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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!

HAWKINS MANN-

http://www.vucommodores.com/sports/m-footbl/2014-NSD-Mann.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1Vo77vzskQ&feature=youtu.be

SEAN JOHNSON-

http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/020514aag.html

http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/sean_johnson_884583.html

 

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.

 

Burroughs vs. Burbank; BIG GAME Preview

 

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

The 2012 “BIG GAME”

BURBANK vs. BURROUGHS

Friday, 7 p.m., Memorial Field

Rivalries are like no other. Especially a cross-town rivalry. They bring out the best in each team.  When both teams hail from the same city, it creates an atmosphere that exudes with enthusiasm, electricity, passion and pure fanaticism.

There is nothing like a Burbank vs. Burroughs football game on a Friday night at Memorial Field. It’s the boys from the hill vs. the boys from the valley. It is simply, the “Big Game.” 

For one day a year, the “5” freeway separates personalities and egos by a mere 1.87 miles and friendships are put on hold for 48 wild and gut-wrenching minutes.

Loyalty and devotion to their respective schools will be evident as each player, coach, cheerleader, administrator, teacher, trainer, parent, brother, sister, grandpa, grandma, uncle, aunt, cousin and alum gather at a venerable and renovated stadium to see their schools clash for city supremacy and bragging rights for the 64th time.

After 62 meetings at the old Memorial Field with natural grass and last year’s contest held at Arcadia High School while an extreme make-over was going on, this year the “Big Game” is back at the ‘new’ Memorial Field with an artificial grass surface and state of the art amenities.

The game features two talented teams with hopes and dreams to not only be crowned city champions for a year, but for the right to possibly make the postseason. Only the top three teams from the Pacific League gain an automatic berth into the CIF Southeast Division playoffs.

Burbank (6-3, 5-1 in league) is looking for a share of the league title. The Bulldogs need to beat Burroughs and have Pasadena (1-8, 1-5 in league) upset Muir (6-3, 6-0 in league). A playoff berth for the Bulldogs is definite with a win in the “Big Game.”

Burroughs (4-5, 4-2 in league) needs to beat Burbank and have a little help from the outside. A Crescenta Valley win against Arcadia (4-5, 4-2 in league) would help the Indians immensely. Even a JBHS win and Arcadia win would force a three-way tie with BHS meaning a coin flip would determine the league’s third and final entry. A loss to Burbank ends the Indians season.

The home team for the 64th edition will be the red-clad, Burroughs Indians. Leading them into battle is Coach Keith Knoop.

“This is not only the biggest game of the year for the city, but this year it is a big game for us because if we don’t pull it off, then we are pretty much done,” said Knoop, who is in his 16th season as head coach. “The only thing we can control is trying to win the game.”

The Burbank Bulldogs will be dressed in their home blue but will be the designated visiting team. Fourth-year coach Hector Valencia will lead his team in search of a playoff berth for the third time in his four seasons.

“This game always has meaning. It has a lot of implications this year. We have to win,” Valencia said. “We told the players that there is nothing else to look forward to if we don’t win this game. This is like a playoff game for us.”

Both teams possess a strong running game and excellent defenses. Quarterback play for both teams has been inconsistent throughout the season.

The winner of this game could very well be determined by special teams and a lack of turnovers. Expect a hard fought game with the victor being determined in the fourth quarter. Who wants it more will be crowned city champion.

Memorial Field will be colorful with blue and red paraphernalia all around the stadium. One city, two teams, one champion.

“It’s a legendary matchup,” Knoop said of the rivalry that he and Valencia competed in as Burbank alum. “Hopefully we can entertain the crowd and make it a good competitive game.”

“They are going to give us their ‘A’ game and their best effort. So will our kids and we are excited about that,” Valencia added.

Rivalry week is here and the “Big Game” will be another instant classic.

Burroughs leads the all-time series against Burbank, 41-22.

 

 

Burroughs Dispatches Pasadena 31-21; Big Game Next vs. Burbank

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Josh Storer rushed for 196 yards and four touchdowns to lead Burroughs to a 31-21 victory Friday night at Pasadena. The win set up another significant game between JBHS and Burbank in the “Big Game” next week at Memorial Field at 7 p.m.

The two city rivals will battle for playoff implications. Unlike years past when there were four guaranteed entries into the CIF Southeast Division playoffs, this year only three teams will have the honor of an automatic berth.Muir (6-0) is in control of its destiny as the league champion. They will play arch-rival Pasadena (1-5). Burbank (5-1) is currently in second. Burroughs (4-2) is tied with Arcadia (4-2) for third place. The Apaches have the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Indians virtue of their 18-8 victory earlier in the season.

Josh Storer carried the offensive load for the Indians with 196 yards rushing and four touchdowns (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Storer was a one-man wrecking crew against Pasadena. Trailing 7-3, Storer broke a 33-yard run for pay dirt with 4:55 left in the first half. He came right back and scored on a 22-yard run with 1:54 remaining to increase the Indians lead to 17-7.

Burroughs scored on its first possession of the second half to lead 24-7 when Storer punched it in from one-yard out. After a 76-yard pass completion, the Bulldogs scored on an 8-yard run to cut the lead to 24-14.

With the crowd back into the game for Pasadena, Storer quickly quieted the Bulldog faithful on an explosive 74-yard touchdown run that upped the lead to 31-14 with 42 seconds left in the third quarter.

Pasadena completed the scoring taking advantage of a poor Burroughs snap on a punt. The Bulldogs recovered the ball in the end zone with 6:22 left in the game but were unable to come any closer.

With that being said, it’s time for Burroughs and Burbank to renew their rivalry for the 64th meeting in what should be another instant classic. The Indians lead the series, 41-22.

 

 

Burroughs Pounds Hoover Yet Again, 42-13

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

As the season progresses, so does the improvement of the Burroughs football team. Behind a running attack that produced 289 yards on the ground, Burroughs manhandled Hoover, 42-13,  Thursday night at Moyse Field in Glendale.

Seeking its first victory against Burroughs since the Indians joined the Pacific League in 2006, Hoover had no answer for the Indians offense in either half. In fact, Burroughs has averaged 53 points per game against Hoover in all seven of its wins scoring 42, 42, 57, 45, 76, 58 and 52 points.

Josh Storer returned from a four game absence due to injury and rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

You knew it was a good night at the office when the Indians subs got more playing time than their punter. Burroughs scored on seven of nine possessions in the game and punted only once.

“We are getting better every week,” Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said. “We knew we could run. Josh (Storer) has always been a great running back but he’s been banged up. He was pumped up and ready to go. He was eager to get back and he ran hard.”

Senior running backs Josh Storer (150 yards on 16 carries) and Israel Montes (115 yards on 13 carries) combined for 265 yards and five touchdowns.

Storer hurt his ankle the Wednesday prior to the Arcadia game back on September 21. His first game back was a major success.

“I missed too many games already,” Storer said. “Our line did most of the work. I just took advantage of the holes they made.

“We are definitely progressing. Every game we are getting better. We are going to play just as hard and not let up. We are going to make it to CIF (playoffs).”

Setting the tone from the very outset, Burroughs drove 64 yards in eight plays culminated by a one-yard touchdown run from Storer.

Hoover (3-5, 1-4) quickly responded behind the powerful running of Jesse Pina. Facing 3rd down and 2 from the 41 yard line, Pina busted through the Indians defense and scored on a 59-yard run to tie the game at seven apiece.

Israel Montes ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs (3-5, 3-2) came right back with an 80-yard drive to take a 14-7 lead with 1:46 left in the first quarter. Storer had runs of 12 and 41 yards, respectively, and Montes capped the drive off with a 28-yard touchdown run.

The Indians closed out the half taking advantage of great field position after a short Hoover punt gave them the ball on the Tornadoes 38. Montes was the workhorse as he carried the ball the entire possession and earned all 38 yards and a two-yard touchdown run on 4th and goal.

JBHS entered halftime up 21-7 and receiving the second half kickoff.

Burroughs quarterback Andrew Williams connected on passes of four, 12 and 14 yards and Storer scored his second touchdown of the evening on a 19-yard run. The 69-yard, seven play opening drive of the second half deflated the hopes of Hoover as JBHS increased the lead to 28-7.

Williams completed nine of 11 passes for 90 yards in a consistent effort from start to finish.

Montes added his third touchdown of the game on a four-yard run with 10:01 left.

Edward Quintanar receives a handoff from Andrew Williams en route to a 5-yard touchdown against Hoover (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Hoover finally found some offensive rhythm driving down the field and scoring on a double-handoff with 6:24 remaining to cut the deficit to 35-13.

After a bizarre onside kick by Hoover that first spun sideways then ultimately backwards and into Tornadoes territory, the Indians began their final scoring march on the Hoover 35.

Junior running back and super sub Edward Quintanar got his shining moment under the lights when he scored on a five-yard run with 4:58 left that brought loud cheers from his teammates and the Indians faithful.

Burroughs travels to Pasadena next Friday for its final road game before the “Big Game” against Burbank at Memorial Field on Nov 2.

 

 

 

 

Burroughs Gives Muir All It Can Handle in 21-14 Loss

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Burroughs traveled to Muir Friday night with the daunting task of winning on the road against the first-place Mustangs. The Indians pushed Muir to the limit only to fall just short in the closing minute of the contest, 21-14.

Muir converted a 71-yard drive that consumed close to eight minutes with a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Joshua Muema-Washington. The tie-breaking score came with only 45 seconds remaining in the contest.

With the win, Muir kept pace with Burbank for the Pacific League title. Both teams are 4-0 and meet on Friday at Muir. Burroughs fell to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in league.

The Indians trailed 7-0 early in the second quarter when Israel Montes scored on a one-yard run to tie the game. Muir scored late in the second quarter to take a 14-7 advantage into halftime.

Mid-way through the third quarter, JBHS struck again when junior quarterback Andrew Williams found a wide-open Conor Joyce for a 70-yard touchdown pass that knotted the game up at 14 apiece.

The two teams played hard-nosed defense the rest of the game not giving into each other. With league implications at stake, Muir stepped up to the plate and responded with the late game-winning drive to deny a valiant effort by the Indians.

Burroughs travels to Moyse Field in Glendale on Thursday to take on Hoover at 7 p.m.

 

Burroughs Notches Second Consecutive League Win, 20-14

Burroughs defense swarmed the Falcons all evening in the 20-14 win (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Burroughs won its second consecutive league game defeating Crescenta Valley, 20-14, in a contest that was not as close as the final result. Andrew Williams returned as starting quarterback and led the Indians to a rather surprising victory Thursday night at Moyse Field in Glendale.

Israel Montes dives over the top for a two-yard TD in the Indians win (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Williams, who began the season as the starter but missed a couple games due to injury, completed 15 of 22 passes for 140 yards and ran for an additional 102 yards on the ground. An 89-yard jaunt early in the fourth quarter set up Garrett Manoukian’s one-yard touchdown run that gave Burroughs a commanding 20-0 lead with 10:40 remaining.

Israel Montes, fresh off his 172 yard performance last week against Glendale, rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Montes scored on runs of 24 and two yards for Burroughs (2-4, 2-1). His second touchdown of two yards came with 3:23 left in the third quarter for a 13-0 Indians lead. The extra point was missed.

Crescenta Valley (3-3, 1-2) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, one of which came with seconds remaining and the game already decided. Otherwise, it was a dominating performance by Burroughs.

Burroughs’ Conor Joyce goes for a pass against CV (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

The Indians began the season with four consecutive losses but have rebounded with back-to-back wins. Having a healthy Williams behind center only strengthens the JBHS offense.

The win on Thursday marked the fourth straight victory for the Indians in their series against the Falcons.

Burroughs travels to Muir next Friday in a significant matchup for league implications.