BY ROBERT VENDETTOLI
The train to a sixth consecutive state championship kept rolling Friday night at Fertitta Field for the No. 1 ranked Bishop Gorman Gaels who crushed the Centennial Bulldogs, 52-7.
Centennial (9-2) made the game interesting early thanks to Rhamondre Stevenson‘s 81-yard touchdown run that knotted the game at 7-7. But the Bulldogs couldn’t muster up another score against a strong Gaels defense.
Meanwhile, Bishop Gorman (12-0) would quickly go on to score 45 unanswered points en route to another thrashing of an in-state foe.
Dual-threat sophomore quarterback Tate Martell was money again for the Gaels, connecting on 9-of-12 for 191 yards and three touchdowns. The Washington commit connected with junior Brandon Gahagan four times for 92 yards and a score and also hooked up with fellow dynamic sophomore Tyjon Lindsey for three catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior Russell Booze led the Gaels rushing attack that churned out 252 yards with 136 yards on nine carries, including touchdown runs of 63 and 10 yards. Junior Jonathan Shumaker also garnered a score for the Gaels along with 43 yards on four carries while sophomore Biaggio Walsh added 54 yards on two carries.
The Gaels defense was led by seniors Nicco Fertitta and Noah Tialavea who each had an interception while sophomore defensive end Haskell Garrett added three sacks. Stevenson led all backs with 143 yards and a touchdown.
Bishop Gorman will travel to Arbor View (11-0) on Friday for the Sunset Region Championship game and also a battle of the state’s two remaining unbeaten squads.