However, those strides were not enough to overcome the visiting Wolverines in a 39-15 nonleague loss.
“The kids saw in the first half that we put it together,” Burroughs coach Rand Holdren said. “You can’t take your foot off the gas and think we’ve won. We need a full four quarters.”
Burroughs (0-3) actually took the lead early on and trailed just 11-8 at halftime.
But things went south in the second half as Harvard-Westlake (2-2) scored a pair of touchdowns early in the third quarter and were never threatened again.
Much of damage done to Burroughs was on special teams. Burroughs had one of its punts blocked, which translated into a Wolverine touchdown. Harvard-Westlake also successfully took advantage of an onsides kick and also recovered a loose ball kickoff to Burroughs.
Burroughs got on the board first as quarterback Nathan Piper scored on a keeper with 8:40 left in the first quarter. Burroughs also scored on the ensuing two-point conversion.
Harvard-Westlake tied things up early in the second quarter when quarterback Jameson Wang found Terrell Long on a 17-yard touchdown reception.
Burroughs made a comeback with 4:47 left in the third quarter as Piper hooked up with junior Ellington Simmons on an 8-yard touchdown reception to make it 25-15.
Sophomore Burroughs tailback Luke Rogers carried the ball 26 times for 119 yards.
Harvard-Westlake was led by tailback Sultan Daniels, who had 15 carries for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Burroughs opens Pacific League play next Friday and will host Arcadia High at 7 p.m.
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