Phoenix Brophy Prep senior tailback Jack Haddon ran with confidence and abandonment and did some good things on defense Wednesday night against visiting Peoria Liberty, erasing the memory of last year’s scrimmage that ended up costing him his junior season.
Related: Photos from the scrimmage
Haddon tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee last year.
His rehab went well and he was finally able to show what Brophy Prep missed last year when the Broncos went 5-7, losing to Mesa Desert Ridge in the Division I quarterfinals.
“He had a really big run and made some good tackles (at safety),” Brophy coach Scooter Molander said. “He’s a good, tough, downhill runner.”
One of Haddon’s runs went for 40 yards.
The first team went against Liberty’s first team for a limited number of plays in the scrimmage. Brophy’s 1s scored two touchdowns; Liberty’s 1 had one TD.
Receiver/cornerback Isaiah Oliver had seven catches, two for touchdowns, and an interceptions for Brophy, leaving Molander to continue to scratch his head why only New Mexico has offered the fast, athletic Oliver, a top hurdler in track, whose father Muhammad was an elite decathlete and defensive back at Oregon.
“He has gotten bigger,” Molander said. “He has put on good weight.”
Liberty senior quarterback Tyler Wyatt had a long touchdown pass.
Both teams begin the season next week with Liberty playing host to 2012 Division II champion Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge and Brophy traveling to take on Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, ranked No.1 in the nation by USA Today.
Molander said quarterback Cade Knox had a strong scrimmage, but he says the offensive line has to improve and there needs to be more production from the receivers, besides Oliver.
“We’re not ready yet,” Molander said. “We need to be more disciplined on offense. The defense was flying all over the place. They played well. We just want to continue to get better.”
The biggest thing Molander took out of the scrimmage was that there were no injuries.
Last season, the Broncos were plagued by injuries and the state’s toughest schedule began to overwhelm them.