Is a soccer player Brophy’s best WR?
Here’s a couple interesting nuggets about Brophy’s offense, one the Chandler defense is going to have to find a way to slow down to have a chance on Friday night in their first-round playoff matchup at Phoenix College.
Maybe there is something to the three-games-in-10-days obstacle course the Broncos went through earlier this season:
Brophy QB Tyler Bruggman through seven games: 78-of-165 passing (47.2 percent) for 1,247 yards, 13 TD, 6 INT
Bruggman’s last 4 games: 52-of-72 passing (72.2 percent) for 959 yards, 15 TD, 0 INT.
Granted, the schedule featured a couple easy games in the last month, and some (much?) of Bruggman’s success can be attributed to the Broncos’ offensive line and RB Marche Dennard. Dennard struggled to stay healthy for long stretches, but has 1,276 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. He injured his ankle early in last week’s win against Pinnacle, but coach Scooter Molander said Dennard will play.
“It’s a combo of hard, physical work of our O-line and physical,” Molander said. “One person isn’t going to take him down, he’s so explosive and strong. Anyone who can run the ball it opens up the play-action and does a lot of things.”
It’s been another good season for Devon Allen as an outside receiver. The speed demon has 40 catches for 685 yards and nine touchdowns (14 TDs overall thanks to rushes and punt returns). It’s the guy on the other side, Clarence Clark, who’s arguably made as big or bigger of an impact.
Clark has 30 catches for 657 yards and eight touchdowns. He also has 33 touchbacks doing kickoffs.
Despite his family having football in the bloodlines, Clark didn’t play football until three years ago. He was (and remains) a top soccer player in his youth and now at Brophy, one of the state’s elite high school programs.
Finally convinced to play by his father and Molander before his sophomore year, he played lower levels and rose quickly enough to get some limited playing time as a junior on varsity. He had 16 catches for 274 yards and four touchdowns as a junior (along with kickoff duties), mostly in the final couple weeks of Brophy’s season.
“The upside to him is very high,” Molander said.