Bruggman arrives in town after pinpoint night

PHOENIX – Look out, Pac-12. If future Cougar quarterback Tyler Bruggman plays in crimson anything like he did last night, the league ought to start game planning right now.

Tyler Bruggman fired four touchdowns on a night of pinpoint accuracy to lead Brophy Prep to a 58-6 rout of rival Saint Mary's High.

The Broncos and Knights rivalry dates back to 1959, and Brophy has dominated in recent years. But in Bruggman's sophomore year, his first as the starting quarterback, Brophy lost a close one to the Knights.

Since then Bruggman has taken it to the Knights every opportunity he got. Last season he beat them 63-0 and now he has put the finishing touches on his senior season.

Both Brophy and St. Mary's play in the same stadium at Phoenix College. Every year the teams alternate the home sideline. The last time Brophy was on the away east sideline was when they lost to the Knights.

Bruggman wanted to make sure that did not happened again.

"Being on this sideline left a bad taste in my mouth (and) our mouths," said Bruggman, whose exciting weekend continues today with a trip to Pullman. "So it was good for us to come out and get a win."

Going into this game the Broncos were down two games to the Knights in the rivalry's overall record. Bruggman said it was his goal to win this game and put his high school one game away from evening up the series in the future.

The Brophy signal caller put up points quickly for Brophy. His first pass of the night was a 31-yarder to senior receiver Devon Allen.

Bruggman kept the foot on the pedal after that. His only incompletion in his first six passes came on pass interference call.

Four of Brophy's first six drives resulted in scores.

Bruggman and senior receiver Clarence Clark had their best game together.

Clark gathered big yards after the catch, and finished the night with 98 receiving yards and one touchdown. One catch was a short throw from Bruggman that Clark was able to make defenders miss and break it open for a 30-yard gain.

Clark said it easy to create big plays when Bruggman is throwing him the ball.

"He's very good at getting the ball to me when I'm open," Clark said. "He's actually good to everyone when they're open. He's just going to find the open man."

"My dad played at Brophy so I've always watched the Brophy- St. Mary's rivalry," Bruggman said. "Playing in it is special and when you get a win it's extra."

Bruggman's Unofficial Stats

Last night: 13-for-21, (.619), 209 yards, 4 TDs, 0 ints

Season: 91-for-184, (.495), 1454 yards, 15 TDs, 6 ints

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