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BHS Plays At Hoover; JB Travels To Arcadia

By Rick Assad

Sports Editor


Four games remain in the Pacific League race and the action begins tonight at Moyse Field as Burbank High meets Hoover, while Burroughs plays at Arcadia on Friday in a battle for first place.

The Bulldogs (3-3 and 2-1 in league) are coming off a 61-7 rout of visiting Glendale and hope to add the Tornadoes to the list of victims.

Hoover has one victory on its resume versus Sotomayor, 41-18, but have dropped four straight including three league matches. In those games, the Tornadoes have scored six points and fallen, 37-0 at Pasadena, 48-6 at Burroughs and 49-0 versus Crescenta Valley.

Hoover prefers to run the football with sophomore running back Maurice Herrera accounting for 296 yards and one score. Senior fullback Calvin Lopez has 204 yards with two touchdowns, and junior quarterback Quinton Smith has 186 yards and one touchdown. Smith has 54 yards through the air.

This game could get ugly real fast and sophomore running back Darnell Williams will lead the charge after rushing for 403 yards with three touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Blake Quinteros has 242 yards with a pair of scores, and junior running back Nick Warren has 176 yards and two touchdowns.

Burbank’s passing attack is spearheaded by junior quarterback Guy Gibbs, who has thrown for 585 yards with eight scoring passes and three interceptions.

Gibbs will target junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo, who has grabbed 16 passes for 233 yards with four touchdowns.

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Burbank’s defensive charge will be on display tonight against Hoover. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior defensive back Andy Reyes is a stalwart with 53 solo tackles and 17 assists and two sacks, while Fajardo, a defensive back, has 21 solo tackles with five assists, three interceptions and six passes defended.

Senior defensive back David Medrano has one sack with two passes defended, 23 solo tackles and 21 assists, and junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has five passes defended, one pick, one fumble recovery and 25 solo tackles with 14 assists.

The Indians (5-1 and 3-0 in league) own a five-game winning streak and have scored 40 points or more in those games. The Indians’ defense is stout and could wreak havoc against the Apaches.

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell will need to be sharp and has thrown for 801 yards with 15 scores and two interceptions. Hubbell has four rushing scores.

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Burroughs quarterback Steven Hubbell will be counted on versus Arcadia. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior tailback Chance Bell is the workhorse after accounting for 837 yards with 15 scores. Senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has caught 17 passes for 222 yards with eight touchdowns, and senior wide receiver Cade Borland has 233 yards on 18 catches and two scores.

On the defensive side, the Indians are hard-hitting, relentless and paced by many including senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel, who has 15 solo tackles and 13 assists, four interceptions and four passes defended, senior linebacker Branden Garcia, who has six solo tackles and 32 assists, and senior defensive back Robert Awunganyi, who has 14 solo tackles with 15 assists and five passes defended.

Senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz has eight solo tackles, 22 assists, one sack and two fumble recoveries.

Arcadia (4-2 and 3-0 in league) has beaten host Glendale 42-0, blasted Pasadena 38-7 on the road and edged host Muir 8-7, after losing its first two games at home to Bell Gardens (42-37) and Monrovia (60-45), but defeated host Maranatha (21-20).

Senior quarterback Nico Hillier has passed for 1,009 yards and has nine touchdowns with three picks. Hillier has 309 yards with five scores on the ground.

Junior running back Bradley Mills has churned out 404 yards with seven scores, while freshman running back Jahlique Stephens has 303 yards with three touchdowns. Senior running back Quentin Cortes has 207 yards and one score.

Junior wide receiver Raeshawn Roland has 20 catches for 428 yards with four scores, senior wide receiver Justin Mascorro has 13 receptions for 236 yards and three touchdowns, while Mills has 11 catches for 117 yards.

Senior cornerback Vernon Crenshaw has 12 solo tackles with 36 assists, two sacks and two fumble recoveries, while junior middle linebacker Clayton Barnett has 11 solo tackles, 53 assists with two picks, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Burbank Needs Five To Subdue Glendale

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


There was no denying the effort nor the will to win, but it took every ounce of talent and skill in order for the Burbank High girls’ volleyball team to rally past host Glendale in a Pacific League match on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs prevailed, 22-25, 25-16, 19-25, 25-21, 15-5, and the scores indicate just how close it was, but also showed Burbank’s resolve.

“Our momentum in each game was like a roller coaster ride,” Burbank coach Karl Rojo said. “Glendale gave us a good fight. We need to be more consistent and we need to play with more energy and focus.”

Had the Bulldogs not taken the fourth game, it would have been all over, but Burbank was not to be denied.

In an earlier match with the Nitros on Sept. 17, visiting Glendale prevailed, 15-25, 25-19, 25-15, 29-27.

With the score 18-18 in the fourth game on a kill from junior outside hitter Hailey Heath, Burbank then outscored Glendale, 7-3, to take the stanza.

During this run, sophomore setter Melissa Daniel had an ace that made it 20-18. Junior opposite hitter Rachel Wiley had a winner to make it 21-19, and junior outside hitter Colette Reynolds had a kill that made it 22-19 as the Nitros called time out.

Heath’s ace gave Burbank a 23-19 advantage and a blast from Reynolds vaulted the Bulldogs in front 24-20. A winner from Reynolds gave the Bulldogs the game.

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Burbank needed five games to defeat Glendale in a Pacific League match. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The fourth game was tied 3-3 and 4-4 on a hit from junior middle blocker Nicole Winters, but Glendale pulled ahead 7-4 on an ace from sophomore defensive specialist Angela Salazar.

Glendale (10-6 and 7-2 in league) outscored the Bulldogs, 6-5, with Wiley delivering an ace that trimmed Glendale’s lead to 12-10.

A kill from Heath lowered Glendale’s lead to 16-15, and Heath’s winner tied it at 18-18.

“Physically we’re capable of playing well,” Wiley said. “But I think it gets into our heads too much. This game is more mental than physical. We need to stay strong mentally. We know what we’re capable of doing.”

Burbank jumped to a 4-0 lead in the fifth game on kills from Reynolds and Winters and a pair of aces from junior libero Carly Palmisano.

“It seems that when we’re on, we’re really on, but when we’re off, we’re really off,” Palmisano said of the team’s occasional inconsistencies. “I think we need to build our mental strength. I really see myself as a calm person. I’m able to talk to the team and get them to calm down and play like we’re capable of.”

When Winters delivered a smash to make it 8-2, the Nitros called time out, but the onslaught continued as the Bulldogs marched ahead 11-5 on a winner from Heath.

When Winters (match-best 18 kills) served four straight aces, Burbank took the game.

The Bulldogs (7-5 and 5-3 in league) began the second stanza strong as they took a 6-0 lead with points coming on three aces from Daniel and a kill from Heath.

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Middle blocker Nicole Winters (#27), shown against Burroughs, was a key as the Bulldogs raced past the Nitros. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank went on a 7-3 blitz with points coming on a winner from Heath (eight kills) that made it 7-1. A Reynolds bullet made it 8-2, and Palmisano’s ace gave the Bulldogs a 9-2 edge.

Reynolds (16 kills) had a kill that made it 10-2 and prompted Glendale to call time, and a rocket from Winters made it 11-3. Daniel’s kill pushed Burbank’s advantage to 12-3, and a Winters smash made it 13-3.

The Bulldogs led 16-4 and 17-4 on aces from Reynolds, and led 18-6 on Heath’s kill. Heath’s tapper made it 19-7, and Burbank bolted ahead 20-10 on Wiley’s smash.

The Bulldogs pulled in front 23-15 on a kill from Winters, while an ace from Winters put away the game.

The opening game was tied at 21-21 when Heath’s attempt landed in the net. Burbank led 22-21 on a tapper from Heath, but Glendale tied it at 22-22 when Burbank sophomore middle blocker Bene Snyder’s shot sailed out of bounds.

Junior defensive specialist Nicolette Pirjanian’s ace gave the Nitros a 23-22 lead which led Burbank to ask for a time out.

The Bulldogs led 1-0 in the initial game on Snyder’s kill, and 4-1 on Snyder’s tapper. Burbank pulled ahead 7-5 on a winner from Reynolds, but the Nitros tied it at 8-8 on a blast from senior middle blocker Sophie Georges (13 kills).

Burbank forged ahead 15-11 on a bullet from Heath, and 16-11 on senior opposite hitter Marina Manokian’s block. It became 19-14 on a slam from Winters and 20-17 on a tapper from Reynolds.

Burbank led 4-1 in the third game on an ace from Heath, and it was even at 6-6 on Salazar’s ace. It was tied at 7-7 and 9-9, but the Bulldogs moved ahead 12-9 on a hit from Daniel.

It was level at 13-13 when Wiley’s smash floated out of bounds, but Burbank seized control 14-13 on Heath’s winner. Glendale tied it at 14-14 when Wiley’s shot sailed out of bounds.

The Nitros took control by taking the next five points as Georges’ ace made it 19-14. From there, Glendale outscored the Bulldogs, 6-5, for the game.

JB Downs BHS In Volleyball Match

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor

The Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team swept crosstown rival Burbank on Thursday night at the Bulldogs’ gym before a full house, and the swing game was the first which could have gone either way.

When it counted the most, the Indians dug deep and claimed the initial stanza and the Pacific League match, 25-20, 25-11, 25-12, reinforcing their No. 10 ranking in the CIF Southern Section Division II-A.

“After we settled down as a team in the first game, we moved the ball around to different hitters,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “Once we did that, we were able to control the tempo. We relied on our second and third hitters.”

Burbank played well, hard and never threw in the towel, but Burroughs is like a finely-tuned boxer who is relentless.

“We had an opportunity in the first game, but we let it slip through our fingers,” first-year Burbank coach Karl Rojo said. “This is a big cross-town rivalry and there’s a lot of emotion. We played hard and well never gave up.”

The Indians (12-4 and 7-0 in league) opened the initial game by pulling ahead 2-0 and led 5-2 on a service ace from sophomore setter Payton Jensen. It became 10-5 when senior defensive specialist Samantha Sullivan served an ace.

Burroughs led 14-9 on a kill from senior outside hitter Danielle Ryan, but the Bulldogs closed within 15-12 on junior outside hitter Hailey Heath’s kill, and 16-13 on sophomore setter Melissa Daniel’s kill. Heath finished with five kills and Daniel had 11 assists.

“Danielle has been a four-year starter and did what she’s supposed to do,” Real said. “She took charge. But I thought everything was good today.”

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Burbank setter Melissa Daniel goes for dig versus Burroughs. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs never lost its composure as it dashed ahead 19-14 on junior outside hitter Cesera Suarez’s ace. When senior opposite hitter Marina Monokian served an ace for the Bulldogs (6-5 and 4-3 in league), it became 19-16, as the Indians called time out.

It became 22-17 on Ryan’s smash, but an ace from junior middle blocker Nicole Winters closed the gap to 23-19, and 23-20 when Ryan’s smash went out of bounds.

“We need to work harder in practice,” Winters said. “We need to be positive throughout the entire match. The first game was our strongest, but in the second and third we were anxious. We can’t let it get into our heads.”

The Indians led 2-0 in the middle game on a kill from junior middle blocker Caleigh Paster (six kills). It would balloon to 9-3 on an ace from Jensen, and Suarez’s ace made it 11-4 which forced the Bulldogs to call time out.

Burroughs moved ahead 14-6 on Ryan’s kill, but junior outside hitter Colette Reynolds dropped in a dagger for the Bulldogs that made it 14-7, and an ace from Winters made it 14-8.

“It was like a roller coaster,” Reynolds said. “We’d go up and then we’d go down. We made too many mistakes. But I thought the team did really well and we played really hard. This was a learning opportunity.”

Reynolds addressed the importance in spotting the hitter. “We have to read and react really fast,” she said.

Ryan is a floor leader and had a match-best 14 kills. “Everybody gets hyped-up for this game because it’s a rival game,” she said. “We try to stay calm like it’s another game. I thought we did a really good job. We passed the ball well and we hit well.”

From there, the Indians pulled ahead 17-8 on a block from Paster, and 20-9 on a kill from sophomore middle blocker Marin Grote (four kills).

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Burroughs opposite hitter Danielle Ryan had 14 kills. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

A tapper from Reynolds closed the gap to 20-10, but the Indians would take five of the next six points for the game that included points from sophomore outside hitter Julianna Cottrell, an ace from Jensen and a winner from Sullivan.

The third game was tied at 3-3 and 5-5 on a kill from Ryan, but the Indians went on a 5-0 spurt that was capped with Ryan’s block.

A Winters kill made it 10-6, but the Indians pulled ahead 16-8 on a kill from sophomore setter Mia Staub, and led 20-11 on Paster’s smash.

Burroughs closed with a 5-1 run that included two kills from Ryan, Sullivan’s ace, Paster’s kill, and an ace from Staub.

Burbank will play Burroughs on Nov. 3 at the Indians’ gym.

JB Golf Squad Takes 3rd In Pacific League

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor

To no one’s surprise, the San Marino High girls’ golf team claimed another Pacific League match on Thursday at Alhambra with a score of 172 as Ada Wong shot a 4-under par 32 and Bella Setio finished with a 34.

Arcadia placed second with a 205, Crescenta Valley took third with a 211, and Burroughs garnered fourth place with a 214. La Canada was fifth after shooting a 221 and Burbank was sixth with a 282.

The final league results had San Marino in first place, Arcadia in second, Burroughs grabbed third, Crescenta Valley finished fourth, La Canada was fifth and Burbank garnered sixth place.

Three Burbank girls advance to the individuals and they include Burroughs’ Ashley Phelps, who is in seventh place with 151 points, Burbank’s Amy Tran, who is 11th with 128.5 points, followed by Burroughs’ Raelinn Arnold, who is in 12th place with 126 points.

The Indians were led by Phelps who shot 36 at the Alhambra course, while Arnold came home with a 39.

Katy Kuoppala and Maddie Riggs each shot a 46, while Bella Nava ended her afternoon with a 47. Annie Adachi’s 48 was thrown out.

Tran shot a 43 for the Bulldogs, while Olga-Marie Davis went to the clubhouse with a 48. Erin Tanner had a 55 and Alexis Poche shot a 56.

Burbank Shoves Aside Glendale, 61-7

By Jim Riggio

The Burbank High football team didn’t jump out of the gate as fast as one might have expected. But once the Bulldogs got rolling they kept going, winning 61-7 in a Pacific League contest over Glendale on Thursday night at Memorial Field.

“I challenged them to get ready to work this week. We need to get better,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said after losing 21-20 to Muir last week. “We’re not the greatest team right now. We’re not where we think we are. We need to improve. But I’m happy that we came and did the things we needed to do.”

Burbank (3-3 overall, 2-1 in league) got on the board at the 7:23 mark of the first quarter as sophomore tailback Darnell Williams scored on a two-yard run.

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Forest Fajardo helped Burbank rout Glendale, 61-7, with a 75-yard kick return for a score. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Glendale (1-5 overall, 0-3 in league) was tough defensively in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs eventually scored for a second time as senior running back/wide receiver  Aki Arlington scored on a 13-yard run with 1:35 left in the first quarter to make it 14-0.

Burbank got a big break on the ensuing kickoff as senior defensive back Noah Powell forced a Glendale fumble and sophomore linebacker Drew Pendleton not only recovered, but ran back for a touchdown.

Glendale pulled a surprise on Burbank on the first play of the second quarter as junior running back Carlos Ramos had a 78-run that was followed up by a three-yard touchdown from senior fullback Abraham Martinez.

But Burbank was not fazed.

Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.

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Burbank’s defense was too much for the Nitros in a Pacific League game. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Bulldogs’ junior quarterback Guy Gibbs later scored on a two-yard run with 6:40 left in the first half.

Less than a minute later, Arlington intercepted a Glendale pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to make it 41-7.

Gibbs and Fajardo hooked up on a five-yard touchdown with 2:38 left in the half.

After another Glendale turnover, Williams scored on a two-yard run with 1:37 left before the intermission.

“It was good to bounce back. The offense has been struggling a bit. We put some points up and scored and executed our schemes,” Broussard said. “We just wanted to come out and execute a lot better and we did that.”

Burbank scored 48 points from the 1:35 mark of the first quarter until 1:37 remained in the first half, a span of 11 minutes, 58 seconds.

The second half was played with a running clock.

Arlington capped the night by scoring on a three-yard run with 10:14 left in the contest.

The Bulldogs visit Hoover on Oct. 15 for a Pacific League game at Moyse Field in Glendale.


Burbank And Burroughs Play Hosts

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burbank High and Burroughs will have home dates beginning tonight at Memorial Field as the Bulldogs face Glendale, while the Indians play Friday against Pasadena and seek their fifth straight win and third consecutive in Pacific League action.

After a win against Monrovia that was stricken via forfeit, Burbank split the next four games, but its 21-20 league defeat at home against previously winless Muir last week really stung, which could make it a long night for the Nitros.

The Nitros are 1-4 after four consecutive defeats including league losses versus Arcadia, 42-0 at home and on the road against Crescenta Valley, 59-7.

Glendale opened its season with a 27-17 triumph at San Gabriel, but then suffered home setbacks to La Canada, 22-9 and South Pasadena, 51-21.

Burbank junior quarterback Guy Gibbs has thrown eight touchdowns with three interceptions and has 555 yards. Gibbs sets the tone for the offense which has scored a combined 27 points in its last two games.

The running attack is solid with sophomore tailback Darnell Williams accounting for 300 yards, with a long of 43 yards and one score. Williams has also snared seven passes for 57 yards.

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Junior WR/DB Forest Fajardo is versatile. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior running back Nick Warren has 176 yards with two scores and junior Andy Reyes has rushed for 100 yards.

Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has caught 13 passes for 212 yards with three scores, and senior wide receiver Noah Powell has 134 yards on six catches with two touchdowns.

Reyes, a defensive back, leads the charge with 50 solo tackles, 17 assists and two sacks, while senior defensive back David Medrano has 22 solo tackles with 19 assists and one sack.

Junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has 24 solo tackles and 13 assists, and junior linebacker Jake Kelley has contributed 24 solo tackles with 12 assists and a pair of sacks.

The Indians have scored 42 points or more in four consecutive games, including a high of 49 on the road against Rosemead and at home versus Muir.

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell has 718 yards through the air with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. Hubbell has also run for a pair of scores.

Junior running back Chance Bell has compiled 659 yards and tallied 13 touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has scored six touchdowns and has 200 receiving yards on 14 receptions.

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Chance Bell leads the Indians’ ground attack. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior wide receiver Cade Borland has 204 yards on 15 catches and two scores, while senior wide receiver Nick Mercado had eight catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns.

The defense is stacked as is led by senior linebacker Branden Garcia, who has five solo tackles and 24 assists. Senior defensive back Robert Awunganyi has 12 solo tackles and 13 assists.

Senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel has 12 solo tackles and 11 assists with three interceptions, and senior linebacker Connor Garden has five solo tackles with 18 assists and one sack.

BHS Downs Hoover In Girls’ Volley Match

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


You could call Burbank High’s sweep of host Hoover in a Pacific League girls’ volleyball match on Tuesday a primer for tomorrow’s showdown with crosstown rival Burroughs.

For the record, the scores were 25-17, 25-15, 25-16, and while it was somewhat close, the Bulldogs were never in danger of losing.

“We treat every match like a normal match,” first-year Burbank coach Karl Rojo said of the upcoming clash with the Indians that will be contested at Burbank with a 6 p.m. start. “We don’t want to make it too big, but we know that it’s a big match. We need to be comfortable, be composed and be able to execute.”

Hoover opened up a 4-1 lead in the third game, and it was tied at 5-5 on junior defensive specialist/libero Sara Lagonegro’s winner and 6-6 on junior opposite hitter Rachel Wiley’s smash.

Burbank seized control and moved ahead 12-7 on a kill from junior middle blocker Nicole Winters, who had seven kills.

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Burbank players celebrate after taking a point. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

From there, the Bulldogs dashed ahead 19-11 on sophomore middle blocker Erin Lashkari’s bullet, but Hoover (2-8 and 1-5 in league) managed to edge within 19-15 on senior middle blocker Megan Hersh’s kill.

The Bulldogs (6-4 and 4-2 in league) then outscored the hosts 6-1 with junior outside hitter Hailey Heath contributing three points.

“I just try to focus on the match that we’re playing and try to have a positive mind set,” said Heath, who had a match-best 13 kills with 11 digs. “We take it one point at a time, one game at a time and one match at a time. But in my mind, I want to play well. Even though it’s big [playing Burroughs], we don’t want to make it too big.”

Burbank dashed ahead 2-0 in the opening game on a block from Winters and an ace from junior outside hitter Colette Reynolds. It was tied at 5-5 and 6-6, but the Bulldogs moved in front 11-7 on junior libero Carly Palmisano’s ace which forced Hoover to call time out.

Burbank scooted ahead 14-10 on a kill from Reynolds, before forging a 16-12 lead on a tapper from sophomore setter Melissa Daniel (37 assists). It became 20-17 on Heath’s winner.

Allison Leonen, and Colette Reynolds pose for the camera as they switch spots at Hoover High School in Glendale Calif. on Tuesday. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Allison Leonen (#15) and Colette Reynolds (#21) change spots during sweep over Tornadoes. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“I have a competitive state of mind,” said Reynolds, who finished with 10 kills. “We need to be confident when we play Burroughs. We know they’re a good team and that we’re going to be the underdog. But we think we can win. We need to play at a higher level.”

The Bulldogs tallied the final five points that included a kill from Daniel, a block from Winters, consecutive service aces from senior opposite hitter Marina Manokian (three aces) and a kill from Winters for the game-winner.

The middle game was knotted at 2-2 on Heath’s kill, but the Bulldogs outscored the Tornadoes, 4-2, for a 6-4 advantage on Heath’s winner.

It became 13-7 on a rocket from Reynolds and 17-12 on an ace from Daniel. The Bulldogs moved ahead 20-15 on Manokian’s hit, and when Palmisano (11 digs and three aces) delivered an ace that made it 21-15, Hoover called time out.

From that point, the Bulldogs captured the next four points including a Reynolds tapper that made it 22-15, Palmisano’s ace for a 24-15 advantage and a kill from Reynolds for the game.

Burbank Surprised By Winless Muir, 21-20


By Jim Riggio

Part of growing up and going through high school is learning how to overcome one’s mistakes. This extends to many areas, including the football field.

The Burbank High football team showed Friday night that it must cut down on its mistakes and learn to overcome obstacles. After appearing in the driver’s seat for nearly the entire first half, the Bulldogs fell apart in the second half and were stunned by visiting Muir 21-20 in a Pacific League contest at Memorial Field.

“They (Muir) deserved to win. We did all the things to lose a game,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We got away with it last week. I didn’t do my job teaching them about discipline and the little things, so we will take care of that.”

Burbank (2-3 overall, 1-1 in league) was coming off a 7-3 win against defending CIF Southern Section Southeastern Division champion Crescenta Valley last week.

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BHS wide receiver Forest Fajardo tries to break free from Muir defender. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs took the lead on the second play of the second quarter as junior quarterback Guy Gibbs hooked up with junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo on a six-yard touchdown pass.

The Bulldogs went up 14-0 with 4:54 left in the first half as sophomore running back Darnell Williams scored on a five-yard run.

Muir (1-4, 1-1) came back and made things closer as senior quarterback Joey Knowles found junior wide receiver Elijah Blades on a seven-yard touchdown pass. The Mustangs missed the extra point, making it 14-6.

But things changed on Burbank’s ensuing drive as Gibbs fumbled the ball on his own. Muir’s Jordan Baker picked up the loose ball and raced 46 yards into the end zone. The Mustangs converted the two-point conversion to tie the score with just six tenths of a second left in the first half.

“It was huge. It was clearly the difference in the game,” Broussard said of the fumble.

Muir took the lead at the 9:45 mark of the third quarter as Knowles hit junior wide receiver Jamal Tims with a 61-yard touchdown pass.

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Burbank struggled in one-point loss to Mustangs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

It took a while for the Bulldogs to counter back. But they did with 10:52 left to play as Gibbs and Fajardo hooked up on a 35-yard touchdown pass.

However, the Bulldogs bobbled the snap on the extra point and were unable to convert the play that turned into a two-point conversion attempt.

It would turn out to haunt them because later in the quarter senior kicker Andrew Hank was well wide on a 42-yard field goal attempt.

The Bulldogs had another opportunity as they took over on their own 26-yard-line with three minutes to play. They marched down the field only to fumble the ball deep in Muir territory with 1:25 left.

Burbank was not finished, however.

The Bulldogs stopped Muir and even blocked the Mustangs’ punt giving them the ball at Muir’s 24-yard-line with 37 seconds left.

But the Bulldogs did not make good use of clock management and it cost them as time expired.



Another Burbank Pet Store Closes its Doors

Editors Note: The owners of Pet Mania state that they are not going out of business, but are in the process of moving to a new location that they have not secured as of this point. We will let you know when they return to Burbank and where they will be as soon as they notify us.

Pet Mania has announced that they are closing their location at Pass and Oak in the Lakeside Shopping Center.

20150925_151656A sign on their door at 353 N. Pass reads that they will be moving to a ‘bigger location’ although a decision on where that location will be has not been disclosed.

According to their Facebook Page they state, “Our lease is up, rent going sky high! We want to include dog wash, etc and City of Burbank will not allow.. So we are moving! Location to be determined!

According to the page, “Products will be on SALE! Up to 50%! Fixtures will also be for sale! Used crates, carriers and more are available! Come and get a deal today!
We will keep you posted with updates of our status!”

Pet Mania is the second pet store in the area to shut down, although they are not closing permanently according to the owners. The iconic Peggy Wood closed their doors a couple of months ago. Pet Mania bought many of the supplies that were left over from the Peggy Woods closure.

When the owners of Pet Mania decide on their new location in Burbank – we will let you know.


Burroughs, Burbank Have Home Dates

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Memorial Field will be buzzing with excitement as it hosts two high school football games over the next two nights as Burroughs plays Hoover tonight while Burbank faces Muir on Friday.

The Indians enter tonight’s Pacific League match with a 3-1 record, and 1-0 in league after routing Muir at home by 40 points last week.

Burroughs averages just over 41 points per game, while surrendering 18 points per outing.

The Tornadoes are 1-3, 0-1 in league and have a one-dimensional offense that is heavily-tilted toward the run.

Hoover lost to host Hollywood, 41-0, beat Sotomayor, 41-18, at home, fell to South Pasadena, 44-6, on the road, and dropped a 37-0 decision to host Pasadena.

Junior quarterback Quinton Smith has passed for 31 yards, and has been intercepted three times without having tossed a touchdown.

On the plus side, Smith has rushed for 116 yards with one score, while Hoover’s leading ball-carrier is senior fullback Calvin Lopez, who has gained 191 yards and tallied two touchdowns.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs’ defense will need to stop the run against Hoover. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sophomore running back Maurice Herrera has 175 yards and one score, and junior running back James Tumbucon has 113 yards with one tally.

Burroughs has a diverse offensive attack that will cause the Tornadoes major problems.

It begins with senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who has thrown for 10 touchdowns with two interceptions and 656 yards.

Junior running back Chance Bell has rushed for 514 yards, scored 10 touchdowns and has 50 receiving yards.

Senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has snared 11 passes for 130 yards with four scores and 283 all-purpose yards. Senior wide receiver Cade Borland has 200 yards on 14 receptions and two touchdowns.

Senior wide receiver Torin Harris has two touchdown receptions and five catches for 121 yards. Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has amassed 311 all-purpose yards.

Because Hoover lacks a passing attack, the Indians will need to halt the run so senior linebacker Branden Garcia (22 assists and five solo tackles), defensive back Awunganyi (12 assists and 12 solo tackles), senior linebacker Connor Garden (17 assists and three solo tackles) and senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz (13 assists and seven solo tackles) will be counted upon to deliver the goods.

The Bulldogs are primed for another big performance against the winless Mustangs, who average 10.5 points per game, while allowing just under 48 points.

Burbank has scored at least 35 points twice, and its defense has limited the last two opponents to nine points in wins over Canyon (35-6) and Crescenta Valley (7-3).

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

BHS Coach Richard Broussard expects strong performance versus Muir. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior quarterback Guy Gibbs has thrown five touchdown passes with three picks and 429 yards.

Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has nabbed 10 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown, and senior wide receiver Noah Powell has emerged as a weapon after catching two scoring passes. Powell has 106 yards on four receptions.

Sophomore tailback Darnell Williams has 231 rushing yards and 417 all-purpose yards. Junior running back Nick Warren has accounted for two scores, 175 yards on the ground and 203 all-purpose yards.

Junior defensive back Andy Reyes (39 solo tackles and 14 assists), junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez (22 solo tackles and nine assists), junior linebacker Jake Kelley (20 solo tackles with 10 assists), senior defensive back David Medrano (15 solo tackles with 15 assists) and defensive back Fajardo (20 solo tackles with five assists) will lead the defensive effort.