Parker: Education became my football

Football fans across the nation watched last week the much-anticipated NFL Scouting Combine as it showcased the best of the best in American athleticism. Make no mistake that the impoverished youth were watching as well. Lured by the possibility of multimillion-dollar contracts and endorsements, many African American adolescents set their dreams on playing in the […]

Bridge-Gadd named Gatorade Football Player of the Year

Daniel Bridge-Gadd, senior quarterback at Paradise Valley High School, has been named Arizona Football Gatorade Player of the Year. The stats for Bridge-Gadd’s season include: 251 of 374 passes completed, 64 touchdowns (47 passing, 17 rushing) and 4,268 passing yards, according to a press release. The 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound senior lead his team on an unprecedented run that saw their only loss of the season coming in a tough-fought Division III State Championship game. Additionally, he has maintained a 3.13 grade point average.

Brophy falls to Mountain Pointe in quarterfinals

The Brophy College Preparatory football team gave an undefeated Mountain Pointe High School team all it could handle on Friday, Nov. 13 but ultimately fell short, losing 35-31. The loss, which came in the second round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association State Football Championships, eliminated the Broncos (7-5) from the playoffs and ended their season. “We fought til the end, we really did,” Brophy head coach Scooter Molander said in a Nov. 15 phone interview. “We got the ball back with 52 seconds and we drove the length of the field and gave ourselves a chance to win. I’m really proud of our guys, I’m really proud of our coaches. We had a good season. We had a lot of close losses and we won a lot of important ball games. We’re one play away from being in the semi-finals.”

Brophy downs Pinnacle, eyes Mountain Pointe

After a double-overtime victory in the first round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division I Football State Championships over Pinnacle High School, the Brophy College Preparatory football team has another challenge in front of it as it prepares to take on an undefeated Mountain Pointe High School. The Broncos (7-4) emerged victorious on Nov. 6 in a thrilling 38-37 game against Pinnacle (5-6), a team that defeated Brophy 32-31 in the regular season. Brophy senior linebacker Walker Adams says the win was encouraging for the Broncos as they move forward in the playoffs.

Brophy seeks redemption versus Pinnacle in first round

The Brophy College Preparatory football team has a chance to avenge a close loss on Friday, Nov. 6 as it takes on Pinnacle High School in a round one playoff matchup. The Broncos (6-4) fell to the Pioneers (5-5) on a late field goal 32-31 back on Sept. 18. Brophy senior running back Ryan Velez says ‘revenge’ is not the word the Broncos are using to describe their approach to Friday’s game.

Brophy falls to Hamilton in over-time

The Brophy College Preparatory football team finished a tough stretch of its schedule with a 38-35 overtime loss to Hamilton High School on Friday, Oct. 9. The loss was the third straight for the Broncos (4-3). Despite the losses, Brophy head coach Scooter Molander sees improvement from his team. “We played three very good opponents,” he said in an Oct. 11 phone interview. “We scored 35 points against Hamilton- that rarely ever happens against them. We’re getting better and better. I’m really proud of our team. Obviously we want to get a win and we will get a win.”

Brophy Broncos fall to Desert Ridge on late field goal

Brophy College Preparatory’s football team lost a close battle on Friday, Sept. 25 to Desert Ridge High School 30-28. Desert Ridge (4-1) sent the game-winning field goal through the uprights with approximately one minute remaining in the game, according to MaxPreps.com. The Broncos (4-2) overcame an early 21-7 deficit and found themselves ahead 28-21 at the end of the third quarter.

Brophy to open 2015 versus O’Connor

The Brophy Preparatory High School football team will open its 2015 season Friday, Aug. 21, at Sandra Day O’ Connor High School. One member of the 2015 Brophy Broncos may be more excited than most to get the game going. Senior linebacker Walker Adams missed out on his junior season because of a torn ACL and he is ready to roll. “Honestly, it’s a feeling like no other because you spend nine to ten months rehabbing an ACL tear,” Adams said in an August 15 phone interview. “It’s been a long, long haul but my family, my friends and my faith have really helped me get through all of that. Every time I walk out on that field I’m smiling like a kid because I’m just happy to be playing football again…It’s a huge part of my life and it was hard living without it.”

Young Arcadia team is focused on growing up quickly in 2015

The Arcadia High School football team lost its season finale last year and finished the season 7-3, just shy of the playoffs.