This just wasn’t fair.
Brophy junior Devon Allen was already the best football player on the field Friday, and the thunderstorms that enveloped Arizona just made him feel more at home.
The Pacific Northwest native scored touchdowns on a run, a catch and a punt return to lead the third-ranked Broncos past Red Mountain, 31-13, in a Division I football matchup at Red Mountain.
“I’m from Seattle, so in all my Pop Warner years, I played in the rain,” Allen said. “It’s actually not as bad here because it’s not as cold.”
Red Mountain ran the ball 12 straight times on its opening possession and cashed in on a Cougar Garcia 7-yard touchdown run to take an early 7-0 lead.
Brophy (3-0) quickly erased it thanks to Allen, who had 53 yards on two carries on the Broncos’ ensuing possession, including an 8-yard touchdown run to tie the game.
After the Mountain Lions were stopped by the Brophy defense, Allen returned the punt 57 yards for a score and a 14-7 lead the Broncos wouldn’t relinquish. A D’Amani Grayer 2-yard touchdown run pushed the lead to 14 points at the half, and Allen sewed up the victory by catching a 53-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Bruggman for his third score of the game midway through the third quarter
Allen finished with five carries for 69 yards along with the 53 yards receiving.
“He’s a tremendous athlete,” Brophy coach Scooter Molander said.
Bruggman wasn’t needed a lot, but completed 6-of-13 passes for 147 yards and the score to Allen.
After the first drive, Red Mountain’s offense slowed down.
The team’s quick-strike, lateral passes were defended well by the Broncos, as quarterback Mason Thorman completed 16-of-29 passes but for only 110 yards and he was picked off once.
Marcus Brantley returned a kickoff 92 yards for a score with 6:02 left in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 31-13, but the two-point conversion failed, and the Mountain Lions (1-2) would get no closer.
The teams came out after halftime, but were sent back to the locker room because of a lightning delay. The layoff had no effect on Brophy, as it scored the first 10 points of the second half and cruised to the victory.
“You have to stay focused, and you have to say, ‘What can you do with this time?’” Molander said. “You don’t just sit around… We used our time wisely.”