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 faces tough test coming off bye week

The Brophy College Preparatory football team will try to avoid three straight losses when it takes the field Friday, Oct. 9 in a matchup at Hamilton High School. After starting the season 4-0, the Broncos (4-2) have lost their last two games by a combined three points. Senior quarterback Cade Knox says the Broncos need to focus on the small parts of the game if they want to get back on track.

Brophy Vs. Desert Ridge: a top team match-up

When Brophy College Preparatory’s football team takes the field this Friday, it will be faced with a challenge it has not faced this season: playing after a loss. The Broncos (4-1) suffered their first loss of the season on Friday, Sept. 18 against Pinnacle High School (3-1) by a score of 32-31. With their hopes of an undefeated season gone, the Broncos will turn to a top-ranked team in Desert Ridge High School (3-1) for their next game.

Arcadia Titans to battle Sunrise Mountain Sept. 4

The Arcadia High School football team will play its first home game of the season this Friday as the Titans (1-0) host Sunrise Mountain High School (1-0). Both teams won in convincing fashion in their first matchups of the season, as Arcadia took down Bradshaw Mountain 35-14 and Sunrise Mountain defeated Cibola (Yuma) 65-20. The task at hand for the Titan defense is to slow down the dual-threat quarterback of the Mustangs, junior Chase Cord. In the opening game of the season, Cord completed 23 of 34 passes for 393 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, according to On top of his passing success, Cord ran the ball 10 times for 77 yards and one touchdown during the rout of Cibola.

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

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 “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.

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.”

Paradise Valley Ritz-Carlton proposal hits snag at Planning Commission

The Paradise Valley Planning Commission met Tuesday, July 7 to discuss traffic, parking and property perimeters and how they fit within the Statement of Direction recently approved by Paradise Valley Town Council on June 11. Planning Commission members met to review rights-of-way, traffic and parking plans for the proposed amendment to the Ritz-Carlton Special Use Permit; however, updated studies were not presented to the commission as expected, town officials say. Despite the lack of updated studies, the Planning Commission listened to what the developers of the Paradise Valley Ritz-Carlton had to say.