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Brophy coach Scooter Molander said facing Tucson Salpointe again in the playoffs is a bit of a double-edged sword, especially after the Broncos defeated the Lancers 31-13 earlier this season in Tucson.
“You want to make sure the kids treat it with the proper respect,” Molander said of the rematch.
“When eight teams are left, they’re all good,” he added. “We’re happy to be playing them at home, that’s for darn sure.”
Salpointe and Brophy match up well with each other, both employing big offensive lines, depth at running back, and the ability to put three or four receivers wide on any given play.
“This time of year, it usually doesn’t boil down to somebody dominating somebody else,” he said. “Which team does the little things better. Everybody blocks and runs and tackles and throws. It’s the team that does the little things that will move on.”
Molander said his players are healthy, but added that he’s stressed the importance of making sure they don’t overwork themselves in practice as the season progresses into its 12th week.
“We want to keep them working hard but give them time off, too,” Molander said. “It’s a fine balance.”