Junior quarterback Bryan Berens threw for 178 yards and five touchdowns as visiting Phoenix Brophy Prep blitzed Phoenix Shadow Mountain, 58-3, in a 5A-I Desert Valley Region regular season game Friday.
The victory gives the Broncos (8-2 overall, 5-0 region) an unblemished league record from which to springboard into next week’s playoffs. Brophy will attempt to defend of their 2005 state championship title. Shadow Mountain finishes 3-7 overall, 1-4 in the region.
Berens put the game away early, throwing four touchdowns, including a 35-yarder to Bart Stires, in the first half en route to a 32-0 halftime lead. Berens (9-of-16) threw a 65-yard score to junior wide receiver Sean Lieb just after halftime before coach Scooter Molander pulled his starters.
“The quick passing game was working very well," Berens said. “The line was giving me a lot of time and the receivers were getting open and catching the ball."
The Brophy offense amassed 248 yards on the ground with running back Ray Polk collecting 114 on 12 carries. Polk also scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter.
“I'm pleased with our offensive production tonight," Molander said. “We were consistent and we threw the ball well, which we are going to need to do in the playoffs."
The victory gave Brophy confidence heading into the state tournament.
“Being able to defeat some very decent teams in our region gives us momentum going into the playoffs," senior wide receiver Chase Taylor said. “It means a lot for the team. We have a lot of confidence right now and a lot of momentum."
Taylor caught three passes, two for touchdowns, for 44 yards. Lieb finished with three catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
“I feel really confident right now," Lieb said. “We've worked hard for this."
The Broncos' defense was as productive as the offense. It limited the Matadors to 38 yards rushing and 99 yards passing.
Defensive back Drew Maggi added a touch of his own, intercepting a Nick Amari pass and scampering 68 yards for a 52-0 lead with 6:13 left in the third period.
“Defensively, we were swarming like crazy, which is typical Brophy football," Molander said. “We're in a good region and we're very proud. Now, it's our job to represent our region in the playoffs."
Shadow Mountain avoided the shutout when D.J. Chacon hit a 25-yard field goal with 8:52 left in the game. The Matadors took advantage of four Brophy penalties and capitalized on a 25-yard pass from backup quarterback Darryn Cook-Kelly to Cessar Rivera to set up the score. They had the ball first-and-goal at the 3-yard line for their deepest penetration of the game, but couldn't score and had to settle for the field goal.