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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 10:45 pm

The Brophy football team brought its firearm to a gunfight, it just happened to be an antiquated six-shooter.

The Broncos had all their potent offensive players on the field Friday night, but they were shadows of their true selves, and the effect showed up on the scoreboard. Injuries to quarterback Tyler Bruggman, running back Marche Dennard and wide receiver Devon Allen were too much to overcome as Mountain Pointe won, 30-0, in the Division I semifinals on Friday night at McClintock.

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Brophy scored 54 points in the regular season meeting but could get nothing going offensively in this one.

Bruggman, who was battling a thumb injury, finished 6-of-23 for 34 yards with an interception.

Dennard, who suffered a sprained ankle late in the regular season and tweaked it in the second quarter, had 10 carries for 60 yards and lost a crucial fumble.

Allen, who also had a sprained ankle, was held without a catch.

Dennard was limited and Allen didn’t play last week, but the Broncos relied on their defense to squeak past Red Mountain, 14-13. The offensive struggles brought concerns, which turned out to be well-founded.

When healthy, the star-studded trio made Brophy a legitimate title contender, but they looked nothing like the part against the Pride.

“I’m frustrated for the (players),” Brophy coach Scooter Molander said. “We’ve been in the coaching business a long time, (but) they only get one senior year...Playing at the highest level, when you get certain injuries, it really hurts. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Brophy put up 44 points in the second half of its 54-28 regular season win over Mountain Pointe, as Dennard rushed for 268 yards and three touchdowns, Allen had a pair of scores and Bruggman threw for 127 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

While the Broncos moved the ball well to start this game, it couldn’t put points on the board, and it became an exercise in futility as the contest moved along.

The Mountain Pointe defense is already one of the toughest in the state, and the injuries allowed them to change their matchups. The secondary focused on stopping wide receiver Clarence Clark — who had two catches for 10 yards — since Allen was not the threat he would have been at 100 percent.

The Pride dominated, allowing only 134 yards of total offense and forcing a pair of turnovers.

“We knew (about the injuries), but it didn’t change the way we played,” Mountain Pointe linebacker Wesley Payne said. “We just came out and played hard.”

Tears and consoling hugs were commonplace on the Brophy sideline after the game.

It was tough finish to reconcile for a group which had state championship aspirations.

“It’s the wrong time to not have those guys 100 percent,” said linebacker Robert Relf, who filled in at running back. “You’ve got to go with the cards you’re dealt, though. We tried.”

Reach Kyle Odegard at (480) 898-6834 or kodegard@evtrib.com. Follow his blog at http://blogs.evtrib.com/varsityxtra, or find him on Twitter @Kyle_Odegard.

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