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Burroughs Football Can’t Match Up to Arcadia

Both teams have a lot in common. Both wear red in their uniforms. Both have quarterbacks who wear number 18 and running backs who wear 22 and do virtually all of the running there is to do for their respective teams.

But that is where the comparisons end between Burroughs and Arcadia highs.

Friday night the Apaches proved to be too quick and physical for the Indians in a 37-27 win at Memorial Field.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I thought Arcadia just simply out-physicalled us and played harder,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “They basically manhandled us up and down the field. They definitely had some speed, but they outhustled us.”

Arcadia (6-0, 3-0 in league) had a fine effort from junior quarterback Max Davila, who was 19 of 27 for 269 yards and three touchdowns.

Burroughs running back Chance Bell had 32 carries for 216 yards and all four of the Indians’ touchdowns.

The visiting Apaches opened the scoring as Randy Ludwig kicked a 37-yard field goal with 6:08 left in the first quarter.

Burroughs (3-3, 2-1 in league) countered with Bell, who scored his first touchdown, a seven-yard run with 36 seconds left in the first quarter.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Davila hooked up with sophomore receiver Rolandiss Whitener on an 18-yard reception to give Arcadia a 10-7 lead.

Davila helped his own cause by running 26 yards on a fake with 7:07 left in the first half to push Arcadia’s lead to 17-7.

Following a Burroughs turnover, sophomore Jahlique Stephens scored on a 12-yard run to make it 24-7.

Bell helped keep Burroughs in the game by scoring on a one-yard run 3:15 left in the first half.

But Arcadia wasn’t done in the first half.

Davila hooked up with Raeshawn Roland on a 31-yard touchdown pass. Roland, who said he is a silent commit to the University of Wyoming, scored Arcadia’s lone second-half touchdown, a 60-yard screen pass from Davila.

His second touchdown came moments after Burroughs had cut the lead to 30-21 following Bell’s two-yard run with 7:22 to play.

Arcadia will return to Memorial Field next Friday evening when the play Burbank High. Burroughs will be playing Thursday vs Glendale High.


(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)



Burroughs Football Too Tough for Pasadena

Quality veteran coaching is definitely a key factor in high school football and it played a key role Friday night as Burroughs High defeated host Pasadena 43-8 in a Pacific League contest.

Although Burroughs coach Mike Reily is in his first year as head coach after 14 seasons as an assistant, several of the Indians’ assistant coaches have been together for many years.

“Defensively we have some experienced coaches who have been doing this a long time and who put together packages that we think are going to be effective against what we see,” Reily said. “Quite honestly, what we thought we were going to see tonight isn’t exactly what they came out in. We had to go make some adjustments to our adjustments that we had all week. We got it figured out and settled things down and started rolling like we wanted to.”

Burroughs’ defense held Pasadena to 69 yards rushing as a team. Pasadena’s passing game was held to just 62 yards.

Burroughs (3-2, 2-0 in league) also intercepted three Pasadena passes. Preston Hernandez had two of those interceptions and Ben Peters had the other.


Offensively Burroughs was once again led by San Diego State commit Chance Bell, who had 24 carries for 177 yards and three touchdowns.

Bell scored on a 7-yard run with 8:10 left in the first quarter to open the scoring.

Quarterback Hayden Zepeda hooked up with Cerain Baker on a 27-yard touchdown with 5:37 left in the first quarter to make it 14-0.

Zepeda scored on a quarterback keeper at the 11:13 mark of the second quarter to make it 21-0.

After a Pasadena (0-5, 0-2) touchdown and two-point conversion made it 21-8, Bell scored on a 46-yard run with 2:21 left in the first half.

Hernandez returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown at the 5:58 mark of the third quarter.

Bell added a 9-yard touchdown run 3:05 left in the third quarter to make it 40-8.


Jonathan Rivas kicked a 39-yard field goal 6:47 to play, giving Burroughs a 35-point advantage.

The rest of the game was played with a running clock.

Burroughs will host Arcadia High next Friday at Memorial Field.

“I haven’t had a chance to see them on film. They are a well-coached group and an athletic group,” Reily said of Arcadia. “Like I told these guys, we’re going to celebrate tonight and enjoy this victory but we’ve got our hands full come Monday morning. There is no off week or easy week by any means.”

Bell Leads Burroughs Football Past Royal

 By Rick Assad

If there was any question about the status of Burroughs High senior tailback Chance Bell’s thigh bruise sustained the previous week in a lopsided loss to Cathedral, it was answered on the opening drive against Royal.

Bell carried the ball on six consecutive plays, including a 33-yard scoring run with 6:26 left in the first quarter as the Indians held off the Highlanders 26-21 in a nonleague battle Friday at Memorial Field.

Bell finished the evening with a personal-best 46 carries for a game-high 235 yards and three touchdowns.

“There was a lot of hard work during practice,” said Bell, who had 156 yards on 21 carries in the first half. “There are a lot of things we have to work on, but I’m just happy to get the win.”


Burroughs (1-1) led 16-7 at the intermission, but was outscored 14-10 in the second half against the Highlanders (171 total net yards), who came in having surrendered 68 points in two losses.

The win was the first for Coach Mike Reily, who was pleased with the final score. “It was awesome,” said Reily about his initial victory.

Reily was also happy with Bell’s incredible performance. “That was a lot of carries, but he’s a great running back. I don’t know if I want him to carry the ball 46 times, but there might be games we need him to carry it that many times. I also think we have to be conscious about how we use him.”

The Indians darted in front 14-0 with 10:35 left in the second quarter when Bell scored on a two-yard run.

Bell, who had two receptions for 15 yards, was asked if he was tired in the second half.

“Yeah, I got a little winded,” he said. “At halftime I got my second wind. That was a lot carries, but I also want to be smart out there. I’m going to run hard and try and break tackles, but I also need to be smart.”

Burroughs’ advantage expanded to 16-0 when junior quarterback Chris Hulin (six of eight for 62 yards and one interception) was tackled by senior linebacker Nico Frugone in the end zone for a safety and 2:35 remaining before halftime.

Royal (0-3) cut the deficit to 16-7 when the ball sailed over junior punter/kicker Jonathan Rivas’ head as the Highlanders took over deep inside Indians territory.

It took one play for junior quarterback Jacob Ulmann (four of six for 57 yards) to find senior wide receiver Mitchel Hunter (63 yards on three catches) with an 18-yard pass and 1:22 on the clock in the second quarter.

A drive that began the second half by the Indians resulted in a missed 29-yard field goal attempt by Rivas, but the next time Burroughs (321 total yards) had the ball, it marched from its 43-yard line as Bell capped an 11-play march with an eight-yard run as 2:24 remained in the third quarter.

The 23-7 lead looked solid, but Royal would get within five points and 1:33 left in the contest when Hulin carried the ball into the end zone after an eight-yard scamper that made it 26-21.

Royal trimmed the lead to 26-14 when senior strong safety Tommy Pinneri picked off senior quarterback Hayden Zepeda (nine of 18 for 80 yards and one pick) and raced 25 yards into the end zone with 6:19 left in the final quarter.

With 8:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, Rivas tacked on a 20-yard field goal that made it 26-7.

On Burroughs’ final drive which began at the Indians 48-yard line, Zepeda marched his club to the Royal 39-yard line as time expired.

The Indians will host Diamond Ranch next Friday.

Burroughs Football Roughed Up by Cathedral, 51-7

It certainly wasn’t the start the Burroughs High football team envisioned to begin a new era under coach Mike Reily.

But the good news is that the Indians do not figure to see another opponent the rest of the season as talented as the Cathedral High team they faced Friday night.

Burroughs was overwhelmed and fell 51-7 in Los Angeles.

“You don’t want to start a season like this, but it provides a good measuring stick and provides a good gauge on where we want to be and what we need to do to get to that point,” Reily said.

Cathedral (2-0) has a number of players that are committed to colleges in the Pacific-12 Conference, including 6-foot-4, 232-pound defensive end Hunter Echols. Echols is currently committed to USC after being previously committed to UCLA.

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But Echols wasn’t the player that gave Burroughs the most headaches. That honor went to receiver Jamire Calvin, who finished with five touchdowns. Calvin, transferred to Cathedral from Pacific League rival Muir High.

He scored on receptions of 20, 52, 23 and 25 yards. Two of the touchdowns came from senior quarterback Andrew Tovar and two came from freshman Bryce Young. Cathedral used both quarterbacks throughout the game.  Calvin also returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown.

“We had no misconceptions about Cathedral,” Reily said. “We knew they were very athletic and athletically gifted. We knew it would be a big battle, but we didn’t want to shy away from that. Across the board they had great athletes at just about every position. It definitely created a challenge for us. ”

While Burroughs was certainly outmanned, the Indians showed they should be able to move the ball much easier against the remaining teams on their schedule.

But the Indians will also have to hope that running back Chance Bell is back. The San Diego State-commit was injured after taking a helmet to his knee on the second-half kickoff. He did not return, but his injury did not appear to rule him out for the rest of the season as was initially feared.

“We’re going to take some tests and our athletic trainer will take a closer look,” Reily said.

Bell scored Burroughs’ lone touchdown, as he took a screen pass from quarterback Hayden Zepeda and went 49 yards into the end zone with 8:10 left in the first half.

Without Bell, Burroughs turned to junior Ben Peters, who had 31 yards rushing on 11 carries, all in the second half.

Bell had 12 carries for 35 yards.

“We have a lot of kids where this was their very first varsity experience and against an opponent like Cathedral, it is quite the first-game experience,”  Reily said.  “I think once they realize I’m no longer a brand new starter on this, they’ll settle down a bit.”



Burroughs Football Looks to Continued Success Under Reily

Replacing 37 graduated seniors from a Pacific League championship team with a 10-2 record is something the Burroughs High football will not have an easy time duplicating.

That has left the Indians relatively young and inexperienced heading into the 2016 season, the first season for Mike Reily as the head coach.

Reily is no stranger to Burroughs. He graduated from the school in 1994. He earned a scholarship to play at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before returning to his alma mater and has spent the past 14 seasons as an assistant to longtime head coach Keith Knoop. Knoop is now one of Reily’s assistants.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

One of the brightest notes for Burroughs is that for the first time in more than a quarter of a century, the Indians enter the season with two players already committed to major college football programs.

Running back Chance Bell (5-foot-9, 180 pounds) is committed to San Diego State and offensive lineman Jesse Chamberlain (6-3, 280) has pledged his allegiance to Fresno State.

“It’s comforting to have guys like that in your program,” said Reily. “They are two of the five captains. We’re expecting a great season out of them, but this is a team sport and you need nine other guys.”

Bell, who was the Pacific League Player of the Year last year, is clearly the go-to player on offense.

Seniors Hayden Zepeda (6-1, 185) and Gabriel Pellott (5-7, 130) are competing for the chance to hand the ball off to Bell.

Bell is backed up by junior Benjamin Peters (5-7, 160), senior Nico Frugone (5-10, 180) and senior Oscar Perez (5-7, 150).

Burroughs’ group of receivers features two seniors in Taiyo Gibbs (6-0, 185) and Sammy Duran (5-9, 160) and two juniors in Cerain Baker (6-2, 185) and Gavin Aguilar (6-3, 185).

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The offensive line is led by Chamberlain, an All-CIF pick last season and center Tommy Howe (6-0, 230), a returning all-league player. Juniors Erwin Hernandez (5-7, 250), Jacob Real (5-11, 245) and Adam Sporkin (6-2, 235) make up the rest of the offensive line.

“Those 37 seniors had played football together for a long time,” Reily said. “We have a young team with some key seniors. We have some kids playing varsity football for the first time. We’re trying to get up to speed and be competitive.”

On defense, Burroughs faces even more questions as Reily said few have secured starting spots.

On the defensive line, junior Daniel Duran (5-8, 180) and senior Jake Redcloud (5-11, 190) figure to see time along with Chamberlain and Howe.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

In the linebacker positions, Frugone, Gibbs, senior Diego Tovar (6-0, 175), and junior Kevin Hebri (5-10, 200) appear to have the inside track at getting significant playing time.

In the secondary, senior Jerel Turla (5-6, 150) , junior Evan Osegueda (5-8, 160), junior Nick Manna (6-0, 180), Peters and Baker are fighting for playing time.


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!”