FSM Essential Recap: Las Vegas High School Football- Week 1



The 2021 NIAA Southern Nevada High School football season kicked off on Friday Night, and the place to be was at Bishop Gorman High School. The Gaels took on St. Louis, Hawaii, in a battle between two Nationally Ranked teams.


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You could take your pick for a storyline. First, it was the start of the 2021 season and a somewhat return to normalcy with the stands full of students and family members at high schools across the Las Vegas Valley. Or, at Bishop Gorman, it was the first game in the Brent Browner era. On top of that, Browner invited former Bishop Gorman Gaels Tate Martell, Farrell Hester Jr., Biaggio Ali-Walsh, Alex Perry, and Ikem Okeke to be on the sideline. Lastly, it was the Gaels performance against a very good St. Louis team, who came out ready to play in front of a packed house.

After each team punted in the first series, St. Louis was first to score to take a 7-0 lead. The Gaels answered quickly with a Cam Barfield touchdown. The Boston College commit was the best offensive player on the field all game, accounting for 4 Bishop Gorman touchdowns even though he didn’t play the entire fourth quarter. Barfield had a highlight run after he broke off and raced 57 yards for a touchdown to give the Gaels the lead for good midway through the second quarter. 

Today, we had payback from back (in 2019). We came in ready to play,” Barfield said after the game. “We had to get them.”


Las Vegas High School Football
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On defense, the player making the biggest impact, almost on a play-by-play basis, was Gales defensive end, Cyrus Moss. Moss looked much more natural and fluid with his hand in the dirt and getting after the quarterback. He was disruptive against the run and the pass and forced St. Louis to go more to a quick passing game. When St. Louis did try to take a shot deep, Moss was putting pressure on the quarterback, giving him almost no time to throw.

That’s a really good team,” first-year Bishop Gorman coach Brent Browner said of St. Louis. “That’s a big, strong physical team that came out here to play. For what we did, I couldn’t be more proud of our guys.”

This was also the first time many were able to see Sophomore quarterback Micah Alejado in action. Alejado was a little too gassed up to start the game, but after he got settled, he showed why the Bishop Gorman coaching staff has been high on him for a while. To start the 3rd quarter, Alejado threw two strikes, one to Zachariah Branch on a 40-yard “go-route” that was perfectly placed over two defenders. Branch made a terrific adjustment, and a play later, the Gaels scored again to secure a route.

The kids settled down because the first-game jitters were out,” Browner told reporters after the game, “We are ready to keep rolling.”

Bishop Gorman takes on Bishop Manogue (Reno) next Friday at 7:00 pm at home.


The Prep Rally Week 1 Scores:


Liberty 42 – Arbor View 14



Bishop Gorman 42 – St. Louis (HI) 21



Desert Pines 38 – Palo Verde 14



Shadow Ridge 31 – Centennial 22



Canyon Springs 6 – Green Valley 39



Las Vegas 32 – Sierra Vista 7



Faith Lutheran vs. Legacy:

The game was canceled due to COVID-19



The FSM Prep Rally Top 10 Rankings:


  1. Liberty Patriots (W)
  2. Bishop Gorman Gaels (W)
  3. Desert Pines Jaguars (W)
  4. Arbor View Aggies (L)
  5. Shadow Ridge Mustangs (W)
  6. Canyon Springs Pioneers (L)
  7. Centennial Bulldogs (L)
  8. Las Vegas Wildcats (W)
  9. Green Valley Gators (W)
  10. Faith Lutheran Crusaders (N/A)


Franchise Sports Media has your 702 High School Football season covered. Make sure you tune into The FSM Prep Rally all season for your Las Vegas High School Football coverage and interact with us on all our social media platforms and in the comments section.


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