In light of the recent events in Las Vegas last week, I’m sure this past Friday was an emotional Friday night for fans and high school football players all over Las Vegas. However, I am also sure that Friday Night Lights provided some in the Las Vegas community a chance to be around family and friends and return to a sense of normalcy, if not for at least a few hours.
One bit of normalcy in the Las Vegas prep scene is that Bishop Gorman is really good, and they tend to beat everybody in their league by a lot of points. Last Friday was no different, as the Bishop Gorman Gaels beat Clark 56-0 at home. The Gaels have continued their streak of not letting Nevada high school opponents score a single point against them. The Gaels have outscored in-state opponents 177-0 so far this year.
Los Angels Times reporter, Ben Bolch was at this week’s game checking out UCLA commit Thompson-Robinson, and I guess he is not used to the Bishop Gorman dominance that has taken place in this state and league for the last few years.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson will rest rest of game with his team up 49-0 at half. Apparently there's some imbalance in this high school league.— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) October 7, 2017
For the second game in a row, quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson went 7 for 8 and threw three touchdowns. DTR completed two TD passes to Jalen Nailor for 60-yards and 6 yards and also completed a 55 yard TD pass to Jimmy Telles.
Out-gaining Clark on offense 411 yards to 30 yards, this continues a pattern for the Gaels in which their starters do not get a lot of playing time, and further highlights why coach Kenny Sanchez set up such a challenging four game stretch to start the year.
NFL Network’s Elite 11
Last week also brought us episode four of the NFL Network’s Elite 11 series in which 24 of the nations top high school quarterbacks competed over three days to see who would be crowned Elite 11 and possible MVP of the Elite 11 competition.
This episode had a quarterback visit the group that we are all very familiar with, as Elite 11 QB alumni, Josh Rosen visited this year’s quarterbacks to share his thoughts on the Elite 11 process.
Thompson-Robinson came to this competition with a lot of questions to answer for the Elite 11 coaches. The coaches felt like there was just not enough game film on DTR to accurately evaluate him since he never started a game as a varsity quarterback. Thompson-Robinson had to show his skill set during this competition more than any of the other 24 quarterbacks. Episodes two and three clearly showed that DTR belonged with this group of quarterbacks. And to say the Elite 11 coaches were impressed with Thompson-Robinson and his performance is an understatement.
Check out the next episode below to see if Thompson-Robinson becomes Elite 11’s first non-starter QB as a high school junior to ever be invited to the Elite 11 camp at Nike’s world headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
Bishop Gorman and DTR (5-2, 3-0 Southwest League) have a home conference game vs. Desert Oasis (Las Vegas, NV) on Friday, October 13.
Good Luck DTR!