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BHS Downs Hoover In Girls’ Volley Match

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


You could call Burbank High’s sweep of host Hoover in a Pacific League girls’ volleyball match on Tuesday a primer for tomorrow’s showdown with crosstown rival Burroughs.

For the record, the scores were 25-17, 25-15, 25-16, and while it was somewhat close, the Bulldogs were never in danger of losing.

“We treat every match like a normal match,” first-year Burbank coach Karl Rojo said of the upcoming clash with the Indians that will be contested at Burbank with a 6 p.m. start. “We don’t want to make it too big, but we know that it’s a big match. We need to be comfortable, be composed and be able to execute.”

Hoover opened up a 4-1 lead in the third game, and it was tied at 5-5 on junior defensive specialist/libero Sara Lagonegro’s winner and 6-6 on junior opposite hitter Rachel Wiley’s smash.

Burbank seized control and moved ahead 12-7 on a kill from junior middle blocker Nicole Winters, who had seven kills.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank players celebrate after taking a point. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

From there, the Bulldogs dashed ahead 19-11 on sophomore middle blocker Erin Lashkari’s bullet, but Hoover (2-8 and 1-5 in league) managed to edge within 19-15 on senior middle blocker Megan Hersh’s kill.

The Bulldogs (6-4 and 4-2 in league) then outscored the hosts 6-1 with junior outside hitter Hailey Heath contributing three points.

“I just try to focus on the match that we’re playing and try to have a positive mind set,” said Heath, who had a match-best 13 kills with 11 digs. “We take it one point at a time, one game at a time and one match at a time. But in my mind, I want to play well. Even though it’s big [playing Burroughs], we don’t want to make it too big.”

Burbank dashed ahead 2-0 in the opening game on a block from Winters and an ace from junior outside hitter Colette Reynolds. It was tied at 5-5 and 6-6, but the Bulldogs moved in front 11-7 on junior libero Carly Palmisano’s ace which forced Hoover to call time out.

Burbank scooted ahead 14-10 on a kill from Reynolds, before forging a 16-12 lead on a tapper from sophomore setter Melissa Daniel (37 assists). It became 20-17 on Heath’s winner.

Allison Leonen, and Colette Reynolds pose for the camera as they switch spots at Hoover High School in Glendale Calif. on Tuesday. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Allison Leonen (#15) and Colette Reynolds (#21) change spots during sweep over Tornadoes. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“I have a competitive state of mind,” said Reynolds, who finished with 10 kills. “We need to be confident when we play Burroughs. We know they’re a good team and that we’re going to be the underdog. But we think we can win. We need to play at a higher level.”

The Bulldogs tallied the final five points that included a kill from Daniel, a block from Winters, consecutive service aces from senior opposite hitter Marina Manokian (three aces) and a kill from Winters for the game-winner.

The middle game was knotted at 2-2 on Heath’s kill, but the Bulldogs outscored the Tornadoes, 4-2, for a 6-4 advantage on Heath’s winner.

It became 13-7 on a rocket from Reynolds and 17-12 on an ace from Daniel. The Bulldogs moved ahead 20-15 on Manokian’s hit, and when Palmisano (11 digs and three aces) delivered an ace that made it 21-15, Hoover called time out.

From that point, the Bulldogs captured the next four points including a Reynolds tapper that made it 22-15, Palmisano’s ace for a 24-15 advantage and a kill from Reynolds for the game.

Burbank Surprised By Winless Muir, 21-20


By Jim Riggio

Part of growing up and going through high school is learning how to overcome one’s mistakes. This extends to many areas, including the football field.

The Burbank High football team showed Friday night that it must cut down on its mistakes and learn to overcome obstacles. After appearing in the driver’s seat for nearly the entire first half, the Bulldogs fell apart in the second half and were stunned by visiting Muir 21-20 in a Pacific League contest at Memorial Field.

“They (Muir) deserved to win. We did all the things to lose a game,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We got away with it last week. I didn’t do my job teaching them about discipline and the little things, so we will take care of that.”

Burbank (2-3 overall, 1-1 in league) was coming off a 7-3 win against defending CIF Southern Section Southeastern Division champion Crescenta Valley last week.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

BHS wide receiver Forest Fajardo tries to break free from Muir defender. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs took the lead on the second play of the second quarter as junior quarterback Guy Gibbs hooked up with junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo on a six-yard touchdown pass.

The Bulldogs went up 14-0 with 4:54 left in the first half as sophomore running back Darnell Williams scored on a five-yard run.

Muir (1-4, 1-1) came back and made things closer as senior quarterback Joey Knowles found junior wide receiver Elijah Blades on a seven-yard touchdown pass. The Mustangs missed the extra point, making it 14-6.

But things changed on Burbank’s ensuing drive as Gibbs fumbled the ball on his own. Muir’s Jordan Baker picked up the loose ball and raced 46 yards into the end zone. The Mustangs converted the two-point conversion to tie the score with just six tenths of a second left in the first half.

“It was huge. It was clearly the difference in the game,” Broussard said of the fumble.

Muir took the lead at the 9:45 mark of the third quarter as Knowles hit junior wide receiver Jamal Tims with a 61-yard touchdown pass.

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Burbank struggled in one-point loss to Mustangs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

It took a while for the Bulldogs to counter back. But they did with 10:52 left to play as Gibbs and Fajardo hooked up on a 35-yard touchdown pass.

However, the Bulldogs bobbled the snap on the extra point and were unable to convert the play that turned into a two-point conversion attempt.

It would turn out to haunt them because later in the quarter senior kicker Andrew Hank was well wide on a 42-yard field goal attempt.

The Bulldogs had another opportunity as they took over on their own 26-yard-line with three minutes to play. They marched down the field only to fumble the ball deep in Muir territory with 1:25 left.

Burbank was not finished, however.

The Bulldogs stopped Muir and even blocked the Mustangs’ punt giving them the ball at Muir’s 24-yard-line with 37 seconds left.

But the Bulldogs did not make good use of clock management and it cost them as time expired.



Another Burbank Pet Store Closes its Doors

Editors Note: The owners of Pet Mania state that they are not going out of business, but are in the process of moving to a new location that they have not secured as of this point. We will let you know when they return to Burbank and where they will be as soon as they notify us.

Pet Mania has announced that they are closing their location at Pass and Oak in the Lakeside Shopping Center.

20150925_151656A sign on their door at 353 N. Pass reads that they will be moving to a ‘bigger location’ although a decision on where that location will be has not been disclosed.

According to their Facebook Page they state, “Our lease is up, rent going sky high! We want to include dog wash, etc and City of Burbank will not allow.. So we are moving! Location to be determined!

According to the page, “Products will be on SALE! Up to 50%! Fixtures will also be for sale! Used crates, carriers and more are available! Come and get a deal today!
We will keep you posted with updates of our status!”

Pet Mania is the second pet store in the area to shut down, although they are not closing permanently according to the owners. The iconic Peggy Wood closed their doors a couple of months ago. Pet Mania bought many of the supplies that were left over from the Peggy Woods closure.

When the owners of Pet Mania decide on their new location in Burbank – we will let you know.


Burroughs, Burbank Have Home Dates

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Memorial Field will be buzzing with excitement as it hosts two high school football games over the next two nights as Burroughs plays Hoover tonight while Burbank faces Muir on Friday.

The Indians enter tonight’s Pacific League match with a 3-1 record, and 1-0 in league after routing Muir at home by 40 points last week.

Burroughs averages just over 41 points per game, while surrendering 18 points per outing.

The Tornadoes are 1-3, 0-1 in league and have a one-dimensional offense that is heavily-tilted toward the run.

Hoover lost to host Hollywood, 41-0, beat Sotomayor, 41-18, at home, fell to South Pasadena, 44-6, on the road, and dropped a 37-0 decision to host Pasadena.

Junior quarterback Quinton Smith has passed for 31 yards, and has been intercepted three times without having tossed a touchdown.

On the plus side, Smith has rushed for 116 yards with one score, while Hoover’s leading ball-carrier is senior fullback Calvin Lopez, who has gained 191 yards and tallied two touchdowns.

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Burroughs’ defense will need to stop the run against Hoover. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sophomore running back Maurice Herrera has 175 yards and one score, and junior running back James Tumbucon has 113 yards with one tally.

Burroughs has a diverse offensive attack that will cause the Tornadoes major problems.

It begins with senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who has thrown for 10 touchdowns with two interceptions and 656 yards.

Junior running back Chance Bell has rushed for 514 yards, scored 10 touchdowns and has 50 receiving yards.

Senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has snared 11 passes for 130 yards with four scores and 283 all-purpose yards. Senior wide receiver Cade Borland has 200 yards on 14 receptions and two touchdowns.

Senior wide receiver Torin Harris has two touchdown receptions and five catches for 121 yards. Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has amassed 311 all-purpose yards.

Because Hoover lacks a passing attack, the Indians will need to halt the run so senior linebacker Branden Garcia (22 assists and five solo tackles), defensive back Awunganyi (12 assists and 12 solo tackles), senior linebacker Connor Garden (17 assists and three solo tackles) and senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz (13 assists and seven solo tackles) will be counted upon to deliver the goods.

The Bulldogs are primed for another big performance against the winless Mustangs, who average 10.5 points per game, while allowing just under 48 points.

Burbank has scored at least 35 points twice, and its defense has limited the last two opponents to nine points in wins over Canyon (35-6) and Crescenta Valley (7-3).

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BHS Coach Richard Broussard expects strong performance versus Muir. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior quarterback Guy Gibbs has thrown five touchdown passes with three picks and 429 yards.

Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has nabbed 10 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown, and senior wide receiver Noah Powell has emerged as a weapon after catching two scoring passes. Powell has 106 yards on four receptions.

Sophomore tailback Darnell Williams has 231 rushing yards and 417 all-purpose yards. Junior running back Nick Warren has accounted for two scores, 175 yards on the ground and 203 all-purpose yards.

Junior defensive back Andy Reyes (39 solo tackles and 14 assists), junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez (22 solo tackles and nine assists), junior linebacker Jake Kelley (20 solo tackles with 10 assists), senior defensive back David Medrano (15 solo tackles with 15 assists) and defensive back Fajardo (20 solo tackles with five assists) will lead the defensive effort.

Burroughs Places 3rd In Girls’ Golf Match

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


At this point, it is almost expected that the San Marino High girls’ golf team will win, which it did on Tuesday in a Pacific League match at Santa Anita.

The defending league champion Titans (25-0) finished with a 189, followed by Arcadia (19-6), which shot a 199, and Burroughs (19-6), which came in at 216.

The rest of the field included La Canada (6-19), which shot a 218, Crescenta Valley (9-16), which carded a 222 and Burbank’s 291.

The lowest score was turned in by the Spartans’ Rachel Oh, who shot a three-under-par 34, while the Titans’ Bella Setio and Arcadia’s Annie Kong each finished with a 36. San Marino’s Ada Wong ended her day with a 37.

The Indians’ lowest tally was carded by Ashley Phelps at 41, Annie Adachi clubbed a 42, and Bella Nava was next with a 43.

Maddie Riggs capped her afternoon with a 44, Katy Kuoppala followed with a 46, and Raelinn Arnold’s 48 was tossed out.

Pacing the Bulldogs (0-25) was Amy Tran’s 41, while Alexis Poche carded a 46. Olga-Marie Davis shot a 54 and Erin Tanner went to the clubhouse with a 67.

JB 3rd, BHS 6th In Pacific League Girls’ Golf Match

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Powerful, skilled and the defending Pacific League champion, the San Marino High girls’ golf team picked up yet another league win on Sept. 23 at Brookside No. 1 in Pasadena after shooting a 204. Ada Wong led the charge for the Titans (20-0) after carding an even-par 37.

Other low scores included Arcadia’s Annie Kong, who shot a 38, and La Canada’s Maddie Kang, who finished her outing with a 39.

Arcadia (15-5) was second after finishing at 221, and Burroughs (13-7) came in third at 223.

Crescenta Valley (8-12) was fourth at 239, followed by La Canada (4-16) at 249, and Burbank (0-20) garnered sixth place with a 313.

Ashley Phelps paced the Indians with a five-over-par 42, while Raelinn Arnold carded a 43.

Maddie Riggs was next at 44, followed by Annie Adachi, who shot a 46. Bella Nava closed her afternoon with a 48, and Katy Kuoppala’s 49 was thrown out.

The Bulldogs’ lowest score was Amy Tran’s 43, followed by Alexis Poche, who carded a 53. Olga-Marie Davis finished with a 62 and Erin Tanner capped her day with a 74.

BHS, JB X-Country Teams Kick Up Heels

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burbank High and Burroughs were both in action in cross-country meets and each fared splendidly.

At the Billy York at Woodbridge on Saturday, senior Adam Navar paced the Bulldogs with a time of 16 minutes and 28 seconds, while senior Candela Fernandez placed fourth (18:26).

In a Pacific League meet at Arcadia Park last Thursday, Navar again led Burbank as he placed 13th (15:34) as the boys’ team took fourth overall.

Fernandez was the Bulldogs’ top runner as she finished second (17:26), while junior Kira Bochard was fifth (18:12) and senior Caroline Adams grabbed sixth (18:12) as the Burbank girls’ placed third.

At the Woodbridge Invitational on Sept. 19, Navar proved dominant as he powered the team and finished in a time of 15:42. Navar medaled by placing in the top 100.

Burbank and Burroughs compete on Monday, Oct. 15, in the 2nd league meet of the season at Arcadia Park (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Burbank and Burroughs were in action in cross-country meets and both fared well. (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Fernandez had another superb outing as she took second (17:26), while Bochard grabbed 25th (18:33) and Adams was 28th (18:39).

At the Fastback Shootout on Sept. 5, Navar garnered second place for large schools (10:23), while junior Angel Flores was third (10:18) in the large school junior race.

Senior Ahmad Elzaiat was 10th (10:42) in the large school senior division, and junior Elijah Parrott was 10th (10:36) in the large school junior run.

Bochard took second in the large school junior race (11:56), while Adams was third (12:07) in the same race.

Senior Adrienne Coronel was 14th (13:51), sophomore Ariela Navasartian took 36th (14:41), freshman Natalie Danao placed 25th (14:40) and senior Jonas Macromallis was 14th (10:55).

Senior Shant Araradian was 18th (11:08), Levon Abrahamyan took 23rd, Jahir Olvera was 23rd and senior Josh Giammichele finished 37th (11:49).

At the Valencia Invitational on Sept. 3, Navar was the overall winner (16:19) and set a school record as the boys’ team placed first.

Bochard and Adams were co-winners (19:45), while Coronel finished fifth (21:56). Danao and Navasartian each made their debuts and both were impressive according to Coach Robert Hammell.

While the Bulldogs were doing well, so were the Indians at a Pacific League meet at Arcadia Park as Alexander Hirsch placed second (15:03). The Burroughs boys’ varsity team took third.

Justin Villagran was fifth (15:15), Timothy Wells took 10th (15:24), Evan Thomas was 16th (15:42), Manne Green finished 18th (15:44), Daniel Fendrich grabbed 19th (15:46) and Adam Villalpando was 23rd (16:06).

In the girls’ varsity division, Emily Virtue became the first Burroughs female to win a meet since 2007 and was clocked at 17:11. The girls’ varsity squad garnered third.

Heidi Eligio took 11th (18:56), Lakely Nealis was 12th (19:18), Sapphire Sandoval took 14th (19:26), Eileen Eckles was 15th (19:33), Betsy Ramirez placed 18th (20:12) and Jailene Diaz finished 19th (20:14).

In the boys’ junior varsity division, the Indians took second as Seth Battilana was sixth (16:28), Patrick Wells grabbed eighth (16:32), Christian Hurtado was ninth (16:33), Trent Harrison placed 13th (16:59), Cobie Cortez was 22nd (17:19), David Olympia took 23rd (17:27), Eduardo Cabrera garnered 25th (17:42), Branden Sanchez was 40th (18:44) and Alex Linares grabbed 50th (20:06).

Ariel Ramirez was fifth (21:45) in the girls’ junior varsity run, Maddy Davis was ninth (23:37), Andrea Duran took 13th (24:49), Lisandra Contreras was 15th (25:15), Madaisha Berumen was 24th (27:05) and Destiny Velasquez took 29th (28:42) as Burroughs was second.

Burroughs was first in the boys’ freshman/sophomore division as Jagdeep Chahal was first (15:42) and Jacob Calderon took second (15:42).

Chris Hoxsie was third (15:43), Andrew Hoxsie took fifth (16:06), Ethan Brown placed ninth (16:45) and Asif Chowdhury grabbed 11th (16:55).

Sameh Gharieb was 17th (17:21), Charanpreet Singh finished 18th (17:25), Jerry Hoxsie was 22nd (17:52), Connor Van Dyke took 26th (18:00), Zander Tassart was 29th (18:06), Jeron Straker finished 32nd (18:23) and Peter Lainson placed 40th (19:19).

Johnny Padungyothee was 45th (19:31), Cameron Gomez scooped up 68th (21:01) and Alex Jones was 82nd (21:49).

In the girls’ freshman/sophomore race, the Indians were second as Phoenix Reivers took second (20:55), Catrina Villalpando was 11th (21:53), Kenna Guzman placed 13th (22:13), Julianna Navarro was 16th (22:31), Ana Villalpando grabbed 17th (22:41) and Kayla Beals was 20th (23:03).

Kimberly Ochoa took 23rd (23:27), Iliana Mendias was 29th (24:06), Ava Paraszkay finished 32nd (24:40), Maya Santos took 35th (24:46) and Angelina Thompson grabbed 60th (29:57).

Burroughs’ next meet will be Oct. 3 at the Kenny Staub Invitational at Crescenta Valley Park.

Burbank Scores Late, Downs Crescenta Valley, 7-3

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It certainly wasn’t pretty and sometimes hard to watch, but the Burbank High football team survived and eventually claimed a 7-3 victory over Crescenta Valley in the Pacific League opener at Moyse Field in Glendale on Friday night.

The score that put the Bulldogs ahead was a 56-yard strike from junior quarterback Guy Gibbs to senior wide receiver Noah Powell with 7:44 left in the fourth quarter. The pass traveled about 20 yards, but the rest was all Powell.

“I’m so emotional right now,” said Powell, who had three receptions for 72 yards and also plays defensive back. “Everything that I’ve been through. All these guys have my back. I just don’t know what to say.”

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BHS quarterback Guy Gibbs had a 56-yard toss to Noah Powell for the game-winner versus the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When asked to explain the game-winner, Powell said it was something he had dreamed about. “I just caught it and then turned on the jets,” he offered.

Powell’s effort was indeed superb, but it wasn’t until junior defensive back Forest Fajardo picked off junior quarterback Tyler Hill that the contest was sealed.

“I thought it would be a close game,” Fajardo said. “We faced adversity and we came through. We really wanted this win after what they did to us last year. They don’t like us and we don’t like them.”

Offensively it was tough sledding for each team. The Bulldogs amassed 123 total net yards, including 33 yards on the ground. But every yard was gained with grit and determination, and also a great deal of sweat.

It was that kind of game, and a match the Bulldogs could be proud of considering the Falcons (222 total yards) were also pushed back at every turn, with the exception of a 26-yard field goal from junior Alex Atanackovic and 45 seconds left in the first quarter.

Crescenta Valley (2-2 and 0-1 in league), the defending CIF Southern Section Southeast Division champion, owned the ball during most of the opening half, but the only points it was able to muster was a field goal.

“That was ugly,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “But we gutted it out. We were so awesome. They’re warriors. Our defense battled.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

BHS Coach Richard Broussard said his defense battled. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

After the Bulldogs’ initial possession went 19 yards, the Falcons had the ball the rest of the quarter which resulted in the successful field goal.

The ensuing 52-yard kickoff return by junior defensive back Andy Reyes gave the Bulldogs (2-2 and 1-0 in league) the ball at the Crescenta Valley 46-yard line.

But junior running back Nick Warren (11 carries for 24 yards and three catches for 18 yards) lost two yards, and Gibbs’ pass to Powell netted only five yards.

Gibbs (six of 16 for 90 yards) then tossed an incomplete pass which forced the Bulldogs to punt, but the Falcons weren’t able to do anything offensively, which was the case during the rest of the game.

“We left a lot of plays out there on the field,” Broussard said. “We won, but there’s a lot of things that we need to improve upon.”

Burbank had the ball four times in the opening half, and six times during the second half and scored only once.

The Bulldogs play Friday night at Memorial Field in a matchup against winless Muir.

JB Hosts Muir; BHS Visits Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

Sports Editor

The Pacific League schedule begins tonight as Burbank High visits Crescenta Valley at Moyse Field in Glendale, while Burroughs hosts winless Muir at Memorial Field.

The Bulldogs are technically 1-2 after winning by 18 points, then forfeiting their season-opener at Monrovia, losing to Ayala at home by seven points, before knocking off visiting Canyon by 29 points.

Crescenta Valley is the defending CIF Southern Section Southeast Division champion, and enters Friday’s contest with a 2-1 mark after beating Verdugo Hills, 37-17, on the road, falling to Golden Valley, 39-20, at home and routing La Canada, 35-3, on the road.

The Falcons have replaced quarterback Brian Gadsby, who is pitching at UCLA with junior Tyler Hill, who has thrown for 411 yards.

Hill has five touchdown tosses with three interceptions, and has amassed 148 yards on the ground with three touchdowns.

Hill’s favorite receiver is senior Boston Lakin, who has caught 12 passes for 203 yards with three scores. Lakin has accumulated 517 all-purpose yards.

Hill’s other targets include junior wide receiver Andrew Traber, who has snared six passes for 104 yards with one score, and junior running back Brandon Beardt, who has grabbed five passes for 42 yards with one touchdown.

Beardt leads the Falcons with 182 yards rushing and four touchdowns and has 351 all-purpose yards.

Sophomore linebacker Brian Erickson has nine solo tackles with 24 assists, and senior linebacker Jack Yaacoubian has 11 solo tackles with 15 assists.

Junior defensive lineman Nobel Leduc has 18 solo tackles and 13 assists with three sacks, and Beardt, a defensive back, has 11 solo tackles with 11 assists and one sack.

Burbank junior signal-caller Guy Gibbs is steadily improving and has accounted for four touchdown passes with three picks and 337 yards. Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has caught nine passes for 154 yards and one score.


Sophomore running back Darnell Williams has churned out 227 yards and grabbed seven passes for 57 yards. Williams has 413 all-purpose yards with 129 yards coming on kick returns.

The other running back is junior Nick Warren, who has found the end zone twice and has 149 rushing yards.

Defensively the Bulldogs are paced by junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who has 31 solo tackles with eight assists, and junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez, who has 16 solo tackles with seven assists and an interception.

Senior defensive back David Medrano has nine solo tackles and 12 assists with one sack, while junior linebacker Jake Kelley has 13 solo tackles with seven assists and one sack.

Fajardo, a defensive back, has delivered 14 solo tackles with two assists and two picks, and senior defensive lineman Jha’rod Horhn has nine solo tackles with four assists and two sacks.

Burroughs lost its initial game by 20 points at Calabasas, then routed host Rosemead by 34 points and drilled Santa Fe by 39 points at home.

The Indians’ offense is spearheaded by senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who has thrown for 497 yards. Hubbell has tossed nine touchdown passes with two interceptions and has rushed for two scores.


The top ground-gainer is junior tailback Chance Bell, who has 414 yards with six touchdowns and 488 all-purpose yards.

Hubbell’s deep threat is senior wide receiver Cade Borland, who has 185 yards on 13 receptions with two scores, while senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has snared nine passes for 79 yards with four touchdowns and has compiled 222 all-purpose yards.

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has 158 all-purpose yards, including 76 yards on punt returns and 55 yards on kick returns.

Awunganyi, a defensive back, has nine solo tackles and 10 assists, while senior defensive back Devlin Jimenez has six solo tackles with 10 assists.

Senior linebacker Branden Garcia has recorded four solo tackles with 12 assists, senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel has nine solo tackles with five assists, senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz has five solo tackles with 10 assists, and senior defensive lineman Cole Gurley has two solo tackles with five assists along with three and a half sacks.

The once-mighty Mustangs have only 31 players on their roster and have lost to Salesian, 34-14, at home, Cathedral, 61-7 on the road and host Hart, 47-12.

Burbank Football Meets Canyon Tonight

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Hoping to locate the win column after suffering a stunning 20-13 nonleague loss to Ayala, the Burbank High football team will host Canyon tonight at Memorial Field with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

That loss took away some of the steam after the Bulldogs defeated powerful Monrovia, 38-20, in the season opener, so second-year Coach Richard Broussard and his staff shouldn’t take anything for granted against the Cowboys.

Canyon lost to talented Calabasas and Thousand Oaks by scores of 48-14 and 53-26, respectively, but bounced back and routed Eastside, 33-14.

This will be an excellent test for the Bulldogs, who are expected to compete for the Pacific League title, which begins next week.

Burbank junior quarterback Guy Gibbs has started two games, and is getting used to the speed at which varsity football is played.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Quarterback Guy Gibbs will need to play well versus the Cowboys. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Gibbs has been efficient after throwing four touchdown passes with two interceptions.

Gibbs averages 114 passing yards per game, and though these numbers are decent, they should improve with experience.

Burbank’s strength is its potent running attack which is led by sophomore tailback Darnell Williams, who averages nearly 77 yards per game, and has accounted for 254 all-purpose yards, including 80 yards on kickoff returns.

Junior Nick Warren has 100 yards with a score, while junior Jake Kelley has run for 59 yards and two touchdowns.

Junior Forest Fajardo is the top receiver with 111 yards and six receptions with a touchdown, and senior Max Weisman has four catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively the Bulldogs are paced by junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who has 22 solo tackles and six assists, while junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has 13 solo tackles and five assists.

Burbank's defense will be the key to the season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burbank’s hard-hitting defense will be critical against Canyon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Linebacker Kelley has one sack along with six solo tackles and four assists, defensive back Fajardo has seven solo tackles and two assists, senior defensive back David Medrano has collected seven solo tackles and 10 assists.

Junior defensive back C.J. Mays has eight solo tackles and four assists with one sack, and senior defensive end Jha’rod Horhn has five solo tackles with three assists and two sacks.

Canyon junior quarterback Miles Fallin has found the target on 30 of 70 attempts for 315 yards, while tossing two touchdowns with two picks.

When the Cowboys run the football, junior Henry Arellano should lead the charge after gaining 76 yards with a touchdown, while senior Ricky Aguilera has 44 yards and one score.

The Bulldogs should zero in on junior wide receiver Camden Apsay, who has 78 yards on seven receptions. Junior Riely Ward has snared five passes for 37 yards and senior Dylan Ramirez has 44 yards on four catches with a score.

Gibbs will have to keep a careful watch on senior linebacker Travis Clarke, who has 16 solo tackles and three assists, junior Cole Manclow, who has six solo tackles and eight assists, and junior strong safety Jake Gavin, who has 10 solo tackles and two assists.

It’s certainly not going to be easy, but the Bulldogs can prevail if the offense, defense and special team plays at a high level and they keep the turnovers to a minimum.