It’s time for the Nevada version of Friday Night Lights to get into full swing, and once again Bishop Gorman High School is the team to beat.
The Gaels won their second state championship in three years in 2009, outscoring opponents 799-137 in going 15-0, and appear in position to repeat this year.
Gorman opened the season ranked No. 11 nationally by USA Today and No. 23 by Maxpreps.com, and began play Aug. 21 with a 24-17 loss to defending Arizona state champ Hamilton High in Flagstaff.
The Gaels’ offense is headed by sophomore quarterback Jarrett Solomon; junior running back Shaquille Powell, who rushed for 197 yards against Hamilton; and a line that returns four of five starters. Senior linebacker Ronald Lyles, who led the team in tackles last year, and senior end Jalen Grimble lead the defense, which was hit hard by graduation.
The rest of the Valley’s Class 4A teams begin play with 12 games scheduled for Aug. 26-28. Go to niaa.com for schedules for each school.