October 9, 2004
The Horizon Huskies had no answer for Brophy tailback Markell Devorce in Friday’s 41-14 loss to the No. 4 Broncos in 5A Desert Valley Region play.
In the first half alone, Devorce had four touchdowns to go along with 257 rushing yards, giving the Broncos a dominating 34-point lead at halftime.
The icing on the cake for both Devorce — who did not play in the second half — and the Broncos came on a 97-yard sweep by the swift running back as the first half expired.
"We knew going in he was a great running back," Horizon coach Jeff Kearin said of Devorce, who now has 19 touchdowns on the year. "We had him a few times, but when we wrapped him up, he bounced off. You’ve got to be able to contain him."
The Huskies (3-3, 1-2) were able to contain the Broncos (6-0, 3-0) for much of the first quarter until Devorce went 54 yards for a touchdown with 17 seconds to go.
The lead was quickly doubled by Brophy linebacker Mike Callaghan, who went 35 yards to the end zone on an interception from Horizon quarterback Dax Crum just less than 40 seconds later.
Crum, who entered the game as the 5A leader in passing yards , struggled against the blitzing Broncos, a group Kearin called the best defensive squad his team as seen all year.
On the game, Crum was 9–for-23 with 145 yards and four interceptions. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Kearin went with backup quarterback Reilly Sullivan to give the junior some snaps. He too was intercepted by the pesky Bronco defense, but put the first points on the board for the Huskies with a 24-yard strike to Ben Gomez with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
Kearin said he was impressed by the play of Sullivan, who caught a touchdown pass from Crum with 1:51 remaining.
"We wanted to give him a little bit of time under center in case anything happens," Kearin said. "Dax will still be our starter next week."