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Brophy rolls past Mtn. Ridge, awaits Santa Margarita

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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:00 pm | Updated: 11:14 pm, Wed Aug 22, 2012.

Brophy defeated Glendale Mountain Ridge, 37-14, in both teams' season-opening game Wednesday night at Mountain Ridge.

Brophy scored touchdowns on all three of its first-quarter possessions to seize a 21-0 lead just nine minutes into the game.

On their first possession, Will Edwards ran a draw into the end zone from 15 yards out. D'Amani Grayer plowed his way in from two yards out and gave Brophy a 14-0 edge.

Senior Quarterback Tyler Bruggman connected with Devon Allen on a slant pass for a short gain, but Allen did the rest as he bounced off a defender and broke out for a 63-yard touchdown.

At this point, Bruggman was 10-of-12 for 155 yards. Bruggman started hot but fizzled a bit for the rest of the half going just 5-for-19 for 46 yards the rest of the half.

Still, Broncos coach Scooter Molander was happy his team got out to a big lead early on while a couple starting defenders didn't play with minor injuries and a few other starters sat out most of the fourth quarter.

"He was so sharp tonight," he said of Bruggman, "We dropped some footballs and the throws he needed to make were right there."

The Broncos (1-0) gave Mountain Ridge a chance to get back in the game when Allen muffed a punt near midfield and the Mountain Lions recovered. The Lions mounted a 13-play drive that got down to the Broncos' five-yard line before being stopped on three consecutive plays.

Brophy picked up a safety when the defense was able to sack Pono Ayers in the end zone and make it 23-0 with 1:48 left in the half.

"Our defense had a number of turnovers which was huge," Molander said, "They really stopped the momentum a number of different times."

In the second half, Mountain Ridge (0-1) got a touchdown from Treshawn Favors with 7:27 left in the third quarter to spoil the Broncos' shutout bid and make it 23-7.

Ayers was able to hit Joey Rossi with a quick pass for a 4-yard gain. Rossi lateraled the ball to Zach Miller and he ran 39 yards down to the Brophy 5-yard line to set up Favors.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Mountain Lions tried an onside kick and nearly recovered it. The ball laid uncovered on the 37-yard line before Allen fell on it.

The Broncos added a Matthew Klein 14-yard touchdown catch with three minutes left in the third quarter to push the lead to 30-7. On that series, Allen caught a pass from Bruggman and was heading towards the end zone before being tackled from behind. Allen laid on the field for a couple minutes but jogged off under his own power.

Allen showed he was okay when he reeled in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Bruggman and outran the defense to the end zone with 6:37 left in the game.

Favors struck again with 1:03 left on a 5-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring.

"Mountain Ridge is a good football team," Molander said, "They're going to win a lot of games. Bobby Green always has his guys ready to play, they fight hard and play to the whistle and they did that tonight."

Brophy has little time to celebrate the win as they host national powerhouse Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) on Saturday at Phoenix College. They are currently ranked second in the USA Today Super 25 Prep Football national rankings, and in the top five in at least three national publication/website rankings after winning a California state championship last season.

It'll be the second game in a three-games-in-10-days stretch for Brophy.

"There's plenty of challenges," Molander said. "Their offensive line is huge. Their quarterback is a dual threat and they play very good defense. They have a very fine slot receiver and are very well coached.

"We welcome the challenge. We're proud of our state and we're proud who we are and we know we have a huge challenge against us."

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