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Burbank Girls Collect Powder Puff Win Over Burroughs

Burbank High’s girls traveled over to Memorial Field on Monday to play their counterparts from Burroughs. In the end it was Burbank 8, Burroughs 0 as they collected their ‘Big Game’ victory.

Here are some great photos from Ross A. Benson as he collected highlights from the game.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Sweeps Burroughs in JV / Freshmen Football

It was a magnificently glorious night to be a Burbank High football player on the junior varsity and freshman team as each claimed a Pacific League title after beating city rival Burroughs on Thursday at Memorial Field.

The Bulldogs junior varsity blanked the Indians, 18-0, behind three rushing touchdowns and 315 total net yards, while Burbank’s frosh dismantled Burroughs, 60-28, as it compiled 478 total yards including 422 rushing yards.

JV Game

In the junior varsity match, the score at halftime was 6-0 after running back Guillermo Hernandez (60 yards on 16 carries) punched it in from two yards and 4:12 left in the second quarter after defensive back Tommy Sanchez picked off quarterback Gabriel Pellot (seven of 20 for 31 yards with an interception) and returned the ball 28 yards.

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

The Bulldogs (8-2 and 6-1 in league) stretched the lead to 12-0 with 6:28 left in the third quarter when running back Cade Hollingsworth scored on a three-yard blast that capped an eight-play, 71-yard drive.

“Yesterday I was thinking about this game,” said Hollingsworth, who gained 82 yards on 12 carries. “I wanted to pump the guys up. This was a team effort. We all felt like we had a chip on our shoulder. It’s weird because you want to be pumped and ready to go, but you can’t get too excited. You have to stay focused.”

Burbank’s final points came with 10:36 showing in the final quarter as Hernandez dented the end zone from four yards that concluded the seven-play march.

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

The Bulldogs junior varsity has now captured the league crown four straight times despite several players moving up to the varsity.

Hernandez’s tally was made possible after Pellot’s pass failed on fourth and 13 from the Burbank 25-yard line.

For most of the night, Burroughs (5-4-1 and 4-2-1 in league) had difficulty moving the football as Burbank’s stingy defense allowed 83 yards with 52 yards coming on the ground.

“These are a bunch of guys who have a big heart,” Burbank coach Tom Wilkie said. “These guys made themselves a team. We tend to make adjustments with our blocking in the second half, but so did Burroughs.”

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

On the Indians’ first possession they managed to reach the Burbank 17-yard line, but Pellot’s fourth down and five pass lost four yards.

Just before the intermission, the Indians were able to march to the Burbank five, but Pellot’s fourth down attempt failed to find the target.

After a 35-yard kickoff return from running back Sammy Duran set up the Indians at the Burbank 36 midway through the third quarter, they moved the ball only 11 yards after Pellot’s toss on fourth and 13 again didn’t find the mark.

Freshmen Game

The Indians (316 total yards) led 6-0 in the freshman match on a six-yard burst from running back Tommy Cantrell (game-best 208 yards on a game-high 40 rushes) with 5:43 remaining in the opening quarter, but Burbank (7-2 and 5-0 in league) tallied the next 22 points before Cantrell located the end zone with a six-yard scamper and 2:21 left in the third quarter. Cantrell added the two-point conversion.

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Burbank quarterback Nathan Cruz-Laube (two of four for 56 yards) tossed a pair of scoring passes in the opening half that covered 38 yards with 1:55 left in the first quarter that tied it at 6-6, then added an 18-yarder with 6:10 showing before the half that gave the Bulldogs a 14-6 edge as Cruz-Laube chimed in with the two-point conversion.

Cruz-Laube’s one-yard scamper with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter made it 22-6 as running back Darnell Williams chipped in with the two-point try, and it became 30-14 when Williams capped a 53-yard march with a 10-yard run and 1:32 left in the third quarter as running back Sebastian Leal was successful on the two-point conversion.

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

The Indians (6-4 and 4-1 in league) came within 30-20 after Cantrell romped in from two yards and just over eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but a 52-yard sprint from Williams (162 yards on eight carries) and 7:46 showing in the final quarter pushed Burbank’s lead to 38-20 after Cruz-Laube cashed in the two-point conversion.

“We came out super strong in the second half,” said Cruz-Laube, who had 135 yards on 16 rushes. “We run a no-huddle offense. We waste no time and we fight.”

With 5:23 left in the fourth quarter the Bulldogs forged a 46-20 cushion when Leal found the end zone from one yard and running back Blake Quinteros supplied the two-point try.

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Burbank coach Mark Meredith was pleased with the team’s effort and had praise for Cruz-Laube. “He’s a running back that we’ve converted to quarterback,” he said. “They couldn’t handle our speed on the outside. Once we sealed the edge, we were off.”

About three minutes later Burbank charged ahead 54-20 when Quinteros scored on a 15-yard gallop and Cruz-Laube’s two-point attempt, and it became 60-28 when running back Charles Lott Jr. scored on a five-yard run and 40 seconds left.

The Indians’ final score was a 35-yard dash with 2:21 left from running back Benjamin Peters, who added the two-point try that trimmed the lead to 54-28.

“BIG GAME” 2012 – Facts and Figures

  “BIG GAME” Facts and Figures

DATE:                        November 2, 2012

SITE:                          Memorial Field

KICKOFF:                   7 p.m.

SERIES FACTS:         This is the 64th meeting between the two teams.

First game- 1949; Burroughs leads series, 41-22.

Burroughs has won 6 of the last 7 meetings, 9 of 12 and 16 of 19.



2011- Burroughs 34  Burbank 7

2010- Burroughs 38  Burbank 35

2009- Burbank 28  Burroughs 21

2008- Burroughs 58  Burbank 22

2007- Burroughs 30  Burbank 20

2006- Burroughs 24  Burbank 6

2005- Burroughs 35  Burbank 28

2004- Burbank 26  Burroughs 12

2003- Burbank 24  Burroughs 18

2002- Burroughs 43  Burbank 31

2001- Burroughs 38  Burbank 21

2000- Burroughs 54  Burbank 36



Burroughs (4-5, 4-2)

Last League title- 2011 (Pacific co-champs with Arcadia)

League titles (12):  1967, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011

Burbank (6-3, 5-1)

Last League title- 2009 (Pacific co-champs with Burroughs)

League titles (5): 1927, 1951, 1956, 1972, 2009



Burroughs has won three consecutive league titles since they won five straight from 1977 – 1981. They cannot win a 4th this year.

Burbank has a chance to share a league title this year by beating Burroughs and having Muir lose to Pasadena.           



Muir                              6-0,   6-3

Burbank                      5-1,   6-3

Arcadia*                        4-2,   4-5

Burroughs*                 4-2,   4-5

Crescenta Valley          2-4,   4-5

Hoover                         1-5,   3-6

Glendale                      1-5,   2-7

Pasadena                    1-5,   1-8

*defending league champion

Teen Punched, Knocked Unconscious At Memorial Field

An apparent attempt to break up a fight between two other teens landed a 16 year-old boy in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, with a head injury.

The incident began Saturday, August 4, as the John Burroughs Football team was ending their practice on Memorial Field at the school.    George Tyler Heffley, a sophomore who is on the football team,  attempted to break up a fight near the basketball courts next to the field.  The fight started as an argument  between another member of the football team and a former student.  According to police, the victim was punched in the face by the former student when he stepped between the two boys,  then fell backwards and struck his head on the concrete  He was knocked unconscious.

The Burbank Police Department was called at 7:25 p.m. for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at John Burroughs High School.   Officers responding “Code 3” were directed to the visitor entrance to Memorial Field in the 200 block of N. Parish Place, where they found the victim lying on the sidewalk, conscious but disoriented.   The 15 year-old suspect was being detained by the football coaches.  He was wearing black tape used in boxing n his right hand, and had just come from a gym where he works out.

Burbank Fire Department Paramedics responded and treated the victim at the scene.  He was observed talking to the paramedics before they transported him by rescue ambulance to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.   According to police, who cannot release the victim’s name because he is a juvenile, he was admitted to the ICU.  Rumors spread quickly through the community, that the victim was on life-support and in a coma. However, a police spokesman confirmed that the teen’s condition was improving and he was not on life-support.  His condition is listed as serious but stable.

The suspect was arrested under section 243 (d) of the California Penal Code, battery causing great bodily injury.  The crime is a felony.  Because he is a juvenile, his name is not being released.   He was booked into the Burbank Jail, then released to his parents. He is scheduled to appear in Pasadena Juvenile Court on October 3.

Burroughs’ Zander Anding Named Pacific League Most Valuble Player

Burroughs Football

Zander Anding

Less suspenseful than the race for the Pacific League Championship was down the stretch, in a season in which he broke numerous Burroughs High School and league records Zander Anding was the unanimous choice for the league’s Most Valuable Player award when the head coaches tallied their votes last month.

Anding finished the season with 2, 670 yards and 30 total TDs, playing in only nine-and-a-half games. He led the Indians to a third consecutive league championship before an opening round loss in the CIF Southern Section playoffs to Los Altos ended their season on November 18.

Two anchors on the Burroughs’ offensive line, Gus Ferrat and Lester Quintana were well deserving first team selections after paving the way for Anding’s historic season.

Ike Nwachie, Kody Jensen and Jose Pereya were first-team selections on defense while punter Daniel Marbach also made the first-team.

Forrest Stevens, Raul Martinez, Ermar Cruz, Luke Coblentz and Eli Peppmuller were also second-team selections for Burroughs while Danny Ayala and Chris Escobar were honorable mention selections.

Across town, senior running back Herman Castro was Burbank High’s lone first-team selection. Burbank linebacker Daniel Martinez was a second-team selection, much to the dismay of his head coach.

“Daniel was the guy that got cheated a little, maybe because of our record or maybe because of his size, I don’t know,” Burbank High Coach Hector Valencia said. “But the kid broke the school record for solo tackles (57) and was first or second in the league in tackles, so it is disappointing that he got overlooked.”

Defensive lineman Steven Kim and offensive lineman, Demetrius Korkis were also second-team selections for the Bulldogs, while Mitch Camacho and Tedy Arlington were honorable mention selections.

Burbank Vikings Season Ends – 20 Players Are Named to All-Stars

Both the Junior Black and Midget Black teams of the Burbank Vikings made it to their quarter-final games before being knowcked out of the playoff hunt.

The PYFL – Pacific Youth Football League – has an ALL PYFL All Star selection.  The Senior All Stars will play a game on December 11 at 2 pm at Calabasas High School with three of the Vikigs seniors slated for action.

Here is the entire list of the 2011 Burbank Vikings All Stars for all divisions:

POS Player Division/Team PYFL All Star Team
WR Erick Hernandez Senior Gold 1st Team Offense
TE Ryall Rivera Senior Black 1st Team Offense
CB Brandon Alba Senior Gold 1st Team Defense
Guard Damien Flores Junior Green 1st Team Offense
Guard Ray Garcia Junior Black 1st Team Offense
DT Tommy Sanchez Junior White 2nd Team Defense
S Nick Warren Junior Green 2nd Team Defense
Tackle Connor Boulais Midget Black 2nd Team Offense
CB Danny Chiarodit Midget Black 2nd Team Defense
S TrueHeart Corona Midget Green 2nd Team Defense
Tackle Jacob Moore Bantam Green 1st Team Offense
DE Duncan Smith Bantam Black 1st Team Defense
Guard Diego Santillan Bantam Green 2nd Team Offense
QB Tobi Baklayan Bantam Green 2nd Team Offense
DE Maurice Rozo Jr. Bantam Black 2nd Team Defense
CB Kade Lewis Bantam Green 2nd Team Defense
LB Michael Wallace PeeWee White 1st Team Defense
Guard Duncan Sprengel PeeWee White 2nd Team Offense
Tackle Nicholas Navarro PeeWee White 2nd Team Offense
DE Jonas Baklayan PeeWee White 2nd Team Defense

No Horsing Around at ‘Rivalry Day’ at McKinley Elementary School

USC mascot Traveler shows his gentle side at McKinley Elementary School. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This past week McKinley Elementary School held their ‘Rivalry Day’ with the idea that even while attending elementary school you can start thinking about colleges.

Kids played relay games and even got to pet Traveler, the real USC Mascot.  Traveler who is owned by Burbank resident Joanne Asman and is ridden by Hector Aguilar, who is also a Burbank resident and former Burroughs High student.

USC made sure they were well represented (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The idea of rivalry day came about a couple of years ago during a parent teacher meeting when a teacher and a parent were brainstorming how to get elementary students to think about their future. The days not only involve the fun & games, but the kids also collect funds for a scholarship program for McKinley grads who after high school decide to go on to a college of their choice and can submit an application for use of the student funds collected.

USC -UCLA Rivalry lives right here at McKinley Elementary School. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs Still Looking for Just the Right Mix

By Tom Crowther
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

As Los Altos rallied from a two touchdown halftime deficit to upset Burroughs High on Friday, November 18,  I couldn’t help but think of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. When it comes to the CIF Southern Section playoffs things have rarely been “just right” in Indian Country.

From the early 1990s to the middle of the last decade, Burroughs and Burbank High Schools’ football teams had it rough going-up against former Foothill foes Hart, Saugus, Canyon and eventually Valencia highs. It was a low point for Burbank football which we won’t revisit for this column, but Burroughs did find some limited success in a league of perennial powers.

In 1997, a team led by quarterback JK Scott finished second to Hart with an 8-2 record but even they were one and done in the playoffs. In other years, the Indians were a fifth place team in the league but their record and strength of schedule was usually good enough for an at-large playoff berth. Problem was, the Indians would draw impossible tasks in the post season.

There was the 2004 draw against Mission Viejo when current NFL star Mark Sanchez came to town in the first round and a decade before future Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez and his Huntington Beach High School welcomed the Indians and head coach Gary Bernardi. The ten years in-between also featured some incredibly difficult draws as well.

Since moving to the Pacific League the bracket has been kinder to the Indians, who are now usually a top seed instead of an at-large seed, but the results haven’t been much better with only one playoff win since 2006.

Sometimes it has been tough match-ups or tough draws, sometimes it has been tough luck. Last week it was a case of the latter as penalties did in the Indians. Up two touchdowns with the best running back in the area in their backfield, the Indians seemed poised to advance in the playoffs for only the second time since 1987.

Zander Anding did his thing, gaining 216 yards on only 15 carries and breaking off another long TD run, but he had almost as many yards called back by penalties. A usually stingy defense surrendered four scores in the second half and once again the Indians could only shake their heads and wonder what went wrong.

One could argue that the Pacific League does not prepare the team adequately for the post season. That proved to be a fallacy though when Arcadia and Pasadena won convincingly in their opening round games last week. Even Muir, the recipients of an at-large berth, won in dominate fashion over Santa Fe. Although Crescenta Valley lost, it was by a respectable score of 35-30 to La Mirada.

Besides, Burroughs coach Keith Knoop had made sure his team would be prepared for a playoff run by playing nonleague games against his former Foothill rivals Saugus, Canyon and Hart high earlier this year.

The Indians were battle tested road warriors this season, having played every game on the road due to construction on Memorial Field. They had an epic ground game in Anding who ran behind an all-senior offensive line. They had an unheralded but underrated defense that had been coached-up by Knoop to be in the right place and to make a fundamentally sound tackle. They appeared to be a team capable of a run.

Another argument could have been made that they lacked much of an air arsenal, but that didn’t figure to be issue until later rounds. It certainly didn’t slow their ground game down last week as not only did Anding average 14 yards per carry. Quarterback Brad Hunt even added a pair of TD runs.

So what is it that has caused Burroughs so must frustration post-Veteran’s Day each year? Honestly, it is just one of those inexplicable things. The type of things that local media write about the next week and that the next Burroughs team will vow to conquer the next season. It is a fluke and not much more.

Although it was a bitter way for the Indians to end this season, it shouldn’t take away from the accomplishments of a third-straight league championship, something that had only been done once before in the program’s history.

There will be some rebuilding ahead for the Indians, who lose 31 of 48 players to graduation this year, but bet on Knoop to find a way for another crack at it in the postseason again next season. At some point things will turn and things will be just right.

Playoffs Take Toll on Burbank Vikings Teams

Eleven teams entered the playoffs for the Burbank Vikings and when the weekend was over, only three were still left in the hunt.  Two teams survived in the Championship division and only one in the Invitational division.  Here are the results of this past weekend along with records and the division in which they participated.  Winning teams in bold

Saturday, November 12, 2011 – Week 10
(6-4-0) Senior Black 21 @ Canyon Gold 38 (Championship Playoff Game)
(5-5-0) Senior Gold 38 vs. SCV Chiefs 8 (Invitational Playoff Game)
(8-1-0) Junior Black 40 vs. Canyon Gold 6 (Championship Playoff Game)
(3-6-0) Junior Green 14 @ SCV Warriors 27 (Championship Playoff Game)
(2-7-0) Junior White 22 @ Calabasas Black 30 (Invitational Playoff Game)
(8-2-0) Midget Black 30 vs. Castaic Gold 6 (Championship Playoff Game)
(6-4-0) Midget Green 8 @ SCV Chiefs 46 (Championship Playoff Game)
(3-6-0) Bantam Black 6 @ Agoura White 43 (Invitational Playoff Game)
(7-2-0) Bantam Green 0 vs. Valley Orange 9 (Championship Playoff Game)
(4-5-0) PeeWee Black 8 @ SCV Chiefs 36 (Championship Playoff Game)
(1-8-0) PeeWee White 6 @ Agoura 22 (Championship Playoff Game)

The Big Game Really Did Cap Something Special for the Tribe

Editors Note:  With his first Upon Further Review column, Sports Editor Tom Crowther brings his unique look to the sports scene in Burbank.  Crowther, a former high school player as well as Head Varsity Coach during his career, has seen all sides and can provide an informed and sometimes passionate position.


Upon Further Review


By Tom Crowther
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

My wife and I recently started watching the television drama Friday Night Lights on our Netflix account. Truth be told, we are hooked. As a former coach, my favorite scenes are from the game action and the speeches on game nights.

In reality, there is but one night each season where high school football in the city of Burbank mirrors the kind of crowds, attention and pandemonium displayed on the show — when the Burbank-Burroughs game takes place it often draws crowds estimated at 10,000 fans.

There was talk on both the Burroughs and Burbank High School campuses this week that the rivalry game on November 11 may have lost some luster this year because of its location. With Memorial Field under construction the game was played at Arcadia High School some 20 miles east of the city of Burbank.

When Burroughs broke open a close game in the second half the game itself became somewhat of a snoozer. The only real drama left was whether or not Indians’ tailback Zander Anding would top the 300-yard mark again. He did.

When the final gun sounded, Burroughs celebrated a 34-7 win behind 349 yards and four touchdowns from Anding. It had the initial feeling of just another game — the Tribe had ridden his back to bully opponents all season. The reality though is that memories from this game and this season may teach a team made-up mostly of seniors far more about life than the hoopla that typically surrounds the Big Game. This season was about much more than a single night.

Burroughs claimed its third straight Pacific League Championship by beating Burbank. Although officially it must share the league title with Arcadia High, Burroughs beat the Apaches on their field in convincing fashion earlier this year, just as they beat opponents on their own turf all year.

Construction on Memorial Field not only forced the Indians to play all of their games on the road, but the team was forced to practice at Luther Burbank Middle School as well. That alone was reason for Burroughs to not show up at least once on a game day. However, that never happened to this group because head coach Keith Knoop made sure of it.

“We really just tried to convince these guys to work hard and to make no excuses,” he said. “We told them that all we needed was a field with grass and some lights… heck we played a lot of games in the past on dirt (a reference to the worn out sod of November games in other years).

“They did it, they have worked really hard and I am proud because these guys never took shortcuts,” Knoop said.

The team never made excuses either. When Anding suffered a partially collapsed lung in an October contest at Crescenta Valley and the Indians suffered their lone league loss at Muir the next week, a league race they had pulled away in tightened.The Indians responded as champions do. They blasted Hoover and Burbank in the weeks that followed and they secured a third straight league championship.

This unit was also a team, despite the fact that one guy gained much of the attention. Anding not only faced countless eight and nine man fronts on the field in efforts to stop him, he also faced constant members of the media eager to speak to him about his on the field success.

To his credit, Anding always shared the spotlight giving credit to his coaches and to his line and to just about anyone but himself. On my way into the stadium for the Big Game I actually heard a group of students talking about Anding’s modesty in recent articles instead of his on the field success. Remarkable, considering he set single season records for the school and the league with 2,453 yards this season with 25 touchdowns.

Members of the Burbank and Burroughs teams from last season had the honor of playing the last game on the grass (and dirt) of the old Memorial Field. The next group of players will have the privilege of opening a new multi-million dollar stadium. Many teams from both schools enjoyed the hoopla of the Big Game over the years. Few, however, should be as celebrated as these Burroughs Indians.

Regardless of what they do for an encore in the CIF Southern Section playoffs next week, these Indians were a model of what high school sports are all about. This game, while not possessing the fanfare of some of the rivalry games of the past certainly ranked right up there in importance.