Avondale Westview’s perfect regular-season record meant little Friday night to No.12-seed Phoenix Brophy Prep.
Brophy played one of the hardest schedules in the state and was dealt injury after injury all season, yet it found a way to sneak into the playoffs and upset undefeated Westview 28-14 on Friday night.
The first half was a defensive dogfight until Brophy got into the two-minute offense near the end of the half and went 75 yards down the field on six plays, capped by a 42-yard pass from Brian Woodward to Isaiah Oliver to give Brophy a 7-0 lead at halftime.
”Very big,” Brophy coach Scooter Molander said on the momentum shift at the half. “We have been working on the two-minute offense and the guys understand that hard work pays off.”
The second half turned into the Ryan Velez show. On Brophy’s first offensive drive, the sophomore ran six times for 79 yards to give Brophy a 14-0 lead.
Westview’s high-powered offense that averaged 43.8 ppg coming in got its first score on a 15-yard pass from Kordell Provchy to Orlando Sabur on the first play of the fourth quarter. The score capped a long 15-play drive for Westview.
With a capacity crowd suddenly very loud, Velez quickly quieted them with a 95-yard kickoff return on the ensuing kick for the touchdown.
“After I got the ball it was kind of a blur,” Velez said. “I am glad my teammates gave me the chance to score.”
Westview answered again with a quick drive capped by a 6-yard run from Jalen Johnson, who finished with 138 yards.