With all cylinders functioning in perfect rhythm, Phoenix Brophy shifted its steamroller into cruise control and proceeded to flatten Yuma Kofa Friday night at Phoenix College.
So efficient was the punishment that the Broncos (5-3) scored the first seven times they had the ball en route to a 49-0 win.
“I’m really proud of the effort and execution,” said Brophy coach Scooter Molander. “We worked hard this week in trying to put together a complete game, and I’m especially proud of the special teams.”
The Broncos recovered an on-side kick, which led to one touchdown; picked up a blocked punt from senior linebacker Matthew Padilla, which set up another score; and had a 56-yard punt return from Ryan Suniga that set up the Broncos’ third touchdown of the game.
While the Brophy offense gained 212 yards on the ground and another 131 through the air, the defense set the tone and temper for this one.
The Broncos limited Kofa (2-4) to 17 net rushing yards in the first half, and just 45 for the game (on 24 carries). The Kings’ deepest penetration was the Brophy 37-yard line late in the third period. There, the Broncos defense stopped a fourth-and-12 by sacking Kofa quarterback Kane Nelson for a 2-yard loss. For the game, the Kings were limited to 78 yards total offense.
Meanwhile, Broncos running back Max Leonesio nearly single-handedly put this one away early. The 6-foot, 180-pound junior scored Brophy’s first four touchdowns and gained 75 yards on nine carries in just a quarter-and-a-half of work. His touchdown runs of 8, 2, 3 and 13 yards pushed Brophy into a commanding 28-0 lead with 10:31 remaining before halftime.
Senior running back Tim Auran scored the Broncos’ other three on touchdown runs of 3, 4 and 27 yards.