Future Coug puts on veritable clinic Friday

PHOENIX – Give future Washington State quarterback Tyler Bruggman time to throw and the results are devastating for the other team. Friday night was a case in point. Bruggman, afforded immaculate protection by his offensive line, sat cool and comfortable in the pocket in his Brophy Prep team's game with Mesa Westwood and turned in a mini-passing clinic.

It was mini because the game was so far out of hand after 15 minutes there was precious little need for a lot of attacking by air.

Bruggman attempted only 10 passes in the 59-7 route of Westwood -- all in the first half. But get this: he completed nine of those throws and three of them were for touchdowns. Moreover, the one incompletion was due to a dropped pass -- something that has dogged Brophy's offense much of the season.

"He made a lot of good reads particularly," Brophy coach Scooter Molander said of Bruggman. "He got to his second or third read a number of times. That's really good to see."

Most high school quarterbacks will see the first pass option open and fire away. A coach is blessed if he has a signal caller who also looks for the second option, too. And it's a veritable gold strike when a young QB can hit the third or fourth receiver.

On multiple plays Friday, that's exactly what Bruggman did. He was looking for the check downs.

Bruggman's aerial assault covered 193 yards and helped trigger 28-point scoring outbursts in both the first and second quarters.

One play in particular, Bruggman's patience and late play-reading led to a long touchdown pass. In the second quarter, on the first play of a possession, Bruggman dropped back and found his third option, junior receiver Ryan Castelini, wide open over the middle.

Bruggman fired the ball and Castelini busted it in for a 43 yard touchdown grab

. "It's kind of been something that I have been focusing on the last few weeks," Bruggman said of going through all of his progressions . "I did feel like it was something that I did better tonight.

Bruggman also fired TD passes covering 55 and 12 yards.
,br> "The offensive line did a great job and we just made plays," said Bruggman, who was never sacked during the game. "I didn't do anything special, just got them the ball."

Bruggman with a little time in the pocket is wondrous thing.

"For him to be able to stand in the pocket, you're going to get sliced with him back there. Anybody is," Molander said.

Senior guard Charlie Renfree anchors the inside offensive line along with junior guard A.T. Hall. Renfree said that the group has been improving as the season has gone on especially in pass protection and blitz pick up.

He said having a skilled quarterback like Bruggman behind him motivates the guys up front to protect him.

"Tyler can make all the throws as long as he has time," Renfree said. "Knowing that you let someone go and give up a sack that's a missed opportunity. So you got to take advantage of every snap and keep him protected."

Bruggman faces a new challenge next week at home when Brophy (8-2) faces undefeated Phoenix Pinnacle.

Unofficial Bruggman Stats:

Friday night: 9-of-10 passing for 193 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs

Season: 104-of-204 passing (.510), 1,642 yards, 19 TDs, 6 INTs

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