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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 Boys Cross Country in Pursuit of Glory

Burroughs sensational six: (L to R) Garrett Boulais, Elias Hoxsie, Shane Thompson, Jack Howe, Justin Villagran, Alexander Hirsch (Photos by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs sensational six: (L to R) Garrett Boulais, Elias Hoxsie, Shane Thompson, Jack Howe, Justin Villagran, Alexander Hirsch (Photos by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

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.”


Burbank Perseveres in Win Over Glendale, 41-21

Burbank's Guy Gibbs came off the bench to throw for three touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Guy Gibbs came off the bench to throw for three touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Twenty-seven miles west of Burbank among the Santa Monica Mountains rests the location where the popular television series “M*A*S*H” was filmed. At the rate of injuries that continue to mount for the Burbank High football team, Malibu State Creek Park might be the perfect spot for the Bulldogs to visit and regain their health and more importantly their mojo.

Playing with a depleted roster that featured nine sophomores seeing action, Burbank put forth a valiant effort in a 41-21 victory over Glendale Thursday evening that would have made Hawkeye, Father Mulcahy, Margaret Houlihan, and Maxwell Q. Klinger quite proud.

“They are just gritty,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said of his team. “We had a great week of practice. We just beat on each other. I knew we would come out here and play a physical game. It’s something that we have been missing. Coming out and punching teams in the mouth.”

Quarterback Ryan Meredith joined the growing list of injured Bulldog players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Quarterback Ryan Meredith joined the growing list of injured Bulldog players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Behind a spirited effort led by third-string quarterback Guy Gibbs, Burbank jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead, withstood a furious Glendale rally, and finished strong claiming a 20-point victory without the services of starters James Williams (torn ACL in knee), Ryan Meredith (separated shoulder), Jake Kelley (torn ligaments in ankle) and Andy Reyes (torn ligaments in thumb).

Add to the list starters Tony Toledo and Ryan Boyd who left Thursday’s game due to injuries and the Burbank sideline resembles a M*A*S*H unit of the walking wounded.

“I hate the word ‘injury,’” Broussard said after the game. “We were down nine starters at one point in the game. It’s a testament to our program how we run our system. We just plug in and play kids and they go in there and do their job.”

Gibbs came on in relief of Aki Arlington for the final drive of the second quarter and proceeded to go 3-for-3 for 36 yards and tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dorian Housholder that gave BHS a 20-0 lead with 49 seconds left in the first half.

Burbank gained 240 yards of offense in the first half to only 60 for Glendale (2-5, 1-3).

Gibbs, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, finished the evening 6-of-9 for 136 yards, one interception and three touchdowns including TD passes of 68 and 28 yards to Nick Cantong.

Burbank Football (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Football (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It felt great. They were both wide open and I read it perfectly. I had just the right amount of time with the line blocking,” Gibbs said. “I want to thank the line though. They did a heck of a job today. I just went in and didn’t want to think. If I think too much then everything goes wrong.”

Gibbs did little wrong as he calmly and confidently led Burbank (4-3, 2-2) to a great win on the road.

Meredith is expected to return in the next couple of weeks but in the meantime Gibbs showed the ability to lead the team and showcase his future position.

Burbank's defense held Glendale in check for most of the game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s defense held Glendale in check for most of the game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After a scoreless first quarter, Burbank scored on an 18-yard touchdown run by Brandon Alba who rushed for a game-high 106 yards on 14 carries. On fourth-and-six, Alba took an inside reverse handoff and blasted his way to the outside and shrugged off a Nitro defender to hit paydirt.

Burbank increased its lead to 14-0 behind Housholder who scored from five yards out on a sweep just a play after he gained 23 yards on a nifty run through the heart of the Glendale defense.

Gibbs then replaced Arlington at quarterback and promptly drove the Bulldogs down for a touchdown just before the half.

The Bulldogs seemingly had the game in hand after scoring on the second play from scrimmage of the second half when Gibbs connected with a wide-open Cantong for a 68-yard strike and a 26-0 advantage.

Nick Cantong (right) celebrates with Max Montoya after catching his second touchdown of the night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nick Cantong (right) celebrates with Max Montoya after catching his second touchdown of the night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

But Glendale roared back scoring 21 consecutive points before Burbank responded on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Gibbs to Cantong over the middle with 10:26 left in the game. Gibbs found Cantong in the corner of the end zone for the 2-point conversion and the lead swelled to 34-21.

The Bulldogs iced the game when sophomore Nick Warren scored from two yards out with 1:34 remaining.

Cantong finished with three catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns while Housholder caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. Arlington ran for 53 yards on eight carries at quarterback.

Burbank returns home to Memorial Field next Friday at 7 p.m. against Hoover.

As for you M*A*S*H fans, only an ambulance and a rusted jeep used in the show remain today at the exact site of the film’s original set.


Morning Sports Ticker- Oct. 24


Burroughs 70 Arcadia 23 (see story)

Burbank 41 Glendale 21 (see story)

Bulldogs (4-3, 2-2) play Hoover on Friday at Memorial Field at 7 p.m.

Burroughs 17 Pasadena 14

Chance Bell rushed for 220 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Indians to the road victory. Burroughs (4-3, 2-2) scored first when Bell ran in from 25 yards out. The lead remained 7-0 at halftime. After Pasadena tied it up at seven apiece late in the third quarter, the Indians took command when Bell scored on a 24-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Andres Aguilar added a 24-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-7. Pasadena scored on a late touchdown but the Indians survived despite passing for a total of five yards for the game. Quarterback Andy Amela missed his third straight game with concussion symptoms. The Indians play Arcadia on Thursday at home at 7 p.m.

Girls Volleyball-

Burbank 3 Crescenta Valley 0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-23) Bulldogs now 18-5, 9-2 in league

Burroughs 3 Muir 0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-11) Indians now 10-9, 8-3 in league

Burbank 3 Pasadena 0 (25-13, 27-25, 25-21)

Burroughs 3 Crescenta Valley 1 (19-25, 25-17, 25-11, 25-23)

Arcadia 3 Burbank 0 (25-17, 25-20, 26-24)

Burroughs 3 Glendale 0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-12)

Burbank 3 Muir 0 (25-7, 25-4, 25-5)

Burroughs 3 Hoover 0 (25-18, 25-8, 25-10)

Boys Water Polo-

Crescenta Valley 19 Burbank 3

Burbank 17 Pasadena 16

Crescenta Valley 21 Burroughs 4

Burbank 18 Arcadia 7

Hoover 25 Burroughs 13

Pasadena 23 Burroughs 10

Girls Tennis-

Burbank 14 Hoover 4 (Bulldogs finish regular season 12-4 and 9-3 in league; second place)

Crescenta Valley 16 Burroughs 2 (Indians finish regular season 0-12 in league)

Burbank 13 Crescenta Valley 5

Arcadia 12 Burbank 6

Glendale 16 Burroughs 2

Cross Country-

Burroughs boys won Pacific League meet No. 2 defeating second place Arcadia, 20-38, at Arcadia County Park. The Indians dominated for their second league meet win of the season claiming second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth place. Garrett Boulais ran a tremendous race to finish runner-up in a time of 14:38.

Burbank’s Enrique Vizcaino led the Bulldogs to a 4th place finish by taking 8th in 15:06.

The Bulldogs’ female superstar runner Candela Fernandez took first place blowing past the field in 16:37. Burbank girls claimed second place behind Arcadia, 21-38, as Fernandez won her second straight Pacific League meet.

The Lady Indians took 4th in their race led by Emily Virtue who ran an 18:02 to take 8th place individually.

Burroughs boys-

Garrett Boulais (2)                              14:38

Elias Hoxsie (3)                                   14:51

Andrew Barrondo (4)                           14:57

Shane Thompson (5)                           14:58

Alexander Hirsch (6)                           15:01

Justin Villagran (10)                            15:15

Jack Howe (21)                                    15:49

Burroughs girls-

Emily Virtue (8)                                   18:02

Heidi Eligio (12)                                  18:14

Valerie Monroy (21)                            19:08

Molly Stapelfeldt (25)                         19:55

Betsy Ramirez (27)                              20:30

Deanna Fierro (28)                              20:31

Bailey Harrison (35)                            21:51

Burbank boys-

Enrique Vizcaino (8)                       15:06

Adam Navar (15)                           15:30

Tanner Payne (19)                        15:39

Burbank girls-

Kira Bochard (9)                            18:09

Caroline Adams (11)                     18:12

Alexia Hatun (18)                          18:50

Girls Golf-

Pacific League individual finals at River Ridge GC in Oxnard

Burbank’s Irene Maemura finished 3rd overall with a score of 73 and advanced to the CIF Northern Regional to be played on October 27. She earned first-team All-League honors.

Points Ranking Final score Final points
1 Elizabeth Wang 173.5 69 34.5 208 League MVP
2 Trussy Li 168.5 69 34.5 203 1st Team
3 Irene Maemura 171 73 30 201 1st Team
4 Bella Setio 165 75 25.5 190.5 1st Team
5 Gabbi Lewis 164 75 25.5 189.5 1st Team
6 Cameron McCrary 147 77 21 168 1st Team
7 Andrea Han 145 79 18 163 1st Team
8 Kayla Yn 144 81 10.5 154.5 2nd Team
9 Keilee Bessho 137 80 15 152 2nd Team
10 Audrey Chung 147 85 4.5 151.5 2nd Team
11 Cynthia Guo 133.5 81 10.5 144 2nd Team
12 Alex Chen 138.5 85 4.5 143 2nd Team
13 Vivian Sun 135.5 0 135.5 2nd Team


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?


Burbank Sputters in 24-10 Loss to Crescenta Valley

Dorian Housholder catches the lone touchdown of the game for Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dorian Housholder catches the lone touchdown of the game for Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

As the injuries continue to mount, the desire to win doesn’t waver. Despite not having the services of sophomore linebacker Andy Reyes, the Burbank defense rose to the occasion but the same could not be said for the offense in a 24-10 loss to Crescenta Valley Friday night at Memorial Field.

Andy Reyes is out for six to eight weeks (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Andy Reyes is out for six to eight weeks (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

With Washington State-commit James Williams sidelined for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, the Bulldogs lost Reyes for the next six to eight weeks after Reyes dislocated his right thumb the previous week against Pasadena. Reyes led Burbank with 44 tackles through the first four games of the season.

Yet, the defense played its best game of the year thus far by corralling and frustrating the talented quarterback of the Falcons, Brian Gadsby.

Gadsby, a UCLA-commit for baseball, was limited to 168 yards passing and no touchdowns on 11 of 24 passing. Crescenta Valley came into the game averaging 46.5 points per game but could only muster up a pair of one-yard touchdown runs as Burbank flustered the ‘Great Gadsby’ into an average performance.

James Williams is out for the year (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

James Williams is out for the year (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Our defense was lights out. We were more prepared for this game than any game all year defensively. We just couldn’t put any points up,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “Unfortunately, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. As the play caller, it hurts my heart. We have a lot of work to do.”

On a night that the BHS defense sparkled particularly in the secondary, the offense sputtered as CV dominated the line of scrimmage. The Falcons shut down the Burbank running game allowing a paltry 19 yards on 13 carries (does not include loss of yardage due to sacks).

Jake Kelley (three carries, 12 yards), Tony Toledo (eight rushes, five yards), Brandon Alba (two carries, two yards) couldn’t generate any long runs against a stifling Falcons’ defense.

“We need to run the ball. It’s what we do,” said Broussard. “They shut us down. They did an incredible job up front of controlling the line of scrimmage. No excuses. They got us. They played better today.

“We were a possession away from tying this up. I’m proud of our effort. That’s how we practice every day. We aren’t laying down for anybody.”

Crescenta Valley (5-0, 2-0) forced Burbank quarterback Ryan Meredith into four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble) including returning a pick-six 53 yards to the house for a 24-10 lead with 8:51 remaining in the game.

Tony Toledo and company were bottled up on this night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tony Toledo and company were bottled up on this night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s offensive line also suffered some setbacks with the loss of three linemen during the course of the past two weeks. With an inexperienced line up front and no threat of Williams in the backfield, the Falcons put eight players in the box and dared Meredith to pass.

Meredith completed 23 of 42 passes for 263 yards and one touchdown but his turnovers were costly as Burbank was held to its fewest points since a 28-7 loss to West Ranch in August of 2012.

The lone bright spot for Burbank on offense were wide receivers Nick Cantong and Dorian Housholder. Cantong caught 10 passes for 107 yards while Householder snared seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.

“He’s a go getter,” Broussard said of Cantong. “He’s a phenomenal athlete who has made a burst since the summer. We need to find ways to get him the ball.”

Crescenta Valley jumped out to a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter on a pair of short touchdowns by Jonathan Jun.

Burbank (3-2, 1-1) scored its only touchdown of the evening on a beautiful 36-yard rainbow pass from Meredith to Householder to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 5:06 left in the first half.

The Falcons took a 17-7 lead into halftime.

Ryan Boyd’s 33-yard field goal for BHS whittled the lead down to seven, 17-10, late in the third period.

Burbank's defense played a solid game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s defense played a solid game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ defensive secondary of Forrest Fajardo, CJ Hunter and Nick Warren did an outstanding job of breaking up passes and keeping Gadsby at bay.

“We know he’s a great quarterback and they’ve been scoring a lot,” Hunter said. “We just tried to cover our guys and try and get to him.”

“He’s a tough guy. He’s very elusive and has a good arm,” defensive lineman Kyle Alvarez added. “Their offense is great. They have formations that are crazy.

“We worked hard all week. It’s just disappointing tonight. The future is still bright. Don’t look down on us because it’s only one loss. We still got it and we are coming back strong.”

Burbank travels to defending league champion Muir, a 42-14 winner versus Burroughs last night, next Friday at 7 p.m.



Burroughs No Match for Crescenta Valley in League Opener

Coach Keith Knoop speaks with his team during Friday night's tilt vs. Crescenta Valley (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Coach Keith Knoop speaks with his team during Friday night’s tilt vs. Crescenta Valley (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank

The five-game losing streak to Burroughs High is finally over for the Crescenta Valley football team, and the 48-21 victory at Moyse Field in the Pacific League opener Friday night deserved two Gatorade baths.

With the clock winding down and the contest out of hand, Crescenta Valley coach Paul Schilling took a shower in the liquid, while offensive coordinator Hudson Gossard, who quarterbacked the Falcons to past glory, was also drenched.

Burroughs' Erick Hernandez stiff arms a Falcon defender (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs’ Erick Hernandez stiff arms a Falcon defender (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Both were thrilled to have been targeted by the players considering the Indians have owned the recent series, including last season’s 24-17 triumph after trailing 17-0 at the half. Crescenta Valley’s last win vs. JBHS came on October 2, 2008, in a 34-32 victory at Moyse Field.

“This is a big win, but I don’t want this to be the peak,” Schilling said. “I know it’s a cliche, but we’re going to play it one game at a time. Our goal is to win the league and we feel that we can.”

The Falcons have been very good in the recent past, but it’s been 13 seasons since they took the title.

Each team scored on its opening drive, but the Falcons (4-0) held a seven-point lead, 21-14, at the intermission before erupting for 27 points in the second half.

“They’re bigger and stronger than we are,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “Their defensive front played well. They outplayed us. We’ve been doing that [big plays from the offense] all year.”

Michael Ospina of JBHS looks for running room (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Michael Ospina of JBHS looks for running room (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Crescenta Valley rushed the ball 40 times for 211 yards, with 129 yards coming in the second half. Spearheading the Falcons’ ground attack was senior running back Jonathan Jun, who accounted for 197 yards on 34 carries.

“I was gassed at the end,” said Jun, who had scoring runs of 10, one, three and five yards. “We came out with a lot of confidence. We played with heart. I trusted the [offensive] line. I stayed behind them.”

Though only one league game has been played, Jun believes the Falcons (465 total net yards) have a solid chance to win the league title.

“We really wanted this win today,” he said. “That [league] was our goal before the season began.”

The scoring opened with senior quarterback Brian Gadsby (17 of 25 for 254 yards and no interceptions) marching the Falcons 80 yards on 14 plays before hitting senior wide receiver Jordan LoBianco (16 yards on two receptions) with a 15-yard strike as 5:49 remained in the first

The Indians' Hunter Guerin searches for a hole against the CV defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

The Indians’ Hunter Guerin searches for a hole against the CV defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs junior quarterback Andy Amela (17 of 27 for 217 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions), who may have sustained a concussion early in the fourth quarter, directed the Indians on a six-play drive that was capped off with a short pass to junior running back Hunter Guerin (four catches for 92 yards), who bolted 78 yards that tied it at 7-7 and 4:13 left in the initial quarter.

After a short punt set up the Falcons at the Burroughs 30-yard line, Gadsby, who will play baseball at UCLA, needed one play to make it 14-7 when he handed the ball to sophomore backup signal-caller Tyler Hill, who tossed it back to Gadsby, who found senior wide receiver Connor Van Ginkel (seven
catches for 122 yards) all alone in the end zone to make it 14-7 and 3:11 remaining before the half. The ole flea flicker worked to perfection.

On the Indians next series, Amela was picked off by senior linebacker Sean Bloks, who gave the Falcons the ball at the Burroughs 21-yard line. Four plays later, Jun cracked the end zone from 10 yards out and 47 seconds left that made it 21-7.

Burroughs' Aidan Anding dives across the goal line for a touchdown (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs’ Aidan Anding dives across the goal line for a touchdown (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

The Indians (277 total yards) refused to buckle as Amela marched Burroughs (2-2) 65 yards and closed the three-play march with a 52-yard bomb to junior wide receiver Erick Hernandez (71 yards on five catches) as 14 seconds remained in the half and cut the lead to 21-14.

Crescenta Valley scored on its first two possessions of the second half to make it 35-14 as Gadsby hit senior wide receiver Chase Walker with a 77-yard bomb and 8:56 showing in the third quarter, and Jun’s one-yard burst with 4:35 left on the clock in the same quarter came
after Amela’s pass on fourth down and three from the Crescenta Valley 49 fell incomplete.

Each team exchanged turnovers before Amela’s eight-yard offering to senior wide receiver Aidan Anding lowered the deficit to 35-21 as 1:49 remained in the third quarter.

The Falcons received two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Jun powered his way in from three yards out and 10:28 showing to make it 41-21, and then added a five-yard burst with 5:15 left. The final tally was made possible when Amela was intercepted by sophomore defensive back Andrew Traber.

Crescenta Valley travels to Burbank next Friday in a pivotal matchup while Burroughs continues its five week exodus away from Memorial Field with a contest at defending champion Muir.

Burroughs and Burbank Set to Battle in Cross Country

Cross Country preview

Burroughs, currently ranked No. 3 on the boys’ side in Division I, and Burbank begin their Pacific League schedule today in a meet hosted by Crescenta Valley. Courtesy of Coach John Peebles (Burroughs) and Darin Wolf (Burbank), here is a closer look at each team for this season.

Burroughs boys-

Garrett Boulais of Burroughs

Garrett Boulais of Burroughs

Garrett Boulais (Sr), Elias Hoxsie (Sr), Shane Thompson (Sr), and Justin Villagran (Jr) were all in our top five at CIF Prelims last year when we missed qualifying for CIF Finals by one point. They have shown some good things this summer but understand that there is still much work needed to be done as the season progresses.

Andrew Barrondo (Jr), who ran varsity as a freshman but did not run cross country at all as a sophomore, and Alexander Hirsch (Fr) are two newcomers who will be counted on to bolster the team as they get accustomed to being varsity runners.

Jack Howe (Sr) and Timothy Wells (So) are two young men who will work hard to also get a varsity spot as well.

Burroughs girls-

Emily Virtue (Fr) has come in as a freshman and looked very impressive, so it looks like she will lead the way. Valerie Monroy (Sr) has had a nice summer and has progressed a long way from last year. Eileen Eckles (Jr), Heidi Eligio (So), and Molly Stapelfeldt (So) all have shown glimpses of what they can do, so we just need them to continue to work to improve as runners.

Deanna Fierro (Sr), Dru Kim (So), and Rachel Reyes (Jr) all have shown some positive things over the summer and will be looking to solidify our team.

Burroughs and Burbank will battle it out this season in both genders (File photos by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs and Burbank will battle it out this season (File photos by Dick Dornan)

Burbank boys-

The boys cross country team returns only one runner from its varsity team that finished 9th in CIF-SS Division I and barely missed qualifying for the State Championships. However, a hungry pack of young runners, along with lone senior and varsity returner Enrique Vizcaino, look to improve on last year’s finish and get back to the State Meet which has eluded the Bulldogs since 2011.

“Many teams might look at us and say ‘next year,’ but we refuse to accept this as a building year. These guys have seen last year’s varsity team get to the door of the State Meet, so they know what it takes to get there, and they are putting in the work to make it happen,” said Head Coach Trevor Marca.

Among these ambitious newcomers are junior Adam Navar, who won the frosh/soph 3200 and 800 Pacific league titles during track season and sophomore Sam Gorman, who posted a 4:33 time in the 1600 and finished as the frosh/soph runner up in the Pacific League.

To complement the Bulldogs threesome, the coaching staff has several viable options to fill out the top seven. Among them are juniors Ahmad Elzaiat, Jonas Macromallis, Justin Smith, Tanner Payne, and Josh Cantong. Seniors Brandon Sugars and Ethan Stopfer could also land a spot on varsity. Sophomores Josh Cho and Angel Flores figure to run on the frosh-soph level throughout the regular season, but may be promoted to varsity for the team’s post season run.

Burbank girls-

The girls’ team hopes to break its long drought of failing to make it to CIF Finals, a streak that dates back to 1984. The girls’ have confidence this is the year because, they will be led by one of the State’s top runners and backed up by a solid pack eager to make a breakthrough.

Burbank's Candela Fernandez

Burbank’s Candela Fernandez

Junior Candela Fernandez comes off a track season where she broke school records in the 1600 (4:56) and 3200 (10:49), while qualifying for the CIF Masters Meet in the former event. A strong summer of training has Fernandez looking like the runner to beat in the Pacific League and a contender in CIF and State.

“Candela looks amazing out there, but she’s not the reason we coaches think this is the year for a break through. It’s the four or five girls after her who have stepped it up and are insistent to prove this isn’t a one runner team. Everyone knows one runner can’t get a team anywhere alone,” said Marca.

Juniors Caroline Adams and Alexia Hatun – both who competed in the CIF Prelims last cross country season – represent the only varsity returners aside from Fernandez. However, the list of quality runners doesn’t end there. Sophomore soccer stars Kira Bochard and Jamie Giammichele have joined the team and figure to make an immediate impact. Bochard started on the varsity soccer team as a freshman before competing in track during the spring where she took home frosh/soph league titles in the 400 and 300 hurdles. Giammichele had success in the middle distance events in track and has established a strong mileage base during the summer which has brought on big improvement.

Rounding out the top seven for the Lady Dogs will be a group of girls who were pivotal in the frosh/soph team’s Pacific League Championship last season. Juniors Hannah Erickson, Adrienne Coronel, Elyssa Dimanno and Charlene Chua along with sophomores Xochitl Torres and Gabby Collins provide outstanding depth for the Bulldogs.


Burbank Succumbs to Canyon in 35-21 Loss

Burbank's Brandon Alba scores with a throng of sportswriters watching (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burbank’s Brandon Alba scores with a throng of sportswriters watching (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

The next chapter of Burbank football has officially begun.

With senior James Williams sidelined for the rest of the season because of a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, the Burbank High football team took to the field for the first time since 2011 without the services of its superstar tailback.

The Bulldogs battled all evening long but shortcomings on both sides of the ball during the third and early fourth quarter proved to be the difference as Canyon pulled away and defeated Burbank, 35-21, Friday night at Harry Welch Field.

Tony Toledo rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Tony Toledo rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“I thought our kids fought hard. We battled. We represented Burbank to the fullest. I’m proud of them,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We have a long season ahead of us. We have things that we need to clean up. We just didn’t make enough plays. We made some plays just not enough. We have some things to work on but we had heart tonight.”

Williams’ high school career was ended prematurely when he suffered the injury on the opening kickoff against Bell Gardens two weeks ago. He finished his sparkling two-year run as the area’s best running back with 2,612 yards which ranks him second all-time at BHS just 466 yards behind Ulises Ochoa.

Williams, who has committed to Washington State University, scored 40 career touchdowns slicing and dicing his way through defenses.

With Williams now a spectator on the sideline yelling and cheering his teammates on, the Bulldogs will have to collectively rely on each other to have a productive and positive season.

When asked if the shock of losing Williams had an effect on the game, Broussard vehemently said no.

Burbank gave Canyon all it could handle for most of the game (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burbank gave Canyon all it could handle for most of the game (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“Heck no. We were the most hyped we’ve ever been. Our guys were excited about this game,” he said. “I’m sure people were shocked how well we played against this team. We have some tough little scrappy kids from Burbank.”

The first half was well played as both teams exchanged touchdowns to enter halftime tied at 14 apiece.

Canyon (2-2) began the scoring with a 53-yard catch and run to the house on the third play of the game.

Burbank (2-1) tied it a seven when senior quarterback Ryan Meredith snuck in from one yard out with 3:12 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second period, the Bulldogs took advantage of a Canyon penalty on fourth down (illegal participation) and kept its drive going when Brandon Alba scored on a fly sweep from four yards. A 32-yard pass from Meredith to Dorian Houshoulder sparked the drive.

Burbank maintained a 14-7 lead until Canyon’s Myron McAfee burst through the Bulldogs defense en route to a 77 yard touchdown run that sent the teams into the locker room deadlocked at 14.

The Bulldogs went into a funk for the next quarter-and-a-half with penalties, poor tackling and an inept offense that allowed Canyon to take a commanding 35-14 lead with 6:29 left in the game.

Ryan Meredith scrambles as he looks for a receiver down field (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Ryan Meredith scrambles as he looks for a receiver down field (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Reality had set in that Williams was no longer on the field to make the big play. For the first time in the game, Bulldog players appeared lost and in need of a spark.

“We’re so used to making big plays that we were getting complacent because 21 (Williams) wasn’t out there to hit the home run,” Broussard said. “Ryan had to grind this thing out. We will take what they give us and move the ball.”

Meredith, who completed 18 of 27 for 174 yards, was his own worst enemy in the third quarter throwing an interception and multiple incompletions while visibly getting down on himself.

“Ryan is his own worst critic. He’s hard on himself,” Broussard said. “But he was slinging it on that last drive.”

And sling it he did completing seven of eight passes for 91 yards on Burbank’s final drive which culminated when Tony Toledo scored from a yard out to make it 35-21 with 2:31 remaining in the contest.

Toledo rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries. Houshoulder caught six passes for 101 yards. But there was no escaping the fact that Williams’ absence, now permanent, had an effect on the team emotionally and physically.

“We definitely wanted to go out and play hard for James because he’s my brother,” Houshoulder said. “I’ve been playing with him since freshman year. I love him to death. I want to show him that we can still ball out.”

“We have a lot to play for this season,” Toledo added. “James was our best player but we have to all step up now. We’re going to miss him but it’s up to us now to make it happen. We just have to play hard all game and we can do it.”

Burbank plays at Pasadena (1-2) next Friday in its Pacific League opener at 7 p.m.

Burbank Football Off to 2-0 Start Despite Key Injuries {updated}

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

This wasn’t in the plans for Burbank Coach Richard Broussard. Two games into the season, the first-year football coach lost his two best offensive players due to injuries, senior running back James Williams and senior quarterback Ryan Meredith. The great news, however, is that Burbank is 2-0 with a big game coming up on Friday at Canyon at 7:30 p.m.

Williams, a commit to Washington State, and Meredith, a rapidly developing college prospect, were looking to lead a potent Bulldogs’ offensive attack to prolific heights.

Meredith suffered a high left ankle sprain late in a 26-14 victory at Ayala. The following week, Williams injured his right knee on the opening kickoff against Bell Gardens in which BHS toughened out a 15-14 road win.

With Pacific League action looming ahead in one week, Meredith has been diagnosed as day-to-day while Williams’ sparkling career is over. A recent MRI showed a tear of the MCL and ACL ending the superstar’s high school career.



“Start of the season has been crazy,” Broussard said. “We lost two key guys on offense but we get to see what our defense is made of. They have answered the call both games and are the main reason we are 2-0.”

Sophomore Andy Reyes has been a bright spot for Burbank with 23 tackles. Sophomore Guy Gibbs has filled in admirably at quarterback with senior Tony Toledo and sophomore Jake Kelley sharing the duties at running back.

Next up is Canyon who is 1-2 on the young season. Then Burbank ends its four-game road trip with a contest at league-foe Pasadena on Sept. 26.

“Canyon is going to be a challenge for us, which is why we scheduled them,” Broussard said. ”They have a solid multiple formation offense. Their defense is hard-nosed and stout.”

Game recaps-

Burbank 15 Bell Gardens 14

No Ryan Meredith. No James Williams. No problem. The Bulldogs survived a scare Friday night as they fended off Bell Gardens without the services of their two star players. Meredith sat out nursing a badly sprained ankle while Williams got hurt on the opening kickoff.

Tony Toledo’s one-yard touchdown run and back-up quarterback Guy Gibb’s 33-yard TD pass to Dorian Housholder was all the scoring that BHS would need. The Bulldogs’ defense came through preventing a two-point conversion attempt by Bell Gardens with 50 seconds left in the game. Burbank is now 2-0 and next plays at Canyon on Sept. 19 with a bye this week.

Burbank 26 Ayala 14

Ryan Meredith threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs won their season opener on the road. Meredith connected on a 13-yd pass to Nick Cantong to give BHS the early 6-0 advantage in the second quarter. With Ayala leading 7-6 entering the second half, Meredith found Dorian Housholder on a five-yard touchdown pass to reclaim the lead 12-7. Cantong returned an interception for a pick-six to make it 19-7 with six minutes to go in the third quarter. Meredith capped off a 14-for-25 performance with a 30-yard TD pass to Tony Toledo during the early part of the 4th period.