Less suspenseful than the race for the Pacific League Championship was down the stretch, in a season in which he broke numerous Burroughs High School and league records Zander Anding was the unanimous choice for the league’s Most Valuable Player award when the head coaches tallied their votes last month.
Anding finished the season with 2, 670 yards and 30 total TDs, playing in only nine-and-a-half games. He led the Indians to a third consecutive league championship before an opening round loss in the CIF Southern Section playoffs to Los Altos ended their season on November 18.
Two anchors on the Burroughs’ offensive line, Gus Ferrat and Lester Quintana were well deserving first team selections after paving the way for Anding’s historic season.
Ike Nwachie, Kody Jensen and Jose Pereya were first-team selections on defense while punter Daniel Marbach also made the first-team.
Forrest Stevens, Raul Martinez, Ermar Cruz, Luke Coblentz and Eli Peppmuller were also second-team selections for Burroughs while Danny Ayala and Chris Escobar were honorable mention selections.
Across town, senior running back Herman Castro was Burbank High’s lone first-team selection. Burbank linebacker Daniel Martinez was a second-team selection, much to the dismay of his head coach.
“Daniel was the guy that got cheated a little, maybe because of our record or maybe because of his size, I don’t know,” Burbank High Coach Hector Valencia said. “But the kid broke the school record for solo tackles (57) and was first or second in the league in tackles, so it is disappointing that he got overlooked.”
Defensive lineman Steven Kim and offensive lineman, Demetrius Korkis were also second-team selections for the Bulldogs, while Mitch Camacho and Tedy Arlington were honorable mention selections.