• Varsity Football

    2016 - 2017
    Head Coach: Andrew Molander

2016 Brophy Varsity Football Season Outlook

A strong group of veteran players, combined with talented up-and-comers, make the 2016 Broncos contenders for another championship. The 2016 season will be played in honor of longtime football coach Ray Laing, who died during the offseason. Coach Laing served as a high school and college football coach for 54 consecutive seasons, including two state championships as head coach at Central High and the past seven seasons with the Brophy varsity staff.

Brophy Football begins the 2016 season as part of the AIA’s new Division 6A, which is comprised of 41 teams divided into seven regions. The Broncos will play in the Fiesta Region, where they will join the four powerhouse Chandler schools—the Chandler Wolves, the Hamilton Huskies, the Basha Bears and the Perry Pumas. To facilitate equitable scheduling, the AIA designated Brophy as a power five program, meaning it will play a balanced schedule.

After an official AIA preseason scrimmage with Red Mountain at the Brophy Sports Campus on Thursday, August 11, the Broncos will travel for a couple of Saturday games. The regular season opens August 20 with the AIA Sollenberger Classic, a three-game series at Coconino High School stadium in Flagstaff, where Brophy will face Pinnacle. This is the fourth time the Broncos have played in the Sollenberger, taking on Salpointe in 2006 and Bishop Gorman (Calif.) in 2008 and 2014. 

The Broncos return to California on August 27, where they will play Fresno Edison in the Brothers-In-Arms Classic at Ventura College. They host Westview in their home opener September 2 at Phoenix College, then travel to Gilbert Highland on September 9 and Desert Vista on September 16, before returning to the friendly confines of Phoenix College for their September 23 game against Mesa’s Mountain View.

Premier Region play begins at home against Hamilton on September 30. Homecoming will be celebrated October 7 against Basha, and the last two games of the season will be played at Perry on October 14 and at Chandler on October 21.

The AIA Division 6A football championship playoff games begin November 4, with the championship game scheduled for Friday, November 25 at Phoenix College Stadium.

The Broncos, led by seniors Noah Pittenger, Matthew Kempton, and Robert Brooks on offense, and Rexx Tessler and George Rivera on defense, look forward to another exciting season.

The 2016 football coaching staff is led by head coach Scooter Molander, now in his 12th season with the Broncos. He is assisted by James Allen, assistant head coach for community relations; Bill Kalkman, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator; John Auran, assistant head coach for football operations and special teams coach; Thurmond Moore, defensive coordinator; Mike Gibbons, tight end coach and passing game coordinator; Robert Whittier, offensive line coach and run game coordinator; Robert Brooks, wide receiver coach; Jim Grindey, offensive line coach; Paul Treadway, defensive line coach; Michael Patterson, defensive back and safety coach; Cal Newman, defensive back coach; R.J. Hibler, inside linebacker coach; Walker Adams, outside linebacker coach; Frank Antonioli, equipment manager; and Chris White, head athletic trainer. The junior varsity team is coached by Chris Stevens, with Scott Heidemann leading the freshman red team and Chris Agliano coaching the freshman white team.

2015-2016 Season Overview
The Brophy Football program dedicated their 2015 season to the late Father Harry T. “Dutch” Olivier, S.J. For more than 25 years, Father Olivier (1926-2015) served the Brophy community in many roles, including actively supporting Brophy sports teams as team chaplain. Father's memory was commemorated by "Fr. O" helmet decals worn by the varsity players.
In 2015, Brophy played in the new Division I, a 17-team conference. After an opening victory over Sandra Day O’Connor High School, the Broncos traveled to San Diego to compete in the Brothers-In-Arms Classic, securing a decisive 30-12 win over Carlsbad High School. Back home, the Broncos beat Liberty, giving Coach Molander his 100th win as Brophy coach. A win against Red Mountain was followed by losses to Pinnacle, Desert Ridge, and Hamilton (in overtime). The Broncos beat Perry, lost to Chandler, and ended the season with a hard-fought overtime victory against Basha.
For the 12th consecutive season, Brophy qualified for the playoffs, advancing to the quarterfinals with a first round double-overtime win against Pinnacle before losing a heartbreaker to Mountain Pointe. (Brophy received AZCentral Sports “Best Game” Award for the Pinnacle win.)
The competitive 2015 season included eight games decided by seven or fewer points and four of five losses decided by a total of ten points, including three overtime games.
During the playoffs, the Broncos had five sets of brothers on the roster: Benjamin and Peter Fairbanks, Justus and Jarek Dunn, Alexander and Matthew Pierre, Donald and Ross Reiter, and Ryan and Ross Velez.
2014-2015 Season Overview
The 2014 Broncos started the season aiming for the top, traveling to Las Vegas to take on the number one team in the country, Bishop Gorman, in a nationally televised game on August 22. Although Brophy lost, the team went on to a 10-4 season that included a nine-game winning streak.
Captains Matt Trusiak and Sean Roberton provided leadership for the team, along with seniors Streator Bates, Cole Wiegand, Jack Garcia, Alex Lavenue, Jack Katzman, Jack Haddon, Isaiah Oliver, Matthew Figueroa, Erik Gonzalez, Jerod Johnson, Chase MacKay, Alex Wisthoff, Zach Jackson, Jacob Neil, Chris Taylor, Dakota Ducar, and Nick Garnica.
After that initial loss to Bishop Gorman, Brophy began its regular season with a win over Desert Mountain, then fell to Hamilton and Centennial. Regrouping, the Broncos went on to defeat Red Mountain (in double overtime), Desert Ridge, Corona del Sol, Mountain Pointe, Chaparral, Dobson, and Desert Vista to close out the regular season.
After first- and second-round playoff wins against Gilbert, Perry, and Desert Ridge, the Broncos lost in the semifinal game to Hamilton.
Four Broncos continued their careers at the next level: Isaiah Oliver (football and competing as a decathlete) at the University of Colorado, Streator Bates at the Air Force Academy, Jack Haddon at the College of the Holy Cross, and Jack Katzman at Dartmouth.
2013-2014 Season Overview
Despite a 5-7 record, the 2013 season exceeded expectations. Beginning the season with only four returning starters, injuries to key players, and a roster that included about a dozen sophomores, the Broncos knew they would be challenged. Even so, they met their goals of coming together as a team and making the playoffs.
At the end of the season, one number stood out: 24. Brophy’s 24 seniors proved to be capable leaders and committed players: Kevin Bauer, Mikey Bayham, Nick Carballo, Miko Delacruz, Will Edwards, Scott Fitzgerald, Michael Gerchar, Leonard Gutierrez, A.T. Hall, Ben Harris, Dominic Hernandez, C.J. Keller, Jack Kerkorian, Zach Kotoske, Jack Macias, Aiden McCabe, Matt Meyer, Sam Minton, Phillip Mourikes, Owen Rogers, Gabe Santistevan, Dylan Taylor, Michael Ward, and Brian Woodward.
In their first game, the Broncos upset Desert Mountain. After losses to Hamilton, Centennial, Red Mountain, and Desert Ridge, the Broncos beat Corona del Sol, then fell to Mountain Pointe and Chaparral. They closed out their regular season with wins over Dobson and Desert Vista.
Thanks to the strength of their schedule and some quality wins, the Broncos headed into their 11th straight playoffs. After knocking off previously undefeated Westwood in a tough road game, the season ended with a loss to Desert Ridge in the quarterfinal game.
Five Broncos from the team committed to play football at the next level: offensive lineman A.T. Hall and long snapper C.J. Keller to Stanford; defensive back Leonard Gutierrez to St. John’s (Minnesota); kicker Phillip Mourikes to Manhattan College; and quarterback Brian Woodward to the University of South Dakota.
Four Brophy football records fell in 2013: the team blocked nine kicks for the season; sophomore Ryan Velez had 35 carries in the Red Mountain game; Walker Adams had 134 total tackles; and Isaiah Oliver blocked four kicks.
2012-2013 Season Overview
One word sums up the 2012 season: offense. The Broncos scored more than 50 points in seven games, averaging 40.1 points per game and racking up 562 points over the course of the season. Highlights included three big, come-from-behind wins against Mountain Pointe (54-28), Chandler (54-44), and Red Mountain (14-13).
Quarterback Tyler Bruggman became Brophy’s all-time passing leader, amassing 6,717 yards and 81 touchdowns during his tenure. Devon Allen became the school’s leading receiver, catching 149 passes for 2,508 yards and 29 touchdowns. Clarence Clark established a new single-season record with his 927 reception yards and tied the record for single game TD receptions (3).
After opening with a win over Mountain Ridge, Brophy faced Santa Margarita Catholic (California), losing in the fourth quarter. The Broncos beat Boulder Creek, lost to Red Mountain, and won against North Canyon. After an upset loss to Red Mountain, Brophy beat Mountain Pointe and went on to finish out the season with wins against Westview, St. Mary’s, Westwood, and Pinnacle.
Brophy began their playoff run against Chandler, winning that game and moving on to beat Red Mountain in the quarterfinals. The season ended in the semifinals when they were defeated by Mountain Pointe.
Five Broncos moved on to college-level sports: Devon Allen went on to run track and play football at Oregon, Tyler Bruggman signed with Washington State, Robert Relf and Andrew Curtis committed to Florida Atlantic, and D’Amani Grayer committed to Yale.

Team Schedule

Win 31-10
Brother in Arms Match
Win 33-0
Ventura College, CA
Win 35-14
Phoenix College
Win 31-0
Desert Vista
Win 21-7
Mountain View, Mesa
Win 20-17
Phoenix College
Phoenix College
Phoenix College

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