JB Hosts Muir; BHS Visits Crescenta Valley

By On September 25, 2015

By Rick Assad

Sports Editor

The Pacific League schedule begins tonight as Burbank High visits Crescenta Valley at Moyse Field in Glendale, while Burroughs hosts winless Muir at Memorial Field.

The Bulldogs are technically 1-2 after winning by 18 points, then forfeiting their season-opener at Monrovia, losing to Ayala at home by seven points, before knocking off visiting Canyon by 29 points.

Crescenta Valley is the defending CIF Southern Section Southeast Division champion, and enters Friday’s contest with a 2-1 mark after beating Verdugo Hills, 37-17, on the road, falling to Golden Valley, 39-20, at home and routing La Canada, 35-3, on the road.

The Falcons have replaced quarterback Brian Gadsby, who is pitching at UCLA with junior Tyler Hill, who has thrown for 411 yards.

Hill has five touchdown tosses with three interceptions, and has amassed 148 yards on the ground with three touchdowns.

Hill’s favorite receiver is senior Boston Lakin, who has caught 12 passes for 203 yards with three scores. Lakin has accumulated 517 all-purpose yards.

Hill’s other targets include junior wide receiver Andrew Traber, who has snared six passes for 104 yards with one score, and junior running back Brandon Beardt, who has grabbed five passes for 42 yards with one touchdown.

Beardt leads the Falcons with 182 yards rushing and four touchdowns and has 351 all-purpose yards.

Sophomore linebacker Brian Erickson has nine solo tackles with 24 assists, and senior linebacker Jack Yaacoubian has 11 solo tackles with 15 assists.

Junior defensive lineman Nobel Leduc has 18 solo tackles and 13 assists with three sacks, and Beardt, a defensive back, has 11 solo tackles with 11 assists and one sack.

Burbank junior signal-caller Guy Gibbs is steadily improving and has accounted for four touchdown passes with three picks and 337 yards. Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has caught nine passes for 154 yards and one score.

BURBANK BULLDOGS
BURBANK BULLDOGS

Sophomore running back Darnell Williams has churned out 227 yards and grabbed seven passes for 57 yards. Williams has 413 all-purpose yards with 129 yards coming on kick returns.

The other running back is junior Nick Warren, who has found the end zone twice and has 149 rushing yards.

Defensively the Bulldogs are paced by junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who has 31 solo tackles with eight assists, and junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez, who has 16 solo tackles with seven assists and an interception.

Senior defensive back David Medrano has nine solo tackles and 12 assists with one sack, while junior linebacker Jake Kelley has 13 solo tackles with seven assists and one sack.

Fajardo, a defensive back, has delivered 14 solo tackles with two assists and two picks, and senior defensive lineman Jha’rod Horhn has nine solo tackles with four assists and two sacks.

Burroughs lost its initial game by 20 points at Calabasas, then routed host Rosemead by 34 points and drilled Santa Fe by 39 points at home.

The Indians’ offense is spearheaded by senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who has thrown for 497 yards. Hubbell has tossed nine touchdown passes with two interceptions and has rushed for two scores.

BURROUGHS INDIANS
BURROUGHS INDIANS

The top ground-gainer is junior tailback Chance Bell, who has 414 yards with six touchdowns and 488 all-purpose yards.

Hubbell’s deep threat is senior wide receiver Cade Borland, who has 185 yards on 13 receptions with two scores, while senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has snared nine passes for 79 yards with four touchdowns and has compiled 222 all-purpose yards.

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has 158 all-purpose yards, including 76 yards on punt returns and 55 yards on kick returns.

Awunganyi, a defensive back, has nine solo tackles and 10 assists, while senior defensive back Devlin Jimenez has six solo tackles with 10 assists.

Senior linebacker Branden Garcia has recorded four solo tackles with 12 assists, senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel has nine solo tackles with five assists, senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz has five solo tackles with 10 assists, and senior defensive lineman Cole Gurley has two solo tackles with five assists along with three and a half sacks.

The once-mighty Mustangs have only 31 players on their roster and have lost to Salesian, 34-14, at home, Cathedral, 61-7 on the road and host Hart, 47-12.