Bishop Gor­man rolls to its 10th straight state foot­ball ti­tle, beat­ing Bishop Manogue 69-26

Se­nior’s 286 yards rush­ing, six TDs lift Gor­man to 10th straight state cham­pi­onship

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - By Da­mon Seit­ers

Bishop Manogue’s Pey­ton Dixon be­came the first player in state his­tory to top 3,000 rush­ing yards in a season on Satur­day, but the day be­longed to Bishop Gor­man run­ning back Amod Cianelli.

Cianelli rushed for 286 yards and six touch­downs to lead the Gaels to a 69-26 vic­tory over the Min­ers in the Class 4A state foot­ball cham­pi­onship game at Sam Boyd Sta­dium. It was Gor­man’s 10th con­sec­u­tive state ti­tle.

“Un­be­liev­able. He prob­a­bly had the best game of his ca­reer, and he did it to­day,”

Gor­man coach Kenny Sanchez said. “I can’t say enough about that kid. He’s a three-year var­sity player, and he’s had some ups and downs through his ca­reer. But I’ll tell you what, he was the best run­ning back in the state to­day.”

Cianelli’s six rush­ing TDs were the most in a state cham­pi­onship game and the sec­ond-most in a largeschool game in state his­tory.

“It’s just re­ally emo­tional to be able to go out in the last game of the season and lead my team like this,” said Cianelli, a se­nior who wasn’t the team’s starter at the be­gin­ning of the season. “It’s a real honor.”

Cianelli wasted no time, scor­ing on a 61-yard run on the sec­ond play from scrim­mage to give the Gaels (11-3) a 7-0 lead 42 sec­onds into the game.

“That def­i­nitely started some mo­men­tum for us,” Cianelli said. “The O-line knew they could dom­i­nate the guys. They just put the ball in my hands, and they trusted me and I was able to get it done.”

Manogue (11-4) tied the game at 7 and trailed 21-14 be­fore the Gaels scored three touch­downs in the fi­nal 3:13 of the first half to take a 41-14 half­time lead.

“Of­fen­sively, we just couldn’t get stopped,” Sanchez said. “We just kept go­ing and scor­ing and scor­ing. We got more stops than they did, and ev­ery time we got the ball, we were scor­ing. Our of­fense, they won the game. They were lights out.”

Gor­man never punted and scored on 10 of 11 pos­ses­sions. The Gaels fin­ished with 676 yards on of­fense. Gor­man’s run­ning game was dom­i­nant, as quar­ter­back Micah Bowens added 165 rush­ing yards, in­clud­ing a 33-yard TD run. Fresh­man Cam Barfield had a 4-yard scor­ing run for the Gaels, who had 521 yards rush­ing.

“It’s pretty im­pres­sive,” Sanchez said. “And we strug­gled early on (in the season) run­ning the ball. We wanted to make sure we were able to get bet­ter at that. The backs get a lot of credit for that stuff, but the of­fen­sive line, you can’t run the ball with­out those guys.”

Se­nior tackle Beau Tay­lor said the goal was to get Cianelli over 3,000 ca­reer yards. He did that on the sec­ond play from scrim­mage, and from there, the Gaels con­tin­ued to pound the ball.

“It was awe­some,” Tay­lor said. “I did this one play where I pulled like 10 times in a row. We did ev­ery­thing we could. We just wanted to go out with a bang.”

Cianelli had 27 car­ries and added TD runs of 16, 7, 48, 7 and 7 yards.

Dixon rushed for 192 yards, in­clud­ing a 62-yard touch­down, on 27 car­ries to give him a state record 3,136 yards this season.

But he turned out to be no match for Cianelli, who fin­ished with 1,431 yards this season and 3,221 for his ca­reer.

“It’s a great feel­ing to end it how I did and be able to run for as long as I could, how many yards I could and touch­downs,” Cianelli said. “It’s truly been a fam­ily for me. It’s sad to kind of leave it.”

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Bishop Gor­man coach Kenny Sanchez and his play­ers cheer in uni­son af­ter their 69-26 vic­tory Satur­day over Bishop Manogue in the Class 4A state cham­pi­onship game at Sam Boyd Sta­dium. It was the Gaels’ 10th con­sec­u­tive state cham­pi­onship.

Bishop Gor­man se­nior Amod Cianelli scores one of his six touch­downs against Bishop Manogue in Satur­day’s ti­tle game. Cianelli fin­ished with 286 yards rush­ing, in­clud­ing scor­ing runs of 61, 16, 7, 48, 7 and 7 yards.

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