It took Bishop Gorman football a minute to warm up Friday night against Foothill at Fertitta Field. Once they did, it was your typical Gael rout.
Ahead only 7-3 midway through the second quarter, the Gaels (9-3) found success behind junior dual-threat quarterback Micah Bowens.
Plunging his way into the endzone midway through the second quarter for a one-yard score, Bowens later found junior receiver Rome Odunze for a 31-yard strike to end the quarter 21-3.
Bowens started the scoring affair on the Gaels first possession, dashing for a 56-yard score in the game's opening minutes.
Continuing to flex their muscles in the second half, senior running back Amod Cianelli scored on a six-yard run, followed by two passes strikes of 12 and 20 yards from Bowens to Odunze.
Bowens finished 14-of-18 for 278 passing yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 148 yards and two scores on 10 carries. Odunze finished with six catches for 98 yards and three scores.
Establishing himself as a deep threat, junior receiver Donovan Smith caught seven passes for 170 yards, while Cianelli rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
Junior Ikaika Ragsdale closed the game out with a three-yard plunge.
Finding success early with their short passing game, Foothill (10-2) drove into Gorman territory on their first four possessions, but only managed to come away with a field goal.
End his junior season, quarterback Koy Riggin completed 18-of-35 for 189 yards and an interception.Senior receiver Jordan Blakely finished with seven catches for 40 yards, while senior Braeden Wilson caught four passes for 53 yards.
Gorman advances to play Liberty on Nov. 24 in the Desert Region championship game, which doubles as a state semifinal.
Photo Credits: Robert Vendettoli