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Burbank and Burroughs Present 2019 Homecoming Courts


It was the 71st BIG GAME on Friday night and both Burbank and Burroughs were primed for both the game and pageantry of the night.

While the bed races, eating contests and band marches are now a thing of the past, the presentation of the Homecoming Courts is still a big event.  Both courts were announced last week at the Homecoming Dances.

Above is (L to R) Queen Milana Antonio and King Heather Bautista (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Above is (L to R) King Kourosh Dolatshahi and Queen Sarah Koussa. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Here is the Burroughs court (in no order) Seniors Alverne Mara Mara, Alexandria Watson, Carter Wells, Maddie Medina, Madhav Naraynan, Alyssa LeBarron, Kevin Quijano, Uletzy Rocha, King Heather Bautista, and Queen Milana Antonio. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The homecoming court from Burbank (in no order): Representing the Burbank Freshman Class are:   Jagg Richer and Samantha Reyes, representing the Burbank Sophomore Class are Abraham Rivera and Skylar Kirby, representing the Burbank Junior Class are: Owen Cusumano and Grace Hutchin, representing the Burbank Senior Class are Devin Housholder and Jolie Lorimer, representing the Burbank Senior Class are Seth Jones and Allie Romagnin, representing the Burbank Senior Class, this year’s 2019 Homecoming King Kourosh Dolatshahi & Queen Sarah Koussa (Photo By Ross A. Benson) Before the start of the game, Burbank High School Principal, Dr. Thomas Crowther, and ASB President, Sarkis Ter-Petrossyan exchanged presents with John Burroughs High School Principal, Deborah Madrigal, and ASB President, Madeline Medina in the spirit of sportsmanship.


2019 “BIG GAME” Tale of the Tape- Facts, Figures and Friday Night Football

Burbank vs Burroughs Big Game 2012

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Emeritus


BIG GAME “Facts, Figures & Football”


        DATE:                        November 1, 2019

        SITE:                            Memorial Field

        KICKOFF:            7 p.m.

SERIES FACTS:         This is the 71st meeting between the two schools!!

First game- 1949; Burroughs leads the all-time series, 42-28.  

  • Burbank has defeated Burroughs six of the last seven years; the first time the Bulldogs have accomplished that feat in the 70-year history of the rivalry.
  • Burroughs has won 17 of 26 and 22 of the last 33 contests between the two schools.
  • Burbank has won nine of the last 15 clashes.
  • Decade of 2000s- Burroughs has won 10 of the 19 meetings.


2018- Burbank 54 Burroughs 20

2017- Burbank 41 Burroughs 14

2016- Burbank 36  Burroughs 7

2015- Burroughs 47  Burbank 21

2014- Burbank 16  Burroughs 10

2013- Burbank 47  Burroughs 21

2012- Burbank 37  Burroughs 14

2011- Burroughs 34  Burbank 7

2010- Burroughs 38  Burbank 35

2009- Burbank 28  Burroughs 21

2008- Burroughs 58  Burbank 22

2007- Burroughs 30  Burbank 20

2006- Burroughs 24  Burbank 6

2005- Burroughs 35  Burbank 28

2004- Burbank 26  Burroughs 12

2003- Burbank 24  Burroughs 18

2002- Burroughs 43  Burbank 31

2001- Burroughs 38  Burbank 21

2000- Burroughs 54  Burbank 36 


Burbank (4-5, 3-2 in league)

Last League title- 2017 (Pacific League champions: 7-0)

League titles (6): 1927, 1951, 1956, 1972, 2009, 2017

Burroughs (5-4, 1-4 in league)

Last League title- 2015 (Pacific League champions: 7-0)

League titles (13):  1967, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 

 (Photo By Craig Sherwood)




“BIG GAME!!” 71st All-Time Meeting; Burroughs Leads Burbank, 42-28

Burbank vs. Burroughs: a one-of-a-kind rivalry since 1949

Burbank vs. Burroughs: a one-of-a-kind cross-town rivalry since 1949

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Emeritus


70 Meetings

1949 – 2018

Burroughs leads Burbank, 42-28

1949 – Burbank 12, Burroughs 7.  The “Big Game” made its debut in 1949. Former junior high and first year high school, John Burroughs, made what was supposed to be an easy Burbank victory a hard fought battle. The stronger Bulldog team prevailed, however, paced by Pete LiPera who later became head coach at Burbank, and Paul Cameron, who later starred at UCLA.

1950 – Burroughs 6, Burbank 0.  Burroughs avenged the previous year’s loss on a rain drenched field as Louie Elias went 41 yards through “Lake Memorial” for the only score of the game. He later recalled that the rivalry was already intense even though it was only two years old.

1951 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 12. Having already won the Foothill League Championship, the Bulldogs could have let down and been upset; but showing true championship caliber, overpowered the Indians.

1952 – Burbank 33, Burroughs 0.  The Bulldogs were led by Bob McCalmont and shut out the Indians for their second straight series win.

1953 – Burroughs 7, Burbank 0.  Paced by a 44 yard touchdown run by Maurice Elias, brother of Louie, Burroughs returned the previous year’s favor, scoring their second series shutout.

1954- Burroughs 49, Burbank 0.  Again paced by Maurice Elias, who set a then single game school record of 162 yards rushing, the Indians recorded their second straight and third overall series shutout. This stands as the most one-sided victory in the series.

1955 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 14.  On their way to a probable playoff berth, the Indians overlooked the Bulldogs and were knocked out of the playoffs. Steve Searock and Bill Reed led the Bulldogs who were under the guidance of rookie coach Ham Lloyd, whose squad included John Lockwood who later became head coach at Burbank.

1956 – Burbank 18, Burroughs 0.  The Bulldogs scored their second shutout of the series in a battle for the Foothill League title (first time in the series). Played before an estimated crowd of 11,000 people, the Bulldogs were quarterbacked by Bob Alfred and paced by Fred Tunnicliffe, whose nephew, Tom, would later start at both schools, winning CIF Player of the Year as a senior at Burroughs.

1957 – Burroughs 28, Burbank 19.  In another rookie coaching victory, Leon Shortenhaus guided the Indians, led by Bob Hand, to the victory. Playing for Burroughs was Pete Lubisich, who would later go on to play at USC.

1958 – Burbank 32, Burroughs 0.  Posting their third series shutout the Bulldogs were led by the three touchdown performance of Tom Pulford. Tom, whose son, Darrin, also played for the Bulldogs, is one of the many players to have relatives also compete in the series.

1959 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  Trading shutouts again, the Indians scored their fourth win with an assist from Burbank, who was forced to use many J.V. players after having 19 of the varsity members declared ineligible for the game for “egging” the mural over the Burroughs Auditorium. Conde Lick and Brent Vance led the Indians with a TD each.

1960 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 7.  Indian coach Leon Shortenhaus closed out his coaching career at Burroughs with a 3-1 record in the “Big Game”, beginning and ending with a victory.

1961 – Burbank 25, Burroughs 13.  In the fourth of his 22 seasons as a coach at Burroughs, and first as Head Coach, Bob Dunivant watched his Indians and the Bulldogs battle to a 7-7 tie into the third quarter, only to see the Tribe fumble three times in the second half, helping Burbank to the victory.

1962 – Burbank 34, Burroughs 0.  Also beginning and ending his coaching career with a victory, Ham Lloyd posted a 5-3 “Big Game” record with this win in his final game. Phil Culotta scored three touchdowns to pace the Bulldogs to their fourth series shutout and came up just points short of the CIF scoring championship, losing to Steve Grady of Loyola who scored five touchdowns the same evening.

1963 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 7.  Burroughs finally ended a string of seven straight shutout losses since the second game of the season but were unable to contain the Bulldogs’ Gerry Altman, whose 100 yards helped Burbank to its third straight series win.

1964 – Burroughs 27, Burbank 7.  The Bulldogs’ Tom Paggi set a school record with a 74 yard run from scrimmage for one of his two touchdowns on the night but Burroughs snapped a three game losing streak to Burbank.

1965 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  The Indians notched their fifth series shutout.  Bob McCorkle, who passed or ran for a then school record 17 touchdowns on the year, hit Mike Erickson for one touchdown and while playing defense, picked off a Bulldog aerial and returned it 78 yards (also a school record) for another score.

1966 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  Posting its sixth series and fourth season shutout, Burroughs coasted to its favorite score in the rivalry (the Indians have won three 19-0 “Big Games”), and third consecutive series victory.

1967 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 19.  Undefeated going into the game, the Indians again scored 19 points. Burbank, however, on the 173 yard passing of Dale Cirscione and the 85 yard fumble recovery of Randy Ivie for a touchdown, scored 20 for one of the biggest upsets in the series. The win prevented Burroughs from going ahead, for the first time, in the rivalry.

1968 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 13.  The Bulldogs again scored 20 points, led by Bill Johnson who scored all three touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards.

1969 – Burbank 44, Burroughs 8.  Dan Flavin passed for four touchdowns and John Minor rushed for 91 yards for the Bulldogs. The game was so dominated by Burbank that the only Indian score came on a 95 yard kickoff return by Jess Talamantes which remained a school record until 1978. Burbank again won three in a row versus Burroughs.

1970 – Burroughs 15, Burbank 12.  In a well played game, Bulldog star John Minor scored both touchdowns and rushed for 152 yards, only to see his heavily favored team lose to a fired up Indian squad. Burroughs was led by QB Tim Molina who passed for 113 yards and threw two touchdowns to Bruce Wallace. Jess Talamantes rushed for 111 yards.

1971 – Burroughs 17, Burbank 13.  Jeff Budrick and John Funk scored the two Indian touchdowns. Quarterback Tom Lawson completed 19 passes, 10 to Scott Nelson for 117 yards, all of which were single game Indian records at the time. Bob Mendoza booted a 29 yard field goal to seal the victory.

1972 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 0.  Burbank notched their fifth shutout in the series as quarterback Leo Orange and Kenny Walker scored the two Bulldog touchdowns. The game was played for the Foothill League title, and with the victory, Burbank knocked the Indians out of a playoff berth.  Jim Galbraith caught seven passes in a fine effort for the Indians, who went on to shut out Burbank the next three games. The Bulldogs won their fourth league title and would not win another one for the next 37 years (2009).

1973 – Burroughs 6, Burbank 0.  Burroughs tied Crescenta Valley for the league title with their seventh series shutout and went into the CIF Playoffs for only the second time in school history.  Jerry Howell scored the games only touchdown played in pouring rain at “Lake Memorial”.  Indians’ quarterback Curtis Ilhe and wide receiver Randy Simmrin were the inspirational leaders on the team. Simmrin later starred for USC and played for Buffalo and Tampa Bay in the NFL.

1974 – Burroughs 36, Burbank 0.  A boisterous crowd of 12,000 fans came to Memorial Field to witness Burroughs dominate the helpless Bulldogs. Burbank could have tied the Indians for first place in the Foothill League with a win, but were dominated as Burroughs recorded their second consecutive and eighth series shutout, holding the Bulldogs to 36 total yards. All-CIF quarterback Tom Miller passed for three touchdowns and 179 yards, mostly to wide receivers Bob Frishette, Hans Anderson and Kirk Morales. Tony De Felicis, Joe Mersola, Mike McDonald and Ron Wollard all contributed in the convincing win. The Indians went on to post an 11-1 record, tied with the 1979 team for the best record ever, and advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals.

1975 – Burroughs 40, Burbank 0.  Burroughs took the series lead for the first time ever, 14-13, with their ninth series shutout and third consecutive over Burbank. The game also marked Bulldog coach Pete LiPera’s last contest. The rout was highlighted by All-CIF linebacker Mike McDonald, who later played at USC and for the Rams, returning an interception for 67 yards as the Indians finished their first regular season under Craig Bell at 8-1.

1976 – Burbank 17, Burroughs 14.  Burbank avoided a fourth consecutive Burroughs win by upsetting the Indians on a 41-yard field goal by George Florez on the last play of the game. The kick was set up by an interception with 17 seconds left by Rich Good who ran it back 46 yards to the 24-yard line. This was Good’s second pick of the night, both of which set up two Burbank scores for the game. Al Penaranda and George Williams, both of whom had brothers who later played for Burroughs, scored the two Indian touchdowns, while the Bulldogs were paced by Denny Caira.

1977 – Burroughs 40, Burbank 10.  Burbank surprised everyone by taking a 10-7 lead into the locker room at halftime but the Indians roared back in the second half with a fine passing performance by quarterback Dean Townsend.  Mike Pate intercepted a pass for the Indians for a touchdown. George Williams, Lupe Yanez and Reuben Torres also scored for the Indians. The defense was sparked by the play of linebacker Jeff Fitzgerald. 

1978 – Burroughs 28, Burbank 16.  Burbank, led by Tom Tunnicliffe who passed for 182 yards, again came out on the short end of the score. Lincoln Simonds scored three Indian touchdowns and the defense, led by Nick Manocchia, held the Bulldogs to six yards rushing and sacked Tunnicliffe seven times for a loss of 67 yards.

1979 – Burroughs 33, Burbank 12.  In a unique twist of events, Burroughs, now quarterbacked by Tom Tunnicliffe, who transferred from Burbank, the Indians went into the game rated the number one team in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Southern California, the State and the Nation. The Bulldogs put up a strong fight, scoring 12 points against a team that had badly beaten the previous #1 team, St. Paul, 27-12, and allowed only one touchdown to four previous Foothill League opponents, outscoring them 152-7. The Indians were paced by the 191 yards rushing of Edgar Penaranda and Tunnicliffe’s 123 yards passing while the defense held Burbank to 90 total yards.  Burroughs finished the season 11-1 (tied with the 1974 team for the best record ever) and advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals.  Head Coach Bob Dunivant would later step aside from his coaching duties.

1980 – Burroughs 25, Burbank 17.  Taking a four game lead with their fourth consecutive win in the “Big Game” series, a first for either school, the Indians also knocked the Bulldogs out of a playoff berth while recording their fourth consecutive Foothill League Title, also unprecedented in the history of the league. Led by the rushing of Edgar Penaranda and Rick Williams, plus the passing of Gary English, the Indians managed to hold off a stubborn Burbank team, led by the rushing of Eric Burcham. The Indians went on to the CIF Semifinals.

1981 – Burroughs 44, Burbank 21.  Burroughs jumped out to a 30-7 halftime lead on the passing and rushing of quarterback Rich Strasser (34 and 87 yard touchdown completions) and the rushing of Paul Kibala and Joe D’Alessio. The Indians would advance to their first-ever CIF Finals and finish as runner-ups while winning their fifth consecutive league title.

1982 – Burroughs 42, Burbank 6.  Burbank took to an early lead, going 55 yards on 11 plays to take a 6-0 advantage midway through the first quarter. The Indians, behind the rushing of Bret Mersola, Jeff Markland and Eli Montemayor, finally got on track and cruised to a rather easy victory. It was Burroughs’ sixth consecutive win over Burbank.

1983 – Burbank 24, Burroughs 21.  In one of the more exciting games of the series, the Bulldogs opened the scoring with a one yard run by Derek Trabilcy.  The lead changed hands several times in the game until late in the fourth quarter when Burroughs tied the score on a 61 yard pass from Sean Spring to Bret Mersola. Burbank, led by QB Gary Lotka, took their last possession of the game and marched down the field to the Indian 10, and lined up for a field goal with less than 10 seconds on the clock. The first Bulldog attempt was deflected and went wide, but the Indians were called for defensive holding on the play. After the penalty was assessed, Alfredo Velasco nailed his second attempt from 21 yards out with no time showing on the clock for a dramatic, upset victory for the Bulldogs. The win snapped the six “Big Game” winning streak of the Indians.

1984 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 0.  Quarterback Gary Lotka threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns on 18 of 23 passing and led the Bulldogs to their second consecutive victory in the series and their first playoff berth since 1977.  It is Burbank’s first shutout of the Indians since 1972 and sixth in the series. Lotka’s efforts cement his name in “Big Game” lore and he went on to win the Most Valuable Player of the Foothill League.

1985 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 10.  For the first time since 1967-69, the Bulldogs win their third straight “Big Game” behind the leadership of quarterback Sal Velasco.  Burbank overcame a 10-7 deficit as Velasco hit wide receiver Robert Jarrin with what proved to be the game winning pass on the first possession of the second half. The Bulldogs marched 69 yards in seven plays and the defense shut out the Indians the rest of the way.

1986 – Burroughs 33, Burbank 26.  In his return to the sideline for the first time since he left coaching in 1979, Bob Dunivant led the Indians to victory and snapped the three-game winning streak of the Bulldogs in the rivalry.  After trailing 14-12 at the half, the Indians took the lead at 19-14 entering the fourth. The Indians’ Danny Cusumano scored from two yards out to make it 26-14. Quarterback Jeff Barrett led the Indians with 177 yards and two touchdowns.

1987 – Burroughs 41, Burbank 0.  Quarterback Jeff Barrett shined on offense as he completed 11 of 16 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns. He even rushed for two more touchdowns.  Burbank’s Gabe Jimenez ran for 118 yards on 24 carries and was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs. Burroughs won their tenth series shutout and first vs. the Bulldogs since 1975. The Indians would eventually reach the CIF Finals and finish as runner-ups as they did in 1981.

1988 – Burroughs 31, Burbank 15.  The magic of former head coach Bob Dunivant was evident again as he helped head coach Butch McElwee lead the Indians to victory.  Having the headsets on again for only the third time in the season, Dunivant surprised Burbank by calling a reverse, flea-flicker for a 65 yard completion early in the game to spark the victory.

1989 – Burroughs 23, Burbank 19.  The Indians were led by a trio of running backs in the win.  Andre Banks rushed for 33 yards in 12 carries, Lionel Portugal ran for 31 yards on eight carries and Danny Suarez added 33 yards in eight carries as Burroughs defeated Burbank yet again.

1990 – Burroughs 20, Burbank 7.  Sean McDermott rushed for 183 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown as the Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the fifth consecutive year.  Ben Goldwasser added a touchdown and Eddie Gavilan had an interception for Burroughs.

1991 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 12.  The Brenes brothers led the Bulldogs to victory and halted the Indians winning streak in the series at five games. Steve carried 19 times for 123 yards and Frank scored both Burbank touchdowns en route to 72 yards on 14 attempts.  DB Mike Lyneis made a diving interception of a Marco Esquivel pass at the Bulldog 15 to clinch the win.

1992 – Burbank 21, Burroughs 17.  Down 17-14, Bulldog quarterback Brian Casey completed a 30 yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Kendricks Lewis with 53 seconds left to give Burbank the four point victory. Bulldog running back Hector Valencia, who later would become head coach at Burbank, scored on a 56 yard run up the left sideline to put Burbank up 7-3 late in the first quarter.  Burbank increased their lead to 14-3 only to see the Indians come back and take the lead. Burbank wouldn’t be denied as they took their second straight “Big Game”.

1993 – Burroughs 31, Burbank 6.  After finishing 0-10 a year ago, the Indians completed their turn around with a decisive win that sent them to the playoffs for the first time since 1989. Eddie Melgar rushed for 115 yards and scored three touchdowns as Indian head coach Gary Bernardi earned his first win in the “Big Game” and snapped the brief two game winning streak for Burbank in the series. This win began a run of 10 consecutive victories for Burroughs over their hated rivals.

1994 – Burroughs 17, Burbank 13.  The Indians scored the winning touchdown on a four yard pass from Mike Barrett to Tony Listro with 7:05 left in the game. Carlos Moreno ran for 134 yards on 28 carries as Burroughs stormed back from a 13-3 halftime deficit. Burbank’s Carlos Baker rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries.

1995 – Burroughs 21, Burbank 0.  In a game that will be remembered for ending early due to a brawl with 3:21 left, Indians quarterback J.K. Scott led the way completing 9 of 15 passes for 166 yards. Wide receiver Glenn Adriatico caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 23 yard pass from Scott that gave Burroughs their final touchdown.  Burbank was last shut out in the “Big Game” in 1987 and it marked Burroughs’ eleventh series shutout. The Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the third straight time.

1996 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 6.  Quarterback J.K. Scott completed 16 of 29 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns as the offense continued to put up big numbers and the defense was led by Danny Kang who had two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble. Scott would later take his talents to the University of Washington.

1997 – Burroughs 29, Burbank 14.  Glenn Adriatico finished his illustrious prep career catching an 89 yard TD pass from quarterback Chris Santoyo and added an 11 yard TD run too as Burroughs won their fifth straight in the series. Adriatico completed his career with 199 receptions for 3,069 yards. The Indians jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in Bulldogs alum Keith Knoop’s first “Big Game” as head coach for Burroughs.

1998 – Burroughs 26, Burbank 21.  In the 50th meeting of the “Big Game”, wide receiver Kyle Cremarosa caught eight passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Indians to victory. Burroughs quarterback Joe Kroells completed 11 of 20 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns as the Indians took an 18-7 halftime lead and held off Burbank. Alan Gutierrez led the Bulldogs with 161 yards on 32 carries.

1999 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 14.  The Indians won their seventh consecutive game (longest in the series) over the Bulldogs by overpowering them from the very start.  Jonathan Overturf scored on an 83 yard trick play on the first play from scrimmage in the game. Randy Beckmann and Michael Perez added a touchdown apiece and Spencer Steward caught a TD pass from Joe Kroells as Burroughs rolled to victory. The game marked the 1000th point ever scored by the Indians against the Bulldogs in their storied rivalry.

2000 – Burroughs 54, Burbank 36.  The Indians’ Mike Perez rushed for 214 yards on 31 carries including a 57 yard TD run with less than a minute to play. Teammate Lonn Salmon threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 6 of 10 passing. Burroughs’ 54 points set a record for most points scored by one team in the “Big Game” and the 90 points combined was also a record.

2001 – Burroughs 38, Burbank 21.  Mike Perez rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns and Gabriel Moise Jr. picked up a fumble and rumbled 88 yards down the field for the clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter. Trailing 26-21, Burbank was driving deep into Indian territory only to have the turnover. Moise’s score made it 32-21 and it ended any hope of a Bulldog win. Perez reached the 1,000 yard mark for the second consecutive season. He also had an 80 yard touchdown reception in the game.

2002 – Burroughs 43, Burbank 31.  The Indians had a commanding 30-7 lead early in the third quarter behind the play of quarterback David Brooks, who rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns. However, Bulldog signal caller Mike McDonald, son of former Burroughs star Mike McDonald Sr., rallied his team to within 37-31 with 3:51 to play on a TD pass to Rico Clark. Burbank was on the drive again looking for the win when Burroughs’ Darrel Ditri intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a score with 24 seconds to play to cap the win. This marked the tenth consecutive win in the series for Burroughs and the longest such streak in the “Big Game”.

2003 – Burbank 24, Burroughs 18.  Finally! The Bulldogs snapped the 10 game “Big Game” winning streak of Burroughs as Mike McDonald finished 14 of 28 for 203 yards and three touchdowns. McDonald connected with Jesse Ayers on an 11 yard TD pass with 3:28 to play which turned out to be the decisive score.

2004 – Burbank 26, Burroughs 12.  Jason Barbic did it all for Burbank in their second consecutive “Big Game” win over the Indians.  Barbic rushed for 50 yards in six carries and a TD, caught two passes for 108 yards and threw a 13 yard touchdown pass.  Mike McDonald finished his “Big Game” career completing 7 of 11 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.

2005 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 28.  As Mike Perez did back in 2000, the Indians’ Thomas Kyle put his team on his back and rushed for 249 yards on 32 carries and a pair of touchdowns, including a 62 yarder that put Burroughs ahead 26-14 early in the third quarter. Burbank’s Robert Linda completed 16 of 36 passes for 283 yards and a score. The Indians regained control of the series after Burbank had won back to back contests the previous two years.

2006 – Burroughs 24, Burbank 6.  First Mike Perez, then Thomas Kyle.  Now Joe Wiggan. He did it all in a convincing manner as he rushed for 288 yards on 47 carries and scored two touchdowns.  Wiggan rushed for 178 yards in the second half alone.  The Indians scored 24 unanswered points to defeat the Bulldogs who could have shared the league title with a win. Led by head coach Keith Knoop, Burroughs finished the regular season with a 9-1 mark and 7-0 in Pacific League play, its first league title since 1981.

2007 – Burroughs 30, Burbank 20.  The Indians rallied from a 13-0 first quarter deficit and scored the game’s next 23 points to lead 23-13 late in the third quarter. After a Bulldog touchdown with 4:39 left in the game trimmed the Burroughs lead to 23-20, Indians’ tailback Dominique Barnes scored on a 27 yard run to seal the victory. Barnes finished with 149 yards in 16 carries as Burroughs won their third straight in the series.

2008 – Burroughs 58, Burbank 22.  Following in the legendary footsteps of Indians’ Mike Perez, Thomas Kyle and Joe Wiggan, Dominique Barnes put on a performance of a lifetime in the 60threndition of the “Big Game”. Barnes rushed for 304 yards, a school record, on 23 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead the Indians to the dominating win. The 58 points scored by Burroughs set a “Big Game” scoring record for one team. Barnes scored on touchdowns runs of seven, 20, 48, 85 and nine yards. In the process, Barnes set the school record for most points scored in a season by a player. The Indians won their fourth straight in the series. On a historic note, Burbank made the CIF playoffs and won their first playoff game since 1927, a stretch that lasted 81 years. 1927 also marked the year when Burbank won its first league title.

2009 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 21.  The Bulldogs snapped a four game losing streak vs. Burroughs and in the process won their first league title in 37 years! (1972 the last) Before 8,800 fans, these two teams clashed in a thrilling contest.  It marked the first time in the 61 year history of competing against each other that both teams finished as co-champions together (each team finished with identical 6-1 records in the Pacific League. For Burbank, it was their fifth league title. Burroughs won their 10th league title the previous week).  After Dalton Williams gave the Indians a 21-20 lead on a 79-yard touchdown dash down the Burroughs’ sideline late in the third quarter, Burbank’s Ulises Ochoa scored on a one yard touchdown run with 5:36 remaining in the game to give the Bulldogs a 28-21 advantage that they would not relinquish. Williams led Burroughs with 203 yards rushing while Ochoa ran for 127.  Burbank quarterback Adam Colman completed 14 of 23 passes for 174 yards and teammate Jackson Diamond caught 10 passes for 111 yards and was rewarded with the game ball by first-year head coach and Bulldog alum, Hector Valencia. Burbank finished its season with a school-record tying nine wins (9-3) and advanced to the CIF quarterfinals for a second consecutive season.

2010 – Burroughs 38, Burbank 35In front of a boisterous crowd of 9,000 die-hard Indian and Bulldog fans, Burroughs mounted the greatest comeback in “Big Game” history and defeated arch-rival Burbank, 38-35, on a last-second field goal to win a share of the Pacific League title for the second consecutive season. Amidst an electric atmosphere that only this rivalry could produce, the Indians rallied from a dire 28-0 deficit early in the second quarter and stunned Burbank when junior Cristobal Escobar kicked a 20 yard field goal as time expired to cap off one of the greatest games in “Big Game” annals. Trailing 35-21 early in the fourth quarter, the Indians scored back to back touchdowns to tie the game. After forcing Burbank to punt with 1:15 to play, Burroughs quarterback Lucas Yanez completed three passes to set up Escobar’s game winning field goal. Burroughs fans rushed the field to celebrate as all of us bore witness to the last “Big Game” to be played at venerable Memorial Stadium prior to a complete renovation of the historic facility. Yanez completed 14 of 26 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 63 yards while his twin brother Tyler Yanez caught eight passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Burbank’s Ulises Ochoa finished with game-highs of 188 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns (two rushing, one interception). Burroughs would go on to defeat El Rancho in the first round of the CIF playoffs and advance to the quarterfinals, their first postseason win since 1987.

2011 – Burroughs 34, Burbank 7. In the first-ever “Big Game” played outside the city limits, John Burroughs won their third consecutive Pacific League title with a 34-7 victory over Burbank. Due to the ongoing renovation of Memorial Stadium, the 63rd “Big Game” was played at Arcadia High School.  More than 5,000 fans traveled to the game to witness a rushing performance like none other in “Big Game” lore. Indians’ star tailback Zander Anding broke the single-game “Big Game” rushing record with 349 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns. Anding’s 73-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave Burroughs a 14-7 halftime lead. His 46-yard TD late in the fourth quarter cemented the win and gave the Indians back to back city bragging rights over the rival Bulldogs. It was Anding’s fifth 300 yard-plus effort of the season. He finished the regular season with 2,453 yards rushing which is not only the best single-season mark in the school’s history, but the best single-season mark in Pacific League history as well. He also has scored 25 rushing touchdowns and 29 touchdowns overall heading into the CIF playoffs. Burroughs claimed its fourth league title in the last six years (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011), its 12th in their storied history, and have won three consecutive league titles for the first time since 1977-1981 when they won five straight championships.

2012 – Burbank 37, Burroughs 14. After a year hiatus away from the city of Burbank, the 64th “Big Game” returned to venerable Memorial Stadium which received a facelift in 2011. Before 8,000 die-hard football fans, Burbank won the cross-town matchup with a dominating 37-14 effort for its first win in the series since 2009. It was Burbank’s largest margin of victory against Burroughs since a 28-0 shutout of the Indians in 1984. The Indians avoided what would have been their worst defeat in the history of the Big Game. Burbank pounded Burroughs 44-8 back in 1969. The Bulldogs outgained the Indians, 288 to 148. Burbank held the Burroughs ground game to 75 yards on 24 carries. In contrast, the Bulldogs rushed for 246 yards while controlling the line of scrimmage throughout the night. Sophomore James Williams rushed for 149 yards on 14 carries; including an 89-yard touchdown burst on Burbank’s first play of the second half that gave the Bulldogs a commanding 30-0 lead.

2013 – Burbank 47, Burroughs 21. Before a raucous capacity crowd at Memorial Field, Burbank won its second consecutive game against rival Burroughs, 47-21, in the 65th renewal of the “Big Game.” The Bulldogs had not beaten the Indians in back-to-back years since the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The victory marked the third win in the rivalry over the last five years for Burbank, its best stretch in the cross-town duel since winning three straight from 1983 through 1985. Meanwhile, the 26-point loss marked the worst defeat by Burroughs at the hands of Burbank since suffering a 28-0 loss to Burbank in 1984. It was the most points scored ever by Burbank against Burroughs in the 65-year history of the BIG GAME. The 47 points eclipsed the previous high set in 1969 in which Burbank won, 44-8. The one-two punch of James Williams (173 yards on 23 carries) and Joseph Pendleton (132 yards on 14 carries) was too much to handle for Burroughs as the two talented running backs sliced and diced their way to the tune of 305 combined rushing yards and six touchdowns. Leading 17-14 at halftime, the Bulldogs outscored the Indians, 30-0, in the third quarter en route to the easy victory.

2014 – Burbank 16, Burroughs 10. For the third consecutive game, the Bulldogs were victorious against their cross-town rivals. The last time that happened was 1983, 1984 and 1985. Burbank quarterback Ryan Meredith completed 16 of 24 passes for 158 yards including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Nick Warren that proved to be the game winner late in the third quarter. Leading 9-7, Burbank’s Kyle Alvarez recovered an Indians fumble and one play later Meredith found Warren on a screen pass that resulted in a touchdown with 23 seconds to play in the third period. Burroughs committed five turnovers to aid the Bulldogs’ effort as BHS clinched third place in the Pacific League and an automatic playoff entry. The loss knocked JBHS from earning a postseason berth.

2015 Burroughs 47, Burbank 21. The Indians rallied from an early 14-0 deficit to score 40 unanswered points en route to a resounding victory and with it the outright Pacific League championship, their first title since 2011 and 13th overall. The win propelled Burroughs to a 10-2 season where the Indians advanced to the CIF quarterfinals and achieved their best season since 2006. Burbank jumped out to a quick 14-point lead only to see its cross-town rivals respond with 19 second quarter points. Junior Chance Bell (164 yards on 20 carries) broke off a nifty 76-yard touchdown run that gave the Indians a 26-14 advantage early in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell (17 of 28 for 268 yards) threw five touchdowns to four different receivers as JBHS snapped the three game series win streak strung together by the Bulldogs. Burbank has never defeated Burroughs four straight times in the 67-year history of this phenomenal and historical rivalry.

2016 – Burbank 36, Burroughs 7. Behind a dominating effort, the Bulldogs defeated their cross-town rivals for the fourth time in five years, the first time that Burbank has accomplished that feat during the 68-year history of this rivalry. Darnell Williams, younger brother of former BHS star James Williams, scored two touchdowns and rushed for 66 yards on 10 carries. Senior quarterback Guy Gibbs threw for 128 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Burroughs’ offense was stifled throughout the game by a tenacious Bulldogs’ defense that limited Indians’ standout Chance Bell to just 12 yards on 20 carries. The decisive win marked Burbank’s largest margin of victory over Burroughs since 1969 when the Bulldogs won, 44-8. The victory propelled Burbank to historic heights as the Bulldogs advanced to their first-ever CIF championship game only to lose to Yorba Linda, 31-21, in the Division VIII final. Burbank won a school-record 10 games during a magical season and one for the ages.

2017 – Burbank 41, Burroughs 14. The Bulldogs capped off an unbeaten run through league en route to their first Pacific League title since 2009 and sixth overall with a convincing 41-14 win over Burroughs. Burbank won for the fifth time in the last six meetings against its crosstown rivals. Bulldogs quarterback Matthew Porras finished 21 of 32 for 239 yards with four touchdowns. The Bulldogs broke up the scoring as Porras and fellow junior Duncan Smith hooked up on a 7-yard touchdown pass with 43 seconds left in the first half. It was the first of three touchdowns the pair would team up for. Darnell Williams scored the first of his two touchdowns in the third quarter to give Burbank a 28-14 advantage. Williams finished with 152 yards on 30 carries. Burbank (10-3) used the unblemished campaign in league to catapult and win two playoff contests only to fall short in the CIF Division VII semifinals. The year before the Bulldogs reached the CIF championship game. The last two seasons have served as the greatest two-year run in Burbank football history.

2018 – Burbank 54, Burroughs 20. In the 70th edition of the “Big Game,” Burbank (7-4) continued its recent dominance in the rivalry with a convincing victory behind the record-breaking efforts of senior quarterback, Matthew Porras. Doubtful to play the morning of the game while battling the flu, Porras responded with a legendary performance that etched his names in the annals of Burbank football and the crosstown showdown. Porras threw a school-record seven touchdowns completing 20 of 30 passes for 305 yards. He connected with Erik Harutyunyan (eight catches, 173 yards), Ben Burnham and Duncan Smith for two touchdowns apiece. Burbank raced out to a 27-13 lead at halftime and never looked back as the Bulldogs defeated the Indians for the sixth time in the last seven meetings. Porras put the icing on the cake with a touchdown pass to Burnham with 1:58 left that set the all-time single game touchdown record. He also became Burbank’s single season and career touchdown leader on a night he will never forget. The 54 points scored by the Bulldogs were the most ever against Burroughs in the 70-year history of this storied rivalry. The 34-point win was the second largest margin of victory by Burbank, second only to its 44-8 win versus Burroughs in 1969.

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Burbank Residents Turn Out for the BIG GAME

Every year the City of Burbank gears up for the annual BIG GAME> The 69th edition was nothing new. myBurbank photographers captured all the great shots that will become lasting memories. Enjoy!

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Burbank’s Core Ends Regular Season With Win Over Burroughs

By Rick Assad


There is a core of players on the Burbank High football team that have been teammates for nearly a decade, dating all the way back to the third grade.

They include Guy Gibbs, Forest Fajardo, Joey Miller, Nick Warren, Danny Porras, Scott Breslin, Andy Reyes, Damien Flores and Jake Kelley.

On Friday night, this senior group celebrated mightily after the Bulldogs routed city rival Burroughs 36-7 in the 68th Annual Big Game at Memorial Field before a packed house.

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Nick Warren (#6) and Jake Kelley shown celebrating against Burroughs. Bulldogs prevailed 36-7. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

With the exception of Fajardo, a wide receiver and defensive back and Porras, a defensive lineman and punter, who were injured with cracked ribs and a broken foot respectively, the others played in the Pacific League finale.

The notion of family begins with Coach Richard Broussard, who pulls his club together.

“That’s what we’re about. It’s awesome to play for their school, play together, go on family vacations together and represent their city,” Broussard said. “We don’t get that any more. Playing together and being a family is important.”

The Bulldogs’ calling card has been their defense, which held the Indians, who were without senior quarterback Hayden Zepeda because of a knee injury, to 112 total net yards, including 21 yards on the ground.

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Defensive back Andy Reyes is one of the team leaders. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs senior tailback Chance Bell, a prolific ball carrier, didn’t score and was held to minus two yards on eight carries in the first half and 14 yards on 12 rushes in the second half.

Part of the reason for those poor numbers was the direct result of Warren, Breslin, Reyes, Flores and Kelley, who made sure there were few holes for Bell to run through.

“We came out and made the plays that we had to,” said Kelley, a linebacker and running back who had two sacks, 11 for the season and 15 in his career. “Our team came out and played beyond what we thought we could. There was no stopping us.”

Burroughs’ only score came with 15.4 seconds left when junior wide receiver Devin Harrison took a lateral from senior backup quarterback Gabriel Pellot and found junior wide receiver Gavin Aguilar with a 44-yard pass.

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Quarterback Guy Gibbs leads the Bulldogs’ offense in a win over the Indians. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Reyes, a defensive back and running back, talked about the group as being a big family.

“It’s always been that way with us,” he said. “We made the big plays. We always push ourselves.”

Warren, a defensive back and running back who scored on a one-yard run early in the third quarter to make it 29-0 and finished with 54 yards on 16 carries, spoke about playing against the Indians.

“I’m so proud of the offensive line,” he said. “We showed up today. I had confidence in the team and that we were going to come out with a win.”

Gibbs, a quarterback, hit eight of 17 attempts for 126 yards with one interception, had a 13-yard scoring toss to Kelley (23 yards on two receptions) with 5:33 left in the second quarter that made it 22-0.

Miller, a wide receiver and running back, delivered 78 yards on eight carries and had a 24-yard scoring jaunt with 11:54 left in the second quarter that helped the Bulldogs pull ahead 15-0. Miller also grabbed two passes for 32 yards.

The Bulldogs, who closed the regular season with a 7-3 mark and second place in the league with a 6-1 record, will have at least one more game in the CIF Southern Section playoffs next week.

One more time for the core to play football, something that they all love to do.

Burbank and Burroughs Announce Homecoming Courts

Just before the BIG GAME last Friday, the Homecoming Courts were announced to the sold-out stadium.

Burbank High

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Representing the Burbank Senior Class, this year’s 2015 Homecoming Queen: Joy Abi-Samra and King: Jacob Bettis

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Representing the Burbank Freshman Class are: Princess Linsey Gagliardi and Prince Sol Dehnert

Representing the Burbank Sophomore Class are: Princess Lauren Ryan and Prince Ezra Hernandez

Representing the Burbank Junior Class are: Princess Amanda Camacho and Prince Nick Warren

Representing the Burbank Senior Class are: Princess Genevieve Van Dam and Prince Angelo Boccuzzi

Representing the Burbank Senior Class are: Princess Cassandra Ghogas and Prince Elie Hanno


Burroughs High

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Representing John Burroughs High School 2014 past King and Queen

are: King Max Chamberlain and Queen Sophie Chamberlain

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)


From Burroughs Senior Class are: Princess Brenda Loera and Prince Jaret Wrobel


From Burroughs Senior Class are: Princess Christina Kim and Prince Dante Thorn


From Burroughs Senior Class are: Princess Skylar Garrison and Prince Nick Tipton


From Burroughs Senior Class are: Princess Megan Van Item and Prince Mitchel Fernando




Burroughs Starts Slow But Finishes Fast

By Tania Tchalikian

The huge cross-town rivalry started off memorable as the enormous crowd filed into Memorial Stadium on Friday night as all eyes were riveted on the clash between host Burbank High and Burroughs in the 67th edition of the “Big Game.”

The Bulldogs came out ready because a win would give them a share of the Pacific League title along with Burroughs.

Burbank showed it deserved a piece of the crown early on, but faltered in the second quarter and second half as Burroughs prevailed, 47-21.

The Bulldogs led 14-0 as the Indians struggled early. Burbank took a 7-0 lead on a 54-yard pass from junior quarterback Guy Gibbs to junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo and 5:01 left.

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JB senior wide receiver Robert Awungyani scored two touchdowns. By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank’s lead became 14-0 when Gibbs hit senior wide receiver Max Weisman with a 37-yard pass and 1:42 left.

The Indians answered with a touchdown as senior quarterback Steven Hubbell threw a 55-yard pass to senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi late in the opening quarter.

With 3:54 left in the second quarter, Hubbell hit senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez with a 39-yard pass as the Indians came within 14-13.

When Hubbell located senior wide receiver Cade Borland with a 13-yard toss and 21 seconds remaining in the half, Burroughs led 19-14.

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Burroughs defense held Burbank to 291 total net yards including 87 yards on the ground. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The game had been intense and on the edge from the start as Burbank seemed to have the flow of things early on. Now it seemed the Indians got the momentum on their side as they came out in the second half and scored four touchdowns.

“It was definitely hands down the coaches. They prepared us really good and it was a great game plan and I just followed everything that they said,” said Hubbell, who completed 17 of 28 passes for 265 yards, of his performance.

Junior running back Chance Bell came into the second half ready to produce as he scored on a 76-yard run early that gave the Indians a 26-14 advantage.

Burroughs had a scoring pass from Hubbell to senior wide receiver Nick Mercado late in the third quarter that made it 33-14, and added a 32-yarder to Awunganyi midway through the fourth quarter for a 40-14 advantage.

Senior running back Ash Hawkins had a 31-yard run late in the fourth quarter for a 47-21 lead.


Burroughs Takes Undisputed League Crown In 47-21 Win Over Burbank

BURROUGHS INDIANS: 2015 Pacific League Champions (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

BURROUGHS INDIANS: 2015 Pacific League Champions (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


After stumbling early, the Burroughs High football eventually found its stride, righted the ship and coasted to an impressive 47-21 Pacific League win over rival Burbank in the 67th “Big Game” on Friday night at Memorial Field before a capacity crowd.

The Indians buzzed through league play unscathed at 7-0, and closed out the regular season with a 9-1 record. This was the first time since 2006 that Burroughs has posted such gaudy numbers and its first league title since 2011.

What awaits is who the Indians, ranked No. 5 in the Southeast Division, will play in the CIF Southern Section playoffs next Friday. The opponent will be announced on Sunday.

Had the Bulldogs (6-4 and 5-2 league) prevailed, they would have shared the league title with the Indians, but instead finished in second place with Crescenta Valley.

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Burroughs wide receiver Cade Borland had a 13-yard scoring catch in the first half. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

In unlikely fashion, Burroughs fell behind 14-0, but then scored 40 unanswered points before allowing a late touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“We had a great game plan,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “It’s like a chess match. We were going to go where the defense led us.”

Knoop also spoke about being down two touchdowns, but wasn’t rattled. “On that first touchdown, it was a miscoverage. On the second touchdown, it was a great catch,” he said.

Once the Indians starting clicking on offense, it was pedal to the medal as senior quarterback Steven Hubbell tossed five touchdowns, including three in the first half.

The ground game churned out 208 yards and was led by junior tailback Chance Bell, who injured his shoulder in last week’s 34-3 victory over Crescenta Valley when the Indians were assured of a share of the league crown.

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Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs unloaded three touchdown passes in 47-21 loss to Burroughs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Bell accounted for a game-high 165 yards on 20 carries that included a 76-yard sprint with 10:07 left in the third quarter that gave the Indians a 26-14 lead.

On Burbank’s third series, junior quarterback Guy Gibbs moved the Bulldogs into the end zone on three plays that covered 40 yards, and capped the march with a 54-yard strike to junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo and 5:01 left in the opening quarter for a 7-0 lead.

The Bulldogs increased their lead to 14-0 when Gibbs drilled senior wide receiver Max Weisman with a 37-yard rocket and 1:42 left in the initial quarter.

“We had too many mental errors that we’re going to have to clean up,” said Weisman, who snared seven passes for 82 yards. “We can’t afford to make mistakes. Overall, it was a poor team effort. But this game is behind us and we’re looking forward to the playoffs.”

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JB senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi snared two touchdowns and added an interception. Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

An onside kick was attempted and recovered by the Bulldogs, and it traveled the required 10 yards, but it didn’t bounce as required at the high school level. So instead of keeping the ball, a penalty was accessed and the Indians took over at their 45-yard line.

Burroughs, which holds a 42-25 series lead over Burbank, responded 17 seconds later with a one-play, 55-yard bomb from Hubbell to senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi that cut the lead to 14-7.

“We wanted to come out and punch them in the mouth and they punched us in the mouth,” said Hubbell, who connected on 17 of 28 pass attempts for 265 yards. “There were some down faces, but I tried to remain calm and collected.”

Hubbell expects the Indians to do well in the playoffs. “This is a new season and we need a different focus,” he said.

The Indians (473 total net yards) moved within 14-13 when Hubbell directed Burroughs on a 65-yard, four-play march that was capped off when he found senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez with a 39-yard laser and 3:54 left before the half.

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Tailback Chance Bell’s 76-yard run gave the Indians a 26-14 lead early in the third quarter versus Burbank. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We prepared very well this week and we stepped it up,” said Hernandez, who had three catches for 72 yards. “It’s just another step for us. We’ve just got to believe.”

Hernandez also addressed the early 14-0 deficit. “Those touchdowns were our mistakes,” he said. “But we came out energized after that.”

The Bulldogs (291 total yards) had a chance to increase their lead on a 40-yard field goal by senior Andrew Hank. But Burbank was penalized five yards and the kick was a 45-yarder that fell several yards short.

“We sputtered offensively and defensively,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We didn’t finish the game. We didn’t execute and we were sloppy. They made more big plays than we did.”

Broussard said the Bulldogs have been playing for their playoff lives several weeks. “We’ve been playing playoff games since the loss [21-20] to Muir,” he said.

With 21 seconds left before the half, Hubbell directed his team 70 yards and closed the drive with a 13-yard bullet to senior wide receiver Cade Borland (game-best 93 yards on eight catches), who was alone in the end zone as the Indians seized control, 19-14.

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The Indians celebrated often in a 47-21 blitz of rival Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The points continued for the Indians who marched from their own 40-yard line and finalized the 11-play excursion with a two-yard toss from Hubbell to senior wide receiver Nick Mercado with 2:52 showing in the third quarter that made it 33-14.

When Burroughs’ stingy defense stopped Gibbs for no gain on fourth and one, Hubbell needed one play in order to locate Awunganyi (91 yards on three receptions) with a 32-yard pass and 7:31 left in the fourth quarter that made it 40-14.

Senior running back Ash Hawkins (25 yards on four carries) scored the final points for Burroughs on a 31-yard run that made it 47-21 with 15.7 seconds left.

Two possessions later, Gibbs and senior wide receiver Noah Powell (32 yards on two catches) hooked up on a 24-yard bomb and 3:08 left in the fourth quarter, but it was simply too little, too late.

The Bulldogs, who had a three-game winning streak against the Indians, were held to 87 yards on the ground and were led by sophomore running back Blake Quinteros, who had 63 yards on 12 carries.

“I think we were too confident we were going to win when we had the lead,” said Gibbs, who hit 16 of 27 for 204 yards and one interception by Awunganyi. “But we couldn’t execute. We still have four more weeks left in the season.”

Food Drive Before BIG GAME Will Benefit BTAC

Attendees at the football homecoming games this week at Memorial Field may notice the collection of canned goods and other non-perishable items. The collection is for a homecoming food drive.

Post cards and automated calls, and information on Burbank and John Burroughs high schools’ websites have announced the food drive.

Charmalee Magoon and her daughter Alyssa Magoon (  JBHS Class '16) at the 2014 BTAC Food Drive

Charmalee Magoon and her daughter Alyssa Magoon ( JBHS Class ’16) at the 2014 BTAC Food Drive at Memorial Field

The homecoming food drive benefits the Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) and is now in its third year. The idea for the food drive started with Charmalee Magoon, whose four children attend Burbank schools, with two of them at John Burroughs High School.

Magoon said she joined the National Charity League, a nonprofit that focuses on community service and mother-daughter relationships when her daughter was going into eighth grade. Magoon was invited to join by a member.

The National Charity League was established in Los Angeles in 1925, and incorporated in 1958, according to its website. Their mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. NCL’s Burbank chapter helps over 25 local charities.

Burbank’s NCL chapter organizes monthly food drives for BTAC, Olivia Boyce, co-president, said in an email, adding that different grade levels are responsible for a food drive for a different month. For the homecoming food drive, the entire chapter will be participating to help get ready for the holidays, which can be a difficult time for many families.

Magoon said she and her daughter Alyssa have been members of NCL since Alyssa, was in eighth grade.

“My daughter is now a senior this year at John Burroughs,” she said.

When Alyssa was younger, she was a Girls Scout, and started as a Brownie, Magoon said. But by middle school, they were in search of something else, something that focused more on volunteer work on a consistent basis.

Magoon was also familiar with BTAC and had been donating to the organization for some time.

“BTAC has always been one of my favorite philanthropies,” Magoon said. “They really do good service for people that need help. When my daughter was a baby, my husband and I fell on hard times and couldn’t pay our electric bill. Someone mentioned BTAC might be able to help, and they did help. They paid the bill in full, and we were able to keep the power on. I try to give back to them, ever since.”

Magoon said once, while her daughter was in Girl Scouts, her troop made lunches for BTAC. With her work in NCL and desire to keep giving back to BTAC, the idea for the homecoming food drive began to take shape.

“I’ve helped any way I can over the years, and thought, ‘What a better way to do a community food drive?’ There are so many past alumni that go to this game,” Magoon said of the Burroughs-Burbank football game. “There are kids in college who come back just to go to this game, and there are so many Burbank families that are second and third generation [alumni].”

“So why can’t they bring a couple of cans of food with them?” Magoon thought.

It’s become a little competition between the two schools, she said.

As for who has brought the most non-perishable items, Magoon said the score is tied.

Magoon added: “If everybody brought one thing, imagine how much we could take back to BTAC.”

Attendees to this week’s games are asked to bring non-perishable food items, toiletries and baby items.

Collection times are as follows:

Freshman game — Thursday, Nov. 5th, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
JV game — Thursday, Nov. 5th, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Varsity game — Friday, Nov. 6th, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

All games take place at Memorial Field, at John Burroughs High School, at 1920 W. Clark Ave.

Burbank Clinches Playoff Berth In 16-10 Win Over Burroughs

Burbank won its third straight BIG GAME (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank won its third straight BIG GAME (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

If beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, then the scoreboard looked pretty darn good Friday night for Burbank High. As for the game, not so much. Before a capacity crowd at Memorial Field, Burbank took advantage of five Burroughs turnovers and pulled out a 16-10 win to capture the city championship and a berth in the CIF Southern Section Playoffs.

Burbank coach Richard Broussard kisses the coveted trophy (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank coach Richard Broussard kisses the coveted trophy (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The win in the 66th meeting between the crosstown schools catapulted the Bulldogs into the CIF Southeast Division playoffs as the third place entry from the Pacific League. Burbank will learn its first round opponent this Sunday afternoon while Burroughs (4th place) will ponder the “what ifs” after committing an uncharacteristic five giveaways.

Burbank (7-3 overall, 5-2 in league) defeated rival Burroughs (6-4, 4-3) for the third consecutive time in the series. The last time the Bulldogs achieved that feat was 1983, 1984 and 1985. For the record, the Bulldogs have never beaten the Indians in four straight matchups. History will be on the line in 2015.

In a game marred by seven combined turnovers and countless penalties, Burbank found a way to persevere once again and overcome a season where injuries were the norm and vulnerability became a question.

“We had a good spring and summer and we’ve been dealing with all these expectations this season,” Burbank first-year coach Richard Broussard said. “We were expected to make the playoffs. And without our best player (James Williams) and a hurt quarterback, we still accomplished our goal of what we wanted to do. It’s been a crazy year but I have been blessed. This is a great group. I inherited this group and I am a lucky guy.”

Nick Warren had a great game for the Bulldogs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nick Warren had a great game for the Bulldogs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Broussard always kept faith in his players even when eight starters were sidelined.  The ‘next man’ attitude proved to be worthy as many young players stepped up for the Bulldogs in the absence of others. When the dust had cleared, Burbank had made the playoffs for a third consecutive year.

“It means a lot because everybody thought that just because they didn’t have me we would fold over,” said Williams. “We don’t play like that at all. We knew since Monday we would win this game.”

Burbank quarterback Ryan Meredith completed 16 of 24 passes for 158 yards including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Nick Warren that proved to be the game winner late in the third quarter.

Ryan Meredith went undefeated vs. Burroughs in his career (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Ryan Meredith went undefeated vs. Burroughs in his career (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“It’s awesome,” Meredith said. “Our senior class went 4-0 against their senior class. We were expected to lose for some reason. We came out and played well.”

With Williams sidelined for the season due to a knee injury and defensive standout Andy Reyes out with a thumb injury, the opportunity for the Indians to take advantage was there but committing four turnovers in the first half didn’t help the cause.

“The game was 16-10 and we had five turnovers,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “If we don’t have five turnovers, it’s completely the other way around. Turnovers were the death of us tonight.”

Aki Arlington returns a pick-six to the house (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Aki Arlington returns a pick-six to the house (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Aki Arlington’s 22-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Burbank a 6-0 lead at the 7:37 mark of the second quarter. The extra point was blocked.

Ryan Boyd’s 29-yard field goal to end the second quarter pushed the Bulldog’s lead to 9-0. Through two quarters, Burbank had outgained Burroughs 161 to 97.

Burroughs went into the locker room and made some adjustments to prevent the relentless pass rush and blitzes by Burbank. Indians’ quarterback Andy Amela was constantly pressured throughout the first half and had a tough time getting the Indians’ offense in rhythm.

His primary receivers Erick Hernandez and Aidan Anding were non-factors in the game (one catch apiece) due to the Bulldogs lock down secondary.

Chance Bell of Burroughs scores the lone TD for the Indians (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Chance Bell of Burroughs scores the lone TD for the Indians (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

The Indians finally got on the scoreboard when Chance Bell (16 rushes for 78 yards) ran a sweep to the right side for a three-yard touchdown that ignited the Burroughs faithful with 3:20 left in the third quarter.

Michael Ospina (66 yards on 11 carries) keyed the drive with a 30-yard blast up the middle to set up Bell’s scamper to pay dirt.

“We have great pride in this team. Everyone came together in the second half,” Ospina said. “Too many turnovers. That’s what it came down to. If we didn’t have those turnovers it would have been a whole different game.”

Michael Ospina sparked the Indians in the second half (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Michael Ospina sparked the Indians in the second half (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Leading 9-7, Burbank’s Kyle Alvarez recovered an Indians fumble and one play later Meredith found Warren on a screen pass that resulted in a touchdown with 23 seconds to play in the third period.

Andres Aguilar’s 37-yard field goal for JBHS cut the deficit to 16-10 with 6:44 left in the game.

After the ensuing kickoff, Burbank never relinquished possession and ran out the final six minutes of the game behind the sturdy running of Warren and Tony Toledo and the excellent blocking up front by the BHS offensive line.

Kyle Alvarez and the Bulldogs put the clamps on the Indians offense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Kyle Alvarez and the Bulldogs put the clamps on the Indians offense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Warren, a sophomore, rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries while Toledo ran for 55 on 11 carries. Warren also had four receptions for 61 yards.

After the game, Alvarez praised his teammates for their strong effort and shutting down the Indians passing game to only 41 yards on four catches.

“I’ve got to give it up to my boys,” he said. “It’s 11 as one out there on both sides. That was our motto last year and this year we E.A.T. The playoffs are going to be fun. The sky is the limit.”

Burroughs now leads the all-time series, 41-25. It was 41-22 not too long ago. Just ask Burbank.