Memorial Field will be buzzing with excitement as it hosts two high school football games over the next two nights as Burroughs plays Hoover tonight while Burbank faces Muir on Friday.
The Indians enter tonight’s Pacific League match with a 3-1 record, and 1-0 in league after routing Muir at home by 40 points last week.
Burroughs averages just over 41 points per game, while surrendering 18 points per outing.
The Tornadoes are 1-3, 0-1 in league and have a one-dimensional offense that is heavily-tilted toward the run.
Hoover lost to host Hollywood, 41-0, beat Sotomayor, 41-18, at home, fell to South Pasadena, 44-6, on the road, and dropped a 37-0 decision to host Pasadena.
Junior quarterback Quinton Smith has passed for 31 yards, and has been intercepted three times without having tossed a touchdown.
On the plus side, Smith has rushed for 116 yards with one score, while Hoover’s leading ball-carrier is senior fullback Calvin Lopez, who has gained 191 yards and tallied two touchdowns.
Sophomore running back Maurice Herrera has 175 yards and one score, and junior running back James Tumbucon has 113 yards with one tally.
Burroughs has a diverse offensive attack that will cause the Tornadoes major problems.
It begins with senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who has thrown for 10 touchdowns with two interceptions and 656 yards.
Junior running back Chance Bell has rushed for 514 yards, scored 10 touchdowns and has 50 receiving yards.
Senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has snared 11 passes for 130 yards with four scores and 283 all-purpose yards. Senior wide receiver Cade Borland has 200 yards on 14 receptions and two touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Torin Harris has two touchdown receptions and five catches for 121 yards. Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has amassed 311 all-purpose yards.
Because Hoover lacks a passing attack, the Indians will need to halt the run so senior linebacker Branden Garcia (22 assists and five solo tackles), defensive back Awunganyi (12 assists and 12 solo tackles), senior linebacker Connor Garden (17 assists and three solo tackles) and senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz (13 assists and seven solo tackles) will be counted upon to deliver the goods.
The Bulldogs are primed for another big performance against the winless Mustangs, who average 10.5 points per game, while allowing just under 48 points.
Burbank has scored at least 35 points twice, and its defense has limited the last two opponents to nine points in wins over Canyon (35-6) and Crescenta Valley (7-3).
Junior quarterback Guy Gibbs has thrown five touchdown passes with three picks and 429 yards.
Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has nabbed 10 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown, and senior wide receiver Noah Powell has emerged as a weapon after catching two scoring passes. Powell has 106 yards on four receptions.
Sophomore tailback Darnell Williams has 231 rushing yards and 417 all-purpose yards. Junior running back Nick Warren has accounted for two scores, 175 yards on the ground and 203 all-purpose yards.
Junior defensive back Andy Reyes (39 solo tackles and 14 assists), junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez (22 solo tackles and nine assists), junior linebacker Jake Kelley (20 solo tackles with 10 assists), senior defensive back David Medrano (15 solo tackles with 15 assists) and defensive back Fajardo (20 solo tackles with five assists) will lead the defensive effort.