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5A-I Gameday: No. 2 Hamilton vs. No. 5 Brophy .pdf

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Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2008 7:09 pm | Updated: 11:00 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

These two teams have combined to win the past five state championship games (Hamilton 3, Brophy 2), including a 2005 meeting won by Brophy.


These two teams have combined to win the past five state championship games (Hamilton 3, Brophy 2), including a 2005 meeting won by Brophy.

The defending state champion Broncos ended Hamilton’s season in last year’s semifinals in the slop, and the Huskies have been a motivated bunch ever since, while Brophy feels like the underdog.

Though Hamilton beat Brophy 10-0 at home in early September, don’t put much stock in that game, since both teams bear little resemblance to what they looked like three months ago.


1. DISCIPLINE: Brophy committed three turnovers and had eight penalties against Hamilton in Week 2. That can’t happen again. Hamilton has been penalized 296 yards more than its opponents, and the last thing the Huskies want to do is give Brophy extra possessions or put themselves in obvious passing situations against Brophy’s front seven.

2. WILL BROPHY PASS THIS TEST? Broncos running back Max Leonesio has 2,000 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns thus far, but Hamilton is adept at stuffing the run. The Broncos’ dual quarterback system has worked well enough so far, but the Huskies are going to dare Brophy to win this game by throwing the ball.

3. UPSET THE BALANCE: Four players have led the team in rushing this year, and four have led the team in receiving, while quarterback Zak Hambsch can also run. If the Broncos can’t make Hamilton one-dimensional the Huskies will control the clock and the game.


Passing               Comp    Att    Yds        Int    TD

Zak Hambsch    160        245    2,169    3      17

Travis Dean         33          51     430        0      5

Rushing                    Att    Yds    TD    Avg

Dante Alexander    128    878    12    6.9

Zach Bauman        106    869    15    8.2

Zak Hambsch        89      443     6      5.0

Michael Allen          42      412     4      9.8

Receiving           No.    Yds    TD    Avg

Drew Terrell       67     867     5      12.9

Alante Wright     42     662      4      15.8

Zach Bauman   21     245      2      11.7

Ethan Kipili’i      19     259      5      13.6


QB: 12 Zak Hambsch

RB: 3 Dante Alexander

HB: 34 Zach Bauman

WR: 17 Drew Terrell

T: 64 Alex Cosenza

G: 66 Gerard Ingallina

C: 55 Daniel Blackwell

G: 67 Justin Lalonde

T: 75 Christian Westerman

TE: 16 Taylor Grove

WR: 17 Alante Wright

K: 82 Nate McDonald


DE: 72 Shelby Luke

DT: 52 Gage Pruitt

DT: 90 Michael Sylvestre

DE: 54 Ruben Rubio

LB: 28 Justin Rosales

LB: 13 Rueben Robinson

LB: 7 Anthony Jones

DB: 24 Cedric Parker

DB: 10 Malcolm Holland-Drury

S: 5 Devon Carrington

S: 1 Ryan Milus

P: 32 Ben Peters

Scouting the Huskies: Hamilton has a balanced offense. Running backs Zach Bauman and Dante Alexander have combined for 1,548 yards and 23 touchdowns. Quarterback Zak Hambsch has passed for 1,914 yards and 16 TDs. He runs the option well and makes good reads. Hamilton’s defense has five shutouts, two in the postseason. Eight of 11 of last year’s starters returned and have held opponents to 11.8 points a game. Middle linebacker Rueben Robinson leads the team in defensive points and is tied for the team-lead in fumble recoveries and interceptions. Defensive end Ruben Rubio leads in sacks with 12. Drew Terrell and Ryan Milus handle the return duties.


Passing          Comp    Att     Yds        Int    TD

Beau Maggi    121       219    1,192    7       10

Sam Quinif      57         115    638       5       6

Rushing                       Att      Yds       TD    Avg

Max Leonesio             277    1,988    24     7.2

Tim Auran                    58      256        4       4.4

De’saan Hardwick    32       158         0      4.9   

Receiving            No.    Yds    TD    Avg

Ryan Suniga       41    566      5     13.8

Scott Robson     29     467      5     16.1

Josh Dennard    22    279       1     12.7

A.J. Steimel         22    245      1     11.1


QB: 10/11 Beau Maggi/Sam Quinif

RB: 23 Max Leonesio

WR: 5 Ryan Suniga

WR: 13 Josh Dennard

LT: 66 Edmund Hubbard

LG: 72 Justin Frimmel

C: 55 Hank Jenkins

RG: 71 Garrett Veldman

RT: 51 Brandon Behrens

TE: 82 A.J. Steimel

WR: 88 Scott Robson

K: 89 Nick Ayers


DE: 36 Oluwseyi Adebayo

DT: 54 Adan Nunez

DT: 60 Mike Tree

DE: 93 Trent Murphy

LB: 42 Brett Fitzgerald

LB: 45 Adam Holzmeister

LB: 48 Matt Padilla

CB: 29 Matthew Berkley

SS: 33 Jason Abbott

FS: 6 Alex Garoutte

CB: 38 Ross Luther

P: 10 Beau Maggi

Scouting the Broncos:  What a long, strange trip this has been. Once 2-3 on the season, the Broncos are on a nine-game winning streak. The Brophy offense of yore is gone after one starter returned from last season. The Broncos took to a two-quarterback system midway through the year and it’s proven effective enough. The offensive line has played well the past six weeks after taking its lumps, and Max Leonesio became the East Valley’s leading rusher in 5A.

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[Stats Courtesy of MaxPreps]