The Brophy Broncos (9-1) took on the Maryvale Panthers (6-4) at
On Brophy's first play from scrimmage, sophomore QB Conor Hearn threw a swing pass that senior tailback Markel DeVorce took 46 yards into Maryvale territory. That was the beginning of a trend for the Broncos, who fed the Panthers a heavy dose of the talented senior tailback on the night. Three plays later, DeVorce took a handoff fifteen yards for the Broncos first score of the contest. With a little more than five minutes left in the first quarter, the rout was on.
Maryvale's woes continued on their next possession, as a Robert Allen 41 yard punt return was nullified by a penalty, forcing the Panthers to begin deep in their own territory. Sophomore linebacker Andrew Serrano made his presence known early on for the Brophy squad, making a tackle in the Maryvale backfield on the series' opening play. It proved to be a costly series for Maryvale, as senior center Joe Vasquez was lost for the game with an injury. This would prove to be pivotal in the game, due to the wet weather conditions.
Maryvale continued to shoot themselves in the foot, as they turned the ball over on the very next play. It proved to be a costly turnover, as DeVorce took it to the house on a 36 yard TD run the very next play.
Brophy squib kicked the ball, which was mishandled by a Maryvale player and recovered by the Broncos. Another mistake cost the Panthers, as Hearn hit a streaking DeVorce out of the backfield three plays later for a 28 yard TD. Early in the second quarter, Brophy was up 21-0.
Bad luck continued to haunt the Panthers in the second quarter. Oscar Navarro's handoff fake to Jermaine Williams fooled everyone on the field, including the referees. As Navarro raced down the Maryvale sideline for an apparent touchdown, the officials blew the play dead, believing Williams was the ball carrier, and had been tackled by Brophy. The officials' miscue would be a devastating blow to Maryvale, as they continued to drive, only to fail on a field goal conversion that would have cut down on the Brophy lead.
Brophy continued to dominate in the trenches, and finally, Hearn hit Mulac from 46 yards out for the first of his two scores on the evening. The final score at halftime was Brophy 27 and Maryvale 0.
The third quarter began as the same as the second had left off, with Brophy driving on the Maryvale defense. After two runs fro a combined 34 yards, DeVorce took his third carry of the series to pay dirt from 40 yards out. The PAT made the score 34-0 in favor of the Broncos.
Maryvale tried to bounce back by feeding the ball to a junior burner, tailback Ronald Huckaby. But, Brophy linebacker Steve Pursley made a great defensive stop, holding the junior standout to but a few yards on the series. Maryvale attempted a fake punt later in the series that was no good, turning the ball over on downs to the Broncos at their own 29 yard line.
On the very next play, Hearn hooked up with Mulac again, this time from 29 yards out, making the score 41-0 after the point after kick.
Maryvale proved that they were still were willing to play ball, driving the ball on the Broncos, and finishing off the series with an impressive 34 yard touchdown by the huge fullback, Jermaine Williams.
After the two teams traded punts, Brophy's Hearn was picked off by Huckaby, giving the Panthers the ball at their own 49 yard line. But, two plays later, a QB-center exchange went awry, and the Broncos pounced on the loose ball, only to turn the ball over on the very next play to the Panthers on a fumble. Unfortunately, the Panthers couldn't make good on this opportunity, as a reverse pass was intercepted by the Broncos Andy Etchart.
The fourth quarter continued the offensive domination by the Broncos. Three plays into the new drive, back-up quarterback Estevez Martinez's tipped pass fell right into the waiting hands of Brophy junior wide receiver Mike Gianolla, who sprinted the remainder of the 68 yards for the TD, putting Brophy up 48-6.
Maryvale put the ball in the air on their next possession, with Navarro hitting junior receiver Demetrius Stewart for 27 yards. After five Navarro passes and a Jermaine Williams run, Huckaby took the ball into the end zone to cut the lead down to 48-12.
Maryvale continued to put the ball into the air the remainder of the game. They finished their scoring with a spectacular one handed grab on a screen pass by senior receiver Jose Guiterrez, who took the pigskin in from 46 yards out. Jermaine Williams two-point conversion catch from QB Anthony Tellez made the score 48-20 in favor of Brophy.
With a hope of getting the ball back in the waning moments of the game, Maryvale attempted an onside kick, which was recovered by DeVorce, who switched directions and sprinted down the Brophy sideline, returning the ball 44 yards to the Maryvale 20. Seeming content to run the clock out, Brophy ran the ball three plays in a row to DeVorce. But, on fourth and five from the fifteen, DeVorce popped through the middle of the pile and scooted fifteen yards for his fifth TD of the game, sealing the win for the Broncos, 55-20.
Game balls are awarded to Markel DeVorce and Jose Guiterrez, who finished a great game with five catches for 128 yards and a score. Congrats on a successful season to Coach Tom Bruney and the Panthers, and good luck next week to the Brophy Broncos in the state quarter-finals.