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Virtue Gets 38th At Footlocker Cross-Country National Championships

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Hoping for her best performance, Burroughs High sophomore Emily Virtue fell somewhat short of that goal at the 2015 Footlocker Cross-Country High School National Championships at Balboa Park in San Diego on Saturday afternoon.


Burroughs sophomore Emily Virtue took 38th in a time of 18:51 at the Footlocker Cross-Country National Championships at San Diego.

In a field of 40 elite runners, Virtue placed 38th in a clocking of 18 minutes and 51 seconds, which by her high standards, was unthinkable prior to the race.

“Unfortunately, she did not have her best race of the season,” Burroughs coach John Peebles said, “and therefore, she was a bit disappointed at the end of the race. However, she had a great season, and, who knows, she may use Saturday’s race as fuel for bigger goals and accomplishments in the  future.”


Emily Virtue (#48) capped her cross-country season at the Footlocker National Championships.

Highly decorated, Virtue captured her first Pacific League championship and then was second in the CIF Southern Section Division I finals.

Virtue then had a sixth-place showing at the CIF State meet.

With two more years to run, it’s likely that Virtue will go down as one of the best, if not the best, female cross-country runner ever at Burroughs.

Peebles believes that with even more experience, Virtue, who ran for Luther Burbank Middle School, will have an even better seasons then the one that just concluded. Of course, only time will tell, but everything seems to be pointing in that direction.

Burroughs Is Fourth In Own Tourney; Burbank Finishes Second

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Burroughs High girls’ basketball team (5-4) sparkled at the free-throw line, making 27 of 30, but still lost to Alemany 69-47 in the Gold Division third place game of the Burroughs Tournament on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Burbank (7-2) fell to Brentwood 59-40 in the Silver Division final despite 12 points and seven rebounds from freshman shooting guard/small forward Osanna Tirityan and 12 points from senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan.

On Friday night, hoping to reach the finals, Burroughs struggled as the Indians suffered a 49-41 setback to Granada Hills in a semifinal contest.

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Senior guard Jordan Meltzer shined in 49-41 loss to Granada Hills with 14 points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Highlanders outscored the Indians in every quarter except the second when Burroughs tallied 10 points to four for Granada Hills.

The Indians hit 16 of 53 shot attempts from the field for 30.1 percent, made four of 12 from the free-throw stripe and was outrebounded 41-24.

“We need to follow the game plan and we didn’t,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “We didn’t play well offensively and we didn’t play well defensively. We need to execute and we didn’t.”

Senior guard Jordan Meltzer showed the way with 14 points for the Indians and scored 10 points in the second half.

The next best was senior guard Abbey Ibarra’s eight points, while junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz added seven points.

The Highlanders, who were paced by junior forward Marlene Salazar’s game-high 16 points, led 17-11 after the first quarter. Granada Hills made seven of 13 from the field while the Indians managed five of 14 as Ibarra nailed a three-pointer with four others contributing a hoop including Meltzer.

Burroughs made a dent in the second quarter as Granada Hills (18 of 42 for 42.8 percent) converted two of 11 from the floor. The Indians nailed four of 14 and went into the intermission knotted at 21-21.

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Senior guard Brooke Radcliff goes up for a shot against the Highlanders. Radcliff had six points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior guard Melissa Garcia dropped in all of her four points in the second quarter for the Indians, and senior guard Brooke Radcliff (six points) added two free throws.

Granada Hills, which also saw senior point guard Dayna Takana score 13 points and senior shooting guard Ivy Nyuyen drop in 11, explode for 15 points in the third quarter as Nguyen and Tanaka each drilled a three-pointer.

The Highlanders made four from three-point range on the evening with Tanaka, who had nine points in the second half, chipping in with three.

The Indians were limited to 10 points in the third quarter with Meltzer contributing five points that included a trey and two free throws and Ibarra’s three-point shot that cut the Highlanders’ lead to 34-31 with 1:06 left as Granada Hills called time out.

Granada Hills would take a 36-31 lead into the fourth quarter and then nail three of six from the floor and seven of nine from the charity line as Tanaka made five.

Burroughs struggled from the field in the fourth quarter, making four of 16 and one of six from the free-line stripe. Meltzer did have five points in the stanza including a three-pointer.


Virtue Gets 8th At Footlocker West Regional Meet

By Rick Assad 
Sports Editor


The honors and recognition continue for Burroughs High’s super-sophomore Emily Virtue, whose sensational season continued as she placed eighth in a time of 18 minutes and 23 seconds at the 37th Annual Footlocker West Regional Cross-Country Meet at Mount San Antonio College on Saturday.

With Virtue’s impressive finish, she qualified for the Footlocker National Cross-Country Meet in San Diego at Morley Field in Balboa Park on Dec. 12.

Getting invited to participate at the prestigious Footlocker National Meet is an accomplishment in itself considering that only the top 10 qualify.

Longtime Burroughs Football Coach Keith Knoop Steps Down

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


In what seems like a surprise, longtime Burroughs High football coach has resigned his position. Knoop, who just completed his 19th season at the helm, announced his decision via Twitter:

It read: “Want to say thank you to everyone I have meet [met] who has made my coaching stint at John Burroughs great. I have stepped down as head coach.”

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Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop has decided to step down. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Knoop’s team came off a wildly successful season in which it went 9-1 during the regular season and 7-0 in Pacific League play. This was the first time since 2006 that the Indians (10-2) reached these figures.

Knoop, who has coached for 29 years, also picked up his 100th career win this season, which ended with a 21-7 loss to St. Francis in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division quarterfinals.

No one has been named to succeed Knoop, who captured five Pacific League titles during his tenure.

Burroughs’ Bell Honored As Pacific League Player Of The Year

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


With team success comes the individual accolades and that’s one reason why Burroughs High junior tailback Chance Bell was recently chosen the Pacific League Player of the Year.

Despite getting banged up late in the season with shoulder and knee injuries, Bell managed to churn out 1,378 yards on 178 carries.

Bell found the end zone for 23 touchdowns, finished with 1,485 all-purpose yards, had six games in which he topped 100 yards, and helped the Indians to a magical campaign in which they went 9-1, including 7-0 in league for the first time since 2006.

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Burroughs junior tailback Chance Bell was named Pacific League Player of the Year. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Meanwhile, Burroughs senior quarterback Steven Hubbell was named the Offensive Player of the Year after closing his career by throwing for 1,820 yards with 27 touchdowns and six interceptions. When the passing lanes were closed, Hubbell scrambled for six scores and 250 yards on 87 carries.

As the field general, Hubbell’s efforts were instrumental as the Indians (10-2 overall) reached the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division quarterfinals, which ended with a 21-7 loss to host St. Francis.

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Calm and cool, Indians’ senior quarterback Steven Hubbell was tabbed Pacific League Offensive Player of the Year. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Defensive Player of the Year honors went to Indians’ senior lineman Cole Gurley, who had 10 sacks, 14 solo tackles and 45 assists, and Burbank’s junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who finished with 132 total tackles including 94 solo and four sacks.

Burroughs seniors Bryce Martinez and Anthony Garcia each were tabbed co-Lineman of the Year and longtime head man Keith Knoop was selected Pacific League Coach of the Year.

Burbank senior wide receiver Max Weisman (369 yards on 25 receptions with four scores), senior place kicker Andrew Hank (43 of 46 extra points with two field goals and a long of 42 yards) and junior offensive lineman Anthony Hernandez, all made the first team and helped the Bulldogs (6-5 overall including a 41-21 setback to Dominguez Compton in the opening-round) to a second-place finish in league along with Crescenta Valley.

Also on the first team was Burroughs senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez (844 all-purpose yards and 532 yards on 36 catches with 13 touchdowns), junior lineman Jesse Chamberlain and senior lineman Justin Gonzalez.

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Burbank defensive back Andy Reyes was selected Pacific League co-Defensive Player of the Year. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

On the defensive side, Burroughs senior linebacker Connor Garden (20 solo tackles with 46 assists and two interceptions) and senior Robert Awunganyi (23 solo tackles with 29 assists and three picks) were also honored.

Burbank was also represented as senior defensive lineman Jha’rod Horhn (24 solo tackles, 20 assists and seven sacks), junior defensive back Forest Fajardo (five picks and 57 tackles including 41 solo) and junior punter Danny Porras (34.5 average with a best of 66 yards) were first-teamers.

The second team offense consisted of Burroughs senior wide receiver Cade Borland (430 yards on 36 catches and four scores) and junior center Tommy Howe.

Also on the squad were Burbank sophomore running back Darnell Williams (860 all-purpose and 585 yards on 122 carries with five touchdowns) and senior lineman David Chavez.

On the defensive side, Burbank junior linebacker Matthew Villagran (38 total tackles including 21 solo with two sacks and one forced fumble), senior lineman Daniel Amaya (28 total tackles including 15 solo and one sack), senior defensive back David Medrano (43 assists with 39 solo tackles and two sacks) and junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez (34 solo tackles, 27 assists and one pick) were selected.

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Burbank junior wide receiver/defensive back Forest Fajardo made the Pacific League first-team. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The rest of the second team defense consisted of Burroughs senior linebacker Branden Garcia (66 assists with 12 solo tackles), senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel (26 solo tackles and 26 assists with five interceptions) and senior defensive back Delvin Jimenez (38 assists, 21 solo tackles, one and a half sacks and three interceptions).

Honorable mention went to Burroughs senior linebacker Jose Chicas Ortiz (11 solo tackles, 42 assists, three and a half sacks and two fumble recoveries),  senior wide receiver Torin Harris (221 yards on 18 catches with three touchdowns) and Burbank senior lineman Richard Cifuentes.

Burroughs’ Virtue Places Sixth At CIF State Finals

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The honors continue to pile up for Burroughs High cross-runner Emily Virtue who joined a select group when she placed sixth overall at the CIF Southern Section State Division I Finals at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday.

Virtue’s time in the girls varsity race was 17 minutes and 39 seconds was the 13th fastest and her finish was the best ever by an Indians’ cross-runner. The previous best was Sadee Martinez’s 10th place in 2007.

In the boys varsity division, Jagdeep Chahal took 31st (15:44) while Justin Villagran grabbed 41st (15:51)).

Timothy Wells nabbed 66th (16:12), Jacob Calderon placed 118th (16:35), Andrew Barrondo took 120th (16:35), Chris Hoxsie finished 122nd (16:37) and Andrew Hoxsie managed to get 164th (17:22).

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.