By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor
Josh Storer rushed for 196 yards and four touchdowns to lead Burroughs to a 31-21 victory Friday night at Pasadena. The win set up another significant game between JBHS and Burbank in the “Big Game” next week at Memorial Field at 7 p.m.
The two city rivals will battle for playoff implications. Unlike years past when there were four guaranteed entries into the CIF Southeast Division playoffs, this year only three teams will have the honor of an automatic berth.Muir (6-0) is in control of its destiny as the league champion. They will play arch-rival Pasadena (1-5). Burbank (5-1) is currently in second. Burroughs (4-2) is tied with Arcadia (4-2) for third place. The Apaches have the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Indians virtue of their 18-8 victory earlier in the season.
Storer was a one-man wrecking crew against Pasadena. Trailing 7-3, Storer broke a 33-yard run for pay dirt with 4:55 left in the first half. He came right back and scored on a 22-yard run with 1:54 remaining to increase the Indians lead to 17-7.
Burroughs scored on its first possession of the second half to lead 24-7 when Storer punched it in from one-yard out. After a 76-yard pass completion, the Bulldogs scored on an 8-yard run to cut the lead to 24-14.
With the crowd back into the game for Pasadena, Storer quickly quieted the Bulldog faithful on an explosive 74-yard touchdown run that upped the lead to 31-14 with 42 seconds left in the third quarter.
Pasadena completed the scoring taking advantage of a poor Burroughs snap on a punt. The Bulldogs recovered the ball in the end zone with 6:22 left in the game but were unable to come any closer.
With that being said, it’s time for Burroughs and Burbank to renew their rivalry for the 64th meeting in what should be another instant classic. The Indians lead the series, 41-22.