It didn’t matter who touched the ball on Friday night.
Brophy backup running back Will Edwards? Three touchdowns. Chandler backup tailback Myles Smith? One rushing and one receiving score.
From the usual suspects to the role players, the offenses went haywire in the opening round of the Division I playoffs. The Broncos, though, made some defensive plays in the second half for a 54-44 victory at Phoenix College.
Brian Woodward had an interception and Jordan Robinson had a goal-line fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter to finally wrap up the win. No. 4 Brophy will host No. 5 Red Mountain in the quarterfinals next Friday.
“That’s one of those ballgames that was last man standing,” Brophy coach Scooter Molander said. “It is a shame when a team has to go home after a football game like that.”
Brophy scored touchdowns on its first four possessions but still trailed 31-28 at the half.
The Broncos scored the first two touchdowns of the second half to take a 41-31 lead, but the Wolves never went away.
Smith scored on a 34-yard run late in the third quarter and again on a 12-yard screen pass from quarterback Darell Garretson to cut the deficit to three both times.
Brophy’s final score came on an Edwards 24-yard run with 3:50 remaining for a 54-44 lead. Chandler drove right down the field and had a first-and-goal from the 4 with enough time for the onside kick and a score, but the Wolves fumbled and Robinson pounced on it to secure the victory.
“We had a chance all the way to the end,” Chandler coach Shaun Aguano said.
The Broncos didn’t turn the ball over and only punted one time in the game.
Quarterback Tyler Bruggman was 21-of-27 for 330 yards with three touchdowns and Clarence Clark had nine catches for 195 yards and two scores.
Wide receiver Devon Allen had 70 yards rushing and a touchdown as well as five catches for 64 yards.
“We knew their offense was high tempo and scored a lot of points,” Bruggman said. “We knew we had to match them.”
Allen suffered a high-ankle sprain in the second half and was on crutches following the victory but doesn’t think the injury will keep him out of next week’s game.
“I was slowing down and it got rolled underneath,” Allen said. “I’ll be fine. I’ve done it enough in my lifetime to know I’ll be back in a couple days. I’ll probably take Monday off and be back Tuesday.”
Brophy didn’t have starting running back Marche Dennard because of injury, although Molander expects him back next week. Edwards filled in with 13 carries for 79 yards and three scores.
Chandler’s offense was just as explosive. Garretson finished 25-of-31 for 395 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another. Wide receiver Mitch McCulley had seven catches for 127 yards and a score, while fellow wideouts Dionte Sykes (four catches, 97 yards, TD) and Patrick Baldenegro (5 catches, 87 yards) also had big games.
Brophy outscored Chandler 26-13 in the final two quarters.
“We adjusted well after the half, just kept playing our game and everything worked out,” Allen said.
C - 14 7 7 6 -- 44
B - 21 7 13 13 -- 54
First downs: C 24; B 23
Rushes-Yards: C 38-200; B 25-202
Passing yards: C 395; B 315
Comp-Att-Int: C 25-31-1; B 20-26-0
Fumbles-Lost: C 2-1; B 0-0
Penalties-Yards: C 13-106; B 5-32
C - Garretson 2 run, pass failed
B - Allen 40 run Mourikes kick
C - Burton 17 pass from Garretson, Baldenegro from Garretson
B - Edwards 7 run, Mourikes kick
B - Clark 34 pass from Bruggman, Mourikes kick
C - Sykes 33 pass from Garretson, Knudson kick
B - Edwards 3 run, Mourikes kick
C - Knudson 37 FG
C - McCulley 18 pass from Garretson, Knudson kick
B - Bruggman 1 run, pass failed
B - Clark 35 pass from Bruggman, Mourikes kick
C - Smith 34 run, Knudson kick
B - Auran 1 pass from Bruggman, Mourikes kick
C - Smith 12 pass from Garretson, kick blocked
B - Edwards 24 run, kick failed