By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor
Two teams headed in the opposite direction came together on Thursday night at Memorial Field. After 48 minutes of action, everything remained status quo. Burbank High continued its torrent play winning its fifth consecutive game with a 42-7 victory over winless Pasadena.
Senior Joseph Pendleton (130 yards on eight carries) and junior James Williams (103 yards on 10 carries) led a rushing attack that garnered 338 yards on the ground. Tony Toledo added 78 yards on six carries while Ryan Meredith threw for three touchdowns completing eight of 11 passes for 94 yards.
“We came out and wanted to make a statement today,” Pendleton said after the game.
Nobody has slowed down the Bulldogs’ up-tempo offense yet. Pick your poison and best of luck.
“It’s hard to focus with all the misdirection that we do,” Burbank coach Hector Valencia said. “Teams can’t just key on James (Williams). It’s a three-headed monster back there. And we were able to pass the ball well today. Ryan (Meredith) had great protection and Oharjee (Brown) had a good game too.”
Six of Meredith’s passes were caught by Brown who finished the evening with 61 yards and two touchdown receptions. In total, Burbank (5-0, 2-0) piled up 432 yards of offense en route to scoring more than 40 points for a fourth straight contest. The Bulldogs scored on six of their seven offensive possessions.
“Our offense executed and we did what we wanted to when we had the ball,” Valencia said. “Outside the one punt, we were very successful throughout the game. I was very proud of our defense the way they played the entire game.”
Burbank is averaging 48.2 points per game while allowing 10.8. This is the first 5-0 start under Valencia and the Bulldog’s longest winning streak since 2009 when they won six in a row.
With two significant league games coming up against Crescenta Valley (Oct. 11) and Muir (Oct. 18), the Bulldogs had little trouble with Pasadena who fell to 0-5 on the season.
Burbank, who is ranked No. 7 in the CIF Southeast Division, began the onslaught taking its opening drive the length of the field. James Williams’ four-yard touchdown run capped off an eight-play 99-yard jaunt through the visiting Bulldogs defense for a 7-0 lead.
After Pasadena (0-5, 0-2) missed a 24-yard field goal early in the second quarter, Burbank drove 80 yards in just three plays to take a 14-point advantage. Williams ran for 20, Pendleton broke a run for 40 yards and Toledo completed the quick strike with a 20-yard sprint for a touchdown.
While the Burbank offense ran at will, the defense continued to bottle-up the opposition for the fifth consecutive week. The Bulldogs forced three punts in the first half, one of which gave the offense possession on the 42-yard line with less than five minutes remaining in the first half.
Burbank drove to the Pasadena 22-yard line, where on third-and-six Meredith found Brown for 17 yards. The duo connected again on a five-yard fade to the left corner where Brown made a nice grab for a touchdown.
Burbank entered halftime up 21-0 and proceeded to take the first possession of the second half and drive 60 yards in five plays culminating with a two-yard touchdown pass from Meredith to Brown.
Meredith’s third touchdown pass was caught by Dorian Housholder with 6:19 left in the third quarter. Burbank added an insurance touchdown late in the game sandwiched around Pasadena’s lone score, a 24-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth.
Burbank will next take on Crescenta Valley at Glendale High School on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Muir the following week at home.
“I think we are ready for both,” Brown said. “I think it’s good we are playing CV first and then Muir so we can prepare better. CV is going to be tough. I am not going to take them lightly.”