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Burbank Shoves Aside Glendale, 61-7

By Jim Riggio

The Burbank High football team didn’t jump out of the gate as fast as one might have expected. But once the Bulldogs got rolling they kept going, winning 61-7 in a Pacific League contest over Glendale on Thursday night at Memorial Field.

“I challenged them to get ready to work this week. We need to get better,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said after losing 21-20 to Muir last week. “We’re not the greatest team right now. We’re not where we think we are. We need to improve. But I’m happy that we came and did the things we needed to do.”

Burbank (3-3 overall, 2-1 in league) got on the board at the 7:23 mark of the first quarter as sophomore tailback Darnell Williams scored on a two-yard run.

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Forest Fajardo helped Burbank rout Glendale, 61-7, with a 75-yard kick return for a score. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Glendale (1-5 overall, 0-3 in league) was tough defensively in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs eventually scored for a second time as senior running back/wide receiver  Aki Arlington scored on a 13-yard run with 1:35 left in the first quarter to make it 14-0.

Burbank got a big break on the ensuing kickoff as senior defensive back Noah Powell forced a Glendale fumble and sophomore linebacker Drew Pendleton not only recovered, but ran back for a touchdown.

Glendale pulled a surprise on Burbank on the first play of the second quarter as junior running back Carlos Ramos had a 78-run that was followed up by a three-yard touchdown from senior fullback Abraham Martinez.

But Burbank was not fazed.

Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.

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Burbank’s defense was too much for the Nitros in a Pacific League game. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Bulldogs’ junior quarterback Guy Gibbs later scored on a two-yard run with 6:40 left in the first half.

Less than a minute later, Arlington intercepted a Glendale pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to make it 41-7.

Gibbs and Fajardo hooked up on a five-yard touchdown with 2:38 left in the half.

After another Glendale turnover, Williams scored on a two-yard run with 1:37 left before the intermission.

“It was good to bounce back. The offense has been struggling a bit. We put some points up and scored and executed our schemes,” Broussard said. “We just wanted to come out and execute a lot better and we did that.”

Burbank scored 48 points from the 1:35 mark of the first quarter until 1:37 remained in the first half, a span of 11 minutes, 58 seconds.

The second half was played with a running clock.

Arlington capped the night by scoring on a three-yard run with 10:14 left in the contest.


Burbank And Burroughs Play Hosts

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burbank High and Burroughs will have home dates beginning tonight at Memorial Field as the Bulldogs face Glendale, while the Indians play Friday against Pasadena and seek their fifth straight win and third consecutive in Pacific League action.

After a win against Monrovia that was stricken via forfeit, Burbank split the next four games, but its 21-20 league defeat at home against previously winless Muir last week really stung, which could make it a long night for the Nitros.

The Nitros are 1-4 after four consecutive defeats including league losses versus Arcadia, 42-0 at home and on the road against Crescenta Valley, 59-7.

Glendale opened its season with a 27-17 triumph at San Gabriel, but then suffered home setbacks to La Canada, 22-9 and South Pasadena, 51-21.

Burbank junior quarterback Guy Gibbs has thrown eight touchdowns with three interceptions and has 555 yards. Gibbs sets the tone for the offense which has scored a combined 27 points in its last two games.

The running attack is solid with sophomore tailback Darnell Williams accounting for 300 yards, with a long of 43 yards and one score. Williams has also snared seven passes for 57 yards.

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Junior WR/DB Forest Fajardo is versatile. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior running back Nick Warren has 176 yards with two scores and junior Andy Reyes has rushed for 100 yards.

Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has caught 13 passes for 212 yards with three scores, and senior wide receiver Noah Powell has 134 yards on six catches with two touchdowns.

Reyes, a defensive back, leads the charge with 50 solo tackles, 17 assists and two sacks, while senior defensive back David Medrano has 22 solo tackles with 19 assists and one sack.

Junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has 24 solo tackles and 13 assists, and junior linebacker Jake Kelley has contributed 24 solo tackles with 12 assists and a pair of sacks.

The Indians have scored 42 points or more in four consecutive games, including a high of 49 on the road against Rosemead and at home versus Muir.

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell has 718 yards through the air with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. Hubbell has also run for a pair of scores.

Junior running back Chance Bell has compiled 659 yards and tallied 13 touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has scored six touchdowns and has 200 receiving yards on 14 receptions.

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Chance Bell leads the Indians’ ground attack. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior wide receiver Cade Borland has 204 yards on 15 catches and two scores, while senior wide receiver Nick Mercado had eight catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns.

The defense is stacked as is led by senior linebacker Branden Garcia, who has five solo tackles and 24 assists. Senior defensive back Robert Awunganyi has 12 solo tackles and 13 assists.

Senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel has 12 solo tackles and 11 assists with three interceptions, and senior linebacker Connor Garden has five solo tackles with 18 assists and one sack.

Burbank Surprised By Winless Muir, 21-20


By Jim Riggio

Part of growing up and going through high school is learning how to overcome one’s mistakes. This extends to many areas, including the football field.

The Burbank High football team showed Friday night that it must cut down on its mistakes and learn to overcome obstacles. After appearing in the driver’s seat for nearly the entire first half, the Bulldogs fell apart in the second half and were stunned by visiting Muir 21-20 in a Pacific League contest at Memorial Field.

“They (Muir) deserved to win. We did all the things to lose a game,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We got away with it last week. I didn’t do my job teaching them about discipline and the little things, so we will take care of that.”

Burbank (2-3 overall, 1-1 in league) was coming off a 7-3 win against defending CIF Southern Section Southeastern Division champion Crescenta Valley last week.

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BHS wide receiver Forest Fajardo tries to break free from Muir defender. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs took the lead on the second play of the second quarter as junior quarterback Guy Gibbs hooked up with junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo on a six-yard touchdown pass.

The Bulldogs went up 14-0 with 4:54 left in the first half as sophomore running back Darnell Williams scored on a five-yard run.

Muir (1-4, 1-1) came back and made things closer as senior quarterback Joey Knowles found junior wide receiver Elijah Blades on a seven-yard touchdown pass. The Mustangs missed the extra point, making it 14-6.

But things changed on Burbank’s ensuing drive as Gibbs fumbled the ball on his own. Muir’s Jordan Baker picked up the loose ball and raced 46 yards into the end zone. The Mustangs converted the two-point conversion to tie the score with just six tenths of a second left in the first half.

“It was huge. It was clearly the difference in the game,” Broussard said of the fumble.

Muir took the lead at the 9:45 mark of the third quarter as Knowles hit junior wide receiver Jamal Tims with a 61-yard touchdown pass.

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Burbank struggled in one-point loss to Mustangs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

It took a while for the Bulldogs to counter back. But they did with 10:52 left to play as Gibbs and Fajardo hooked up on a 35-yard touchdown pass.

However, the Bulldogs bobbled the snap on the extra point and were unable to convert the play that turned into a two-point conversion attempt.

It would turn out to haunt them because later in the quarter senior kicker Andrew Hank was well wide on a 42-yard field goal attempt.

The Bulldogs had another opportunity as they took over on their own 26-yard-line with three minutes to play. They marched down the field only to fumble the ball deep in Muir territory with 1:25 left.

Burbank was not finished, however.

The Bulldogs stopped Muir and even blocked the Mustangs’ punt giving them the ball at Muir’s 24-yard-line with 37 seconds left.

But the Bulldogs did not make good use of clock management and it cost them as time expired.



Burroughs Races To 48-6 Win Over Hoover

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It took the Burroughs High football team only four plays to score its first touchdown, and would lead by four touchdowns after one quarter.

When it was over, the Indians would eventually pull away for a convincing 48-6 victory over Hoover in a Pacific League game at Memorial Field on Thursday night.

The Tornadoes (1-4 and 0-2 in league) made it somewhat easy for the Indians to pull ahead 14-0 after turning the ball over twice.

The Indians (4-1 and 2-0 in league) had four passing touchdowns and three rushing scores as they cranked out 362 total net yards, including 234 yards on the ground.

“We did exactly what we wanted to do,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “In a game like this, offensively we wanted to execute and make our blocks. Defensively we wanted to bring in the second unit and give them some valuable playing time. It’s game five and we wanted to give the starters a little rest.”

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell had three scoring passes, and has 13 touchdown tosses for the season with two interceptions.

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Wide receiver Robert Awunganyi snares a pass from backup quarterback Andy Amela in 48-6 win. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Hoover wasn’t able to pick off Hubbell, who finished his evening’s work by connecting on seven of 10 attempts for 62 yards.

The score was so lopsided senior Andy Amela, the backup quarterback, entered late in the second quarter and had a 51-yard toss to senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez (69 yards on three catches) that made it 42-0 and 4:58 left.

That was Amela’s first pass and would have one more in the second half that netted 15 yards to senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi.

“We wanted to get everyone in the game, and we were trying to figure out how we were going to do that,” Knoop said. “We expect them [second string] to come in and play like the first guys.”

Junior tailback Chance Bell was the game’s top ground-gainer as he sliced and diced his way to 149 yards on eight carries with three touchdowns.

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Tailback Chance Bell tallied three scores and 149 yards against Hoover. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We prepare every week the same,” said Bell, the Indians’ leading rusher a season ago. “It doesn’t make any difference if the team is good or the team is bad. We want to play at our level and not at the level of our opponent.”

Bell’s 18-yard dash came after a fumble by sophomore running back Maurice Herrera that was recovered by junior linebacker Taiyo Gibbs. The tally gave the Indians a 7-0 lead with 9:31 left in the opening quarter and capped a 53-yard march.

“We practice the way we want to play in the game,” Bell said. “I have good vision, but all the credit goes to the offensive line. They do all the work.”

Hoover’s next series resulted in yet another fumble, this time by junior quarterback Quinton Smith which junior linebacker Nico Frugone pounced on at the Hoover six-yard line.

Hubbell’s six-yard slant pass to senior wide receiver Nick Mercado (40 yards on four receptions) made it 14-0 with 7:32 left in the initial quarter.

After Hoover punted, the Indians took a 21-0 lead as Hubbell hit Hernandez with a 13-yard bullet and 5:25 remaining in the same quarter.

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Burroughs’ stout defense held the Tornadoes to 213 total net yards. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs’ lead became 28-0 when Bell bolted into the end zone on a 43-yard sprint and 58.4 seconds left in the first quarter. The run capped a four-play, 70-yard march.

Hubbell’s 12-yard strike to Mercado in the right corner of the end zone came with seven minutes remaining before the intermission as the Indians led 35-0. The drive consumed seven plays and covered 63 yards.

Burroughs opened the second half with a 55-yard, four-play excursion that Bell capped with a three-yard romp and 9:12 showing in the third quarter for a 48-0 edge.

Hoover (213 total yards) was finally able to get on the scoreboard with 17.1 seconds left in the third quarter when junior Johnny Hernandez drilled a 46-yard field goal as the Tornadoes drove 55 yards.

On the game’s final possession, Hernandez, a wide receiver, converted a 27-yard field goal with a second left that climaxed a 70-yard march.

Herrera led the way for Hoover with 103 yards on 18 carries, senior fullback Jesse Martinez had 58 yards on 14 carries, and Smith contributed 32 yards on 15 carries.

Burroughs’ next game will be Friday at Memorial Field against the Pasadena Bulldogs.

Burroughs, Burbank Have Home Dates

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Memorial Field will be buzzing with excitement as it hosts two high school football games over the next two nights as Burroughs plays Hoover tonight while Burbank faces Muir on Friday.

The Indians enter tonight’s Pacific League match with a 3-1 record, and 1-0 in league after routing Muir at home by 40 points last week.

Burroughs averages just over 41 points per game, while surrendering 18 points per outing.

The Tornadoes are 1-3, 0-1 in league and have a one-dimensional offense that is heavily-tilted toward the run.

Hoover lost to host Hollywood, 41-0, beat Sotomayor, 41-18, at home, fell to South Pasadena, 44-6, on the road, and dropped a 37-0 decision to host Pasadena.

Junior quarterback Quinton Smith has passed for 31 yards, and has been intercepted three times without having tossed a touchdown.

On the plus side, Smith has rushed for 116 yards with one score, while Hoover’s leading ball-carrier is senior fullback Calvin Lopez, who has gained 191 yards and tallied two touchdowns.

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Burroughs’ defense will need to stop the run against Hoover. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sophomore running back Maurice Herrera has 175 yards and one score, and junior running back James Tumbucon has 113 yards with one tally.

Burroughs has a diverse offensive attack that will cause the Tornadoes major problems.

It begins with senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who has thrown for 10 touchdowns with two interceptions and 656 yards.

Junior running back Chance Bell has rushed for 514 yards, scored 10 touchdowns and has 50 receiving yards.

Senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has snared 11 passes for 130 yards with four scores and 283 all-purpose yards. Senior wide receiver Cade Borland has 200 yards on 14 receptions and two touchdowns.

Senior wide receiver Torin Harris has two touchdown receptions and five catches for 121 yards. Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has amassed 311 all-purpose yards.

Because Hoover lacks a passing attack, the Indians will need to halt the run so senior linebacker Branden Garcia (22 assists and five solo tackles), defensive back Awunganyi (12 assists and 12 solo tackles), senior linebacker Connor Garden (17 assists and three solo tackles) and senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz (13 assists and seven solo tackles) will be counted upon to deliver the goods.

The Bulldogs are primed for another big performance against the winless Mustangs, who average 10.5 points per game, while allowing just under 48 points.

Burbank has scored at least 35 points twice, and its defense has limited the last two opponents to nine points in wins over Canyon (35-6) and Crescenta Valley (7-3).

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BHS Coach Richard Broussard expects strong performance versus Muir. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior quarterback Guy Gibbs has thrown five touchdown passes with three picks and 429 yards.

Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has nabbed 10 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown, and senior wide receiver Noah Powell has emerged as a weapon after catching two scoring passes. Powell has 106 yards on four receptions.

Sophomore tailback Darnell Williams has 231 rushing yards and 417 all-purpose yards. Junior running back Nick Warren has accounted for two scores, 175 yards on the ground and 203 all-purpose yards.

Junior defensive back Andy Reyes (39 solo tackles and 14 assists), junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez (22 solo tackles and nine assists), junior linebacker Jake Kelley (20 solo tackles with 10 assists), senior defensive back David Medrano (15 solo tackles with 15 assists) and defensive back Fajardo (20 solo tackles with five assists) will lead the defensive effort.

Burroughs Starts Quick, Smashes Muir, 49-9

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Taking no chances, the Burroughs High football team wanted to get ahead of winless Muir in the Pacific League opener on Friday at Memorial Field.

Well, that’s exactly what the Indians did as they started fast and extended their lead during a 49-9 blowout as junior running back Chance Bell led the charge with four rushing touchdowns.

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RB Chance Bell tallied four touchdowns in a 49-9 win over Muir. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Bell, the Indians’ leading rusher in 2014, scored two touchdowns in the first half as Burroughs led by 12 points, and added two more scores in the second half. Bell finished with 72 yards on 15 carries.

“Tonight we played the game we anticipated,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “We got on top early. We came out in the third quarter and scored two touchdowns really fast that made it 35-9.”

Burroughs’ hard-hitting and opportunistic defense caused five turnovers, including four fumbles, and an interception that senior defensive back Hunter Guerin returned 35 yards for a score for a 35-9 lead.

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DB Hunter Guerin had a 35-yard interception for a score. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell (nine for nine and 165 yards) shined as he unloaded two scoring passes, including a 75-yard bomb to senior wide receiver Torin Harris that made it 21-9 and just over three minutes left before the break.

“Steven threw the football really well, but he also ran when he had to,” Knoop said. “Our defense played phenomenal. But we allowed them to score just before the half and gave them some life.”

The Indians led 14-3 after the first quarter, and had a 21-9 cushion at the intermission against the overmatched Mustangs (0-4 and 0-1 in league).

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi had a 50-yard scoring run on a fly sweep with less than nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, which Knoop described as “sensational.”

Burroughs (3-1 and 1-0 in league) scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter for a 35-9 advantage, had three for the stanza, and added one score in the fourth quarter.

The Indians host Hoover on Thursday night at Memorial Field in a Pacific League contest.

Burbank Scores Late, Downs Crescenta Valley, 7-3

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It certainly wasn’t pretty and sometimes hard to watch, but the Burbank High football team survived and eventually claimed a 7-3 victory over Crescenta Valley in the Pacific League opener at Moyse Field in Glendale on Friday night.

The score that put the Bulldogs ahead was a 56-yard strike from junior quarterback Guy Gibbs to senior wide receiver Noah Powell with 7:44 left in the fourth quarter. The pass traveled about 20 yards, but the rest was all Powell.

“I’m so emotional right now,” said Powell, who had three receptions for 72 yards and also plays defensive back. “Everything that I’ve been through. All these guys have my back. I just don’t know what to say.”

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BHS quarterback Guy Gibbs had a 56-yard toss to Noah Powell for the game-winner versus the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When asked to explain the game-winner, Powell said it was something he had dreamed about. “I just caught it and then turned on the jets,” he offered.

Powell’s effort was indeed superb, but it wasn’t until junior defensive back Forest Fajardo picked off junior quarterback Tyler Hill that the contest was sealed.

“I thought it would be a close game,” Fajardo said. “We faced adversity and we came through. We really wanted this win after what they did to us last year. They don’t like us and we don’t like them.”

Offensively it was tough sledding for each team. The Bulldogs amassed 123 total net yards, including 33 yards on the ground. But every yard was gained with grit and determination, and also a great deal of sweat.

It was that kind of game, and a match the Bulldogs could be proud of considering the Falcons (222 total yards) were also pushed back at every turn, with the exception of a 26-yard field goal from junior Alex Atanackovic and 45 seconds left in the first quarter.

Crescenta Valley (2-2 and 0-1 in league), the defending CIF Southern Section Southeast Division champion, owned the ball during most of the opening half, but the only points it was able to muster was a field goal.

“That was ugly,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “But we gutted it out. We were so awesome. They’re warriors. Our defense battled.”

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BHS Coach Richard Broussard said his defense battled. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

After the Bulldogs’ initial possession went 19 yards, the Falcons had the ball the rest of the quarter which resulted in the successful field goal.

The ensuing 52-yard kickoff return by junior defensive back Andy Reyes gave the Bulldogs (2-2 and 1-0 in league) the ball at the Crescenta Valley 46-yard line.

But junior running back Nick Warren (11 carries for 24 yards and three catches for 18 yards) lost two yards, and Gibbs’ pass to Powell netted only five yards.

Gibbs (six of 16 for 90 yards) then tossed an incomplete pass which forced the Bulldogs to punt, but the Falcons weren’t able to do anything offensively, which was the case during the rest of the game.

“We left a lot of plays out there on the field,” Broussard said. “We won, but there’s a lot of things that we need to improve upon.”

Burbank had the ball four times in the opening half, and six times during the second half and scored only once.

The Bulldogs play Friday night at Memorial Field in a matchup against winless Muir.

JB Hosts Muir; BHS Visits Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

Sports Editor

The Pacific League schedule begins tonight as Burbank High visits Crescenta Valley at Moyse Field in Glendale, while Burroughs hosts winless Muir at Memorial Field.

The Bulldogs are technically 1-2 after winning by 18 points, then forfeiting their season-opener at Monrovia, losing to Ayala at home by seven points, before knocking off visiting Canyon by 29 points.

Crescenta Valley is the defending CIF Southern Section Southeast Division champion, and enters Friday’s contest with a 2-1 mark after beating Verdugo Hills, 37-17, on the road, falling to Golden Valley, 39-20, at home and routing La Canada, 35-3, on the road.

The Falcons have replaced quarterback Brian Gadsby, who is pitching at UCLA with junior Tyler Hill, who has thrown for 411 yards.

Hill has five touchdown tosses with three interceptions, and has amassed 148 yards on the ground with three touchdowns.

Hill’s favorite receiver is senior Boston Lakin, who has caught 12 passes for 203 yards with three scores. Lakin has accumulated 517 all-purpose yards.

Hill’s other targets include junior wide receiver Andrew Traber, who has snared six passes for 104 yards with one score, and junior running back Brandon Beardt, who has grabbed five passes for 42 yards with one touchdown.

Beardt leads the Falcons with 182 yards rushing and four touchdowns and has 351 all-purpose yards.

Sophomore linebacker Brian Erickson has nine solo tackles with 24 assists, and senior linebacker Jack Yaacoubian has 11 solo tackles with 15 assists.

Junior defensive lineman Nobel Leduc has 18 solo tackles and 13 assists with three sacks, and Beardt, a defensive back, has 11 solo tackles with 11 assists and one sack.

Burbank junior signal-caller Guy Gibbs is steadily improving and has accounted for four touchdown passes with three picks and 337 yards. Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has caught nine passes for 154 yards and one score.


Sophomore running back Darnell Williams has churned out 227 yards and grabbed seven passes for 57 yards. Williams has 413 all-purpose yards with 129 yards coming on kick returns.

The other running back is junior Nick Warren, who has found the end zone twice and has 149 rushing yards.

Defensively the Bulldogs are paced by junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who has 31 solo tackles with eight assists, and junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez, who has 16 solo tackles with seven assists and an interception.

Senior defensive back David Medrano has nine solo tackles and 12 assists with one sack, while junior linebacker Jake Kelley has 13 solo tackles with seven assists and one sack.

Fajardo, a defensive back, has delivered 14 solo tackles with two assists and two picks, and senior defensive lineman Jha’rod Horhn has nine solo tackles with four assists and two sacks.

Burroughs lost its initial game by 20 points at Calabasas, then routed host Rosemead by 34 points and drilled Santa Fe by 39 points at home.

The Indians’ offense is spearheaded by senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who has thrown for 497 yards. Hubbell has tossed nine touchdown passes with two interceptions and has rushed for two scores.


The top ground-gainer is junior tailback Chance Bell, who has 414 yards with six touchdowns and 488 all-purpose yards.

Hubbell’s deep threat is senior wide receiver Cade Borland, who has 185 yards on 13 receptions with two scores, while senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has snared nine passes for 79 yards with four touchdowns and has compiled 222 all-purpose yards.

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has 158 all-purpose yards, including 76 yards on punt returns and 55 yards on kick returns.

Awunganyi, a defensive back, has nine solo tackles and 10 assists, while senior defensive back Devlin Jimenez has six solo tackles with 10 assists.

Senior linebacker Branden Garcia has recorded four solo tackles with 12 assists, senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel has nine solo tackles with five assists, senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz has five solo tackles with 10 assists, and senior defensive lineman Cole Gurley has two solo tackles with five assists along with three and a half sacks.

The once-mighty Mustangs have only 31 players on their roster and have lost to Salesian, 34-14, at home, Cathedral, 61-7 on the road and host Hart, 47-12.

Burroughs Football Hammers Santa Fe, 42-3

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell completed his first four passes, including a 66-yard touchdown toss to senior wide receiver Cade Borland (five receptions for 110 yards) and 5:17 left in the first quarter for Burroughs High in Friday night’s nonleague football game against Santa Fe at Memorial Field.

Hubbell would throw three more scoring passes as the Indians manhandled the Chiefs, 42-3, and now head into Pacific League play next week.

Burroughs (2-1) simply and thoroughly wore down Santa Fe (257 total net yards) in what was a physical match and saw Santa Fe senior wide receiver Jake Risdall suffer a head and neck injury late in the third quarter. The game was delayed for nearly a half hour, and Risdall was taken to a local hospital for observation.

Junior tailback Chance Bell (22 carries for 136 yards) would make it 14-0 with 10 seconds left in the same quarter and finalize a 69-yard, six-play drive.

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Tailback Chance Bell was integral in the 42-3 win over Santa Fe. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Chiefs (1-3) would finally get on the board when senior Alex Moreno booted a 38-yard field goal and 9:05 left in the second quarter.

Burroughs responded three series later with a seven-yard pass from Hubbell to senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez and 2:15 remaining before the break to pull in front, 21-3.

“We’re a senior-heavy team and we have a lot of leaders,” said Hernandez, who caught two passes for 16 yards. “I’m one of the leaders. I get vocal when I have to. I just want to help the team any way that I can.”

Hernandez spoke about the league portion of the schedule: “It’s a long season and now we start league. We just want to take it one game at a time. We take each step one at a time. We know the Burbank game [Nov. 6] is a long way off, but we think we’re going to have a good team.”

Burroughs will next play always-tough Muir at home next Friday, and Coach Keith Knoop cautioned his team against being over confident after the 39-point thumping of the Chiefs.

“Muir always has great athletes,” Knoop said. “They always cause problems. But we like to think that we’re a good team, and that we’re going to do well against them. This is going to be a good league. You saw what Burbank did to Canyon (35-6 rout of the Cowboys the night before]. We have to be prepared.”

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Defensive back Robert Awunganyi returns a punt against the Chiefs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Hubbell, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 238 yards, came into the contest with five touchdown tosses and no interceptions. Hubbell was picked off twice in the opening half.

The Indians (390 total yards) took command 28-3 with 5:44 left on the clock in the third quarter when Hubbell drilled senior wide receiver Hunter Guerin (66 yards on three receptions) all alone with a 41-yard strike, capping a two-play, 50-yard march.

With 1:48 left in the third quarter, Burroughs struck again, this time a one-yard run by Bell as the Indians forged a 35-3 lead. The drive consumed six plays and covered 36 yards.

On the next possession, Burroughs bolted ahead, 42-3, when Hubbell unloaded his final scoring toss, a 31-yard bomb to senior wide receiver Torin Harris (38 yards and two catches) with 11:11 remaining in the fourth quarter.


Burroughs Football Meets Santa Fe

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


After splitting a pair of games on the road, the Burroughs High football team plays its first home match tonight at Memorial Field against Santa Fe. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Indians opened their season with a 45-25 setback to Calabasas, but don’t be fooled by the final score because they actually led midway through the third quarter before surrendering the final 26 points.

Burroughs then outmuscled and outclassed Rosemead, 49-15, so tonight’s game could be high-scoring.

The Indians are a balanced offense, and their stout defense has a “take-no-prisoner attitude.”


Burroughs Indians host Santa Fe Chiefs tonight.

The Chiefs fell to St. Joseph, 47-21, and Bonita, 32-6, but defeated South El Monte, 38-14.

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell has done a marvelous job for the Indians, having thrown for 260 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Hubbell averages 20 pass attempts per game and finds the target on 12.5, which gives junior running back Chance Bell enough carries to have accounted for nearly 140 yards per game.

Bell has tallied four touchdowns, was the leading ground-gainer last season, and has 319 all-purpose yards.

Senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has caught seven passes for 63 yards, but three have been touchdowns.

Senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel has seven solo tackles and three assists, and senior free safety Robert Awunganyi has six solo tackles and four assists.

Senior strong safety Devlin Jimenez has contributed six solo tackles, five assists and one sack, and junior outside linebacker Nico Frugone has two solo tackles with nine assists.