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Burbank’s Season Ends in 48-27 Loss to Salesian

Tony Toledo did all he could for Burbank rushing for 119 yards (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Tony Toledo did all he could for Burbank rushing for 119 yards (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

By Jim Riggio
Special to MyBurbank

The Burbank High football team overcame many obstacles this season in fighting through a number of injuries to key players.

Friday night those injuries proved to be too much to overcome as the Bulldogs lost 48-27 in a hard-fought battle at Salesian High in Boyle Heights in a second round CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoff contest.

The Bulldogs managed to win eight games with James Williams sidelined  (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

The Bulldogs managed to win eight games with James Williams sidelined (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

“We played with the cards we were dealt with,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We came out flat in the third quarter. The kids gave a great effort. We have great kids who love playing this game. We just didn’t get it done. I’m disappointed we didn’t put it all together.”

Burbank (8-4) played much of the season without quarterback Ryan Meredith and running back James Williams. Last year the pair guided the Bulldogs to the semifinal round of the playoffs.

“He felt like he could go,” Broussard said of Meredith, who is suffering from a back injury. “We did our walk through. He tried to throw the ball and he said to me ‘No.’ He tried to throw a carrot Tuesday and he said it was the worst pain in my life.”

Sophomore Guy Gibbs filled in and was 12 of 31 for 202 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Tony Toledo, who became Burbank’s go-to running back after Williams tore the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, had 17 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Guy Gibbs fires a ball downfield  (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Quarterback Guy Gibbs fires a ball downfield (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

“Honestly, we became a family. We faced adversity all season,” said Toledo, a senior. “A lot of these guys I’ve played with since I was a kid with the Burbank Vikings. I’m grateful we stayed together and became brothers. They never gave up on me and I never gave up on them.”

Salesian (6-6) struck first as Kyahva Tezino scored on a seven-yard run with 9:16 left in the first quarter. Tezino had 13 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bulldogs countered right back though as Gibbs hooked up with Dorian Housholder on a 75-yard touchdown pass on their first play from scrimmage.

Salesian went back up when Deommodore Lenoir scored on a 29-yard run with 5:20 left in the first quarter. Lenoir had five carries for 85 yards.

Nick Cantong hauls in a pass (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Nick Cantong hauls in a pass (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Gibbs and Housholder (five catches for 155 yards) hooked up once again on a 14-yard touchdown to tie things at 14 with 2:42 left in the first half.

Salesian’s Ureal Blackshear scored on a 12-yard run with 42 seconds left in the half to give the Mustangs momentum going into the second half leading 20-14.

After Burbank failed to move the chains to open the second half, Salesian quarterback Damion Wright took advantage on the Mustangs’ offensive play of the half as he faked a handoff before running 62 yards for a touchdown. Wright was also solid through the air completing seven of nine passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Another touchdown by Tezino later in the quarter made it 34-14 putting the Bulldogs into a deeper hole.

Toledo added touchdown runs of one and 57 yards to close out his stellar career as well as the Bulldogs’ season.

 

 

A Day of Celebration at Burbank High and John Muir

Burbank's finest- (Left to Right) Cameron Briggs, Caitlyn Brooks, Irene Maemura, Yazzy Sa'Dullah (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s finest- (Left to Right) Cameron Briggs, Caitlyn Brooks, Irene Maemura, Yazzy Sa’Dullah (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High School and John Muir Middle School each celebrated an event last week that brought fun and excitement to their respective campuses.

Family members join the quartet of Bulldog signees (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Family members join the quartet of Bulldog signees (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High School celebrated four athletes who signed their National Letters of Intent to play at Division One schools in the 2015-16 year.

Cameron Briggs (UC Davis- baseball) Caitlyn Brooks (University of Notre Dame- softball), Irene Maemura (Wisconsin- golf) and Yazzy Sa’Dullah (West Virginia- basketball) achieved their goals of playing collegiately by being offered scholarships and then committing by signing their NLI with friends, family, coaches and teachers supporting them during a lunchtime ceremony. Congratulations to this special group of Bulldogs!

Coach Bob Hart on Cameron Briggs- “As a coach the greatest success is the personal growth and achievement of your players. I’ve watched Cameron mature on and off the field. His passion and competitiveness along with his willingness to do whatever it is it takes to win sets him apart. He’s talented and he works at his game. The future looks bright.”

Alongside her mom and dad, Caitlyn Brooks signed with the University of Notre Dame and is considered one of the top softball players in the country (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Alongside her mom and dad, Caitlyn Brooks signed with the University of Notre Dame and is considered one of the top softball players in the country (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Mike Delaney on Caitlyn Brooks- “Caitlyn is very deserving of her scholarship. She has worked extremely hard both on the field and in the classroom. She sets a great example for our current and future student-athletes.”

Coach Branko Sevic on Irene Maemura- “It was a pleasure watching Irene grow as an individual and into an exceptional player. One could see the improvement in her game from year to year, as she worked hard to reach her goals. It will be a while before we get someone at Burbank with her skill level and work habit. She will be missed at Burbank, but Wisconsin is getting a great individual and a great player.”

Coach Bruce Breeden and the Lady Bulldog basketball team wearing WV shirts in Yazzy's honor (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Bruce Breeden and the Lady Bulldog basketball team wearing WV shirts in Yazzy’s honor (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Bruce Breeden on Yazzy Sa’Dullah- “In my 17 years of coaching girls basketball I have some good basketball players, but nothing like Yazzy. Since she has transferred here she has been a team player. She has lifted this team to a higher level. I am very proud to have the opportunity to coach Yazzy and watch her grow at the next level. It is great to be a Bulldog.”

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Meanwhile, the LA Kings Street Hockey team returned to Burbank to donate equipment to John Muir Middle School while providing lessons and teaching fundamentals to the students in attendance. Last year the LAK made a similar kind of gesture and donation to Jordan Middle School.

Burbank High Soars With 18th Annual “Night of Magic”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pickwick Gardens once again soared with song thanks to Burbank High School’s Vocal Music Association and its 18th annual “Night of Magic” fundraising gala on November 15.

Burbank City Council Members in attendance were Mayor David Gordon, Vice Mayor Bob Frutos and City Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy along with Police Commissioner Nat Rubinfeld.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

An exciting silent auction kicked off the evening with items such as theme park tickets, show tapings, gift cards, and much more up for grabs.

A delightful dinner followed featuring stellar singing and dancing courtesy of VMA choir In Sync. The intermediate mixed choir, Out of the Blue, then took the stage and wowed the crowd while Impressions, the all-girl advanced choir, definitely impressed. Each VMA choir performance was supported by a wonderful array of smaller groups and duos, each of whom added to an enchanting evening of entertainment.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Choir Director Brett Carrol  presented this years Voce Ostinato award to BHS graduate Harrison Lippman, who has assisted as the Lighting Director in VMA Choir Shows and Night of Magic since his graduation in 2004.

Auctioneer Bruce Osgood with VMA Ellie Stockwell show a Neil Diamond signed guitar that went for $1300.00.  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Auctioneer Bruce Osgood with VMA Ellie Stockwell show a Neil Diamond signed guitar that went for $1300.00. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Performances paused briefly for some live auction action while also introducing Sirens and Octet, VMA’s 8-girl and 8-boy choirs. Each group managed to bring in $900. The bidding was also fierce for a signed Neil Diamond guitar before it sold for a final price of $1300.

With all auction items spoken for, Sound Dogs, the all boys choir, rocked the house and paved the way for In Sync to close out the festivities.

The gala was a grand fundraising success and another musical, magical night to remember.

 

 

Burbank Stuns El Rancho, 38-34, in First Round Playoff Victory

Tony Toledo rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the win (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Tony Toledo rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the win (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Do you believe in the 2014 Burbank High football team?

It’s a question that has motivated the Bulldogs this year and none more so than now. Despite a plethora of injuries during the course of the season, the Bulldogs have proven to be resilient time and time again. But there are still skeptics out there who doubt them.

Nick Warren played a solid game on both sides of the ball (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Nick Warren played a solid game on both sides of the ball (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Friday night was one more example of how this year’s team has come together and put the doubters in the rear view mirror. Playing a brand of football that brought back memories of past Bulldog teams, Burbank went on the road and garnered its best victory of the season with a thrilling 38-34 win against El Rancho in the first round of the CIF Southeast Division playoffs.

“It feels great. Everyone has been talking about that we’re hurt and we are too banged up to beat anybody,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “You can’t judge us. Don’t judge. Just like we didn’t judge them (El Rancho). We saw the film and knew they were a beatable team. But we’re not going to judge their journey to get here because they were successful. Let our play speak for ourselves. People underestimate us and that’s fine. That is what drives us.”

Despite losing quarterback Ryan Meredith early in the second quarter to a reoccurring shoulder injury, Burbank rode a 35-point first half and held on for a heart-stopping win against the champions of the Del Rio League.

(Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Forrest Fajardo returns a kick for the Bulldogs (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

The Bulldogs now advance to play Salesian in the CIF quarterfinals next Friday night at East Los Angeles College. The Mustangs upset No. 2 seed La Mirada, 24-18.

Salesian (5-6) remains the lone obstacle to returning to the CIF semifinals for a second consecutive year for the believing Bulldogs. Pretty amazing to say the least when you consider the adversity Burbank has faced all season. Yet, here they are in the quarterfinals again sporting an impressive 8-3 record.

“We played really well as a team. It was a team win,” sophomore Nick Warren said. “We worked hard for it all week and it showed in the game.”

“It was amazing. We’ve been practicing hard all week,” added Dorian Housholder, who caught touchdown passes of 41 and five yards. “A lot of people doubted us and that just fueled us to win.”

Burbank scored on its first three possessions to take a 21-7 lead after one quarter. With a sign that declared “Defend the Ranch” high above the press box, the Bulldogs made the ‘Ranch’ their personal playground.

Dorian Housholder hauls in a 41-yard touchdown pass (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Dorian Housholder hauls in a 41-yard touchdown pass (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Meredith got things started connecting with Housholder on a 41-yard touchdown pass on the fifth play of the game. Housholder made a leaping grab just over the outstretched hands of teammate Nick Cantong and an El Rancho defender as Burbank drove 63 yards to set the early tone.

Tony Toledo (76 yards on 16 carries) added a three-yard touchdown run on the next possession and Burbank went up quickly, 14-0.

After El Rancho (8-3) scored its first touchdown, Burbank responded when Meredith (6-for-6, 104 yards) threw a beautiful five-yard fade to Housholder (three passes for 75 yards) in the back left corner of the end zone. Just like that it was 21-7 in favor of Burbank.

Meredith exited the game at the 8:18 mark of the second quarter and a few minutes later the Dons had tied the game at 21 apiece.

Reliable backup Guy Gibbs promptly led the Bulldogs down the field and set up Toledo’s six-yard touchdown run with a 29-yard completion to Housholder.

Guy Gibbs filled in admirably for Ryan Meredith (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Guy Gibbs filled in admirably for Ryan Meredith (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Leading 28-21 with 1:21 remaining, Warren had an interception on the very next play and Burbank converted the El Rancho turnover into seven points when Gibbs lofted a 20-yard pass to Cantong (three catches for 57 yards) in the right corner of the end zone.

Warren’s interception was a pivotal moment for BHS as the first half came to an end with the Bulldogs ahead, 35-21.

“I just try to play my hardest and do what I can for the team to help them win,” said Warren, who also had 53 yards rushing on 15 carries.

After an explosive first half where both teams combined for eight touchdowns, the second half featured a combined eight punts and three turnovers as defense became the calling card.

Burbank's defense corralled the Dons (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Burbank’s defense corralled the Dons (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

The Bulldogs received some breathing room when Ryan Boyd nailed a 40-yard field goal to increase the lead to 38-28 at the 9:38 mark of the fourth quarter.

The Dons closed the gap to 38-34 and then had one final chance to pull off an improbable win but Cantong’s interception with 15 seconds left sealed the deal for Burbank.

“Since Ryan (Meredith) got hurt, we definitely needed to step up. We really came together on this win,” Cantong said. “People said we couldn’t do it but here we are and we are going to the second round.”

Nick Cantong seals the game with this interception (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Nick Cantong seals the game with this interception (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Jake Kelley (26 yards rushing) and Brandon Alba (21 yards) played key roles in Burbank’s running attack. Gibbs managed the game effectively in the absence of Meredith.

With an efficient offensive showing in the first half and a stalwart defensive effort in the second half, Burbank played its best football of the season.

“We re-dedicated ourselves last week to just doing the things that we love to do,” Broussard said. “I just wanted to win this game so bad. We deserved it. We’re still playing and other people are not. I can’t wait to play again.”

Bring on Salesian.

 

Burbank Girls Volleyball Advances to the CIF Quarterfinals

Burbank's Denise Daniel goes high for a kill in the Bulldog's win (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Denise Daniel goes high for a kill in the Bulldog’s win (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank

In matter-of-fact fashion, the Burbank High girls’ volleyball team swept past visiting Serrano in a CIF Southern Section Division II-A second-round playoff match on Thursday night.

Though it required three games, it wasn’t that easy as the Bulldogs downed the Diamondbacks, 25-12, 25-21, 29-27, but it could have been extended to a fourth game.

For their effort, Burbank will travel to No. 2 seeded Windward for a quarterfinal showdown on Saturday.

Sara Treadway of Burbank sets up a teammate (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sara Treadway of Burbank sets up a teammate (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I know they’re younger and that we have nine seniors,” Burbank coach Kyle Roach said. “We’re a little more experienced and we have players who have been in the playoffs.”

The clinching game was nothing short of riveting as it was tied a dozen times including 23-23, 24-24 25-25, 26-26 and 27-27 before Burbank scored the last two points when senior middle hitter Allison Tiegs, who led the Bulldogs with 11 kills, rifled a cross-court winner and delivered a service ace.

The final game was knotted at 4-4, but Burbank (24-5 and second in the Pacific League with a 12-2 record) pulled ahead 8-4 on an ace from senior setter Sara Treadway, who finished with 34 assists and nine digs.

The Diamondbacks (23-4 and first in the Mojave River League with a 10-0 mark) crawled within 13-11 on a kill from junior outside hitter Claire Robbins, who paced Serrano with 11 kills, while sophomore outside hitter April Jergensen added 10 kills.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Allison Tiegs applies the kill for the Bulldogs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

From there, Burbank, which needed four games to defeat Xavier Prep in an opening-round contest, outscored Serrano 4-2 and led 17-13 after senior outside hitter Ashley Edwards nailed a service winner.

The Diamondbacks were not about to wilt as they rallied and evened it at 18-18 when Robbins laid down a kill.

Serrano played without the services of junior outside hitter Sedona Hansen, who severely sprained her ankle in the Diamondbacks’ opening-round victory, and has a volleyball scholarship waiting from the University of Tennessee, and freshman setter Carly Aigner-Swesey.

“I think it would have been 100 percent different if we had them,” Serrano coach Tracy Talbott said. “They’re athletes and they’re competitive. I have a young team and they’re going to have another run.”

The Diamondbacks have only one senior [libero Ofa Moa-Samfong, who had 21 assists], four juniors, four sophomores and three freshman.

Allison Tiegs goes for the block (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Allison Tiegs goes for the block (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank came out focused in the initial game and led 8-0 on kills from senior outside hitter Denise Daniel, two from Edwards, Tiegs, and an ace from senior outside hitter Lauren Brenn.

“They’re a really respectable and good team,” said Daniel, who chipped in with nine kills. “We knew after the first game that wasn’t all they had. That’s not their best. We wanted to keep on our game.”

The Bulldogs kept up the pace and pulled ahead 17-3 on senior outside hitter Rose Cowart’s cross-court winner, and led 19-5 on Cowart’s kill, but Serrano did get within 20-8 before the Bulldogs went on a 5-4 spurt.

“We had to remember that we had to fight back,” said Cowart, who chimed in with 13 digs. “After that first game we expected them to play hard. We wanted to keep earning our points. Mentally we’re very strong.”

The middle game saw Burbank bolt out to a 4-1 advantage on Cowart’s kill, and led 13-8 when Tiegs added a block.

Serrano came within 18-16, and 21-20, before the Bulldogs outscored the Diamondbacks 4-1.

Senior libero Lucia Estrada had 13 digs for the Bulldogs, while freshman Sawyer Aigner-Swesey contributed 14 digs for Serrano.

 

“BIG GAME”: 65 Meetings – Burroughs Leads Burbank, 41-24

Burbank vs. Burroughs: a one-of-a-kind rivalry since 1949

Burbank vs. Burroughs: a one-of-a-kind cross-town rivalry since 1949

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

BIG GAME

65 Meetings

1949 – 2013

Burroughs leads Burbank, 41-24

1949 – Burbank 12, Burroughs 7.  The “Big Game” made its debut in 1949. Former junior high and first year high school, John Burroughs, made what was supposed to be an easy Burbank victory a hard fought battle. The stronger Bulldog team prevailed, however, paced by Pete LiPera who later became head coach at Burbank, and Paul Cameron, who later starred at UCLA.

1950 – Burroughs 6, Burbank 0.  Burroughs avenged the previous year’s loss on a rain drenched field as Louie Elias went 41 yards through “Lake Memorial” for the only score of the game. He later recalled that the rivalry was already intense even though it was only two years old.

1951 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 12. Having already won the Foothill League Championship, the Bulldogs could have let down and been upset; but showing true championship caliber, overpowered the Indians.

1952 – Burbank 33, Burroughs 0.  The Bulldogs were led by Bob McCalmont and shut out the Indians for their second straight series win.

1953 – Burroughs 7, Burbank 0.  Paced by a 44 yard touchdown run by Maurice Elias, brother of Louie, Burroughs returned the previous year’s favor, scoring their second series shutout.

1954- Burroughs 49, Burbank 0.  Again paced by Maurice Elias, who set a then single game school record of 162 yards rushing, the Indians recorded their second straight and third overall series shutout. This stands as the most one-sided victory in the series.

1955 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 14.  On their way to a probable playoff berth, the Indians overlooked the Bulldogs and were knocked out of the playoffs. Steve Searock and Bill Reed led the Bulldogs who were under the guidance of rookie coach Ham Lloyd, whose squad included John Lockwood who later became head coach at Burbank.

1956 – Burbank 18, Burroughs 0.  The Bulldogs scored their second shutout of the series in a battle for the Foothill League title (first time in the series). Played before an estimated crowd of 11,000 people, the Bulldogs were quarterbacked by Bob Alfred and paced by Fred Tunnicliffe, whose nephew, Tom, would later start at both schools, winning CIF Player of the Year as a senior at Burroughs.

1957 – Burroughs 28, Burbank 19.  In another rookie coaching victory, Leon Shortenhaus guided the Indians, led by Bob Hand, to the victory. Playing for Burroughs was Pete Lubisich, who would later go on to play at USC.

1958 – Burbank 32, Burroughs 0.  Posting their third series shutout the Bulldogs were led by the three touchdown performance of Tom Pulford. Tom, whose son, Darrin, also played for the Bulldogs, is one of the many players to have relatives also compete in the series.

1959 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  Trading shutouts again, the Indians scored their fourth win with an assist from Burbank, who was forced to use many J.V. players after having 19 of the varsity members declared ineligible for the game for “egging” the mural over the Burroughs Auditorium. Conde Lick and Brent Vance led the Indians with a TD each.

1960 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 7.  Indian coach Leon Shortenhaus closed out his coaching career at Burroughs with a 3-1 record in the “Big Game”, beginning and ending with a victory.

1961 – Burbank 25, Burroughs 13.  In the fourth of his 22 seasons as a coach at Burroughs, and first as Head Coach, Bob Dunivant watched his Indians and the Bulldogs battle to a 7-7 tie into the third quarter, only to see the Tribe fumble three times in the second half, helping Burbank to the victory.

1962 – Burbank 34, Burroughs 0.  Also beginning and ending his coaching career with a victory, Ham Lloyd posted a 5-3 “Big Game” record with this win in his final game. Phil Culotta scored three touchdowns to pace the Bulldogs to their fourth series shutout and came up just points short of the CIF scoring championship, losing to Steve Grady of Loyola who scored five touchdowns the same evening.

1963 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 7.  Burroughs finally ended a string of seven straight shutout losses since the second game of the season but were unable to contain the Bulldogs’ Gerry Altman, whose 100 yards helped Burbank to its third straight series win.

1964 – Burroughs 27, Burbank 7.  The Bulldogs’ Tom Paggi set a school record with a 74 yard run from scrimmage for one of his two touchdowns on the night but Burroughs snapped a three game losing streak to Burbank.

1965 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  The Indians notched their fifth series shutout.  Bob McCorkle, who passed or ran for a then school record 17 touchdowns on the year, hit Mike Erickson for one touchdown and while playing defense, picked off a Bulldog aerial and returned it 78 yards (also a school record) for another score.

1966 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  Posting its sixth series and fourth season shutout, Burroughs coasted to its favorite score in the rivalry (the Indians have won three 19-0 “Big Games”), and third consecutive series victory.

1967 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 19.  Undefeated going into the game, the Indians again scored 19 points. Burbank, however, on the 173 yard passing of Dale Cirscione and the 85 yard fumble recovery of Randy Ivie for a touchdown, scored 20 for one of the biggest upsets in the series. The win prevented Burroughs from going ahead, for the first time, in the rivalry.

1968 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 13.  The Bulldogs again scored 20 points, led by Bill Johnson who scored all three touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards.

1969 – Burbank 44, Burroughs 8.  Dan Flavin passed for four touchdowns and John Minor rushed for 91 yards for the Bulldogs. The game was so dominated by Burbank that the only Indian score came on a 95 yard kickoff return by Jess Talamantes which remained a school record until 1978. Burbank again won three in a row versus Burroughs.

1970 – Burroughs 15, Burbank 12.  In a well played game, Bulldog star John Minor scored both touchdowns and rushed for 152 yards, only to see his heavily favored team lose to a fired up Indian squad. Burroughs was led by QB Tim Molina who passed for 113 yards and threw two touchdowns to Bruce Wallace. Jess Talamantes rushed for 111 yards.

1971 – Burroughs 17, Burbank 13.  Jeff Budrick and John Funk scored the two Indian touchdowns. Quarterback Tom Lawson completed 19 passes, 10 to Scott Nelson for 117 yards, all of which were single game Indian records at the time. Bob Mendoza booted a 29 yard field goal to seal the victory.

1972 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 0.  Burbank notched their fifth shutout in the series as quarterback Leo Orange and Kenny Walker scored the two Bulldog touchdowns. The game was played for the Foothill League title, and with the victory, Burbank knocked the Indians out of a playoff berth.  Jim Galbraith caught seven passes in a fine effort for the Indians, who went on to shut out Burbank the next three games. The Bulldogs won their fourth league title and would not win another one for the next 37 years (2009).

1973 – Burroughs 6, Burbank 0.  Burroughs tied Crescenta Valley for the league title with their seventh series shutout and went into the CIF Playoffs for only the second time in school history.  Jerry Howell scored the games only touchdown played in pouring rain at “Lake Memorial”.  Indians’ quarterback Curtis Ilhe and wide receiver Randy Simmrin were the inspirational leaders on the team. Simmrin later starred for USC and played for Buffalo and Tampa Bay in the NFL.

1974 – Burroughs 36, Burbank 0.  A boisterous crowd of 12,000 fans came to Memorial Field to witness Burroughs dominate the helpless Bulldogs. Burbank could have tied the Indians for first place in the Foothill League with a win, but were dominated as Burroughs recorded their second consecutive and eighth series shutout, holding the Bulldogs to 36 total yards. All-CIF quarterback Tom Miller passed for three touchdowns and 179 yards, mostly to wide receivers Bob Frishette, Hans Anderson and Kirk Morales. Tony De Felicis, Joe Mersola, Mike McDonald and Ron Wollard all contributed in the convincing win. The Indians went on to post an 11-1 record, tied with the 1979 team for the best record ever, and advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals.

1975 – Burroughs 40, Burbank 0.  Burroughs took the series lead for the first time ever, 14-13, with their ninth series shutout and third consecutive over Burbank. The game also marked Bulldog coach Pete LiPera’s last contest. The rout was highlighted by All-CIF linebacker Mike McDonald, who later played at USC and for the Rams, returning an interception for 67 yards as the Indians finished their first regular season under Craig Bell at 8-1.

1976 – Burbank 17, Burroughs 14.  Burbank avoided a fourth consecutive Burroughs win by upsetting the Indians on a 41-yard field goal by George Florez on the last play of the game. The kick was set up by an interception with 17 seconds left by Rich Good who ran it back 46 yards to the 24-yard line. This was Good’s second pick of the night, both of which set up two Burbank scores for the game. Al Penaranda and George Williams, both of whom had brothers who later played for Burroughs, scored the two Indian touchdowns, while the Bulldogs were paced by Denny Caira.

1977 – Burroughs 40, Burbank 10.  Burbank surprised everyone by taking a 10-7 lead into the locker room at halftime but the Indians roared back in the second half with a fine passing performance by quarterback Dean Townsend.  Mike Pate intercepted a pass for the Indians for a touchdown. George Williams, Lupe Yanez and Reuben Torres also scored for the Indians. The defense was sparked by the play of linebacker Jeff Fitzgerald. The game marked the return of Bob Dunivant as head coach of Burroughs.

1978 – Burroughs 28, Burbank 16.  Burbank, led by Tom Tunnicliffe who passed for 182 yards, again came out on the short end of the score. Lincoln Simonds scored three Indian touchdowns and the defense, led by Nick Manocchia, held the Bulldogs to six yards rushing and sacked Tunnicliffe seven times for a loss of 67 yards.

1979 – Burroughs 33, Burbank 12.  In a unique twist of events, Burroughs, now quarterbacked by Tom Tunnicliffe, who transferred from Burbank, the Indians went into the game rated the number one team in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Southern California, the State and the Nation. The Bulldogs put up a strong fight, scoring 12 points against a team that had badly beaten the previous #1 team, St. Paul, 27-12, and allowed only one touchdown to four previous Foothill League opponents, outscoring them 152-7. The Indians were paced by the 191 yards rushing of Edgar Penaranda and Tunnicliffe’s 123 yards passing while the defense held Burbank to 90 total yards.  Burroughs finished the season 11-1 (tied with the 1974 team for the best record ever) and advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals.  Head Coach Bob Dunivant would later step aside from his coaching duties.

1980 – Burroughs 25, Burbank 17.  Taking a four game lead with their fourth consecutive win in the “Big Game” series, a first for either school, the Indians also knocked the Bulldogs out of a playoff berth while recording their fourth consecutive Foothill League Title, also unprecedented in the history of the league. Led by the rushing of Edgar Penaranda and Rick Williams, plus the passing of Gary English, the Indians managed to hold off a stubborn Burbank team, led by the rushing of Eric Burcham. The Indians went on to the CIF Semifinals.

1981 – Burroughs 44, Burbank 21.  Burroughs jumped out to a 30-7 halftime lead on the passing and rushing of quarterback Rich Strasser (34 and 87 yard touchdown completions) and the rushing of Paul Kibala and Joe D’Alessio. The Indians would advance to their first-ever CIF Finals and finish as runner-ups while winning their fifth consecutive league title.

1982 – Burroughs 42, Burbank 6.  Burbank took to an early lead, going 55 yards on 11 plays to take a 6-0 advantage midway through the first quarter. The Indians, behind the rushing of Bret Mersola, Jeff Markland and Eli Montemayor, finally got on track and cruised to a rather easy victory. It was Burroughs’ sixth consecutive win over Burbank.

1983 – Burbank 24, Burroughs 21.  In one of the more exciting games of the series, the Bulldogs opened the scoring with a one yard run by Derek Trabilcy.  The lead changed hands several times in the game until late in the fourth quarter when Burroughs tied the score on a 61 yard pass from Sean Spring to Bret Mersola. Burbank, led by QB Gary Lotka, took their last possession of the game and marched down the field to the Indian 10, and lined up for a field goal with less than 10 seconds on the clock. The first Bulldog attempt was deflected and went wide, but the Indians were called for defensive holding on the play. After the penalty was assessed, Alfredo Velasco nailed his second attempt from 21 yards out with no time showing on the clock for a dramatic, upset victory for the Bulldogs. The win snapped the six “Big Game” winning streak of the Indians.

1984 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 0.  Quarterback Gary Lotka threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns on 18 of 23 passing and led the Bulldogs to their second consecutive victory in the series and their first playoff berth since 1977.  It is Burbank’s first shutout of the Indians since 1972 and sixth in the series. Lotka’s efforts cement his name in “Big Game” lore and he went on to win the Most Valuable Player of the Foothill League.

1985 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 10.  For the first time since 1967-69, the Bulldogs win their third straight “Big Game” behind the leadership of quarterback Sal Velasco.  Burbank overcame a 10-7 deficit as Velasco hit wide receiver Robert Jarrin with what proved to be the game winning pass on the first possession of the second half. The Bulldogs marched 69 yards in seven plays and the defense shut out the Indians the rest of the way.

1986 – Burroughs 33, Burbank 26.  In his return to the sideline for the first time since he left coaching in 1979, Bob Dunivant led the Indians to victory and snapped the three-game winning streak of the Bulldogs in the rivalry.  After trailing 14-12 at the half, the Indians took the lead at 19-14 entering the fourth. The Indians’ Danny Cusumano scored from two yards out to make it 26-14. Quarterback Jeff Barrett led the Indians with 177 yards and two touchdowns.

1987 – Burroughs 41, Burbank 0.  Quarterback Jeff Barrett shined on offense as he completed 11 of 16 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns. He even rushed for two more touchdowns.  Burbank’s Gabe Jimenez ran for 118 yards on 24 carries and was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs. Burroughs won their tenth series shutout and first vs. the Bulldogs since 1975. The Indians would eventually reach the CIF Finals and finish as runner-ups as they did in 1981.

1988 – Burroughs 31, Burbank 15.  The magic of former head coach Bob Dunivant was evident again as he helped head coach Butch McElwee lead the Indians to victory.  Having the headsets on again for only the third time in the season, Dunivant surprised Burbank by calling a reverse, flea-flicker for a 65 yard completion early in the game to spark the victory.

1989 – Burroughs 23, Burbank 19.  The Indians were led by a trio of running backs in the win.  Andre Banks rushed for 33 yards in 12 carries, Lionel Portugal ran for 31 yards on eight carries and Danny Suarez added 33 yards in eight carries as Burroughs defeated Burbank yet again.

1990 – Burroughs 20, Burbank 7.  Sean McDermott rushed for 183 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown as the Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the fifth consecutive year.  Ben Goldwasser added a touchdown and Eddie Gavilan had an interception for Burroughs.

1991 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 12.  The Brenes brothers led the Bulldogs to victory and halted the Indians winning streak in the series at five games. Steve carried 19 times for 123 yards and Frank scored both Burbank touchdowns en route to 72 yards on 14 attempts.  DB Mike Lyneis made a diving interception of a Marco Esquivel pass at the Bulldog 15 to clinch the win.

1992 – Burbank 21, Burroughs 17.  Down 17-14, Bulldog quarterback Brian Casey completed a 30 yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Kendricks Lewis with 53 seconds left to give Burbank the four point victory. Bulldog running back Hector Valencia, who later would become head coach at Burbank, scored on a 56 yard run up the left sideline to put Burbank up 7-3 late in the first quarter.  Burbank increased their lead to 14-3 only to see the Indians come back and take the lead. Burbank wouldn’t be denied as they took their second straight “Big Game”.

1993 – Burroughs 31, Burbank 6.  After finishing 0-10 a year ago, the Indians completed their turn around with a decisive win that sent them to the playoffs for the first time since 1989. Eddie Melgar rushed for 115 yards and scored three touchdowns as Indian head coach Gary Bernardi earned his first win in the “Big Game” and snapped the brief two game winning streak for Burbank in the series. This win began a run of 10 consecutive victories for Burroughs over their hated rivals.

1994 – Burroughs 17, Burbank 13.  The Indians scored the winning touchdown on a four yard pass from Mike Barrett to Tony Listro with 7:05 left in the game. Carlos Moreno ran for 134 yards on 28 carries as Burroughs stormed back from a 13-3 halftime deficit. Burbank’s Carlos Baker rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries.

1995 – Burroughs 21, Burbank 0.  In a game that will be remembered for ending early due to a brawl with 3:21 left, Indians quarterback J.K. Scott led the way completing 9 of 15 passes for 166 yards. Wide receiver Glenn Adriatico caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 23 yard pass from Scott that gave Burroughs their final touchdown.  Burbank was last shut out in the “Big Game” in 1987 and it marked Burroughs’ eleventh series shutout. The Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the third straight time.

1996 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 6.  Quarterback J.K. Scott completed 16 of 29 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns as the offense continued to put up big numbers and the defense was led by Danny Kang who had two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble. Scott would later take his talents to the University of Washington.

1997 – Burroughs 29, Burbank 14.  Glenn Adriatico finished his illustrious prep career catching an 89 yard TD pass from quarterback Chris Santoyo and added an 11 yard TD run too as Burroughs won their fifth straight in the series. Adriatico completed his career with 199 receptions for 3,069 yards. The Indians jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in Bulldogs alum Keith Knoop’s first “Big Game” as head coach for Burroughs.

1998 – Burroughs 26, Burbank 21.  In the 50th meeting of the “Big Game”, wide receiver Kyle Cremarosa caught eight passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Indians to victory. Burroughs quarterback Joe Kroells completed 11 of 20 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns as the Indians took an 18-7 halftime lead and held off Burbank. Alan Gutierrez led the Bulldogs with 161 yards on 32 carries.

1999 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 14.  The Indians won their seventh consecutive game (longest in the series) over the Bulldogs by overpowering them from the very start.  Jonathan Overturf scored on an 83 yard trick play on the first play from scrimmage in the game. Randy Beckmann and Michael Perez added a touchdown apiece and Spencer Steward caught a TD pass from Joe Kroells as Burroughs rolled to victory. The game marked the 1000th point ever scored by the Indians against the Bulldogs in their storied rivalry.

2000 – Burroughs 54, Burbank 36.  The Indians’ Mike Perez rushed for 214 yards on 31 carries including a 57 yard TD run with less than a minute to play. Teammate Lonn Salmon threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 6 of 10 passing. Burroughs’ 54 points set a record for most points scored by one team in the “Big Game” and the 90 points combined was also a record.

2001 – Burroughs 38, Burbank 21.  Mike Perez rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns and Gabriel Moise Jr. picked up a fumble and rumbled 88 yards down the field for the clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter. Trailing 26-21, Burbank was driving deep into Indian territory only to have the turnover. Moise’s score made it 32-21 and it ended any hope of a Bulldog win. Perez reached the 1,000 yard mark for the second consecutive season. He also had an 80 yard touchdown reception in the game.

2002 – Burroughs 43, Burbank 31.  The Indians had a commanding 30-7 lead early in the third quarter behind the play of quarterback David Brooks, who rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns. However, Bulldog signal caller Mike McDonald, son of former Burroughs star Mike McDonald Sr., rallied his team to within 37-31 with 3:51 to play on a TD pass to Rico Clark. Burbank was on the drive again looking for the win when Burroughs’ Darrel Ditri intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a score with 24 seconds to play to cap the win. This marked the tenth consecutive win in the series for Burroughs and the longest such streak in the “Big Game”.

2003 – Burbank 24, Burroughs 18.  Finally! The Bulldogs snapped the 10 game “Big Game” winning streak of Burroughs as Mike McDonald finished 14 of 28 for 203 yards and three touchdowns. McDonald connected with Jesse Ayers on an 11 yard TD pass with 3:28 to play which turned out to be the decisive score.

2004 – Burbank 26, Burroughs 12.  Jason Barbic did it all for Burbank in their second consecutive “Big Game” win over the Indians.  Barbic rushed for 50 yards in six carries and a TD, caught two passes for 108 yards and threw a 13 yard touchdown pass.  Mike McDonald finished his “Big Game” career completing 7 of 11 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.

2005 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 28.  As Mike Perez did back in 2000, the Indians’ Thomas Kyle put his team on his back and rushed for 249 yards on 32 carries and a pair of touchdowns, including a 62 yarder that put Burroughs ahead 26-14 early in the third quarter. Burbank’s Robert Linda completed 16 of 36 passes for 283 yards and a score. The Indians regained control of the series after Burbank had won back to back contests the previous two years.

2006 – Burroughs 24, Burbank 6.  First Mike Perez, then Thomas Kyle.  Now Joe Wiggan. He did it all in a convincing manner as he rushed for 288 yards on 47 carries and scored two touchdowns.  Wiggan rushed for 178 yards in the second half alone.  The Indians scored 24 unanswered points to defeat the Bulldogs who could have shared the league title with a win. Led by head coach Keith Knoop, Burroughs finished the regular season with a 9-1 mark and 7-0 in Pacific League play, its first league title since 1981.

2007 – Burroughs 30, Burbank 20.  The Indians rallied from a 13-0 first quarter deficit and scored the game’s next 23 points to lead 23-13 late in the third quarter. After a Bulldog touchdown with 4:39 left in the game trimmed the Burroughs lead to 23-20, Indians’ tailback Dominique Barnes scored on a 27 yard run to seal the victory. Barnes finished with 149 yards in 16 carries as Burroughs won their third straight in the series.

2008 – Burroughs 58, Burbank 22.  Following in the legendary footsteps of Indians’ Mike Perez, Thomas Kyle and Joe Wiggan, Dominique Barnes put on a performance of a lifetime in the 60threndition of the “Big Game”. Barnes rushed for 304 yards, a school record, on 23 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead the Indians to the dominating win. The 58 points scored by Burroughs set a “Big Game” scoring record for one team. Barnes scored on touchdowns runs of seven, 20, 48, 85 and nine yards. In the process, Barnes set the school record for most points scored in a season by a player. The Indians won their fourth straight in the series. On a historic note, Burbank made the CIF playoffs and won their first playoff game since 1927, a stretch that lasted 81 years. 1927 also marked the year when Burbank won its first league title.

2009 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 21. The Bulldogs snapped a four game losing streak vs. Burroughs and in the process won their first league title in 37 years! (1972 the last) Before 8,800 fans, these two teams clashed in a thrilling contest. It marked the first time in the 61 year history of competing against each other that both teams finished as co-champions together (each team finished with identical 6-1 records in the Pacific League. For Burbank, it was their fifth league title. Burroughs won their tenth league title the previous week). After Dalton Williams gave the Indians a 21-20 lead on a 79-yard touchdown dash down the Burroughs’ sideline late in the third quarter, Burbank’s Ulises Ochoa scored on a one yard touchdown run with 5:36 remaining in the game to give the Bulldogs a 28-21 advantage that they would not relinquish. Williams led Burroughs with 203 yards rushing while Ochoa ran for 127. Burbank quarterback Adam Colman completed 14 of 23 passes for 174 yards and teammate Jackson Diamond caught 10 passes for 111 yards and was rewarded with the game ball by first-year head coach and Bulldog alum, Hector Valencia. Burbank finished its season with a school-record tying nine wins (9-3) and advanced to the CIF quarterfinals for a second consecutive season.

2010 – Burroughs 38, Burbank 35In front of a boisterous crowd of 9,000 die-hard Indian and Bulldog fans, Burroughs mounted the greatest comeback in “Big Game” history and defeated arch-rival Burbank, 38-35, on a last-second field goal to win a share of the Pacific League title for the second consecutive season. Amidst an electric atmosphere that only this rivalry could produce, the Indians rallied from a dire 28-0 deficit early in the second quarter and stunned Burbank when junior Cristobal Escobar kicked a 20 yard field goal as time expired to cap off one of the greatest games in “Big Game” annals. Trailing 35-21 early in the fourth quarter, the Indians scored back to back touchdowns to tie the game. After forcing Burbank to punt with 1:15 to play, Burroughs quarterback Lucas Yanez completed three passes to set up Escobar’s game winning field goal. Burroughs fans rushed the field to celebrate as all of us bore witness to the last “Big Game” to be played at venerable Memorial Stadium. Yanez completed 14 of 26 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 63 yards while his twin brother Tyler Yanez caught eight passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Burbank’s Ulises Ochoa finished with game-highs of 188 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns (two rushing, one interception). Burroughs would go on to defeat El Rancho in the first round of the CIF playoffs and advance to the quarterfinals, their first postseason win since 1987.

2011 – Burroughs 34, Burbank 7. In the first-ever “Big Game” played outside the city limits, John Burroughs won their third consecutive Pacific League title with a 34-7 victory over Burbank. Due to the ongoing renovation of Memorial Stadium, the 63rd “Big Game” was played at Arcadia High School.  More than 5,000 fans traveled to the game to witness a rushing performance like none other in “Big Game” lore. Indians’ star tailback Zander Anding broke the single-game “Big Game” rushing record with 349 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns. Anding’s 73-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave Burroughs a 14-7 halftime lead. His 46-yard TD late in the fourth quarter cemented the win and gave the Indians back to back city bragging rights over the rival Bulldogs. It was Anding’s fifth 300 yard-plus effort of the season. He finished the regular season with 2,453 yards rushing which is not only the best single-season mark in the school’s history, but the best single-season mark in Pacific League history as well. He also has scored 25 rushing touchdowns and 29 touchdowns overall heading into the CIF playoffs. Burroughs claimed their fourth league title in the last six years (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011), their twelfth in their storied history and have won three consecutive league titles for the first time since 1977-1981 when they won five straight championships.

2012 – Burbank 37, Burroughs 14. After a year hiatus away from the city of Burbank, the 64th “Big Game” returned to venerable Memorial Stadium which received a facelift in 2011. Before 8,000 die-hard football fans, Burbank won the cross-town matchup with a dominating 37-14 effort for its first win in the series since 2009. It was Burbank’s largest margin of victory against Burroughs since a 28-0 shutout of the Indians in 1984. The Indians avoided what would have been their worst defeat in the history of the Big Game. Burbank pounded Burroughs 44-8 back in 1969. The Bulldogs outgained the Indians, 288 to 148. Burbank held the Burroughs ground game to 75 yards on 24 carries. In contrast, the Bulldogs rushed for 246 yards while controlling the line of scrimmage throughout the night. Sophomore James Williams rushed for 149 yards on 14 carries; including an 89-yard touchdown burst on Burbank’s first play of the second half that gave the Bulldogs a commanding 30-0 lead.

2013 – Burbank 47, Burroughs 21. Before a raucous capacity crowd at Memorial Field, Burbank won its second consecutive game against rival Burroughs, 47-21, in the 65th renewal of the “Big Game.” The Bulldogs had not beaten the Indians in back-to-back years since the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The victory marked the third win in the rivalry over the last five years for Burbank, its best stretch in the cross-town duel since winning three straight from 1983 through 1985. Meanwhile, the 26-point loss marked the worst defeat by Burroughs at the hands of Burbank since suffering a 28-0 loss to Burbank in 1984. It was the most points scored ever by Burbank against Burroughs in the 65-year history of the BIG GAME. The 47 points eclipsed the previous high set in 1969 in which Burbank won, 44-8. The one-two punch of James Williams (173 yards on 23 carries) and Joseph Pendleton (132 yards on 14 carries) was too much to handle for Burroughs as the two talented running backs sliced and diced their way to the tune of 305 combined rushing yards and six touchdowns. Leading 17-14 at halftime, the Bulldogs outscored the Indians, 30-0, in the third quarter en route to the easy victory. Burbank advanced to the CIF semifinals for the second time in its history and won a school-record 10 games on the season.

2014 – ????

 

 

 

Burbank Pounds Arcadia, 56-14; Eyes Now Focused on Burroughs

BHS vs Arcadia FB 10-30-14

Burbank’s Tony Toledo turns up field and breaks a long run against Arcadia (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank

It took the Burbank High football team a half to tally five touchdowns, en route to a 56-14 pasting over Arcadia in a Pacific League skirmish on Thursday night at Memorial Field, but the Bulldogs may have had something else on their mind.

Touchdown Bulldogs (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Touchdown Bulldogs (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

In a week at this same venue, Burbank (6-3 overall and 4-2 in league) and Burroughs will tangle in the Big Game, which will have league implications and CIF Southern Section playoff seeding.

The Indians host Glendale tonight and are 5-3 in all games and 3-2 in league. With a win over the Nitros, the city rivals would have identical records.

Burbank’s romp was accomplished without the services of senior running back James Williams, who tore his right ACL in the second game of the season [15-14 nonleague victory against host Bell Gardens].

“I really wanted to play in this game,” said Williams, who was dressed in full uniform and even participated in pre-game drills. “I want to play, but I think it’s best that I just watch from the sideline and pull for my teammates.”

Despite the unfortunate injury, Washington State is keeping its football scholarship offer on the table, and Williams, who was named first team All-CIF as a sophomore and junior, is truly grateful. It’s also unlikely Williams will participate in the Burroughs game.

Quarterback Ryan Meredith had a consistent game back from his injury (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Quarterback Ryan Meredith had a consistent game back from his injury (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“Our focus tonight was to execute what we do,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We wanted to hit on all cylinders. We’ve been in playoff mode since we lost to Muir [31-0 on the road]. We want to make the playoffs, and we want to make a big run in the playoffs.”

Broussard also addressed the upcoming clash with the Indians.

“The game itself is big and it’s the city rivalry,” he said. “We want these guys to embrace the moment. Embrace the stage. Go out and have fun.”

One who did Thursday was senior quarterback Ryan Meredith, who threw for 131 yards after hitting nine of 17 pass attempts with two scoring throws.

The first was a six-yarder to senior wide receiver Dorian Householder (40 yards on four receptions) that catapulted the Bulldogs in front 14-0 with 49 seconds left in the first quarter.

Meredith’s second scoring pass went to senior wide receiver Nicolas Cantong (47 yards on three catches) that covered four yards early in the third quarter and gave Burbank a 42-0 edge.

The scoring spree began when senior running back Tony Toledo (79 yards on nine carries) darted in from 29 yards with 2:14 remaining in the opening quarter, and Toledo later added a 21-yard burst with just over eight minutes left in the second quarter that made it 21-0.

With 3:35 remaining before the break, the Bulldogs pulled ahead 28-0 when sophomore running back Nick Warren (84 yards on six rushes) found the end zone from four yards, as the rout was in full swing.

Burbank chewed up yardage at a high rate vs. the Apaches (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Kyle Alvarez and Burbank chewed up yardage at a high rate vs. the Apaches (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

For good measure, it became 35-0 with three minutes left when senior fullback Kyle Alvarez made like a bowling ball as he lowered his head and bulled his way in from 24 yards. Alvarez bounced off several would-be tacklers who were left stunned.

That run had the Burbank sideline abuzz and was set up when junior linebacker David Medrano intercepted Arcadia junior quarterback Nico Hillier (18 of 33 for 236 yards and one interception).

The Bulldogs also had a fumble recovery by senior lineman Ceron Hurry that was forced by senior lineman Alvarez on the Apaches’ opening drive.

An impressive 39-yard gallop by junior running back Brandon Alba (game-best 122 yards on 14 rushes) pushed Burbank (488 total net yards) ahead 49-0 with 5:08 left in the third quarter, and the Bulldogs’ final score was Alba’s three-yard dash with 8:23 showing in the fourth quarter that made it 56-7.

The Apaches (2-7 and 1-5 in league) scored when Hillier located junior running back Quentin Cortes (86 receiving yards on six catches and 12 rushing yards on seven carries) with a nine-yard pass early in the final stanza, and the pair teamed up on a 21-yard toss and 2:44 left in the fourth quarter.

“They just played better than we did,” Arcadia coach Andrew Policky said. “We’ve had a bad string of luck [injuries] and we’re a little young. I thought we had a chance to compete in league based on a productive off-season.”

Arcadia had its work cut out from the first possession and finished with 282 total yards including 46 yards on the ground.

 

 

Burbank Defeats Hoover Via the Youth Movement, 48-7

Kyle Alvarez plows his way for yardage against Hoover (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Kyle Alvarez plows his way for yardage against Hoover (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Jim Riggio
Special to MyBurbank

The Burbank High football team has suffered its share of injuries this season. But the Bulldogs have overcome some of the difficult obstacles they have faced.

They showed that Friday night when they defeated visiting Hoover High, 48-7, in a Pacific League contest at Memorial Field.

The second half was played with a running clock after Burbank held a 41-0 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs "D" put the squeeze on the Tornadoes (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

The Bulldogs “D” put the squeeze on the Tornadoes (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“The start of our season was treacherous,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We played some very good teams and we got hurt. That made things a little harder for us. But the good thing is we brought up three kids from the junior varsity this week. Two of them started and one played a ton.”

Moving up to the varsity were sophomores Miguel Vasquez, Joey Miller and CJ Mayes.

“Those three guys we brought up for depth reasons and they got their first bit of varsity love,” Broussard said.

Sophomore QB Guy Gibbs evades pressure (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Sophomore QB Guy Gibbs evades pressure (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Sophomore Guy Gibbs played quarterback in place on injured senior Ryan Meredith. He finished 6 of 11 for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

He hooked up with Nick Cantong on a 24-yard touchdown with 6:46 left in the first half to make it 35-0. He later hooked up with Dorian Housholder on a 67-yard pass with 2:38 left in the half.

“We had a job to do and we did that,” Broussard said.  “I’m glad we won and that everyone got to play.”

Burbank (5-3, 3-2 in league) opened the scoring as sophomore Nick Warren scored on a two-yard run with 7:56 left in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs added to their lead as Miller recovered a Hoover fumble on a punt and dove into the end zone from two yards out.

Junior Brandon Alba scored on a 60-yard run with 1:47 left in the first quarter to put the Bulldogs up 20-0.

Alba added a second touchdown early in the second quarter as he scored on a 46-yard run with 10:38 left in the first half. Harry Avetisyan added the extra point.

Burbank went up 48-0 at the 8:09 mark of the third quarter as fullback Kyle Alvarez scored on a nine-yard run.

Hoover (1-7, 0-5) got the on board on the final play of third quarter as Davit Nersisyan scored on a 15-yard run.

“Hoover came out and fought hard. You have to tip your cap to them,” Broussard said.

Dorian Housholder hauls in a touchdown (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Dorian Housholder hauls in a touchdown (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Broussard said it has been tough to see some of his top players out of action.

“We had an all-star team on the bench watching our walk-through yesterday,” he said.

With two weeks left before its game with arch-rival Burroughs, Broussard is optimistic his team will be healthier for the big game.

“Other than James (Williams), I expect everyone to be back at full strength,” Broussard said.

Williams, a running back and a Washington State commit, is out for the season after tearing his medial collateral ligament and his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The Bulldogs need to win their remaining two games (against Arcadia on Thursday and vs. Burroughs on Nov. 7) to make the playoffs as the third place team from the Pacific League.

 

 

Burbank Perseveres in Win Over Glendale, 41-21

Burbank's Guy Gibbs came off the bench to throw for three touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Guy Gibbs came off the bench to throw for three touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Twenty-seven miles west of Burbank among the Santa Monica Mountains rests the location where the popular television series “M*A*S*H” was filmed. At the rate of injuries that continue to mount for the Burbank High football team, Malibu State Creek Park might be the perfect spot for the Bulldogs to visit and regain their health and more importantly their mojo.

Playing with a depleted roster that featured nine sophomores seeing action, Burbank put forth a valiant effort in a 41-21 victory over Glendale Thursday evening that would have made Hawkeye, Father Mulcahy, Margaret Houlihan, and Maxwell Q. Klinger quite proud.

“They are just gritty,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said of his team. “We had a great week of practice. We just beat on each other. I knew we would come out here and play a physical game. It’s something that we have been missing. Coming out and punching teams in the mouth.”

Quarterback Ryan Meredith joined the growing list of injured Bulldog players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Quarterback Ryan Meredith joined the growing list of injured Bulldog players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Behind a spirited effort led by third-string quarterback Guy Gibbs, Burbank jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead, withstood a furious Glendale rally, and finished strong claiming a 20-point victory without the services of starters James Williams (torn ACL in knee), Ryan Meredith (separated shoulder), Jake Kelley (torn ligaments in ankle) and Andy Reyes (torn ligaments in thumb).

Add to the list starters Tony Toledo and Ryan Boyd who left Thursday’s game due to injuries and the Burbank sideline resembles a M*A*S*H unit of the walking wounded.

“I hate the word ‘injury,’” Broussard said after the game. “We were down nine starters at one point in the game. It’s a testament to our program how we run our system. We just plug in and play kids and they go in there and do their job.”

Gibbs came on in relief of Aki Arlington for the final drive of the second quarter and proceeded to go 3-for-3 for 36 yards and tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dorian Housholder that gave BHS a 20-0 lead with 49 seconds left in the first half.

Burbank gained 240 yards of offense in the first half to only 60 for Glendale (2-5, 1-3).

Gibbs, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, finished the evening 6-of-9 for 136 yards, one interception and three touchdowns including TD passes of 68 and 28 yards to Nick Cantong.

Burbank Football (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Football (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It felt great. They were both wide open and I read it perfectly. I had just the right amount of time with the line blocking,” Gibbs said. “I want to thank the line though. They did a heck of a job today. I just went in and didn’t want to think. If I think too much then everything goes wrong.”

Gibbs did little wrong as he calmly and confidently led Burbank (4-3, 2-2) to a great win on the road.

Meredith is expected to return in the next couple of weeks but in the meantime Gibbs showed the ability to lead the team and showcase his future position.

Burbank's defense held Glendale in check for most of the game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s defense held Glendale in check for most of the game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After a scoreless first quarter, Burbank scored on an 18-yard touchdown run by Brandon Alba who rushed for a game-high 106 yards on 14 carries. On fourth-and-six, Alba took an inside reverse handoff and blasted his way to the outside and shrugged off a Nitro defender to hit paydirt.

Burbank increased its lead to 14-0 behind Housholder who scored from five yards out on a sweep just a play after he gained 23 yards on a nifty run through the heart of the Glendale defense.

Gibbs then replaced Arlington at quarterback and promptly drove the Bulldogs down for a touchdown just before the half.

The Bulldogs seemingly had the game in hand after scoring on the second play from scrimmage of the second half when Gibbs connected with a wide-open Cantong for a 68-yard strike and a 26-0 advantage.

Nick Cantong (right) celebrates with Max Montoya after catching his second touchdown of the night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nick Cantong (right) celebrates with Max Montoya after catching his second touchdown of the night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

But Glendale roared back scoring 21 consecutive points before Burbank responded on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Gibbs to Cantong over the middle with 10:26 left in the game. Gibbs found Cantong in the corner of the end zone for the 2-point conversion and the lead swelled to 34-21.

The Bulldogs iced the game when sophomore Nick Warren scored from two yards out with 1:34 remaining.

Cantong finished with three catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns while Housholder caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. Arlington ran for 53 yards on eight carries at quarterback.

Burbank returns home to Memorial Field next Friday at 7 p.m. against Hoover.

As for you M*A*S*H fans, only an ambulance and a rusted jeep used in the show remain today at the exact site of the film’s original set.

 

“The Slightlys” – Moving Up the Charts

Burbank High students Drummer David Marinelli, Guitarist Robby Fitzpatrick, Frontman Finneas O’Connel,  and Bassist/Violinist Darius Dudley II have had an interesting summer vacation and look to the future as their rock band The Slightlys, begin to take hold.

Marinelli, Fitzpatrick, O'Connell and Dudley on the roof for CBS Mercedes-Benz Minute

Marinelli, Fitzpatrick, O’Connell and Dudley

The Slightlys band is blasting through an endlessly exciting and award winning summer and fall.  They kicked off the summer vacation with a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital to honor Burbanker Christopher Wilke.  Drummer Marinelli organized and produced the event which featured four bands and raised over $4000 in Chris’ memory.

Their next three appearances were part of the Emerging Artists Competition in Santa Monica sponsored by Rusty’s on the Pier.  They won all three nights, and as part of their grand prize, they went on to play the Twilight Concert Series at The Santa Monica Pier to a crowd of over 10,000,  opening for Omar Souleyman. They were also featured on Static Beach Radio playing three songs and in several editions of their online magazine.

Dudley, O'Connell, Fitzpatrick and Marinelli hold giant winning check LA County Fair Award Ceremony

Dudley, O’Connell, Fitzpatrick and Marinelli hold giant winning check LA County Fair Award Ceremony

Summer ended,  but Fall found them at the LA County Fair  participating in Battle of the Bands sponsored by The Vans Warped Tour. They advanced to the Finals and then on Sept 26, playing with other extremely fierce (and older)  bands, The Slightlys took home the first place prize and a nice check to go with it for $1,200.

The night was thrilling as they played for esteemed judges from Warped Tour, Coachella and record labels.   Included in their grand prize is a spot on next summer’s Vans Warped Tour and musical instruments from Fender Instruments.

They will be playing at the Granada Hills Street Fair Oct. 11th and are excited to be playing at the opening night premiere of the film Life Inside Out (which features the band’s music and frontman Finneas O’Connell in the lead role) Oct. 17th in Pasadena.

The band also had a large spread in the new online magazine Ion Indie.

In August they headed into a studio to begin the long process of recording a CD.

The Slightleys at the LA County Fair

The Slightleys at the LA County Fair