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Burroughs, Burbank Football Teams Enjoy Success

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Some goals were reached while others were not as Burroughs High and Burbank each made the CIF Southern Section football playoffs, but neither won the Southeast Division championship.

Still each team had successful seasons and despite several outstanding players graduating, next year looks to be equally fulfilling.

The Indians claimed their first-round match against visiting Norwalk, 16-9, but then fell to host St. Francis 21-7 in the quarterfinals.

For the Bulldogs, the 41-21 opening-round loss to Dominguez Compton at Moyse Field in Glendale ended their season.

There were many highlights including Burroughs capturing the undisputed Pacific League crown after going 7-0 and finishing 9-1 during the regular season, the first time since 2006.

Seven times the Indians surpassed 40 points or better with a high of 65 points versus visiting Glendale.

Burroughs, which averaged 44.6 points during the regular season, also had a 10-game winning streak after losing its initial game to host Calabasas, 45-25.

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Burroughs senior quarterback Steven Hubbell accounted for 33 touchdowns. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell had a season that will long be remembered as he accounted for 33 total touchdowns.

A skilled basketball player, Hubbell capped his career by passing for 1,820 yards including 27 touchdowns with six interceptions.

A crafty and agile runner, Hubbell, who hit 146 of 223 pass attempts, ran for 250 yards and scored six touchdowns.

Senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez was once again the leading pass-catcher, hauling in 36 receptions for 532 yards with 13 scores, and had 844 all-purpose yards.

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi added 239 yards on 15 catches and two touchdowns. Awunganyi finished with 1,079 all-purpose yards that included 454 yards on kickoff returns and 272 yards on punt returns.

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JB senior wide receiver/defensive back Robert Awunganyi used his speed often. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Meanwhile seniors Cade Borland chipped in with 36 catches for 430 yards and four scores, Nick Mercado added 24 grabs for 243 yards with five touchdowns, Torin Harris hauled in 18 for 221 yards and three scores, while Hunter Guerin contributed 10 receptions for 134 yards and one score.

When junior tailback Chance Bell was healthy the Indians’ ground attack was solid. But Bell injured his shoulder late in the season and knee against the Lancers in the first-round playoff game, which kept him out of the contest versus the Golden Knights.

Bell carried the ball 178 times for 1,378 yards, tallied 23 touchdowns and snared six passes for 83 yards.

Senior Ash Hawkins had 254 yards with two scores, and junior Sammy Duran added 287 yards with two touchdowns.

The Indians’ defense was both hard-hitting, and fast and caused havoc whenever it was on the field.

Burroughs gave up 93 points in league play with host Arcadia scoring the most in a 39-34 defeat.

There were many ring leaders and they included senior linebacker Connor Garden, who had six sacks, two blocked field goals, one fumble recovery, two interceptions, 20 solo tackles and 46 assists.

Senior lineman Cole Hurley, who was injured late in the campaign, finished with 14 solo tackles and 45 assists, had a team-best 10 sacks and one fumble recovery.

Senior defensive back Devlin Jimenez collected 21 solo tackles, 38 assists, one and half sacks, three picks and two passes defended, while senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel chimed in with five interceptions, six passes defended, one fumble recovery, 26 solo tackles and 26 assists.

Senior linebacker Branden Garcia contributed 12 solo tackles and 66 assists, senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz, who was also injured late, had three and a half sacks, two fumble recoveries, 11 solo tackles and 42 assists, while Awunganyi, a defensive back, finished with 23 solo tackles, 29 assists, three picks, 10 passes defended and one fumble recovery.

The Bulldogs went 6-4 during the regular season, 5-2 in league play which tied for second place with Crescenta Valley, and had a four-game winning streak.

But Burbank closed the campaign with consecutive losses to city rival Burroughs 47-21 and a 20-point setback to the Dons.

Junior quarterback Guy Gibbs connected on 101 of 218 attempts for 1,318 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven picks and continued to get better with each start.

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Burbank junior quarterback Guy Gibbs grew into the position, finishing with 14 touchdown passes. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Sophomore running back Darnell Williams had 585 yards on 122 carries with five scores, caught 14 passes for 146 yards and had 860 all-purpose yards.

Junior running back Nick Warren added 357 yards with four scores, sophomore Blake Quinteros finished with 401 yards and four touchdowns, and junior Andy Reyes added 169 yards with two scores and had 282 yards on kickoff returns.

Gibbs often found junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo, who grabbed 24 passes for 372 yards and seven scores and contributed 143 yards on kickoff returns and 126 yards on punt returns, while senior wide receiver Max Weisman had 25 catches for 369 yards with four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Noah Powell added 10 catches for 192 yards with three touchdowns.

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Andy Reyes, a running back/defensive back, stood tall for the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs’ defense had one shutout against host Hoover 49-0, drilled Glendale 61-7, edged host Crescenta Valley 7-3, and downed host Arcadia 31-8.

Leading the defensive brigade was Reyes, a defensive back, who had 94 solo tackles, 38 assists, four sacks, four passes defended, four fumble recoveries and one blocked punt.

Junior linebacker Jake Kelley chimed in with 35 solo tackles, 19 assists, two fumble recoveries, one blocked field goal, one blocked punt, two sacks and two passes defended.

Fajardo, a defensive back, added 41 solo tackles, 16 assists, a team-high five picks and 14 passes defended, while junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez had 34 solo tackles, 27 assists, 11 passes defended, one interception and two fumble recoveries.

Senior defensive back David Medrano closed out the season with 39 solo tackles, 43 assists, two sacks, three passes defended and one fumble recovery, junior defensive lineman Damien Flores collected 25 solo tackles, 29 assists, two sacks, one blocked punt, one pass defended and one pick, and senior defensive lineman Jha’rod Horhn had 24 solo tackles, 20 assists and a team-high seven sacks.

Burroughs Boys, Virtue Qualify For CIF State Meet

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


For the second year in a row, the Burroughs High boys’ varsity cross-county team qualified for the CIF Southern Section State Meet after placing sixth at the CIF Finals Division I meet at Mount San Antonio College on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the girls’ varsity squad finished 10th, which was the best-ever, with Emily Virtue getting second place in a time of 17 minutes and 45 seconds.

Virtue ran the seventh fastest time, had the highest placing ever by a boy or girl in school history, and became the fourth Burroughs runner to make the CIF State Finals, joining Sadee Martinez (2006 and 2007), Western Nelson (2008) and Anthony Monroy (2010 and 2011).

In the boys varsity race, Justin Villagran took 32nd (15:56), Andrew Barrondo grabbed  41st (16:03), Jagdeep Chahal was 43rd (16:06) and Timothy Wells nabbed 47h (16:08).

Alexander Hirsch was 55th (16:13), Chris Hoxsie managed 69th (16:22 ) and Manne Green placed 83rd (16:45).

“The varsity boys struggled but gutted it out to qualify for the state meet, as the top seven qualify,” Burroughs coach John Peebles said. “The varsity girls ran strong to surprise many, but not the people who truly matter.”

In the girls varsity race, Heidi Eligio was 57th (19:46), Teresa Perez took 64th (19:56) and Sapphire Sandoval was 80th (20:18).

Lakely Nealis nabbed 84th (20:23), Eileen Eckles finished 95th (20:40) and Jailene Diaz was 112th (21:30).

The state meet will be held at Woodward Park in Fresno on Nov. 28.

Burroughs’ Winning Streak and Season Ends, 21-7

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It certainly didn’t end as planned for the Burroughs High football team against St. Francis in a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division quarterfinal match at Friedman Field.

In the end, injuries to four starters were part of the Indians’ undoing Friday before a near-full house, falling 21-7, to the Golden Knights, who registered seven sacks on quarterback Steven Hubbell, who was harassed and hurried during much of the game.

“Both defenses played well,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “Those guys [St. Francis] are big and they can play. But we accomplished a lot and we have a lot to be proud of. I’m going to enjoy all the great things this team accomplished. This is a special group.”

Hubbell came in having tossed 27 touchdowns and four interceptions, but the Golden Knights, who will face top-seeded La Serna in the semifinals next week, held the senior to 128 yards on 21 of 34 with two interceptions.

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Senior wide receiver Nick Mercado tries to make a play in 21-7 loss to St. Francis in a CIF quarterfinal game. (Photo By Ivan Galan)

The No. 4 seeded Indians were riding a 10-game winning streak and a perfect 7-0 mark in the Pacific League, but managed one touchdown when senior running back Ash Hawkins scored on a one-yard run with 6:54 left in the fourth quarter that cut the Golden Knights’ lead to 14-7.

Burroughs tried an onside kick which St. Francis recovered at midfield, and cashed it into a 65-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Miles Bryant (11 of 17 for 174 yards with two picks and was sacked four times) to senior wide receiver Jasher Foster (92 yards on three catches) on second and 25 with 5:30 left that made it a two-score lead.

The Indians (10-2), who mustered 157 total net yards, including 29 yards on the ground, had two more possessions, but each resulted in a punt.

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Burroughs quarterback Steven Hubbell looks down field for a receiver. (Photo By Ivan Galan)

Junior tailback Chance Bell, who was the leading rusher the last two seasons, didn’t suit up after suffering a knee injury in the opening-round victory over Norwalk, nor did junior center Tommy Howe, who broke his leg in the same game. The Indians were also without senior defensive lineman Cole Gurley and senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz.

“If we had those players we’re a more dynamic group and we can do more,” Knoop said. “It might have been a different outcome.”

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Senior wide receiver/defensive back Robert Awunganyi tries to use his speed against the Golden Knights. (Photo By Ivan Galan)

It was a defensive struggle as each team had trouble moving the football down the field, but the Golden Knights (245 total yards) scored on their second series as Bryant marched his team 42 yards on seven plays that was capped when senior running back Areg Nazarian (35 yards on 14 carries and 19 yards on four catches) had a 10-yard burst and 2:21 remaining in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.

The half ended with St. Francis compiling 100 yards on offense and a 7-0 lead, which made it imperative that the Indians come out strong in the second half.

It worked out that way as the Golden Knights turned the ball over when junior wide receiver Daniel Scott (32 yards on two receptions) gained 25 yards on a reception, but then fumbled which senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel recovered at the Burroughs 36-yard line.

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St. Francis quarterback Miles Bryant passed for two touchdowns in a 21-7 win over the Indians. (Photo By Ivan Galan)

The drive began with Hubbell’s pass to senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez losing one yard, followed by Hubbell getting sacked for a six-yard loss and a five-yard run by Hubbell which  forced senior wide receiver Cade Borland (26 yards on five catches), who injured his arm late in the game, to punt the ball away.

“With all those guys missing, we had a different mental state,” said Hernandez, who had four catches for 21 yards. “We were playing more to survive. I think we ran out of gas. Stuff happens.”

Hernandez, who hopes to play college football, was pleased with the overall effort. “The defense played really well,” he said. “I think if we had those guys our offense would have been able to do more.”

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Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop gathers the troops after the game. (Photo By Ivan Galan)

Senior wide receiver Nick Mercado, who led the way with 38 yards on four receptions, thought the Indians were going to pull off the upset.

“It definitely didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” he said. “It’s a different game if those guys are in the game. I’m not saying that we would have won, but it would have made a difference, and we would have been able to move the ball easier.”

St. Francis (9-3) then moved ahead 14-0 with 12.9 seconds left in the third quarter when Bryant found senior tight end/defensive lineman Sean Davitt (six sacks) alone in the end zone with a 16-yard offering.

On Burroughs’ next possession, Hubbell (12 carries for minus four yards) orchestrated an 86-yard march that Hawkins (two yards on two carries) climaxed with a short run, but that would be the only offensive highlight.

Senior wide receiver/defensive back Robert Awunganyi (13 yards on five receptions), who also wants to play college football and had an interception, felt the game could have gone in Burroughs’ direction.

“I was pretty disappointed,” he said. “Those players played hard. We made a couple of mistakes. It was pretty tough to take.”

Senior wide receiver/defensive back Hunter Guerin (17 yards on one catch) had a pick and accounted for 26 yards on seven carries to lead the Indians, who had 17 yards on the ground in the opening half.

Burroughs Travels to St. Francis for Quarterfinals

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs High will play its biggest and most important football game of the season on Friday night at Friedman Field on the campus of St. Francis in La Canada in a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division quarterfinal match.

A win and the Indians advance to semifinals, but getting to the next step won’t be easy in front of a loud and hostile crowd, to say nothing of how potent and skilled the Golden Knights (8-3) are.

The Indians own a 10-game winning streak after suffering a season-opening defeat at the hands of Calabasas on the road, 45-25.

Since then, Burroughs has paraded around and past every opponent in its way and has scored 40 points or better in seven games.

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Senior wide receiver/defensive back Robert Awunganyi is a threat whenever he touches the ball. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The offense, which averages 376.9 total net yards, is triggered by senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who has thrown 27 touchdown passes with four interceptions.

Hubbell has accounted for 1,696 yards through the air and has hit on 125 of 189 attempts. When pressured, Hubbell will make like a running back and has picked up 252 yards with six scores.

Junior tailback Chance Bell is a dynamic and highly-skilled runner with the ability of turning a short gainer into a long one in the blink of an eye.

In Burroughs’ first-round victory over Norwalk, 16-9, Bell, who leads the team with 1,378 yards and 23 touchdowns, injured his knee on the first play and had one carry for four yards.

If Bell, who has paced the Indians’ ground game the last two campaigns, isn’t able to play, Coach Keith Knoop has several others who will try to carry the load.

They include senior Ash Hawkins, who has 252 yards and two scores, junior speedster Sammy Duran, who has 287 yards and two touchdowns, and junior Oscar Perez, who had 40 yards in last Friday’s win over the Lancers.

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Burroughs’ defensive is a hard-hitting group with 15 interceptions and 32 sacks. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Hubbell will find senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez (35 receptions for 511 yards and 13 touchdowns) along with senior wide receiver Cade Borland (32 catches for 405 yards and four scores).

Other targets include senior wide receiver Nick Mercado (206 yards on 19 catches for five touchdowns), senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi (222 yards on 11 catches for two scores) and senior wide receiver Torin Harris (15 receptions for 214 yards and three scores).

The Indians’ defense has racked up 32 sacks, 15 interceptions and is spearheaded by a bevy of players including senior linebacker Branden Garcia (nine solo tackles and 54 assists) and senior defensive back Devlin Jimenez (15 solo tackles, 29 assists, one and a half sacks, three interceptions and two passes defended).

Others in the fray include senior linebacker Connor Garden (14 solo tackles, 34 assists, two blocked field goals, five sacks, four passes defended, two picks and one fumble recovery) and senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel (23 solo tackles, 22 assists, five interceptions and five passes defended).

The Golden Knights are riding a four-game winning streak that includes a 21-19 victory over host Warren in their opening-round game, and average 142.8 yards receiving and 134.9 yards on the ground.

Junior quarterback Miles Bryant makes the offense click and has passed for 1,571 yards with 14 scores and two picks and has completed 116 of 179 attempts.

Longtime St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds will have the Golden Knights ready against Burroughs.

The ground game is sound and is led by senior running back Areg Nazarian (759 yards and six touchdowns), while junior wide receiver Jace Harrick has 245 yards and three touchdowns.

Nazarian, who has 1,176 all-purpose yards, has caught 25 passes for 203 yards and one score, while Harrick has 100 yards on 10 receptions and one touchdown.

Senior wide receiver Jasher Foster has accumulated 928 all-purpose yards, including 153 yards on punt returns, 137 yards on kickoff returns and 122 yards rushing.

St. Francis opened its season with wins at home over West Covina 36-24, and Moorpark 29-23, on the road against Monrovia 32-14 and Canyon 35-20.

The Golden Knights then dropped three games including a 34-0 setback at Calabasas, a 27-20 double overtime loss at Salesian, and 27-21 at home versus Harvard-Westlake.

What followed were triumphs over visiting Cathedral 31-14 and St. Paul 24-7, and road victories over La Salle 27-14 and Warren by two points.

The Golden Knights are always tough and hard-hitting on defense and are led by senior defensive end Sean Davitt (49 solo tackles and 12 assists with 16 sacks).

Senior defensive back Tre Polomalu has 35 solo tackles with 24 assists, two passes defended, one pick and one blocked field goal, and junior linebacker Max Jakeway (68 solo tackles, 32 assists, two sacks and one pass defended).

With a win, either Burroughs or St. Francis will be one more triumph away from the championship game.

Villagran, Virtue Shine At CIF Cross-Country Prelims

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Just getting to the CIF Southern Section Division I cross-country preliminaries at Riverside on Saturday is an accomplishment.

Shining on that stage is even more impressive which Burroughs High’s Emily Virtue, who placed second in a time of 16 minutes and 58 seconds in the girls varsity run, and Justin Villagran, who was ninth (15:01), did with flying colors.

The Indians’ boys varsity grabbed second in their heat, while the girls varsity took seventh in their heat.

In fact, this is the second consecutive season the boys qualified for the CIF Finals, while it’s the first time for the girls since 2004.

Meanwhile, Jagdeep Chahal was 14th (15:10) in the boys varsity trek, while Timothy Wells took 16th (15:12).

Andrew Barrondo placed 21st (15:18), Chris Hoxsie garnered 36th (15:27), Adam Villalpando grabbed 60th (15:44) and Andrew Hoxsie snared 90th (15:58).

Aside from Virtue, Heidi Eligio was 40th (18:32), Teresa Perez placed 56th (18:48), Lakely Nealis finished 57th (18:48), Eileen Eckles was 57th (18:56), Sapphire Sandoval nabbed 93rd (19:32) and Jailene Diaz grabbed 123rd (20:07).

Burroughs Downs Norwalk, 16-9, In Hard-Hitting Playoff Game

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Hard-hitting and low-scoring were the stories in Friday’s CIF Southern Section Southeast Division opening-round playoff football game between Burroughs High and Norwalk at Memorial Field.

In the end, the Indians prevailed 16-9 over the Lancers with senior quarterback Steven Hubbell tossing two touchdown passes, one in each half, while junior tailback Chance Bell, the team’s leading ground-gainer the last two seasons, injured his knee on his initial four-yard carry and didn’t return to the game.

“I knew that our offensive production was going to go down when Chance went out of the game,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “We had to be creative, but Ash [Hawkins} and Oscar [Perez] stepped up.”

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Senior running back Ash Hawkins had 45 yards in 16-9 CIF win over Norwalk. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (10-1), the No. 4 seeded team, readies for a quarterfinal encounter with St. Francis (8-3), which knocked off host Warren, 19-17, at Friedman Field on the Golden Knights’ campus.

This is Burroughs first playoff victory since 2010 when it defeated El Rancho.

The Indians came in having topped 40 points in seven games, but struggled at times to move the ball. Burroughs managed 336 total net yards, including 150 yards on 35 carries.

Several players had to take up the slack left by Bell’s absence, as Hubbell, a nifty runner, tacked on 51 yards on 15 carries and had three runs of 10 yards or more including a 16-yarder and two 13-yard sprints.

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Junior tailback Chance Bell left the game after his first carry. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I expected a different game because we knew that they [Norwalk] was a physical team,” said Hubbell, who hit 13 of 19 for 186 yards and one interception. “We knew it was going to be a tough game. Sometimes we didn’t score when we got in the red zone, but our defense was fantastic. Our defense did what it always does.”

Hawkins, a senior, came up with 45 yards on 14 rushes, while Perez, a junior, chimed in with 40 yards on three carries, but did fumble.

“I like getting the ball and it was a good night,” said Hawkins, who had 29 yards in the opening half on nine carries and would have had a few carries if Bell had played the while game. “I really didn’t think that I’d get that much time.”

The Indians, who finished 7-0 and first place in the Pacific League, led 7-0 when Hubbell moved Burroughs 81 yards on eight plays and capped it with a 45-yard toss to senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez with 33 seconds left in the opening quarter.

“Physically I feel fine,” said Hernandez, who had two catches for 55 yards. “It’s the guys in the trenches who get banged up. Our offense played alright, but our defense played really well.”

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Indians’ senior quarterback Steven Hubbell unloaded two scoring passes in 16-9 CIF opening-round win. Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Lancers (5-6) opened the scoring with a 34-yard field goal from junior Eduardo Nava and 5:01 left in the first quarter as the drive began at the Norwalk 33-yard line and consumed 14 plays.

When senior wide receiver/kicker Cade Borland (55 yards and three catches) drilled a 24-yard field goal and 7:49 left before the intermission, the Indians bolted ahead 10-3 on a drive that started at the Norwalk 46-yard line and took eight plays.

The Lancers (228 total yards) are a run-first offense and accumulated 226 yards on the ground on 46 rushes, including 131 yards in the second half.

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Wide receiver Robert Awunganyi returns a punt in victory over Norwalk in a CIF first-round game. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Norwalk, which finished in third place in the Suburban League, closed to within 10-9 and 4:55 left in the third quarter on a 25-yard run and Nava’s point after hitting the right upright.

When the Indians took over on their next series at the Burroughs 23-yard line, Hubbell, who came in having tossed only three interceptions, was picked off by junior defensive end Robert Rodriguez, but Nava’s 33-yard field goal sailed wide right.

What followed was an 80-yard, 12-play march that ended when Hubbell found senior wide receiver Torin Harris (20 yards on two receptions) with an eight-yard bullet as 9:01 remained in the fourth quarter.

When Borland’s point after was blocked by sophomore strong safety Josh Martinez, the Indians pulled ahead by seven points.

Burroughs, Burbank Readies For Playoffs

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Now that the preliminaries are over, it’s time for the main events and they commence Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in CIF Southern Section Southeast Division opening-round playoff matches as Burroughs High hosts Norwalk at Memorial Field, while Dominguez Compton plays Burbank at Moyse Field on the campus of Glendale High.

The Indians went 7-0 in the Pacific League, 9-1 overall for the first time since 2006, and own a nine-game winning streak after knocking off Burbank 47-21 behind senior quarterback Steven Hubbell’s five touchdown passes and 265 yards.

Hubbell has thrown for 1,507 yards with 25 scores and three interceptions. Hubbell has an additional 202 yards on the ground with six touchdowns.

The Indians’ best and most-productive tailback has been junior Chance Bell, who has 1,375 yards with 23 scores, and is coming off a 165-yard performance against the Bulldogs.

Junior running back Sammy Duran has 287 yards with two touchdowns, and senior running back Ash Hawkins has 208 yards with two scores.

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Burroughs players meet for coin toss against Burbank. The Indians will host Norwalk in a CIF opening-round playoff game on Friday. (Photo By Ivan Galan)

Hubbell will target senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez (30 passes for 454 yards and 12 touchdowns) and senior wide receiver Cade Borland (29 receptions for 350 yards and four scores).

Hubbell’s other choices include senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi (10 catches for 203 yards with two scores) and senior wide receiver Nick Mercado (15 receptions for 177 yards and five touchdowns).

The defense has been solid and is led by multiple players including senior lineman Cole Gurley (14 solo tackles with 45 assists, 10 sacks and one fumble recovery) and senior linebacker Branden Garcia (nine solo tackles and 54 assists).

Senior defensive back Devlin Jimenez has contributed 15 solo tackles, 29 assists, one and a half sacks, three interceptions and two passes defended, while senior linebacker Connor Garden has 14 solo tackles, 34 assists, five sacks, two picks, four passes defended and one fumble recovery.

Senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz has 11 solo tackles, 42 assists, three and a half sacks and two fumble recoveries, while senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel has 23 solo tackles, 22 assists with five picks and five passes defended.

Awunganyi, a defensive back, has 20 solo tackles, 23 assists, two interceptions, nine passes defended and one fumble recovery.

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JB tailback Chance Bell will need to have a huge outing versus Norwalk. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Norwalk (5-5 with two unreported scores) prefers to run the football and is led by senior Chris Walker (659 yards with eight scores) while senior Kirk Brown has 556 yards with nine scores.

Senior quarterback Ausencio Navarro has thrown for 473 yards with two scores and one pick, and his favorite targets are junior Raylind Butler (11 catches for 170 yards) and senior Andrew Maldonado (six catches for 120 yards).

Junior defensive end Jordan Thomas has 35 solo tackles with four sacks, one fumble recovery and one pick, while Brown, an outside linebacker, has 32 solo tackles.

The Bulldogs (6-4 and 5-2 in league) have gone 4-2 over their last six games and look to rebound after the loss to the Indians.

Junior signal-caller Guy Gibbs has tossed 13 touchdown passes with five picks and has 1,234 yards. Gibbs’ favorite receiver is senior Max Weisman (25 catches for 369 yards with four scores).

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BHS quarterback Guy Gibbs will run the offense in a CIF first-round match versus Dominguez Compton. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has 21 catches for 324 yards with six scores, while sophomore running back Darnell Williams has 13 receptions for 125 yards.

Williams is the leading rusher with 556 yards and five scores, while sophomore running back Blake Quinteros has 389 yards with four touchdowns.

Defensively the Bulldogs are led by junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who has 78 solo tackles, 30 assists, four sacks, three passes defended and four fumble recoveries.

Senior defensive back David Medrano has 36 solo tackles, 39 assists with two sacks, three passes defended and one fumble recovery, while junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has 34 solo tackles, 27 assists, one pick, 11 passes defended and two fumble recoveries.

Fajardo, a defensive back, has 34 solo tackles, 12 assists, five picks and 14 passes defended, while junior lineman Damien Flores has 24 solo tackles, 26 assists, two sacks, one interception and one pass defended.

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Burbank’s offensive line will be crucial on Friday versus the Dons. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Dominguez Compton (7-3) is a run-first offense and is paced by senior Ioane Niupulusu (1,058 yards and eight scores). Senior Henry Williams has 961 yards with nine scores and senior Royce Anson has 941 yards with nine touchdowns.

Junior Craig Tafua is the quarterback and has 375 yards with six scores and two interceptions.

Senior tight end Semisi Fakasiieki has six catches for 132 yards with three scores and sophomore tight end Sentuli Finau has 11 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior middle linebacker Siupeli Finau leads the way with 53 solo tackles and 40 assists with three sacks, while Fakasiieki, an outside linebacker, has 49 solo tackles, 31 assists, two picks and two fumble recoveries.

BHS, JB Have CIF Playoff Games

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


This is going to be a busy week for Burroughs High and Burbank as each school will be involved in CIF Southern Section playoff action.

The Indians’ girls’ volleyball team has a home date against Pacifica Oxnard (14-7 overall) in an opening-round Division II-A match on Tuesday. It’s scheduled to commence at 6 p.m.

Burroughs went undefeated in Pacific League play at 14-0 and 21-7 after sweeping rival Burbank, which placed fourth in league. If Burroughs wins, it will have another match on Thursday.CIF Southern Section

On the same day, the Indians’ boys’ water polo squad (12-11) will have a home game against Atascadero (9-14) in a Division 4 wildcard match.

Three days later, football will dominate as the Indians and Bulldogs will each have home games on Friday, with kickoffs scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Burroughs, which went 9-1 and 7-0 in league, will play Norwalk (4-6) at Memorial Field.

Burbank, which went 6-4 and 5-2 for second place in league after losing to the Indians 47-21 in the “Big Game” last Friday, will face Dominguez Compton (7-3) at either Moyse Field on the campus of Glendale High or Occidental College in Eagle Rock.

Burroughs’ Emily Virtue Named Runner of the Year

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs High’s Emily Virtue turned in one of the most dominant cross-country seasons ever and for her effort was recently named the Pacific League Runner of the Year, the first ever by a boy or girl since the Indians entered the league in 2006.

On Thursday in the cross-country Pacific League Finals at Arcadia Park, Virtue, who was also tabbed first-team all-league, placed first in the girls varsity race in a time of 16 minutes and 42 seconds.

In the boys varsity boys, which saw Burroughs place first in league for the second year in a row, saw Justin Villagran, a first-teamer get fourth (14:50). Jagdeep Chahal, also a first-teamer, was sixth (15:04) while first-team selection Andrew Barrondo garnered seventh (15:05).

Second-team pick Jacob Calderon was ninth (15:11) and second-teamer Timothy Wells grabbed 11th (15:21). Adam Villalpando was 14th (15:28) and Manne Green took 15th (15:29).

John Burroughs High School's Emily Virtue runs a cross-country terrain course. (Photo Courtesy of Oscar Eligio)

Emily Virtue, Burroughs’ cross-country standout, was recently named Pacific League Runner of the Year. (Photo Courtesy of Oscar Eligio)

In the girls varsity race, the Indians garnered second in league as second-team selection Heidi Eligio took eighth (18:00). Second-teamer Lakely Nealis was 13th (18:42) and second-teamer Eileen Eckles finished 14th (18:55).

Sapphire Sandoval was 16th (19:14), Jailene Diaz was 18th (20:04) and Ariel Ramirez was 28th (21:19.

In the boys junior varsity division, Burroughs took second in league, while first-teamer Daniel Fendrich was fourth (15:50). Second-team pick Evan Thomas was eighth (15:55), second-team selection Patrick Wells was 12th (16:14), second-teamer Javier Hurtado was 13th (16:27) and Christian Fuentes grabbed 14th (16:29).

In the same race, Seth Battilana nabbed 18th (16:43), Trent Harrison took 24th (17:01), David Olympia placed 26th (17:10), Eduardo Cabrera was 27th (17:10), Cobie Cortez placed 35th (17:26) and Alex Linares was 46th (18:35).

In the girls junior varsity race, the Indians finished second in league and second-team pick Graison Anderson was eighth (22:08). Second-teamer Andrea Duran finished ninth (22:09) and second-team selection Maddy Davis was 11th (22:45).

In the same race, Lisandra Contreras was 16th (23:36), Madaisha Berumen took 26th (25:11) and Destiny Velasquez nabbed 29th (26:33).

Chris Hoxsie, a first-team pick was first (15:32) in the boys freshman/sophomore race as Burroughs took second in the league, and first-teamer Andrew Hoxsie was fourth (15:38).

Second-teamer Jerry Hoxsie took 12th (16:28), second-teamer Charanpreet Singh was 14th (16:29), Sameh Gharieb placed 16th (16:36), Ethan Brown was 20th (16:54) and Asif Chowdhury took 21st (17:00).

Connor Van Dyke was 25th (17:20), Jeron Straker took 28th (17:38), Ethan Galloway placed 30th (17:50), Peter Lainson was 49th (18:35), Johnny Padungyothee finished 81st (19:52) and Alex Jones was 96th (21:04).

In the girls freshman/sophomore race, Burroughs placed second in league, while first-teamer Teresa Perez was first (18:45).

First-team selection Phoenix Reivers was fifth (19:58), second-teamer Ana Villalpando grabbed 10th (20:50), second-teamer Kayla Beals placed 14th (21:09) and Catrina Villalpando was 21st (21:50.

Kenna Guzman was 24th (22:02), Sophie Birnbaum finished 25th (22:04), Julianna Navarro was 26th (22:04), Kimberly Ochoa nabbed 28th (22:19), Iliana Mendias took 37th (23:19), Sharia Barrera was 55th (26:22) and Angelica Thompson nabbed 61st (28:27).

Burroughs Starts Slow But Finishes Fast

By Tania Tchalikian

The huge cross-town rivalry started off memorable as the enormous crowd filed into Memorial Stadium on Friday night as all eyes were riveted on the clash between host Burbank High and Burroughs in the 67th edition of the “Big Game.”

The Bulldogs came out ready because a win would give them a share of the Pacific League title along with Burroughs.

Burbank showed it deserved a piece of the crown early on, but faltered in the second quarter and second half as Burroughs prevailed, 47-21.

The Bulldogs led 14-0 as the Indians struggled early. Burbank took a 7-0 lead on a 54-yard pass from junior quarterback Guy Gibbs to junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo and 5:01 left.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

JB senior wide receiver Robert Awungyani scored two touchdowns. By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank’s lead became 14-0 when Gibbs hit senior wide receiver Max Weisman with a 37-yard pass and 1:42 left.

The Indians answered with a touchdown as senior quarterback Steven Hubbell threw a 55-yard pass to senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi late in the opening quarter.

With 3:54 left in the second quarter, Hubbell hit senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez with a 39-yard pass as the Indians came within 14-13.

When Hubbell located senior wide receiver Cade Borland with a 13-yard toss and 21 seconds remaining in the half, Burroughs led 19-14.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs defense held Burbank to 291 total net yards including 87 yards on the ground. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The game had been intense and on the edge from the start as Burbank seemed to have the flow of things early on. Now it seemed the Indians got the momentum on their side as they came out in the second half and scored four touchdowns.

“It was definitely hands down the coaches. They prepared us really good and it was a great game plan and I just followed everything that they said,” said Hubbell, who completed 17 of 28 passes for 265 yards, of his performance.

Junior running back Chance Bell came into the second half ready to produce as he scored on a 76-yard run early that gave the Indians a 26-14 advantage.

Burroughs had a scoring pass from Hubbell to senior wide receiver Nick Mercado late in the third quarter that made it 33-14, and added a 32-yarder to Awunganyi midway through the fourth quarter for a 40-14 advantage.

Senior running back Ash Hawkins had a 31-yard run late in the fourth quarter for a 47-21 lead.