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Burroughs’ Chamberlain Picks Fresno State

Burroughs High offensive lineman Jesse Chamberlain has become the second member of his family to accept an athletic scholarship to a major university.

Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Max, who plays volleyball at Pepperdine, Jesse has announced he will play college football at Fresno State University.


“This recruiting process has been amazing. Just thinking back a couple years ago I would never in a million years think I would be going this far with football, the sport I love,” Jesse wrote on his Twitter account. “I would like to thank my parents and coaches who helped me get this far.”

A 6-foot-4, 285-pound guard, Chamberlain was an All-CIF selection and first-team Pacific League pick last season.  He chose Fresno State over an offer from the University of Idaho.

Chamberlain led the offensive line that helped pave the way for running back Chance Bell, who rushed for 1,378 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.

The commitment of Chamberlain is Burroughs’ second for the class of 2017. Last month Bell announced he was committing to San Diego State.

If Fresno State’s coaching staff remains the same a year from now, Chamberlain will be playing for offensive line coach Mark Weber, who coached Burroughs coach Mike Reily at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Also on Fresno State’s staff is tight ends coach Joe Bernardi. Bernardi, who played at Hart High in Newhall, is the son of former Burroughs coach Gary Bernardi. Gary Bernardi, who is now an assistant at the University of Colorado, coached at Burroughs in 1993, Reily’s senior year.

Fresno State offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau is another with local ties as he played at Glendale Community College and Glendale High.

Burroughs’ Bell Commits to San Diego State

Rushing for more than 1,000 in both his sophomore and junior years, Burroughs High tailback Chance Bell certainly opened the eyes of college coaches, many of which offered him a scholarship.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Bell decided to end the recruiting process Monday when he announced he has verbally committed to San Diego State University.

“I’ve dreamed of playing college football practically my whole life and now my dream is coming true,” Bell posted to his Twitter account. “I would like to thank all of the coaches and coaching staffs that believe in me enough to extend a full-ride scholarship offer to me.”


Bell rushed for 1,124 yards in 150 carries as a sophomore, scoring nine touchdowns.

Last season, in 11 games he had 1,378 yards and 23 touchdowns in 178 carries.  He was named the Pacific League Player of the Year.

Burroughs went to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs, only to lose to St. Francis in a game that Bell did not play in due to a leg injury.

Bell had posted to his Twitter account that he had offers from 12 schools.

His commitment to San Diego is the fifth for the Aztecs’ 2017 class. Bell, who is labeled a three-star recruit by Scout.com, also had offers from Illinois, Iowa State, New Mexico, Idaho and Hawaii, among others.

Although Bell has essentially ended the recruiting process, he will not sign with San Diego State until National Signing Day in early February.

This means he can still explore other schools and take up to five official visits to those schools.

Ironically, the coach that recruited Bell was San Diego State offensive coordinator Jeff Horton, who was the head coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, when Burroughs head coach Mike Reily played there.


Burroughs Football Hooks Up With Elite

When nothing is at stake it certainly doesn’t hurt to aim for the top.

That’s exactly what Burroughs High coach Mike Reily and his team had in mind Wednesday evening when the Indians hosted three others schools in a round robin passing league at Memorial Field. Score was not kept for any of the games.

Chaminade, which has been placed in Division I in the new CIF Southern Section playoff structure, was the headline team at the event. Also coming to Burroughs was Sierra Canyon, which will play in Division 4 next season and former Foothill League rival Saugus, which will play in Division 5.

Burroughs is slated to compete in Division 8.

“We like bringing in great teams so we use that as a gauge or measuring stick of where we might be going into our season,” Reily said. “Having high caliber teams does us good.”

Burroughs has three vying for the starting quarterback job in Hayden Zepeda, Gabriel Pellot and David Lennstrom.


Zepeda played quarterback for league rival Pasadena last season .

“He was in their rotation,” Reily said. “He suffered some injuries last year, which kept him out of some games.”

With teams having the option of when to take their dead period, Burroughs got a late start.

“We took our three-week dead period at the beginning of the summer,” Reily said. “We’re going to take another little break. Next week is our last week of summer ball.”

The Indians were hit hard by losses to graduation, but have their main offensive weapon back in running back Chance Bell, who was the Pacific League Player of the Year last season. Bell has already received a number of college scholarship offers with the most recent coming from the Air Force Academy.

“He’s not only a great athlete, he’s a great leader,” Reily said of Bell. “He leads by example – not only on the field, but also in the weight room.”


Burroughs is hoping Bell will have lots of room to run behind 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman Jesse Chamberlain, a first-team all-league pick last season.

Tommy Howe (5-11, 230) is also a third-year varsity player who will probably be the starting center.


Burroughs will play a scrimmage against former Foothill League rival Hart, before opening the season on the road against Cathedral. Hart and Cathedral are both Division 3 playoff teams.

The Indians’ two others nonleague opponents are Royal of Simi Valley and Diamond Ranch of Diamond Bar. Both of those teams are in Division 7.


Burroughs’ Hernandez Signs With St. Francis

Burroughs High wide receiver Erick Hernandez has signed a letter of intent with St. Francis University in Pennsylvania.

The 6-foot, 165-pound Hernandez chose St. Francis over offers from Dixie St. and Western New Mexico universities. St. Francis competes at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level, previously known as Division I-AA.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I have a good opportunity and I couldn’t pass it up,” Hernandez said. “They graduated four receivers, so they expect me to come in and play right away.”

A first-team All-Pacific League selection, Hernandez had 36 receptions for 532 yards and 13 touchdowns last fall. He was named the Pacific League champion Indians’ most valuable offensive player.

He finished his high school career with 83 catches for 1,215 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also had a pair of rushing touchdowns.

“I’m excited,” Hernandez said. “The coaching staff really believes in me.”

Burroughs coach Keith Knoop, who recently retired after 19 years as the head coach, said he greatly enjoyed coaching Hernandez.

“His 10th grade season really opened his eyes as to what he needed to do to compete on the varsity. He took the challenge by getting a personal position trainer, started working hard in the weight room and really molding his craft,” Knoop said. “Erick has always taken care of his academics and really learned how to be a leader. In the spring of 2015 he told me we were going to win a championship and we were not going to lose to Burbank. It all came true because of his talent and leadership. Now Erick is going off to play Division I football and we are going to miss his talents for sure.”





Burroughs Football Seeking Successful Season After Strong Summer

Burroughs celebrates after passing game win (Photo courtesy of Stephen Garden)

Burroughs’ linemen will be a force to reckon with this season (Photo courtesy of Randy Sanchez)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

At the conclusion of a recent Burroughs’ football practice, Coach Keith Knoop was about as fired up as one can be. The excitement was palpable and the adrenaline was increasing with every name and adjective that he could describe about his team.

Fall training camp opens August 10 for the Indians in what appears to be a very strong team on paper. Knoop’s enthusiasm was predicated upon the success and growth of his team this summer.

Erick Hernandez returns with plenty of skill at the wide receiver position (Photo by Stephen Garden)

Erick Hernandez returns with plenty of skill at the wide receiver position (Photo by Stephen Garden)

“I’m excited to get going. The summer went well. We are senior heavy and a lot of these guys have been together for a long time playing since Pop Warner,” Knoop said.  “They have been coming together as a team like you wouldn’t believe. They’ve been really working on their leadership. We have seen some guys blossom as leaders the last couple of weeks. The young guys are enamored with the older guys who have taken charge.”

Since the beginning of the summer, Burroughs has been hosting 7-on-7 passing league games on Wednesdays as well as participating in tournaments on the weekends.  The Indians have competed in tournaments at Crescenta Valley, Mountain View, San Dimas and Santa Fe and have held their own against stiff competition.

Looking to improve upon last season’s 6-4 overall record and 4-3 league mark (fourth place), the Indians have been on a mission to rise up and return to the CIF playoffs which they missed a year ago.

Only time will tell but Knoop, who begins his 19th season as coach at Burroughs, likes the early signs of a solid team developing on both sides of the ball.

Nick Tipton breaks up a pass in summer action (Photo by Stephen Garden)

Nick Tipton breaks up a pass in summer action (Photo by Stephen Garden)

“The whole summer has been a highlight for our first and second group of guys. They’ve been getting better and better,” said Knoop, who takes over as defensive coordinator while his brother, Kenny, steps aside for an administrative role at JBHS. “We have a lot of healthy competition going on. These guys are really pushing each other. It’s been really neat watching this group. Things are looking really good this year. We are expecting big things.”

Andy Amela and Steven Hubbell are currently engaged in a great tussle for the starting quarterback job. A seasoned Chance Bell returns at running back with a trio of very strong receivers in Erick Hernandez, Hunter Guerin and Nick Mercado. Jesse Chamberlain anchors the offensive line.

Connor Garden, Anthony Garcia, Justin Gonzalez, Brandon Garcia, Josue Chicas Ortiz, Nick Tipton and Guerin lead a stellar and veteran defense.

Connor Garden and the linebackers should form the core of the Indians' defense (Photo by Stephen Garden)

Connor Garden and the linebackers should form the core of the Indians’ defense (Photo by Stephen Garden)

Robert Awunganyi, a transfer from Riverside, has caught the eye of Knoop and could be the “X” factor this season at wide receiver and free safety.

“What an athlete he is,” said Knoop. “He’s going to be special.”

Burroughs begins fall training camp on August 10 leading up to its opener at Calabasas on September 4. The Indians’ home opener will be on September 18 against Santa Fe with a road trip to Rosemead sandwiched in between. Pacific League action kicks-off at Memorial Field on Sept. 25 versus Muir.

This Tribe of Indians believes in their program motto of ‘F.E.A.S.T’ which also defines their personality and reveals their inner character. Only the men in the red and white know what ‘F.E.A.S.T’ truly means.

When asked if he had the choice to ‘F.E.A.S.T’ or ‘E.A.T.T,’ Knoop responded in the same manner as his counterpart up the hill did with the utmost confidence and without hesitation except for one thing. F.E.A.S.T took priority over E.A.T.T.

“You’ve got to ‘F.E.A.S.T,’” Knoop said. “Feast all the way!”








Burroughs’ Hawkins Mann & Sean Johnson Sign Letters of Intent

Hawkins Mann, left, and Sean Johnson are joined by Burroughs coach Keith Knoop, defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop and (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hawkins Mann, left, and Sean Johnson are joined by Burroughs coach Keith Knoop (center), defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop (far right) and assistant coach Adam Freeman (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Chasing dreams and goals are two of life’s ultimate challenges. It requires an abundant amount of sacrifice, focus and personal drive. Many times we experience highs and lows as we pursue the final destination. Seeing them come to fruition makes the journey all the worthwhile.

Hawkins Mann and Sean Johnson show off their signed letters of intent (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hawkins Mann and Sean Johnson show off their signed letters of intent (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

For Burroughs football players Hawkins Mann and Sean Johnson, Wednesday afternoon represented an accomplishment in the lives of two fine young men.

Before exhuberant family and friends on campus at JBHS, the two teammates signed their letters of intent where they will attend college and play football next fall.

Mann committed to Vanderbilt University, a member of the Southeastern Conference, and Johnson decided to play at UC Davis of the Big Sky Conference.

Hawkins Mann

Hawkins Mann

Mann, a transfer from Boise, Idaho, made an immediate impact for the Indians this past season with his aggressive, energetic and enthusiastic style of play. He earned the Pacific League “Offensive Lineman” of the year after starting on both sides of the ball.

Mann had 64 tackles in seven games including 41 solo tackles as he earned first-team all-league honors.

“It’s fantastic. We are excited for him,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “He’s going to a top-20 academic school and a football program that is a part of the great SEC. It shows the kind of person he is. He did pretty well for himself.”

After giving a verbal commitment to Nevada, Mann changed his mind when the opportunity to play at Vanderbilt presented itself. Several players de-committed from Vandy after former Commodores coach James Franklin took the job at Penn State last month.

Hawkins Mann slams the Camarillo quarterback for a sack (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hawkins Mann slams the Camarillo quarterback for a sack (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A scholarship became available and the new Vanderbilt staff led by Coach Derek Mason pursued Mann. In a matter of days, Mann was off to Nashville, Tennessee, for his official visit.

While there, he gave Mason a verbal commitment which became ‘signed, sealed and delivered’ on Wednesday afternoon. He will most likely play defensive end or linebacker for Vanderbilt.

“When he went on his official visit, he discovered what an unbelievable campus it is and the dynamic facilities they have,” Knoop said. “He just loved the place and probably thought it would be crazy for him to pass up this type of opportunity.”

Sean Johnson

Sean Johnson

Johnson accumulated 34 tackles over the course of his senior season for Burroughs. When the opportunity arose for Johnson to attend UC Davis, a highly-respected academic university in the UC system, Johnson accepted the scholarship offer and signed his letter of intent.

Johnson will play safety for the Aggies after being selected as a second-team all-league selection this past year.

“He is the perfect fit for them to play right away,” Knoop said. “He has the grades to do well there. He really focused to make sure he was academically qualified to go there. They are really excited for him.”

Playing college football on Saturdays is a dream for many young teenagers. Mann and Johnson will get their chance at some point in the future after graduating from Friday night football.

Sean Johnson finds the open hole in a game this season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sean Johnson finds the open hole in a game this season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hard work, dedication and a commitment to Burroughs football and academic excellence at school resulted in a scholarship, free education and an opportunity to play at the next level for the two Indians.

“It represents how hard we work for these kids. We are really happy for them,” Knoop said.

Here are some links on Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Mann and UC Davis’ Sean Johnson. Congrats to both of them!








Brothers in Arms Represent Loyalty and Longevity at Burroughs

Brothers in Arms: Kenny (lt) and Keith Knoop (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Brothers in Arms: Kenny (left) and Keith Knoop (Photos by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

When Marjorie Knoop arrives to a football game, she takes her seat in the stands and cheers on Burroughs. She will hoot, holler, scream and yell her beloved Indians on to victory.

But the game within the game for Marjorie occurs outside the hash marks and along the sideline. As each play develops and ends, she will keep a keen eye on the success of the Indians offense as well as the defense.

After all, how could she not?

Marjorie Knoop

Marjorie Knoop

As the mother of Burroughs coach Keith Knoop and his brother, Kenny, Marjorie is invested in the program as much as her two sons. Keith calls the plays as the offensive coordinator while Kenny buckles down as the defensive coordinator.

She can feel her sons’ exhilaration in victory as much as their pain in defeat. The amount of pride she has for Keith and Kenny is evident in her smile and devotion to Burroughs football. She is a coaches’ mother true and true.

“I love it. I love to come to every game. I enjoy watching them coach,” she said. “I’m very proud of both of them. They do a great job and it’s great to be here.”

As with many legacy families in the city of Burbank, loyalty is divided amongst the household between mothers and father, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters whether they attended Burroughs or Burbank High.

Burroughs head coach Keith Knoop

Burroughs head coach Keith Knoop

The Knoop family is no different. Marjorie hails from the Burbank class of 1961 while Keith graduated from atop the hill in 1981. During Keith’s playing days with the Bulldogs, Kenny served as the team’s ball boy.

“I’m still a Burbank fan because I am a Burbankian,” Marjorie said quietly.

A second later….

“But I love Burroughs more.”

Now the twist begins. Or shall we say a detour down Olive Avenue with a stop at 1920 W. Clark Ave. Home of the cross-town rivals.

Marjorie’s daughter, Karin, graduated from Burroughs in 1988 after an All-CIF career in basketball and softball. Karin parlayed her amazing high school career into an All-American softball player at Cal State Fullerton. She is a JBHS Hall of Fame honoree who is now a Licensed Financial Advisor in Burbank.

Kenny followed Karin to JBHS and received his red diploma in 1995.

Kenny (left) and Keith begin another season together at Burroughs (Photo courtesy of Kenny Knoop)

Kenny (left) and Keith begin another season together at Burroughs (Photo courtesy of Kenny Knoop)

After a solid career at Glendale City College and San Jose State, Keith became a member of the Burroughs football coaching staff. Now in his 17th year as the head coach of the Indians, Knoop is a pillar of strength and stability for the JBHS athletic department.

Kenny took a similar path through GCC only to take a different route than Keith’s and play at Fresno State. Kenny is now in his 12th year on the Burroughs staff including eight years as the defensive coordinator.

Together Keith and Kenny have taken the life lessons that Marjorie raised them on and instilled them in their past and present day Burroughs student-athletes. The two have the ultimate respect for each other as brothers and as football aficionados.

“He has such a great understanding of football and especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Keith said. “He brings an incredible depth of knowledge for a young guy only in his 30’s. He has learned a lot from me when he was just my DB coach. Once I became the offensive guy and turned it over to him, he’s run with it.”

Defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop instructs his players (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop instructs his players (Photo by Dick Dornan)

After learning how to throw a football from his older sister, Kenny began to look up to his big brother for a better understanding of the game. Football not only brought them closer, but enriched their relationship despite the 14-year gap in age.

“He means everything especially in the game of football. He has taught me so much,” Kenny said. “From being a ball boy to playing at Glendale College all the way up to sitting in meetings as a 36-year-old man. He’s been my coach, mentor, teacher, parent, father figure and role model. He’s been in every aspect of my life as my brother.

“Even though we are so far apart in age, we have that close brother relationship. That has really benefitted us. We can talk about anything, we can take care of any situation on the team that needs to be addressed, and we think like each other.”

Pacing back-and-forth along the sideline, Keith and Kenny will provide an environment where boys become men throughout the course of the season. Discipline, teamwork, mental toughness and accountability will be emphasized as much as the fundamentals, X’s and O’s that accompany an Indians’ practice.

The Knoop Brothers (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Knoop Brothers (Photo by Dick Dornan)

As September kicks into gear with high school football games being played across the Southland, we know this for sure- the Knoop brothers will take to the field again for another season of Burroughs football and Marjorie will be there as usual to support her two sons. Home or away. Rain or shine.

“She will travel to the earth’s end to watch us either play or coach. Our mom is very supportive,” Kenny said. “She never misses a game and she’s been a part of our booster club for a long time. She comes to our scrimmages, clinics, fundraisers. She has been part of everything.”

Well, almost everything. When asked if she provides advice before the game or would want to give a halftime pep talk, Marjorie laughed and emphatically said, ‘Absolutely not.’”

Marjorie also added that “if I didn’t support the team, I wouldn’t see my sons for months at a time.”

The Burroughs community is fortunate to have two men who represent the school and football program with class and integrity.

“Being the faces of this program is pretty important to us and the community,” Kenny said.

In the end, Keith and Kenny Knoop are a reflection of each other and most importantly, a reflection of their mother.

“They have become such good people from what they learned playing football and eventually in coaching,” Marjorie said. “They love it and I think it will probably go on forever.”

Burroughs Football Preview: Determined to Bounce Back

Burroughs is ready to pound ahead (Photos by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs is ready to pound ahead (Photos by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

After a season of hard knocks, the Burroughs football team is intent on returning to its perch atop the Pacific League. Having won a league title in four out of six years including three consecutive seasons from 2009-2011, the Indians were rudely brought down to earth last season.

In the opening game of the 2012 season against Paraclete, junior quarterbacks Andrew Williams and Angel Manzanero were injured in a painful 35-10 loss. Subsequent defeats to North Hollywood and Camarillo left Burroughs with a 0-3 start. It only got worse when Arcadia came to Memorial Field and won, 18-8, to begin league action. 0-4 at Burroughs? Fans of the big red machine were in disbelief.

Burroughs coach Keith Knoop

Burroughs coach Keith Knoop

The season ended with a disappointing 37-14 loss to rival Burbank. No postseason followed. It was the first year that Burroughs did not make the playoffs as a member of the Pacific League since they joined in 2005. The Indians were a part of the Foothill League back then.

A final mark of 4-6 did not sit well with Burroughs coach Keith Knoop and the team began making amends with strong spring and summer workouts. With the regular season opener set for Friday, September 6, at Paraclete, Knoop discussed the expectations for 2013.

“Last year we had high hopes. After losing both of our quarterbacks against Paraclete, it kind of set the tone for us,” Knoop said. “By the time we got into league, we were pretty banged up emotionally and physically. We just struggled for the rest of the year. It showed that we needed leadership, and that you need good veteran guys and that is what this year brings.

“We bring back all those guys who went through that. They didn’t like it and they have a bitter taste in their mouth. They have a chip on their shoulder. They’ve all grown up a lot and are ready to go.”

Andrew Williams returns at quarterback (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Andrew Williams returns at quarterback (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Williams and Manzanero return with valuable experience under their belt from a season ago and sophomore Steven Hubbell joins the team after having the most productive summer of the three signal-callers.

Schurr-transfer Javier Pineda will make the biggest impact in the Pacific League this year. Yes, you heard it here first. Pineda, 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, has the ability and opportunity to etch his name alongside the great Burroughs running backs of the past. He can be that good.

The sleek-footed junior is the team’s best athlete and as explosive as they come. He’s as fast as former Burroughs’ star Zander Anding and can “juke, jive, jelly and jam” according to Knoop.

Sophomore Hunter Guerin will spell Pineda when needed.

Throw in a deep receiving core and Burroughs has the makings of a very good offense unlike a year ago when they averaged a paltry 19 points per game.

“We have three healthy quarterbacks, a great receiving core and some very good running backs,” Knoop said.

Conor Joyce, who is being recruited by several Division one schools, is the total package at wide receiver. The 6-foot-4 senior runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and possesses tremendous hands and athletic ability. He also maintains a 4.2 GPA in the classroom.

Senior wide receivers Jacob Nutty and George Al Ajijian and senior tight ends Steven Santeliz and Notre Dame-transfer Cameron Rodriguez will add durability and talent to the passing game which was non-existent in 2012.

The Indians will open up their offense this season (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Indians will open up their offense this season (Photo by Dick Dornan)

“We are always going to try to be good at running the ball but I feel this team is really chopping at the bit to throw the ball,” said Knoop, who begins his 17th season as head coach. “We want to open it up a little bit and see what we got. The boys want to prove we can throw this year.”

Junior Andrew Mills, senior Jacob Lopez and senior Jacob Pentland return as starters along the offensive line.

On the defensive side of the ball, a key to the season will be the health of senior defensive back Sean Johnson and senior linebacker Dillon Meza who are both on the sidelines currently nursing injuries. Johnson is another Division one college prospect for the Indians.

Defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop instructs his players (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop instructs his players (Photo by Dick Dornan)

“Defense is what we need to find. If they can step up this year, we have the potential to do some good things,” Knoop said.

Joining Johnson in the secondary will be senior Davion Barker who started half of the contests in 2012. Pineda will bring his ball-hawking skills to free safety.

Rodriguez, Gildardo Chavez, Francisco Garcia and Michael Ospina will form the stronghold of the linebacker position.

Richard Marcuse had a strong summer at defensive end. Brad Peppmuller will also see action on the d-line.

Senior Jairo Gomez and cousin Andres Aguilar, a junior, are in a fierce battle for kicking duties.

“We have got to play good mature football every game if we are going to do something special this year. We’ve been getting after it pretty good,” Knoop said. “Nothing will be like this week when we play Paraclete. I’m sure it will be an electric week.”

The Indians will play their home opener vs. Camarillo at Memorial Field on September 19 at 7 p.m.



Burroughs Captures Summer Football Passing Tournament

The Burroughs Indians won the Arcadia summer passing tournament (Photo courtesy of Kenny Knoop)

The Burroughs Indians won the Arcadia summer passing tournament (Photo courtesy of Kenny Knoop)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Even though it’s only summer, a victory is a victory and a celebration is a celebration. Showing major strides in its passing game, Burroughs defeated league-rival Crescenta Valley, 20-10, in the championship game of the Arcadia 7-on-7 summer passing tournament this past Saturday.

Coming off a 4-6 campaign in 2012 and not qualifying for the CIF playoffs, the Indians are using the summer to fine-tune their offense to get back on track to the level of where they won consecutive league championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Burroughs went 6-0 in the tournament defeating Blair (30-0), Arcadia (22-8), Fulton College Prep (32-0), Arroyo (forfeit), and Franklin in the semifinals (30-6) before dispatching the Falcons in the title game. They outscored their opponents 134-24.

“I’m really proud of our young guys who stepped in and played well,” Burroughs defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop said. “We played without Andrew Williams, Conor Joyce and Sean Johnson. Joyce and Johnson were both at the San Jose State team camp this weekend. The defense played very physical to control the day.”

Williams is the Indians starting quarterback and Joyce the team’s top receiver. Johnson is a projected division one college cornerback that solidifies the defense. For Burroughs to win the tournament and be as successful as they were without three of their best players speak volumes to the depth and experience returning from last year’s squad.

Standouts included quarterbacks Angel Manzanero and Steven Hubbell, wide receiver Erick Hernandez, linebackers Cameron Rodriguez and Gildardo Chavez, and free safety Hunter Guerin.

Hubbell threw 12 touchdowns with no interceptions while Hernandez caught seven touchdowns. Guerin had four interceptions. All three players are sophomores.

Burbank Rumbles to 37-14 Win Over Burroughs in The 64th Big Game

The Burbank Bulldogs celebrate their 37-14 victory (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Burbank claimed the city championship with a convincing 37-14 win against Burroughs in the 64th meeting of the “Big Game” Friday night at Memorial Field. With the win, the Bulldogs secured second place in the Pacific League behind champion, Muir High School.

The 64th Big Game (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“This win was for all the seniors,” Burbank’s James Williams said. “This was the first Burroughs game they won and I wanted to do it for them so bad.”

“This is the greatest feeling. I never got this in my first three years and I finally got it my senior year,” said Burbank senior defensive lineman Steven Kim.

The dominating effort by Burbank was the largest margin of victory for the Bulldogs against Burroughs since a 28-0 shutout of the Indians in 1984.

“It was awesome. These games are so intense and so emotional,” Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. “We were fired up and never played out of our character.”

Burbank outgained Burroughs, 288 to 148. The Bulldogs held the Indians ground game to 75 yards on 24 carries. In contrast, Burbank rushed for 246 yards while controlling the line of scrimmage throughout the night.

“I have to give a lot of credit to the defense. They came out and forced Burroughs out of its game plan,” Valencia explained. “Our defense set the tone and our offense kept us going at all times. The line opened up huge holes and our backs ran their butts off. It was a great showing.”

James Williams, #21, had 149 yards rushing including an 89-yard TD run (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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.

Seeking its first win in the cross-town rivalry since a 28-21 triumph in 2009, Burbank set the tone early as it has all season by establishing a strong running game and daring Burroughs to stop it. The Indians never did.

Burbank (7-3, 6-1) took the opening possession of the game and drove 50 yards on 11 rushing plays from Williams, Teddy Arlington and Joseph Pendleton combined. A 33-yard field goal by Yervand Umrikyan gave BHS the early 3-0 lead.

After forcing Burroughs (4-6, 4-3) into a poor three-yard punt, Burbank took over on the JBHS 42 yard line. Quarterback Ryan Meredith completed a 34-yard pass to Williams that gave the Bulldogs first and goal on the Indians 1-yard line. Pendleton punched it in and Burbank led 10-0 with 1:38 remaining in the first quarter.

Burbank’s defense shut down the strong running game of the Indians (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Plagued by quarterback problems early on in the year, it reared its ugly head again for Burroughs on back to back possessions that in essence took the wind out of their sails.

Indians quarterback Angel Manzanero, filling in as the starter for Andrew Williams who was injured the week before at Pasadena, threw an ill-advised interception into the hands of Burbank’s Joshua Nersissian who returned it 25 yards to the Burroughs 15 yard line.

Facing fourth and one from the 3-yard line, Meredith ran a quarterback keeper in for a touchdown and a 17-0 advantage.

On the ensuing possession, Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop called upon Williams to run the offense in replace of Manzanero.

After a penalty on Williams for intentional grounding put the ball back on the JBHS 4-yard line, Williams fumbled the very next snap and Kyle Hunter of Burbank fell on the ball in the end zone for a gift of a touchdown.

Teddy Arlington enjoyed his last Big Game with 57 yards rushing and a touchdown (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Suddenly it was 24-0 in favor of Burbank with 3:24 left in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs entered halftime with the 24-point lead and smelling the kill. The fatal blow occurred moments later.

Williams’ 89-yard touchdown sprint in the blink of an eye made it 30-0.

“There was a hole in the middle but I bounced it outside. I saw two people coming so I juked them out,” Williams said. “I thought I was going to get caught. The whole time I was running I kept telling myself not to get caught.”

Two years ago Burroughs found itself in a similar position being down 28-0 and roaring back for a historic 38-35 win. It was the greatest comeback in Big Game lore. This year would prove differently.

Arlington tacked on a one-yard touchdown run to make it 37-0 with 10:38 left in the contest before Burroughs scored the game’s final two touchdowns.

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.

Arlington finished with 57 yards on 12 carries while Pendleton added 43 yards on 13 rushes.

Burroughs Josh Storer scores the game’s final touchdown (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Josh Storer broke free up the middle for a 17-yard touchdown run and caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Williams to make it 37-14. Storer ran for 52 yards on 11 carries. Williams completed seven of 11 passes for 66 yards.

While Burroughs’ season has come to an end, Burbank continues its march into the CIF Southeast Division playoffs on a high note. Pairings will be determined on Sunday afternoon.

“I can’t wait,” Williams said. “We just need to practice harder and work harder this week and be ready for whoever we play.”

After 64 meetings on the gridiron dating back to 1949, Burroughs now leads the all-time series 41-23.