Leach on hand for Bruggman's final game


TEMPE – Friday night's playoff semi-final game for future Washington State Cougar Tyler Bruggman couldn't have gone much worse. His Brophy Prep Broncos were routed, 30-0, by Mountain Pointe, and his next head coach, Mike Leach, was on hand to watch the first half.

It marked the first time Leach had seen Bruggman play in person.

Though they trailed only 7-0 at halftime, the game for Brophy and Bruggman was a struggle offensively from start to finish.

The loss snapped a nine-game Brophy win streak.

Bruggman completed just five of 24 passes for 24 yards and an interception, marking the worst single-game statistical performance of his prep career.

Earlier this season, Bruggman led Brophy to a 44-point second-half oupouring to come from behind and defeat Mountain Pointe 54-28. It is the lone blemish on top-seeded Mountain Pointe's record this season.

But similar heoroics were not to be on this night for Bruggman.

Two key Brophy playmakers, senior receiver Devon Allen and senior running back Marche Dennard, were still hobbled by injuries and clearly not at 100 percent.

To make matters worse, Dennard aggravated his already ailing right knee and left the game in the second quarter, allowing Mountain Pointe to load in the secondary.

"Playing at the highest level when you get certain injuries it really hurts. That's the way it goes sometimes," said Brophy coach Scooter Molander, whose team finished the year at 11-3.

Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan said teams have struggled to pass against his secondary all season.

But he lauded Bruggman.

"He's the best quarterback we've played," Vaughan said. "I think he is better than anybody in the state. He's a great player."

Molander had nothing but praise for his signal caller as well. "He'll be a great quarterback in the future," Molander said. "He's very, very bright. He throws the ball real well. He'll do a heck of a job."

Despite the struggles against Mountain Pointe, Bruggman threw for nearly 2,800 yards on 172-for-299 accuracy this season. And he tossed 33 touchdowns passes versus 7 interceptions.

When you add that to the almost 2,500 yards and 37 touchdowns he had last year he adds up to one greatest quarterbacks in Arizona history.


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