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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 3:23 pm | Updated: 10:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The theory goes that a new era has begun at Phoenix Brophy. Household names like Ray Polk, Bryan Berens and Sean Lieb have each taken their two high school state championships and moved on to college.

Two problems with that theory: Not only do eight defensive starters return from last year’s 5A Division I championship team, but the Broncos believe every season is a different era.

While it’s the first time in three years the Broncos will have a new starting quarterback and running back to replace Berens and Polk, respectively, that talk doesn’t come from players or coaches.

“We repeat it to these kids: 'You’re not replacing anyone, go out and be yourself,’” coach Scooter Molander said. “Relax and stay in the moment and concentrate. You get an opportunity to play the greatest game on Earth. Have fun doing it.”

Molander is a former quarterback at Tempe Corona del Sol and in college, as well as a former offensive coordinator, but with the talent and experience among the team’s front seven on the other side of the ball, “I don’t have a problem winning games 2-0 or 4-0,” he said. “I really don’t.”

He also knows the offense, in which Ryan Sanigua, tight end A.J. Steimel and lineman Max Eller return, will remain a project in the coming weeks.

New players. New abilities. New style. Same tough schedule.

It’s what makes the destination of repeating as state champion easier — and sometimes less rewarding — than the journey.

“It certainly can be pressure, and at the same time you have to enjoy the process or why are you in the business?” Molander said. “We have expectations and intentions. You want goals, no question, and they won’t be reached unless you enjoy the travels.”

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
1 Josh Dennard DB 5-9 175 So.
2 Chris Wolf WR 5-10 170 Jr.
3 Max Eller WR 6-0 180 Jr.
4 Jack Auran DB 5-10 175 Sr.
5 Ryan Suniga WR 5-10 170 Sr.
6 Alex Garoutte DB/K 6-0 180 Jr.
7 Bobby Castellani WR 5-11 180 Jr.
8 Harry Danilevics WR 5-10 155 Jr.
9 Peter Kelly RB 5-7 180 Jr.
10 Beau Maggi QB 6-1 195 Sr.
11 Sam Quinif QB 5-11 175 Sr.
12 Chase Knox QB 6-0 165 Fr.
14 Glen Dennard RB 6-0 185 Jr.
15 Bryan Gomez DB 5-8 150 Jr.
16 Steven Flores LB/DB 5-8 185 Sr.
17 Alex Blonsky QB/RB 6-2 200 Jr.
18 Travis Robinson DB 5-10 175 Sr.
19 Tom Woodward LB 6-2 195 Jr.
20 De’saan Hardwick RB/WR 5-8 150 So.
21 Walter Cazares DB 5-10 165 Jr.
24 Joseph Valenzuela RB 5-10 155 Sr.
25 Angel Contreras WR 5-7 150 Jr.
26 Jordan Graves DB 5-11 150 So.
27 Marc Khnanisho LB 5-9 195 Jr.
28 Robert Takahashi DB 5-5 130 Jr.
29 Matthew Berkley DB 5-10 175 Sr.
30 Joshua Knudson DB 6-0 175 Sr.
31 Max Leonesio RB 6-0 180 Jr.
33 Jason Abbott DB 6-3 185 Sr.
34 Tim Auran RB 5-11 185 Sr.
36 Oluwseyi Adebayo DL 6-4 225 Sr.
37 Michael Bishop DB 6-1 175 Jr.
38 Ross Luther DB 5-10 180 Jr.
39 Max Maerowitz LB 6-1 170 Jr.
40 Johnny McCauley DB 5-10 155 Jr.
41 Colin Wade LB 5-11 180 Jr.
42 Brett Fitzgerald LB 5-9 185 Sr.
43 Sam Farmer DL 6-0 210 Sr.
44 Ethan Cooper LB 6-2 200 So.
45 Adam Holzmeister LB 5-10 190 Sr.
47 Sam Varosky LB 6-0 190 Jr.
48 Matthew Padilla LB 5-10 205 Sr.
50 Joshuah Gomez LB 5-9 185 Jr.
51 Brandon Behrens OL 6-2 215 Sr.
54 Adam Nunez DL 5-11 230 Jr.
55 Hank Jenkins OL 6-2 215 Jr.
56 Luis Saucedo OL 5-10 200 Jr.
57 Greg Allare DL 5-9 200 Sr.
59 Brok Kloeber DL 6-1 235 Jr.
60 Mike Tree DL 6-2 235 Sr.
63 Phillip Kennedy OL 5-11 245 Sr.
64 Andrew Lundahl DL 6-3 205 Jr.
66 Edmund Hubbard OL 6-3 215 Jr.
67 Jeff Westling OL 5-10 185 Jr.
68 Austin Pietrobono OL 6-2 215 Jr.
69 James Saint-amour OL 6-5 315 Jr.
70 John Galeziewski OL 5-11 200 Sr.
71 Garrett Veldman OL 6-4 245 Sr.
72 Justin Frimmel OL 5-11 215 Jr.
73 Taylor Leonesio DL 5-11 200 Sr.
75 Jon Vimmerstedt OL 6-3 215 Jr.
79 Dewayne Byrnes OL 6-0 210 Jr.
80 Ryan Tiglas WR 6-2 175 Jr.
82 A.J. Steimel TE 6-4 225 Jr.
86 James Quinn-olivieri TE 6-1 190 Sr.
88 Scott Robson WR 5-9 175 Jr.
90 Jeff Knutson LB/DB 5-9 180 Jr.
92 Colin Weisenburger DL 6-5 225 Jr.
93 Trent Murphy DL 6-6 230 Sr.
95 Kevin Harris DL 6-2 210 Jr.
99 Brandon Bayardi LB 6-2 215 Sr.
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