Gorman’s defense stymies De La Salle
When De La Salle’s football team takes control, it usually squeezes the life out of foes.
But, clearly, Bishop Gorman Las Vegas is no ordinary opponent.
The three-time defending national champion used two big defensive plays early in the second quarter to turn around a small deficit and turn it into a 34-7 home victory Saturday night.
Gorman (2-2), ranked 23rd nationally by MaxPreps, turned three De La Salle turnovers into 21 points to win this one handily.
The Spartans, ranked 11th nationally, took a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard keeper by quarterback Erich Storti with 2:44 left in the first quarter.
Gorman went nowhere on its first three possessions, but tied the game at 7-7 on the second play of the second quarter. Isaac Tuia sacked Storti, who fumbled, and Adam Plant scooped up the football and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown.
Gorman forced another turnover at midfield on De La Salle's next possession. And on the next play, UCLA-bound quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson escaped pressure and fired a 50-yard TD pass to Jalen Nailor.
It was the first first down for Gorman, which led 14-7 with 9:22 left in the half.
The Gaels finally put together an impressive drive, going 90 yards in 12 plays capped by an 11-yard TD pass from backup quarterback Micah Bowens to All-America tight end Brevin Jordan, making it 21-7 with 20 seconds left in the half.
In the second half, the Gaels managed field goals of 30 and 37 yards by Derek Ng that extended the lead to 27-7 early in the fourth quarter. A 5-yard TD run by Amod Cianelli made it 34-7 with 8:19 left.
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