked team.
Bishop Gorman hosted fellow Las Vegas squad Palo Verde. There was little question that the Gaels were the far more talented squad, and they wasted little time in proving it, jumping out to a 56-3 lead by halftime. If it’s possible to imagine, the game wasn’t even that close, and it didn’t change despite a slowed offensive tempo from Gorman in the second half of a 70-3 win.
While the victory ensures that Gorman will remain safely ensconced in the No. 1 spot in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25, it may increase the spotlight on Gorman’s forthcoming playoff run. No team in Nevada should be able to challenge Gorman, but that will only increase the hunger for someone to do so.And, while there’s nothing that Gorman can do about the weak Las Vegas competition, it won’t help their power quotient when compared with other notable national contenders, including the likes of No.2 St. John Bosco, No. 3 Allen and even No. 5 Centennial. The x-factor that could push Gorman over the top remains a potential berth in a one-game national title-tilt bowl game to be televised on ESPNU, should Nevada officials allow the Gaels’ participation.
Before then Gorman will have to take care of business for another month worth of games. If Thursday’s rout was any indication, that’s more a foregone conclusion than a legitimate question.