Brophy Broncos dominate in season debut against Sandra Day O’Connor

The Brophy College Preparatory football program looks to build on the success of last year's playoff run that ended in the state semi-final. (Photo courtesy of brophyfootball.org)

The Brophy College Preparatory football program looked dominate against Sandra Day O’Connor High School Friday, Aug. 21. (Photo courtesy of brophyfootball.org)

Brophy College Preparatory (1-0) kicked off its 2015 football season Friday night with a 45-0 thrashing of Sandra Day O’Connor High School (0-1).

The Broncos were led by senior running back Ryan Velez, who rushed for 134 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.com.

“I expected a lot (in the first game) coming from the preparation that I did,” Velez said in an August 22 phone interview. “Plus, all of the guys working their tails off really put things together to make me have that big game.”

Brophy head coach Scooter Molander said the Broncos wanted to have their run game working early in Friday’s game.

“Going into the game we knew we wanted to establish the run,” Coach Molander said in an August 22 phone interview. “We were able to rip off a 60-yard touchdown on the first play of the game with Ryan Velez running the football. That really set the tone, that was a huge play for us.”

Coach Molander praised the skill of his senior running back.

“(Velez) has a great lean to his running form,” Molander said. “He’s got good power, he never goes down on the first hit and he has great feet.”

The Broncos led O’Connor 17-0 after the first quarter, as senior quarterback Cade Knox added a 6-yard rushing touchdown and senior kicker Jacob Silver added a 44-yard field goal.

On the night, Silver was 6-6 on extra points and 1-1 on field goals.

“Jacob Silver, our kicker, was perfect,” Coach Molander said. “He kicked the ball where he needed to every single time. On kickoffs, he was perfect. He kicked the ball exactly where we needed it. He had an absolutely fantastic game and even made a tackle.”

Brophy senior linebacker Walker Adams led the defense to a shutout in his first game back after suffering a torn ACL that forced him to sit out his junior year.

“There were a couple of tense moments during the first couple plays,” Adams said in an August 22 phone interview. “Once I got out there and got to hit somebody again, all the nerves shook off. It was just like riding a bike, just hopping back on.”

According to MaxPreps.com, Adams led the Broncos defense with five tackles. Adams was happy with the way the defense opened up the season.

“Our goal going into that game was definitely to come out and kind of punch them in the teeth and get them back on their heels,” Adams said. “We definitely managed to do that and we never slowed down from there.”

The Broncos led 31-0 at halftime before adding two touchdowns in the second half to win their first game 45-0.

Next, the Broncos will head to Carlsbad, California for a Saturday, Aug. 29 matchup against Carlsbad High School, a team that finished last season 5-6 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Coach Molander says after a big win over O’Connor, it will be important for the Broncos to stay focused as they cross state lines for their second game.

“It’s on everyone. It’s on the staff, it’s on our seniors, it’s on our captains and junior lieutenants to realize that we’re going to San Diego in the summer to play a football game and play well,” he said. “That’s always a challenge and yet we love to have those opportunities because it allows for our guys to bond more- they spend a lot of time together. Playing a very challenging out-of-state opponent such as Carlsbad, we believe it helps us going forward later on in the season.”

Scottsdale Independent Sports Correspondent Justin Maskulinski can be contacted at jmaskulinski@newszap.com. Follow him on twitter at twitter.com/Maskulinski.

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