Years from now, we might look back on this prep football season and notice one thing: Western was the Nevada team that stayed the closest with Bishop Gorman.
Thanks to the Warriors’ three-game, season-ending forfeit last week, Gorman edges Western 1-0 tonight in what will be the Gaels’ smallest margin of victory of the season. How they got that point is still a mystery.
The Gaels might also be the first team in Nevada history to go 2-0 on the same night, provided it defeats replacement opponent Arbor View.
Gorman’s homecoming game against the Aggies provides some drama — as in how much of the Gaels’ game plan they will show Arbor View prior to a potential matchup with the Aggies in the Sunset semifinals.
There’s other drama this week, including a couple of established Northeast League rivalries that I know you’ve been waiting all year to see.
These are just a few games. If you go to Nevadapreps.com, you can see the rest of them — assuming I don’t cancel my season.
■ Chaparral (1-6, 1-4 Northeast League) at Eldorado (2-5, 1-4) — There were a lot of rivalry bells ringing last week and again Thursday, with the Rancho-Las Vegas game for Sir Herkimer’s bone, so naturally two teams fighting over a shoe get the top spot this week.
The Cleat Game provided instant drama last year, when the Sundevils won 28-27 in overtime.
It’s doubtful either of these teams make the playoffs this season, so this is their Super Bowl.
The Nihipali brothers, Javen and Ty, will help the Sundevils defend Merlin Olsen’s cleat … Eldorado by ½ point.
■ Arbor View (7-1) at Bishop Gorman (8-1) — The Aggies went from a bye week on the next-to-last week of the season to a potential preview of the Sunset Region semifinals.
Roderick Eason doesn’t need much preparation for the Aggies: He’ll just run, run, run.
Jarrett Solomon and the Gaels haven’t needed much preparation against in-state teams.
I pick Gorman by 1 …over Western. And against Arbor View … Gorman by 16.
■ Spring Valley (2-5, 2-4 Southwest) at Bonanza (6-1, 5-1) — Sure, the Bengals still have that finale against Gorman.
But their one-loss record is pretty impressive. And doing it with defense says something about Bonanza’s improvement.
The Grizzlies won this game last year, but half their wins this season have come against a team that doesn’t exist anymore.
Jayveon Taylor gets it done this time … Bonanza by 3.
■ Legacy (4-3, 3-3 Northwest) at Centennial (4-3, 4-2) — The Bulldogs had one of the toughest schedules in the state for the first four weeks.
Now they’re back on track, and Jacobi Owens and Coby Newton have Centennial peaking at the right time.
D’Andre Hughes has been as good as advertised for the Longhorns, but he needs help when Legacy deals with the Northwest’s Big Three.
This one’s for all the Tostitos.
Or at least a playoff spot … Centennial by 2.
Last week: 7-1 (5-2-1 with points)
Season: 41-15 (29-25-2 with points)
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