No. 1 ranked Bishop Gorman took a big step toward a mythical national championship Friday night when it pulled away to a convincing 48-27 victory over Servite High School of Anaheim at Cerritos College.
Sophomore quarterback Tate Martell and wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey, a pair of 5-foot-10 summer transfers from Poway (Calif.) High, led the way for the Gaels (2-0) who won despite a remarkable performance by Oregon-bound Servite quarterback Travis Waller.
The explosive Martell entered the game until late in the second quarter for starter Danny Hong with Gorman nursing a 7-6 lead and then did a pretty fair Johnny Football impression, completing 9-of-15 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 115 yards on 10 carries.
Lindsey, who scored the Gaels first touchdown on a brilliant 92-yard punt return, also caught two touchdown passes covering 10 and 29 yards.
(Check out video of Lindsey’s punt return below)
“They just put me in there and I just go and do my thing,” Martell told Fox Sports West afterward. “Whether it’s running or passing I just go out there and try and help my team out. My line was doing great, my receivers were getting open, it was just all flowing for us tonight.”
Senior running back Russell Booze also had a big night for Gorman, rushing for 100 yards on just five carries and scoring three touchdowns, including a 45-yarder with six minutes left to seal it. And highly-touted senior wide receiver Cordell Broadus caught a 28-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter for his first touchdown reception of the year.
Bishop Gorman never trailed in the game thanks to a stout red-zone defense which held Servite to just a pair of field goals on four first half trips inside the 20, including three that ended up inside the Gaels’ five-yard line.
Waller, ranked one of the nation’s top 10 senior quarterback prospects, did little to disappoint, completing 15-of-25 passes for 284 yards, one touchdown and one interception while also rushing for 138 yards on 17 carries.
But it was the play of Gorman’s sophomore duo of Martell and Lindsey that stole the show against a Servite squad that was ranked No. 2 in southern California by Fox Sports behind just defending national champion St. John Bosco.
“We didn’t come all the way out here to California to lose,” Lindsey said. “We had to put on for our family and everybody who was out here in the stands and put a show on.”
The Gaels play the second half without All-American tight end Alize Jones who watched from the bench with an ice bag on his left knee. But Jones tweeted afterward that he was “fine” and that “nothing was torn.”
Bishop Gorman next hosts one of the top teams from Utah, Bingham High, on Friday night at Fertitta Field.