Fans of defensive-oriented football hopefully skipped this one.
Phoenix Brophy Prep scored on its first seven drives and did just enough to thwart the efficient offense of Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor to come away with a 56-22 road victory.
Brophy (3-2) was coming off a close loss last week.
“(This win) was exactly what we needed…we bounced back the way we needed to in all phases of the game,” Brophy coach Scooter Molander said following the game.
Brophy used a balanced attack offensively to solve the O’Connor defense. Quarterback Tyler Bruggman tossed four touchdowns and running back Marche Dennard contributed 176 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
Bruggman’s final touchdown of the night came late in the third quarter when he found receiver Clarence Clark behind the O’Connor secondary for a 64-yard scoring play and a 49-22 lead. Molander gave his starters a rest at that point.
While Brophy finally pulled away late in the second quarter, O’Connor demonstrated it had some offensive weapons of its own in the first half.
O’Connor relied on its short passing game much of the time, effectively mixing in deep balls when Brophy defenders started to creep toward the line of scrimmage.
O’Connor (1-3) got as close as 28-15 in the second quarter after a deflected Jared Melson pass found its way right into the hands of junior receiver Tysen Covington, who sprinted the rest of the way to the end zone and a 53-yard touchdown. Melson finished the evening 20-of-29 passing for 247 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Following the Covington score, Brophy’s offense remained undaunted, as it was all game, and responded with a five-play, 1:21 drive that ended with Dennard pounding it in from 10 yards out and a commanding 35-15 lead. Brophy’s defense then followed with a big play, a Zach Kotoske interception that set up another Dennard touchdown.
“(Dennard’s) just getting better and better,” said Molander. “Every week he seems to be running harder. He had some real punishing runs on the edge.”
Dennard said the team rallied after losing last week.
“We came together at our Saturday practice,” said Dennard, “and we knew we were going to come out here and handle business.”