Hoping to locate the win column after suffering a stunning 20-13 nonleague loss to Ayala, the Burbank High football team will host Canyon tonight at Memorial Field with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
That loss took away some of the steam after the Bulldogs defeated powerful Monrovia, 38-20, in the season opener, so second-year Coach Richard Broussard and his staff shouldn’t take anything for granted against the Cowboys.
Canyon lost to talented Calabasas and Thousand Oaks by scores of 48-14 and 53-26, respectively, but bounced back and routed Eastside, 33-14.
This will be an excellent test for the Bulldogs, who are expected to compete for the Pacific League title, which begins next week.
Burbank junior quarterback Guy Gibbs has started two games, and is getting used to the speed at which varsity football is played.
Gibbs has been efficient after throwing four touchdown passes with two interceptions.
Burbank’s strength is its potent running attack which is led by sophomore tailback Darnell Williams, who averages nearly 77 yards per game, and has accounted for 254 all-purpose yards, including 80 yards on kickoff returns.
Junior Nick Warren has 100 yards with a score, while junior Jake Kelley has run for 59 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior Forest Fajardo is the top receiver with 111 yards and six receptions with a touchdown, and senior Max Weisman has four catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively the Bulldogs are paced by junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who has 22 solo tackles and six assists, while junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has 13 solo tackles and five assists.
Linebacker Kelley has one sack along with six solo tackles and four assists, defensive back Fajardo has seven solo tackles and two assists, senior defensive back David Medrano has collected seven solo tackles and 10 assists.
Junior defensive back C.J. Mays has eight solo tackles and four assists with one sack, and senior defensive end Jha’rod Horhn has five solo tackles with three assists and two sacks.
Canyon junior quarterback Miles Fallin has found the target on 30 of 70 attempts for 315 yards, while tossing two touchdowns with two picks.
When the Cowboys run the football, junior Henry Arellano should lead the charge after gaining 76 yards with a touchdown, while senior Ricky Aguilera has 44 yards and one score.
The Bulldogs should zero in on junior wide receiver Camden Apsay, who has 78 yards on seven receptions. Junior Riely Ward has snared five passes for 37 yards and senior Dylan Ramirez has 44 yards on four catches with a score.
Gibbs will have to keep a careful watch on senior linebacker Travis Clarke, who has 16 solo tackles and three assists, junior Cole Manclow, who has six solo tackles and eight assists, and junior strong safety Jake Gavin, who has 10 solo tackles and two assists.
It’s certainly not going to be easy, but the Bulldogs can prevail if the offense, defense and special team plays at a high level and they keep the turnovers to a minimum.