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Burroughs Football Can’t Handle Doyle, CV

Crescenta Valley High quarterback Cole Doyle grew up in the shadows of Memorial Field.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

A former student at St. Finbar School, Doyle spent Friday evening causing havoc to host Burroughs in a 38-14 Pacific League win.

“It was an important game. Burroughs is always a good matchup for us,” said Doyle, who is a junior. “We’ve been practicing hard for them all week. Even with the injuries we had, our guys stepped up and pulled out the ‘W’ tonight.”

With his team facing injuries in the backfield, Doyle became his team’s top threat on the ground as he rushed for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 15 carries.  He also passed for 88 yards.

Crescenta Valley (7-0, 4-0) will now face Burbank High next Friday at Moyse Field on the campus of Glendale High in a battle of the two remaining unbeaten teams in league.

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“They are a very well coached team. They have a staff that has a lot of football IQ. We know it is always a great chess match when you play Crescenta Valley High School,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “I’m a little disappointed and a little concerned with what we did to ourselves. We weren’t executing some of the schemes that we had prepared all week. I’m a little bummed that we didn’t come and play like we had prepared all week.”

Burroughs (3-3, 2-2) was locked in a 7-7 tie with the Falcons at then of the first quarter.

Burroughs quarterback Nathan Piper hooked up with Cerain Baker on a 20-yard touchdown with24 seconds left in the first quarter, tying things at 7.

From then on it was almost all Falcons, who went on a 31-0 run to put the game out of reach for the Indians.

Burroughs did not score again until the fourth quarter when Hakeem Hickman scored on a one-yard run with 3:18 left to play.

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Indians running back Ben Peters finished with 123 yards rushing in 27 carries.

Piper finished the game completing 9 of 21 passes for 100 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Burroughs will host Muir High next Friday at Memorial Field. Prior to the game Burroughs will have the newest members of its Sports Hall of Fame inducted in a ceremony.


Piper Sets School Record as Burroughs Football Beats Glendale 81-14

Nathan Piper’s intentions before the Burroughs High football game at Glendale High Thursday night were simply to help lead his team to victory.

Piper did that and a lot more as the Indians defeated the Nitros 81-14 in a Pacific League contest.

The junior quarterback completed 28 of 32 passes for a school record 430 yards and four touchdown passes. The previous record was set by future University of Washington quarterback J.K. Scott in 1996, who threw for 418 yards in a playoff game against Dominguez High of Compton.

“I didn’t know I had the record. After the first drive in the third quarter I got pulled out,” said Piper, who also had a rushing touchdown. “That’s when coach said he had good news and bad news for me and that I’d be coming out.”

Charlie Rodriguez tries to push past Glendale’s Karl Steckermeier. (Photo By Salvador Cabezas)

Burroughs (3-2) also set a school record for the most points scored in a single game.  The Indians had 623 yards of offense, also a school record. The previous school record was 610 yards against Arcadia in 2008.

“Nathan will be the first to tell you that it’s a team effort,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said.

Burroughs got four rushing touchdowns from Ben Peters, who finished with nine carries and 114 yards.

Cerain Baker had 11 receptions for 233 yards and three touchdowns.

Burroughs backup quarterback Andrew English even got involved in the action and scored two rushing touchdowns. He finished with 40 yards in four carries.

Ben Peters had four touchdowns for Burroughs. (Photo By Salvador Cabezas)

Sophomore Aiden Forrester returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown following a kickoff.

David Lennstrom had a 37-yard touchdown reception from Piper.

The Indians led 28-0 at the end of the first quarter and 49-0 at halftime. The third quarter was not played with a running clock, as is customary when teams trail by 35 or more points at the intermission.

While Burroughs players celebrated the victory, Reily said the celebration won’t last too long.

“We have a big football game next week against Crescenta Valley,” he said. “We’re going to celebrate this one for the next 10 or 12 hours or so and then watch some film and get ready for next week.”


Burroughs Football Outmanned in Road Loss

The bad news for the Burroughs High football Friday was that it lost 38-23 to Diamond Ranch High.

The good news for the Indians is that they likely will not have to a face as big and physical as Diamond Ranch in the Pacific League and perhaps beyond.

“We saw them on film and we knew they were big dudes,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “They were bigger than the Diamond Ranch team we saw last year. We knew they were thick and they like to pound sand and run the ball and that they’d be eating up a lot of clock.”

Diamond Ranch coach Eric Martinez praised his large offensive line.

“They did a great job,” Martinez said. “We’re (averaging) about 6-3ish, about 270, maybe 280. It’s up there.”

Burroughs (1-1) fell behind early and had a tough time playing catch up.

“We had a good scheme in place, but we had guys that were not following that scheme and not executing on that scheme – tackling high, not doing the technique that we teach,” Reily said.

The Indians were down 17-0 in the first quarter when Ben Peters scored on a 70-yard touchdown run. Peters finished with 19 carries for 155 yards.

Diamond Ranch (2-2) scored once again on the first play of the second quarter to make it 24-7.

But Burroughs played solid defense the rest of the way.

Burroughs kicker Jonathan Rivas hit a 29-yard field goal with 6:45 left in the third quarter to make it 31-10.

The Indians got even closer when quarterback Nathan Piper hooked up with Devin Harrison on a 4 yard touchdown pass, making it 31-16.

But Diamond Ranch, which rushed for 312 yards as a team, always found a way to battle back.

Burroughs got a late touchdown from Hakeem Hickman, who scored on a 51-yard run.

Piper finished the day completing 15 of 27 passes for 172 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

The Indians open Pacific League play next Friday at Memorial Field against Pasadena High.




Burroughs Football Opens Red Hot in Win

A week after having seen its game cancelled due to the La Tuna Fire, how the Burroughs High football team would respond for its opener against Royal High of Simi Valley was a mystery.

But the Indians left little doubt as to how ready they were, earning a 45-30 nonleague win over the host Highlanders Friday night.

“We were a little concerned because they (Royal) played two games already and we had not played any,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “We weren’t sure if we were going to come out a little rusty because we haven’t had any live game competition.  But we came out and did some good things.”

Cerain Baker looks to get past a defender. Photo courtesy Stephen Garden.

Playing in what he considered his first varsity game, junior quarterback Nathan Piper finished 25 of 34 passing for 325 yards with three touchdown passes and just one interception.

The passing yardage was the eighth highest total in school history for a single game. Piper also completed 14 consecutive passes at one point.

“I hope we can do this every game.  We wanted to play that first game so bad,” Piper said. “We were fired up for that game. We saw our (junior varsity) come back and tie the game (today). That fired us up too.”

Burroughs (1-0) opened the scoring at the 7:03 mark of the first quarter as Jonathan Rivas hit an 18-yard field goal.

Piper hooked up with Ryan Macasaddu on an 11-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Indians a 10-0 advantage.

Nathan Piper attempts a pass. Photo Courtesy Stephen Garden

Royal (1-2) fought back behind the arm of junior quarterback Ezekiel Savage, who completed 28 of 54 passes for 367 yards.

But every time Royal would make things interesting, Burroughs had an answer.

Running back Ben Peters, who was battling the stomach flu, still managed to have 20 carries for 146 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run.

Receiver Cerain Baker had nine receptions for 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Defensively Evan Osegueda and Alex Perez came up big as both intercepted Savage in the third quarter.

Burroughs got a pair of rushing touchdowns from Hakeem Hickman,  who finished with 57 yards in nine carries.

The Indians hit the road again next week, this time traveling to Diamond Ranch High in Pomona.


Burroughs Football Looking for Balanced Group

A year ago much of the talk around the Burroughs High football team was star running back Chance Bell and offensive lineman Jesse Chamberlain.  While both did all they could, their supporting cast struggled.

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Since then both Bell and Chamberlain have moved on to major college football and the Indians, who finished 4-6 last season, have become a team that is more versatile.

“We’re hoping to improve much from last season. It is no secret that we didn’t accomplish any of the goals we had set forth. We didn’t perform to what our expectations were,” second-year coach Mike Reily said. “We’re expecting to come in and play better team football and compete for a league championship.”

Burroughs opens the season at home Sept. 1 against West Ranch of Stevenson Ranch.

Offensively, Burroughs will hand over the keys to the offense to junior quarterback Nathan Piper (6-0, 150). Piper will be backed up by fellow junior Andrew English (5-7, 175). Last season Piper moved up to the varsity late in the season and completed 10 of 20 passes attempted.

Senior Ben Peters (5-9, 170) will try to fill the void of the loss of Bell as the Indians’ top ball carrier.

Burroughs is experienced in the receiver position as seniors Cerain Baker (6-2, 195) and Gavin Aguilar (6-3, 180) both return. Baker had 13 receptions for 156 yards and Aguilar had 14 receptions for 200 yards last season. Senior Devin Harrison (6-0, 170) is a slot receiver who had 12 receptions for 117 yards last season. Charlie Rodriguez (5-11, 185) is a newcomer from the junior varsity.

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The offensive line has some experience.

Senior Ryan Bernal (6-2, 240) is the left tackle. Kevin Hebri (5-10, 210) joins him at left guard. Senior Erwin Hernandez (5-6, 270) is slated to play center. Jacob Real (5-11, 275) and Adam Sporkin (6-2, 230) are the other starting linemen.

“Our kids are gelling really well. There is some great team camaraderie going on,” Reily said. “It was a great summer and a great spring before that.  We have some great leadership that I’m really excited about.  We have kids who are willing to put the team in front of their own individual goals and are willing to come out and work hard every day. “

Defensively, Burroughs will have seniors Robert Howe (5-11, 180) and Danny Duran (5-8, 185) joining Hebri in putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Last season Howe had 29 tackles, Duran had 32 and Hebri had 21.

The linebackers group is led by seniors Brian Gutierrez (5-8, 185) and Hakeem Hickman (5-11, 200). Hickman had 26 tackles last season. Junior Daniel Gonzalez (5-9, 175) and sophomore Henry Diaz (6-0, 185) also figure to play key roles.

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Junior Thomas Wilson (5-6, 150) and Peters could find themselves playing in hybrid roles on defense. Peters had 56 tackles last season.

In the secondary, Aguilar and Baker will be joined by sophomore Alex Perez (5-9, 135) as safeties.

The cornerback spots are held by seniors Evan Osegueda (5-8, 170), Ryan Macasaddu (5-8, 140) junior Nathan Turner (5-5, 135) and Wilson. Osegueda had 60 tackles last season, the second most of the team.

Senior Jonathan Rivas (5-10, 200) will handle the kicking duties. The punting job is up for grabs as Rivas, senior David Lennstrom (6-1, 160) and sophomore Aiden Forrester (5-11, 155) are all capable of handling the duties.


Burbank, Burroughs Players Attend Trovon Reed Football Camp

Some people travel far and spend lots of money on football camps. Several Burbank and Burroughs football players took advantage of the fact that they didn’t have to do either of that Saturday.

Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Trovon Reed held a free football camp at Hoover High in Glendale.

“I got a lot of good work,” Burroughs David Lennstrom said.

Burroughs defensive back Evan Osegueda said he liked the advice Reed gave.

“He said keep working hard and believe in yourself,” said Osegueda, who said he was able to work on his footwork.

Burbank High receiver/linebacker Drew Pendleton also attended.

“It was cool. I had fun. There was good competition,” Pendleton said.

At the conclusion of the event, Reed spoke to the group of well over 100 players and encouraged them to be stayed focused. Reed, who played at Auburn University, had a rough upbringing and had been released five times before having a career breakthrough at the end of last season.

Reed, who was in high school when his mother died, said he made her a promise.

“I could have easily said I’m going to do what everybody else is doing and go sell drugs, break into cars and join gangs. I had a vision before my mom passed,” Reed told the campers. “Before my mom passed I was like a 2.0 student. She told me, ‘Son do something with your life.’ As a kid I was like Cs are good enough, I’m passing. (After) my mom passed, I graduated college in three years with a 3.7. I was able to play whole senior year without having to go to one class. I put everything I had into football.”

Reed’s breakthrough came when he had interceptions in back-to-back games.

One of the interceptions came against his college teammate and former Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. He intercepted Raiders quarterback Derek Carr the following week.

Reed became a defensive back late in his college career after starting as a receiver. He was a quarterback in high school.

“I believe it starts with believing in your parents. Listen to your coaches,” Reed said. “If he tells you to tackle somebody, tackle him. If he tells you to right in class, do right. If he didn’t do right in class, he wouldn’t be your coach, he wouldn’t have an education.”

Reed also encouraged the campers to never give up their dreams.

“I’ve been cut five times from the NFL. I could have gave up then. I was at a point where I got cut a fifth time and I was like should I give this up,” Reed said. “I could either make $40,000 a year or make $40,000 a week. Right then I snapped up and said I can’t give up -$40,000 a week. It doesn’t get any better than that. To play something I love. I’d play for free. It’s not about the money, it is about the love. You have to love this game.”



Burbank, Burroughs Football Will Make Several Long Trips

With a little more than a month away from the start of the 2017 high school football season, parents, students and fans can start making plans where their Friday nights will be in the fall.

Burbank High, which finished just short of CIF Southern Section Division 8 title last year, will open up on the road under new coach Adam Colman.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Bulldogs will play Aug. 25 at Monrovia High in what is called week zero.

Burbank stays on the road for its second contest when it travels to the Santa Clarita Valley to face Canyon High on Sept. 1.

Burroughs, under second-year head coach Mike Reily, will open its season at home on Sept. 1 against West Ranch of Stevenson Ranch.

Burbank will host its first home game at Burroughs’ Memorial Field on Sept. 8 against Downey High. Last season the two teams battled it out and Burbank lost by a matter of inches as a field-goal attempt went just wide.

Burroughs hits the road Sept. 8 when it travels up the 118 freeway into Ventura County to face Royal High of Simi Valley.

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The following week, Burbank will have a bye before Pacific League play beings.

Burroughs figure to go through even more traffic going eastward to Diamond Ranch High Pomona.

Burbank will open Pacific League play Sept. 21 at home against Glendale High.

Burroughs will be at Memorial Field the following night, opening league play against Pasadena.

Burbank will be at home against Hoover on Sept. 29. Burroughs will be on the road at Arcadia.

The Indians will be at Glendale High on Thursday Oct. 5. The Bulldogs will be at Arcadia one week Burroughs, on Oct. 6.

Burbank will have a Thursday night home contest on Oct. 12 against Pasadena. Burroughs will host Crescenta Valley on Oct. 13.

The Indians will be home once against on Oct. 20 to face Muir. Burbank will be at Moyse Field in Glendale to face Crescenta Valley, in what figures to be a great game.

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Burroughs will host Hoover on Oct. 26. Burbank will host Muir on Oct. 27.

The regular season finale will be held Nov. 3. Burbank will be on the visitors’ side and Burroughs will be the host and home team.

Enjoy the season and support your teams.




Fall Sports Teams Learn Playoff Division Placements

The Fall Sports season was a strong one last year as Burroughs High’s boys’ water polo team won the CIF Southern Section Division 5 title and Burbank High’s football team advanced to the Division 8 championship game.

Both will find a tougher road in 2017 as they have been moved up after the CIF Southern Section released its Fall playoff groupings Thursday.

In football, Burbank has jumped up one division and will be one of 23 teams competing for a playoff spot in Division 7.  Yorba Linda, which defeated the Bulldogs 31-21 for the Division 8 title last year also moved up to Division 7.

Burbank High’s Darnell Williams hopes to lead his team far into the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs in 2017. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burroughs, which missed the playoffs a year ago, was the lowest-ranked football team to be placed in Division 8. The Indians will be one of 25 schools competing for one of the 16 playoff spots in the division.

In water polo, Burroughs will be one of 36 teams that will fill a 32-team bracket for the CIF Division 3 title. Burroughs won the Division 5 title last year and is expected to return much of its team.

Burbank High, which did not make the playoffs last year, will play in Division 6 should it make the playoffs.

Burroughs girls’ volleyball team, which is led by 6-foot-4 senior Marin Grote, was placed in Division 3. Burbank High will play in Division 4.

In girls tennis, Burbank High was one of 42 schools placed in Division 2. Burroughs was placed in Division 3.

Burroughs Bell, Chamberlain Sign Football Letters of Intent

Burroughs High running back Chance Bell and offensive linemen Jesse Chamberlain signed letters of intent to play college football Wednesday as part of National Signing Day.

Bell, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back who rushed for 2,023 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior, signed with San Diego State University.

Chamberlain, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound three-year starter on the offensive line, signed with San Jose State after originally committing to Fresno State University.

“We’re excited about their future and feel lucky we’ve come in contact with them and thankful for what they have contributed to our program,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “We’re excited to see them playing football on Saturdays.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Bell and Chamberlain mark the first time Burroughs has had a football player sign with an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision school, formerly known as Division 1, since 2009 when offensive lineman Sebastian Valenzuela signed with Washington State.

Bell committed to San Diego State back in July and stuck with his commitment.  He said he loves the area and many other factors.

“The football program, they run the ball a ton and their offense is based on running the ball and they rotate two to three running backs, so that gives me a chance to go in there and get some playing time early, possibly even as a true freshman,” Bell said. “They’ve been honest with me through the whole process. I love the coaching staff. It is a stable coaching staff that is going to be there for a while, so I liked that. Overall it is a great fit for me and my family.”

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Bell said he was offered by Boise State University just a few days ago and also received some Pacific-12 Conference interest from UC Berkeley and Washington State University.

Chamberlain spoke of making the switch to San Jose State from Fresno State, which brought in a new coaching staff when former UC Berkeley head coach Jeff Tedford was hired to take over the program.

“What I liked about San Jose was the coaching staff. That was the main thing.  I had them over for dinner a week before my official visit there,” Chamberlain said. “It was the head coach, offensive line coach, receivers coach, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. It was like I had known all these guys for years. I was like this is a group of guys I’d love to play for.”

Chamberlain was recruited by offensive line coach Joe Bernardi all along.

Bernardi, who played at Hart High in Newhall, is the son of former Burroughs head coach Gary Bernardi. Bernardi coached Burroughs for the 1993 season, when current Burroughs head coach Mike Reily was a senior at the school.

Joe Bernardi coached at Fresno State last season before moving over to San Jose State.

“I was waiting for Bernardi. He said he had something working out for him,” Chamberlain said. “I waited it out and then I got the word that he was going to be the offensive lineman coach at San Jose State. I said this was the best opportunity staring me in the face so I was like I better take it.”



Big Game Goes to Burbank

Injuries are part of football and the Burroughs High football team knew it was going play against rival Burbank without a few key players.

What Burbank didn’t know until just days before the Pacific League clash between the two rivals that it too would face similar circumstances.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

When it was all said and done, Burbank still had too much to offer against Burroughs and the Bulldogs ran away with a 36-7 victory.

Burbank (7-3, 6-1) once again won with a stellar defensive effort, even though it was missing Forest Fajardo, who was out with a rib injury and defensive lineman/punter Danny Porras, who broke his foot in practice.

The Bulldogs led Burroughs’ star Chance Bell to 12 yards in 20 carries.

“Our goal was to watch the lineman and understand the technique they use and teach against that technique so we could get in the back field,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “That was our goal to get to him in the back field and I felt like we did that tonight.”

Burroughs coach Mike Reily praised Burbank for the victory, the Bulldogs’ fourth in the last five years. This is the first time in the 68-year history of the series that Burbank has won four times in five years.

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We were definitely up against a well-coached, very physical, very determined defense,” Reily said. “They had a game plan and it was right on point. They exploited and took advantage of things we weren’t able to do. Hats off to Coach Broussard and Burbank High. They did a nice job.”

Burbank began the game by engineering a 15-play drive that ended with Darnell Williams scoring on a 9-yard run. He also scored the subsequent two-point conversion to make it 8-0.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Bulldogs added to their lead on the first play of the second quarter as Joey Miller went 24 yards for a touchdown on a left sideline sweep. He finished with eight carries for 79 yards.

“After last week, I told myself that I’m going to go off and score,” Miller said. “I was positive all week. When you’re positive, you’re going to have a good outcome.”

Quarterback Guy Gibbs and Jake Kelley hooked up on a 13-yard touchdown at the 5:33 mark of the second quarter to extend the lead to 22-0.

Burroughs (4-6, 3-4) tried to come out with a different look in the second half. But the Indians fumbled the ball away on their first play from scrimmage. Burbank took advantage and Nick Warren scored on a 1-yard run on the next play.

Williams scored on a 1-yard run with 5:14 left in the third quarter to make it 36-0. He finished with 66 yards in 10 carries.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“With Forest Fajardo out we had to spread the wealth,” Broussard said of the offense. “When Batman is hurt, Robin needs to step up.”


Burroughs got on the board on the final play of the game as quarterback Gabriel Pellot lateralled to Devin Harrison, who threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Gavin Aguilar.