Brophy College Prep gave its onlookers a glimpse Friday into what might be the start of a magical season.
After being plagued by transfers and injuries last fall, the Broncos stormed out of the gate with a 32-0 shutout of visiting Glendale Mountain Ridge at Phoenix College.
“It felt like we controlled the game pretty well but there is plenty to work on, plenty of mistakes,” coach Scooter Molander said. “For our first ballgame, our guys played well.”
Brophy’s Tyler Bruggman saw his first action since breaking his left ankle last October, and the quarterback didn’t disappoint. He spread the ball around to his receiving corps with three first-half touchdown passes, including a second-quarter 44-yard strike to Matthew Auran.
“I was just able to get the ball to our playmakers and let them move the ball down the field,” Bruggman said.
Bruggman also connected with Devon Allen for a 29-yard score in the first quarter and Frederick Gammage for a 5-yard TD just before halftime.
“(Bruggman) is a great leader for us and worked really, really hard to get back,” Molander said. “I am proud of the way he played.”
Brophy’s defense wasn’t going to let the offense have all the fun. Andrew Curtis and Gammage intercepted passes in the first half while Jack Stamets recovered a fumble.
On the first play of the second half, Brophy recorded a safety when Mountain Ridge snapped the ball over the quarterback's head and out the back of the end zone. The rout was on at that point as the Broncos led 22-0.
Brophy’s Robert Reif added an interception in the third quarter.
"Our defense was Bronco defense tonight,” Molander said. “At times we bent but never broke.”
Mountain Ridge was limited to 191 yards of total offense and had one trip into the red zone that ended with a missed 23-yard field goal in the second quarter.
All the turnovers the Brophy defense created allowed Bruggman to throw for 272 yards on 14-of-24 passing -- not bad for a season opener.
“I am just happy to be out here again,” Bruggman said.