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Burbank Readies For Football Season

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor

Richard Broussard enters his second season as Burbank High’s football coach, and his goals are the same as last year: win the Pacific League title and the CIF Southern Section championship

Tall orders both, but they’re something Broussard feels are very attainable. “That’s always the goals,” he said. “We focus on those things. That’s the big picture. Then there is the little stuff like being mentally and physically tough.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Coach Richard Broussard

Despite losing key players to graduation such as quarterback Ryan Meredith, running back/defensive back James Williams, running back/linebacker Tony Toledo and wide receiver/defensive back Dorian Houshoulder, Broussard likes what he sees prior to Burbank’s season-opening game at Monrovia on Aug. 28.

The first home game will be against Ayala on Sept. 4, and the initial league encounter will be against defending champion Crescenta Valley at Moyse Field on Sept. 25.

“We’re excited,” Broussard said. “We hit each other every day. We’re ready to play. We know the league is going to be tough once again. But we expect to be there when it’s over.”

Broussard added: “There’s so much skill on this team. We have some kids who have moved up the ranks. They’re going to get an opportunity to shine.

The Bulldogs, who finished 8-4 last season, 5-2 for third place in league and advanced to the Southeast Division quarterfinals, will have to replace Meredith, a cool-headed field general and Williams, one of the most prolific backs in school history, and is a member of the Washington State football team.

Burbank’s four losses came at the hands of Crescenta Valley, which went 14-0, and Muir in league action, Canyon and Salesian in the playoffs.

This season’s quarterback will be junior Guy Gibbs, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 170 pounds. Gibbs will be joined in the backfield by junior Nick Warren (5-9 and 180), junior Jake Kelley (5-11 and 190) and sophomore Darnell Williams (5-8 165), who is James’ younger brother.

First-year Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs

When Gibbs throws the ball, it will be to senior wide receiver Noah Powell (5-10 and 165) and junior Forest Fajardo (6-0 and 180).

“This will be Guy’s first year as a starter,” Broussard said. “He knows the offense really well. He had a great spring and summer. I expect great things from him.”

Gibbs seemed confident, but doesn’t want to put too much pressure on himself. “I’m not going to think too much,” he said. “I’m just going to play like I normally do. I’ll definitely be a little nervous my first game, but I’ll calm down because I’ll be with my team.”

Not much will happen unless the offensive line is doing its job and they include senior center Richard Cifuentes (5-9 and 200), senior guards David Chavez (5-8 and 215) and Nick Meier (6-3 and 270), and junior tackles Scott Breslin (6-3 and 270) and Tim Han (6-0 and 245).

“We don’t get kids like Scott too often,” Broussard said. “He’s a big guy who plays multiple sports and can move really well. He has lots of potential.”

On the defensive side, the Bulldogs will employ a 3-3-5 formation and will be anchored by junior nose guard Danny Porras (6-2 and 245), who will also be the punter.

The rest include senior end Jacob Bettis (6-2 and 220) and senior end Jha’rod Horhn (6-1 and 195).

The linebackers are senior David Medrano (5-10 and 185), Kelley and junior C.J. Mays (5-9 and 170).

Burbank’s secondary shapes up as follows: Fajardo and junior Joey Miller (5-8 and 160) at cornerback, junior Andy Reyes (5-9 and 185) at monster, senior Aki Arlington (5-10 and 175) at rover and junior Miguel Vasquez (5-10 and 165) at free safety.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank monster back Andy Reyes

“I like everything about defense,” said Reyes, who is one of the leaders of the unit. “It’s fun because you get to make tackles and hit people.”

Broussard heaped significant praise on Arlington. “Aki does it all for us,” he said. “He can play quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback. He wants to do it all and help the team win. He’s a fiery competitor.”


Burroughs Will Enshrine The Best

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor

It’s highly unlikely that while they were performing their deeds on the gridiron, track and field or coaching, were thinking about someday being inducted into the Burroughs Athletic Hall of Fame.


But for the select few, that became a reality when the class of 2015 was recently announced by Athletic Director Marty Garrison.

Chosen for that honor was the 1987 Burroughs High football team that advanced to the CIF Southern Section title game, the 1988 Indians’ 400 meter relay team that captured the Division I championship and was composed of Bruce Luizzi, Steven Hubbell, Doug Dragomer and Otto Varela, along with Mike Klose, the longtime track and field and golf coach, will all be inducted on Oct. 23.

The event will be held in the main gym and followed by a Pacific League football game against Glendale at Memorial Field.

Robert “Butch” McElwee was the head coach, and his staff included Bob Dunivant, John Pentecost, Garrison, Brian James, Todd Dellutri and Andy Andriolli.

Some of the key members on that football juggernaut include Jeff Barrett, Dragomer, Luizzi, who played at USC, Wes Bender, linebacker John Butler, who had 25 sacks in his career, center Joe Howe, Jason Teitel and Tommy Phillips.

Barrett was a highly-decorated quarterback during his three-year stint at Burroughs, earning All-CIF first team honors his senior season, and All-Foothill League first team as a junior and senior.

Barrett, who played at Brown University, threw for 6,083 yards, completed 386 of 687 pass attempts and tossed 47 touchdowns.

The hard-running Bender, a fullback who played at USC, was selected to the Burroughs all-time first team.

Dragomer, who toiled at Northern Arizona, was also named to the Burroughs all-time second team, as was receiver Teitel, who played at Northern Arizona.

Dragomer accounted for 1,325 rushing yards on 212 carries for a 6.3 average over two varsity seasons, and had a 90-yard scamper versus Alhambra in 1987. Dragomer scored 174 points in his career, including 108 points in ’87.

Other highlights during that historic season in which the Indians placed No. 2 in the CIF polls, include Luizzi’s 87-yard punt return against St. Francis, and Phillips’ 46-yard field goal against Alhambra. Phillips was selected to the Burroughs all-time squad as a special team member.

The 1987 Indians’ offense tallied 438 points, compiled 4,698 total net yards and rushed for 2,430 yards. In their regular-season finale, Burroughs stung city rival Burbank with a 41-0 loss.

Garrison, who has been at his position since 1985, said being part of the Hall of Fame festivities is something that he looks forward to.

“That’s the reason I’ve stuck around John Burroughs High School,” he said. “It’s amazing how much it means to the people that are being inducted. I know it means so much to them.”

Garrison went on: “The reason I do this is because it’s so important for the school and the athletic department. It’s worth it when they come back and you see tears in their eyes.”

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.