By J.P. Hajjar ’16
With 49 seconds left in the game Thursday, Oct. 17, the lights went out on Chaparral’s field, but by this point Brophy’s offense had
already experienced a power outage of its own.
Chaparral defeated Brophy 44-10 in the first ever game between the two football programs, which was televised on Cox 7.
Brophy struggled to score throughout the entire game.
“We didn’t protect the passer well. We turned it over a couple of times really when we had some opportunities, you know we hit some plays and we didn’t keep our defense off the field,” said head coach Mr. Scooter Molander.
On the second drive of the game for the Broncos offense a throw by Brian Woodward ’14 to Will Edwards ’14 for 66 yards was fumbled by Edwards at the Chaparral one yard line.
It was not until the second half that the Broncos scored.
Phil Mourikes ’14 knocked in a field goal in the third quarter to make the score 30-3 Chaparral lead.
However, Chaparral didn’t stop scoring either. They extended their lead to 37-3 with a touchdown and point after attempt.
With 44 seconds left in the third quarter, Ryan Velez ’16 ran for 21 yards for the only Brophy touchdown.
Velez finished the game with 64 total yards.
Junior Isaiah Oliver ’15 finished the night off with an interception and two blocked kicks, one point after attempt and one field goal.
With 49 seconds remaining in the game, Brophy maintained possession at the Chaparral 10 yard. Then, as Brophy hoped for one more touchdown, the power went out on the field.
After about 20 minutes of waiting, the lights turned back on and play resumed.
On the next play, an interception by Woodward left just 25 seconds left on the clock as the Chaparral player took the ball down to Brophy’s four yard line before being tackled.
Chaparral kneeled and the game was over.
Mr. Molander said he knows that with the help of the team’s tough schedule, they can still make the playoffs.
“We need to improve our pass protection, we need to take care of the football better, and if we can improve on those areas I think we have a chance (to make the playoffs),” Mr. Molander said.
Brophy’s record now drops to 2-6 on the season.
“We did not do the little things very well. We weren’t engaging. Our pursuit was good and we fought, but we simply weren’t doing the small things we needed to do to make the plays when we needed to,” said middle linebacker Walker Adams ’16 after the loss.
Their next game is Oct. 25 against Dobson High School at Phoenix College.