Brophy v. Bishop Gorman

Brophy downs Bishop Gorman in 3rd Sollenberger Classic

Ask the Brophy Broncos where their home field is and they will reply "Phoenix College".  But, given the results of the 3rd Sollenberger Classic presented by IKON as well as  the Bronco victory last December in the 5A-1 final, they might want to reconsider trying to schedule some home games at University of Phoenix Stadium.


In a battle of the border, Brophy took down defending Nevada 4A state champions, the Bishop Gorman Gaels 16-6 in what was a terrific defensive showing by both schools. 


The schools were well represented by fans as well as a large gathering of players from schools around the valley.  The fans in attendance were treated to a video tribute to Barry Sollenberger at halftime.  The former AIA media relations director and Arizona high school historian who passed away three years ago would have been proud to see the team from Arizona more than hold it's own against a big, strong Bishop Gorman team.


Brophy got on the board first after a bad Bishop Gorman snap on a punt. Max Leonesio capped off a short drive from 8 yards out to put the Broncos on top.


Gaels quarterback Joe Huber came right back to score on a 79 yard keeper to pull Bishop Gorman within reach, but defensive end Trent Murphy blocked the extra point for the Broncos to make the score 7-6 Brophy.


At that point, the defenses of both teams took control.  Murphy was a royal pain to the Gael offense, sacking the QB three times and reaking havoc all night. Murphy's partners on the defensive line, Mike Tree and Seyi Adebayo did their share as well.  Linebackers Matt Padilla and Brandon Bayardi had strong games as well. The defense chipped in on the scoring, forcing a Bishop Gorman safety after another bad snap from the Gael long snapper.


The QB situation for Brophy, a big question mark coming in, looks to be on solid, if not spectacular ground with seniors Sam Quinif and Beau Maggi.  Maggi threw a fourth quarter score to tight end AJ Steimel to seal the game with under a minute left after Bayardi picked off an errant Gael pass. 


All world defensive end Justin Chaisson of Bishop Gorman showed why he's verbally committed to Oklahoma.  The big defender was in the Brophy backfield all night and will certainly be a huge factor to contend with for Bishop Gorman opponents all season.  Three quarterbacks played for the Gaels and all had their moments.  The offense was stalled several times by dropped passes that were right on the money from the QBs.  John Therrell, a transfer from Kentucky whose father is the new offensive coordinator at UNLV could end up the starter before the season ends.  He can run and pass well and his emergence would allow Huber to play tailback or wingback.


All in all, a successful debut for Brophy and another successful Sollenberger Classic for the AIA.  Hopefully, future Classics can continue at University of Phoenix stadium, a terrific venue.  Hats off to the City of Glendale, the Cardinals, and IKON for making it happen.

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