Red Mountain 34
By Henry Erlandson ’16
Brophy’s Jack Haddon ’15 made plays on both sides of the field against Red Mountain Friday, Sept. 19, scoring the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter and the game-winning touchdown in the second overtime.
It came down to special teams as Brophy football defeated a winless Red Mountain 40-34 in two overtime periods in Red Mountain’s homecoming game.
“It was a big emphasis for us in practice this week to really work on special teams and take it very seriously,” said head coach Mr. Scooter Molander.
A fake field goal in the second overtime sealed the game after holder Sean Robertson ’15 found Haddon in the end-zone on a short pass. Isaiah Oliver ’15 set up the opportunity by blocking Red Mountain’s field goal on the previous possession.
Brophy put points on the board quickly when Noah Pittenger ’17 returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, giving the Broncos an early seven point lead.
In the first half of the game, Brophy stretched their lead to 13, adding two more touchdowns in the second quarter from a 22-yard touchdown pass to Streator Bates ’15 and a 69-yard punt return touchdown by Ryan Velez ’16.
A 47-yard pass from Cade Knox ’16 to Oliver set up the throw to the tight end Bates
The punt return from Velez was the last play Brophy could get before going into the locker room at halftime, leading 20-7.
“We felt like if we could win special teams we could win the ball game,” Mr. Molander said.
The third quarter favored Red Mountain as their persistent running game wore down Brophy’s defense.
Red Mountain accumulated three touchdowns in quarter three, one of which came on a pass of over 80 yards with 28 seconds left in the period.
Brophy’s offense could not produce in third quarter and the team entered the final quarter trailing 27-20, with Knox throwing for 103 yards to that point.
The fourth quarter held another big play for Brophy’s special teams when they recovered a wild snap on a punt, giving them great field position for Knox to find Haddon on the game tying touchdown with just over six minutes remaining.
As neither team could score in the remainder of the fourth, Brophy and Red Mountain went to overtime in a deadlock at 27 a piece.
“Most of these guys have never played overtime. It has been years since Brophy’s played in overtime. I told them really just to stay calm and I did my best just to educate them,” Mr. Molander said.
Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime period, and Brophy’s came from a 10-yard rush by running back Ryan Velez.
The game ended in the second overtime after Oliver blocked Red Mountain’s field goal and Haddon scored the touchdown on a fake field goal, giving the Broncos a victory.
“Our guys never gave up. Our staff really coached a great ball game. This is one of the better ball games I have ever been a part of,” Mr. Molander said.
Brophy next takes on Desert Ridge in it’s own homecoming game Friday, Sept. 26.