Gorman’s rally in Hawaii comes up short against St. Louis


Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Bishop Gorman High School football team are pictured during the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day at the Red Rock Resort on July 24, 2019. They include, from left, Bryan Certain, Micah Bowens and Rome Odunze.

Sat, Aug 31, 2019 (1:53 a.m.)

Las Vegas-area prep football teams came up empty Friday in Hawaii.

Ten-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman didn’t gain a first down on its initial four possessions against St. Louis at Aloha Stadium in falling behind by three touchdowns in a 31-19 defeat.

Also in Hawaii, Liberty fell 34-22 to Mililani.

Gorman trailed just 21-13 with 4:15 remaining in the third quarter after an 11-yard touchdown run from quarterback Micah Bowens.

On the next Gorman possession, with a chance to tie, Gorman surrendered a defensive touchdown when a backwards pass to a running back was dropped and returned 11 yards for a St. Louis score. The Gorman player didn’t realize the pass was backwards and assumed the play was over. St. Louis easily scored.

Rome Odunze had six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns for Gorman. He scored on a 12-yard pass from Bowens in the first half, and on a 19-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter.

Bowens, the Penn State commit, completed 12 of 21 passes for 163 yards. He also led Gorman with 45 rushing yards, although the Gaels were limited to less than 100 yards on the ground.

St. Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura passed for nearly 300 yards and two touchdowns.

Gorman returns to action next Saturday in the Polynesian Classic against visiting Servite of California.

Game details were taken from Hawaii Prep World.

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