With standout running back Marche Dennard watching the football game from the sidelines, Brophy should have been in trouble against powerful Pinnacle, right?
Quarterback Tyler Bruggman took over for the Broncos whose offense didn’t miss a beat in downing the Pioneers, 59-21, Friday at Phoenix College.
With both teams playoff bound, this was a statement game heading into the postseason. Now 8-2 on the season following the blowout loss, the Pioneers don’t look like one of the premier teams in Division I. It got so bad for Pinnacle that they trailed at one point by 42 points and thus, the running clock was started.
Not what a team wants to do entering the playoffs.
“I know if we come out and play Brophy football it’s going to be a hurt for the other team,” wide receiver Clarence Clark said.
Brophy, 9-2, enters the postseason with one of its most impressive victories of the season, even without Dennard.
Bruggman was sensational as he threw for 366 yards and a school-record six touchdowns. And he did it playing a little more than half of the football game.
“Everyone was playing well,” Bruggman said. “The offensive line did a great job. We just took what they gave us.”
Brophy coach Scooter Molander said Dennard could have played if needed as he rolled an ankle early in the game. Molander plans on having him next week in the first round of the playoffs. Dennard had just two carries for 25 yards in the game. He had been averaging 140 yards per game this season and had scored 14 touchdowns.
“Precautionary,” Molander said. “If he had to go he could have.”
It was Bruggman and Clark who made the Pioneers pay dearly Friday. Clark had six catches for 172 yards and hauled in three of Bruggman’s touchdowns. He did all this in the first half. He watched the second half with ice on his left shoulder. He was unsure about his status next week and could not lift his left arm over his shoulder.
“He’s a heck of a football player,” Bruggman said. “I just have to get him the football and let him make plays.”
With the game tied, 14-14, the Broncos scored 28 straight points in the second quarter to take control of the game. With Pinnacle focusing its defensive efforts on leading receiver Devon Allen, Clark dominated the Pioneers. Allen himself wasn’t bad as he caught two touchdown passes himself.
Junior Will Edwards stepped in for Dennard and had nine carries for 31 yards and two touchdowns. He did fumble twice.
Pinnacle’s two early touchdowns came after turnovers. The second, a 9-yard pass from Michael Sanders to Daniel Galindo, tied the game at 14 early in the second quarter. It came on a fourth-and-5.
Running back Josh Hoekstra, who had 1,456 yards on the season, had 72 on Friday along with one touchdown. But he was held in check for most of the game by the Broncos’ defense.
Pinnacle 7 7 7 0 - 21
Brophy 14 28 14 3 – 59
First downs: P 15; B 22
Rushes-yards: P 31-114; B 24-165
Passing yards : P 177; B 389
Comp-Att-Int: P 20-31-0; B 19-26-0
Penalties: P 4-50; B 6-70
Fumbles 0-0 3-2
B – Edwards 3 run (Mourikes kick)
B – Auran 11 pass from Bruggman (Mourikes kick)
P – Colceri 6 pass from Sanders (Sweet kick)
P – Galindo 9 pass from Sanders (Sweet kick)
B – Clark 12 pass from Bruggman (Mourikes kick)
B – Clark 31 pass from Bruggman (Mourikes kick)
B – Allen 15 pass from Bruggman (Mourikes kick)
B – Clark 48 pass from Bruggman (Mourikes kick)
B – Allen 13 pass from Bruggman (Mourikes kick)
B- Edwards 4 run (Mourikes kick)
P – Hoekstra 3 run (Sweet kick)
B – Mourikes 29 FG