LAS VEGAS - As much as of a struggle Brophy’s opening-season loss was against nationally-ranked Bishop Gorman on Friday, the Broncos made the trip back to Phoenix knowing they have a quarterback.

Ahwatukee resident and Brophy junior Cade Knox showed heart and toughness required to command respect in the huddle.

The offense clearly struggled with turnovers and never got into a rhythm as the Gorman defense had its way with the young Brophy line in the 44-0 opener in the Sollenberger Classic.

Knox had so many orange jerseys in the backfield he was essentially trying to run the offense in the midst of a construction zone, but he – nor the team - never gave in to the struggles.

“He’s got a lot of grit and he’s a big strong kid,” Gorman coach Tony Sanchez said. “He stands in the pocket and made some good tough throws. He was pulling (the ball) down and moving the chains.”

Knox played four games last year at quarterback, matching his brother Chase in starting as a sophomore for the Broncos, and the results were OK (425 yards, 3 INT, 3 TDS), but the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder looked poised and ready to steer the Broncos offense.

“Cade Knox played like a warrior tonight,” Brophy coach Scooter Molander said after the 44-0 loss. “Most guys go out,’ I’m hurt’ or ‘I can’t play anymore.’ He played both ways now, 48 minutes of football. That kid is a warrior.”

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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