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CIF CHAMPIONS: Burroughs Boys Cross Country Wins School’s First-Ever CIF Title


CIF CHAMPIONS (left to right): Le’Von Davis (Coach), Pedro Guardado (Coach), Jack Howe, Manne Green, Andrew Barrondo, Shane Thompson, Garrett Boulais, Elias Hoxsie, Justin Villagran, Evan Thomas, Timothy Wells, Alexander Hirsch, Head Coach John Peebles

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

History was made last Saturday at the CIF Southern Section cross country championships. For the first time ever in the school’s history, John Burroughs became a CIF Champion. Behind an inspiring and dominating effort at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, the Burroughs boys cross country team won the Division I CIF championship.

“It means the kids earned it. In my twenty years of teaching and coaching at Burroughs, I have always been proud of any kid, whether it be in one of my classes or on one of my teams, who works hard to do their best,” Coach John Peebles said. “The end result is the end result, but what did you do to get the end result and how did you go about doing it?

“Those last two things are what matter the most because it is something that an individual has control over. The championship on Saturday was nice, but knowing and seeing what the kids did before Saturday is what I am happiest about.”

After conquering the Pacific League for their first league title since 2005, the Indians put forth a championship result with everyone contributing to the monumental moment.

Garrett Boulais (11th- 15:16), Elias Hoxsie (15- 15:19), Shane Thompson (17- 15:23), Alexander Hirsch (19- 15:26) and Andrew Barrondo (23- 15:33) combined to outduel runner-up Dana Hills, 70-91. Justin Villagran (51- 15:59), Timothy Wells (54- 16:01), Manne Green, Jack Howe and Evan Thomas also aided in the victory.

“The kids raced smart and together and that allowed them to produce a great result,” Peebles said. “We did not have a runner in the top fifty, maybe even sixty, places at the mile mark and finished with five in the top 23 and a 17 second gap between our No. 1 and No. 5. All of the credit goes to these kids for running for each other and running to the best of their ability.”

From 1948 to the present, no team had ever won a CIF Championship at Burroughs….until now. Now the boys cross country team has set the standard of excellence for future Indian teams to emulate.

“I am just happy for the kids,” said Peebles. “If this was the school’s 10th CIF team title, would it mean any less to these kids? Heck no. These 10 kids went out and earned a CIF title with their effort and determination. It is all about the kids.”

The Indians now advance to the State Championship meet in Fresno this weekend.

Fast facts-

*76:57 – 4th fastest team time of the day in all five divisions

*First CIF Team Championship in the History of Burroughs (all sports)

*First JBHS team to qualify for the California State XC Meet as a team – The following runners qualified as individuals (Sadee Martinez – 2006, 2007, Western Nelson – 2008, and Anthony Monroy – 2010, 2011)


JBHS Indians

October 23, 2014

Don’t look now but there could be a new league champion crowned in boys’ cross country. With Pacific League Finals set for November 6, the Burroughs boys cross country team is embarking upon unchartered terrain.

After winning the first two league meets of the season on September 25 and then again on October 16, the Indians are zeroing in on capturing their first league title as a member of the Pacific League.

The Burroughs Indians have a shot at a league title, CIF Finals and possibly a berth at the State Championships (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Burroughs Indians have a shot at a league title, CIF Finals and possibly a berth at the State Championships (Photo by Dick Dornan)

In a league that has been ruled throughout the years by powerhouse Arcadia mixed in with strong performances by Crescenta Valley and Burbank, Burroughs has been by far the most consistent and dominant team this year.

Burroughs, ranked No. 4 in boys cross country in CIF-SS Division I, won the Pacific League opener at Crescenta Valley Park. The Indians were propelled by senior Garrett Boulais who took second place in a time of 15:47 followed by senior Elias Hoxsie in third (16:06), junior Justin Villagran (fifth- 16:16), freshman Alexander Hirsch (sixth- 16:18) and senior Shane Thompson (seventh- 16:18). Burroughs defeated Arcadia, 20-35, for the first time since joining the Pacific League in 2006.

Garrett Boulais

Garrett Boulais

“Beating Arcadia shows that we worked hard over the summer,” Boulais said. “Last year, we missed CIF by one spot so we really wanted to come back strong this season. Throughout the summer we stayed strong as a group and did our best.”

Two weeks later, the Indians backed up their resounding win by conquering Pacific League meet No. 2 defeating second place Arcadia again, 20-38, at Arcadia County Park. The Indians claimed second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth place in a resounding win on the Apaches home course.

Boulais ran a tremendous race to finish runner-up in a time of 14:38 followed by Hoxsie (14:51), Andrew Barrondo (14:57), Thompson (14:58), Hirsch (15:01), Villagran (15:15) and senior Jack Howe (15:49).

Elias Hoxsie

Elias Hoxsie

“It feels great to be beating these schools,” Villagran said. “It shows how hard we have worked and we hope to maintain it for the future.”

With 25% of each league meet counting towards the overall team title, Burroughs now heads for the home stretch and a league title within their grasp. The Pacific League Finals are worth the remaining 50%.

The Indians have had a strong season overall competing well at the Cool Breeze Invitational in Chino, Rosemead Invitational, Mount Carmel (San Diego) Invitational and recently at the Kenny Staub Invitational where Burroughs took the top four spots in another fabulous team performance.

Shane Thompson

Shane Thompson

“It felt really good to just run strong as a pack and basically dominate the whole race overall,” said Thompson. “We are really doing well as a team.”

The Indians resurgence can be traced back to the last couple of years where they suffered several tough defeats at the hands of the Apaches, Falcons and Bulldogs.

Burroughs coach John Peebles has seen the growth of his program first-hand and attributes the Indians success this season to past experience, team depth and a positive work ethic.

“Over the last couple years we have kind of taken our lumps. When you run in a league with Arcadia, Crescenta Valley and Burbank who have been strong over the years, it definitely makes it tougher,” Peebles said. “But the guys noticed and paid attention. They knew they had to get better and better in order to try and win league. Running in this league has definitely paid off. We had to face the challenges and we have.

Jack Howe

Jack Howe

“As you go year to year, your goal is to do better at the course. You are also competing against the people you are running with. The biggest thing is to prepare at practice to go out and run the best race you can when it’s time to race. It’s your job to put yourself in the position so that when you toe the line and you go run, you are running the best that you can on that day.”

The Indians have responded well with a concerted effort to being a team on and off the trails.

“Over summer we decided that we needed to bond more outside of practice,” Hoxsie said. “That way in practice we could push each other with more meaning. We wanted to form a brotherhood so we could work harder as a group.”

Justin Villagran

Justin Villagran

Additionally, the Indians are well-balanced with various types of runners who have all contributed to the team’s development.

“What’s interesting about us is the diversity of the group. Each of us brings something different,” Howe explained. “Garrett and Justin are big into endurance running and could go forever. Shane and Elias have the fast-twitch muscle fibers so they can sprint really fast. Alex seems like he has been running since the dawn of time. I’m just trying to find my way amongst this team and work with them so we can all be successful.”

One surprise has been the emergence of the Indians next superstar, Alexander Hirsch. Only a freshman, Hirsch has brought much needed depth to a squad who has goals beyond a league title.

Alexander Hirsch

Alexander Hirsch

“I’m just so thankful to be on this great team,” Hirsch said. “Running with these guys has been a great opportunity to push myself. I learned that hard work can really pay off.”

Advancing to the CIF Finals at Mt. SAC and then to the State Championships in Fresno are the ultimate goals. But for Peebles, now in his 19th season as JBHS head coach, just seeing personal growth is enough satisfaction for him.

“Going to the State meet would be nice; going to CIF Finals would be nice; winning a league title would be nice,” he said. “To me I just want to see the guys and the girls get better. I want to see progression. Then you can judge every kid the same way. That’s my definition of success. Now if you can have team success along the way, then that is something extra.”

Down deep inside, a league title would mean so much to the Burroughs team and program. Boulais has played a major role in the team’s success and he would want nothing more than to give Peebles a much-deserved league title before setting their sights on CIF Prelims and beyond.

“As a senior, I want to go out on a good note. We want to do our best,” Boulais said. “Our main goal is to make it to State but we’ve never won a league title in this league so that would be nice to give to coach.”


Burroughs Girls Basketball and Baseball Seeking Donations for Team Trips

The Burroughs Girls basketball program is holding a Silent/Live Auction of Sports Memorabilia on Saturday, November 15, at 2 pm in the Burroughs Cafeteria. The event is open to the public and all proceeds go to help the varsity girls basketball team with their trip to Hawaii to participate in the WYBT Tournament in December.

The Lady Indians are also having an online fundraiser and are taking donations online. This is also for the same cause. Visit the following site to help support Burroughs girls basketball.

Girls basketball funds- http://www.gofundme.com/hawaii-tourney

Meanwhile, the Burroughs baseball team is on its way to Phoenix, Arizona, from March 23-27 as part of the Coach Bob Invitational Baseball Tournament.

The Indians need your help. Please visit the following site to help support the Tribe’s varsity baseball team.

Baseball funds- http://www.gofundme.com/jbhsbaseballcoachb

Burroughs Girls Basketball Fundraiser-

silent auction fundraiser





“BIG GAME”: 65 Meetings – Burroughs Leads Burbank, 41-24

Burbank vs. Burroughs: a one-of-a-kind rivalry since 1949

Burbank vs. Burroughs: a one-of-a-kind cross-town rivalry since 1949

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor


65 Meetings

1949 – 2013

Burroughs leads Burbank, 41-24

1949 – Burbank 12, Burroughs 7.  The “Big Game” made its debut in 1949. Former junior high and first year high school, John Burroughs, made what was supposed to be an easy Burbank victory a hard fought battle. The stronger Bulldog team prevailed, however, paced by Pete LiPera who later became head coach at Burbank, and Paul Cameron, who later starred at UCLA.

1950 – Burroughs 6, Burbank 0.  Burroughs avenged the previous year’s loss on a rain drenched field as Louie Elias went 41 yards through “Lake Memorial” for the only score of the game. He later recalled that the rivalry was already intense even though it was only two years old.

1951 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 12. Having already won the Foothill League Championship, the Bulldogs could have let down and been upset; but showing true championship caliber, overpowered the Indians.

1952 – Burbank 33, Burroughs 0.  The Bulldogs were led by Bob McCalmont and shut out the Indians for their second straight series win.

1953 – Burroughs 7, Burbank 0.  Paced by a 44 yard touchdown run by Maurice Elias, brother of Louie, Burroughs returned the previous year’s favor, scoring their second series shutout.

1954- Burroughs 49, Burbank 0.  Again paced by Maurice Elias, who set a then single game school record of 162 yards rushing, the Indians recorded their second straight and third overall series shutout. This stands as the most one-sided victory in the series.

1955 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 14.  On their way to a probable playoff berth, the Indians overlooked the Bulldogs and were knocked out of the playoffs. Steve Searock and Bill Reed led the Bulldogs who were under the guidance of rookie coach Ham Lloyd, whose squad included John Lockwood who later became head coach at Burbank.

1956 – Burbank 18, Burroughs 0.  The Bulldogs scored their second shutout of the series in a battle for the Foothill League title (first time in the series). Played before an estimated crowd of 11,000 people, the Bulldogs were quarterbacked by Bob Alfred and paced by Fred Tunnicliffe, whose nephew, Tom, would later start at both schools, winning CIF Player of the Year as a senior at Burroughs.

1957 – Burroughs 28, Burbank 19.  In another rookie coaching victory, Leon Shortenhaus guided the Indians, led by Bob Hand, to the victory. Playing for Burroughs was Pete Lubisich, who would later go on to play at USC.

1958 – Burbank 32, Burroughs 0.  Posting their third series shutout the Bulldogs were led by the three touchdown performance of Tom Pulford. Tom, whose son, Darrin, also played for the Bulldogs, is one of the many players to have relatives also compete in the series.

1959 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  Trading shutouts again, the Indians scored their fourth win with an assist from Burbank, who was forced to use many J.V. players after having 19 of the varsity members declared ineligible for the game for “egging” the mural over the Burroughs Auditorium. Conde Lick and Brent Vance led the Indians with a TD each.

1960 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 7.  Indian coach Leon Shortenhaus closed out his coaching career at Burroughs with a 3-1 record in the “Big Game”, beginning and ending with a victory.

1961 – Burbank 25, Burroughs 13.  In the fourth of his 22 seasons as a coach at Burroughs, and first as Head Coach, Bob Dunivant watched his Indians and the Bulldogs battle to a 7-7 tie into the third quarter, only to see the Tribe fumble three times in the second half, helping Burbank to the victory.

1962 – Burbank 34, Burroughs 0.  Also beginning and ending his coaching career with a victory, Ham Lloyd posted a 5-3 “Big Game” record with this win in his final game. Phil Culotta scored three touchdowns to pace the Bulldogs to their fourth series shutout and came up just points short of the CIF scoring championship, losing to Steve Grady of Loyola who scored five touchdowns the same evening.

1963 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 7.  Burroughs finally ended a string of seven straight shutout losses since the second game of the season but were unable to contain the Bulldogs’ Gerry Altman, whose 100 yards helped Burbank to its third straight series win.

1964 – Burroughs 27, Burbank 7.  The Bulldogs’ Tom Paggi set a school record with a 74 yard run from scrimmage for one of his two touchdowns on the night but Burroughs snapped a three game losing streak to Burbank.

1965 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  The Indians notched their fifth series shutout.  Bob McCorkle, who passed or ran for a then school record 17 touchdowns on the year, hit Mike Erickson for one touchdown and while playing defense, picked off a Bulldog aerial and returned it 78 yards (also a school record) for another score.

1966 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  Posting its sixth series and fourth season shutout, Burroughs coasted to its favorite score in the rivalry (the Indians have won three 19-0 “Big Games”), and third consecutive series victory.

1967 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 19.  Undefeated going into the game, the Indians again scored 19 points. Burbank, however, on the 173 yard passing of Dale Cirscione and the 85 yard fumble recovery of Randy Ivie for a touchdown, scored 20 for one of the biggest upsets in the series. The win prevented Burroughs from going ahead, for the first time, in the rivalry.

1968 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 13.  The Bulldogs again scored 20 points, led by Bill Johnson who scored all three touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards.

1969 – Burbank 44, Burroughs 8.  Dan Flavin passed for four touchdowns and John Minor rushed for 91 yards for the Bulldogs. The game was so dominated by Burbank that the only Indian score came on a 95 yard kickoff return by Jess Talamantes which remained a school record until 1978. Burbank again won three in a row versus Burroughs.

1970 – Burroughs 15, Burbank 12.  In a well played game, Bulldog star John Minor scored both touchdowns and rushed for 152 yards, only to see his heavily favored team lose to a fired up Indian squad. Burroughs was led by QB Tim Molina who passed for 113 yards and threw two touchdowns to Bruce Wallace. Jess Talamantes rushed for 111 yards.

1971 – Burroughs 17, Burbank 13.  Jeff Budrick and John Funk scored the two Indian touchdowns. Quarterback Tom Lawson completed 19 passes, 10 to Scott Nelson for 117 yards, all of which were single game Indian records at the time. Bob Mendoza booted a 29 yard field goal to seal the victory.

1972 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 0.  Burbank notched their fifth shutout in the series as quarterback Leo Orange and Kenny Walker scored the two Bulldog touchdowns. The game was played for the Foothill League title, and with the victory, Burbank knocked the Indians out of a playoff berth.  Jim Galbraith caught seven passes in a fine effort for the Indians, who went on to shut out Burbank the next three games. The Bulldogs won their fourth league title and would not win another one for the next 37 years (2009).

1973 – Burroughs 6, Burbank 0.  Burroughs tied Crescenta Valley for the league title with their seventh series shutout and went into the CIF Playoffs for only the second time in school history.  Jerry Howell scored the games only touchdown played in pouring rain at “Lake Memorial”.  Indians’ quarterback Curtis Ilhe and wide receiver Randy Simmrin were the inspirational leaders on the team. Simmrin later starred for USC and played for Buffalo and Tampa Bay in the NFL.

1974 – Burroughs 36, Burbank 0.  A boisterous crowd of 12,000 fans came to Memorial Field to witness Burroughs dominate the helpless Bulldogs. Burbank could have tied the Indians for first place in the Foothill League with a win, but were dominated as Burroughs recorded their second consecutive and eighth series shutout, holding the Bulldogs to 36 total yards. All-CIF quarterback Tom Miller passed for three touchdowns and 179 yards, mostly to wide receivers Bob Frishette, Hans Anderson and Kirk Morales. Tony De Felicis, Joe Mersola, Mike McDonald and Ron Wollard all contributed in the convincing win. The Indians went on to post an 11-1 record, tied with the 1979 team for the best record ever, and advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals.

1975 – Burroughs 40, Burbank 0.  Burroughs took the series lead for the first time ever, 14-13, with their ninth series shutout and third consecutive over Burbank. The game also marked Bulldog coach Pete LiPera’s last contest. The rout was highlighted by All-CIF linebacker Mike McDonald, who later played at USC and for the Rams, returning an interception for 67 yards as the Indians finished their first regular season under Craig Bell at 8-1.

1976 – Burbank 17, Burroughs 14.  Burbank avoided a fourth consecutive Burroughs win by upsetting the Indians on a 41-yard field goal by George Florez on the last play of the game. The kick was set up by an interception with 17 seconds left by Rich Good who ran it back 46 yards to the 24-yard line. This was Good’s second pick of the night, both of which set up two Burbank scores for the game. Al Penaranda and George Williams, both of whom had brothers who later played for Burroughs, scored the two Indian touchdowns, while the Bulldogs were paced by Denny Caira.

1977 – Burroughs 40, Burbank 10.  Burbank surprised everyone by taking a 10-7 lead into the locker room at halftime but the Indians roared back in the second half with a fine passing performance by quarterback Dean Townsend.  Mike Pate intercepted a pass for the Indians for a touchdown. George Williams, Lupe Yanez and Reuben Torres also scored for the Indians. The defense was sparked by the play of linebacker Jeff Fitzgerald. The game marked the return of Bob Dunivant as head coach of Burroughs.

1978 – Burroughs 28, Burbank 16.  Burbank, led by Tom Tunnicliffe who passed for 182 yards, again came out on the short end of the score. Lincoln Simonds scored three Indian touchdowns and the defense, led by Nick Manocchia, held the Bulldogs to six yards rushing and sacked Tunnicliffe seven times for a loss of 67 yards.

1979 – Burroughs 33, Burbank 12.  In a unique twist of events, Burroughs, now quarterbacked by Tom Tunnicliffe, who transferred from Burbank, the Indians went into the game rated the number one team in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Southern California, the State and the Nation. The Bulldogs put up a strong fight, scoring 12 points against a team that had badly beaten the previous #1 team, St. Paul, 27-12, and allowed only one touchdown to four previous Foothill League opponents, outscoring them 152-7. The Indians were paced by the 191 yards rushing of Edgar Penaranda and Tunnicliffe’s 123 yards passing while the defense held Burbank to 90 total yards.  Burroughs finished the season 11-1 (tied with the 1974 team for the best record ever) and advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals.  Head Coach Bob Dunivant would later step aside from his coaching duties.

1980 – Burroughs 25, Burbank 17.  Taking a four game lead with their fourth consecutive win in the “Big Game” series, a first for either school, the Indians also knocked the Bulldogs out of a playoff berth while recording their fourth consecutive Foothill League Title, also unprecedented in the history of the league. Led by the rushing of Edgar Penaranda and Rick Williams, plus the passing of Gary English, the Indians managed to hold off a stubborn Burbank team, led by the rushing of Eric Burcham. The Indians went on to the CIF Semifinals.

1981 – Burroughs 44, Burbank 21.  Burroughs jumped out to a 30-7 halftime lead on the passing and rushing of quarterback Rich Strasser (34 and 87 yard touchdown completions) and the rushing of Paul Kibala and Joe D’Alessio. The Indians would advance to their first-ever CIF Finals and finish as runner-ups while winning their fifth consecutive league title.

1982 – Burroughs 42, Burbank 6.  Burbank took to an early lead, going 55 yards on 11 plays to take a 6-0 advantage midway through the first quarter. The Indians, behind the rushing of Bret Mersola, Jeff Markland and Eli Montemayor, finally got on track and cruised to a rather easy victory. It was Burroughs’ sixth consecutive win over Burbank.

1983 – Burbank 24, Burroughs 21.  In one of the more exciting games of the series, the Bulldogs opened the scoring with a one yard run by Derek Trabilcy.  The lead changed hands several times in the game until late in the fourth quarter when Burroughs tied the score on a 61 yard pass from Sean Spring to Bret Mersola. Burbank, led by QB Gary Lotka, took their last possession of the game and marched down the field to the Indian 10, and lined up for a field goal with less than 10 seconds on the clock. The first Bulldog attempt was deflected and went wide, but the Indians were called for defensive holding on the play. After the penalty was assessed, Alfredo Velasco nailed his second attempt from 21 yards out with no time showing on the clock for a dramatic, upset victory for the Bulldogs. The win snapped the six “Big Game” winning streak of the Indians.

1984 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 0.  Quarterback Gary Lotka threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns on 18 of 23 passing and led the Bulldogs to their second consecutive victory in the series and their first playoff berth since 1977.  It is Burbank’s first shutout of the Indians since 1972 and sixth in the series. Lotka’s efforts cement his name in “Big Game” lore and he went on to win the Most Valuable Player of the Foothill League.

1985 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 10.  For the first time since 1967-69, the Bulldogs win their third straight “Big Game” behind the leadership of quarterback Sal Velasco.  Burbank overcame a 10-7 deficit as Velasco hit wide receiver Robert Jarrin with what proved to be the game winning pass on the first possession of the second half. The Bulldogs marched 69 yards in seven plays and the defense shut out the Indians the rest of the way.

1986 – Burroughs 33, Burbank 26.  In his return to the sideline for the first time since he left coaching in 1979, Bob Dunivant led the Indians to victory and snapped the three-game winning streak of the Bulldogs in the rivalry.  After trailing 14-12 at the half, the Indians took the lead at 19-14 entering the fourth. The Indians’ Danny Cusumano scored from two yards out to make it 26-14. Quarterback Jeff Barrett led the Indians with 177 yards and two touchdowns.

1987 – Burroughs 41, Burbank 0.  Quarterback Jeff Barrett shined on offense as he completed 11 of 16 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns. He even rushed for two more touchdowns.  Burbank’s Gabe Jimenez ran for 118 yards on 24 carries and was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs. Burroughs won their tenth series shutout and first vs. the Bulldogs since 1975. The Indians would eventually reach the CIF Finals and finish as runner-ups as they did in 1981.

1988 – Burroughs 31, Burbank 15.  The magic of former head coach Bob Dunivant was evident again as he helped head coach Butch McElwee lead the Indians to victory.  Having the headsets on again for only the third time in the season, Dunivant surprised Burbank by calling a reverse, flea-flicker for a 65 yard completion early in the game to spark the victory.

1989 – Burroughs 23, Burbank 19.  The Indians were led by a trio of running backs in the win.  Andre Banks rushed for 33 yards in 12 carries, Lionel Portugal ran for 31 yards on eight carries and Danny Suarez added 33 yards in eight carries as Burroughs defeated Burbank yet again.

1990 – Burroughs 20, Burbank 7.  Sean McDermott rushed for 183 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown as the Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the fifth consecutive year.  Ben Goldwasser added a touchdown and Eddie Gavilan had an interception for Burroughs.

1991 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 12.  The Brenes brothers led the Bulldogs to victory and halted the Indians winning streak in the series at five games. Steve carried 19 times for 123 yards and Frank scored both Burbank touchdowns en route to 72 yards on 14 attempts.  DB Mike Lyneis made a diving interception of a Marco Esquivel pass at the Bulldog 15 to clinch the win.

1992 – Burbank 21, Burroughs 17.  Down 17-14, Bulldog quarterback Brian Casey completed a 30 yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Kendricks Lewis with 53 seconds left to give Burbank the four point victory. Bulldog running back Hector Valencia, who later would become head coach at Burbank, scored on a 56 yard run up the left sideline to put Burbank up 7-3 late in the first quarter.  Burbank increased their lead to 14-3 only to see the Indians come back and take the lead. Burbank wouldn’t be denied as they took their second straight “Big Game”.

1993 – Burroughs 31, Burbank 6.  After finishing 0-10 a year ago, the Indians completed their turn around with a decisive win that sent them to the playoffs for the first time since 1989. Eddie Melgar rushed for 115 yards and scored three touchdowns as Indian head coach Gary Bernardi earned his first win in the “Big Game” and snapped the brief two game winning streak for Burbank in the series. This win began a run of 10 consecutive victories for Burroughs over their hated rivals.

1994 – Burroughs 17, Burbank 13.  The Indians scored the winning touchdown on a four yard pass from Mike Barrett to Tony Listro with 7:05 left in the game. Carlos Moreno ran for 134 yards on 28 carries as Burroughs stormed back from a 13-3 halftime deficit. Burbank’s Carlos Baker rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries.

1995 – Burroughs 21, Burbank 0.  In a game that will be remembered for ending early due to a brawl with 3:21 left, Indians quarterback J.K. Scott led the way completing 9 of 15 passes for 166 yards. Wide receiver Glenn Adriatico caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 23 yard pass from Scott that gave Burroughs their final touchdown.  Burbank was last shut out in the “Big Game” in 1987 and it marked Burroughs’ eleventh series shutout. The Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the third straight time.

1996 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 6.  Quarterback J.K. Scott completed 16 of 29 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns as the offense continued to put up big numbers and the defense was led by Danny Kang who had two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble. Scott would later take his talents to the University of Washington.

1997 – Burroughs 29, Burbank 14.  Glenn Adriatico finished his illustrious prep career catching an 89 yard TD pass from quarterback Chris Santoyo and added an 11 yard TD run too as Burroughs won their fifth straight in the series. Adriatico completed his career with 199 receptions for 3,069 yards. The Indians jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in Bulldogs alum Keith Knoop’s first “Big Game” as head coach for Burroughs.

1998 – Burroughs 26, Burbank 21.  In the 50th meeting of the “Big Game”, wide receiver Kyle Cremarosa caught eight passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Indians to victory. Burroughs quarterback Joe Kroells completed 11 of 20 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns as the Indians took an 18-7 halftime lead and held off Burbank. Alan Gutierrez led the Bulldogs with 161 yards on 32 carries.

1999 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 14.  The Indians won their seventh consecutive game (longest in the series) over the Bulldogs by overpowering them from the very start.  Jonathan Overturf scored on an 83 yard trick play on the first play from scrimmage in the game. Randy Beckmann and Michael Perez added a touchdown apiece and Spencer Steward caught a TD pass from Joe Kroells as Burroughs rolled to victory. The game marked the 1000th point ever scored by the Indians against the Bulldogs in their storied rivalry.

2000 – Burroughs 54, Burbank 36.  The Indians’ Mike Perez rushed for 214 yards on 31 carries including a 57 yard TD run with less than a minute to play. Teammate Lonn Salmon threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 6 of 10 passing. Burroughs’ 54 points set a record for most points scored by one team in the “Big Game” and the 90 points combined was also a record.

2001 – Burroughs 38, Burbank 21.  Mike Perez rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns and Gabriel Moise Jr. picked up a fumble and rumbled 88 yards down the field for the clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter. Trailing 26-21, Burbank was driving deep into Indian territory only to have the turnover. Moise’s score made it 32-21 and it ended any hope of a Bulldog win. Perez reached the 1,000 yard mark for the second consecutive season. He also had an 80 yard touchdown reception in the game.

2002 – Burroughs 43, Burbank 31.  The Indians had a commanding 30-7 lead early in the third quarter behind the play of quarterback David Brooks, who rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns. However, Bulldog signal caller Mike McDonald, son of former Burroughs star Mike McDonald Sr., rallied his team to within 37-31 with 3:51 to play on a TD pass to Rico Clark. Burbank was on the drive again looking for the win when Burroughs’ Darrel Ditri intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a score with 24 seconds to play to cap the win. This marked the tenth consecutive win in the series for Burroughs and the longest such streak in the “Big Game”.

2003 – Burbank 24, Burroughs 18.  Finally! The Bulldogs snapped the 10 game “Big Game” winning streak of Burroughs as Mike McDonald finished 14 of 28 for 203 yards and three touchdowns. McDonald connected with Jesse Ayers on an 11 yard TD pass with 3:28 to play which turned out to be the decisive score.

2004 – Burbank 26, Burroughs 12.  Jason Barbic did it all for Burbank in their second consecutive “Big Game” win over the Indians.  Barbic rushed for 50 yards in six carries and a TD, caught two passes for 108 yards and threw a 13 yard touchdown pass.  Mike McDonald finished his “Big Game” career completing 7 of 11 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.

2005 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 28.  As Mike Perez did back in 2000, the Indians’ Thomas Kyle put his team on his back and rushed for 249 yards on 32 carries and a pair of touchdowns, including a 62 yarder that put Burroughs ahead 26-14 early in the third quarter. Burbank’s Robert Linda completed 16 of 36 passes for 283 yards and a score. The Indians regained control of the series after Burbank had won back to back contests the previous two years.

2006 – Burroughs 24, Burbank 6.  First Mike Perez, then Thomas Kyle.  Now Joe Wiggan. He did it all in a convincing manner as he rushed for 288 yards on 47 carries and scored two touchdowns.  Wiggan rushed for 178 yards in the second half alone.  The Indians scored 24 unanswered points to defeat the Bulldogs who could have shared the league title with a win. Led by head coach Keith Knoop, Burroughs finished the regular season with a 9-1 mark and 7-0 in Pacific League play, its first league title since 1981.

2007 – Burroughs 30, Burbank 20.  The Indians rallied from a 13-0 first quarter deficit and scored the game’s next 23 points to lead 23-13 late in the third quarter. After a Bulldog touchdown with 4:39 left in the game trimmed the Burroughs lead to 23-20, Indians’ tailback Dominique Barnes scored on a 27 yard run to seal the victory. Barnes finished with 149 yards in 16 carries as Burroughs won their third straight in the series.

2008 – Burroughs 58, Burbank 22.  Following in the legendary footsteps of Indians’ Mike Perez, Thomas Kyle and Joe Wiggan, Dominique Barnes put on a performance of a lifetime in the 60threndition of the “Big Game”. Barnes rushed for 304 yards, a school record, on 23 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead the Indians to the dominating win. The 58 points scored by Burroughs set a “Big Game” scoring record for one team. Barnes scored on touchdowns runs of seven, 20, 48, 85 and nine yards. In the process, Barnes set the school record for most points scored in a season by a player. The Indians won their fourth straight in the series. On a historic note, Burbank made the CIF playoffs and won their first playoff game since 1927, a stretch that lasted 81 years. 1927 also marked the year when Burbank won its first league title.

2009 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 21. The Bulldogs snapped a four game losing streak vs. Burroughs and in the process won their first league title in 37 years! (1972 the last) Before 8,800 fans, these two teams clashed in a thrilling contest. It marked the first time in the 61 year history of competing against each other that both teams finished as co-champions together (each team finished with identical 6-1 records in the Pacific League. For Burbank, it was their fifth league title. Burroughs won their tenth league title the previous week). After Dalton Williams gave the Indians a 21-20 lead on a 79-yard touchdown dash down the Burroughs’ sideline late in the third quarter, Burbank’s Ulises Ochoa scored on a one yard touchdown run with 5:36 remaining in the game to give the Bulldogs a 28-21 advantage that they would not relinquish. Williams led Burroughs with 203 yards rushing while Ochoa ran for 127. Burbank quarterback Adam Colman completed 14 of 23 passes for 174 yards and teammate Jackson Diamond caught 10 passes for 111 yards and was rewarded with the game ball by first-year head coach and Bulldog alum, Hector Valencia. Burbank finished its season with a school-record tying nine wins (9-3) and advanced to the CIF quarterfinals for a second consecutive season.

2010 – Burroughs 38, Burbank 35In front of a boisterous crowd of 9,000 die-hard Indian and Bulldog fans, Burroughs mounted the greatest comeback in “Big Game” history and defeated arch-rival Burbank, 38-35, on a last-second field goal to win a share of the Pacific League title for the second consecutive season. Amidst an electric atmosphere that only this rivalry could produce, the Indians rallied from a dire 28-0 deficit early in the second quarter and stunned Burbank when junior Cristobal Escobar kicked a 20 yard field goal as time expired to cap off one of the greatest games in “Big Game” annals. Trailing 35-21 early in the fourth quarter, the Indians scored back to back touchdowns to tie the game. After forcing Burbank to punt with 1:15 to play, Burroughs quarterback Lucas Yanez completed three passes to set up Escobar’s game winning field goal. Burroughs fans rushed the field to celebrate as all of us bore witness to the last “Big Game” to be played at venerable Memorial Stadium. Yanez completed 14 of 26 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 63 yards while his twin brother Tyler Yanez caught eight passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Burbank’s Ulises Ochoa finished with game-highs of 188 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns (two rushing, one interception). Burroughs would go on to defeat El Rancho in the first round of the CIF playoffs and advance to the quarterfinals, their first postseason win since 1987.

2011 – Burroughs 34, Burbank 7. In the first-ever “Big Game” played outside the city limits, John Burroughs won their third consecutive Pacific League title with a 34-7 victory over Burbank. Due to the ongoing renovation of Memorial Stadium, the 63rd “Big Game” was played at Arcadia High School.  More than 5,000 fans traveled to the game to witness a rushing performance like none other in “Big Game” lore. Indians’ star tailback Zander Anding broke the single-game “Big Game” rushing record with 349 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns. Anding’s 73-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave Burroughs a 14-7 halftime lead. His 46-yard TD late in the fourth quarter cemented the win and gave the Indians back to back city bragging rights over the rival Bulldogs. It was Anding’s fifth 300 yard-plus effort of the season. He finished the regular season with 2,453 yards rushing which is not only the best single-season mark in the school’s history, but the best single-season mark in Pacific League history as well. He also has scored 25 rushing touchdowns and 29 touchdowns overall heading into the CIF playoffs. Burroughs claimed their fourth league title in the last six years (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011), their twelfth in their storied history and have won three consecutive league titles for the first time since 1977-1981 when they won five straight championships.

2012 – Burbank 37, Burroughs 14. After a year hiatus away from the city of Burbank, the 64th “Big Game” returned to venerable Memorial Stadium which received a facelift in 2011. Before 8,000 die-hard football fans, Burbank won the cross-town matchup with a dominating 37-14 effort for its first win in the series since 2009. It was Burbank’s largest margin of victory against Burroughs since a 28-0 shutout of the Indians in 1984. The Indians avoided what would have been their worst defeat in the history of the Big Game. Burbank pounded Burroughs 44-8 back in 1969. The Bulldogs outgained the Indians, 288 to 148. Burbank held the Burroughs ground game to 75 yards on 24 carries. In contrast, the Bulldogs rushed for 246 yards while controlling the line of scrimmage throughout the night. Sophomore James Williams rushed for 149 yards on 14 carries; including an 89-yard touchdown burst on Burbank’s first play of the second half that gave the Bulldogs a commanding 30-0 lead.

2013 – Burbank 47, Burroughs 21. Before a raucous capacity crowd at Memorial Field, Burbank won its second consecutive game against rival Burroughs, 47-21, in the 65th renewal of the “Big Game.” The Bulldogs had not beaten the Indians in back-to-back years since the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The victory marked the third win in the rivalry over the last five years for Burbank, its best stretch in the cross-town duel since winning three straight from 1983 through 1985. Meanwhile, the 26-point loss marked the worst defeat by Burroughs at the hands of Burbank since suffering a 28-0 loss to Burbank in 1984. It was the most points scored ever by Burbank against Burroughs in the 65-year history of the BIG GAME. The 47 points eclipsed the previous high set in 1969 in which Burbank won, 44-8. The one-two punch of James Williams (173 yards on 23 carries) and Joseph Pendleton (132 yards on 14 carries) was too much to handle for Burroughs as the two talented running backs sliced and diced their way to the tune of 305 combined rushing yards and six touchdowns. Leading 17-14 at halftime, the Bulldogs outscored the Indians, 30-0, in the third quarter en route to the easy victory. Burbank advanced to the CIF semifinals for the second time in its history and won a school-record 10 games on the season.

2014 – ????




Burroughs Shuts Out Glendale, 38-0; Sets Up Showdown With Burbank

Erick Hernandez snares this 15-yard touchdown pass from Andy Amela (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Erick Hernandez snares this 15-yard touchdown pass from Andy Amela (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Now we can all relax….for now. Starting Monday, that’s a different story.

Burroughs took care of business Friday night posting a 38-0 shutout of Glendale in front of a sparse Halloween crowd at Memorial Field. The Indians avoided the trap game to set up what we all have been waiting for: the Big Game. The countdown has officially begun.

Quarterback Andy Amela had another strong performance (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Quarterback Andy Amela had another strong performance (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (6-3, 4-2) will play Burbank (6-3, 4-2) for the right to go to the CIF Southeast Division Playoffs. Both teams are tied for third and one guaranteed playoff spot remains up for grabs. The winner will live for another day and another game while the loser, in all likelihood, will have its season ended.

Burbank shoved Arcadia aside on Thursday night, 56-14. Burroughs followed suit 24 hours later.

Despite a scoreless first quarter, the Indians lit up the scoreboard with 24 second quarter points and coasted the rest of the way. Behind a strong defensive effort and another positive showing on the offensive side, Burroughs handled an improved Glendale squad with relative ease.

Chance Bell rushed for 100 yards to put him over 1,000 yards on the season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chance Bell rushed for 100 yards to put him over 1,000 yards on the season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chance Bell rushed for 100 yards on 10 carries putting him over 1,000 yards on the season. Andy “Air” Amela delivered again throwing for three touchdowns on 11 of 17 passing for 212 yards. His favorite target, Erick “Sweet Hands or Sure Hands” Hernandez (take your pick; he fits either description) caught five passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Aidan Anding had three catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.

“I’m feeling great. I couldn’t have done it without my offensive line,” said an elated Bell when told of joining the 1,000 yard club. “The blocking was amazing. I get to the hole and do my thing. I love those guys so much. I love my whole team. Coach called beautiful plays to put me in position to do what I do best and run.”

Andres Aguilar got the Indians on the board with a 38-yard field goal early in the second period. After forcing Glendale to punt, Burroughs struck again when Amela connected with Hernandez over the middle for a 43-yard touchdown strike and a 10-0 lead at the 6:43 mark.

Glendale (2-7, 1-5) muffed its ensuing punt to give the Indians tremendous field position at the Nitros 13 yard line. Bell took the handoff and scampered in from 13 yards out for a 17-point lead.

Connor Garden, #3, applies the hit to cause the fumble (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Connor Garden, #3, applies the hit to cause the fumble (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Nitros responded driving deep into Indian’s territory. An offensive pass interference call pushed Glendale back to midfield and then the Burroughs defense stepped up. Linebacker Connor Garden blitzed in untouched, sacked the quarterback, caused a fumble and recovered the fumble.

Garden squashed any Glendale momentum with the defensive play of the game.

“At first, I got up to celebrate and I didn’t see the ball come out. But then I heard the sideline going nuts so I jumped on the ball. It felt great,” Garden said. “Glendale has been known to shove the ball down your throat. We came out, practiced hard all week and we did what we needed to do. We stopped them.”

Forty-one seconds remained in the first half but that didn’t stop the Indians. Amela completed passes of seven yards to Nick Mercado, 20 yards to Anding, and then found Hernandez in the back of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

Hernandez leaped high and snared Amela’s pass giving Burroughs a 24-0 lead with six seconds left. Hernandez’s phenomenal effort earned the offensive play of the game.

“Once we started picking up the offense, the tempo, and passing the ball a little more, everything went good from there,” Hernandez said. “We finished strong.”

Aidan Anding and the defense suffocated the Nitros (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Aidan Anding and the defense suffocated the Nitros (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Bell’s one yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the third quarter and Anding’s 49-yard touchdown jaunt to begin the fourth completed the scoring.

The Indians’ defense did the rest earning themselves a shutout and a well-deserved dose of donuts Saturday morning courtesy of defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop.

“It started early in the week. We practiced hard. Go fast, go hard from snap to whistle,” Knoop said. “We knew they would be good. They are an improved football team. But the guys stepped up. Connor’s play was huge.”

Burroughs now focuses on breaking a two-game losing streak to Burbank in the 66th meeting between the crosstown rivals. The Indians lead the overall series, 41-24, dating back to 1949. Mark it down on your calendar- this Friday, November 7, 7 p.m.

“This is the first time in a couple years that people are giving us a chance. Teams are pretty even for the most part,” Hernandez said. “It’s good that we are playing for something. This year is big. Burbank’s senior class has been great all four years and we finally get a chance at them.”


Air Amela Leads Burroughs in Rout of Arcadia, 70-23

Andy Amela had a career night as the Indians pounded the Apaches (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Andy Amela had a career night as the Indians pounded the Apaches (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Andy “Air” Amela came back just in time to re-introduce the forward pass. After sitting out three consecutive games due to a concussion, Amela returned to action in a dominant manner. The junior quarterback lit up the October sky completing 13 of 16 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns (all in the first half) as Burroughs absolutely hammered Arcadia, 70-23, Thursday night at Memorial Field.

Erick Hernandez snags one of his three touchdowns on the evening (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Erick Hernandez snags one of his three touchdowns on the evening (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Amela connected with fellow junior Erick Hernandez on touchdown passes of four, 43 and 60 yards. Hernandez finished with six catches for 154 yards (all in the first half). Amela is the unsung hero of the Indians’ season while Hernandez has quietly become one of the best receivers in the Pacific League.

Together they ignited an Indians offense to score 10 touchdowns and become the first varsity home team ever to score 70 points at venerable Memorial Field.

“It felt really good to be out there,” Amela said. “Waiting for three weeks was agonizing. I wanted to play. I love the sport. I love the position.”

“It was great to have him back. For three games it was tough to pass the ball. But we handled it well,” Hernandez added. “Our line blocked good and gave him time. He made some good throws and had a good night. Hopefully he carries it into next week and the week after that.”

Hernandez and Amela have struck a chord on the field with crisp routes and precise passing.

“As soon as he became quarterback, we became a lot closer. We hang out on the weekends,” Hernandez said. “This past Sunday we threw since we knew he was going to come back this week. I talk to him a lot. We are on the same page and have good chemistry.”

“With him (Amela), we are a pretty dynamic team. We can spread the field vertically and horizontally. We can do whatever we want,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “And I’m happy for my receivers who have been stalk blocking for three weeks. They are tired of run blocking.”

Hunter Guerin continues to play excellent ball on offense and defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Hunter Guerin continues to play excellent ball on offense and defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs rushing attack was relentless as 12 different players carried the ball. Senior Aidan Anding rushed for 78 yards on six carries with three touchdowns (27, 1, 15); sophomore Chance Bell churned out 72 yards on eight carries and caught a touchdown; junior Hunter Guerin had 61 yards on eight carries and touchdown runs of 18 and six; and senior Michael Ospina ran for 57 yards on eight carries and had a four-yard TD run.

The Indians scored the second most points ever in school history falling just short of the 76 put on the board by the Tribe back on October 16, 2008, when Burroughs dismantled Hoover, 76-20, at Glendale High School.

Bell’s 47-yard touchdown run with less than a minute remaining was nullified on a penalty for an illegal shift that cost the Indians at tying and perhaps breaking the record with 77 points.

Aidan Anding electrifies the crowd with his quick burst and explosiveness (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Aidan Anding electrifies the crowd with his quick burst and explosiveness (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

However, the 70 points by Burroughs marked the most points ever scored by a varsity home team at Memorial Field since the Stadium was built back in 1946. The previous mark was 69 set last season in a 69-0 Indians’ win over Hoover on Oct. 17, 2013.

Burroughs had scored 70 or more points twice previously in its history (at Hoover and at Glendale in a 70-34 victory on October 13, 2011). Now this year’s team owns the record on their home turf.

For the record, Burbank’s all-time best at Memorial Field is 63 points against Hoover on Oct. 2, 2004. The Bulldogs did score 70 in a 70-34 win at Muir in 2011.

It was a powerful performance by the Indians as they improved to 5-3 and 3-2 in the Pacific League. Two weeks remain in the regular season and Burroughs controls its own destiny. A win against Glendale next Friday followed by a win against Burbank would send the Indians back to the CIF playoffs once again as the third place team from the Pacific League.

Michael Ospina and crew tore up Arcadia on the ground (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Michael Ospina and crew tore up Arcadia on the ground (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“Now that we are healthy we are pretty dangerous. We got a lot of guys back from injury and we are getting a lot of guys involved. It’s been our forte from the beginning. We get a lot of guys touches,” Knoop said. “We are so talented everywhere that we have the ability to spread it around and keep defenses guessing. They (opponent) don’t know if you are going to give it to that guy or that guy.

“For us, we are clicking on all cylinders offensively. But we have to get better on defense. We give up a little too much. We are getting lazy and are expecting the offense to always put points up. We need to stop doing that.”

Burroughs jumped all over Arcadia (2-6, 1-4) breaking out to a 14-3 lead after the first quarter, 49-9 at the half, 70-9 after three periods, and a running clock became the Apaches best friend in the fourth.

The Indians host Glendale on Halloween night at 7 p.m. which will also be an evening of celebration as former Burroughs star offensive lineman and current Chicago Bear Eben Britton has his No. 77 retired at the school’s athletic Hall of Fame ceremony prior to the game.







Burroughs Rushes and Crushes Hoover, 63-0

Hoover was overwhelmed by the Indians defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Hoover was overwhelmed by the Indians defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Professor Keith Knoop and his class of Indians came to Glendale Thursday night and delivered a thorough lesson of Football 101 to the host Tornadoes of Hoover High. Behind a rushing attack that accumulated 433 yards of offense and a stingy defense which stifled the opposition and earned the shutout, Burroughs crushed Hoover, 63-0, to claim its first Pacific League win of the year.

“They were having a real good time watching their teammates play. They were pumping each other up,” Knoop said of his running backs. “They were excited to be playing well especially after two losses to CV and Muir.”

Chance Bell

Chance Bell

The trio of Hunter Guerin (124 yards on six carries, three touchdowns), Michael Ospina (116 yards on seven rushes, two touchdowns) and Chance Bell (90 yards on six carries, one touchdown), ran circles around the porous Hoover defense. The way they sliced up the Tornadoes defense you would think they were playing for a steak dinner at Sizzler.

“We dominated them up and down the field with the run game. Lot of yards,” Bell said. “It was a good game.”

“Running backs did well today,” Ospina added. “We had a three-back rotation. We had some fresh legs in there. I feel overall everyone did pretty well. Our defense stepped it up today and stopped them.”

The defense suffocated Hoover throughout the evening. Throw in last year’s 69-0 win over Hoover at Memorial Field, the Indians have recorded back-to-back shutouts vs. the Tornadoes while posting 132 points.

Burroughs has shutout Hoover in back-to-back years (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs has shutout Hoover in back-to-back years (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Throughout practice leading up to the game, Knoop preached playing fundamental football against an opponent much inferior to his squad.

“Play sound and fundamental football,” Knoop said. “Make sure that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing. We knew what we needed to do and we did it.”

Guerin, Ospina, Bell, Aidan Anding (two rushes for 58 yards, one touchdown), Erick Hernandez (touchdown run of 23 yards) and Aidan Jensen (one carry for 22 yards) combined to average 18.8 yards per carry including 15 rushes of 10 or more yards, nine carries of 20 or more yards and five runs of 30 or more yards.

“We’re confident. We are just going to do what we do best and that’s play football,” Bell said after the game.

Aieson Timagos fires a pass to Aidan Anding (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Aieson Timagos fires a pass to Aidan Anding (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Quarterback Aieson Timagos completed five of seven passes for 55 yards, one touchdown and an interception as he filled in admirably for Andy Amela who is recovering from a concussion suffered against Crescenta Valley.

With the best Italian restaurant in town right across the street from Moyse Field (Scarantinos), it was a feast for the Indians from the very get-go.

Burroughs (3-3, 1-2) scored 14 in the first quarter, 21 in the second for a 35-0 halftime lead; 14 more in the third quarter and 14 more in the fourth to overwhelm Hoover (1-5, 0-3).

Guerin had touchdown runs of one, 64 and 43 yards; Ospina found pay dirt from eight and 48; Bell from 17; Anding from 38; Hernandez from 23 and Timagos connected with Anding on a 15-yard touchdown pass.

The strong effort by the Indians was important considering they came off two consecutive defeats. Next up is a clash at Pasadena on Friday, October 17.

“It was definitely good for the team coming off of two tough losses,” Ospina said. “We played some really good teams the past two weeks. It’s good to come out of this week with a win.”

Sizzler anyone?


Burroughs Triumphs in the Midst of Tragedy, 45-17

Andy Amela was symbolic of the Indians' heart on Friday night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Andy Amela was symbolic of the Indians’ heart on Friday night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

The perfect pass. The perfect catch. The perfect touchdown. Just maybe the pass was guided and delivered from heaven above. From cousin to cousin.

On a day that was filled with emotions ranging from pain, shock, hurt and emptiness ended in a temporary feeling of elation on the football field.

Hours after learning about the death of his cousin, April Townsend, and two others (Jake Gnasso, Ian Bulbenko), Burroughs quarterback Andy Amela showed the heart of a champion and guided the Indians to a 45-17 victory over Rosemead on Friday night at Memorial Field.

Erick Hernandez caught an 86-yard TD pass from Andy Amela (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Erick Hernandez caught an 86-yard TD pass from Andy Amela (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Amela completed 13 of 19 passes for 258 yards including an 86-yard touchdown pass to Erick Hernandez that shook the stadium from the ground up. The picture-perfect throw nestled into the hands of a streaking Hernandez up the Rosemead sideline. It gave JBHS an insurmountable 38-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

“He threw it out there and I just kept running,” Hernandez said. “I didn’t know if I was going to get there but I kept running and I got to it. I turned on the jets and that was it.”

The 86-yard touchdown was the sixth longest pass in Burroughs history and the longest since 2008. The record is 93 yards set on October 19, 1996, when J.K. Scott found Glenn Adriatico in a 32-28 victory against Saugus.

Amela completed his final four passes of the game for 157 yards. He ended the contest with one TD pass and no interceptions. Hernandez led the Indians with five catches for 127 yards.

The Indians upended the Panthers with a strong second half (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians upended the Panthers with a strong second half (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Andy Amela, for a guy who has never played quarterback in high school football, stepped in and made adjustments on some throws that were amazing,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “You can’t teach veteran guys sometimes that stuff. We tried to spread the ball around and take advantage of what they were giving us.”

The win was the first of the season for Burroughs (1-1) who played with heavy hearts having to deal with the death of Gnasso, a wide receiver for the Indians in 2012, as well as Amela’s cousin and Bulbenko.

“It was really big for us. Everyone was distracted by it,” Hernandez said. “We had a couple of guys who were affected by it. We came out kind of slow but we picked it up. We did it for them.”

The victory was bittersweet for Burroughs Principal John Paramo whose younger brother, Mark, is the head coach for Rosemead.

Aidan Anding breaks free on a punt return (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Aidan Anding breaks free on a punt return (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“My brother and I are both very competitive and it’s kind of a sentimental game because we just lost our dad about a year ago. My dad was a huge football fan and a big supporter of Rosemead High School,” Paramo said. “So this is kind of an emotional one for my brother and I. But it’s kind of nice to win.”

Paramo smiled proudly from the sidelines as Burroughs broke away from a 10-10 halftime deadlock and dominated the second half. Considering the difficult circumstances, the win was soothing for many.

“It’s really hard to describe because you are coming out here and trying to be supportive of the football players and all the football families that are out here to support the team,” Paramo said. “But the kids have been amazing. We have really good kids. This is indicative of the students here at John Burroughs. I’m very proud of them.”

Hunter Guerin scored two touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hunter Guerin scored two touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians began the scoring when Hunter Guerin scored on a 1-yard run with 7:50 left in the first quarter. Aidan Anding’s 29-yard punt return gave JB good field position which it capitalized upon.

Trailing 10-7, Andres Aguilar nailed a 30-yd field goal as time expired in the first half to tie it for Burroughs.

The Indians set the tone for a strong second half by taking the opening kickoff and driving 70 yards in nine plays. An 18-yard pass from Amela to Hernandez followed by an 18-yard run from Chance Bell set up Bell’s 1-yard plunge for a 17-10 lead.

Guerin returned the ensuing Rosemead punt 55 yards to the house for a 24-10 advantage.

After the Panthers (0-3) cut the deficit to seven, the Indians roared right back. Hernandez returned the kickoff 25 yards to give JBHS excellent field position on its own 43 yard line.

Chance Bell scored twice for Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chance Bell scored twice for Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A 36-yard pass from Amela to Nick Mercado and runs of nine and one (TD) by Bell pushed the Indians’ lead back to 14 at 31-17 at the 1:19 mark of the third period.

That set the stage for Amela’s heroics finding Hernandez on the 86-yard TD pass with 8:09 left in the game.

Burroughs capped off the win when Ash Hawkins scored from six yards out for the final margin of victory.

“It took a little bit of time because they changed some things on defense,” Knoop said. “Once we figured out what they were doing, then the run game opened up. They tried to press our receivers and we took advantage of that.”

Bell ran for 57 yards on 12 carries while Guerin rushed for 33 yards on 10 carries. Guerin played a strong game at safety with multiple pass breakups. Anding caught five passes for 64 yards.

The Indians are now on the road for five consecutive weeks starting at Santa Fe on Sept. 19.


Candlelight Vigil Held in Memory of Three Burroughs Graduates

A powerful and emotional candlelight vigil was held in memory of Jake, Ian and April (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A powerful and emotional candlelight vigil was held in memory of Jake, Ian and April (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Hundreds of students, parents, teachers and local community members attended a candlelight vigil held on the campus of John Burroughs High School Friday night in memory of Jake Gnasso, Ian Bulbenko and April Townsend who died in a tragic car accident early Friday morning.

A memorial was set up just outside the main office at Burroughs where students by the droves came by to pay their respect. A chaplain presided at the beginning of the vigil at 9:30 p.m. offering words of encouragement, providing spiritual guidance and reciting the Lord’s Prayer with those who came. Three red candles were lit representing each of the victims.

The crowd of mourners grew throughout the evening (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The crowd of mourners grew throughout the evening (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

As the evening progressed and the crowd swelled, candles and flowers were placed at the Memorial and students and alumni signed posters with words of remembrance, love and affection for Gnasso, Bulbenko and Townsend.

Plenty of tears and hugs were shared throughout the emotional vigil as friends and peers struggled to cope with the shocking deaths of three loved ones.

“We have been dealing since late this afternoon with the tragedy of the families here and it’s just been a lot of mixed emotions,” Burroughs Principal John Paramo said.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the three victims along with Zachary Maina and Timothy Gorman were a part of an accident that occurred at approximately 2 a.m. at Sierra Highway and Rush Canyon in Santa Clarita.

The five teenagers, all of whom were 19 years old and 2013 graduates of Burroughs High School, were in a red Chevy Silverado truck when it veered off the road and rolled down a hill for more than 200 feet into a canyon.

A friend writes her condolences on a poster dedicated to former Burroughs football player, Jake Gnasso (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A friend writes her condolences on a poster dedicated to former Burroughs football player, Jake Gnasso (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene when paramedics arrived at 7:30 a.m. Maina and Gorman, one of whom made the 911 call hours after the crash, are currently hospitalized with moderate injuries and are expected to make a full recovery.

Gnasso played football for Burroughs two years ago as a wide receiver/cornerback. Townsend was the cousin of current Indians quarterback Andy Amela.

Behind a sterling and inspiring performance by Amela, Burroughs defeated Rosemead, 45-17, last night despite the pain and heavy hearts that the players carried around. The Indians’ resiliency shined brightly during the most difficult of times.

“We have really good kids here at John Burroughs High School. This is indicative of the students here,” Paramo said. “I’m very proud of them.”

Tears, hugs, hurt, disbelief,and pure love resonated at the vigil (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tears, hugs, hurt, disbelief,and pure love resonated at the vigil (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The unfortunate incident follows the horrific fiery car crash that took the lives of five Burbank teenagers less than a year ago on September 28, 2013. Tragically, the Burbank and Burroughs communities mourn again the loss of young adults at too early an age.

At this time law enforcement does not know the reason behind the accident as the investigation continues.

What we do know is that the Burbank community has caring hearts and strong love for one another. Through the toughest of times, the city of Burbank has always and will continue to prevail through strength, faith and support.

Life is too precious. Love one another each and every day of your life. We are one. We are Burbank. We are Burroughs.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Features a Fountain of Youth

By Jim Riggio
Special to MyBurbank

Losing three all-league league players in a sport where just six are on the court at one time might devastate some programs.

But that does not appear to be the case for the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team.

Last season the Indians went 18-10 overall,  11-3 in Pacific League play.

Lost to graduation are first-team all-league players Dani Gonzalez and Caitlin Cottrell as well as second-team all-league pick Katie Rutecki.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Edwin Real, who is entering his 11th year as the head coach after being a longtime assistant under legendary Buroughs coach Linda Murphy, has reason to be optimistic with five returning varsity players.

However, it could be a newcomer that becomes the player Real builds his program around for the next four years.

Burroughs has been bolstered by 6-foot-3 freshman middle blocker Marin Grote, who was recently named Most Valuable Player of the Foothill Invitational.

“Our team is improving every time we get together,” Real said. “We had a slow summer, but everybody does because kids are with their club team or doing something else.”

Real got an idea of what his team could be like during the Foothill Invitational.

“We got everyone here about three weeks ago and we did well in that tournament,” he said. “We played a scrimmage (Wednesday). Now we’re kind of up and down a little bit. We know what we have to come back and work on. We don’t need to work on skill. We have to work on our hustle and work ethic.”

Junior middle blocker Danielle Ryan (6-0) is a returning honorable mention all-league selection.

Senior setter Lizzy Gunn (5-6) is another key returner. Senior outside hitter Kelsey Strong (5-8) is a third year varsity player. Senior opposite hitter Jaclyn Offerman (5-7) and junior defensive specialist Sammie Sullivan (5-6) also return.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians have a strong core of young players as seven of the 13 varsity players are either freshmen or sophomores.

Freshman opposite hitter Jules Cottrell (5-8) and freshman setter Payton Jenson (5-5) are two who figure to be stars before they graduate.

Sophomore middle blocker Caleigh Paster (5-10) moves up from the junior varsity. Sophomore Abby Bolde (5-7) will offer help as a setter. Sophomore Cecera Suarez (5-7) is a versatile player and sophomore Sophia Rizzotti (5-9) will help as an opposite hitter.

Real said he likes the feeling of being an underdog in the Pacific League and knows Arcadia is the heavy favorite to repeat as the league champion behind star Lexi Resch, who is regarded as one of the best players in league history.

“Arcadia is pretty good. They should be strong. I think Burbank has everybody back so they will be strong,” said Real. “I think we’ll be competitive and we’ll challenge (for the league title). I don’t think people will think we’ll challenge because of the people who graduated, but now we have others. You can’t just give up.”

Burroughs hosts Hoover to begin Pacific League play on September 18 and travels to Arcadia on October 2. Battles against rival Burbank will be on Oct. 9 and November 4.


Burroughs Football Preview: Working 9-to-5 the Indian Way

Coach Keith Knoop speaks to his team about possessing a blue collar mentality (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Keith Knoop speaks to his team about possessing a blue collar mentality (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

They may not possess the glitz and glamour like their neighborhood rivals from up the street. They do, however, represent a brand of football that the Stanford Cardinal would be mighty proud of.

The Burroughs Indians kick-off their regular season slate of games tonight against Calabasas at Memorial Field sporting a fresh look with new uniforms quite similar to the boys on the Farm in Palo Alto. Why not when both schools don red and white as their school colors and play a style that patterns each other?

The Indians love to go mano a mano in the trenches (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians love to go mano a mano in the trenches (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

One look in the mirror and the Indians see the Cardinal. After all, Stanford was known as the Indians until the name change in 1972. But the similarities don’t end there.

Since becoming head coach of Burroughs 18 years ago, Keith Knoop has built a program that prides itself on toughness, discipline, respect and hard-nosed football. It is the Indian way akin to the Cardinal way at Stanford.

While Burbank High might represent the look of a Pac-12 school with its high-flying spread offensive attack, the Indians are your classic Big 10 smash mouth  group of players who will mix it up in the trenches anytime, anywhere.

This year’s team will follow in the same footsteps of past Burroughs’ squads. Scratch and claw, push and pound, scrape and grind; the Indians will get the job done reminiscent of your everyday 9-to-5 blue collar working class man.

“That’s who we are. Blue collar,” Knoop told his players one day after practice. “We are not handed anything. We need to earn everything we get.”

From the intense weight room sessions to their ironman mentality on the field, the Indians bring the wood every night.

Andrew Mills anchors a tough offensive line (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Andrew Mills anchors a tough offensive line (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It’s only fitting that leading the way for JBHS this season is a trio of offensive lineman who are as good as anybody in the Pacific League.

“Anytime in high school that you can get three-fifths of your offensive line back that have been together for a while is an advantage. This will really help us,” Knoop said. “They are big, strong guys who love the passion of football.”

Left tackle Andrew Mills, left guard Anthony Olea and center Shawn Edie form the left side of a line that will bring sheer brute force as they go “mano a mano” with opposing defenses. Just as Stanford does.

“We will have a really strong running game. We have a great line this year,” said Mills, a three-year starter. “And we should have a strong passing game too. We have a new quarterback who is doing really well. He’s been slinging the ball pretty well.”

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills

Mills is the iconic symbol for the Indians and their blue collar attitude. A year ago, Mills played the entire season with an assortment of injuries but refused to ever quit or leave his teammates behind.

“You can’t keep me off the field,” he said. “I love this game too much.”

Mills is one of several captains this season. He cherishes the new role as the team is top-heavy with juniors and a few sophomores.

“I’m more of a leader now. I’m happy to be a leader on this team,” Mills said. “I’m really excited to come out here and play.”

Running behind the behemoth 300-pound hogs will be senior Michael Ospina, junior Hunter Guerin and sophomore Chance Bell. Ospina and Guerin combined for 536 yards in 2013. Be ready to ring the bell once the lightning quick Las Vegas transfer carries the ball in open space.

Seniors Aidan Anding and Anthony Archuleta and junior Erick Hernandez bring experience at wide receiver while junior Aidan Jensen has a promising future.

Andy Amela takes over at quarterback for the Indians (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Andy Amela takes over at quarterback for the Indians (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Making his debut at quarterback will be junior Andy Amela, a defensive back who was converted to QB after promising prospect Steven Hubbell decided to stop playing football.

Amela has transitioned well to his new position and Knoop is optimistic about Amela’s future as the Indians’ signal-caller.

“He has quietly and eagerly just taken the role on. He’s soaking it all in like a sponge,” Knoop said. “He still needs to work on the full speed aspect of the game. When the game is slow, he has really gotten it down fairly well. One day at a time. I just need to get him game ready.”

Kicker Andres Aguilar might be the team’s biggest weapon with his powerful leg. The senior will have a major impact on special teams.

The Indians are extremely inexperienced on the defensive side of the ball. However, Anding, Archuleta and Guerin will play on defense as well in the secondary providing much needed leadership. Guerin is one of a handful of players who signifies the ironman mentality playing both ways.

“It’s really hard,” Guerin said. “I just have to be conditioned and go hard and full speed at all times.”

Junior linebackers Connor Garden and Branden Garcia, junior defensive end Anthony Garcia and junior cornerback Nick Tipton will help aid the cause for the youthful Indians defense.

Burroughs football (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs football (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We have a lot of talented players but on the flip side of that is we are pretty young,” Knoop said. “A lot of our players are juniors and we even have a few sophomores. Many of whom haven’t started a varsity game yet. They are young but they are only going to get better. They are going to have to grow up fast.”

This we do know. Burroughs embraces its identity more so than any other program at school. Tough on the outside and even tougher on the inside.

The Indians will begin the season at home for the first two games before hitting the road for five consecutive weeks. The 66th “Big Game” vs. Burbank will be held on November 7.