The Mount Carmel linebacking crew of Sam Connolly, Troy Weissenhofer, Nick Johnson and Bob Brophy has caused havoc for opposing offenses all year.
The four have combined for 131 tackles with Brophy getting 25 of them. What Brophy means to the defense and the Caravan is more than just tackles. As the team's No. 2 captain, he is expected to lead.
"It means a lot because my teammates elected me," Brophy said. "At Carmel, you are expected to lead and if you are a captain and senior, you have to make sure the younger kids are all on the same page."
His leadership also extends into the classroom where he is ranked 27th in the class of 130. His favorite subject is physics.
"I have always liked numbers, I am what you could say is a numbers guy," Brophy said. "Also, Coach E (Curt Ehrenstrom) was my teacher and he is a great teacher. He made it fun, but you learned."
Ehrenstrom recently was named a Golden Apple Award winner and featured on WTTW (Channel 11).
Brophy said he enjoys a challenge, whether it's on the field or in the classroom.
It has showed. He is also in National Honor Society and for three years was a student council representative.
"I am so glad I came to Carmel," Brophy said. "My parents wanted me to go here and you learn so much. I have friends from all over Chicago and the south suburbs and Indiana. It is a great atmosphere."
Mount Carmel defensive coordinator David Lenti said Brophy's Bobby's greatest attribute is his ability to digest information and then get it done on the field.
"He has a tremendous football IQ. I think that goes hand in hand with his being a good student in the classroom," Lenti said.
"Bobby is a throwback player. He is not flashy. He brings his lunch pail to work every day a and rolls up his sleeves."
Brophy gives a lot of the credit to Lenti.
"Coach Dave and all of our coaches, they put us in a position to succeed," Brophy said. "They have taught us a lot and they put in a lot of time scouting our opponents and making sure we know our assignments. We are very lucky we have great coaches."
He also credits his teammates.
"The defensive line has been awesome all year," Brophy said. "Enoch Smith, Steve Richardson, Deandre Greer, they put so much pressure on the quarterback or stop the run at the line (of scrimmage) that it makes it a lot easier for us."
Brophy said he improved his game from last year when he was not a starter on the Caravan's Class 8A championship team. Mount Carmel (11-1) travels to Edwardsville for a 3 p.m. Saturday Class 7A semifinal game.
"Our key is everyone is on the same page."