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Burroughs Boys’ Soccer Comes Up Just Short Against CV

After finding themselves in a big hole the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team fought back Tuesday night.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Indians nearly earned a draw, but were denied in the final minute of the match when what appeared to be a goal was waved off for a hand ball just before final whistle blew in a 3-2 Pacific League loss against visiting Crescenta Valley.

“I’m not sure what they called at the end. It is part of the game,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said. “We’ll take a look at it. I hope they are right, because if they are wrong that’s an awful way to end the game.”

Both teams had a number of chances to score, but it was the Falcons who were finishing those opportunities.

Burroughs’ William Rosales nearly found the upper left corner of the goal in the 16th minute.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

CV, ranked No. 6 in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 poll, got on the board in the 24th minute when defender Tomik Baghramian knocked home a loose ball in the box off a throw in.

The Falcons took a 2-0 lead in the 36th minute when Chris Sanfilippo found Dallas Kaauwai open in the box. Kaauwai made the most of the opportunity by putting the ball past Burroughs goalie Jordan Morgan.

CV (14-3-1, 5-1-1 in league) nearly scored for a third time in the 49th minute as a shot by Jonathan Han hit the post.

Burroughs’ Anton Prather nearly scored in the 53rd minute only to be denied by the leg of Falcons goalie Luis Flores.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Morgan kept Burroughs in the game as he made a diving save off a shot from Henry Barkhordarian in the 57th minute.

But a defensive miscue in the 69th minute allowed Han to score to give the Falcons a three-goal cushion.

Burroughs (10-4-3, 5-2), ranked No. 8 in the CIF Division 3 poll, was down but not out.

A minute later Rosales drew a penalty kick after being tripped in the goal box. Prather struck home the penalty to make it 3-1.’

Rosales drew a second penalty kick in the 79th minute, which Cameron Kelly converted.

“We could have finished our opportunities,” Kodama said. “We expected a tough battle. We made a couple of mistakes and got punished for it. We had a lot of chances to score.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs Boys Basketball Routs Glendale, 67-33

By Rick Assad


It was good news from the opening tip for the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team which laid waste to host Glendale in a Pacific League match that was essentially over at the intermission.

Of course, the second half had to be played and when it was concluded the Indians prevailed 67-33 on Friday night.

Senior forward Tristen Hull (#1), pictured in a game from last season, dropped in a game-high 23 points during Friday’s 67-33 win over Glendale. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs was never headed and in complete control with senior forward Tristen Hull scoring a game-high 23 points, including 13 points in the opening half.

The Indians darted in front 33-14 after 16 minutes as they converted 12 of 24 shots (50 percent) from the field.

“We set the tone early,” first-year Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said. “We stayed focused and didn’t take any possessions off. We knew that we were going to face a zone and we were ready for that.”

On the evening, Burroughs was successful on 25 of 57 attempts from the floor for 43.8 percent while making 11 of 13 free throws (84.6 percent).

The Nitros struggled to find the hoop as they shot 25 percent (10 of 40) and drilled 13 of 25 (52 percent) from the charity stripe.

Burroughs (11-6 and 3-2 in league) powered ahead 22-11 in the opening frame behind Hull’s six points and senior guard Austin Marx (nine points) adding a pair of three-pointers.

Hull, shown here in a game last season, was a one-man wrecking crew scoring 13 points in the opening half on Friday. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians drained four three-pointers in the opening period and made six overall from behind the stripe.

In the second quarter, Hull accounted for seven points while junior swingman Carson Clarke (six points) tossed in four points.

The Indians made 13 of 33 attempts from the field (39.3 percent) in the second half while holding the Nitros to four of 21 (19 percent).

“I think that we can play with anyone in the league and we can compete with anyone in the league,” Ellis said.

Hull went back to work in the third quarter tacking on eight points, while junior guard Omar Searcy scored all five of his points and Marx dropped in three points.

Sophomore guard Zion Bazzell drilled two from three-point range in the fourth period and senior guard Justin Henderson (nine points) chimed in with six points.

Senior forward Daniel Madden led the Nitros (9-8 and 1-3 in league) with eight points while senior guard Edrik Abnous Masihi and sophomore point guard Cole Fajardo each added five points.

Burroughs Girls Hoops Lose, 45-Game Pacific League Winning Streak Snapped

By Rick Assad


Eventually every streak comes to an end and it did for the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team which came into Friday’s Pacific League match against host Glendale with a 45-game league winning skein.

Shooting 28.5 percent from the floor (12 of 44) and 25 percent from the free-throw line (three of 12), the Indians fell to the Nitros, 29-27.

In the second half, Burroughs made four of 17 field goal attempts for 29.6 percent, but still had a chance to tie or perhaps win in the waning moments.

Senior shooting guard Kamryn Cardenaz scored eight points in loss to the Nitros, who snapped the Indians’ 45-game Pacific League winning streak. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs didn’t have a player reach double figures and was led by junior center Marin Grote with nine points followed by senior shooting guard Kamryn Cardenaz with eight points.

“This is a competitive league,” said Grote, who scored eight points at the half. “Glendale got lucky, but we need to tighten up our offense and we’re going to be fine.”

The key hoop came with 1:05 left when senior small forward Sylvia Vartazarian, who dropped in a game-best 16 points, canned a three-pointer that saw the Nitros move ahead 29-23.

After making three of 11 from the floor in the opening quarter, Burroughs led 6-4 heading into the second period as Grote tallied four points.

The Nitros (13-7 and 4-1 in league) missed all 11 shots in the initial frame, but then made four of seven in the second quarter and trailed 16-14 at the half.

The Indians (11-8 and 3-1 in league) hit eight of 27 shots (29.6 percent) at the break and missed all four charity tosses.

Senior Haley Wilson scored four points in Friday’s 29-27 setback to Glendale. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

It’s not as though the Nitros were shooting the lights out, making nine of 33 for 23 percent, but they did convert nine of 16 free throws.

“The pressure was not on us,” Glendale coach Tadeh Mardirosian said. “We came in with the idea of confidence, hard work and a lot of heart. But I have the utmost respect for Coach Vicky [Oganyan] and the way she always has her team playing hard.”

Glendale outscored Burroughs 10-8 in the third period and canned three of five from the floor while the Indians converted two of 10 with Cardenaz chipping in with five points.

“We had a good enough defense to win the game,” Cardenaz said. “They only scored 29 points. We’ve been knows as a defensive team, but sometimes we struggle to score on offense.”

The poor shooting continued into the fourth quarter as the Indians drilled two of seven from the field with Cardenaz accounting for three points.

Cardenaz and Grote each feel this will be a learning experience and something the team can build upon.

“We don’t know what it’s like to lose in league and we don’t like the feeling,” Cardenaz said. “But this will help us get better. We’re going to be fine.”

Burroughs Girls Water Polo Takes Out Burbank, 13-3

By Rick Assad


In the blink of an eye, the host Burroughs High girls’ water polo team established an early lead over city rival Burbank on Thursday afternoon and never looked back en route to a 13-3 Pacific League triumph.

The Indians forged a 4-0 opening-quarter advantage and then tacked on four more goals in the second period for an 8-1 cushion.

“They came out early and really stepped it up,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “They’re always up for it [the rivalry]. When you’re up by four, you feel comfortable.”

Junior driver Gwen Turla, shown here in a match from last season, unloaded four goals in a 13-3 win against rival Burbank. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Because of the early lead, Cook was able to go to his bench and they also played at a high level.

“We used every player and we don’t have a falloff,” he pointed out.

Junior setter Bianca Sanchez and junior driver Gwen Turla each scored two goals in the first stanza while Turla added two more in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs received two goals from senior driver Cynthia Abramian in the final period and a solo strike by sophomore driver Michelle Morlock in the second quarter.

The Indians (6-6 and 1-1 in league) built a 1-0 lead on a 10-foot dart from Sanchez with 4:45 left in the initial frame and extended the margin to 2-0 on Turla’s winner from five feet with 4:14 left against senior goalie Clare Griffin.

Burroughs’ lead became 3-0 with 1:07 remaining in the opening frame on a shot by Sanchez from 10 feet with 16 seconds showing and Turla’s bullet from five feet made it 4-0.

The lead swelled to 5-0 with 4:53 left in the second quarter on a goal from 10 feet by junior Cameron Flores and 6-0 on senior Dominique Silva’s 12-foot attempt with 3:53 left.

“Our defense was really good,” Silva said. “We understand what we’re doing on defense. I have confidence in my team.”

Twenty four seconds later, Turla’s dagger from 15 feet made it 7-0 and 8-0 on Turla’s blast from 10 feet with 2:53 showing.

Burbank (3-11 and 1-1 in league) reduced the lead to 8-1 when Morlock found the net from close range with 20 seconds left before the half.

“I know we’re a better team now than in the beginning of the season,” Burbank coach Allyson Young said. “We’re playing much better. I can tell because we didn’t shut down and we played hard. I liked the effort they gave.”

The only goals scored in the third quarter came via a shot from senior Allison Schamber from five feet with 2:24 left and sophomore Aleah Orozco’s toss from 15 feet as 1:04 remained.

The Bulldogs came within 10-2 on Abramian’s tally from 10 feet and 5:49 left.

Burroughs responded with senior setter Elizabeth Wrobel’s toss in front of the cage and 5:25 left that made it 11-2.

The Indians scored the next two goals as Schamber’s attempt from three feet put the hosts ahead 12-2 with 4:57 on the clock, followed by a 10-footer Wrobel put in with 3:11 on the clock that made it an 11-point cushion.

“I do think that we wanted to come out and go hard,” Wrobel said. “We know that it’s a rivalry game.”

The Bulldogs trimmed the margin to 13-3 when Abramian located the back of the cage from five feet and 2:52 left.

Burroughs senior goalie Melanie Gazazian was hoping for a quick start. “We like the rivalry games and it’s always important to come out and play well. Our goal was to come out and play hard from the start.”

The Indians outshot the Bulldogs 30-27 overall and 20-14 at the intermission.

Burroughs Girls Hoops Use Defense In 46-32 Win

By Rick Assad


If there has been one calling card during Burroughs High girls’ basketball Coach Vicky Oganyan’s tenure, it’s been defense.

On Friday evening in a Pacific League match against visiting Arcadia, the Indians used their patented defense and coasted to a 46-32 win.

In three of the quarters, the Apaches failed to reach double digits including a fourth quarter that saw them score four points.

Senior shooting guard Kamryn Cardenaz set the tone with a game-best 17 points in a 46-32 win over Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Every game is going to be tough,” Oganyan said. “The girls have been really good on focusing on the game plan. We stress defense all the time. I thought we played pretty good defense. I was happy with our defense.”

Meanwhile the Indians tallied double digits in the opening quarter, the second and the third stanza as they led 40-28 heading into the fourth frame.

Senior shooting guard Kamryn Cardenaz set the pace with a game-best 17 points followed by junior center Marin Grote’s 15 points.

Cardenaz lets one go with junior center Marin Grote boxing out. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Both will be key players based on talent and experience. “They’ve both been on the varsity and they bring that experience with them. The younger kids feed off that,” Oganyan said.

Burroughs (10-7 and 2-0 in league) led 10-8 after the initial period with Grote scoring four points and Cardenaz adding three.

“I know what the coach wants,” Cardenaz said. “I know that I’m one of the leaders and that’s fine. I don’t mind being a vocal leader. But this is a different team than what we’ve had in the past. There are a lot of younger players.”

Senior forward Haley Wilson applies tough defense while Grote is ready to help. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians (17 of 41 from the field for 45 percent) outscored the Apaches 18-11 in the second quarter as Grote dropped in seven points.

Burroughs converted eight of 10 from the field.

“We worked really hard on defense,” said Grote who added five blocks. “I’m feeling a lot more comfortable out there. I understand my role better, but it’s still a work in progress.”

Cardenaz contributed five points in the frame and senior forward Jocelyn Rieken tossed in four of her five points.

Sophomore point guard Ariana Farias scored seven points. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When Rieken scored with 4:57 left on the clock in the second quarter, the Indians stretched their lead to 19-12 which forced the Apaches to call time out.

Burroughs took a 28-19 lead into the half after hitting 12 of 25 attempts (48 percent) while limiting the Apaches (8-7 and 0-2 in league) to nine of 27 for 33.3 percent.

The Indians canned three of seven field goals and five of six free throws in the third quarter as Cardenaz scored five points and Grote added four points.

Neither team shot well in the fourth quarter with the Indians making two of nine from the floor and the Apaches (14 of 54 for 23.7 percent) drilling one of 16.

The Apaches outrebounded the Indians 42-33, but also missed six of 10 free throws. Burroughs was successful on 11 of 18 charity tosses.

Sophomore point guard Ariana Farias finished with seven points that included a three-pointer in the third quarter, while senior forward Haley Wilson scored two points in the opening quarter.

Arcadia was led by freshman forward Kennedy Lyles with 10 points, nine coming in the third quarter, followed by sophomore guard Ashley Sue with eight points.

Burroughs Girls Soccer Lose Heartbreaker To Arcadia, 2-1

By Rick Assad


For a long time, the Arcadia High girls’ soccer team has been the bully on the block.

It appears the Apaches are still the team to beat in the Pacific League after Friday’s 2-1 victory over Burroughs at Memorial Field.

“There’s a reason Arcadia is the five-time league champion,” Burroughs Coach Brady Riggs said. “They’re really, really good. You never want to lose, but you don’t mind losing to a good team. I was happy with our effort.”

Burroughs senior midfielder Mireya Gonzalez shows off her skills in a 2-1 loss to Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The game-winner came with four minutes left when senior forward Hannah Mushisky drilled home a shot on a pass from junior defender Payton Thomas, who has agreed to play for the University of Oregon.

The Indians had one final attempt to even the match on a penalty kick with less than a minute left from senior midfielder Alondra Solis, but it sailed wide right.

“We’ve been explosive, but it was fun to watch us change our style,” Riggs said of the more deliberate offensive attack adopted on Friday. “They stayed disciplined and did what they had to do.”

Burroughs trailed at the intermission 1-0 on senior midfielder Valeria Mejia’s tally from 15 yards with 22 minutes left before the break.

Freshman forward Trinity Vournas battles for the ball in a Pacific League match against the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians (7-4-1 and 3-1 in league) evened it at 1-1 on a tally from senior Makena Sierra after a throw-in from junior defender Anna Casper with 22 minutes remaining in the fray.

“We’ve been working really hard for this game,” said Sierra, a midfielder. “We just need to keep doing what we’re doing and I think that we can beat them the next time.”

Five minutes into the second half, Burroughs senior midfielder Mireya Gonzalez had an attempt from 10 yards and eight minutes later Mushisky’s shot failed to find the mark from 15 yards.

With 19 minutes left, Thomas was in front of the net, but her kick didn’t find the target.

The action was intense during Friday’s Pacific League showdown with powerful Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs junior forward Tatiana Mosdale was in the box, but her smash from 15 yards also didn’t connect.

Arcadia (9-3-1 and 4-0 in league) had back-to-back attempts when Thomas let one fly from 35 yards and nine minutes left and Mushisky’s boot from 10 yards missed with six minutes left.

Arcadia opened the match with consecutive attempts as Mushisky drilled one from 15 yards and four minutes having elapsed that hit the top bar, followed by sophomore midfielder Amanda Howard’s kick from 20 yards, two minutes later that sailed high over the net.

A 15-yard attempt from Solis was scooped up by Arcadia junior goalie Anais Uriate as 32 minutes remained and Howard’s header with 29 minutes left on the clock also missed.

A 35-yard strike by Thomas with 17 minutes remaining was off target which was followed by unsuccessful Burroughs kicks by senior striker Emma Bartram from 20 yards with 16 minutes left, Gonzalez’s 15-yard blast with 15 minutes remaining and a 25-yard kick from freshman forward Trinity Vournas with 12 minutes showing.

2016 BIG GAME Tale of the Tape- “Facts and Figures”

Burbank vs Burroughs Big Game 2012

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Emeritus

BIG GAME “Facts and Figures”

DATE:                          November 4, 2016

SITE:                            Memorial Field

KICKOFF:                     7 p.m.

SERIES FACTS:            This is the 68th meeting between the two teams.

First game- 1949; Burroughs leads the series, 42-25.

  • Burroughs has won 7 of the last 11 games, 17 of 23 and 22 of 30.
  • Burbank had its three-game series winning streak snapped last year (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Burbank has never defeated Burroughs four consecutive games in the rivalry’s history.


2015- Burroughs 47  Burbank 21

burroughs2014- Burbank 16  Burroughs 10

2013- Burbank 47  Burroughs 21

2012- Burbank 37  Burroughs 14

2011- Burroughs 34  Burbank 7

2010- Burroughs 38  Burbank 35

2009- Burbank 28  Burroughs 21

2008- Burroughs 58  Burbank 22

2007- Burroughs 30  Burbank 20

2006- Burroughs 24  Burbank 6

2005- Burroughs 35  Burbank 28

burbankrev2004- Burbank 26  Burroughs 12

2003- Burbank 24  Burroughs 18

2002- Burroughs 43  Burbank 31

2001- Burroughs 38  Burbank 21

2000- Burroughs 54  Burbank 36

(You can see all the scores and game details HERE)



Burbank (6-3, 5-1 in league)

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

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

Burroughs (4-5, 3-3 in league)

Last League title- 2015 (Pacific League champions: 7-0)

League titles (13):  1967, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015



Burbank will be looking for a share of the league title with a win and a Crescenta Valley loss to Arcadia. It would create a three-way tie for first place. Burroughs has an outside shot at a playoff berth with a win.

Burbank’s offense scores 36.9 ppg overall while its defense is allowing 15.9 ppg.

Burroughs’ offense is averaging 29.8 ppg while the defense is giving up 27.6 ppg.


PACIFIC LEAGUE: (current standings)

Crescenta Valley           6-0, 8-1

Burbank                       5-1, 6-3 overall

Arcadia                         5-1, 8-1

Muir                              3-3, 5-4

Burroughs*                  3-3, 4-5 overall

Pasadena                       2-4, 2-7

Hoover                          0-6, 3-6

Glendale                        0-6, 1-8

*defending league champion






“BIG GAME”: 67 Meetings – Burroughs Leads Burbank, 42-25

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 Emeritus


67 Meetings

1949 – 2015

Burroughs leads Burbank, 42-25

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 – Burbank 16, Burroughs 10. For the third consecutive game, the Bulldogs were victorious against their cross-town rivals. The last time that happened was 1983, 1984 and 1985. Burbank quarterback Ryan Meredith completed 16 of 24 passes for 158 yards including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Nick Warren that proved to be the game winner late in the third quarter. Leading 9-7, Burbank’s Kyle Alvarez recovered an Indians fumble and one play later Meredith found Warren on a screen pass that resulted in a touchdown with 23 seconds to play in the third period. Burroughs committed five turnovers to aid the Bulldogs’ effort as BHS clinched third place in the Pacific League and an automatic playoff entry. The loss knocked JBHS from earning a postseason berth.

2015 Burroughs 47, Burbank 21. The Indians rallied from an early 14-0 deficit to score 40 unanswered points en route to a resounding victory and with it the outright Pacific League championship, their first title since 2011. The win propelled Burroughs to a 10-2 season where the Indians advanced to the CIF quarterfinals and achieved their best season since 2006. Burbank jumped out to a quick 14-point lead only to see its cross-town rivals respond with 19 second quarter points. Junior Chance Bell (164 yards on 20 carries) broke off a nifty 76-yard touchdown run that gave the Indians a 26-14 advantage early in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell (17 of 28 for 268 yards) threw five touchdowns to four different receivers as JBHS snapped the three game series win streak strung together by the Bulldogs. Burbank has never defeated Burroughs four straight times in the 67 year history of this phenomenal and historical rivalry.

2016 – ?



Burroughs Football Loses To Muir, 30-20

By Rick Assad


Forced to go deep into the quarterback well, junior varsity signal-caller Nathan Piper was asked to lead the Burroughs High football team.

That’s a great deal to ask of a youngster who has never taken a snap at the varsity level.

Still, there were positive signs for the future, but playing on the road against a good team isn’t easy and the results were varied as the sophomore had trouble moving the ball through the air, but wasn’t intercepted in a 30-20 loss to Muir in a Pacific League game on Friday night.

More importantly, the setback put a severe dent on the Indians’ plans to make the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Burroughs (4-5 and 3-3 in league) will play its regular-season finale against city rival Burbank at Memorial Field on Friday with a 7 p.m. start.

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Chance Bell, shown here against CV, ran for a game-best 167 yards on 35 carries and scored three touchdowns in 30-20 loss to Muir. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs are no longer undefeated in league play after falling at home 35-21 to Crescenta Valley, who are in first place with a 6-0 record.

Senior quarterback Hayden Zepeda said before the game that he expects to play against Burbank.

Burroughs trailed 12-0 after the first quarter and was outscored 12-7 in the second frame.

“We made some adjustments at halftime both offensively and defensively,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “We thought it worked out well for the most part.”

Reily added: “We got off to a tough start. We had bad snaps and we made some errors. We shot ourselves in the foot.”

But the Indians came within 10 points with 17.4 seconds left in the contest when senior tailback Chance Bell scored from one yard out.

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Quarterback Hayden Zepeda, who missed game against the Mustangs, hopes to play versus Burbank. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The march started at the Burroughs 24-yard line and it consumed nine plays.

The Indians scored their initial touchdown when Bell barreled in from 14 yards out and 9:21 left in the second quarter as Muir (353 total net yards) saw its lead trimmed to 18-7 on an excursion that began at the Burroughs 32 and took seven plays.

“I’ve been hurt all season,” said Bell, who finished with a game-best 167 yards on 35 carries. “I’m willing to sacrifice my body for the team.”

Bell, who had 110 yards in the second half on 23 rushes, chimed in with the second of his three touchdowns, a two-yard romp that made it 24-14 with 6:15 left in the third quarter.

Piper (five of 11 for 58 yards) directed the Indians (221 total yards) on a 65-yard drive that took 12 plays with Bell carrying the ball 10 times for 44 yards.

Muir Coach Antyone Sims said he knew that Bell, who will play for San Diego State, would carry the heavy load.

“Chance is a special player,” he said. “We game-planned for him to carry the ball.”

The Mustangs (5-4 and 3-3 in league) received a pair of scoring tallies from junior running back Jonathan Stephens.

When Stephens located the end zone from two yards out and 3:59 left in the opening frame, Muir led 6-0.

Stephens added a five-yard burst with 2:05 left before the intermission to make it 12-0.

Senior wide receiver Elijah Blades (54 yards on four receptions), who has committed to the University of Florida, had a 22-yard reception with 5:14 left in the second quarter that made it 24-7.


Burroughs Boys Water Polo Downs Burbank, 24-9

By Rick Assad


Two explosive quarters by the Burroughs High boys’ water polo team was more than enough offense as the Indians secured a 24-9 Pacific League drubbing against city rival Burbank on Wednesday.

The host Indians, who are ranked a school-best No. 3 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division V poll, scored nine goals in the opening period and added 10 in the second quarter.

“I thought that it would be like this [one-sided] after the first half,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “The starters did really great in the first half. They passed the ball really well.”

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Burroughs, shown here in a nonleague match, had no trouble with Burbank, winning 24-9 in Wednesday’s Pacific League contest. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs (9-13 and 1-5 in league) managed one goal from sophomore Varuzhan Bilbulyan during this time.

Junior David Arakelyan led the way with a match-best nine goals followed by senior Aram Nordanyan and junior Marko Vucetic with five tallies each.

Arakelyan scored five goals in the first period including a tally with 5:14 left to make it 3-0.

At one point, Arakelyan scored three consecutive goals including the last with 1:52 left that made it 7-0.

Vucetic delivered two goals including one at the 6:17 mark that made it 2-0 and 4:01 that put the Indians (19-5 and 5-1 in league) ahead 4-0.

Nordanyan scored two goals in the initial period including one with 6:36 left on the clock that made it 1-0 and another with 1:23 showing for an 8-0 advantage.

Arakelyan tossed in four goals in the second period that included a winner with 5:15 left that made it 12-0.

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The Indians, shown in an earlier nonleague encounter, led 19-1 at the half against the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Arakelyan’s blast with 4:52 left made it 13-0, and his tally with 3:33 showing gave the Indians a 14-0 cushion.

Arakelyan’s attempt with eight seconds on the clock made it 19-1.

Senior Jerry Solano and Vucetic also added a pair of goals each in the quarter.

Solano’s first tally came with 2:18 remaining and made it 16-0 and his rocket with 1:42 showing pushed the advantage to 17-0.

Vucetic’s goal with 6:24 remaining gave the Indians a 10-0 lead and his laser with 34 seconds left made it 18-1.

The Bulldogs outscored the Indians 8-5 during the second half, but at this point many of the Indians’ first stringers were out of the pool.

“I took many of the starters out,” Cook said of the second half. “I don’t think there were many fast-break points.”

Burbank was paced by junior Brandon Wilson with three goals with junior Andrew Senane and sophomore Bilbulyan each tossed in two goals.

Vucetic knocked in two goals in the third quarter while Nordanyan added two goals in the fourth. Junior Eric Aperian tallied one goal in the final period.