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Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:32 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Ironwood Ridge senior running back Adrian Brahler had a simple way to sum up his efforts in the Nighthawks' stunning 35-28  comeback victory over Mesa Skyline on Friday.

"I just kept going," said Brahler after the game.

That he did.

After struggling early as Ironwood Ridge fell behind 28-6 after three quarters, Brahler finished the contest with 20 carries for 151 yards and one rushing touchdown, and was especially effective in the fourth quarter, blending hard-nosed between-the-tackles dives with quick outside sweeps to frustrate the Coyotes' defense.

The senior didn't limit his offensive onslaught to the ground.

With Ironwood Ridge down 28-13 and 4:49 left in the final quarter, Brahler heaved a 35-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout Trevor Wesley, bringing the Nighthawks within one possession (after a Ben Ambrosio PAT) of tying the Coyotes.

Brahler went skyward again after Ironwood Ridge's next score, completing a two-point conversion pass to senior Logan Bailey with 2:28 left in the game, knotting the score at 28-28.

"We'd been practicing that a lot, we just decided to put it in," said Brahler.

After an interception return for touchdown gave the Nighthawks the win, Brahler joked about using his arm to score, rather than his feet.

"Yeah, my quarterback should be a little scared right now," he said with a laugh.

According to Ironwood Ridge head coach Matt Johnson, there's nothing funny about what Brahler brings to the Nighthawks.

"Throwing for a touchdown, running for a touchdown, blitzing for a sack – he's the total package," said Johnson. "He's part of this group of seniors, they're going to work every day."

While Brahler, who also plays in the defensive backfield, likes to "put on loud rock – like Linkin Park" before going to work on game day, his goals for Friday nights, and for the season, are more understated.

"I don't play for myself, I play for my team," said Brahler. "I just do the best I can."

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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