As somebody that has been around high school football for many years, I have seen tough schedules, but, like I have said in past articles, Bishop Gorman’s first four opponents was the toughest opening schedule I have ever seen. The Gaels capped off that four-game stretch on Saturday evening with a dominating 34-7 win over national powerhouse 6th-ranked De La Salle.
UCLA recruit Dorian Thompson Robinson was 11/18 for 187 yards with 1 TD and no interceptions. He also had 52 rushing yards on 8 attempts.
For this game, Thompson-Robinson was not tasked to do too much as the Gaels’ defense pretty much dominated the Spartans from the start and even scored the first touchdown for the Gaels.
As usual, there were a couple of plays from Thompson-Robinson that really get you excited for his future at UCLA. He isn’t a run-first QB. He’s a QB that looks for his receivers and, even if the pocket breaks down, his eyes are downfield looking for open receivers. A perfect example of this is at the 3:33 mark of the video from Under the Radar below. On this first down play, Gaels’ quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson took the snap in the shotgun and was immediately pressured and scrambled to his right. As he scrambled, his eyes remained up the field and he threw a beautiful deep ball across his body and hit wide receiver Jalen Nailor for a 50-yard score and a 14-7 lead. The play highlights his scrambling ability and his arm strength all in one beautiful play.
The next play happens at the 4:05 mark of the video below. Thompson-Robinson was facing a 3rd and 6. From the shotgun again, he was immediately pressured. He stepped up in the pocket and side-stepped to the right and was off down the sideline for a long run. The play highlights his athletic ability and it’s simply something that cannot be coached. This ability will be refined and will continue to be a huge part of his game as this season progresses.
There are definitely other plays that highlight Thompson-Robinson’s skills, and the above highlight video does a great job showcasing some other DTR highlights.
The Gaels begin league play next week and the level of competition will definitely not be at the same level that it’s been at for the last four games, but I am confident that Thompson-Robinson will continue to work on his game and hopefully lead the Gaels to another Nevada state title.
Good Luck, DTR!