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
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
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
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
Final score: Brophy 29