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Burbank Football Marches On to Semifinals

Burbank High may have its best football team in school history.

The Bulldogs rallied from an 11-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter to stun second-seeded Northview of Covina 30-27 Friday night in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 8 playoffs at Covina Valley District Field.

With the win, Burbank will host Don Lugo of Chino next Friday at Memorial Field in the semifinals. It will mark just the second time in school history that Burbank has made it to the semifinals with the last time being in 2013.

“These dudes don’t want to stop playing. They feel like they are destined to do something great and really change the face of this program,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said.

Burbank (9-3) began the rally on the second play of the fourth quarter when Darnell Williams scored on a 4-yard run to make it 20-15.

The Bulldogs took the lead when Guy Gibbs hooked up with junior receiver Drew Pendelton on a 37-yard touchdown pass. Joey Miller’s two-point conversion run gave Burbank a 23-20 lead.

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Burbank stopped Northview (10-2) on its next possession as Andy Reyes forced a fumble and Jake Kelley recovered it.

Although Burbank’s offense was able to add to the lead following the fumble, it was the defense that stepped up on Northview’s next offensive series.

Matthew Villagran partially blocked a pass attempt by Northview quarterback Steven Comstock. Anthony Lira intercepted the ball before it hit the turf and ran 17 yards for a touchdown with 3:20 to play.

To nearly put the nail in the coffin, Burbank’s Joey Miller intercepted Comstock on the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive.

“We just flipped a switch when need to,” Broussard said. “Our defense turned it on and put pressure on their offense and really slowed down their pace. Our pressure impacted their ability to go.”

Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs came through with another giant performance. He was 16 of 26 for 250 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Both of Gibbs’ interceptions were in the first half.

“We want this more than anything. The way we played in the second half, I’m all choked up,” Gibbs said.

Burbank’s only first-half points came from a safety as Northview snapped the ball out of the back of the end zone. The Bulldogs trailed 7-2 at halftime and the game appeared very similar to one of Burbank’s nonleague games earlier this season.

“In the locker room I said the Lord blessed us with another opportunity to make up for Downey and we did,” Broussard said. “These boys want to play another game on their home field. They want to go back to Memorial and play another game.”

Nick Warren scored on a one-yard run with 8:43 left in the third quarter to make it 9-7.

Andy Reyes said the team got re-focused during the intermission.

“We gathered together at halftime and said it is win or go home,” Reyes said. “The offense stepped up and moved the ball and the momentum changed.”

 

 

Burbank, Burroughs Football Ready to Do Battle

Things won’t be much different than in the past when Burbank and Burroughs highs hook up at Memorial Field on Friday night for the 68th time in the storied history.

Of course citywide bragging rights are at stake. But that is not the only thing on the line in the Pacific League finale. A berth in the CIF Southern Section playoffs could be reward for the victor.

Burbank (6-3, 5-1 in league), which is ranked No. 10 in the CIF Southern Section Division 8 poll, can pretty much lock down a playoff spot with a win.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (4-5, 3-3 in league) faces a tougher task as it will have to make the playoffs as an at-large team, since it will not finish among the top three teams in league. It did receive votes for the Division 8 poll, however, offering a glimpse of hope that it could sneak in with a win.

“The goal of our staff is to keep things as normal as possible throughout the week,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We don’t shy away from the magnitude of the rivalry or playoff implications.  We know the players think about it, so we talk about the rivalry, playoffs and what it all means to them.  With that information we try to get on the same page and typically, come out with the same objective as every week, win!”

Burroughs won last season’s battle, 47-21, after Burbank won the three previous meetings.

For Burroughs to win again, the Indians will have come up with a game plan quite unique.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians will be without five starters. Quarterback Hayden Zepeda is out with a Grade 2 tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Linebacker Nico Frugone has been out several weeks with a knee injury and will not return. Junior linebacker Kevin Hebri will not play because of a concussion and junior linebacker Bryce Upshur is out with a torn ligament in his left ankle. Receiver Nathan Lehman will also not play because of a shoulder injury.

Burroughs moved up sophomore Nathan Piper to the varsity last week to take over for Zepeda. Senior Gabriel Pellot could also see time at quarterback.

“We’ve had some definite impact players that have gone down to injury. We’re trying to get the soldiers, the warriors, the competitors out there,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said.

Reily said he isn’t sure what to make of the fact that his team received votes in the CIF poll.

“I haven’t figured that formula out,” Reily said.  “That’s great to see, but honestly I don’t know what it means. We’re focused on Friday night and trying to put together a great game plan and beat Burbank.”

Running back Chance Bell, who is committed to San Diego State, was in street clothes Tuesday as he said he is nursing some minor injuries.

“I’m going to be ready to go on Friday,” Bell said.

Bell said he is confident.

“Our coaches always come up with a good game plan,” Bell said. “It is whether we execute it or not.”

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank is a veteran team and comes in healthy with no players expected to miss the game due to injury.

The Bulldogs are also eager to get back to their winning ways after losing to Crescenta Valley last week, following a five-game winning streak.

“Though I am disappointed in the fact that we did not reach our first season goal (win a league title), we have done a number of things that has made our staff very proud,” Broussard said. “Our defense has carried us this year forcing over 30 turnovers in nine games.  This has created great opportunities for our offense this season.  Our punt and punt block teams have also been bright spots as well, allowing us to control field position and create scoring opportunities.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank is led by senior quarterback Guy Gibbs, who has been the starter since the end of his sophomore year.

Senior Nick Warren and junior Darnell Williams have been the go-to running backs.

Seniors Forrest Fajardo and Joey Miller have been the top passing targets.

The defense is led by seniors Andy Reyes and Jake Kelley. Known for his punting and home run hitting skills, Danny Porras has also been a tough force as a defensive lineman.

 

Burbank Football Lackluster in Win Over Pasadena

The scoreboard may indicate that Burbank High easily defeated host Pasadena 40-7 Friday night.

But the reality is that the Bulldogs didn’t play close to their best in the Pacific League victory.

“I’m not happy. It is disappointing. I’m making no excuses. We expect to come out and play football. It happens every Friday night at 7,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “The kids know that. They prepare all week for it. I’m not happy with the performance. We could have been a lot more sharp going into a league championship game.  The ramifications of that game are key. That’s why we prepare in January for games like this.”

Burbank (6-2, 5-0 in league) actually trailed Pasadena (1-7, 1-4) at the end of the first quarter.

Pasadena returned the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown, but never seriously threatened to score again.

Burbank got a pair of 35-yard field goals from Andrew Rovira in the first quarter.

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The breakthrough came early in the second quarter when Anthony Lira blocked a Pasadena punt deep in its own and Drew Pendelton picked up the loose ball and easily returned it for a touchdown.

Pasadena fumbled the ball away of its next drive and Darnell Williams scored on first down with a 5-yard run to make it 19-7.

Nick Warren added a 7-yard touchdown run with 2:58 left in the first half to make it 26-7.

Burbank added to its lead in the third quarter when quarterback Guy Gibbs and Jake Kelley connected on a 59-yard touchdown pass.

Gibbs and Forest Fajardo hooked up on a 25-yard touchdown later in the third quarter to push the lead to 40-7.

Next week Burbank will host Crescenta Valley at Memorial Field in a battle of the only two remaining unbeaten teams in league.

“I’m excited to see how we look,” Broussard said. “ I think we’ve got great kids, but this game I’m over it.”

Gibbs finished 13 of 31 for 229 yards passing with a pair of touchdowns and one interception.

“On offensive we didn’t execute things well in the beginning,” Gibbs said. “We have a big week ahead of us. We have to study in the film room and execute during the week. We have to work on what we do and watch and see how they play and we need to play harder next week.”

Andy Reyes, the reigning Pacific League Defensive Player of the Year, tweaked his left knee attempting to make a spectacular interception. He did not return, but appeared confident he will be able to return next week.

Defense Is Key for Burbank Football in Win Over Arcadia

It may be a cliché to say that defenses win championships.

But it is a cliché that Burbank High football coach Richard Broussard, like many coaches, believes in. Broussard saw his team record 11 sacks Friday as Burbank defeated previously unbeaten Arcadia 26-16 in a Pacific League contest at Memorial Field.

“Defense is all I can say. That’s my quote. We did a good job of bottling them up. I’m so proud of the guys,” Broussard said.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (5-2 overall, 4-0 in league) was well prepared for the Arcadia combo of quarterback Max Davila throwing screen passes to receiver Raeshawn Roland. Roland, a silent commit to the University of Wyoming, finished with three receptions for 13 yards.

“We knew that was their go-to play when they were in trouble,” Broussard said. “I was proud of the film study and the practice. We practiced so well.”

The defenses on both sides were so good that both offenses had difficulty getting into a rhythm.

As a result, the two teams combined for 11 turnovers .

“We’re battling for a league title and so were they. That was a great game,” Broussard said. “The guys came to play. They put in an amazing effort. Those kids played with passion and enthusiasm. That is what football is all about.”

Burbank (5-2) fell behind earlier as Arcadia took advantage of an early fumble in the red zone. The defense held the Apaches to just a field goal though.

Struggling to get the offense going, Burbank put defensive back Andy Reyes in at quarterback to start the second quarter. Reyes eventually got the Bulldogs on the board with 10:36 left in the first half by moving a file of defenders six yards into the end zone on a keeper.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank added to its lead late in the first half when Drew Pendleton picked up a fumble by an Arcadia receiver and returned it 85 yards.

But Arcadia fought back to score a touchdown with 4.8 seconds left in the half as quarterback Max Davila hooked up with John Freeman-Lee on  14-yard pass.

But that was the last offensive touchdown Arcadia would score as Burbank’s defense held the Apaches’ running game to a minus 3 yards for the game. Davila who was pressured all night had 23 carries for no positive yards and star sophomore running back Jahlique Stephens was held to minus five yards on 11 carries.

Burbank extended its lead to 19-10 when Darnell Williams scored on a 6-yard run with 9:50 left in the third quarter.

Forest Fajardo’s second interception of Davila was returned 29 yards for a touchdown with 7:37 left in the third quarter, giving Burbank a 26-10 advantage.

Burbank will play at Pasadena High next Friday night.

 

The Sky Is the Limit for Burbank Football

The Burbank High football program of the last 10 seasons has been a complete turnover from the previous decade.

Although Burbank had a number of talented players in the 1990s, team success was limited. In 2003, the Bulldogs broke an 11-year, 51-game Foothill League losing streak.

Since joining the Pacific League in the fall 2006, Burbank has made the playoffs eight times, going 46-24 in league.

In 2016, anything less than a playoff berth for a fifth consecutive season would be a major disappointment.

“They want to put another league title patch in the gym,” coach Richard Broussard said. “That’s their goal.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Broussard will certainly be leading one of the teams mentioned as a strong contender to win the Pacific League title.

He counts 16 starters back from a team that went 7-4 on the field and 5-2 in league. Burbank’s official record was 6-5 as it had to forfeit a game due to an ineligible player.

“We noticed this group of kids as freshman,” Broussard said. “We heard about them coming up through the (Burbank) Vikings. They made it to the Super Bowl and 85 percent of those kids came here.  That doesn’t explicate to varsity football. (But) they have worked hard.”

Burbank’s offense is led by senior quarterback Guy Gibbs (5-11, 175), who became the starter late in his sophomore year.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“He has a lot of free reign. He has to make the right decisions,” Broussard said. “I’m excited for this kid. He’s made a big jump from last season.”

In the backfield, Burbank has two fine tailbacks in senior Nick Warren (5-9, 185) and junior Darnell Williams (5-9, 185). Warren was an all-league selection as a sophomore and Williams earned second-team all-league honors last season.

Senior receiver Forest Fajardo (6-2, 190), who was the team’s offensive MVP last season, is going to be Gibbs’ biggest target when the Bulldogs pass the ball.

Fajardo had 7 touchdowns last season, including five by reception.

Sophomore Erik Harutyunyan (6-1, 160) is another receiver with a bright future.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Senior Tim Han (6-2, 230) is a returning first-team all-league pick on the offensive line. He figures to play right tackle.

At left tackle Burbank has senior Scott Breslin (6-3, 265).

Seniors Ivan Ramos (5-9, 195) and Raymond Chavez (5-6, 205) figure to hold down two other offensive line spots. Junior Anthony Lira (6-2, 200) is a versatile two-way player who will probably hold down one of the guard spots.

As talented as Burbank is on offense, the defense might actually be stronger.

Reigning Pacific League Defensive Player of the Year Andy Reyes (5-8, 185) leads the secondary as the strong safety.

The defensive line will feature senior Matt Villagran (6-3, 190), a second-team all-league pick last season. Senior Danny Porras (6-1, 240), who is being recruited by colleges for baseball, will also play up front. Lira should fill the third spot.

In the linebacker spots, senior Jake Kelley (5-11, 175) and junior Drew Pendleton (6-1, 190) figure to start.

The secondary is very talented and will include some two-way players including Fajardo, Warren and Harutyunyan. Miguel Vasquez, a second-team all-league pick last season is also back. If that isn’t enough Burbank also has Joey Miller, who finished second in the Pacific League in the 200 meters in track in 22.2 seconds.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Broussard said he expects the league race to be tight.

“It is wide open,” he said. “It is going to be a battle week in and week out.”

Burbank Baseball Hangs Tough, Falls to CV

The Burbank High baseball team looked ripe for an upset Friday night at Stengel Field in Glendale when the Bulldogs took on host Crescenta Valley.

 

Burbank had played even with the Falcons through five innings and had a golden chance to go ahead in sixth, but failed to do so.

That missed opportunity turned out to be a difference maker as CV responded with a huge inning that led to a 9-1 win.

“We’re not used to playing three games in a week,” Burbank coach Bob Hart said of his team, which had an extra game this week because of a game that was rained out last week.

Hart, whose team is 4-10 overall and 2-4 in league praised left-handed pitcher Garret Dolan, who kept the team in the game until the bottom of the sixth.

“He’s definitely going to play somewhere in college,” Hart said.

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Matthew Shaugabay and Jonathan Castaneda led off the top of the sixth inning having both been hit by CV pitcher Trevor Beer.

Beer was then replaced by Scott Vinceri.

Vinceri then walked Andy Reyes to load the bases.  But Reyes was picked off first base.

 

Henry Leake then hit a grounder to second base and with the infield playing in, CV was able to get pinch runner Jake Kelley at the plate.

Vinceri struck out Danny Porras to end the threat.

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CV (14-5, 6-0 in league) scored eight times in the bottom of the sixth inning as Burbank had three pitchers in the inning.

Burbank had two hits in the game. The first was a double by Everett Fair to open the second inning.

The other was a triple to center field in the fourth inning by Reyes, who scored Burbank’s lone run on a groundout by Leake.

The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday when they host Hoover High in a Pacific League contest at 3:30 p.m.