The Bishop Gorman Gaels are the number one ranked high school football in team in the country. They are set to get their 2014 campaign underway this Friday with a home game against Brophy College Prep from Phoenix, Arizona.
In an interview with CBS Sports Radio 1140’s Over and Under Gorman head coach Tony Sanchez said he believes his team is not worried about the target that comes with being a top ranked team nationally.
“The kids have something they are excited about but they are a mature group, and playing at a high level against a lot of really good football teams over the years, they have some perspective that it’s not as big as everyone on the outside thinks it is,” Sanchez said.
“It’s great being ranked number 1, but at the end of the day we haven’t won a game yet.”
But it’s not just the on the field where the Bishop Gorman Gaels have had success.
“Last year I was really proud, we had 178 kids playing football at Gorman and our program GPA was a 3.12,” Sanchez added about his team.
Bishop Gorman has won five consecutive state championships and are the favorites to capture their sixth this season.
The Gaels have the 3rd toughest schedule of all teams in the country this season as ranked by high school football website MaxPreps.com and are scheduled to play multiple games on national television. However, Coach Sanchez thinks it’s the other games that could cause more problems.
“We’ve played on national television so many times that it’s just not that big a deal,” he said.
“Sometimes when there’s so much hype going on, and then you do go into one that’s just not the same, you’ve got to remind your kids that it has to be the same amount of intensity.”
The number 1 ranked Gaels will take the field at 7:00 PM on Friday.
You can listen to Bishop Gorman head coach Tony Sanchez’s interview with Jason Pothier and Ken Boehlke in it’s entirety using the media player below.