The Brophy Broncos and the Hamilton Huskies have a storied past.
The perennial powerhouses have met twice in the state title game, in 2005 and 2008, and have remained competing forces in the state’s top division ever since with Hamilton, historically, having the edge.
But, it was Brophy who looked superior on Friday night at Phoenix College, propelled by a dominating defense that forced six turnovers in the 44-21 victory.
“Our defense was incredible,” Brophy coach Scooter Molander said. “And then we capitalized on offense when we did get those short fields so it was a full team effort.”
Brophy jumped out to a 24-7 lead at halftime, scoring 14 unanswered points early. The offense scored on the opening drive of the game, marching 80 yards downfield and finding the end zone on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Ryan to Matthew Kempton. Then, on the Broncos first defensive series, Marques White returned an interception for a touchdown, running 29 yards for the score.
The Broncos came out just as strong in the second half. White intercepted the Huskies again on Hamilton’s opening drive and the Broncos turned it into touchdown, scoring on a four-yard run by Noah Pittenger. Pettinger had two touchdowns on the night.
White finished with three turnovers, including a fumble recovery. He also caused another fumble in the second half that was scooped up by Rexx Tessler.
“As a sophomore, are you kidding me?” Molander said of his young defender. “He’s a remarkable player and a remarkable young man.”
Hamilton cut the lead to 20 points late in the third quarter when Jawhar Jordan scored on a 14-yard touchdown, but the Huskies couldn’t get any closer than that as Brophy held on for the win.
Brophy’s victory over Hamilton marked the first time the Broncos have defeated the Huskies since 2007, with Hamilton winning all eight meetings since then.
The Broncos came close to capturing a victory last year against the Huskies, but lost in double overtime by a field goal. Pittenger said that game served as some extra motivation on Friday.
“It’s just kind of that redemption factor,” he said. “They always have a great ball club. We had to come out here and play hard and that’s what we did.”