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Burbank Football Stops Glendale, 27-0

The Burbank High football team didn’t come out looking like its usual self Friday night when the Bulldogs hosted Glendale High on their home field.

But eventually the Bulldogs got things together and it was enough to earn a 27-0 Pacific League victory.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The second half was played with a running clock as Glendale has struggled with keeping enough healthy bodies this season.

“I think we came out thinking we were way too good, too cocky. We turned it around in the second quarter,” said Burbank running back Isaac Glover, who finished with three touchdowns.

Burbank (4-5, 3-2 in the league) played without star quarterback Aram Araradian, who is nursing a shoulder injury and is hoping to be able to return for the regular-season finale against Burroughs.

Burbank turned the ball over twice in the first quarter and didn’t seem to be fully focused.

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“They came out ready to play. Their coach did an amazing job getting them fired up to play,” Burbank coach Adam Colman said of Glendale. “Being at home and it was senior night, (our) kids were a little distracted. We need to fix that.”

Burbank was held scoreless in the first quarter. But Glover’s 39-yard touchdown with 10:33 left in the first half broke the deadlock.

Glover added a 29-yard touchdown run with 7:25 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs scored for a third time in the quarter at the 5:44 mark as quarterback Kuba Raymond hooked up with Ben Burnham on a 33-yard pass.

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Glover added his third touchdown of the game with 3:35 left in the first half, scoring from one-yard out. He finished with 10 carries for 172 yards.

The Bulldogs will now enjoy a bye week before taking on rival Burroughs Nov. 1 at Memorial Field. Burbank is seeking to win its fourth consecutive game over the Indians, something the Bulldogs have never done before.



Burbank Football Has No Break Down in Win Over Orange Vista

By Damaris Duran

The Burbank High football team didn’t have the best of times getting to its football game Friday night in Perris against Orange Vista High.

The Bulldogs’ bus broke down en route to the Riverside County school, causing the contest to start late.

But the Bulldogs didn’t let a minor setback before the whistle interfere with the plans they had for on the field.

With elevated spirit and energy that the team brought with them onto the field, the Bulldogs pulled off a surprising 35-21 come-from-behind victory to earn their first victory of the season.

“Control what you can control. Just lock in mentally, start visualizing and you’re ready to go,” Coach Adam Colman said about what he told his team.

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The night started in Orange Vista’s favor when junior Randy Wilkins scored the game’s first touchdown in the first quarter.

But Bulldog junior Jarren Flowers helped even things up as his 45-yard interception return with 2:57 left made it 7-7.

By the end of the first quarter, Orange Vista had scored again to take a 14-7 lead.

Both teams demonstrated strong defenses that the scoreboard remained intact throughout the second quarter.

Burbank drew even again late in the third quarter as quarterback Aram Araradian completed a 57-yard touchdown pass to junior Brandon Pena.

It was anybody’s game at that point going into the fourth quarter before Burbank stepped up and took over.

With less than seven minutes remaining, once again, Araradian completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Pena to give Burbank a 21-14 lead.

On Orange Vista’s ensuing drive, senior Vincent Vang intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown, the Bulldogs’ second pick-six of the night.

Orange Vista was not finished, however, as it rallied quickly to score, cutting the difference to 28-21.

To finish the night off, senior Ian Miller scored returned an onsides kick attempt by Orange Vista all the way with just 31 seconds left to play.

“[We’ll] get home, get some sleep, wake up tomorrow, watch some film and get back to work,” said Coach Colman. “We got Hart next week and it’s a great program, great team, so we’ve got to get back to work.”




Burbank Football Falls Short Against Golden Valley

The Burbank High football team may be on the short end of the scoreboard, but coach Adam Colman is trying to get his team ready for the tough challenges that lie ahead.

Friday night Burbank ran into another tough challenge, as it faced Golden Valley at Canyon High in Canyon Country.
For the second week in a row, Burbank fell short in a 43-28 defeat.

“We played well against Moorpark, but football is not a do it once and you’ve done it. You have to prove it every week. I think we got rolled into a sense of complacency,” Colman said. “Both with our performance and them not having had a game, what we have to go off of the kids look at their record and think oh that’s great. They were playing in the Foothill League. That’s not a (typical) 2-8 team. They were young last year. We know the Foothill League is a battle, no matter what place you finish.”

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Burbank had a difficult time stopping Golden Valley’s 6-foot-4, 210-pound running back Johnathan Kaelin. Kaelin rushed for 289 yards in just 13 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.

“On film he stands out more as a receiver,” Colman said. “He was tough to tackle.”

Burbank got a fine performance from junior quarterback Aram Araradian, who finished the game 28 of 40 for 365 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Golden Valley led 15-0 before Burbank got on the board with 8:07 left in the first half as Araradian and Isaac Glover hooked up on a 32-yard touchdown pass.

Down 21-7 late in the first half, the Bulldogs missed two great opportunities to make things interesting as Golden Valley was twice called for roughing the passer that gave the Bulldogs automatic first downs in the red zone.

Burbank got as close as the 4-yard line with 12 seconds left in the half, but fumbled to ball away, allowing the host Grizzlies to go into the intermission up by a pair of touchdowns.

Glover scored on a 7-yard run with 9:46 left in the third quarter to make it 28-14.

The Bulldogs actually scored a touchdown on the one play that Araradian had to sit out after limping off the field.

Kuba Raymond threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Pena. Araradian immediately returned for the two-point conversion as he hooked up with Vincent Vang.

Burbank added another touchdown with 6:35 to play as Araradian hooked up with Ben Burnham on a 15-yard touchdown.

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.



Colman Takes Over Burbank Football Program

His job title is certainly different, but Burbank High has hired a new head football coach that already has experience in leading the Bulldogs.

Adam Colman (in blue) stands alongside fellow Burbank High coaches and players. (Photo courtesy Adam Colman)

First-year math teacher Adam Colman, a 2011 graduate and former Burbank quarterback, has been selected to replace the departed Richard Broussard, who led the Bulldogs to their first CIF championship game in school history.

“It is an incredible honor and privilege to have the opportunity to coach at my alma mater,” Colman said. “I love this place and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. As for the kids, they were the main reason I applied in the first place. I’ve developed great relationships with all of them in the time I’ve been here as a teacher and assistant coach, and we’ve really turned the program into a family. That’s what it’s all about to me, keeping that family feeling.”

Colman, 23, was the junior varsity head coach last season and an assistant on varsity. He said most of the coaching staff under Broussard will return.

Adam Colman gives instructions to quarterback Guy Gibbs. (Photo courtesy Adam Colman)

“Manuel Lemus, our defensive coordinator, has done an amazing job the past few years and will definitely be in charge of the defense again this year,” Colman said. “He also works on campus and has great relationships with the kids. We joked about it during the application process, but he and I were always going to be a package deal.”

Colman said he will be doing much of the offensive play calling.

“(Broussard) called the plays last year but I worked very closely with him and the plan had been for me to take over the play-calling duties this year anyway, so I’ll be in that role as well,” Colman said. “Kevin Hefner, who has been a JV head coach and offensive coordinator here in the past, will be working closely with me on the offensive side of the ball.”

As a player, Colman spent 2 ½ seasons as Burbank’s quarterback. He passed for 4,360 yards and 44 touchdowns passes with just 13 interceptions. He also had 10 career rushing touchdowns.

Colman said he hopes to keep the program at the level it has been in recent years.

“Last year was truly special, not just for the program but for the entire city,” said Colman who graduated from UCLA. “All we can do is try to be the best we can be, individually and as a team. I’m a big believer in John Wooden’s philosophy. I’ve talked to the kids a lot in the past few years about Wooden’s definition of success.”

Colman said he is looking at the big picture that goes beyond football.

“I just want these kids to grow and reach their potential, whatever that is,” he said. “I want them to learn things that will stay with them for life, to prepare them for the future and make them better men. The wins and losses will take care of themselves then.”



Burbank Football Passes First Playoff Test

With a strong core of seniors who have been together for a long time, the Burbank High football team knows the consequences of losing in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The extra motivation appeared to help the Bulldogs out Friday night as they easily wore down visiting Brea-Olinda 52-32 in the first round of the Division 8 playoffs.

“I just want to out with a bang. There’s a lot of seniors on this team. We play every game like it could be our last game,” Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs said.

Gibbs played perhaps the best game of his career, as he completed 18 of 23 passes for 278 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

“I’m so proud of him,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said of Gibbs. “We saw some things that we liked and we felt we could execute and we went after it.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (8-3) will travel to Covina to face Northview High, a 38-6 winner over Chino.

Brea Olinda (4-7) actually scored on the first play of the game as Noah Rivera ran back the opening kickoff.

“That’s the third time it has happened,” Broussard said of his team, which has won all three of these games. “It’s funny because Gibbs said ‘It’s alright, we’re fine.’”

Sure enough Burbank was fine.

Andy Reyes helped the Bulldogs by recording a sack in the end zone, resulting in a safety. On just the second play of the ensuing drive, Joey Miller ran for a 34-yard touchdown. It was one of four touchdowns on the night for Miller, who entered the game with four touchdowns during the regular season.

“The whole team is coming together. We’re going to make a run for it and go deep in the playoffs and hopefully the championship game,” Miller said.

Miller has been able to see the ball more now that star receiver Forest Fajardo has missed the last two games with a rib injury.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“When someone goes down, someone has to step up and the coaches put a lot of trust into me,” Miller said.

Miller also scored on touchdown receptions of 58 and 54 yards and returned a kickoff 55 yards.

Junior Drew Pendelton wasn’t far behind. He had a pair of touchdown receptions and added two points on a sack that resulted in a safety.

Pendelton had eight receptions for 105 yards.

Burbank went up 45-16 with 5:21 left in the third quarter to put the game essentially out of reach.

Jake Kelley, who intercepted a pass on defense, scored on a six-yard pass from Gibbs.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)






Burbank Football Wears Down Muir in Win

The Burbank High football team had a week off prior to the start of the Pacific League season. The Bulldogs definitely took advantage of it and it showed Friday night as Burbank was in command much of the contest in a 39-14 win over host Muir High.

Although pleased, Burbank coach Richard Broussard said his team is still not where he would like it to be.

“We played with some passion and enthusiasm,” Broussard said. “I want us to execute for four quarters and we’re still not there yet. That is not going to get us a league title. We have to get better week in and week out.”

Burbank (2-2) was led by senior Nick Warren, who had two rushing touchdowns and intercepted two passes on defense. He commented on starting league play following a bye week.

“It gave us extra time to go over film, practice hard and get in condition,” Warren said. “It also helped us get healthy.”


Broussard praised Warren for a fine effort.

“We expect a lot from him and he delivered,” Broussard said of Warren. “He did his job. He’s one of our captains and he played like it today.”

The Bulldogs got on the board first as quarterback Guy Gibbs hooked up with Darnell Williams on a 2-yard touchdown with 4:12 left in the first quarter. The duo also hooked up on the ensuing two-point conversion.

Burbank went up 11-0 as Andrew Rovira kicked a 37-yard field goal with 5:44 left in the first half.

Muir (2-2) made things interesting on the following drive as quarterback Darren Meyers hooked up with Ahmir Davis on a 49-yard touchdown pass. The Mustangs were also successful on their ensuing two-point conversion.

The Bulldogs made a late first-half surge following a Muir turnover.

Warren scored on a four-yard run with 1:07 left in the half.

On Muir’s first play from scrimmage on the following drive, Warren intercepted  Meyers.


Gibbs then went to work by quickly getting the ball down the field with two passes to Forrest Fajardo.

Gibbs then found Joey Miller on an eight-yard touchdown pass with 12.6 seconds left in the half.

Warren, who had 23 carries for 84 yards, added his second touchdown, a two-yard run with 10:10 left to play.

Williams capped Burbank’s scoring by scoring on a two-yard run 6:49 left. He finished with 12 carries for 70 yards.