It was a rough outing for the Hamilton Huskies in their 27-14 loss to the Brophy Broncos.
Both teams entered the game with a 6-0 record, but penalties at crucial points of the game along with three turnovers were the downfall of Hamilton in the end.
“It’s really just the penalties. We did it to ourselves,” Hamilton coach Michael Zdebski said.
Zdebski believed lot of those penalties came at critical times during the game, which makes them sting even worse.
“That’s the player discipline,” Zdebski added. “The individual accountability and responsibility, and not getting caught up in what you can’t control.”
Zdebski was not pleased with his team’s lack of discipline on the field. Overall, the Huskies had 13 penalties for nearly 140 yards, making it difficult to get the ball from one end of the field to the other.
Despite only scoring two touchdowns, Hamilton’s offense managed to put up nearly 400 total yards in the game. Husky quarterback Nick Arvay completed 25 of 47 passes for 310 yards. He also had three interceptions, one of them went for a Brophy touchdown.
“They’re a good team. They did a good job,” Zdebski said. “They played relatively mistake free, and that’s what you’ve got to do in a game like this.”
Hamilton managed to stay in the game most of the night.
The Huskies nearly had a touchdown on the last play before the half when Arvay passed it 43 yards down the field to Zachary Lewis, but Lewis came down just shy of the goal line. Going into the half, Brophy held a 20-7 lead, but there was some momentum behind Hamilton.
However, that quickly changed when Brophy came out on the first drive of the second half and scored a touchdown, making it 27-7. Hamilton’s defense put up a fight and held Brophy scoreless for the remainder of the game. But it was too late, as the Huskies’ offense wasn’t able to come back from the deficit.
“We do a lot of things, and it makes us tough to defend. We motion and shift and do a whole lot of stuff to make it kind of complicated,” Brophy coach Jason Jewell said. “We’re lucky we have some kids who are able to pick it up and are smart.
“I’m the third head coach in three years and the third offense in three years that the kids had to learn. Now we’re rolling, they’ve picked it up and we’re doing very, very well.”
Next week, Hamilton (6-1) will look to rebound from the loss when they take on Basha (4-2).
“We’ll keep our head up and just take it in to next week,” Hamilton senior linebacker Jeremiah Trojan said. “More effort and more hard work during the week.”
Meanwhile, Brophy (7-0) is looking to enjoy the celebration that comes along with a big win like this, but they’re ready to remain focused as they prepare to take on top-ranked Chandler (6-0).
“It obviously is a big statement, beating a team like Hamilton. It is huge,” Jewell said. “I kind of think it probably puts a target on our back, which is tough going into playing Chandler next week, the two-time defending state champs.”
Brophy 10 10 7 0 -- 27
Hamilton 7 0 0 7 -- 14
BROPHY – Anthony Hidalgo 43-yard field goal 7:00
HAMILTON – Nick Arvay 27-yard pass to Christian Anaya (Brody Kofahl kick) 4:12
BROPHY – Matthew Winter 14-yard pass to Kenneth Roe (Marcus Lye kick) 2:39
BROPHY – Emeka Ogbonna interception for 40 yard touchdown (Lye kick) 7:52
BROPHY – Hidalgo 26-yard field goal 3:01
BROPHY – Winter 43-yard pass to Ryan Mehio (Hidalgo kick) 9:18
HAMILTON – Arvay 9-yard run (Collin Fuller kick) 6:04