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Bruggman is special but has struggled against Pride

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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:27 am | Updated: 3:31 pm, Sat Dec 22, 2012.

Brophy’s Tyler Bruggman is mentioned every time someone has had a conversation about Arizona’s top quarterback the last two years.

The scholarship offer to Washington State and the gaudy statistics only back up the point.

But when he has played against Mountain Pointe the last two years, Bruggman hasn’t been the same statistically.

Of course, the most important stats are the number of wins and the Broncos are 3-0 the last two years against the Pride thanks in part to big running games like the 268 yards Marche Dennard had in the 54-38 win earlier this season.

In the end wins are all that matters, but the Mountain Pointe defense, with its array of athletes all over the field and zone packages, has done a good job of slowing down the Broncos’ aerial attack.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has completed 41.7 (25 of 60) of his attempts for 370 yards (123.3 a game) with a five touchdown to one interception in the three meetings.

It’s not terrible by any means but compared to his average over the last two seasons (58.8 completion percentage, 70 TDs, 9 INTs, 210.4 yards a game) it’s definitely a step down.

Digging deeper over six quarters – the first-round of the 2011 playoffs and the first half of this year’s meeting – Bruggman was 9 of 28 for 119 yards.

It may mean nothing come Friday night at McClintock, but something to look out for as the Pride plays in the semifinals for the fourth time in school history.

Contact writer: (480) 808-7915 for jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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