There was no screaming, fiery speeches or fists through a chalkboard. There were only a couple minor changes and a calm, quick lecture.
Hamilton narrowly led at halftime Friday night in a Fiesta Region tussle, and the Huskies had taken on Brophy’s best defense of the season. The Huskies tried to pound the ball at the Broncos but without much success.
Up 6-0 at intermission, the Huskies (9-0, 3-0 Fiesta Region) came out looking like a different team offensively. They took the second-half kickoff, marched down the field and did so a couple more times in a 27-0 victory against the Broncos.
It was Hamilton’s 34th consecutive win dating back to early in the 2008 season.
The Broncos (4-4, 2-2) effectively stuffed Hamilton’s run-heavy offense in the first half, but with Frederick Gammage making his second start at quarterback since his Pop Warner days, the Brophy offense couldn’t get on track.
“We woke up a bit,” Huskies running back Kendyl Taylor said. “(Brophy) brought it to us early but we know we could play much better.”
Two Michael Markette field goals accounted for the only first-half scoring, but the Huskies received the second-half kickoff and went to work.
Kyren Poe (1 of 5 passing in first half) hit leading receiver Tanner Clay on two out patterns and Jai Johnson’s 35-yard run set up an 8-yard keeper by Poe for a 13-0 lead.
“We went in (halftime) and simply said, ‘This is what they’re doing, this is what we need to do,’” Huskies coach Steve Belles said. “The kids responded and they weren’t happy with how they played. That’s the main thing.”
The Huskies forced another punt. Then the 6-foot-4 Clay caught a jump-ball wobbler from Poe for 40 yards, and Taylor scored from seven yards for a 20-0 lead.
Poe hit Taylor down the seam for a 74-yard catch-and-run touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Thanks to the 40-yard and 74-yard receptions, Poe finished with 193 yards passing and 63 yards rushing.
Belles noted Brophy’s young team “is really good. They’ll be back.”
In between, a Shaq Jenkins-led Huskies defense held Brophy’s Josh Dennard to 34 yards rushing. Gammage was 7-of-17 passing for 80 yards and an interception. The Broncos did get a 65-yard kickoff return from Devon Allen and executed the Statue of Liberty play for 26 yards, but their best drive of the night was eventually foiled by consecutive sacks.
“We kept our defense on the field way too much,” Brophy coach Scooter Molander said. “Our defense absolutely played well enough to win and our special teams, too. We failed on offense and that can’t happen.”