Bruggman takes what given in huge victory

PHOENIX -- Future Cougar Tyler Bruggman was not the star of the game Friday night in Brophy Prep's 54-28 win over No. 1-ranked Mountain Pointe, but he offered up a perfect illustration of the ol' "we'll take what the defense gives us" approach to offense.

Brophy senior running back Marche Dennard ground Mountian Pointe to dust.

"He was an animal so we just kept feeding him," Tyler Bruggman said about his running back. "The o-line kept grinding -- we were able to have a lot of success on the ground in the second half and that opened up things in the pass game...Marche Dennard and the offensive line were the players of the game for sure."

The lopsided final score wasn't an obvious outcome after Brophy's first three possessions on offense. One ended with an interception and the other two were three-and-outs.

In fact, matters were even worse than that. Mountain Pointe jumped to a 21-0 lead.

But then Dennard put his game into overdrive after opposing players hit him in the head after a player in which his helment came off.

He turned his anger into 265 rushing yards and three touchdownds.

"They were cheap-shotting us out there so I did not stand for that," Dennard said. "So I told the team, ‘Let's go hit them in the mouth every play,' and they responded."

Brophy kicked a field goal to make it 21-3 and then Bruggman capped a drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak for a TD to close the halftime gap to 21-10.

And then the flood gates opened for Brophy. They scored seemingly at will

They pulled away for two reasons, the defense forced three turnovers and Bruggman and the offense were able to convert on all three.

"It was a huge momentum swing and we needed to capitalize on the good field position and the extra possession," Bruggman said.

The offense was led by Dennard in the second half, but Bruggman had a different role than he usually he does. He kept the team calm during big emotional moments.

On a 53-yard touchdown run by Dennard, one of the Brophy linemen was hit in the back. The lineman got up angry. Bruggman quickly pulled him away and talked him down.

When the kickoff team was able to strip the ball leading to a turnover, Bruggman was trying to get the celebration under control and get the offense ready to take advantage.

Brophy coach Scooter Molander said he was impressed with the way Bruggman and the team retained their composure to win in the second half.

"We made plays when we needed to the second half," Molander said. "We took advantage of the turnovers and were able to beat a very good team."

Bruggman's stats for the night were modest – 9-for-25 passing for 131 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT -- but Molander said that he made plays when they needed him to.

When Mountain Pointe made a late push to bring the score to 39-28, the Broncos needed a big play from Bruggman.

On a third down, he threw a short pass to senior receiver Clarence Clark and he was able to break it open for a 64-yard touchdown.

That was the story for the rest of the game. Bruggman would make key throws to keep the chains moving and seal the win.

Brophy, now 5-2 on the season, will be at Avondale Westview on Oct. 5.

Unofficial Bruggman State Line:

Game: 9-for-25, (.360), 131 yards, 1 TD, 1 rushing TD, 1 int
Season: 78-for-169 (.462) 1,251 yards, 12 TD, 3 rush TDs, 6 INT,

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