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Girls Basketball Preview: Burroughs and Burbank Hope to Contend For League Title


Burbank’s Ani Temurian and Davina Del Castillo of Burroughs will lead their squads into battle this season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank

It’s rare when Burroughs and Burbank High’s girls’ basketball teams each have a player who can elevate her game and their team as well.

But this is the case as Indians’ 5-foot-10 senior power forward Davina Del Castillo, and Bulldogs’ 5-7 senior shooting guard Yazzy Sa’dullah clearly fit the bill.

Davina Del Castillo looks for a shot against Granada Hills (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Davina Del Castillo looks for a shot against Granada Hills (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Del Castillo comes off a campaign in which the four-year varsity starter was tabbed Pacific League first team after the Indians went 14-0 in league, 24-7 overall and earned a CIF Southern Section playoff berth.

Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan wants to see continued growth in her team.

“I just want to continue working hard to improve as a basketball team and as individuals throughout the season,” Oganyan said. “When it comes to league, we want to make sure we are fully prepared for every opponent and go out and compete every game to our maximum potential.”

Oganyan knows she has the right leader in Del Castillo, who will play basketball at San Diego Christian.

“We are looking for her to be a terror on defense and rebound for us, as well as score this year,” she said. “Davina really makes our team go and has improved her offensive game and has been a scorer.”

Yazzy Sa'dullah has committed to play at West Virginia (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Yazzy Sa’dullah has committed to play at West Virginia (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Across town, Sa’dullah, who averaged 22 points in league and 18 points overall which helped her garner co-league Most Valuable Player honors a year ago, and a spot on the CIF second team, offers the same value for Burbank coach Bruce Breeden.

“She’s a team player and a leader,” he said of Sa’dullah, who will play for the University of West Virginia next year. “She gets her teammates involved and makes us better.”

Like Oganyan, Breeden feels the same way about the season.

“Our expectation is to challenge for the league title,” Breeden said. “The league is very competitive. I think Burbank, Burroughs, Arcadia, Crescenta Valley and Glendale are greatly improved. This is the most competitive it’s been in the 10 years I’ve been here.”

Burroughs opens league play at Pasadena on January 5, while Burbank will be at Arcadia on Jan. 6.


The Indians are 4-1 after placing second in the Burroughs Optimist Tournament championship game, losing to Harvard-Westlake, 38-28, while the Bulldogs, who went 18-12 and 10-4 in league for third place along with a playoff appearance last season, are 4-5 after going 2-3 in the same tourney.

Delaney Nicol brings poise and confidence to the point guard position (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Delaney Nicol brings poise and confidence to the point guard position (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Helping Del Castillo, who was named to the all-tourney squad, will be four-year varsity starter Delaney Nicol, a point guard who dropped five points versus Harvard-Westlake.

“Delaney runs the team really well and sets up scoring opportunities for others,” said Oganyan of her senior captain.

Also in the backcourt will be Brooke Radcliffe, a junior, who scored a team-best 10 points versus the Wolverines.

“Brooke is very aggressive and a great defensive player,” Oganyan said. “Her offensive game has improved and she’s a great rebounder.”

Abbey Ibarra is a junior guard with excellent defensive skills.

Abbey Ibarra plays with relentless energy and effort (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Abbey Ibarra plays with relentless energy and effort (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Abbey is a great defensive player, aggressive and creates scoring opportunities,” Oganyan said. “Her defense has improved and so has her outside shot.”

Sienna Brown is a senior power forward/center, who was also selected to the all-tourney team.

“Sienna is a great rebounder, very athletic and a scoring threat from the outside,” Oganyan noted.

Jordan Meltzer is a versatile junior, who can play in the front and back court. “Jordan’s a scoring threat and a solid rebounder,”Oganyan offered.

Sienna Brown possesses a sweet medium range jumper  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sienna Brown possesses a sweet medium range jumper (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Haley Wilson is a senior forward. “Haley is tough as nails, a fantastic rebounder, and is a very tough defender,” Oganyan said.

Kamryn Cardenaz is a sophomore guard. “Kamryn is a real scoring threat off the bench and a terrific rebounder,” Oganyan said.

Jocelyn Rieken is a sophomore forward. “Jocelyn plays defense well, can rebound, and she’s improved her offensive game,”Oganyan said.

This is senior guard Chloe Takeuchi’s first year on the varsity. “Chloe has a good outside shot, and is a play-maker off the dribble in the open court,” Oganyan said. “She can play anywhere on the court except center.”

Destiny Contreras is a senior guard. “This is Destiny’s first year on the varsity,” Oganyan said. “She hustles and is a tough rebounder.”

Marin Grote is a 6-3 freshman center. “Marin’s still learning the game,” Oganyan said. “She’ll be a factor defensively for us.”

Maile Tanigawa is a sophomore guard who injured her ACL, and didn’t play basketball for two years. “Because of her injury, Maile will see limited minutes this season,” Oganyan said.

Melissa Garcia is a senior guard who transferred from Alemany. “Melissa can play anywhere on the court. We could use her at guard or forward,” Oganyan said.


Aside from Sa’dullah, the Bulldogs are loaded with talent including senior center Anastasia Tsybaeva, who is listed at 6-6.

“Anastasia is still learning the game, and it’s her first year on the varsity,” Breeden said. “Because of her height, she can alter a game.”

Anastasia Tsybaeva is a defensive force in the middle (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Anastasia Tsybaeva is a defensive force in the middle (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Senior small forward Abby Troy will be counted on to provide points and defense. “She’s really improved and is a hard worker,” Breeden said.

Ani Temurian is a senior shooting guard, who sparkles on defense. “This is Ani’s second year on the varsity and she can hit the three-pointer,” Breeden noted.

Senior shooting guard Sabrina Rios is making her initial foray at the varsity level, and can light up a gym from distance. “Sabrina is a terrific outside shooter,” Breeden said.

Marina Labeb dribbles against Fairfax (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Marina Labeb dribbles against Fairfax (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sarah Sarquiz is a sophomore small forward. “She’s tough as nails and has developed an outside shot,” Breeden said.

Ani Sarkisyan is a senior point guard. “This is her first year on the varsity, and she’s an outstanding defender,” Breeden said.

Rounding out the team will be senior guard Lenneah Pasion, senior shooting guard Caylah Ong, senior small forward Natalie Zakarian, senior small forward Marina Labeb, junior point guard Celine Shamalian, junior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan, and sophomore center Emma Kerr.

Next up for Burroughs is a trip to Hawaii for a holiday tournament and Burbank will compete in the West Coast Holiday Classic after Christmas.


Burbank and Burroughs Football Garner All-League Honors

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

First, congratulations to Crescenta Valley who ran the table with 14 straight wins that culminated in a CIF Championship. The Falcons brought credibility to the Pacific League with their unbeaten season and incredible run to the title that every coach and player covets.

With that being said, the Pacific League released its All-League football selections and a host of Burbank and Burroughs players were recognized. A list of every recipient is below. Congrats to all the players!

First-Team Offense

A local pair of talented running backs made first team. Burbank senior Tony Toledo rushed for 764 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season to lead the Bulldogs to an 8-4 overall record and a quarterfinal appearance in the CIF Playoffs.

(Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Chance Bell of Burroughs

Chance Bell of Burroughs, a sophomore transfer from Las Vegas, made his presence known gaining 1,124 yards on 150 carries (7.5 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns as the Indians went 6-4 overall.

Toledo and Bell found success this year due in large part because of their offensive linemen. Senior Max Montoya of Burbank and the Burroughs senior duo of Andrew Mills and Anthony Olea made first-team.

Burroughs senior kicker Andres Aguilar converted six of nine field goals and 44 extra points to earn first-team accolades. He routinely put the ball in the end zone on kickoffs limiting the opposition from any special team scores.

First-team Defense

Burbank’s Kyle Alvarez and Burroughs’ Evan Gurley were two of the most dominant defensive linemen in the league.


Burbank’s Kyle Alvarez

Alvarez, a senior, was the heart and soul of the Bulldogs’ defense. He recorded 83 tackles (21 of which were tackles for loss) and a league-high seven sacks to go along with four pass deflections and four fumble recoveries. Gurley, a junior, led the Indians with 89 tackles and four sacks.

Senior Chris Wong of Burbank had a team-high 96 tackles including 14 tackles for loss and Burroughs senior Justin Boyle (75 tackles) made first-team as linebackers.

Burbank senior Nick Cantong (37 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass break-ups) and Burroughs junior Hunter Guerin (62 tackles, 45 solo and four pass break-ups) were prominent players in the secondary. Both were big contributors on the offensive side as well.

First team, second team and honorable mention selections for Burbank and Burroughs are in bold below-

All-Pacific League            
Coach of the Year Paul Schilling CV
Co-Player of the year Taeon Mason MHS and Jordan Lobianco CV
Offensive Player Brian Gadsby CV      
Co Defensive Player Matt Erickson CV and Sean Bloks CV
Lineman of the Year Davo Hakobyan CV
Offensive Skill
1st 2nd      
Joseph Thomas PHS   Chazz Collins PHS  
Chase Keough MHS   Ryan Meredith BHS  
Tony Toledo BHS   Chase Walker CV  
Connor Van Ginkel CV   Aidan Anding JBHS  
Jonathan Jun CV   Daniel Jung GHS  
Chance Bell JBHS   Steven Luong AHS  
Offensive Line            
1st 2nd
Charles Townsend MHS Christian London PHS  
Max Montoya BHS   Jordan Meza BHS  
Brian Wong CV Nizar Abou-Chakra CV  
Andrew Mills JBHS   Shawn Edie JBHS  
Anthony Olea JBHS   Julius Santos GHS  
1st Andres Aguilar JBHS        
2nd Ryan Boyd BHS        
Defensive Line
1st 2nd      
Michael Fulton MHS Jeremiah Jones PHS
Anthony Hernandez MHS   Ceron Hurry BHS  
Kyle Alvarez BHS   Bryce Martinez JBHS  
Evan Gurley JBHS   Grey Cabrera GHS
Ryan Pugh AHS  
1st 2nd
Stephan Reyes MHS Derrell Davis MHS  
Chris Wong BHS Colin Caver CV
Justin Boyle JBHS Branden Garcia JBHS
Defensive Backs
1st 2nd
Nick Cantong BHS Elijah Trejo PHS
Tyler Hill CV Aki Arlington BHS
David Smith MHS Nick Warren BHS
Hunter Guerin JBHS Boston Lakin CV
Nick Tipton JBHS
1st  Alexander Hernandez PHS
2nd Danny Porras   BHS
Honorable Mention
Offense   Dorian Housholder   BHS      
Defense   Alex Gonzalez   BHS      
Offense   Michael Ospina JBHS      
Defense   Anthony Archuleta JBHS

Boys Basketball Preview: Burroughs and Burbank Tip-Off New Season

David Schwer of Burroughs and Burbank's Mike Woods will lead their teams this season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

David Schwer of Burroughs (left) and Burbank’s Mike Woods will play key roles for their teams this season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Jim Riggio
Special to MyBurbank

The Burroughs and Burbank High boys’ basketball teams have enjoyed success in recent years, having both reached the CIF Southern Section playoffs a year ago. Both teams will be looking to duplicate that success under coaches Adam Hochberg and Jerry DeLaurie, respectively.  If they are to do so, both will have to look for younger players in their programs to make significant contributions.



The Indians went 16-11 last season and have a nice group returning for Hochberg, now in his sixth year as head coach. The Indians do not have any high-profile transfers like they did a year ago when cousins Amaad Wainwight and Rashid Ewing enrolled at the school. Both played a key role, but left the school right before the start of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Burroughs point guard Steven Hubbell

Burroughs point guard Steven Hubbell

One important player back is 6-foot junior point guard Steven Hubbell. He averaged 8.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists a year ago.

Also returning is senior guard and third-year starter Chris Hovasapian (6-0), who averaged 7.2 points per game a year ago.

Junior guard David Schwer (6-3) is a third returning starter. He averaged 5.7 points per game last year.

Senior guard Steven Sanchez (5-8) played quality minutes in a reserve role last year. Senior forwards Jakob Davis (6-3) and Bernardo Rosales (6-0) are also returning varsity players.

Three key players on last season’s 18-win junior varsity team are junior forwards Angelo Solis (6-4) and Nick Howard (6-0) as well as junior guard Eric Allen (5-7).

Indian sharpshooter Chris Hovasapian

Indian sharpshooter Chris Hovasapian

“We have an excellent mixture of varsity experience and youth,” Hochberg said. “It will be our chemistry and mental awareness that will guide us this season.  We have a group of guys that play well together and when connected on the court (is) a very competitive group.”

The Indians will hope to have big body to help in the paint in junior Ricardo Herrada, who is 6-6 and weighs 295.  Herrada is currently nursing an ankle injury.

Sophomore Justin Henderson (6-2) is a bright young prospect.

Senior guards Bailey McMurray (5-8), Taylor Bercini (5-9) and Angel Cano (5-4) provide depth for the Indians. Senior Scott Dekker (6-2) gives the Indians support in the front court.

Junior guard Rocky Casolan (5-11) and junior forward Elijah Cain (6-1) are two more underclassmen with a bright future.

The Indians are currently participating in the San Dimas Tournament.



Third-year coach Jerry DeLaurie enters this season with a lot of promise for the future. But he warns the outcome of this season will depend on how quickly his young talent comes together as just four players return from last season’s squad.

Burbank Coach Jerry DeLaurie

Burbank Coach Jerry DeLaurie

“We have to be very patient. We have to be the youngest team around. This is definitely my biggest challenge in 20 years of coaching,” De Laurie said. “For us, it is how we deal with growing. We’ll probably have three or four sophomore starters.”

The Bulldogs went 13-14 a year ago and will have seven sophomores on the varsity team, two of which played varsity as freshmen.

DeLaurie says his team in well balanced and he said he can go deep into his bench without a loss in production.

Sophomore Mike Woods (6-2) and junior Ellie Hanno (5-10) are clearly the team leaders, DeLaurie said.

Multi-faceted Mike Woods

Multi-faceted Mike Woods

“Mike can do a lot of things for us,” DeLaurie said. “He has great anticipation for steals. He will do a lot of things in a lot of categories.”

The Burbank coach said Hanno averaged 12.8 points per game in the summer and will likely be expected to be a key scorer.

Also returning to the varsity are sophomore Ben Chavez (6-1) and senior Adrian Gonzalez (5-6).

Sophomore Cameron Sweeten (5-10) is being looked as possibly the starting point guard. Senior Robert O’Brien (5-11) is a top newcomer.

The Bulldogs will look to seniors Julian Baker (6-3) and Mohammad Kobaissi (6-2) and sophomore Tommy Clark (6-3) to add muscle on the inside.

Junior Levon Galstyan (6-0) could see time as both a guard and forward.

Junior Edgar Reyes (5-8) and sophomores Mekhi George (5-10), Henrik Anassian (5-8) and Abdullah Kobaissi (6-0) offer more depth to the guard positions.

The Bulldogs are currently competing in the Burbank Tournament as they look to make a positive first impression to their fans.


High School Sports Weekly Recap


CIF Southeast Division Playoffs:


Salesian 48 Burbank 27 (see story) Bulldogs end season 8-4 overall

First round-

Burbank 38 El Rancho 34 (see story)

Burbank 16 Burroughs 10 (see story) Bulldogs improve to 7-3 overall, 5-2 in league (3rd place). Burroughs falls to 6-4, 4-3 (4th place). Burbank gains two points in the “myBurbank CUP” race.

Burroughs 38 Glendale 0 (see story)

Burbank 56 Arcadia 14 (see story)

Boys Water Polo-

CIF Division IV Playoffs

(first round) Cerritos 21 Burbank 2. Bulldogs end the season 9-17 overall.

(wild card) Burbank 11 Culver City 10

Pacific League tournament

Hoover 19 Burbank 5 (3rd place)

Glendale 21 Burbank 8 (semifinals)

Burbank 16 Burroughs 8 (see story) Bulldogs gain two points in the “myBurbank CUP” standings.

Girls Volleyball-

CIF Division II-A Playoffs


Windward 3 Burbank 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-14). Bulldogs end season with a 22-6 overall record.

Second round-

Burbank 3 Serrano 0 (25-12, 25-21, 29-27) see story

First round-

Burbank 3 Xavier Prep 1 (25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 25-11)

Glendora 3 Burroughs 0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-18) Indians end the season 10-18 overall.

Burbank 3 Burroughs 0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-17) see story. Bulldogs gain three points in the “myBurbank CUP” race for the season series sweep.

Burbank 3 Glendale 0 (25-19, 25-20, 28-26) Bulldogs improve to 20-5 overall and 11-2 in league.

Burbank 3 Hoover 0 (25-15, 25-8, 25-21)

Burroughs 3 Pasadena 2 (25-16, 25-14, 19-25, 19-25, 15-6) Indians improve to 10-16 overall and 9-4 in league.

Arcadia 3 Burroughs 1 (16-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-16)

Girls Golf

Burbank’s Irene Maemura’s spectacular season and high school career came to an end at the CIF Regional State Qualifier at Arrowhead Country Club in San Bernardino. Maemura finished 47th out of 110 golfers after shooting a four-over-par 76. She has committed to play at the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2015.

Burbank’s Irene Maemura shot a two-over-par 74 at the CIF Southern Section Individual Championship at Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills. She now advances to the Regional State Qualifier which will be held Thursday at Arrowhead Country Club in San Bernardino.

CIF Southern Section Girls Golf- Northern Individual Regional Tournament at River Ridge G.C. in Oxnard (par 72)

Burbank’s Irene Maemura shot a six-over par 78 to advance to the CIF-SS Individual Finals on November 6 at Western Hills C.C in Chino Hills.

Girls Tennis-

CIF Division II Playoffs

Santa Monica 9 Burbank 9 (SM wins on games, 87-76). Bulldogs end season 12-5 overall.

Pacific League individual finals


Burbank’s Lilit Vardanyan d. Glendale’s Natalie Shamma 6-3, 6-2 to win the singles championship for the second consecutive year.

Burbank’s Lilit Vardanyan d. Arcadia’s Anna Qui, 6-2, 6-0 (semifinals)

Burbank’s Lilit Vardanyan d. Vivian Wang of Arcadia 6-0, 6-2; d.  Alyssa Kim of Crescenta Valley 6-0, 6-0.

Burbank’s Alice Avedikian d. Natalie Kelechian of Hoover 6-2, 6-0; l. to Anna Qiu of Arcadia 6-2, 6-2

Burroughs’ Alicia Singhanate l. to Alyssa Kim of Crescenta Valley 4-6, 6-2, 10-6


Burbank’s Nicole Merritt and Yana Paryniuk d.Tina Yueh and Mintra Janopus of Arcadia 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 11-9 to win the doubles championship.

Burbank’s Nicole Merritt and Yana Paryniuk d. Arcadia’s Aubrie Weissbach and Sydney Tran 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 (semifinals)

Burbank’s Nicole Merrit and Yana Paryniuk d Apolonia Iezza and Erica Whiting of Pasadena 6-3, 6-0; d. Imani Story and Rouzana Hakobyan of Glendale 6-0, 6-2

Cross Country-

CIF State Championships: 

Burroughs boys finish 4th in Division I just eight points behind the State champion!

Finals Results-

Great Oak – 101 – 1st

Dana Hills – 107 – 2nd

Madera South – 109 – 3rd

Burroughs – 109 – 4th


Varsity Boys (193)

Elias Hoxsie (19)                                 15:40

Garrett Boulais (23)                            15:43

Shane Thompson (28)                         15:47

Andrew Barrondo (35)                        15:51

Alexander Hirsch (36)                         15:51

Justin Villagran (78)                            16:24

Timothy Wells (97)                             16:35

*78:52 – 7th fastest team time of the day in all five divisions


Burbank’s Candela Fernandez placed 4th individually in girls Division I with a time of 17:42 to earn All-State honors


CIF Finals:

Burroughs boys Div. 1 CIF CHAMPIONS! see story

Burbank’s Candela Fernandez placed 3rd overall in Div. 1 with a time of 17:32

CIF Prelims:


Varsity Boys (125) – 1st in heat

Garrett Boulais (4)                              15:21

Elias Hoxsie (5)                                   15:29

Shane Thompson (6)                           15:30

Andrew Barrondo (7)                          15:37

Justin Villagran (12)                            15:43

Evan Thomas (27)                               16:18

Jack Howe (60)                                    16:51


Varsity Girls (125) – 12th in heat

Heidi Eligio (43)                                  19:55

Emily Virtue (47)                                 19:56

Valerie Monroy (54)                           20:12

Molly Stapelfeldt (61)                         20:22

Bailey Harrison (105)                          22:41

Lili Hooshivar (112)                             23:16


Boys – Fastest Time of the Day (77:40)

Boys – Qualify for CIF Southern Section Division 1 Finals – First Time Since 2011



Varsity Girls (4th)

Candela Fernandez (1st in heat) 17:33

Kira Bochard (15th, 18:52)

Caroline Adams (23rd, 19:00)


Varsity Boys (12th)

Enrique Vizcaino (21st, 16:07)


Pacific League Finals; Nov. 6 at Crescenta Valley Park

Burroughs boys cross country won the meet and captured the league championship for the first time since 2005 when the Indians were a part of the Foothill League! Burroughs dominated placing runners in the second through the sixth positions. Final scores were Burroughs (20 points), CV 57, Arcadia 62 and Burbank with 110.

Burroughs girls cross country finished fourth in the meet and fourth overall.

Varsity Boys (48) – 1st (1st in League overall)

$Elias Hoxsie (2)                                 15:44

$Garrett Boulais (3)                            15:44

$Shane Thompson (4)                         15:49

$Andrew Barrondo (5)                        15:50

$Alexander Hirsch (6)                         15:50

%Justin Villagran (11)                         16:13

Jack Howe (21)                                   16:42

Varsity Girls (48) – 4th (4th in League overall)

%Emily Virtue (8)                                19:47

%Heidi Eligio (10)                               19:53

Molly Stapelfeldt (16)                         20:26

Valerie Monroy (22)                           21:04

Bailey Harrison (32)                            23:01

Lili Hooshivar (35)                               23:27

Ignatia Teresa (42)                             25:07

$ – 1st Team All-Pacific League

% – 2nd Team All-Pacific League

Enrique Vizcaino of Burbank ran a 15:59 to place seventh as the Bulldogs finished fourth in the race and fourth overall.

Burbank girls cross country placed second in the meet but tied for the league title for the first time since 1978! Crescenta Valley tallied 40 points, Burbank had 57, Arcadia 60 and Burroughs with 88.

The Lady Bulldogs were led by league champion Candela Fernandez who ran a 17:57 to capture the individual title. Kira Bochard (19:20) and Caroline Adams (19:24) finished in fifth and sixth, respectively, for Burbank.


67th annual Mt. San Antonio College Invitational


Lady Bulldogs take 4th place in Division I.

Candela Fernandez set a school-record at the Mt. SAC course running a 17:13 to finish second in the girls’ Division I and II individual sweepstakes. Kira Bochard (19:04) and Caroline Adams (19:05) placed 17th and 18th, respectively.


The Indians, ranked No. 2 in the recent boys Division I poll, placed 4th overall in the Division I and II sweepstakes. Elias Hoxsie (6th) and Garrett Boulais (8th) ran incredible times of 15:08 and 15:15, respectively.


Elias Hoxsie (6)                                   15:08

Garrett Boulais (8)                              15:15

Shane Thompson (27)                         15:31

Alexander Hirsch (36)                         15:40

Justin Villagran (56)                            15:59

Andrew Barrondo (76)                        16:18

Jack Howe (102)                                  17:01


Valerie Monroy (79)                           20:50

Betsy Ramirez (117)                           22:01

Miranda Acosta (127)                         22:24

Bailey Harrison (133)                          22:56

Deanna Fierro (135)                           23:11

Lili Hooshivar (136)                             23:17


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


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

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fast facts-

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

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

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


JBHS Indians

October 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garrett Boulais

Garrett Boulais

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

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

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

Elias Hoxsie

Elias Hoxsie

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

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

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

Shane Thompson

Shane Thompson

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

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

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

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

Jack Howe

Jack Howe

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

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

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

Justin Villagran

Justin Villagran

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

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

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

Alexander Hirsch

Alexander Hirsch

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

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

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

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

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


Burbank’s Defense Propels Them Into CIF Playoffs

Kyle Alvarez and the Bulldogs put the clamps on the Indians offense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Kyle Alvarez and the Bulldogs put the clamps on the Indians offense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank

Burbank High’s punishing defense didn’t lead to a Pacific League title after edging rival Burroughs, 16-10, in the regular-season finale Friday night at Memorial Field, but it did ensure the Bulldogs third place and a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoff berth.

The Bulldogs defense pressured Burroughs QB Andy Amela throughout the game (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

The Bulldogs defense pressured Burroughs QB Andy Amela throughout the game (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

In front of a capacity crowd of 6,500, the Bulldogs’ hard-hitting and swarming unit forced five turnovers, including four in the first half, and was a rallying point during the entire campaign.

Burbank (7-3 and 5-2) has now claimed three consecutive victories over Burroughs (6-4 and 4-3), and have advanced to the postseason each time.

Burroughs, fourth in league, seemed tied up from the opening kickoff and managed 183 total net yards, with 41 yards through the air.

“This [game] was a matter of who wanted to be the more physical team,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “Our scheme is to hit hard. It’s going to be difficult to run against us.”

Burroughs had the football 11 times, punted three times in the opening half, and once in the second half with a fumble.

The Indians’ misery began on their opening series when junior quarterback Andy Amela was intercepted on the third play by sophomore defensive back Forrest Fajardo.

On Burroughs’ next series, the turnover bug hit again as senior lineman Kyle Alvarez recovered a fumble when confusion reigned in the Indians’ backfield on a double handoff.

For the third straight possession, the Indians turned the ball over when sophomore running back Chance Bell fumbled after a two-yard loss. This time sophomore linebacker Nick Warren pounced on the loose ball.

Kyle Alvarez was a force on defense the entire evening (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kyle Alvarez was a force on defense the entire evening (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This is the most man [coverage] we’ve played all season,” Broussard said. “We blitz 100 percent of the time. We have games, stunts and twists. They want to represent the blue and white to the fullest. We’re resilient.”

Burbank defensive coordinator Martin Bacon likewise beamed afterward.

“We just felt that they didn’t have a passing game,” he said. “All we had to do was stop their run. We have an aggressive group and they fly to the ball. We teach to fly around and don’t wait. We pick each other up.”

After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulldogs, who committed two turnovers in the first half, jumped ahead 6-0 with 7:37 left before the intermission after Amela was picked off by junior defensive back Aki Arlington, who raced 22 yards for the touchdown.

Burbank’s lead swelled to 9-0 just before the half when senior Ryan Boyd hammered a 29-yard field goal after Burroughs punted.

Burroughs’ initial series of the second half resulted in another punt, but the Indians didn’t fold their tent as Bell chimed in with a three-yard burst and 3:20 remaining in the third quarter that capped a seven-play, 63-yard drive and cut Burbank’s advantage to 9-7.

Nick Warren's 21-yard touchdown reception iced the game for Burbank (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Nick Warren’s 21-yard touchdown reception iced the game for Burbank (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

When Bell fumbled which Alvarez recovered, it set up senior quarterback Ryan Meredith’s 21-yard screen pass to Warren with 23.8 seconds left in the third quarter that increased Burbank’s lead to 16-7.

Burroughs responded with a 37-yard field goal by senior Andres Aguilar after Amela marched the Indians from their 17-yard line to the Bulldogs 20.

When push came to shove, it was Burbank’s defense that stepped up and made the difference in the 66th Big Game that sent the Bulldogs to the CIF Southeast Division playoffs where they will play at El Rancho on Friday.

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Burbank Clinches Playoff Berth In 16-10 Win Over Burroughs

Burbank won its third straight BIG GAME (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank won its third straight BIG GAME (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

If beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, then the scoreboard looked pretty darn good Friday night for Burbank High. As for the game, not so much. Before a capacity crowd at Memorial Field, Burbank took advantage of five Burroughs turnovers and pulled out a 16-10 win to capture the city championship and a berth in the CIF Southern Section Playoffs.

Burbank coach Richard Broussard kisses the coveted trophy (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank coach Richard Broussard kisses the coveted trophy (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The win in the 66th meeting between the crosstown schools catapulted the Bulldogs into the CIF Southeast Division playoffs as the third place entry from the Pacific League. Burbank will learn its first round opponent this Sunday afternoon while Burroughs (4th place) will ponder the “what ifs” after committing an uncharacteristic five giveaways.

Burbank (7-3 overall, 5-2 in league) defeated rival Burroughs (6-4, 4-3) for the third consecutive time in the series. The last time the Bulldogs achieved that feat was 1983, 1984 and 1985. For the record, the Bulldogs have never beaten the Indians in four straight matchups. History will be on the line in 2015.

In a game marred by seven combined turnovers and countless penalties, Burbank found a way to persevere once again and overcome a season where injuries were the norm and vulnerability became a question.

“We had a good spring and summer and we’ve been dealing with all these expectations this season,” Burbank first-year coach Richard Broussard said. “We were expected to make the playoffs. And without our best player (James Williams) and a hurt quarterback, we still accomplished our goal of what we wanted to do. It’s been a crazy year but I have been blessed. This is a great group. I inherited this group and I am a lucky guy.”

Nick Warren had a great game for the Bulldogs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nick Warren had a great game for the Bulldogs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Broussard always kept faith in his players even when eight starters were sidelined.  The ‘next man’ attitude proved to be worthy as many young players stepped up for the Bulldogs in the absence of others. When the dust had cleared, Burbank had made the playoffs for a third consecutive year.

“It means a lot because everybody thought that just because they didn’t have me we would fold over,” said Williams. “We don’t play like that at all. We knew since Monday we would win this game.”

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.

Ryan Meredith went undefeated vs. Burroughs in his career (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Ryan Meredith went undefeated vs. Burroughs in his career (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“It’s awesome,” Meredith said. “Our senior class went 4-0 against their senior class. We were expected to lose for some reason. We came out and played well.”

With Williams sidelined for the season due to a knee injury and defensive standout Andy Reyes out with a thumb injury, the opportunity for the Indians to take advantage was there but committing four turnovers in the first half didn’t help the cause.

“The game was 16-10 and we had five turnovers,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “If we don’t have five turnovers, it’s completely the other way around. Turnovers were the death of us tonight.”

Aki Arlington returns a pick-six to the house (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Aki Arlington returns a pick-six to the house (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Aki Arlington’s 22-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Burbank a 6-0 lead at the 7:37 mark of the second quarter. The extra point was blocked.

Ryan Boyd’s 29-yard field goal to end the second quarter pushed the Bulldog’s lead to 9-0. Through two quarters, Burbank had outgained Burroughs 161 to 97.

Burroughs went into the locker room and made some adjustments to prevent the relentless pass rush and blitzes by Burbank. Indians’ quarterback Andy Amela was constantly pressured throughout the first half and had a tough time getting the Indians’ offense in rhythm.

His primary receivers Erick Hernandez and Aidan Anding were non-factors in the game (one catch apiece) due to the Bulldogs lock down secondary.

Chance Bell of Burroughs scores the lone TD for the Indians (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Chance Bell of Burroughs scores the lone TD for the Indians (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

The Indians finally got on the scoreboard when Chance Bell (16 rushes for 78 yards) ran a sweep to the right side for a three-yard touchdown that ignited the Burroughs faithful with 3:20 left in the third quarter.

Michael Ospina (66 yards on 11 carries) keyed the drive with a 30-yard blast up the middle to set up Bell’s scamper to pay dirt.

“We have great pride in this team. Everyone came together in the second half,” Ospina said. “Too many turnovers. That’s what it came down to. If we didn’t have those turnovers it would have been a whole different game.”

Michael Ospina sparked the Indians in the second half (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Michael Ospina sparked the Indians in the second half (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

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.

Andres Aguilar’s 37-yard field goal for JBHS cut the deficit to 16-10 with 6:44 left in the game.

After the ensuing kickoff, Burbank never relinquished possession and ran out the final six minutes of the game behind the sturdy running of Warren and Tony Toledo and the excellent blocking up front by the BHS offensive line.

Kyle Alvarez and the Bulldogs put the clamps on the Indians offense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Kyle Alvarez and the Bulldogs put the clamps on the Indians offense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Warren, a sophomore, rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries while Toledo ran for 55 on 11 carries. Warren also had four receptions for 61 yards.

After the game, Alvarez praised his teammates for their strong effort and shutting down the Indians passing game to only 41 yards on four catches.

“I’ve got to give it up to my boys,” he said. “It’s 11 as one out there on both sides. That was our motto last year and this year we E.A.T. The playoffs are going to be fun. The sky is the limit.”

Burroughs now leads the all-time series, 41-25. It was 41-22 not too long ago. Just ask Burbank.


2014 BIG GAME “Facts and Figures”

Burbank vs Burroughs Big Game 2012

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

BIG GAME “Facts and Figures”

DATE:                          November 7, 2014

SITE:                             Memorial Field

KICKOFF:                   7 p.m.

SERIES FACTS:        This is the 66th meeting between the two teams.

First game- 1949; Burroughs leads series, 41-24.

  • The rivals have split their last four meetings.
  • Burbank has won the last two matchups.
  • Burroughs has won 6 of the last 9 games, 9 of 14 and 16 of 21.  




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

2004- Burbank 26  Burroughs 12

2003- Burbank 24  Burroughs 18

2002- Burroughs 43  Burbank 31

2001- Burroughs 38  Burbank 21

2000- Burroughs 54  Burbank 36


Burroughs (6-3, 4-2 in league)

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

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

Burbank (6-3, 4-2 in league)

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

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


This game may not be for the league title but the significance is extremely high regardless.

The winner receives an automatic bid to the CIF Southeast Division Playoffs as the third place team from the Pacific League. The loser will hope for an at-large berth.

Burroughs’ offense is averaging 36.9 ppg while the defense is giving up 24.2 ppg.

Burbank’s offense scores 27.9 ppg overall while its defense is allowing 19.3 ppg.

PACIFIC LEAGUE: (current standings)

Crescenta Valley            6-0, 9-0 overall

Muir*                              5-1, 5-4

Burbank                     4-2, 6-3

Burroughs                 4-2, 6-3

Pasadena                       3-3, 4-5

Glendale                        1-5, 2-7

Arcadia                          1-5, 2-7

Hoover                          0-6, 1-8

*defending league champion




Burbank Finishes Strong in Sweep of Burroughs

Burbank begins its celebration while Coach Kyle Roach gathers himself (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank begins its celebration while Coach Kyle Roach gathers himself (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

City bragging rights were the only things that mattered coming into Tuesday’s rivalry match. With the league standings solidified prior to the match, Burbank and Burroughs ended the regular season celebrating senior night and berths into the CIF Playoffs.

The second place Bulldogs overcame early deficits in all three sets to defeat Burroughs 26-24, 25-20, 25-17 to improve their record to 21-5 overall and 12-2 in league. The Indians fell to 10-17, 9-5 but have clinched third in league. CIF playoff matchups will be released at the end of the week.

Senior Denise Daniel, #5, played an outstanding match for the Bulldogs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Senior Denise Daniel, #5, played an outstanding match for the Bulldogs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I think we’ve been playing pretty well. We still have to keep working and get better,” Burbank first-year coach Kyle Roach said. “For the last few weeks I really like where we’ve been. The girls have been working hard and they want it. Hopefully we can keep doing what we are doing.”

Seniors Denise Daniel and Rose Cowart led an experienced Burbank squad to a sweep of Burroughs in the season series. Daniel recorded nine kills while Cowart had seven kills and 15 digs.

Burroughs came out the aggressor taking an early 6-1 lead in the first set only for Burbank to forge back and go ahead 11-9. Riding the hot hitting of 6-foot-3 freshman Marin Grote, the Indians regained the lead and were on the verge of taking the first set leading 23-20.

Freshman Martin Grote carried the Indians in the first set (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Freshman Marin Grote, #44, carried the Indians in the first set (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

However, Burbank ended the first set on a 6-1 run with Daniel slamming three straight kills to overcome a 24-23 deficit and giving the Bulldogs the 26-24 win. Grote had six of her nine kills in the set.

“We knew coming in that the matches are always tight,” Daniel said. “The first game really woke us up. We just can’t show up. We need to be on our game. We rallied and it was momentum. We were good when we needed to be.”

“The first half of their run and our run was a product of senior night and being emotional,” Roach said. “Then it became normal volleyball back and forth, back and forth. Those runs were everybody just on edge a little bit. Theirs and our side.”

Burroughs came out strong again taking a 15-11 lead in the second set. Trailing 17-14, the Bulldogs made their push and scored five consecutive points behind two kills from Daniel and one from Cowart to lead 19-17. Burbank closed out the set on an 11-3 run to win 25-20.

Burbank's Rose Cowart and Burroughs' battle for the ball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Rose Cowart and Burroughs’ Caleigh Paster battle for the ball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank rode the momentum and took the third set rather easily, 25-17. Burroughs committed multiple unforced errors and fell too far behind before mounting a brief rally towards the end. The Bulldogs final three points came courtesy of three straight hitting errors by the Indians.

“I feel like we could have played better. We didn’t give it our all,” said Grote, who also had six blocks to go with her nine kills on 20 attempts. “Losing to Burbank isn’t always the best thing. We could have played better in our final game of the season.”

Burroughs had multiple chances to gain control of the match only to let Burbank slowly come back and eventually seize the sets. The Indians are young with only three seniors but the future is bright for Coach Edwin Real.

“We are doing everything to win for our seniors,” he said. “But the future does look nice.”

The Indians will open on the road as the third place team from the Pacific League.

Burbank's Rose Cowart, #22, slams a ball home for a point (Photo by Edward Tovmassian)

Burbank’s Rose Cowart, #22, slams a ball home for a point (Photo by Edward Tovmassian)

“There has been a different type of motivation. Over the last two or three matches, we were kind of set in our place,” Real said. “Obviously this game had some pride in it but we are ready for the playoffs. We played some really good teams and our record shows that we are not really that good. But we are better than what our record shows.”

Danielle Ryan also put in a good effort for JBHS with nine kills.

Meanwhile, Burbank has gathered steam towards the playoffs playing consistent in all phases of its game. The Bulldogs have won five consecutive matches by the score of 3-0.

The Bulldogs will open either at home or on the road in the postseason. Nine seniors will be looking to extend their season another day. Sara Treadway (26 assists, 10 digs), Ashlyn Edwards (six kills), Allison Tiegs, Lily Winn and Nicole Mailhot each contributed to an outstanding season for BHS.

“We are all excited for the playoffs,” Daniel said. “We’ve progressed so much from the first half of the season till where we are now. Our offense has gotten better and our defense has been the rock of our team.”




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

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

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

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor


65 Meetings

1949 – 2013

Burroughs leads Burbank, 41-24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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