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Burbank Football Loses Another Close One Against Canyon

A year ago the Burbank High football team called a loss against Canyon its worst of the season.

Perhaps the 2017 team will refer to Friday night’s game in the same manner.

On a night where many in Burbank were far more concerned about a fire that threatened the local mountains, the Bulldogs came up just short on the road in a 14-6 loss to their former Foothill League rival.

Burbank (1-1) nearly got on the board early in the second quarter, but fumbled the ball on the goal line.

“We had lots of opportunities, we just didn’t capitalize,” Burbank coach Adam Colman said.

Eventually the Bulldogs broke through as Matthew Porras hooked up with Drew Pendleton on a 40-yard touchdown.

Canyon (1-1) took advantage of another Burbank turnover late in the first half.

The Cowboys went on to score with just one second left in the half, taking a 7-6 lead into the locker room.

The Cowboys scored a second touchdown midway through the third quarter to make it 14-6.

Burbank put together a few opportunities to rally in the fourth quarter, but came up short.

Colman said his players didn’t express any concern over the situation back near home.

“The kids were focused on the game,” said the first-year coach who noted that he probably has several players who live near or in the areas being evacuated by the fire department. “The defense hung in there and kept us in the game.”

 

Burbank Football Begins Colman Era With Win

The Burbank High football ‘Family’ may have a new leader in coach Adam Colman.

But not much has changed. The new Bulldogs looked much like last season’s 10-4 team by opening the 2017 campaign with a 23-8 road victory over Monrovia.

Colman credited longtime defensive coordinator Manuel Lemus for playing such a key role in the program.

“I can’t say enough about him. What he does for these kids is he invests in them. It’s not just about football, it’s about them as people and it shows,” Colman said. “They love playing for him, they trust him. They do what they’re told because they know he has their best interest at heart.”

Burbank’s players sport the word Family on the backs of their helmets. They nearly earned a shutout until Monrovia scored late in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs (1-0) got on the board in the first quarter when Drew Pendleton stopped Monrovia running back Michael Washington in the end zone, resulting in a safety.

Burbank extended its lead later in the quarter when junior quarterback Matthew Porras hooked up with Erik Harutyunyan on a 3-yard touchdown pass.

Early in the second quarter Burbank extended its lead further by taking advantage of a bad snap on a Monrovia punting attempt.

The ball put Burbank deep in the red zone. Chadz Vang completed the drive with a 1-yard run.

The Bulldogs disrupted Monrovia’s passing game as Keydon Spens and Lalo Barragan each came up with interceptions.

Anthony Lira made a serious impact on the defensive line as he made several stops behind the line of scrimmage.

“We’re extremely happy,” Lira said. “We came out here and did what needed to be done.”

Senior Darnell Williams had 18 carries for 83 yards to lead the Bulldogs on the ground. Junior tight end Duncan Smith had eight receptions for 65 yards.

Porras finished 10 of 16 passing for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

“These kids have a lot to prove and they know that. They know not everyone has heard of their names and they want to make a mark. They came together and they played like a family,” Colman said.

 

Burbank Football Still Has Winning Look

Many faces and names have changed, but the Burbank High football team is looking to put together a season that could be comparable to the one the Bulldogs had a year ago.

Last season Burbank went 10-4 and had arguably its best season in school history, reaching the Division 8 CIF Southern Section title game, falling to Yorba Linda in the final.

The Bulldogs lost many key players to graduation, but still, return a handful that played a key role on last season’s team.

Burbank High’s New Football Coach Adam Colman. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Former Bulldog quarterback and second-year teacher Adam Colman has taken over as head coach from Richard Broussard after winning a league title on the junior varsity level a year ago.

“For me my goals start with winning league.  I know we’ve graduated a lot, but that’s always been a goal for me. It’s a challenge. We’re not the favorites, but anything can happen,” Colman said. “Over the past 10 years I think four or five teams have won league. Last year we were the favorites and it didn’t happen. It doesn’t matter until you put the pads on and you play.

“We’re young, so for me the ultimate goal is to get better every week, as well as better every day. I’m a big believer in John Wooden’s approach. Success is the best of what you are capable of,” Colman said. “ My goal is to not have any regrets and to walk away saying we were the best team we could be and be happy with that.”

Offensively, Burbank returns three skill position players that played key roles a year ago.

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Senior Darnell Williams (5-9, 185), the younger brother of Washington State running back James Williams, will get a chance to be Burbank’s go-to back. The last two seasons he shared the bulk of the carries with Nick Warren, who graduated.  Williams had 101 carries for 528 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.

Senior Drew Pendleton (6-1, 195) is also back as a receiver and linebacker.  He had 24 receptions for 465 yards and six touchdowns last season. Defensively, Pendleton had 76 tackles. Junior Erik Harutyunyan (6-2, 185) is also back. He had 18 receptions for 205 yards in 2016. Defensively, he had 48 tackles.

Senior Anthony Lira (6-3, 240) is clearly the leader of the offensive and defensive lines and will play left tackle.

Senior Kaydon Spens (6-2, 190) who had 16 tackles last season will see time as a receiver and as a defensive back.

Junior Matt Porras (5-10, 185) takes over at quarterback. He is the younger brother of Danny Porras, who was a baseball and football star for the Bulldogs.

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Colman said Porras is a fast learner.

Porras will have another quality passing target in junior tight end Duncan Smith (6-4, 215). Smith, like Harutyunyan, played on two CIF Southern Section finalist teams as he is also a Burbank basketball player.

Burbank is also expecting big things from senior Blake Quinteros (5-10, 190) who showed promise last season at running back when he was healthy. He will also hope to fill the void of Jake Kelley at linebacker. Kelley led the team with 115 tackles.

Protecting Burbank’s skilled offensive position players will be juniors Karo Koshkaryan (6-2, 225) and center Kris Azizkhani (6-1, 295). Junior Esper Alsayegh (6-0, 260) and sophomore Armando De La Cruz (5-8, 210) also figure play key roles on the offensive line.

Defensively Burbank will have many of the same players on offense. Senior Louie Torres (6-1, 165) is one player that figures to play a key role in the secondary. Christian Fajardo (5-8, 180), younger brother of last season two-way star Forrest Fajardo,  is another who could see significant time in the secondary.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Colman said sophomore Ali Maaz (5-7, 150) has a nose for the ball and will be looked upon to take a role amongst the linebackers.

Senior Andrew Rovira (5-10) returns as the kicker and will add punting duties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Williams Already Well Known at Washington State

James Williams still has lots of playing time left at Washington State University.

The redshirt sophomore and former Burbank High star running back made a significant impact last season and his coach and teammates have even higher expectations for him this season.

Head coach Mike Leach, fellow running back Jamal Morrow and linebacker Peyton Pelluer were on hand for Pacific-12 Conference Football Media Day Thursday at Hollywood and Highland to share their thoughts about Williams and the Cougars’ upcoming season. Washington State opens its season Sept. 3 at home against Montana State, the first of five consecutive home games. The Cougars will not play any regular season games in Southern California this season.

After going 8-5 last season, Washington State has many returners, led by quarterback Luke Falk. Also included are his top three in the backfield, where Williams shared time with seniors Morrow and Gerard Wicks. Last season Williams had 102 carries for 584 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He also had 48 receptions for 342 yards and one touchdown. His 953 all-purpose yards were second on the team behind Morrow’s 1,063.

“He’s a focused guy. If you’re in a bad mood, just hang around James. He’s always in a good mood,” Leach said. “He plays hard and works hard. The most important thing is he really loves football. James is real talented. I think he’s going to get better and better and better. He got a lot of reps last year and I think he’ll get even more this year.”

Pelleur said he is glad he doesn’t have to play against Williams on Saturdays.

Burbank High’s James Williams should have another big season at Washington State. (photo courtesy of Washington State University).

“I can tell you first hand that he is tough to tackle. He’s probably the slipperiest player we have on the team,” the senior linebacker said. “He gives me a headache and makes me look foolish sometimes. But he makes everyone better because of how hard he plays and how hard he runs. We’re definitely fortunate to have him on our team. I’m excited to see what he’s going to do this year. He’s had a great summer so far. He had a great spring as well. We’re excited to see him make moves on opponents instead of us for once.”

Morrow, who has shared playing time with Williams, said he likes many things about the former Bulldog.

“James is a character. He’s always going to make you laugh,” Morrow said. “You could have a bad day and you see James and you’ve got to smile when you see him. He brings a certain energy to our running back group. He’s a funny guy. You have to love him, especially the stuff he does on the field. Like the Oregon State play when he had two spin moves on one play and I was like ‘wow’. He’s definitely going to be a stud in this conference.”

Even though Morrow has more experience, he said he has learned from Williams.

“You just can’t tackle the kid. He’s always going to make the first guy miss,” Morrow said. “You look at the stuff he does and you’re like let me try to incorporate that into my game.”

Leach said he has liked some of the things he has seen from Williams in practice, even dating back to last season. Williams redshirted his true freshman year after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee as a senior at Burbank.

He (went) out there as a freshman and he’s kind of showing up some of the older defensive players,” Leach said of some practices. “They tried to hit him hard. He wasn’t even aware of it. He wasn’t aware that they were ticked off at him.”

James Williams while at Burbank High.

Leach said Williams played with a broken hand last season, but was still used in passing situations.

“I got worried about it, but he hit the club hand and he’d catch it anyway,” Leach said.

Morrow said he has seen Williams grow in so many ways in the two years he has known him.

“That redshirt year helped him a lot. He got his strength back and his confidence back,” Morrow said. “If you would have seen him when he first got up here, he was like thinking too much. He wasn’t sure. He was thinking about his knee. He came back that spring and had one of the greatest springs I’ve seen since I’ve been up here. In the summer, he’s looking fast and strong. We expect big things from him this year.”

 

 

 

Burbank, Burroughs Players Attend Trovon Reed Football Camp

Some people travel far and spend lots of money on football camps. Several Burbank and Burroughs football players took advantage of the fact that they didn’t have to do either of that Saturday.

Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Trovon Reed held a free football camp at Hoover High in Glendale.

“I got a lot of good work,” Burroughs David Lennstrom said.

Burroughs defensive back Evan Osegueda said he liked the advice Reed gave.

“He said keep working hard and believe in yourself,” said Osegueda, who said he was able to work on his footwork.

Burbank High receiver/linebacker Drew Pendleton also attended.

“It was cool. I had fun. There was good competition,” Pendleton said.

At the conclusion of the event, Reed spoke to the group of well over 100 players and encouraged them to be stayed focused. Reed, who played at Auburn University, had a rough upbringing and had been released five times before having a career breakthrough at the end of last season.

Reed, who was in high school when his mother died, said he made her a promise.

“I could have easily said I’m going to do what everybody else is doing and go sell drugs, break into cars and join gangs. I had a vision before my mom passed,” Reed told the campers. “Before my mom passed I was like a 2.0 student. She told me, ‘Son do something with your life.’ As a kid I was like Cs are good enough, I’m passing. (After) my mom passed, I graduated college in three years with a 3.7. I was able to play whole senior year without having to go to one class. I put everything I had into football.”

Reed’s breakthrough came when he had interceptions in back-to-back games.

One of the interceptions came against his college teammate and former Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. He intercepted Raiders quarterback Derek Carr the following week.

Reed became a defensive back late in his college career after starting as a receiver. He was a quarterback in high school.

“I believe it starts with believing in your parents. Listen to your coaches,” Reed said. “If he tells you to tackle somebody, tackle him. If he tells you to right in class, do right. If he didn’t do right in class, he wouldn’t be your coach, he wouldn’t have an education.”

Reed also encouraged the campers to never give up their dreams.

“I’ve been cut five times from the NFL. I could have gave up then. I was at a point where I got cut a fifth time and I was like should I give this up,” Reed said. “I could either make $40,000 a year or make $40,000 a week. Right then I snapped up and said I can’t give up -$40,000 a week. It doesn’t get any better than that. To play something I love. I’d play for free. It’s not about the money, it is about the love. You have to love this game.”

 

 

Burbank, Burroughs Football Will Make Several Long Trips

With a little more than a month away from the start of the 2017 high school football season, parents, students and fans can start making plans where their Friday nights will be in the fall.

Burbank High, which finished just short of CIF Southern Section Division 8 title last year, will open up on the road under new coach Adam Colman.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Bulldogs will play Aug. 25 at Monrovia High in what is called week zero.

Burbank stays on the road for its second contest when it travels to the Santa Clarita Valley to face Canyon High on Sept. 1.

Burroughs, under second-year head coach Mike Reily, will open its season at home on Sept. 1 against West Ranch of Stevenson Ranch.

Burbank will host its first home game at Burroughs’ Memorial Field on Sept. 8 against Downey High. Last season the two teams battled it out and Burbank lost by a matter of inches as a field-goal attempt went just wide.

Burroughs hits the road Sept. 8 when it travels up the 118 freeway into Ventura County to face Royal High of Simi Valley.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The following week, Burbank will have a bye before Pacific League play beings.

Burroughs figure to go through even more traffic going eastward to Diamond Ranch High Pomona.

Burbank will open Pacific League play Sept. 21 at home against Glendale High.

Burroughs will be at Memorial Field the following night, opening league play against Pasadena.

Burbank will be at home against Hoover on Sept. 29. Burroughs will be on the road at Arcadia.

The Indians will be at Glendale High on Thursday Oct. 5. The Bulldogs will be at Arcadia one week Burroughs, on Oct. 6.

Burbank will have a Thursday night home contest on Oct. 12 against Pasadena. Burroughs will host Crescenta Valley on Oct. 13.

The Indians will be home once against on Oct. 20 to face Muir. Burbank will be at Moyse Field in Glendale to face Crescenta Valley, in what figures to be a great game.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs will host Hoover on Oct. 26. Burbank will host Muir on Oct. 27.

The regular season finale will be held Nov. 3. Burbank will be on the visitors’ side and Burroughs will be the host and home team.

Enjoy the season and support your teams.

 

 

 

Fall Sports Teams Learn Playoff Division Placements

The Fall Sports season was a strong one last year as Burroughs High’s boys’ water polo team won the CIF Southern Section Division 5 title and Burbank High’s football team advanced to the Division 8 championship game.

Both will find a tougher road in 2017 as they have been moved up after the CIF Southern Section released its Fall playoff groupings Thursday.

In football, Burbank has jumped up one division and will be one of 23 teams competing for a playoff spot in Division 7.  Yorba Linda, which defeated the Bulldogs 31-21 for the Division 8 title last year also moved up to Division 7.

Burbank High’s Darnell Williams hopes to lead his team far into the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs in 2017. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burroughs, which missed the playoffs a year ago, was the lowest-ranked football team to be placed in Division 8. The Indians will be one of 25 schools competing for one of the 16 playoff spots in the division.

In water polo, Burroughs will be one of 36 teams that will fill a 32-team bracket for the CIF Division 3 title. Burroughs won the Division 5 title last year and is expected to return much of its team.

Burbank High, which did not make the playoffs last year, will play in Division 6 should it make the playoffs.

Burroughs girls’ volleyball team, which is led by 6-foot-4 senior Marin Grote, was placed in Division 3. Burbank High will play in Division 4.

In girls tennis, Burbank High was one of 42 schools placed in Division 2. Burroughs was placed in Division 3.

2016 Was a Year to Remember in Sports for Burbank and Burroughs

If there is one thing most people in Burbank will agree on it is that 2016 was the best year on record for sports at Burroughs and Burbank highs.

Three teams appeared in CIF Southern Section championship games or matches and that isn’t counting Burroughs boys’ cross country team, which also put together a solid season.

Myburbank.com takes a look at the top 10 teams of the 2016 calendar year.

10. Burbank boys’ basketball

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The young Bulldogs’ squad put together an impressive season going 20-11 overall, 8-6 in league. But it was postseason play that earned this team on this list. Led by junior Michael Woods, Burbank reached the quarterfinals of the Division 2-AA playoffs.  Burbank won on the road at Garden Grove and then defeated El Toro. Both opponents came in having won more than 20 games. In the quarterfinals, the Bulldogs hung tough for a long time before falling to Loyola of Los Angeles.

9. Burroughs baseball

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The Indians (19-7) started the season as hot as any team, winning the prestigious Easton Tournament by defeating eventual CIF Southern Section Division 1 finalist Harvard-Westlake in the final. The Indians went on to earn a share of a second consecutive Pacific League crown, despite losing virtually its entire starting lineup to graduation from the previous year. It was the first time in school history that Burroughs won league titles in consecutive years. Burroughs’ season ended in the first round of the CIF playoffs with a loss to Rancho Cucamonga. Highlights included pitcher Kyle Nicol signing a letter of intent with Cal State Northridge. Teammate Shaine Leonard signed with the University of Antelope Valley.

8. Burroughs boys’ basketball

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The Indians put together a 22-8 season and reached the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A playoffs for the first time since 1990, when Burroughs was knocked out by an Artesia team that featured future-NBA players Ed and Charles O’Bannon. In 2016, Burroughs lost to Santa Monica, the eventual CIF champion. Junior Tristen Hull earned All-CIF honors. Guard Steven Hubbell signed with California Lutheran University. Coach Adam Hochberg stepped down after the season to spend more time with his family.

7. Burbank boys’ track

The Bulldogs won a league title in boys’ track and field for the first time in 31 years. Burbank also did it without relying too much on its distance runners, which have traditionally been the strength of the program. Hurdler Martin Swan, jumper Noah Powell and sprinters Josh Cantong and Joey Miller were the leaders of the team. All four qualified for the CIF finals as a 1,600 meter relay team.

6. Burroughs boys’ cross country

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This is a team that going into the season looked like a strong contender to win its second CIF title in three years and one that could have very easily been the top team in the city. The Indians shared the Pacific League title with Arcadia even though Burroughs won two of the three league meets and only lost on a sixth man tie-breaker in the league final. Burroughs ran very well in CIF preliminaries and looked like a serious contender to win in the finals. But this team fell well short and surprisingly missed qualifying for the state meet. This team should be motivated for next season after this season’s disappointing finish. Several key runners return next season led by Alexander Hirsch, Jagdeep Chahal and Jacob Calderon. A CIF title is within reach in 2017.

5. Burroughs girls’ basketball

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The Indians dominated league by going 14-0, 24-8 overall and reaching the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A playoffs.  Ironically, Burroughs lost on the road in the semifinals at Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach. Mira Costa then lost in the final to Crescenta Valley, a team Burroughs defeated twice in winning the Pacific League. Jordan Meltzer led the Indians as she shared the Pacific League Player of the Year honor with Crescenta Valley’s Alissa Shin.

4. Burroughs softball

The Indians had an outstanding season led by sophomore pitcher Presley Miraglia, who was named the Pacific League Player of the Year and earned All-CIF honors for a second time. Burroughs went 24-5 on the season and lost 7-0 in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs to Grand Terrace, the eventual champion and one of the top rated teams in the nation. Coach Doug Nicol stepped down after the season so he could spend more time watching his kids play sports in college.

3. Burroughs boys’ water polo

A CIF champion in the third spot some might say? Yes, Burroughs had an outstanding season in winning the CIF Southern Section Division 5 title. However, one must remember the Indians did not win the Pacific League title. Their opposition in the playoffs was certainly not elite. There are also some questions marks around this team as several key players have not been students at Burroughs throughout their entire high school careers. In fact, several are transfers from Burbank High. But this team will almost certainly be higher up on the list next year as the main core of players return for their senior seasons, led by CIF MVP David Arakelyan, J.J. Ambartsumyan and Marko Vucetic.

2. Burbank football

The Bulldogs captured the hearts of many of the city. For the first time in 30 years a local football team played for a CIF Southern Section title.

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After finishing second in the Pacific League, the Bulldogs were clearly a different team in the playoffs, dominating most of their opponents until the final when it was bothered by an unexpected call of Mother Nature. Still nobody will forget this group that grew up together led by Guy Gibbs, Nick Warren, Forest Fajardo and Jake Kelley. These kids should all be in the Burbank High Sports Hall of Fame one day.  Coach Richard Broussard stepped down at the end of the season.

1. Burroughs boys’ volleyball

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The Indians won their seventh consecutive Pacific League title and were clearly the most talented team in the city. Led by a veteran group that included setter Ryan Van Loo and outside hitters Andrew D’Almada and Cameron Capili, the Indians overcame a loss to Oak Park in the CIF Southern Section championship by defeating that same team a week later in CIF Southern California State Regional tournament.

 

In closing, it was very hard to make a top-10 list. There were a couple of teams that were very good that did not make the list but deserve honorable mention. Those were the Burbank and Burroughs girls’ soccer teams. The Burroughs boys’ soccer team also had a solid season as did the Burbank girls’ tennis team, the Burbank girls’ basketball team and Burroughs girls’ golf team and volleyball teams.

We want to wish the best of luck to all Burbank and Burroughs teams in 2017.

 

Broussard Steps Down as Burbank Football Coach

Less than a week after leading Burbank High to the CIF Southern Section Division 8 championship football game, coach Richard Broussard has announced he has stepped down.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Broussard spent three seasons as the head coach after six seasons as an assistant.  He compiled a 24-13 overall record and a 16-5 record in league. Burbank went 10-4 this past season.

“(This is) probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Broussard said. “I love these kids with all of my heart and it hurt me to hurt them. I’ve also worked very hard with our staff to take this program to new heights, so I have a lot vested in Burbank football for sure.  But, my wellbeing is paramount over anything and I’ve learned that this year.”

Broussard, who will also leave his teaching position at the end of the semester later this month, said he will bring with him many memories.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I will never forget the nine rivalry games I have had the privilege to coach in,” Broussard said of the games against Burroughs. “This rivalry is like nothing I have ever seen (and) don’t think it can be duplicated anywhere else. I will also remember every player and family I had the honor to come in contact with. This community welcomed me with open arms and helped me grow in so many areas.”

Like many coaches, Broussard said the workload played a part in him making the decision to step away.

“Being one of the first people in the building and the last one to leave, does take its toll,” Broussard said. “I don’t sleep a lot and my days ranged from 12-16 hours daily. I did it to myself but I don’t leave much time for myself.”

Broussard said he has not made any decision on what he will do next.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I truly don’t know what is next for me. I’m going to take this time to get back to being me again, decompress and see what direction is next for me,” he said. “I have always wanted to coach in college, but that has a lot to do with networking and who you know. I’m just interested in what version of myself will come out of this time in my life and what blessing will come my way as a result.”

 

 

Burbank Football’s Dream Season Falls Short of CIF Title

Hoping to become the first team in school history to win a CIF Southern Section title in football, the Burbank High Bulldogs came up just a little short Friday night, losing 31-21 to host Yorba Linda High in the Division 8 championship.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We had a mission to accomplish and we didn’t do it,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said.

Despite the loss, Broussard was proud of the season his team had.

“This group of kids are special. They did a lot for this school. From here on out, Burbank will be looked at differently,” he said.

Burbank (10-4) had a number of obstacles to overcome. Mother Nature was the biggest as heavy winds made it difficult to pass the ball.

Broussard said the winds made his team change strategy.

“It was tough to prepare for this,” Broussard said.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs didn’t want to use the wind as an excuse.

“It’s football,” Gibbs said. “You’re supposed to play the game in any weather.”

Burbank was fortunate enough to see star receiver Forest Fajardo return from injury after missing two playoffs games. Also back was punter Danny Porras from a broken foot, who unfortunately had to kick into the wind on several of his punts.

On the downside, Burbank played without four-year starter Andy Reyes, who was the Pacific League Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. He did not play for undisclosed reasons.

Yorba Linda (12-2) scored the first touchdown of the game at the 8:18 mark as Jaydyn Webb was pushed into the end zone by his offensive line.

An official’s whistle blew far before Webb reached the end zone, but the officials later denied having called the play dead.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank tied things at the 2:29 mark of the first quarter when Gibbs found Fajardo for a 14-yard touchdown.

Yorba Linda went back on top at the 10:23 mark of the second quarter when Webb scored on a two-yard run.

Webb scored once again from two yards out with 5:30 left in the first half, putting Yorba Linda up 21-7.

Burbank fought back, though. Nick Warren ran 42 yards right through the middle of the Mustangs’ defense with 3:22 left in the half to make it 21-14.

Warren also later intercepted a pass on the final play of the first half.

Burbank tied things up at the 7:19 mark of the third quarter when Gibbs hooked up with Drew Pendelton on a 23-yard touchdown.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Yorba Linda survived a pair of fourth down and one situations in the third quarter to help set up Webb’s fourth touchdown of the game, a six-yard run with 1:20 left in the period.

Burbank appeared to be in a position to come back and tie things up in the fourth quarter. However, a fumble that was recovered by Yorba Linda followed by a questionable pass interference call against the Bulldogs helped Yorba Linda set up a 18-yard field by Cole Magliano with 3:28 left to play.