It might feel a little like dÃ©jÃ vu for Phoenix Brophy senior quarterback Tyler Bruggman.
A year after lighting up Phoenix Pinnacle for five touchdowns, Bruggman one-upped himself, leading Brophy to a 59-21 win in its season finale Friday at Phoenix College.
Bruggman completed 17 of 24 passes for 369 yards and six scores in the win, which vaulted Brophy to 9-2 and guaranteed home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the Division I playoffs. He set career bests in single-game passing yards and touchdowns before ceding time to the second-string offense late in the third quarter.
“He’s one of the best quarterbacks, if not the best quarterback, in the state,” Brophy coach Scooter Molander said. “I’m really going to miss him. Ideally, I get to have him for four more weeks.”
Brophy and Pinnacle find out their spots in the state championship bracket this morning.
Bruggman started slightly off target, throwing incompletions on three of his first four passes. But then he caught fire, completing his next nine.
The senior quarterback and Washington State commit had plenty of help from his receivers, especially Clarence Clark. Clark nabbed an underthrown deep ball over two defenders and walked into the end zone for a 48-yard score to end the first half.
“They help us out big time,” Bruggman said. “Clarence made a lot of plays. Devon (Allen), it goes down the line. Everybody stepped up tonight.”
During a span bridging the first and second quarters, it looked like Pinnacle (8-2) would make it a game. Feeding off two Brophy turnovers, the Pinnacle offense engineered back-to-back frenzied scoring drives to tie the game at 14-14 with 9:21 left in the second quarter.
Pinnacle’s offense was inconsistent on those drives, but got the job done. After being backed up into third-and-forever, quarterback Michael Sanders made something happen. His first touchdown was a Tim Tebow-like jump pass off play action. His second was a scramble with an awkward thrust of a pass in traffic to tie the game.
But the good times came to an end after that, as Brophy reeled off 42 unanswered points, all on Bruggman passes.
“This wasn’t a good offensive night,” Pinnacle coach Dana Zupke said. “The kids made some plays, but we didn’t have a good, consistent rhythm.”
It was the second straight blowout loss to Brophy in as many years for Pinnacle, which entered the game just one spot behind Brophy in the AIA/MaxPreps rankings, at No. 5.