Though Phoenix Brophy scored its first touchdown on an 84-yard run, it didn’t beat Scottsdale Horizon with a barrage of big offensive plays.
With steady drives that produced 18 first downs and 432 yards, and a defense that allowed less than 200, the Broncos beat Horizon 33-7 Friday night at Phoenix College.
Tailback Ray Polk had 177 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries for Brophy (5-2, 2-0 Desert Valley), and took the Broncos’ first offensive play of the game 84 yards for a score.
Quarterback Bryan Berens was 14-for-18 with 202 yards and a touchdown.
Brophy coach Scooter Molander credited offensive coordinator Bill Kalkman for coming up with a game plan that helped dominate Horizon (3-4, 1-1).
“We had a lot of good drives, long drives,” Molander said. “It helps, because we scored early, and our defense was on the field in that first quarter a lot.
“Horizon scored to tie it up 7-7, but I’m really proud of our offense. We turned around and scored right after that on the next drive. That’s what good teams do.”
Horizon hurt itself a few times on offense. The Huskies took the ball to the Brophy 30-yard line on the opening drive of the game, but were forced to punt after Broncos linebacker Andrew Serrano sacked Horizon quarterback Greg Djinis for a 9-yard loss, knocking the Huskies out of field goal range.
A first-play Horizon fumble on a second-quarter drive led to a Brophy touchdown. An interception by Brophy defensive back Drew Maggi also resulted in a Broncos touchdown, which gave them a 20-point lead at halftime.
“It’s a big momentum change when the defense recovers the ball and then offense can just capitalize on it,” Polk said.
Brophy was able to constantly pressure Djinis. The Broncos had five sacks, including three by linebacker Michael Owings.
“Sometimes there are opportunities to bring guys (on blitzes), not all the time,” Molander said. “Our kids did a good job with that. If you bring people, you have to contain the quarterback. And a couple of times we missed that. But we rectified that at halftime and things worked out well.”