Down 20 late Burbank Threatens But Loses, 27-21
By Tom Crowther
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor
With youth comes the burden of inexperienced mistakes. Burbank High Coach Hector Valencia has been working with his young Bulldogs team all season on cutting out the pivotal mistakes in games. Friday night, there was one too many mistakes for his squad to overcome.
Burbank fell behind 27-7 thanks in large part to penalties and missed chances en route to a 27-21 setback to Pasadena High School. The loss drops Burbank to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Crosstown rival, Burroughs High is 4-0 in league, followed by once beaten Arcadia and Pasadena. Burbank falls into a fourth place tie with Crescenta Valley, making next week’s game between the two schools crucial. The loser falls essentially two games out of the playoff chase, because the winner will also hold the head-to-head advantage for the final playoff spot.
Burbank got solid efforts from Austin Mowett (20 of 30 for 178 yards and two TDs) and Herman Castro (102 yards on 11 carries) and scores from Teddy Arlington and Mitch Camacho but it will have to shore-up the mistakes that costs them against Pasadena if it wants to have a shot against the Falcons.
Two key penalties thwarted an early scoring threat. A blown coverage accounted for one of Pasadena’s scores. Pasadena was able to build a lead and control of the game, despite missing a lineman and running back from its line-up and two first-half interceptions of quarterback Brandon Cox. Cox did have three TD-tosses on the night and a rushing touchdown.