Head coach: Tony Sanchez, sixth season (71-5)
2013 record: 13-2 (5-0 Southwest League, first)
Returning starters: Six offense, six defense
Top offensive players: TE Alize Jones (Sr.); WR Cordell Broadus (Sr.); RB Russell Booze (Sr.); QB Danny Hong (Sr.); OL Ethan Palelei (Sr.); OL Jackson Perry (Sr.)
Top defensive players: DE Ryan Garrett (Sr.); DT Noah Tialavea (Sr.); LB Nela Otukolo (Sr.); SS Nicco Fertitta (Sr.); CB Jabari Butler (Sr.)
Top special teams players: K/P Gage Wilson (Sr.)
Top newcomers: RB Biaggio Walsh (So.); FS Damuzhea Bolden (So.); LB Ikem Okeke (Jr.); WR/CB Tyjon Lindsey (So.)
Key losses: QB Randall Cunningham, WR Terrance Chambers, C/DT Zack Singer, OT Nick Gates, LB Chris Lalli, LB Kenyon Coker, RB Daniel Stewart
Outlook: The Gaels have been far-and-away the top team in the state in recent years.
Now they’re out to prove that they’re the top team in the country, as they’re ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 226-pound Jones (35 catches, 571 yards, 10 TDs) might be the nation’s top tight end, and will team with the 6-3, 190-pound Broadus to form a potent one-two receiving duo for first-year starting quarterback Hong.
Booze (886 yards, 15 TDs) will share time at running back with junior Jonathan Shumaker (579 yards, 8 TDs) and sophomore Biaggio Walsh, who Sanchez says is the team’s fastest player.
Palelei (6-0, 285) and Perry (6-3, 285) are back to anchor another massive offensive line.
Tialavea was a second team all-state pick, as was Otukolo, who Sanchez calls “one of a kind.”
Fertitta, who has committed to Notre Dame, and Butler, another Division I recruit, will anchor a deep secondary.
The Gaels play a tough schedule, so someone might knock them off. But the chances of it being a team from Nevada appear slim.