Bishop Gorman is not coming to Aloha Stadium for an Aug. 31 game against Saint Louis, Gaels coach Kenny Sanchez told Hawaii Prep World on Monday.
“That doesn’t sit well with me,” Crusaders coach Cal Lee said Monday. “But I can’t blame the head coach. I was taking Chris Brown’s word for it.”
Brown, a former All-WAC player for Hawaii and now an assistant at Bishop Gorman, did not immediately return a Monday call.
For a Feb. 13 Hawaii Prep World story, Lee said Bishop Gorman, a national power, agreed to the Aug. 31 game and that he was working on the details with Brown.
Lee said he went ahead and reserved Aloha Stadium for the game.
Sanchez, on Monday, said there was never an agreement. The Gaels are scheduled to visit Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) for an Aug. 31 game.
“Chris called (Lee) to see if they had an open date,” Sanchez said. “That is pretty standard. We ask a lot of schools if they have open dates. If we determined that we wanted to go, we would have gotten back to him. But that conversation did not happen. It turns out we couldn’t afford to go.”
Lee said he got a call from Sanchez soon after the Feb. 13 Hawaii Prep World story.
“He told me then that he had a game against Centennial on Aug. 31, but that he was going to see what he could do to get out of it,” Lee said. “I called Chris at that time and he assured me that it (getting out of the Centennial game) was just a formality. He was adamant that we could work it out and I was relieved.”
Under Kenny Sanchez, Bishop Gorman won national high school championships in 2015 and 2016. The Gaels also won a national title under Tony Sanchez in 2014.
Mater Dei snapped Bishop Gorman’s 55-game winning streak on the way to a national title in 2017. The Gaels finished 13-2 and won the Nevada 4A state championship.
Saint Louis finished 10-0 last year and won the Hawaii Open Division state final, 31-28 over Kahuku. The Crusaders have won their last 15 games overall.
Saint Louis last played Bishop Gorman in 2012, losing 52-40 at Aloha Stadium.