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May 25, 2019

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Special night for Arbor View defense and its coordinator

Mike Brascia


Arbor View defensive coordinator Mike Brascia poses with his daughter, Charlotte Brascia, at halftime of the Bishop Gorman game Friday night. Arbor View routed Durango 42-0, while Gorman cruised to a 56-7 victory over Cimarron-Memorial.

The Arbor View defense was impenetrable Friday night — even with its coach bailing midway through the game.

Arbor View defensive coordinator Mike Brascia hustled away from Durango High at halftime to head toward Bishop Gorman.

His daughter, Charlotte Brascia, was a part of Gorman’s homecoming court and he wasn’t going to miss the once-in-a-lifetime occasion. The defense proved it could do without him for a few minutes anyway, shutting out Durango in a 42-0 victory.

“Defense was great tonight,” Arbor View coach Dan Barnson said. “We held them to less than 100 yards.”

Quarterback Ben Hayden accounted for almost all of the Trailblazers' production, throwing for 86 yards. But that wasn’t near enough to keep up with Anthony Smith and Salah Boyce.

Smith and Boyce filled the revolving door of star Arbor View running backs against Durango. Smith led the team with 186 yards and a touchdown, while Boyce chipped in 113 and two touchdowns on just six carries.

“Tonight could have been a tough night for us, coming off a homecoming win where we packed the house with 5,000 fans,” Barnson said. “It could have been a letdown for us.”

Brascia went through his second homecoming in as many weeks, wearing the same attire nonetheless. He left his Arbor View gear on in enemy territory at Gorman to accompany his daughter.

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