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Brophy gets little resistance from rival St. Mary's

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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 11:37 pm | Updated: 9:53 pm, Sat Oct 15, 2011.

After Phoenix Brophy beat Phoenix St. Mary's 63-0 on Friday night the big question is this: How did St. Mary's beat Brophy last year?

The difference in size, talent, speed - pretty much everything - was so drastic it made for a one-sided football game. You have to give the St. Mary's crowd credit for sticking around because they didn't have much to cheer about at Phoenix College's Hogan Field.

This game was all Broncos all the time. Brophy scored a touchdown on the third play of the game and on the next-to-last play of the first half as it led 56-0 in just one half of football.

Brophy coach Scooter Molander called Friday's performance the most complete game his team has played this season. He said the week of practice was the same.

It didn't matter who ran the football or who caught the football for the Broncos. The resistance they got from the Knights was minimal. It didn't hurt that Brophy (8-0) has a talented quarterback in junior Tyler Bruggman.

In less than one half, Bruggman was 12-of-15 passing for 137 yards and had four touchdowns. He had two scoring passes to Devon Allen, one to D'Amani Grayer and another to Andrew Curtis. Grayer also had a 39-yard TD run on the third play from scrimmage to get the Broncos off and running.

Molander could go on and on about the development of Bruggman, who he called one of the best prep quarterbacks in the country.

"He's like a sponge," Molander said. "You just have to tell him once and he's got it. He has a yearning for the game."

Backup running back Andrew Simon led Brophy with 86 yards on 15 carries as he played the entire second half. He also scored two touchdowns.

Even the defense got involved in the scoring when Frederick Gammage returned an interception 28 yards for a score late in the first quarter to make it 28-0 Broncos.

"To shut out a spread offense, your defense has to really be playing well," Molander said.

For St. Mary's, there will be better days. They can't get any worse than it got Friday against the rival Broncos. On top of their inability to stop the Broncos, the Knights turned the football over six times.

The Knights (3-5) can compete with most of the teams in their schedule. But against the elite, it's a mismatch.

Credit St. Mary's Lukas Treffers. He did what he could from his wide receiver position and also played quarterback in the Knights' Wildcat formation. He caught nine of quarterback Joseph Federico's 13 completions and rushed four times for 11 yards.

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