Gor­man’s de­fense stymies De La Salle

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - SPORTS - By Mitch Stephens MaxPreps na­tional colum­nist Mitch Stephens cov­ers high school sports for The Chron­i­cle.

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.

No. 24 St. Pa­trick-St. Vin­cent-Vallejo 56, Berean Chris­tian-Wal­nut Creek 35: Marshel Martin rushed for more than 250 yards and five touch­downs for the vis­it­ing Bru­ins (3-0), who jumped to a 21-0 lead and never trailed. Martin scored on runs of 78 and 88 yards and quar­ter­back Akil Ed­wards com­pleted TD passes of 71 yards to Noah To­gonon and 45 yards to Murvin Ke­nion. Berean Chris­tian, which got a big game from quar­ter­back Quincy Rhone, dropped to 0-3.

Galileo 40, Piner 7: Yarvell Smith rushed 15 times for 165 yards and three touch­downs and caught a 54-yard TD pass from Adrian Poot, lead­ing the host Lions (2-1) to vic­tory. Smith, a 6-foot, 215-pound sopho­more, rushed for touch­downs of 60, 24 and 1 yard and Ron­ald Fox (57 yards) and Jim­mie Ed­wards (4 yards) added TD runs. “This was def­i­nitely our best game of the year,” Galileo coach Mark Huynh said. “Our of­fense is jelling. Our block­ing is bet­ter.” Pe­taluma 20, Casa Grande-Pe­taluma 14: Pe­taluma se­nior Ja­cob Roll­stin scored his sec­ond 1-yard TD plunge with 9:22 left to break a 14-14 tie, then got a key in­ter­cep­tion with 2:54 to go to lead vis­it­ing Pe­taluma (4-0) to vic­tory in the Egg Bowl. Casa Grande (0-3) still had life un­til a fourth-down pass by Jance Of­fer­man with 43.3 sec­onds to go fell in­com­plete, and the Tro­jans ran out the clock. Af­ter be­ing sus­pended fol­low­ing a con­tentious game in 2011 and con­cur­rent with Casa Grande chang­ing leagues, the cross-town Pe­taluma ri­valry game was re­in­stated on Saturday.

Drake-San Anselmo 46, No­vato 34: Ter­rance Cole­man-Biser scored five touch­downs, lead­ing the vis­it­ing Pi­rates (1-3, 1-0) to a Marin County Ath­letic League win over the Hor­nets (0-4, 0-1).

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