Mt. View v. Brophy

Brophy holds off Mountain View in battle of 5A-1 powers. Berens leads Broncos to narrow win over tough Toro team.

It was the game of the week.  It might have been the game of the year.  Two proud programs clashing on a Thursday night before a live television audience.  Brophy (2-1) traveled to Mountain View knowing that a loss to the Toros could leave championship doubts in their heads after a defeat to top ranked Hamilton in week 2.  Mountain View was off to a 4-0 start, but had hardly played the caliber of opponents that Brophy had.  Something would give.


Mountain View coach Tom Joseph fired the first shot on the opening kickoff when the Toros recovered an on-side kick.  When the drive stalled, Brophy cornerback Anthony Hooks blocked a Kyle Jenkins field goal attempt to leave Mountain View with nothing for their effort.  On Brophy's first possession, senior Quarterback Bryan Berens threw a perfect pass that was in and out of the hands of the usually sure handed Drew Maggi.  Junior Alex Salas picked it off for the Toros to stop the Bronco drive. 


Brophy finally put up the first points when Berens found Ryan Suniga for a 13 yard touchdown strike.  But the Toros roared right back, halfback Ernie Perea scoring from 7 yards out.  Mountain View executed a two point conversion to take the lead.  But, Berens again took the air out of the Toro nation when he found Sean Lieb, playing in his first game of the year after suffering from mono all season, in the end zone from 30 yards out.  Lieb was well covered on the play, but outfought the defender for the ball. 


After a Jenkins 32 yard field goal for the Toros, Brophy scored twice more to take a commanding 29-11 lead in the third quarter.  Fullback Bobby Rodrigues scored around end from 32 yards and Ray Polk followed an Adam Holzmeister interception with a 2 yard run to pay dirt.  This was the key play.  Holzmeister actually scored on the play, but it was called back on a hold. 


It was gut check time for the Toros, and the offensive line, led by David Hakes and Carlos Saenz, took the challenge to heart.  Opening huge holes in the Brophy defense, they led two long drives that resulted in touchdowns.  Quarterback Alex Harris, along with Perea, did most of the damage.  Harris scored both touchdowns and Moutain View converted both 2 point conversions to close the gap to 29-27.  In all, the Toros rushed for 397 yards on the night, led by Perea with 144 and Harris with 110.   Mountain View threw just twice in the second half, one a fake punt. 


Brophy was able to run out the clock and hand Mountain View it's first loss of the year.  It was a big win for the Broncos, one they will be able to hold on to with their tough schedule coming up including this week against Mesa and in two weeks against #3 ranked Basha. 





The loss could turn out to be a blessing for the Toros.  They needed a good challenge and got one.  They made some mistakes early in the game, but didn't give up, always a trademark of Mountain View.  They need to improve their passing game and get the ball to the speedy Ron Taylor in the open field.  They're off this week before starting region play against Mesa on October 5th.


Game balls for Brophy go to Berens, who completed 16 of 21 passes for 167 yards and the two scores.  His leadership and field smarts are as good as you'll see in Arizona this season.  It obvious why he is getting looks from Ivy League schools. We'll also give one to linebacker Holzmeister, who keeps getting better and better each game. 


For Mountain View, give a game ball to the entire offensive line.  They're not the biggest line in the state, far from it, but I doubt there are any that are tougher or better conditioned.   Here's the names:  Hakes, Saenz, Westra, Malais, and Brunstein.   Also, hats off to the Mountain View fans.  I doubt there is a better high school in town to watch a game.   The crowd is loud, but respectful and the atmosphere is awesome.  Get over to east Mesa sometime and check out a game.  You'll be glad you did. 


Final score:  Brophy 29 Mountain View 27

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