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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Burbank Football Sprints to CIF Title Game

The journey is not yet complete, but the Burbank High football team cemented itself as the greatest in school history Friday by defeating visiting Don Lugo of Chino 44-14 in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 8 playoffs at Memorial Field.

As a result, Burbank will play at Yorba Linda High on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm to decide the CIF championship. The Bulldogs are making their first finals appearance in the more than 100-year history of the school.

Burbank High's Joseph Miller gains yardage during action against Do Lugo Friday night at Memorial Field. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High’s Joseph Miller gains yardage during action against Do Lugo Friday night at Memorial Field. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank coach Richard Broussard pointed to a key moment in the season when he said his team changed its attitude after losing to Crescenta Valley, which was the eventual Pacific League champion.

“We really wanted to be league champions and we came up short against a really good team. We did some things wrong in that game,” Broussard recalled. “I said you guys are tired of crying, right. Let’s work so that never happens again. These kids didn’t like that feeling. We work our tail off to be as sound as we can be.”

Burbank (10-3) opened up to a 27-0 halftime lead and were never seriously threatened.

Nick Warren scored on a four-yard run with 7:13 left in the first quarter to get things started.

Burbank High's Guy Gibbs make a pass during action against Don Lugo Friday night at Memorial Field. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High’s Guy Gibbs make a pass during action against Don Lugo Friday night at Memorial Field. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Guy Gibbs hooked up with Drew Pendelton on a 28-yard touchdown on the third play of the second quarter to make it 14-0.

Jake Kelley picked up a fumble and went 13 yards into the end zone to open the lead to 20-0 with 3:46 left in the first half.

On Don Lugo’s next drive, sophomore Duncan Smith intercepted a Rudy Garcia pass and it back 24 yards for a touchdown make it 27-0 with 2:50 left in the first half.

“Our team is all about having fun and playing as a family. What we did in the first half,” quarterback Guy Gibbs said. “We want this more than anything. We want to be the first team from Burbank ever to go to the finals and win a championship.
Darnell Williams scored on a seven-yard run with 10:19 left in the third quarter to make 34-0.

Burbank High's Nicolas Warren tries to gain yardage during Friday night's game against Don Lugo. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High’s Nicolas Warren tries to gain yardage during Friday night’s game against Don Lugo. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Warren scored his second touchdown, a seven-yard run, with 7:08 left in the third to make it 41-0.

Don Lugo (10-3) scored a pair of touchdowns, before Andrew Roviro kicked a 25-yard field goal with 1:54 to play to cap Burbank’s scoring.

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“This is a pure moment of excitement for me. I’ve been dreaming this my whole life,” said Kelley, who is a second generation Bulldog football player. “I’ve been playing football for 10 years. I can’t tell you the joy that is going through my body right now. “

Gibbs acknowledged that Burbank has stepped up its level of play in the playoffs.

“It was a new start. We’re 0-0,” Gibbs said. “Now it is due or die. Do it or we go home.”

Burbank played once against without star receiver Forest Fajardo and defensive lineman Danny Porras, who are both out with injuries.

 

 

Burbank Football Marches On to Semifinals

Burbank High may have its best football team in school history.

The Bulldogs rallied from an 11-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter to stun second-seeded Northview of Covina 30-27 Friday night in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 8 playoffs at Covina Valley District Field.

With the win, Burbank will host Don Lugo of Chino next Friday at Memorial Field in the semifinals. It will mark just the second time in school history that Burbank has made it to the semifinals with the last time being in 2013.

“These dudes don’t want to stop playing. They feel like they are destined to do something great and really change the face of this program,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said.

Burbank (9-3) began the rally on the second play of the fourth quarter when Darnell Williams scored on a 4-yard run to make it 20-15.

The Bulldogs took the lead when Guy Gibbs hooked up with junior receiver Drew Pendelton on a 37-yard touchdown pass. Joey Miller’s two-point conversion run gave Burbank a 23-20 lead.

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Burbank stopped Northview (10-2) on its next possession as Andy Reyes forced a fumble and Jake Kelley recovered it.

Although Burbank’s offense was able to add to the lead following the fumble, it was the defense that stepped up on Northview’s next offensive series.

Matthew Villagran partially blocked a pass attempt by Northview quarterback Steven Comstock. Anthony Lira intercepted the ball before it hit the turf and ran 17 yards for a touchdown with 3:20 to play.

To nearly put the nail in the coffin, Burbank’s Joey Miller intercepted Comstock on the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive.

“We just flipped a switch when need to,” Broussard said. “Our defense turned it on and put pressure on their offense and really slowed down their pace. Our pressure impacted their ability to go.”

Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs came through with another giant performance. He was 16 of 26 for 250 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Both of Gibbs’ interceptions were in the first half.

“We want this more than anything. The way we played in the second half, I’m all choked up,” Gibbs said.

Burbank’s only first-half points came from a safety as Northview snapped the ball out of the back of the end zone. The Bulldogs trailed 7-2 at halftime and the game appeared very similar to one of Burbank’s nonleague games earlier this season.

“In the locker room I said the Lord blessed us with another opportunity to make up for Downey and we did,” Broussard said. “These boys want to play another game on their home field. They want to go back to Memorial and play another game.”

Nick Warren scored on a one-yard run with 8:43 left in the third quarter to make it 9-7.

Andy Reyes said the team got re-focused during the intermission.

“We gathered together at halftime and said it is win or go home,” Reyes said. “The offense stepped up and moved the ball and the momentum changed.”

 

 

Burbank Football Passes First Playoff Test

With a strong core of seniors who have been together for a long time, the Burbank High football team knows the consequences of losing in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The extra motivation appeared to help the Bulldogs out Friday night as they easily wore down visiting Brea-Olinda 52-32 in the first round of the Division 8 playoffs.

“I just want to out with a bang. There’s a lot of seniors on this team. We play every game like it could be our last game,” Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs said.

Gibbs played perhaps the best game of his career, as he completed 18 of 23 passes for 278 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

“I’m so proud of him,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said of Gibbs. “We saw some things that we liked and we felt we could execute and we went after it.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (8-3) will travel to Covina to face Northview High, a 38-6 winner over Chino.

Brea Olinda (4-7) actually scored on the first play of the game as Noah Rivera ran back the opening kickoff.

“That’s the third time it has happened,” Broussard said of his team, which has won all three of these games. “It’s funny because Gibbs said ‘It’s alright, we’re fine.’”

Sure enough Burbank was fine.

Andy Reyes helped the Bulldogs by recording a sack in the end zone, resulting in a safety. On just the second play of the ensuing drive, Joey Miller ran for a 34-yard touchdown. It was one of four touchdowns on the night for Miller, who entered the game with four touchdowns during the regular season.

“The whole team is coming together. We’re going to make a run for it and go deep in the playoffs and hopefully the championship game,” Miller said.

Miller has been able to see the ball more now that star receiver Forest Fajardo has missed the last two games with a rib injury.

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“When someone goes down, someone has to step up and the coaches put a lot of trust into me,” Miller said.

Miller also scored on touchdown receptions of 58 and 54 yards and returned a kickoff 55 yards.

Junior Drew Pendelton wasn’t far behind. He had a pair of touchdown receptions and added two points on a sack that resulted in a safety.

Pendelton had eight receptions for 105 yards.

Burbank went up 45-16 with 5:21 left in the third quarter to put the game essentially out of reach.

Jake Kelley, who intercepted a pass on defense, scored on a six-yard pass from Gibbs.

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

 

 

 

 

Big Game Goes to Burbank

Injuries are part of football and the Burroughs High football team knew it was going play against rival Burbank without a few key players.

What Burbank didn’t know until just days before the Pacific League clash between the two rivals that it too would face similar circumstances.

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

When it was all said and done, Burbank still had too much to offer against Burroughs and the Bulldogs ran away with a 36-7 victory.

Burbank (7-3, 6-1) once again won with a stellar defensive effort, even though it was missing Forest Fajardo, who was out with a rib injury and defensive lineman/punter Danny Porras, who broke his foot in practice.

The Bulldogs led Burroughs’ star Chance Bell to 12 yards in 20 carries.

“Our goal was to watch the lineman and understand the technique they use and teach against that technique so we could get in the back field,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “That was our goal to get to him in the back field and I felt like we did that tonight.”

Burroughs coach Mike Reily praised Burbank for the victory, the Bulldogs’ fourth in the last five years. This is the first time in the 68-year history of the series that Burbank has won four times in five years.

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We were definitely up against a well-coached, very physical, very determined defense,” Reily said. “They had a game plan and it was right on point. They exploited and took advantage of things we weren’t able to do. Hats off to Coach Broussard and Burbank High. They did a nice job.”

Burbank began the game by engineering a 15-play drive that ended with Darnell Williams scoring on a 9-yard run. He also scored the subsequent two-point conversion to make it 8-0.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Bulldogs added to their lead on the first play of the second quarter as Joey Miller went 24 yards for a touchdown on a left sideline sweep. He finished with eight carries for 79 yards.

“After last week, I told myself that I’m going to go off and score,” Miller said. “I was positive all week. When you’re positive, you’re going to have a good outcome.”

Quarterback Guy Gibbs and Jake Kelley hooked up on a 13-yard touchdown at the 5:33 mark of the second quarter to extend the lead to 22-0.

Burroughs (4-6, 3-4) tried to come out with a different look in the second half. But the Indians fumbled the ball away on their first play from scrimmage. Burbank took advantage and Nick Warren scored on a 1-yard run on the next play.

Williams scored on a 1-yard run with 5:14 left in the third quarter to make it 36-0. He finished with 66 yards in 10 carries.

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“With Forest Fajardo out we had to spread the wealth,” Broussard said of the offense. “When Batman is hurt, Robin needs to step up.”

 

Burroughs got on the board on the final play of the game as quarterback Gabriel Pellot lateralled to Devin Harrison, who threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Gavin Aguilar.