By Tom Crowther
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor
I’m waiting for a Pacific League football coach to start crying for officials to check the birth certificate of Burroughs High running back Zander Anding the same way Little League baseball fans remember the Danny Almonte scandal a decade ago.
Make no mistake, Anding is a high school senior. He is also a man amongst the boys.
The 6-foot, 185 pound running back scored seven more touchdowns Thursday night against Glendale High as Burroughs moved back to .500 overall and stayed in the driver’s seat in the Pacific League with a 70-34 win.
Burroughs is now 3-0 in league play with wins over Pasadena, Arcadia and Glendale over the a 15-day span. In three games and just 11 quarters of action, Anding now has 979 yards and 16 touchdows in league play. He scored six times on the ground against Glendale, and added another receiving touchdown. Most impressive, he averaged just a tick under 20 yards per carry with 372 yards on 19 carries.
League foes will continue to key #21 and talk about the importance of stopping him. They just can’t. He is too athletic, too fast and too strong for opposing defenses.
Quarterback Brad Hunt added two touchdown passes and a 30-yard TD run in his debut. He had 129 yards passing on five of 14 passing including a 51-yard touchdown strike to Eli Peppmuller.
Burroughs has a tougher task next week against Crescenta Valley, 4-1 and 2-0 in league. The Falcons might not want to show film of the Burroughs ground game to their players next week in preparations. It doesn’t appear it can be stopped.