When the weather is ugly, count on the big guys over the athletes to get the win. This is exactly what happened in the quagmire of McClintock's field as Brophy controlled the line of scrimmage and the Hamilton playmakers to bring home the 24-14 upset win over the Huskies on the way to the state 5A final.
Brophy looked comfortable in the muck early as Ray Polk, who played lights out on both sides of the ball all night, on a short touchdown run to start the scoring. Hamilton countered with a long Nathan Jeffery run to knot things up at 7-7.
Brophy was able to move the ball once again into Hamilton territory and hit a field goal. A blocked punt saw Brophy go in at half with a 17-7 lead.
The bright spot for Hamilton offensively was the play of Nathan Jeffery who had a big run of 65 yards and a reception of 60 yards, both for scores. On the night both Gerell Robinson and Covaughn Deboskie were bottled up due to tough defensive play and limited touches.
Brophy capped the night's scoring with a ten yard Bryan Berens to Sean Lieb touchdown pass to make the final 24-17.
Hamilton could not run the ball and was forced to go to their spread offense, but was unable to little in an attempt to work the middle of the field for yards. Early on in the game, Brophy established both sides of the line of scrimmage and did not relinquish it until they walked away with the win and a trip to the final. This is the first loss by Hamilton to an Arizona opponent since the 2005 5A final, which the Huskies lost in the final minutes to Brophy. Next week in the 5A title game, Brophy will face Desert Vista who defeated Red Mountain 14-7.
Multiple Brophy seniors made crucial plays to help grab the upset win, including the work of Ray Polk as a runner and corner. Polk was able to limit Robinson in the pass game all night and keep the big receiver in check.