After Gorman At No. 1, Let The Debate Begin In Ranking The Rest Of The Teams

Liberty, because of its efforts against Gorman in last year’s playoffs, comes in at No. 2 ahead of Palo Verde

The teams will decide this argument.

When putting together the Sun’s preseason high school football top 10, there were two options for the No. 2 spot behind three-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman High at No. 1.

Palo Verde, which has a 59-6 record since 2007 and is the last local team to beat Gorman, is a perennial power and more than deserving. After all, the Panthers’ lone two defeats since 2010 have each come to Gorman in the playoffs, and they surrendered only 117 points in 12 games last year.

Then, there is two-time defending Sunrise Regional champion Liberty.

The Patriots put a scare into Gorman during last year’s state semifinals, twice holding leads in the first half and trailing by one point midway through the third quarter before losing, 56-34.

Although both teams are worthy, the nod went to Liberty — yes, the effort against Gorman was that impressive.

The rankings were determined by the Sun’s Case Keefer and Ray Brewer. Come Sept. 13, however, the players on Liberty and Palo Verde will have their say when they meet in the most anticipated nonleague game of the season.