Phoenix Brophy junior running back Ray Polk proved last week's standout performance against Mesa Westwood was no fluke as he scored five touchdowns in a 42-7 rout of Paradise Valley in the 5A Desert Valley Region opener for both teams.
Polk gained 146 yards on 21 carries, scoring on runs of 32, 8, 1, 1, and 3 yards — just a week after gaining 240 yards with three touchdowns against the Warriors. Polk also picked up 50 yards on a shovel pass at the end of the third quarter.
Not bad for a tailback who had never played the position before this year.
"He's getting very comfortable and the offensive line did a good job," Brophy coach Scooter Molander said.
Polk said the blocking of the offensive line and wide receivers made his job a lot easier.
"I had a couple of runs where I just needed that extra block on the outside and they delivered."
Just as impressive was the play of the Brophy defensive unit against Paradise Valley's two-headed running back combo of Charles Hubbard and Michael Williams.
The two seniors entered the game with nearly 1,100 yards on the season, but were held to just 32 yards in the first half.
Molander attributed that showing to the work of Brophy defensive coordinator Gary Galante and his troops.
"He had a great game plan against them. . . and our kids were really communicating and that's key," Molander said. "I'm proud of our coaching staff. They just did a great job."
Hubbard made his two best runs in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 55-yard scamper and adding a 30-yard play late.
It wasn't all roses for the Broncos, despite the lopsided score. Brophy running backs fumbled the ball three times and the team committed 11 penalties for 100 yards.
However, Molander wasn't overly disappointed with the infractions.
"They were all aggressive penalties," Molander said. "You don't ever want the penalties, but you don't want to take the fight out of the dog, either."
The Broncos are now 3-0 on the road, and Molander believes his team has the momentum it needs for the tough Desert Valley Region.
"I feel like we've turned the corner," Molander said. "The kids are playing with confidence right now."