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Burbank, Burroughs Players Attend Trovon Reed Football Camp

Some people travel far and spend lots of money on football camps. Several Burbank and Burroughs football players took advantage of the fact that they didn’t have to do either of that Saturday.

Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Trovon Reed held a free football camp at Hoover High in Glendale.

“I got a lot of good work,” Burroughs David Lennstrom said.

Burroughs defensive back Evan Osegueda said he liked the advice Reed gave.

“He said keep working hard and believe in yourself,” said Osegueda, who said he was able to work on his footwork.

Burbank High receiver/linebacker Drew Pendleton also attended.

“It was cool. I had fun. There was good competition,” Pendleton said.

At the conclusion of the event, Reed spoke to the group of well over 100 players and encouraged them to be stayed focused. Reed, who played at Auburn University, had a rough upbringing and had been released five times before having a career breakthrough at the end of last season.

Reed, who was in high school when his mother died, said he made her a promise.

“I could have easily said I’m going to do what everybody else is doing and go sell drugs, break into cars and join gangs. I had a vision before my mom passed,” Reed told the campers. “Before my mom passed I was like a 2.0 student. She told me, ‘Son do something with your life.’ As a kid I was like Cs are good enough, I’m passing. (After) my mom passed, I graduated college in three years with a 3.7. I was able to play whole senior year without having to go to one class. I put everything I had into football.”

Reed’s breakthrough came when he had interceptions in back-to-back games.

One of the interceptions came against his college teammate and former Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. He intercepted Raiders quarterback Derek Carr the following week.

Reed became a defensive back late in his college career after starting as a receiver. He was a quarterback in high school.

“I believe it starts with believing in your parents. Listen to your coaches,” Reed said. “If he tells you to tackle somebody, tackle him. If he tells you to right in class, do right. If he didn’t do right in class, he wouldn’t be your coach, he wouldn’t have an education.”

Reed also encouraged the campers to never give up their dreams.

“I’ve been cut five times from the NFL. I could have gave up then. I was at a point where I got cut a fifth time and I was like should I give this up,” Reed said. “I could either make $40,000 a year or make $40,000 a week. Right then I snapped up and said I can’t give up -$40,000 a week. It doesn’t get any better than that. To play something I love. I’d play for free. It’s not about the money, it is about the love. You have to love this game.”



Burbank, Burroughs Football Will Make Several Long Trips

With a little more than a month away from the start of the 2017 high school football season, parents, students and fans can start making plans where their Friday nights will be in the fall.

Burbank High, which finished just short of CIF Southern Section Division 8 title last year, will open up on the road under new coach Adam Colman.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Bulldogs will play Aug. 25 at Monrovia High in what is called week zero.

Burbank stays on the road for its second contest when it travels to the Santa Clarita Valley to face Canyon High on Sept. 1.

Burroughs, under second-year head coach Mike Reily, will open its season at home on Sept. 1 against West Ranch of Stevenson Ranch.

Burbank will host its first home game at Burroughs’ Memorial Field on Sept. 8 against Downey High. Last season the two teams battled it out and Burbank lost by a matter of inches as a field-goal attempt went just wide.

Burroughs hits the road Sept. 8 when it travels up the 118 freeway into Ventura County to face Royal High of Simi Valley.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The following week, Burbank will have a bye before Pacific League play beings.

Burroughs figure to go through even more traffic going eastward to Diamond Ranch High Pomona.

Burbank will open Pacific League play Sept. 21 at home against Glendale High.

Burroughs will be at Memorial Field the following night, opening league play against Pasadena.

Burbank will be at home against Hoover on Sept. 29. Burroughs will be on the road at Arcadia.

The Indians will be at Glendale High on Thursday Oct. 5. The Bulldogs will be at Arcadia one week Burroughs, on Oct. 6.

Burbank will have a Thursday night home contest on Oct. 12 against Pasadena. Burroughs will host Crescenta Valley on Oct. 13.

The Indians will be home once against on Oct. 20 to face Muir. Burbank will be at Moyse Field in Glendale to face Crescenta Valley, in what figures to be a great game.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs will host Hoover on Oct. 26. Burbank will host Muir on Oct. 27.

The regular season finale will be held Nov. 3. Burbank will be on the visitors’ side and Burroughs will be the host and home team.

Enjoy the season and support your teams.




Fall Sports Teams Learn Playoff Division Placements

The Fall Sports season was a strong one last year as Burroughs High’s boys’ water polo team won the CIF Southern Section Division 5 title and Burbank High’s football team advanced to the Division 8 championship game.

Both will find a tougher road in 2017 as they have been moved up after the CIF Southern Section released its Fall playoff groupings Thursday.

In football, Burbank has jumped up one division and will be one of 23 teams competing for a playoff spot in Division 7.  Yorba Linda, which defeated the Bulldogs 31-21 for the Division 8 title last year also moved up to Division 7.

Burbank High’s Darnell Williams hopes to lead his team far into the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs in 2017. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burroughs, which missed the playoffs a year ago, was the lowest-ranked football team to be placed in Division 8. The Indians will be one of 25 schools competing for one of the 16 playoff spots in the division.

In water polo, Burroughs will be one of 36 teams that will fill a 32-team bracket for the CIF Division 3 title. Burroughs won the Division 5 title last year and is expected to return much of its team.

Burbank High, which did not make the playoffs last year, will play in Division 6 should it make the playoffs.

Burroughs girls’ volleyball team, which is led by 6-foot-4 senior Marin Grote, was placed in Division 3. Burbank High will play in Division 4.

In girls tennis, Burbank High was one of 42 schools placed in Division 2. Burroughs was placed in Division 3.

Burroughs Bell, Chamberlain Sign Football Letters of Intent

Burroughs High running back Chance Bell and offensive linemen Jesse Chamberlain signed letters of intent to play college football Wednesday as part of National Signing Day.

Bell, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back who rushed for 2,023 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior, signed with San Diego State University.

Chamberlain, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound three-year starter on the offensive line, signed with San Jose State after originally committing to Fresno State University.

“We’re excited about their future and feel lucky we’ve come in contact with them and thankful for what they have contributed to our program,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “We’re excited to see them playing football on Saturdays.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Bell and Chamberlain mark the first time Burroughs has had a football player sign with an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision school, formerly known as Division 1, since 2009 when offensive lineman Sebastian Valenzuela signed with Washington State.

Bell committed to San Diego State back in July and stuck with his commitment.  He said he loves the area and many other factors.

“The football program, they run the ball a ton and their offense is based on running the ball and they rotate two to three running backs, so that gives me a chance to go in there and get some playing time early, possibly even as a true freshman,” Bell said. “They’ve been honest with me through the whole process. I love the coaching staff. It is a stable coaching staff that is going to be there for a while, so I liked that. Overall it is a great fit for me and my family.”

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Bell said he was offered by Boise State University just a few days ago and also received some Pacific-12 Conference interest from UC Berkeley and Washington State University.

Chamberlain spoke of making the switch to San Jose State from Fresno State, which brought in a new coaching staff when former UC Berkeley head coach Jeff Tedford was hired to take over the program.

“What I liked about San Jose was the coaching staff. That was the main thing.  I had them over for dinner a week before my official visit there,” Chamberlain said. “It was the head coach, offensive line coach, receivers coach, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. It was like I had known all these guys for years. I was like this is a group of guys I’d love to play for.”

Chamberlain was recruited by offensive line coach Joe Bernardi all along.

Bernardi, who played at Hart High in Newhall, is the son of former Burroughs head coach Gary Bernardi. Bernardi coached Burroughs for the 1993 season, when current Burroughs head coach Mike Reily was a senior at the school.

Joe Bernardi coached at Fresno State last season before moving over to San Jose State.

“I was waiting for Bernardi. He said he had something working out for him,” Chamberlain said. “I waited it out and then I got the word that he was going to be the offensive lineman coach at San Jose State. I said this was the best opportunity staring me in the face so I was like I better take it.”



Big Game Goes to Burbank

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

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

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

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

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

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

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

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

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

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

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

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

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


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










Burbank, Burroughs Football Ready to Do Battle

Things won’t be much different than in the past when Burbank and Burroughs highs hook up at Memorial Field on Friday night for the 68th time in the storied history.

Of course citywide bragging rights are at stake. But that is not the only thing on the line in the Pacific League finale. A berth in the CIF Southern Section playoffs could be reward for the victor.

Burbank (6-3, 5-1 in league), which is ranked No. 10 in the CIF Southern Section Division 8 poll, can pretty much lock down a playoff spot with a win.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (4-5, 3-3 in league) faces a tougher task as it will have to make the playoffs as an at-large team, since it will not finish among the top three teams in league. It did receive votes for the Division 8 poll, however, offering a glimpse of hope that it could sneak in with a win.

“The goal of our staff is to keep things as normal as possible throughout the week,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We don’t shy away from the magnitude of the rivalry or playoff implications.  We know the players think about it, so we talk about the rivalry, playoffs and what it all means to them.  With that information we try to get on the same page and typically, come out with the same objective as every week, win!”

Burroughs won last season’s battle, 47-21, after Burbank won the three previous meetings.

For Burroughs to win again, the Indians will have come up with a game plan quite unique.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians will be without five starters. Quarterback Hayden Zepeda is out with a Grade 2 tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Linebacker Nico Frugone has been out several weeks with a knee injury and will not return. Junior linebacker Kevin Hebri will not play because of a concussion and junior linebacker Bryce Upshur is out with a torn ligament in his left ankle. Receiver Nathan Lehman will also not play because of a shoulder injury.

Burroughs moved up sophomore Nathan Piper to the varsity last week to take over for Zepeda. Senior Gabriel Pellot could also see time at quarterback.

“We’ve had some definite impact players that have gone down to injury. We’re trying to get the soldiers, the warriors, the competitors out there,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said.

Reily said he isn’t sure what to make of the fact that his team received votes in the CIF poll.

“I haven’t figured that formula out,” Reily said.  “That’s great to see, but honestly I don’t know what it means. We’re focused on Friday night and trying to put together a great game plan and beat Burbank.”

Running back Chance Bell, who is committed to San Diego State, was in street clothes Tuesday as he said he is nursing some minor injuries.

“I’m going to be ready to go on Friday,” Bell said.

Bell said he is confident.

“Our coaches always come up with a good game plan,” Bell said. “It is whether we execute it or not.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank is a veteran team and comes in healthy with no players expected to miss the game due to injury.

The Bulldogs are also eager to get back to their winning ways after losing to Crescenta Valley last week, following a five-game winning streak.

“Though I am disappointed in the fact that we did not reach our first season goal (win a league title), we have done a number of things that has made our staff very proud,” Broussard said. “Our defense has carried us this year forcing over 30 turnovers in nine games.  This has created great opportunities for our offense this season.  Our punt and punt block teams have also been bright spots as well, allowing us to control field position and create scoring opportunities.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank is led by senior quarterback Guy Gibbs, who has been the starter since the end of his sophomore year.

Senior Nick Warren and junior Darnell Williams have been the go-to running backs.

Seniors Forrest Fajardo and Joey Miller have been the top passing targets.

The defense is led by seniors Andy Reyes and Jake Kelley. Known for his punting and home run hitting skills, Danny Porras has also been a tough force as a defensive lineman.


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.”