Gorman faces another nationally ranked foe

Bishop Gorman's football team hasn't exactly been tested in four Southwest League games this season.

The Gaels have outscored league opponents 244-13, but things figure to be a bit tougher for Gorman in a nonleague game on Friday night.

The top-ranked Gaels (5-1) host Servite (Calif.) (4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in a game that will be televised on ESPNU (330).

Servite is ranked 38th nationally by Rivals.com and has gone 14-1 each of the past two seasons. Gorman is ranked No. 7 by Rivals, with its only loss coming to sixth-ranked Armwood (Fla.).

The Friars advanced to the California Interscholastic Federation's Open Division bowl game last season, losing 48-8 to De La Salle.

De La Salle led that game 48-0 before Servite scored in the final six minutes of the contest. The Friars gave up 527 yards of offense in the game.

That's the same De La Salle team that defeated Gorman 28-14 last season.

De La Salle managed 240 yards in its win over the Gaels.

Servite features three players -- offensive lineman Travis Averill (Boise State), defensive end Jherremya Leuta-Douyere (Brigham Young) and linebacker Butch Pauu (Brigham Young) -- who have committed to play for Division I schools.

Sam Hunt, a 6-foot-6-inch senior receiver who has 22 catches for 338 yards and three TDs, has an offer from Air Force.

■ SCHEDULE SHAKE-UP -- Two Jewish holidays have pushed most of the area's football games from their normal Friday spot for the next two weeks.

Except for the Gorman game, area Class 4A schools will be playing their games on Saturday this week because of Rosh Hashanah, which began at sundown Wednesday.

Next week's games will be played on Thursday because of Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown on Friday, Oct. 7.

■ TENNIS FORFEIT -- Arbor View has forfeited its tennis matches against Mojave, which originally were scheduled for Sept. 7 but were postponed because of transportation problems.

Arbor View informed the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association this week that it would forfeit the matches because of a procedural problem with the coach.

■ STRONG RUNS -- Several area cross country runners turned in strong performances in out-of-state meets over the weekend.

Centennial's Nick Hartle placed third in the boys seeded race at the Stanford Invitational, finishing the 3.1-mile race in 15 minutes, 17 seconds.

Tech's boys won the team title at the Mark Weston Invitational in Lake Havasu, Ariz. The Roadrunners' Martin Ponce won the 3.1-mile race in 17:13.53.

Bishop Gorman boys runner Josh Holland won the freshman race a the Dana Hills (Calif.) Invitational, covering the 3-mile course in 15:42.9.

Contact prep sports editor Damon Seiters at dseiters@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4587.