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FSM Recap: Las Vegas High School Football – Bishop Gorman vs Liberty – 2023

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Bishop Gorman Gaels (12-0/6-0) | Liberty Patriots (10-3/5-1)

 

It was Bishop Gorman vs Liberty for the 5A/D1 NIAA State Title. The Gaels dominated the Patriots in a 56-11 win, securing a high school national championship.

Bishop Gorman vs Liberty was for the 5A/D1 NIAA Nevada State Championship.

In the night’s final game, Liberty took on Bishop Gorman in the 5A/D1 championship game. There was a lot on the line, not just the state title in the state’s highest division, but for Bishop Gorman, they were playing for a high school national championship.

Liberty enters the game 10–2, 5–1 on the year. They’ve outscored their opponents 343–201 and have won 7 straight games entering the state championship.

As for Bishop Gorman, Brent Browner has led the reemergence of the program to a national power. This season, they went 11–0, 6–0 in their division and outscored their opponents 540–1 74

They entered the season as the #2 ranked team in the country and went undefeated, earning the nation’s #1 ranking along the way. They had one of the most demanding non-league schedules in the country—all 4 of the teams they faced finished in the top 35 rankings nationally.

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Bishop Gorman vs Liberty First Quarter:

It was the start of the Sunrise Mountain vs Centennial first quarter. 

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On the Gaels’ first possession, Micah Ka’Apana fumbled the ball on the game’s third play, and Liberty recovered it. Liberty settled for a 22-yard field goal to take an early 3-0 lead.

Two plays later, Micah Alejado hit Elija Lofton for an 82-yard touchdown reception. Bishop Gorman now led 7–3 with 4:23 left in the first quarter. On the ensuing drive, the Gaels blocked the Patriots’ punt, and Collins Trainor caught the ball and returned it for a touchdown. The score was now 14-3 with 2:14 left in the first quarter.

 

It was the end of the Sunrise Mountain vs Centennial first quarter. 

Bishop Gorman vs Liberty 2nd Quarter:

The start of the Bishop Gorman vs Liberty second quarter. 

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Audi Harris took a screen pass from Alejado for a TD on the Gaels’ next possession. It was now 21-3 Bishop Gorman with 9:54 to play in the first half. After a Liberty turnover on downs, Bishop Gorman drove down the field, and Alejado connected with Lofton again to give the Gaels a 27–3 lead.

Both Alejado and Lofton, playing in their final game in high school, were locked in all game long. As they have throughout their careers at Bishop Gorman, they were leading their team and living up to their lofty expectations coming into Gorman in 2020.

The halftime score was 27-3 Bishop Gorman over Liberty.

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Bishop Gorman vs Liberty 3rd Quarter:

It was the start of the Bishop Gorman vs Liberty third quarter. 

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On the opening drive of the third quarter, Liberty marched downfield and capped off their drive with a touchdown run by Isaiah Lauofo. After the two-point conversion was successful, the score was 27–11, Bishop Gorman.

Gorman came right back and marched down the field themselves after Liberty’s unsuccessful onside kick attempt and scored another touchdown. This time, Lofton completed the pass to junior wide receiver Derrick Meadows to give the Gaels a 33–11 lead with 3:56 left in the third quarter.

Charles Correa had a colossal hit on the kickoff that caused a fumble. Bishop Gorman recovered it at the 13-yard line and was poised to extend their lead. Lofton scored another touchdown three plays later, this time on the ground, extending the lead to 41-11 after the successful two-point conversation.

It was the end of the Bishop Gorman vs Liberty third quarter. 

Bishop Gorman vs Liberty 4th Quarter:

The start of the Bishop Gorman vs Liberty fourth quarter. 

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Entering the fourth quarter, Liberty was driving, but Gorman forced a turnover on downs. This time, Micah Alejado kept the ball and ran it in from 13 yards out to give Bishop Gorman a 49-11 lead after the successful two-point conversion attempt.

Junior QB Mel Spicer Jr. came in and put a bow on the evening for Bishop Gorman when he completed a touchdown pass to Micah Ka’Apana to give the Gaels a 56-11 lead and secure a high school national championship.

 

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