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Looking Back at 2017 in Sports

A year after arguably the most successful year local sports teams have ever had, 2017 turned out to be almost equally as strong. A number of athletes and teams achieved many things to be proud. This is a review of the top 10 teams of 2017 from Burbank and Burroughs highs.

  1. Burbank Boys Basketball

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The Bulldogs may have not won a Pacific League title, but their postseason run was nothing short of amazing. Burbank finished with a 25-10 record and came as close to winning as a CIF title as one could have, losing only by one point on an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer against Brentwood. In its playoff run, the Bulldogs defeated teams few gave them a chance of winning. Burbank defeated  La Sierra of Riverside, followed by second seeded Crean Lutheran and then Rancho Mirage, whose shortest starter was as tall as Burbank’s tallest. The Bulldogs also rallied from a 13-point deficit against Rancho Mirage. Michael Woods was the leader of the group of seniors who had played together for several years, ultimately resulting in arguably the best season in school history.

  1. Burbank Football

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A year after getting to the CIF championship game, Burbank was hit hard by losses to graduation. But the Bulldogs still had a small core that knew what it was like to win. This team, unlike the team a year ago, went on to win the Pacific League title under first-year coach Adam Colman. Burbank also knocked off top-seeded  South Hills during its playoff run before falling to Don Lugo in the CIF semifinals.  The Bulldogs have a lot of talent coming back for next season, so this team has lots to look forward to in 2018.

 

  1. Burroughs Boys Soccer

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The Indians put together a stellar season as longtime head coach Mike Kodama earned his 10th league title. Burroughs went 19-5-4 overall and 11-2-1 in league. The Indians won a pair of CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoff matches, including one on the road and in the rain against Paso Robles. Eventually Burroughs’ run was stopped by a fine Salesian side.

 

  1. Burroughs Boys Volleyball

The Indians continued their streak of eight consecutive Pacific League titles by finishing 16-13 overall and

10-0 in league. While the record may not look impressive, Burroughs was playing against the toughest competition out there, playing in Division 1 in the CIF playoffs. The Indians outlasted Newbury Park in the first round of the playoffs, before falling to national power Huntington Beach in the second round.

  1. Burbank Girls Tennis

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The Bulldogs finished 11-5 overall and third in the tough and deep Pacific League and had to win a wild card match just to make it into the main draw. They did that and went on to win two more CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoff matches before falling to top seeded Northwood of Irvine in the quarterfinals.

  1. Burroughs Girls Volleyball

Led by University of Washington bound outside hitter Marin Grote, the Indians went 28-7 and captured the Pacific League title. Burroughs advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs before losing to Westridge of Pasadena.

 

  1. Burroughs Boys Water Polo

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The Indians went 15-9 and fought off Hoover to win the Pacific League title. A year after winning a CIF title, Burroughs moved up to Division 3, where it advanced to the second round of the playoffs before losing to Dos Pueblos of Goleta.

  1. Burroughs Softball

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The Indians were not as sharp as they have been in the past. Still they were able to earn a share of the Pacific League title, going 19-9 overall and 12-2 in league. Playing in Division 1, the Indians were not so fortunate in the playoffs, losing to Oaks Christian in the first round.

  1. Burroughs Boys Cross Country

Alexander Hirsch of Burroughs

This very talented veteran group actually struggled for much of the season, but came on strong in Pacific League Finals to top a fine Arcadia squad for second place on the Apaches’ home course. Arcadia had defeated Burroughs in the first two league meets. Jagdeep Chahal also took home honors as the league’s individual champion.

  1. Burbank Girls Cross Country

Shalom Mejia of Burbank

The Bulldogs went neck and neck with Burroughs all season, with Burbank taking the first league meet by a large margin. Burroughs bounced back and beat Burbank narrowly twice. But the Bulldogs make the cut here due to its qualification for CIF Finals, where Burbank finished 20th in Division 1.  It was just the third time in program history that the lady Bulldogs qualified for CIF Finals.

 

Burbank Football Stopped Short of CIF Title Game

The effort that the Burbank High football team put up Friday night against host Don Lugo wasn’t the best of the season, but it certainly wasn’t anything to be ashamed of.

Attempting to get back into a CIF Southern Section championship game, the Bulldogs fell short as the host Conquistadores came up with a 28-7 Division 7 semifinal playoff victory in Chino.

“A lot of kids could have left and gone to another school. For them to stick around and trust in me that means the world to me,” first-year Burbank coach Adam Colman said. “I’m so proud of what they have accomplished this year. To come back from a team that went to the championship and set all these records and graduated all these guys, to tie that school wins record to win the first outright league title, all that they’ve accomplished I’m proud of that. It’s special.”

Darnell Williams carries the ball with a number of Don Lugo defenders in pursuit. Photo courtesy Doug Brown.

Burbank (10-3) played solid defense throughout much of the contest, against the team it defeated 41-14 in the CIF semifinals a year ago.

Don Lugo’s Khoury Bethley, a University of Hawaii commit, scored all four of his team’s touchdowns and remembered what it was like to lose to Burbank.

“They got us last and we wanted to get some payback and redemption,” Bethley said. “Jet sweep is their go-to play and we knew we had to shut that down. We didn’t do that last year so we had to change the game plan this year and we got the job done.”

Darnell Williams led Burbank with 60 yards in 15 carries in the final game of his three-year varsity career. Junior quarterback Matthew Porras rushed for 30 yards.

The Bulldogs’ lone touchdown came in the second quarter when Porras found junior flanker Chadz Vang on a 25-yard passing play. Porras finished with 102 yards passing.

Matthew Porras decides to keep the ball on the ground. Photo courtesy Doug Brown.

Trailing 14-7, Burbank had a chance to tie the game on the last play of the first half as Porras threw a long pass that nearly connected with tight end Duncan Smith in the end zone.

Don Lugo coach Greg Gano, who has won four CIF titles as a coach, praised Burbank.

“They kicked the … out of us last year so we knew what we needed to do and we did it,” Gano said.

Don Lugo improves to 11-2 and will face El Modena of Orange for the CIF title.

 

 

 

Burbank Football Outlasts Tustin, 55-42

When Burbank High found out it earlier in the week that it would host Tustin High in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs, Bulldogs coach Adam Colman was disappointed to say the least.

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“In Week 5 or 6 we started looking at other teams in our division and we saw Tustin with all these yards and we were like ‘What do they do’ and I was like ‘Oh no, anybody but them,’” Colman said.

Colman’s nightmare turned out to not as scary as once thought as Burbank outlasted the visiting Tillers 55-42 at Memorial Field Friday night.

Tustin (8-3) operates from a wing-T offensive behind a large offensive line and Colman said he couldn’t recall Burbank having beaten a wing-T team in the past decade or so that he has been part of the program.

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“It’s tough. You can’t prepare for it. You can’t get 11 scout team guys that weigh 300 pounds and just beat yourself up in practice,” Colman said.

But he praised his team for overcome obstacles.

“They battled and came ready to play. It’s a testament to the program we have built in all the years behind. We’ve learned from (losses to) Dominguez, Norwalk.”

Burbank (9-2) will now face top-seeded South Hills of West Covina next week at Covina District Field. This is the same venue Burbank pulled off an upset of Northview High last season in the quarterfinals.

Early on it appeared Friday’s contest would be a battle between Burbank running back Chadz Vang and Tustin’s KC Carr III. Carr finished with 28 carries for 339 yards and four touchdowns.

Vang had 17 carries for 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Perhaps the play that turned the tables in Burbank’s favor came late in the third quarter when Louie Torres intercepted a pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown. That gave Burbank a 42-31 lead and most importantly a lead by more than one possession.

“I came down and right when I turned around the ball was right there and I just ran,” Torres said.

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Burbank got a great effort from junior quarterback Matthew Porras. He completed 22 of 32 passes for 282 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Drew Pendleton had six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Junior Eric Harutyunyan had six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Tight end Duncan Smith, also a junior, had five receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Vang had five receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown.

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Burbank Football Beats Burroughs, Wins Pacific League Title

Burbank High’s football team a year ago was arguably the best in school history and it couldn’t do what the 2017 Bulldogs did Friday night.

Playing against rival Burroughs, Burbank completed the Pacific League season unbeaten by winning 41-14 over the Indians.

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“When you believe in something and everyone buys in you accomplish great things.  I’m just really proud of them,” first-year Burbank coach Adam Colman said of his team.

Burbank (8-2, 7-0) didn’t get things rolling right away as Burroughs played tough defense all night.

Bulldogs quarterback Matthew Porras finished 21 of 32 for 239 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

An interception by Evan Osegueda prevented Burbank from scoring on its first drive.

Burroughs (4-5, 3-4) struggled to move the ball offensively in the first half, even though it was playing solid defense.

“Our dudes hung in there. With the injuries that we sustained, I couldn’t be more proud (of my team),” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “Hats off to coach Colman and his staff. Boy, did he inherit a big team full of athletes. We practiced against a couple of different fronts that we thought they’d be giving us and that’s exactly what they came out and gave us.”

Burbank 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.

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“Everyone has been working together,” Porras said of his team. “All the hard we’ve been doing in the offseason and during the season, we’ve been all doing it for this moment.”

After Porras and Smith combined on Burbank’s second touchdown, Porras hooked up with Kaydon Spens on an 18-yard pass for the Bulldogs’ third touchdown.

“We worked so hard for this from the summer until now,” Smith said. “We expected this and to finally accomplish it is great.”

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Burroughs fought back as Charlie Rodriguez ran back the ensuing kickoff to make it 21-7 with 4:01 left in the first half.

The Indians cut the deficit early in the third quarter when Burroughs junior quarterback Nathan Piper was able to sneak the ball past Burbank’s defense to a wide open Gavin Aguilar, who scored on a 66-yard pass play. Piper finished 9 of 16 passing for 158 yards.

But Burbank’s defense would not be fooled again.

Darnell Williams scored the first of his two touchdowns at the 3:31 mark of the third quarter to give Burbank a 28-14 advantage. Williams finished with 152 yards in 30 carries.

Burroughs running back Ben Peters had 45 yards in 11 carries.

Burbank, which will play in the CIF Southern Section Division 7, will learn its playoff fate Sunday afternoon when the Southern Section releases its pairings. The Bulldogs should expect to have a home game as a result of winning the league title outright.

 

Burroughs, which was slated to play in Division 8, will hope it has done enough to convince the CIF committee that it deserves a place in the playoffs as an at-large entry.

 

Burbank Football Rallies to Knock Off Arcadia, 17-14

Midway through the third quarter of a tightly contested battle against host Arcadia High, tiny Burbank High junior running back Chadz Vang gained nine yards on a carry that ended with him being picked up and slammed to the turf.

No penalty was called by the officiating crew, much to the surprise of everyone on Burbank’s sideline.

But the lack of a call seemed to light a fire into the Bulldogs, who kept their cool and rallied for a 17-14 Pacific League victory over the Apaches.

“We all knew that was the time,” Burbank quarterback Matthew Porras said of the tackle on Vang. “That shouldn’t have to be what turns the switch, but it was.”

Burbank (4-2 overall, 3-0 in league) finished off the drive following the hit on Vang as Darnell Williams scored on a 1-yard run with 4:36 left in the third quarter to make it 14-10.

“When that happened I feel like the family came together and tried to protect each other,” the 5-foot-3, 130-pound Vang said.

Burbank scored the game-winning touchdown with 9:58 left as Porras scrambled and avoided several tacklers before finding a hole on the left side of the end zone, running in from nine yards out.

“We were trying to get it to the right side and it was just blocked up,” said Porras, who had intended to pass the ball.

Burbank coach Adam Colman said he saw something in his team that he has been hoping for.

“I think it was a maturation process. At halftime they came together as a team,” he said. “We’ve talked about family, but tonight was the first time that really happened.”

Arcadia (3-3, 2-1) got on the board first as running back Andre Lewis scored on a three-yard run with 2:18 left in the first quarter.

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Burbank kicker Andrew Rovira narrowly missed a 25-yard field goal with 4:10 left in the first half. He came back to convert from 28 yards with 18.1 seconds left in the half, as the Bulldogs went into the intermission down 7-3.

Arcadia went up 14-3 early in the third quarter when quarterback Max Davila hooked up with Rolandiss Whitener on a 39-yard touchdown reception.

Porras finished with 25 carries for 103 yards. Williams finished with 25 carries for 102 yards.

Burbank will host Pasadena next Thursday at Memorial Field at 7  p.m.

 

Burbank Football Wins Big Over Hoover

A week after opening the Pacific League season with a one-sided victory, the Burbank High football team had to get back to reality Thursday night.

Although the Bulldogs weren’t as sharp as a week ago, they easily defeated Hoover High 47-14 at Glendale High’s Moyse Field.

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“It was a little different environment than last week obviously. The energy after playing at home, it was hard to get up this week,” Burbank coach Adam Colman said.

Burbank (3-2 overall, 2-0 in the league) took a few plays to get settled in.

Eventually, quarterback Matthew Porras hooked up with Drew Pendleton on a 46-yard touchdown with 10:03 left in the first quarter.

Porras, who played in just the first half, finished 11 of 14 passing for 272 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception. He did this despite playing having a cold much of the week.

“We could have done better. I had an interception,” Porras said. “Our line did well and our defense did well.”

Colman praised his quarterback.

“He’s been sick all week. It starts in practice,” Colman said. “We’re running sprints and he’s in the front. He’s been taking a ton of Vitamin C just to get healthy.”

Porras hooked up with Erik Harutyunyan on a 15-yard touchdown at the 5:07 mark of the first quarter.

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Darnell Williams had a two-yard touchdown run later in the quarter.

Porras hooked up with tight end Duncan Smith on a 45-yard touchdown at the 5:38 mark of the second quarter to make it 26-0.

Porras and Harutyunyan connected once again with 34 seconds left in the first half to make it 33-0.

Ironically, Burbank got the ball back after a series of incomplete passes from Hoover.

That gave Porras once chance to get to the end zone with 6 seconds left in the half.

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He took advantage as he found Drew Pendleton in the right corner of the end zone to make it 40-0 with no time remaining in the half.

After Hoover fought back to score a pair of touchdowns in the second half with a running clock, Chadz Vang scored on a 23-yard run with 3:20 left in the fourth quarter.

 

Burbank Football Opens League Play in Big Way

To say that Burbank High enjoyed its first football game played on campus in nearly a decade was an understatement.

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The Bulldogs seized the moment Friday evening to open Pacific League play as they rolled to a 59-0 win over visiting Glendale High.

“It was a lot of fun. I have to thank the administration, our athletic directors and all the other behind-the-scenes people that did all the work to make it happen,” Burbank coach Adam Colman said. “We practiced better this week than we usually do. I think there was some energy out here, especially for senior night.”

Burbank (2-2) quickly took advantage of the Nitros (2-2) by opening to a 32-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Quarterback Matthew Porras hooked up with Chadz Vang on a 37-yard touchdown pass with 11:19 left in the first quarter.

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Porras hooked up with Drew Pendleton on a 21-yard touchdown with 8: 35 left in the quarter.

Running back Darnell Williams scored on a 3-yard run with 5:40 left in the quarter to push the lead to 19-0.

Following an interception by Burbank’s Eric Harutyunyan, the Bulldog two-way player scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Porras with 4:04 left in the quarter to increase the lead to 25-0.

Porras and Harutyunyan hooked up again with 1:27 left in the first quarter, this time from 12 yards out,  to make it 32-0. Porras finished the game completed nine of 10 passes for 149 yards with four touchdown passes.

“It’s really special. Our blood, sweat and tears and are all right here,” Porras said of playing a game on campus. “It is a great feeling playing here.”

Blake Quinteros got Burbank on the board in the second quarter by scoring on a 3-yard run.

“It was a good way to start. There’s a lot of things we can fix,” Porras added.

One thing Burbank struggled with was making extra points, much of it due to snaps either being too long or mishandled.

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“With senior night, we weren’t working on reps before,” Porras said.

Pendleton scored his second touchdown on a 71-yard reserve run with 28 seconds left in the first half to make it 45-0.

Burbank’s Louie Torres, who had two interceptions on the night, returned a pass from Glendale quarterback Van Haslett for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to begin the second half.

Burbank sophomore Isaac Glover got into the scoring at the 4:40 mark of the third quarter with a 17-yard run.

 

 

Burbank Football Loses Another Close One Against Canyon

A year ago the Burbank High football team called a loss against Canyon its worst of the season.

Perhaps the 2017 team will refer to Friday night’s game in the same manner.

On a night where many in Burbank were far more concerned about a fire that threatened the local mountains, the Bulldogs came up just short on the road in a 14-6 loss to their former Foothill League rival.

Burbank (1-1) nearly got on the board early in the second quarter, but fumbled the ball on the goal line.

“We had lots of opportunities, we just didn’t capitalize,” Burbank coach Adam Colman said.

Eventually the Bulldogs broke through as Matthew Porras hooked up with Drew Pendleton on a 40-yard touchdown.

Canyon (1-1) took advantage of another Burbank turnover late in the first half.

The Cowboys went on to score with just one second left in the half, taking a 7-6 lead into the locker room.

The Cowboys scored a second touchdown midway through the third quarter to make it 14-6.

Burbank put together a few opportunities to rally in the fourth quarter, but came up short.

Colman said his players didn’t express any concern over the situation back near home.

“The kids were focused on the game,” said the first-year coach who noted that he probably has several players who live near or in the areas being evacuated by the fire department. “The defense hung in there and kept us in the game.”

 

Burbank Football Begins Colman Era With Win

The Burbank High football ‘Family’ may have a new leader in coach Adam Colman.

But not much has changed. The new Bulldogs looked much like last season’s 10-4 team by opening the 2017 campaign with a 23-8 road victory over Monrovia.

Colman credited longtime defensive coordinator Manuel Lemus for playing such a key role in the program.

“I can’t say enough about him. What he does for these kids is he invests in them. It’s not just about football, it’s about them as people and it shows,” Colman said. “They love playing for him, they trust him. They do what they’re told because they know he has their best interest at heart.”

Burbank’s players sport the word Family on the backs of their helmets. They nearly earned a shutout until Monrovia scored late in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs (1-0) got on the board in the first quarter when Drew Pendleton stopped Monrovia running back Michael Washington in the end zone, resulting in a safety.

Burbank extended its lead later in the quarter when junior quarterback Matthew Porras hooked up with Erik Harutyunyan on a 3-yard touchdown pass.

Early in the second quarter Burbank extended its lead further by taking advantage of a bad snap on a Monrovia punting attempt.

The ball put Burbank deep in the red zone. Chadz Vang completed the drive with a 1-yard run.

The Bulldogs disrupted Monrovia’s passing game as Keydon Spens and Lalo Barragan each came up with interceptions.

Anthony Lira made a serious impact on the defensive line as he made several stops behind the line of scrimmage.

“We’re extremely happy,” Lira said. “We came out here and did what needed to be done.”

Senior Darnell Williams had 18 carries for 83 yards to lead the Bulldogs on the ground. Junior tight end Duncan Smith had eight receptions for 65 yards.

Porras finished 10 of 16 passing for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

“These kids have a lot to prove and they know that. They know not everyone has heard of their names and they want to make a mark. They came together and they played like a family,” Colman said.

 

Burbank Football Still Has Winning Look

Many faces and names have changed, but the Burbank High football team is looking to put together a season that could be comparable to the one the Bulldogs had a year ago.

Last season Burbank went 10-4 and had arguably its best season in school history, reaching the Division 8 CIF Southern Section title game, falling to Yorba Linda in the final.

The Bulldogs lost many key players to graduation, but still, return a handful that played a key role on last season’s team.

Burbank High’s New Football Coach Adam Colman. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Former Bulldog quarterback and second-year teacher Adam Colman has taken over as head coach from Richard Broussard after winning a league title on the junior varsity level a year ago.

“For me my goals start with winning league.  I know we’ve graduated a lot, but that’s always been a goal for me. It’s a challenge. We’re not the favorites, but anything can happen,” Colman said. “Over the past 10 years I think four or five teams have won league. Last year we were the favorites and it didn’t happen. It doesn’t matter until you put the pads on and you play.

“We’re young, so for me the ultimate goal is to get better every week, as well as better every day. I’m a big believer in John Wooden’s approach. Success is the best of what you are capable of,” Colman said. “ My goal is to not have any regrets and to walk away saying we were the best team we could be and be happy with that.”

Offensively, Burbank returns three skill position players that played key roles a year ago.

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Senior Darnell Williams (5-9, 185), the younger brother of Washington State running back James Williams, will get a chance to be Burbank’s go-to back. The last two seasons he shared the bulk of the carries with Nick Warren, who graduated.  Williams had 101 carries for 528 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.

Senior Drew Pendleton (6-1, 195) is also back as a receiver and linebacker.  He had 24 receptions for 465 yards and six touchdowns last season. Defensively, Pendleton had 76 tackles. Junior Erik Harutyunyan (6-2, 185) is also back. He had 18 receptions for 205 yards in 2016. Defensively, he had 48 tackles.

Senior Anthony Lira (6-3, 240) is clearly the leader of the offensive and defensive lines and will play left tackle.

Senior Kaydon Spens (6-2, 190) who had 16 tackles last season will see time as a receiver and as a defensive back.

Junior Matt Porras (5-10, 185) takes over at quarterback. He is the younger brother of Danny Porras, who was a baseball and football star for the Bulldogs.

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Colman said Porras is a fast learner.

Porras will have another quality passing target in junior tight end Duncan Smith (6-4, 215). Smith, like Harutyunyan, played on two CIF Southern Section finalist teams as he is also a Burbank basketball player.

Burbank is also expecting big things from senior Blake Quinteros (5-10, 190) who showed promise last season at running back when he was healthy. He will also hope to fill the void of Jake Kelley at linebacker. Kelley led the team with 115 tackles.

Protecting Burbank’s skilled offensive position players will be juniors Karo Koshkaryan (6-2, 225) and center Kris Azizkhani (6-1, 295). Junior Esper Alsayegh (6-0, 260) and sophomore Armando De La Cruz (5-8, 210) also figure play key roles on the offensive line.

Defensively Burbank will have many of the same players on offense. Senior Louie Torres (6-1, 165) is one player that figures to play a key role in the secondary. Christian Fajardo (5-8, 180), younger brother of last season two-way star Forrest Fajardo,  is another who could see significant time in the secondary.

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Colman said sophomore Ali Maaz (5-7, 150) has a nose for the ball and will be looked upon to take a role amongst the linebackers.

Senior Andrew Rovira (5-10) returns as the kicker and will add punting duties.