Brophy College Prep extended its perfect season Friday night in Ahwatukee, defeating Desert Vista 21-7.
The Thunder played an undisciplined game from a penalty standpoint, amassing 65 yards on eight accepted flags in the first half alone.
“We didn’t make plays when we needed to because we penalized ourselves out of it,” head coach Dan Hinds said.
More than half of Desert Vista’s penalty yards came on six false starts and two unsportsmanlike conducts in the game. Hinds said the adjustments they wanted to make at halftime centered around those issues as well as keeping the Broncos off the board on their opening possession.
A 70-yard kickoff return and 2- yard touchdown run quickly negated what Hinds told his players.
“It was incredibly demoralizing," Hinds said. "We didn’t hit the end zone (on the kick), and then the kick off team missed a few tackles. That was a big play for them.”
The Thunder defense fought hard to give the offense every opportunity to get back into the game. They held Brophy to just one touchdown in each of the first three quarters and forced Broncos quarterback Matthew Ryan to throw two interceptions.
“We put ourselves in bad field position a lot tonight, and it could’ve been a lot worse. The defense hung in there against a high-octane offense,” said Hinds.
The turnovers helped keep the Thunder in the game.
“I just try to be where I can be, and definitely where I’m supposed to be at the right time,” safety Jake White said.
White intercepted Ryan both times and caught a 46-yard pass that set up the lone touchdown his team would score.
“It was too bad I couldn’t get the touchdown on that play," he said. "The adrenaline got to me and I should’ve stiff armed the guy to my left, but it lead to our touchdown and that’s what matters.”
White said the team is talented enough to bounce back from tonight’s loss, provided they can clean up the penalty issues.
Both teams have home games next week. The Thunder will host Dobson and the Broncos take on Mountain View. Both games start at 7:00 p.m.
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Brophy 21, Desert Vista 07
BCP 7 7 7 0 - 21
DV 0 0 0 7 - 7
BCP – Pittenger 12 run (Eldean kick) 7:31
BCP – Pittenger 9 run (Eldean kick) 9:06
BCP – Pittenger 25 run (Eldean kick) 11:38
DV – White 2 run (Erickson kick) 4:14
First downs 9 13
Rush-yards 27-146 21-48
Comp-Att-Int 7-13-2 25-40-1
Pass yards 75 272
Total yards 221 320
Fumbles/lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties/yards 5-30 12-105
BCP – Pittenger 20-120, Nochols 1-11, Ryan 1-3, Dimaria 2-4, Velez 3-8. DV – Thomas 11-12, Dillard 6-24, Turner 1-2, Garcia 1-13, White 2-(-3).
BCP – Ryan 7-13-2-75. DV – Thomas 25-40-1-272.
BCP – Kempton 5-46, Dimaria 1-19, Nicholson 1-10. DV – Dillard 4-37, Werbelow 5-60, Hernandez 2-25, Garcia 3-11, White 7-117, Stagg 2-15, Money 2-7.
BCP – Eldean (53, 45)