Burbank And Burroughs Football Play Hosts

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)
By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burbank Chamber

Home games for Burbank High and Burroughs are on the docket over the next two nights before these longtime city rivals meet on Nov. 6 at Memorial Field.

The Bulldogs play Thursday in a Pacific League match versus Pasadena, and the Indians have a date with the Falcons on Friday, in what should be a classic.

Burbank (5-3 overall, 4-1 in league play) owns a three-game winning streak, while Pasadena (4-4 and 2-3 in league) is coming off a 41-14 defeat to visiting and defending league champion Crescenta Valley.

Burbank’s offense has averaged 47 points in wins over visiting Glendale, and hosts Hoover and Arcadia, while yielding a combined 15 points over the those games.

In fact, Burbank has given up an average of 7.5 points over its last six games, including a 21-20 setback at home to Muir.

Leading the defense is junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who has 64 solo tackles, 23 assists, three sacks, four fumble recoveries and three passes defended.

Senior defensive back David Medrano has 28 solo tackles, 32 assists, two sacks, two passes defended and one fumble recovery, while junior defensive back Forest Fajardo has accounted for 26 solo tackles, 10 assists, five interceptions and eight passes defended.

Junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has 29 solo tackles, 20 assists, seven passes defended, one fumble recovery and one pick, while junior linebacker Jake Kelley has 27 solo tackles, 16 assists, two sacks, two passes defended, one blocked punt and one fumble recovery.

The offense has been spotty at times, but is capable of tallying big numbers. The field general is junior quarterback Guy Gibbs, who is still learning the position, but is also getting smoother each week.

Gibbs has hit on 64 of 149 pass attempts for 820 yards, with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)
Forest Fajardo makes plays on offense and defense for the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The ground attack is paced by junior running back Darnell Williams, who has accounted for 490 yards on 101 carries with four scores, and has a long of 43 yards. Williams has caught 11 passes for 119 yards and has 738 all-purpose yards, so Pasadena better keep a close eye on him.

Also in the backfield is junior Nick Warren, who has tallied 238 yards with four scores, while sophomore Blake Quinteros has 301 yards with four touchdowns and has 386 all-purpose yards.

Gibbs will need to find junior wide receiver Fajardo, who has 18 receptions for 261 yards with five touchdowns, and 544 all-purpose yards. Senior wide receiver Max Weisman has snared 10 passes for 129 yards and has scored two touchdowns.

The Indians (7-1 and 5-0 in league) have played near flawlessly after suffering a season-opening 45-25 loss to host Calabasas. From that point, Burroughs has averaged 48.5 points over seven games.

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell has completed 91 of 134 passes for 1,171 yards and 19 touchdowns with three picks. Hubbell has gained 177 yards and scored five touchdowns on the ground.

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Quarterback Steven Hubbell has been near-perfect for Burroughs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior tailback Chance Bell is having an incredible season and has compiled 1,171 yards in 151 carries and 22 scores. Bell has amassed 1,271 all-purpose yards.

Junior running back Sammy Duran has been sparkling and has 270 yards with two scores.

Hubbell has multiple receivers and they include senior Erick Hernandez, who has 347 yards on 27 catches for 10 scores, senior Nick Mercado, who has 175 yards on 14 receptions with four touchdowns, and senior Cade Borland , who had 158 yards on 21 catches and three scores.

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has 622 all-purpose yards, including 277 kickoff return yards and 189 punt return yards.

Burroughs allowed 34 points to Arcadia, but in the other four league games, has given up a combined 35 points.

Senior lineman Cole Gurley has nine solo tackles, 32 assists, seven sacks, one fumble recovery, while senior linebacker Branden Garcia has seven solo tackles and 42 assists.

Awunganyi, a defensive back, has 18 solo tackles, 16 assists, one interception and eight passes defended, while senior linebacker Connor Garden has nine solo tackles, 23 assists, five sacks, three passes defended, two blocked field goals, one interception and one pick.

After losing to visiting Burbank, 7-3, Crescenta Valley (6-2 and 4-1 in league) has ripped off four straight wins and has averaged 47.2 points in victories over Glendale, host Hoover, Muir and at Pasadena.

The Falcons have used two quarterbacks, junior Tyler Hill and senior Evan Nelson. Hill is the better runner (516 yards with seven touchdowns), while Nelson is the more effective passer (704 yards with nine touchdowns and one pick).

Hill can throw and has 545 passing yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

Crescenta Valley’s best runner is junior Brandon Beardt, who has 446 yards with five touchdowns. Beardt has caught 15 passes for 156 yards with two scores.

Senior wide receiver Bostin Lakin is dynamic and has 38 receptions for 597 yards with seven touchdowns and has 1,146 all-purpose yards.

Sophomore linebacker Brian Erickson has 27 solo tackles with 40 assists and three sacks, while junior lineman Nobel Leduc has 48 solo tackles with 46 assists and four and a half sacks.

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