FSM Essential Recap: Las Vegas High School Football – 5A Region Finals – 2022

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The final playoff round before the 2022 State Championship games is all wrapped up. This week, the valley saw three different matchups that would decide who would advance and have a chance to take home a 2022 Nevada State Title. In the 5A Division, the Liberty Patriots hosted the Bishop Gorman Gaels in the 5A Region Finals. 

 

For the last seven years, Bishop Gorman and Liberty have competed to decide who will represent the Southern Region in the Nevada State Championship Game. The Gaels dominated 6 of those seven years, with Liberty upsetting Gorman and winning the title in 2019. This year, the Gaels traveled to face the Patriots, hoping to win their seventh out of eight matchups while also avoiding a repeat of the 2019 season.

 

Gorman shows who runs the south as they defeat Liberty 56-14 :

 

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On Friday night, the stage was set for a classic 5A Semifinals battle between the two top teams in the valley. The blue helmets of Bishop Gorman and the red jerseys of Liberty, surrounded by camera crews from all across Las Vegas, were a stunning scene that contributed to the anticipation of Friday night’s playoff game. But, unfortunately, the Gaels weren’t interested in allowing the game to be close or even competitive.

Gorman started the game with the first offensive possession, and on the first play of the drive, the FSM Player of the Game, Zach Branch, caught a quick slant pass and ran the ball into Liberty territory. However, as fast as the Gaels‘ first drive seemed to get off, it was just as quickly ended on the next play as Liberty intercepted a pass and took possession of the ball on their own 10-yard line. The Patriots would fail to make anything of the early turnover, though, as they were forced to punt the ball after failing to get the first down.

 

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The game would go on like this for the next two drives as both teams failed to move the ball on offense. Then, as Gorman took over for their third offensive drive at their own 20-yard line, the Gaels decided to switch up their game plan and played with more physicality.

The first three plays of the drive were run plays up the middle of the line of scrimmage for small gains. Then, junior Micah Alejado scrambled for 8-yards on the fourth play. And finally, Gorman capped off their drive with the game’s first score, as junior Devon Rice ran 31-yards for a touchdown.

At the start of the second quarter, after forcing Liberty to punt again on their next drive, Bishop Gorman’s offense took the field and drove 85-yards for their second touchdown of the half. After both teams were forced to punt on their next offensive possessions, Liberty had control of the ball at their own 24-yard line with just over three minutes left before halftime.

Down 14-0, the Patriots needed to put points up on the board in order to have a chance to get back into the ball game. The drive started strong as Gorman committed a pass-interference penalty and moved Liberty up to the 38-yard line. Still, after a Liberty ball carrier fumbled a swing pass, Gorman scooped up the fumble and ran the ball back for a touchdown, putting the Gaels up 21-0.

 

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Now in desperate need of positive momentum, Liberty’s offense trouted out to the field with two minutes remaining, with hopes of scoring points before the end of the first half. Liberty managed to throw a deep pass to get into Bishop Gorman’s territory, but on the next play, senior Jeremiah Hughes intercepted a pass and ran the ball the length of the field for another Bishop Gorman defensive touchdown in the final 3 minutes, putting the Gaels up 28-0 to end the first half.

With Liberty only scoring two touchdowns in the second half, Bishop Gorman sealed the victory, scoring four more touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to finish the game with a score of 56-14.

After dominating the second-best team in the southern part of the state, Bishop Gorman now moves on to face the best team in the north, Bishop Manogue, in this year’s state championship game. Looking to secure their second-straight title, Bishop Gorman will travel to Carson City, where they will face Bishop Manogue for the 2022 Nevada State Championship. 

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The Prep Rally – Playoffs – Round 2 Scores:

 

Bishop Gorman 56 – Liberty 14

Silverado 57 – Coronado 17

Shadow Ridge 71 – Las Vegas 35

 

The FSM Prep Rally Final Regular Season Top 10 Rankings:

(The final Top 10 Ranking will come out after state championship games.)

 

  1. Bishop Gorman Gaels (W) 
  2. Liberty Patriots (L)
  3. Silverado Skyhawks (W)
  4. Desert Pines Jaguars (-)
  5. Arbor View Aggies (-)
  6. Shadow Ridge Mustangs (W)
  7. Las Vegas Wildcats (L)
  8. Coronado Cougars (L)
  9. Basic Wolves  (-)
  10. Faith Lutheran Crusaders (-)

 

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