We finally got on the air! After overnighting a new transformer and
some overtime work by our great engineering crew, the Cox7 Arizona Thursday
night high school football game of the week finally made it's 2005 debut at
awesome Austin Field. Over $250,000
worth of updates to the stadium and one of the best fields in the state make
Chandler one of
the best places in the state to broadcast and see a football game. Hats off to Athletic Director Dave
Shapiro and his staff for their hospitality.
What we saw at the game were two
very different halves of football.
If you like offense, then the first half was for you. Two of the top junior QB's in the state,
Brophy's Conor Hearn and Chandler's Kyle Hess, took turns trying to
throw knock out punches with deep passes.
Brophy led 3-0 after the first quarter, a quarter that saw both team
feeling one another out. In the
second quarter the footballs started flying. After missing several open receivers
deep early, Hearn connected with Mike Giannola for a 26 yard catch and run to set up a
short Matt Smith TD run to cap a 75 yard, 2:12 drive and the Broncos went up 10-0. The Wolves, however, refused to roll
over. After the kickoff, Hess
connected with senior wide out Jim Burnett on a 69 yard fly pattern and the
Wolves closed it to 10-7. It took
the Broncos less than a minute to score again, Hearn connecting with Allen
Hunter, who made a great adjustment on the ball and run in untouched, on a 43
yard pass play. Brophy 17-7. After the kick, Burnett again got past
the Bronco secondary to haul in another bomb from Hess to set up another
score. Darren Sweely kicked a short
field goal with 4 seconds left in the half. Halftime score 17-10
The second half was a completely
different story. The always
aggressive Chandler defense, led by linebacker Ricky Moore
and defensive lineman Jake Samia, shut down the vaunted Bronco attack. Hearn, after throwing for over 200 yards
in the first half, could manage only 10 in the second as he was constantly
harassed by the Wolves defensive line.
The Brophy defense was just as stingy. They tightened up in the secondary and
made life miserable for Hess. He
missed his first nine passes of the half. The Bronco linebacking crew, led by
Troy Taylor and Cole Graybill, were outstanding. The second half was a game of field
position, interceptions, and punting.
The lone scoring chance of the half was snuffed out when Chandler's Shaefer Wall
picked off a Hearn pass in the end zone in the third period.
One of the knocks coming into the
season on Hearn was his lack of arm strength. He put that myth away in this game. He threw several deep balls over 50
yards that narrowly missed his intended receivers. His stats were fairly pedestrian, 13 of
27 for 214 yards and a touchdown.
He also threw 2 interceptions, tying his total for all of last
season. However, you can bet the
had something to do with this.
Rahnee Dennard had another strong
running game for Brophy with 149 yards on 23 carries. He's got a great combination of speed
and power and looks to be a great replacement for graduated Markel Devorce.
Impressive was the Bronco
receiving core. Giannola (3 catches
for 47 yards), Hunter (2 catches for 60 yards) and Smith (3 for 49 yards) are a
great team for Hearn to throw to along with junior Chase
The Wolves played with heart and
effort in a losing cause. It
doesn't get any easier with Westwood up next. However, Chandler has several bright spots to build
Moore, Samia, Tony Pawlik, and
Sean Humphrey on the defensive side can play with anybody. The Wolves need an inexperienced
secondary to keep improving and quit giving up the big
On offense, Hess looks to have
come of age. Under the television
spotlight, he completed 9 of 23 passes for 175 yards and a TD. He had 155 yards passing in the first
half. Burnett (4 catches for 142
yards, 1 Td), Tony Simmons, and 6'5" sophomore tight end Dion Jordan (related to
former NFL great and Chandler assistant Steve Jordan) make up another terrific
Justin Sims and Anton Bernard both
ran the ball well for the Wolves and Darren Sweely gives them a solid kicking
game, though he didn't punt the ball particularly well in the game.
Next week the Cox7 road show rolls
on over to Paradise Valley to bring you a battle of the two
top 5A division 2 teams, North and P.V.
This one should be another great battle. Stuart Goldstein's Mustangs are on a
roll and should come ready to rock with their outstanding senior linebacker Cody Dowd. The Trojans will counter with
a tremendous 1-2 punch at running back with Tomarcus Jordan and Mike Williams. It will be interesting to
see P.V. junior quarterback Stuart Walter, brother of Raider's QB and former ASU
See you on Thursday at 7