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Burroughs JV, Frosh Knock Off Burbank

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


For the Burroughs High junior varsity and freshman football teams, Thursday’s 31-30 and 50-30 Pacific League wins respectively over city rival Burbank at Memorial Field were satisfying.

The game winner was provided by Jonathan Rivas, who booted a 39-yard field goal with 11:03 left in the fourth quarter that gave Burroughs Coach Keith Recchia his first win over the Bulldogs in five seasons.

“This is an unbelievable feeling,” Recchia said before getting a Gatorade bath from several players. “We’re the league champs and it feels great. They score a lot of points and we knew that we were going to have to score a lot of points. It was a really good game and it came down to the wire.”

With the victory, Burroughs, Burbank and Crescenta Valley all finished in a three-way tie for first place in the league.

“It was a great football game,” said Rivas, a sophomore who replaced injured kicker Cade Borland on the varsity for a few games. “I give credit to the snapper and the holder. I wasn’t nervous at all. I was confident.”

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Burroughs kicker Jonathan Rivas had game-winning 39-yard field goal. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank (7-3 and 6-1 in league) began its last drive at the Bulldog seven-yard line and moved to the Indians 47-yard line, but advanced no further.

The Bulldogs (313 total net yards) took a 6-0 lead when sophomore running back Jiovanni Marshall (89 yards on 21 carries) found the end zone from five yards out and 8:08 left in the first quarter. Sophomore running back Nathan Cruz added 84 yards on 16 carries for the Bulldogs.

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Burroughs junior varsity quarterback David Lennstrom helped lead the Indians to 31-30 win over Burbank. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs (7-3 and 6-1 in league) answered with an eight-play, 79-yard drive as sophomore running back Ben Peters (87 yards on 15 carries) scored on an 11-yard run and 3:38 left in the initial stanza and led 7-6 on the extra point from Rivas.

The Indians (373 total yards) moved ahead 14-6 when sophomore quarterback David Lennstrom capped a 53-yard, five-play excursion with a 19-yard gallop and 11:49 left in the second quarter. Rivas added the point after.

“I knew that we would keep going,” said Lennstrom, who hit four of eight passes for 98 yards with one interception and added 110 yards on 19 carries. “We didn’t want to lose. We lost to Crescenta Valley [23-21] last week and we wanted to bounce back and we did.”

When sophomore linebacker Brian Gutierrez scooped up a blocked punt and returned the ball 32 yards and 9:30 showing before the half, Burroughs pulled ahead 21-6 after Rivas converted the point after.

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Burbank junior varsity running back Nathan Cruz had 84 yards on 16 carries in one-point loss to Burroughs. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank came within 21-14 when sophomore quarterback Lalo Barragan (five for nine and 149 yards) found sophomore wide receiver Isaac Motta with a 26-yard bullet and 6:59 left before the break. Sophomore wide receiver Austin Ortega added the two-point conversion.

The Bulldogs bolted ahead 22-21 with 6:08 left before the intermission, but Burroughs answered with a 30-yard laser from Lennstrom to sophomore wide receiver Devin Harrison and 16.9 seconds left in the quarter, and after the extra point by Rivas, the Indians darted ahead 28-22.

Burbank’s only points in the second half was a three-yard jaunt from Marshall and 6:50 left in the third quarter. Barragan tossed the two-point pass to sophomore wide receiver Kaydon Spens.

In a wild and entertaining freshman game, the points seemed like they were coming out of a faucet as Burroughs led 14-0 after the first quarter and were ahead 20-8 at the half.

The Indians (433 total net yards) pulled in front 34-14 at the end of three quarters, and each team scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.

“It was really satisfying to get this win over Burbank because I think we underachieved early in the season,” Burroughs coach Art Yanez said. “But we finished strong at the end and had a four-game winning streak.”

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Burroughs freshman running back Alex Deptula ran for 158 yards with two scores. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Running back Jake Barraza had a one-yard run and 4:47 left in the opening quarter and quarterback Nathan Piper’s two-point toss to Barraza made it 8-0.

Burroughs marched ahead 14-0 when running back Alex Deptula scored from seven yards out and 1:28 left in the initial quarter.

With 5:32 remaining in the second quarter, wide receiver/running back Diego Garcia turned in a spectacular 80-yard dash that catapulted the Indians in front 20-0.

The Bulldogs finally scored when running back Christopher Stanis (61 yards on five rushes) found the end zone from 11 yards out and 1:16 left before the break. Raymond Dones (83 yards on 11 carries) bolted in for the two-point conversion as Burbank narrowed the lead to 20-8.

Garcia’s three-yard run with 6:42 left in the third quarter and Piper’s two-point toss to Deptula (158 yards on 10 carries) made it 28-8 and capped a seven-play, 58-yard march.

“Our offensive line did a great job,” said Piper who completed one of four passes for 34 yards. “We beat those guys [Burbank], but we respect them.”

Burbank (3-7 and 1-1 in league) trimmed the lead to 28-14 when Matthew Porras (40 yards on 15 rushes) dotted the end zone with a one-yard waltz and 2:35 left in the third quarter.

The see-saw battle continued as the Indians (5-5 and 3-0 in league) responded with a two-play, 56-yard strike that was climaxed when Garcia (game-best 234 yards on 21 carries) scored on a seven-yard scamper and two minutes left in the third quarter as Burroughs moved ahead 34-14.

A one-yard run from Porras and 9:47 remaining in the fourth quarter and a two-point pass from Porras to Brian McDonald lowered the lead to 34-22.

The scoring binge continued as the Indians tacked on a 10-yard dash from Garcia with eight minutes left. After Piper located wide receiver Niccolo Chuidian with a two-point offering, it became 42-22.

Burbank came within 42-30 when Stanis scored on a 45-yard scurry and 5:32 left in the fourth quarter that ended a seven-play, 61-yard march. Dones added the two-point conversion.

The scoring finally came to an end on a four-yard burst from Deptula with 2:09 remaining in the fourth quarter and finalized a nine-play, 53-yard drive. Garcia’s two-point conversion put the Indians ahead by 20 points.

The Bulldogs (271 total yards) had a difficult time stopping Burroughs’ run which finished with 399 yards.

“That’s their strength and that’s our weakness,” Burbank coach Joe Manasewitsch said. “Our defense couldn’t stop them. When we were down 20-0, we knew it was going to be tough. The effort was there, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be today.”

Burroughs, Burbank Await “Big Game”

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Rivalry games are special and for many of the participants, alumni and fans, they mean even more. It’s especially exciting when there is something at stake.

Tomorrow night the 67th annual “Big Game” will be played between Burroughs High and Burbank at Memorial Field with the Pacific League championship up for grabs.

The visiting Indians (8-1) are undefeated in league play and a win will give them the title outright, while the Bulldogs (6-3) have one loss [21-20 to Muir], so a victory will give them a share of the crown.

A triumph by Burroughs should ensure a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division first-round home game, and a win by Burbank will strengthen its potential postseason run.

Burroughs, which hasn’t beaten Burbank in three consecutive games, has been impressive with the only setback a 45-25 season-opening loss to Calabasas on the road. It was the fewest points Burroughs scored this campaign.

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Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop hopes to snap a three-game losing streak to Burbank. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians have topped 40 points in six games with a high of 65 points versus visiting Glendale.

Though the league isn’t especially strong, Burroughs, which holds a 41-25 edge over Burbank, has beaten Arcadia on the road 39-34, Muir at home 49-9, and Crescenta Valley last week 34-3.

Offensively the Indians are led by senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who has passed for 1,239 yards with 20 touchdowns and three interceptions. Hubbell, who has hit on 95 of 142 attempts, can take off with the football and has compiled 190 yards with six rushing scores.

Burroughs’ ground-attack is spearheaded by junior tailback Chance Bell, who has 1,211 yards with 22 scores and 157 carries. Bell, who injured his right shoulder in the win over the Falcons, is expected to play, and has caught six passes for 83 yards.

The other running back is junior Sammy Duran, who has 287 yards and has found the end zone two times.

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JB senior quarterback Steven Hubbell leads the offense. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Hubbell’s primary target has been senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez, who was the leading receiver in 2014. Hernandez has snared 28 passes for 387 yards with 11 touchdowns. He has 634 all-purpose yards that include 129 kickoff return yards and 118 punt return yards.

Senior wide receiver Cade Borland is recovering from an injury and has grabbed 21 passes for 258 yards with three scores.

Senior wide receiver Nick Mercado has 14 receptions for 175 yards and four touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Torin Harris has 10 catches for 180 yards with two scores.

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has 756 all-purpose yards that include 112 yards on seven catches, 397 yards on kickoff returns and 189 yards on punt returns.

The Indians’ defense has given up an average of 11.2 points per game and is paced by many including senior lineman Cole Gurley, who has 11 solo tackles and 35 assists with one fumble recovery.

Senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel has 20 solo tackles, 17 assists, five interceptions and five passes defended, while Awunganyi, a defensive back, has 20 solo tackles, 20 assists, one pick, one fumble recovery and eight passes defended.

Senior linebacker Branden Garcia has collected eight solo tackles with 47 assists, senior linebacker Connor Garden has 12 solo tackles, 26 assists, five sacks, two picks, four passes defended, one fumble recovery and two blocked field goals.

Senior linebacker Jose Chicas Ortiz has picked up 10 solo tackles, 29 assists, two fumble recoveries and three and a half sacks, while senior defensive back Devlin Jimenez has 15 solo tackles, 24 assists with one and a half sacks, three interceptions and two passes defended.

The Bulldogs are on a four-game winning streak after losing to visiting Muir and have averaged 44 points over this span with wins over visiting Pasadena 35-16 last week, at Arcadia 31-8, at home versus Hoover 49-0 and over visiting Glendale 61-7.

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Burbank Coach Richard Broussard has supreme confidence in the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The trigger man is junior quarterback Guy Gibbs, who has been quietly impressive while learning on the job. Gibbs has thrown for 1,023 yards and has completed 76 of 169 attempts with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Sophomore running back Darnell Williams leads the Bulldogs in rushing with 548 yards on 111 carries and five scores and has caught 11 passes for 119 yards.

Junior running back Nick Warren has accounted for 307 yards with four scores, while junior running back Andy Reyes has 157 yards with two touchdowns and has compiled 366 all-purpose yards. Sophomore running back Blake Quinteros has accounted for 318 yards and four scores.

Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has caught 20 passes for 270 yards with five touchdowns and senior wide receiver Max Weisman has grabbed 18 passes for 280 yards and three scores.

Burbank’s defense has given up an average of 11.2 points per game and is paced by Reyes, a defensive back, who has 73 solo tackles, 27 assists, three sacks, three passes defended, four fumble recoveries and a blocked punt.

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BHS wide receiver/defensive back Forest Fajardo will be all over the field. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Fajardo, a defensive back, has 30 solo tackles, 11 assists, five interceptions and 14 passes defended, while senior defensive back David Medrano has 31 solo tackles, 35 assists, two sacks and two passes defended.

Junior linebacker Jake Kelley has 30 solo tackles, 17 assists, two sacks, two passes defended, two fumble recoveries and one blocked punt, junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has 31 solo tackles, 24 assists, one pick, 10 passes defended and two fumble recoveries, and senior lineman Jha’rod Horhn has 19 solo tackles, 16 assists and six sacks.

Buckle your chin traps, hold on to your seats and grab your hats, this one could be a classic.

JB Girls’ Volley Sweeps Rival BHS

By Rick Assad

Sports Editor


As the pressure mounted for the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team to remain undefeated in Pacific League play, every challenge was met, including Tuesday’s 25-14, 25-20, 25-12 defeat of rival Burbank in the regular-season finale.

Typical of sweeps, the middle game was paramount, and it was for the host Indians, who are ranked No. 7 in the CIF Southern Section Division II-A.

The playoffs begin next Tuesday and the pairings will be announced on Friday. The Indians should have a home match at 7 p.m., while Burbank, which finished fourth in league, will likely have a road match.

After falling behind 3-0 in the second game, Burroughs (21-7 and 14-0 in league) tied it at 4-4 when Burbank sophomore middle hitter Bene Snyder hit out of bounds.

“We had a rough beginning,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “There’s always a challenge playing your rival. But I’m proud that we went 14-0 in league.”

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JB middle blocker Caleigh Paster (#33) goes for a winner in sweep of Burbank. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

From there, the Indians led 11-8 on senior opposite hitter Jessica Rury’s kill. It became 14-10 on sophomore middle blocker Marin Grote’s smash.

“As a team, there was no added pressure to win this game,” said Grote, who finished with a match-best 10 kills. “We play as a team.”

Grote also spoke about the upcoming playoffs and feels confident about her team’s chances. “I think that we can win a championship if we play as a team.”

When junior middle blocker Caleigh Paster (eight kills) tossed in a winner it gave the Indians a 15-11 advantage, and Grote’s blast made it 16-11.

The Bulldogs made up some ground and came within 16-13 on a kill from senior outside hitter Cailey Stevenson.

But the Indians went on a 5-1 spurt that included three kills from Grote, and one from senior defensive specialist Samantha Sullivan.

A combined stuff from Burbank junior middle blocker Nicole Winters and junior outside hitter Hailey Heath cut the lead to 21-15, while a service ace from senior opposite hitter Marina Manokian made it 21-16 as Burroughs called time out.

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BHS outside hitter Cailey Stevenson digs one but Bulldogs fell in three games. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“It’s hard to come back after losing the first two games,” said Heath, who had a team-best six kills. “We’re a really young team after graduating eight seniors. We tried to build on the energy in the second game, but we couldn’t. We put pressure on the offense to score and finish the ball.”

Heath went on: “We know Burroughs was undefeated [in league] and maybe we were thinking about that. They’re good and we know that. But we just didn’t play well.”

The Indians moved ahead 24-17 on a kill from Rury, but the Bulldogs (15-12 and 8-6 in league) cut the lead to 24-20 on Heath’s block before Paster’s tapper gave the Indians the game.

The opening frame was knotted at 2-2 on Grote’s bullet, 4-4 and 5-5 when Burbank junior libero Carly Palmisano’s serve sailed out of bounds. It was even at 6-6 when Burbank junior libero Sara Lagonegro’s serve found the net.

Palmisano finished with eight digs while sophomore setter Melissa Daniel chimed in with 10 assists.

Burroughs went on a 7-1 blitz that was capped with an ace from sophomore setter Lauren Zedlar as the Bulldogs asked for a time out.

Another spurt followed, this time 6-0 that saw senior outside hitter Danielle Ryan (five kills) and Paster team on a block, Paster’s kill, Ryan’s winner, Zedlar’s ace, Paster’s kill and Winters’ smash that went out of bounds.

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Burroughs’ bench shows emotion as Indians prevailed over rival Bulldogs. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Good teams rally and Burbank did as it came within 20-12 on a kill from Heath, but the Indians gained control and tallied the final five points as Paster added a kill, Rury and sophomore outside hitter Julianna Cottrell combining on a block, Cottrell’s kill and Grote’s blast for the game.

“We really shot ourselves in the foot,” Burbank coach Karl Rojo said. “We had so many unforced errors. We touched the net and hit out and our passing wasn’t very good.”

In the final game, the Indians raced to a 7-0 lead on points from Grote, senior defensive specialist Katheryn Dominguez’s ace, Rury’s block, Cottrell’s stuff, and Cottrell’s and Rury’s combined stuff.

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Burbank is set to attack in loss to Burroughs. Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs and Burbank spilt eight points as it became 11-4, before the Indians moved in front 14-7 on a slam from Paster.

What followed was a 7-0 run that made it 21-7 and included a kill from Ryan, sophomore setter Mia Staub’s ace, Rury’s dagger, along with Paster’s and Ryan’s combined jam.

Burbank fought back and came within 22-11 on Heath’s winner, but it was a bit late as the Indians took three of the final four points including Grote’s smash for the stanza.

Burroughs Thumps Crescenta Valley, 34-3

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs High’s showdown with defending Pacific League and CIF Southern Section Southeast Division champion Crescenta Valley was supposed to be a challenge.

Turns out that it was anything but as the Indians pushed aside the Falcons, 34-3, on Friday night at Memorial Field, and now await city rival Burbank in the “Big Game.”

The game was hard-hitting and somewhat close at the intermission as Burroughs led, 21-3, before adding two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

“We felt like we were more physical,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “They had to matchup with our athletes. I think that our O[offensive]-line dominated.”

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Senior linebacker Connor Garden races to a 35-yard pick for a score. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Knoop also addressed the Burbank game. “We need to do what we do,” he said. “We need to take the emotion out of it. That doesn’t mean not to play with emotion. We do, but we don’t want to be too emotional.”

Junior tailback Chance Bell gained 38 yards on six carries after sustaining an injury to his right shoulder in the opening half. He didn’t play in the second half and will be evaluated. Bell is expected to play in the Burbank game.

Crescenta Valley (five turnovers) fumbled on its initial possession when senior wide receiver Ben Valdez was hit at the Falcons 36-yard line. What followed was a six-play drive that consisted of five runs including a 14-yarder from senior quarterback Steven Hubbell (12 carries for 12 yards) and 7:57 left in the opening quarter that made it 7-0.

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Tailback Chance Bell played first half after sustaining shoulder injury. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Hubbell’s 40-yard perfect spiral to senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez on the first play of the second quarter and 11:52 left capped an 80-yard, seven-play march that gave the Indians, who have an eight-game winning streak, a 14-0 edge.

“We strive to get better every week and we put in a lot of effort,” said Hubbell, who hit four of eight passes for 70 yards. “We need to focus on the game [Burbank] and keep your emotions in. We can’t have penalties and we need to do the basics. This week we can’t worry about all the social media stuff.”

The Falcons (6-3 and 4-2 in league) trimmed the lead to 14-3 with 6:24 remaining in the second quarter when junior Alex Atanackovic converted a 30-yard field goal. The drive began at the Crescenta Valley 29-yard line and concluded 12 plays later.

Burroughs (8-1 and 6-0 in league) responded with a dagger in the form of a 99-yard kickoff return by Robert Awungyanyi, who took the ball and weaved his way past the initial defenders and then found a little space and raced into the end zone.

“I think mostly I was able to score because of my blockers,” said Awunganyi, who also had a catch for 14 yards.  “I caught the ball at the one-yard and came out and saw a hole and took off.”

Awunganyi also spoke about the upcoming game with the Bulldogs. “I think it’s going to be exciting,” he said. “I think we’re going to make big plays on offense and we’re going to have big plays on defense. But it’s going to be a good game.”

The Indians (one turnover) were now ahead 21-3 with 6:07 left before the break, but more importantly it seemed to take any momentum away from the Falcons, who came into the contest thinking they had a chance to knock off Burroughs.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Indians (230 total net yards) exploded for 14 points in the final quarter that included a 35-yard interception and score by senior linebacker Connor Garden of junior quarterback Tyler Hill with 11:09 remaining that made it 27-3.

Junior running back Oscar Perez’s four-yard waltz with 4:56 left capped a nine-play, 51-yard march and gave Burroughs a 31-point lead. Perez carried the ball on the last four plays for 19 yards.

The final tally was made possible after senior defensive back Hunter Guerin recovered a fumble by Valdez at the Burroughs 49-yard line.

The Indians churned out 160 yards on the ground as senior running back Ash Hawkins contributed 80 yards on 13 carries. The Falcons finished with 178 total yards.

Burroughs Football Shows Its Best Side

By Tania Tchalikian

The night was truly eventful at Memorial Field as the Burroughs High football team had their Senior Night, followed by a 34-3 win over Crescenta Valley on Friday as the Indians now share a portion of the Pacific League championship.

The game consisted of many penalties on both sides. When the Indians got penalized, they made sure to overcome it, while not allowing the Falcons to use it to their advantage.

Crescenta Valley had numerous turnovers, which caused the Indians to run with it, literally, and score.

The game turned into a running game very early on. Penalties against the Indians gave the Falcons an advantage, however, the Indians’ defense did not allow those penalties to affect the game as they made sure to hold back the Falcons’ offense.

Crescenta Valley threw two interceptions, one that led to an Indians touchdown by senior linebacker Connor Garden.

Although the Falcons had opportunities to score, they were unable to produce as Burroughs’ stingy defense held them to only a field goal.

A remarkable play in the second quarter by senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi on a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown gave the Indians a 21-3 lead.

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Senior running back Ash Hawkins filled in nicely accounting for 80 yards. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

It’s safe to say the teams wanted to show their running skills. Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell was more comfortable running the ball as he too ran in one for a touchdown.

He preferred the running game against the Falcons. “Tonight running definitely, the pass game wasn’t… I couldn’t get a rhythm but I’ll be ready next week,” said Hubbell, who completed four of eight passes for 70 yards.

Hubbell went on to say the defense by the Falcons was one he hadn’t seen in a while.

“They had a lot of different schemes. We haven’t seen an eagle look in a while,” he said.

Still Hubbell believes his team played a good game. “The team played well, the defense played amazing. I’m personally not happy with my performance, but I know I’ll be prepared next week.”

The Indians are undefeated in league, and are going to face big-time rival Burbank next Friday as Burroughs hopes to get the conference title to itself.

Senior running back Ash Hawkins got to see some playing time where he showed his skills and ability.

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Burroughs’ offense lines up before the snap. Indians prevailed 34-3 over the Falcons. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Hawkins gained 80 yards on 13 carries and definitely contributed to the team and continued what junior running back Chance Bell had started.

Hawkins described what he felt and how it was like going out there against the defending league champion Falcons.

“I feel pretty good about it. It was a good game. I just wanted to help the team win. I just wanted to go out there and pick up where the other running backs left off,” he said.

After Bell hurt his shoulder in the first quarter, he sat out the rest of the game and that’s when Hawkins got his time under the bright lights.

Bell hopes to be back against Burbank. He said he will have it checked out. “Going to get an X- ray on Monday and we will see how it goes. If it’s not too bad, then I’m going to play on Friday,” Bell said.

Either way, Burroughs tends to figure out a way to fill in any position needed. When senior kicker Cade Borland, who also plays wide receiver, went down with a concussion a couple of weeks ago against Arcadia, the Indians were able to fill in his position during the game and improvised and went on to win.

Burroughs may be great for doing “spur in the moment” calls.

Burbank And Burroughs Football Play Hosts

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Home games for Burbank High and Burroughs are on the docket over the next two nights before these longtime city rivals meet on Nov. 6 at Memorial Field.

The Bulldogs play Thursday in a Pacific League match versus Pasadena, and the Indians have a date with the Falcons on Friday, in what should be a classic.

Burbank (5-3 overall, 4-1 in league play) owns a three-game winning streak, while Pasadena (4-4 and 2-3 in league) is coming off a 41-14 defeat to visiting and defending league champion Crescenta Valley.

Burbank’s offense has averaged 47 points in wins over visiting Glendale, and hosts Hoover and Arcadia, while yielding a combined 15 points over the those games.

In fact, Burbank has given up an average of 7.5 points over its last six games, including a 21-20 setback at home to Muir.

Leading the defense is junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who has 64 solo tackles, 23 assists, three sacks, four fumble recoveries and three passes defended.

Senior defensive back David Medrano has 28 solo tackles, 32 assists, two sacks, two passes defended and one fumble recovery, while junior defensive back Forest Fajardo has accounted for 26 solo tackles, 10 assists, five interceptions and eight passes defended.

Junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has 29 solo tackles, 20 assists, seven passes defended, one fumble recovery and one pick, while junior linebacker Jake Kelley has 27 solo tackles, 16 assists, two sacks, two passes defended, one blocked punt and one fumble recovery.

The offense has been spotty at times, but is capable of tallying big numbers. The field general is junior quarterback Guy Gibbs, who is still learning the position, but is also getting smoother each week.

Gibbs has hit on 64 of 149 pass attempts for 820 yards, with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

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Forest Fajardo makes plays on offense and defense for the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The ground attack is paced by junior running back Darnell Williams, who has accounted for 490 yards on 101 carries with four scores, and has a long of 43 yards. Williams has caught 11 passes for 119 yards and has 738 all-purpose yards, so Pasadena better keep a close eye on him.

Also in the backfield is junior Nick Warren, who has tallied 238 yards with four scores, while sophomore Blake Quinteros has 301 yards with four touchdowns and has 386 all-purpose yards.

Gibbs will need to find junior wide receiver Fajardo, who has 18 receptions for 261 yards with five touchdowns, and 544 all-purpose yards. Senior wide receiver Max Weisman has snared 10 passes for 129 yards and has scored two touchdowns.

The Indians (7-1 and 5-0 in league) have played near flawlessly after suffering a season-opening 45-25 loss to host Calabasas. From that point, Burroughs has averaged 48.5 points over seven games.

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell has completed 91 of 134 passes for 1,171 yards and 19 touchdowns with three picks. Hubbell has gained 177 yards and scored five touchdowns on the ground.

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Quarterback Steven Hubbell has been near-perfect for Burroughs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior tailback Chance Bell is having an incredible season and has compiled 1,171 yards in 151 carries and 22 scores. Bell has amassed 1,271 all-purpose yards.

Junior running back Sammy Duran has been sparkling and has 270 yards with two scores.

Hubbell has multiple receivers and they include senior Erick Hernandez, who has 347 yards on 27 catches for 10 scores, senior Nick Mercado, who has 175 yards on 14 receptions with four touchdowns, and senior Cade Borland , who had 158 yards on 21 catches and three scores.

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has 622 all-purpose yards, including 277 kickoff return yards and 189 punt return yards.

Burroughs allowed 34 points to Arcadia, but in the other four league games, has given up a combined 35 points.

Senior lineman Cole Gurley has nine solo tackles, 32 assists, seven sacks, one fumble recovery, while senior linebacker Branden Garcia has seven solo tackles and 42 assists.

Awunganyi, a defensive back, has 18 solo tackles, 16 assists, one interception and eight passes defended, while senior linebacker Connor Garden has nine solo tackles, 23 assists, five sacks, three passes defended, two blocked field goals, one interception and one pick.

After losing to visiting Burbank, 7-3, Crescenta Valley (6-2 and 4-1 in league) has ripped off four straight wins and has averaged 47.2 points in victories over Glendale, host Hoover, Muir and at Pasadena.

The Falcons have used two quarterbacks, junior Tyler Hill and senior Evan Nelson. Hill is the better runner (516 yards with seven touchdowns), while Nelson is the more effective passer (704 yards with nine touchdowns and one pick).

Hill can throw and has 545 passing yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

Crescenta Valley’s best runner is junior Brandon Beardt, who has 446 yards with five touchdowns. Beardt has caught 15 passes for 156 yards with two scores.

Senior wide receiver Bostin Lakin is dynamic and has 38 receptions for 597 yards with seven touchdowns and has 1,146 all-purpose yards.

Sophomore linebacker Brian Erickson has 27 solo tackles with 40 assists and three sacks, while junior lineman Nobel Leduc has 48 solo tackles with 46 assists and four and a half sacks.

Hirsch, Virtue Star For JB At Mt. SAC

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Mount San Antonio College Invitational in Walnut is one of the biggest meets and Burroughs High’s cross-country team was well represented on Saturday as Alexander Hirsch and Emily Virtue each had times in the top 15.

Hirsch’s clocking of 14 minutes and 46 seconds secured him fourth place in the boys’ team sweepstakes and was the fifth fastest overall, while Virtue came in third (17:21) in the girls’ individual sweepstakes and her time was also the fifth fastest.

The Indians placed third overall in the boys’ sweepstakes as Justin Villagran grabbed 23rd (15:28) and Andrew Barrondo took 24th (15:28).

In the same race, Timothy Wells garnered 29th (15:31), while Manne Green took 81st (16:13), Adam Villalpando was 85th (16:15) and Patrick Wells grabbed 115th (17:01).

Heidi Eligio was 43rd (19:38) in the girls’ individual sweepstakes where the team garnered seventh place and third place in Division I.

Lakely Nealis was 56th (20:10), Sapphire Sandoval took 58th (20:17), Eileen Eckles finished 61st (20:23) and Jailene Diaz took 82nd (21:21).

The Indians placed fourth in the boys’ junior varsity national championship race as Jagdeep Chahal was second (15:40), while Jacob Calderon nabbed ninth 16:04).

Chris Hoxsie was 21st (16:24), Andrew Hoxsie took 29th (16:29), Christian Fuentes was 87th (17:07), Javier Hurtado finished 90th (17:10) and Ethan Brown was 92nd (17:10).

Burroughs claimed third overall in the boys’ junior varsity race as Evan Thomas was third (16:32), Daniel Fendrich took 10th (16:52), Trent Harrison grabbed 25th (17:24), David Olympia was 37th (17:49) and Eduardo Cabrera nabbed 43rd (17:57).

In the girls’ junior varsity race, Ariel Ramirez was 19th (21:48), while Andrea Duran finished 64th (23:32).

In the boys’ sophomore race, the Indians were fourth overall as Jerry Hoxsie was 16th (17:44), Asif Chowdhury took 17th (17:56), Sameh Gharieb was 30th (18:22), Charanpreet Singh garnered 31st (18:22), Connor Van Dyle was 66th (19:25) and Jeron Straker took 70th (19:33).

Catrina Villalpando was 13th (23:07) in the girls’ sophomore race, while Ana Villalpando placed 15th (23:12) and Kenna Guzman was 33rd (24:31).

Peter Lainson was 90th (20:36) in the boys’ freshman division race, while Johnny Padungyothee nabbed 91st (20:37).

Burroughs was second overall in the girls’ freshman race as Teresa Perez placed seventh (21:44), while Phoenix Reivers was 17th (22:35).

Kimberly Ochoa was 25th (23:08), Kayla Beals finished 27th (23:21), Julianna Navarro grabbed 30th (23:27), Iliana Mendias was 66th (25:47) and Sophie Birnbaum took 72nd (26:02).

Burroughs Inducts 2015 Hall Of Fame Class

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It’s one thing to play high school sports, while it’s another to play at a very high level. It’s even more remarkable to be recognized for doing something extraordinary.

On Friday night at the Brian Hurst gym, the 1987 CIF Southern Section Northwestern Conference finalist Burroughs football team, along with the CIF-winning 440 relay team, and longtime track and field coach Mike Krose were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame before a packed house.

That football squad finished 12-2, was ranked sixth in the state, was the Foothill League champions, and compiled 438 points, while the relay team, which consisted of Otto Varela, Doug Dragomer, Bruce Luizzi and Steve Hubbell, were some of the fastest runners ever in the school’s history.

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The 1987 CIF finalist football is encased for posterity. Photo By: Edwad Tovmassian

In addition to being the track and field coach, Krose was the boys’ golf coach for 11 seasons and started the girls’ golf team, where he coached for 11 years. Krose was a fixture at basketball games where he worked the scoreboard for nearly two decades, and was a mathematics teacher at Burroughs.

There were four presenters and they included Terry Scott, John Peebles, Robert “Butch” McElwee and David Cohen.

“This is a great honor for me,” said McElwee, the head football coach for the 1987 squad. “This was my first head coaching job. Some coaches go through their entire career and don’t have the talent that I did.”

McElwee went on: “In order to be successful, you need several things. First you need skill and we had that. [Quarterback] Jeff Barrett threw for 6,000 yards in his two years. Our offensive line was led by center Joe Howe. He was the captain. Bob Dunivant put together a great offense.”

McElwee then spoke about the other side of the line. “On the defensive side, we had a philosophy. You remember. Rip, read and react. We had 15 stunt packages. We didn’t know what we were going to do. Our defense was exceptional. We held our opponents to 160 points. We had talent. We had strength and we had speed. That allows you to do a lot of things.”

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Mike Krose (left), longtime track and field and boys’ and girls’ golf coach, was inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame. Photo By: Edwad Tovmassian

McElwee then spoke about being heady. “First thing I would want is a group of smart kids,” he said. “We had intelligence and we had personality. We didn’t make any mistakes. They caught on. They were easy to coach.”

McElwee closed with one final sweep. “You need to be proud of your accomplishments,” he pointed out. “But you also have a responsibility to respect what came before you. All the great athletes. You also need to respect the backbone of John Burroughs and that’s the coaches.”

Peebles, the current cross-country coach and math teacher, also addressed the appreciative crowd. “The impressive thing about that winning relay team isn’t the time [42.8], but it’s the time they put in. Think about that. Every day they were working to get better. So when it came time to run that day at Cerritos College, they were ready. That’s what’s impressive about them. It’s the work that matters. Everybody sees the final results.”

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From left: Otto Varela, Steve Hubbell, Doug Dragomer and Bruce Luizzi comprised the CIF-winning 440 relay team. Photo By: Edwad Tovmassian

A major contributor on that 1987 football team was running back Wes Bender. “It’s great to see guys you haven’t seen in twenty years,” he said. “It’s great and an exhilarating feeling. It’s nice to hear all their stories.”

Bender, who later played at Glendale Community College and USC, added: “This [Hall of Fame] takes you back to that time. We were a tight team. Remember, I transferred from Burbank, and I was that fat slow kid who couldn’t run. But when we beat Burbank 41-0 and I had a 50-yard run, that was something I’ll always remember.”

Bender was a hard-nosed and tough inside runner, who was fearless. “I had a great time here and at Glendale College,” Bender said. “My girlfriend [Tiffani] has been behind me and has been very supportive.”

Hubbell was a versatile athlete who played wide receiver on the 1987 team and is currently a chemistry teacher at Burroughs.

“A lot of kids don’t think that’s me because I’ve put on some weight,” Hubbell said. “Playing sports at Burroughs was so meaningful for me, and something I’ll never forget. I wasn’t a star receiver on the football team which had Jason Teitel and Kevin Strasser, but I was happy to play on that team.”

Hubbell, who went to UC Davis for his bachelor’s degree and USC for his master’s degree, was proud to be a part of that talented group. “We were a close-knit team,” he said. “That team had real chemistry.”

When asked to choose which he preferred, football or track, Hubbell was torn. “I really loved track, but the bond with the football team was really strong. I made a lot of friendships on that team.”

And now that stand-out team, the 440 relay foursome, along with Krose, will be remembered forever.

Burroughs Pummels Glendale, 65-7

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs High’s 65-7 win over Glendale on Friday night in a Pacific League football game at Memorial Field was as easy as the score indicated.

The victory also gave longtime Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop his 100th career win, and extended the Indians’ winning streak to seven games.

It’s going to get much tougher over the final two regular-season games that include a clash with city rival Burbank on Nov. 6, but that’s still two weeks down the road.

“Sometimes in games like this, you can’t get your rhythm,” Knoop said. “But we try to keep the same schedule and keep the same format. It helps keep your timing. We have more athletes than they [Glendale] do.”

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Chance Bell ran for 114 yards and scored four touchdowns. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior tailback Chance Bell accounted for four rushing touchdowns, including three in the opening half as the Indians (7-1 and 5-0 in league) led 39-0.

Bell, who finished with 114 yards on nine carries, tallied his first score on a 10-yard run with 1:56 left in the opening quarter as the Indians led 7-0. The drive began at the Burroughs 42-yard line and came to a close seven plays later.

Bell’s second touchdown made it 14-0 with 1:23 left in the same stanza and was a one-yard burst that came after a fumble by junior quarterback/wide receiver Arjuan Ruiz deep inside Glendale (1-7 and 0-5 in league) territory.

Bell tacked on a four-yard run with 1:47 left in the second quarter that made it 32-0 after senior defensive back Devlin Jimenez intercepted Ruiz.

When Bell added a 65-yard sprint on the first play of the second half, the lead became 46-0, and called an end to Bell’s evening.

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell was efficient as he completed eight of 12 pass attempts for 91 yards.

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Robert Awunganyi had a 99-yard kickoff return and a 56-yard punt return for scores. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Hubbell’s 19-yard laser to senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez (34 yards three catches) with 4:37 showing in the second quarter pushed the lead to 20-0, and capped an eight-play, 71-yard march.

“I take every week the same,” said Hubbell, who has 19 touchdown passes and three interceptions. “Glendale doesn’t have the same talent level, but we try to play the same. The good thing is that everyone gets to play and I like to see that. We know Crescenta Valley [Burroughs’ next opponent] is another door that we have to knock down.”

Hubbell also added a 71-yard sprint down the left sideline with 12.9 seconds left before the intermission that gave the Indians (455 total net yards) a 39-0 advantage.

If Burroughs is able to claim the league title, it should get a relatively high seed in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs, and a first-round home game.

“We know that we’ll face good teams in the playoffs,” Hubbell said. “We know that we’re going to play a competitive team down the road.”

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Junior running back Sammy Duran had a 49-yard touchdown run. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior quarterback Andy Amela played in the second half and hit three of five attempts for 50 yards.

Senior running back Ash Hawkins (three carries for nine yards) had a four-yard scoring romp with 4:02 remaining in the third quarter that bolstered Burroughs’ lead to 53-0. The drive started at the Indians’ 28-yard line and consumed 10 plays.

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock, but the Indians were still able to score as junior running back Sammy Duran (96 yards on six rushes) raced to a 49-yard touchdown that made it 59-0 with 7:45 showing.

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi chimed in with a 99-yard kickoff return and 37.8 showing that made it a 58-point spread, and came before Ruiz’s nine-yard burst with 51.8 seconds left. Ruiz had 92 yards on 25 carries.

Awunganyi also had a 56-yard punt return for a score with 3:10 left in the second quarter for a 26-0 lead over the Nitros (192 total yards).

Burroughs plays the Falcons on Friday at Memorial Field with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Burroughs Hosts; Burbank On The Road

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Last week, the Burroughs High football team played at Arcadia with first-place in the Pacific League on the line, and the Indians came away with an impressive 39-34 come-from-behind win.

Though the top spot isn’t up for grabs, Burbank (4-3 and 3-1 in league) has a chance to improve its league standing as it pays a visit to Arcadia (4-3 and 3-1 in league) tonight.

Right now, the Indians are undefeated in league play, have scored 42 points or more in five games, including three in league action, own a six-game winning streak and host Glendale.

The Nitros have one triumph on their ledger, a 27-17 win over host San Gabriel in the season opener.

What followed were home losses to La Canada, 22-9, South Pasadena, 51-21, and Arcadia, 42-0, and road setbacks to Crescenta Valley, 59-7, Burbank, 61-7 and Pasadena, 63-6.

On paper, Friday’s contest could be over by halftime because Glendale simply isn’t in the same class with Burroughs.

The Indians are capable of moving the ball on the ground or through the air, and their defense is hard-hitting and relentless.

Burroughs junior tailback Chance Bell now has consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (1,045 yards), and has found the end zone 18 times.

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Burroughs junior tailback Chance Bell has consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. (Photo By Ivan Galan)

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell has passed for 1,067 yards with 18 touchdowns and three interceptions.

When Hubbell looks to throw, he has senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez, who has 24 receptions for 313 yards with nine touchdowns, and senior wide receiver Cade Borland, who has 21 receptions for 258 yards and three scores.

Hernandez is extremely versatile having compiled 580 all-purpose yards including 129 yards on kickoff returns and 118 yards on punt returns.

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has 431 all-purpose yards with 178 yards on kickoff returns, 97 yards on punt returns and 98 receiving yards.

When the Nitros have the ball, senior linebacker Branden Garcia will be poised to strike after tallying six solo tackles and 38 assists, as will senior lineman Cole Gurley, who has eight solo tackles, 27 assists with seven sacks, and defensive back Awunganyi, who has 17 solo tackles, 16 assists and one interception.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 49-0 pasting of host Hoover, and their only league loss came at the hands of visiting Muir, 21-20.

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Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs will need to be accurate. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank’s offense has been erratic, but it is capable of scoring large sums as evidenced by its 38-20 win [later forfeited] over host Monrovia, and a 35-6 blitz of visiting Canyon.

Junior quarterback Guy Gibbs is at the controls and has passed for 758 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

Burbank’s leading ball-carrier is sophomore running back Darnell Williams, who has 451 yards with four scores and 675 all-purpose yards.

Gibbs’ favorite target is junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo, who has 18 receptions for 261 yards, five touchdowns, and 447 all-purpose yards.

Defensively, Burbank is playing at a high level, which will be needed against the Apaches, who have won four of their last five games, and average 32.1 points per game, while yielding 25 points.

Leading the way for Burbank will be junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who has recorded 61 solo tackles, 22 assists, three sacks with four fumble recoveries.

Senior defensive back David Medrano has collected 26 solo tackles, 24 assists, one fumble recovery and one sack, while senior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has compiled 26 solo tackles, 18 assists, one interception and one fumble recovery.