Burroughs, Burbank Football Teams Enjoy Success

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By Rick Assad
Sports Editor



Some goals were reached while others were not as Burroughs High and Burbank each made the CIF Southern Section football playoffs, but neither won the Southeast Division championship.

Still each team had successful seasons and despite several outstanding players graduating, next year looks to be equally fulfilling.

The Indians claimed their first-round match against visiting Norwalk, 16-9, but then fell to host St. Francis 21-7 in the quarterfinals.

For the Bulldogs, the 41-21 opening-round loss to Dominguez Compton at Moyse Field in Glendale ended their season.

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There were many highlights including Burroughs capturing the undisputed Pacific League crown after going 7-0 and finishing 9-1 during the regular season, the first time since 2006.

Seven times the Indians surpassed 40 points or better with a high of 65 points versus visiting Glendale.

Burroughs, which averaged 44.6 points during the regular season, also had a 10-game winning streak after losing its initial game to host Calabasas, 45-25.

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Burroughs senior quarterback Steven Hubbell accounted for 33 touchdowns. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell had a season that will long be remembered as he accounted for 33 total touchdowns.

A skilled basketball player, Hubbell capped his career by passing for 1,820 yards including 27 touchdowns with six interceptions.

A crafty and agile runner, Hubbell, who hit 146 of 223 pass attempts, ran for 250 yards and scored six touchdowns.

Senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez was once again the leading pass-catcher, hauling in 36 receptions for 532 yards with 13 scores, and had 844 all-purpose yards.

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi added 239 yards on 15 catches and two touchdowns. Awunganyi finished with 1,079 all-purpose yards that included 454 yards on kickoff returns and 272 yards on punt returns.

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JB senior wide receiver/defensive back Robert Awunganyi used his speed often. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Meanwhile seniors Cade Borland chipped in with 36 catches for 430 yards and four scores, Nick Mercado added 24 grabs for 243 yards with five touchdowns, Torin Harris hauled in 18 for 221 yards and three scores, while Hunter Guerin contributed 10 receptions for 134 yards and one score.

When junior tailback Chance Bell was healthy the Indians’ ground attack was solid. But Bell injured his shoulder late in the season and knee against the Lancers in the first-round playoff game, which kept him out of the contest versus the Golden Knights.

Bell carried the ball 178 times for 1,378 yards, tallied 23 touchdowns and snared six passes for 83 yards.

Senior Ash Hawkins had 254 yards with two scores, and junior Sammy Duran added 287 yards with two touchdowns.

The Indians’ defense was both hard-hitting, and fast and caused havoc whenever it was on the field.

Burroughs gave up 93 points in league play with host Arcadia scoring the most in a 39-34 defeat.

There were many ring leaders and they included senior linebacker Connor Garden, who had six sacks, two blocked field goals, one fumble recovery, two interceptions, 20 solo tackles and 46 assists.

Senior lineman Cole Hurley, who was injured late in the campaign, finished with 14 solo tackles and 45 assists, had a team-best 10 sacks and one fumble recovery.

Senior defensive back Devlin Jimenez collected 21 solo tackles, 38 assists, one and half sacks, three picks and two passes defended, while senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel chimed in with five interceptions, six passes defended, one fumble recovery, 26 solo tackles and 26 assists.

Senior linebacker Branden Garcia contributed 12 solo tackles and 66 assists, senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz, who was also injured late, had three and a half sacks, two fumble recoveries, 11 solo tackles and 42 assists, while Awunganyi, a defensive back, finished with 23 solo tackles, 29 assists, three picks, 10 passes defended and one fumble recovery.

The Bulldogs went 6-4 during the regular season, 5-2 in league play which tied for second place with Crescenta Valley, and had a four-game winning streak.

But Burbank closed the campaign with consecutive losses to city rival Burroughs 47-21 and a 20-point setback to the Dons.

Junior quarterback Guy Gibbs connected on 101 of 218 attempts for 1,318 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven picks and continued to get better with each start.

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Burbank junior quarterback Guy Gibbs grew into the position, finishing with 14 touchdown passes. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Sophomore running back Darnell Williams had 585 yards on 122 carries with five scores, caught 14 passes for 146 yards and had 860 all-purpose yards.

Junior running back Nick Warren added 357 yards with four scores, sophomore Blake Quinteros finished with 401 yards and four touchdowns, and junior Andy Reyes added 169 yards with two scores and had 282 yards on kickoff returns.

Gibbs often found junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo, who grabbed 24 passes for 372 yards and seven scores and contributed 143 yards on kickoff returns and 126 yards on punt returns, while senior wide receiver Max Weisman had 25 catches for 369 yards with four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Noah Powell added 10 catches for 192 yards with three touchdowns.

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Andy Reyes, a running back/defensive back, stood tall for the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs’ defense had one shutout against host Hoover 49-0, drilled Glendale 61-7, edged host Crescenta Valley 7-3, and downed host Arcadia 31-8.

Leading the defensive brigade was Reyes, a defensive back, who had 94 solo tackles, 38 assists, four sacks, four passes defended, four fumble recoveries and one blocked punt.

Junior linebacker Jake Kelley chimed in with 35 solo tackles, 19 assists, two fumble recoveries, one blocked field goal, one blocked punt, two sacks and two passes defended.

Fajardo, a defensive back, added 41 solo tackles, 16 assists, a team-high five picks and 14 passes defended, while junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez had 34 solo tackles, 27 assists, 11 passes defended, one interception and two fumble recoveries.

Senior defensive back David Medrano closed out the season with 39 solo tackles, 43 assists, two sacks, three passes defended and one fumble recovery, junior defensive lineman Damien Flores collected 25 solo tackles, 29 assists, two sacks, one blocked punt, one pass defended and one pick, and senior defensive lineman Jha’rod Horhn had 24 solo tackles, 20 assists and a team-high seven sacks.