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Start of Football Season Not Important to Players, Coaches

The high school football season is scheduled to begin in two months. But with so many concerns still out there because of Covid-19, many players and coaches have many concerns and are learning that they will have to deal with whatever cards they are dealt.

They have been limited to meetings through the use of technology and have not been on the field together in more than three months.

“I don’t think the season is going to begin at its usual time, but I do believe there is going to be a season,” Burroughs quarterback Jon English said. “I think the season will be pushed back to some point in the winter. I know it is going to be difficult for the athletic directors and schools to have more sports packed into the winter season, but I think they will make it happen.”

Jon English will take on a new role this year with Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burbank coach Adam Colman said he has tried to keep his team focused even though the school  year ended two months early as a result of the pandemic.

“Zoom has been huge for us. During the spring, we were meeting twice a day and treating it like regular spring ball but on the computer. We were able to install most of our concepts, watch film, draw up stuff on the whiteboard,” Colman said. “Since our dead period at the start of June, we’ve scaled back because there is only so much you can go over in theory and, eventually, the kids just need to go out and do it. So far in the summer we’ve tried to focus on efficiency so we meet twice a week on Zoom. One meeting is to go over updates and just give them a space to share and talk about everything that’s going on. The second meeting is dedicated to workouts. Our strength and conditioning coach, Omar Trancoso, has been able to put together some great videos of workouts the kids can do at home with minimal equipment and by getting creative with what they have available to them.”

Burbank quarterback Aram Araradian agrees with English in the thought that they won’t be playing on Friday nights in two months.

“At this point I do not think the season will start in time, and at this point I wouldn’t mind when the season starts, as long as it does start,” Araradian said.

Burroughs coach Jesse Craven still has not met his team in person and has also relied on Zoom.

“With this being my first year as the head coach and without being able to meet our team in person yet, I have to understand that the players don’t know who I am yet,” Craven said. “So the focus for me this spring was to connect with our seniors and try to build as much of a foundation and open line of communication with them first.”

Without practicing, there will need to be lots of catching up to do when the teams do hit the practice field.
“A reasonable amount of practice days before the season begins is two months, with a week and a half of practicing in full pads.,” English said. “That is enough time for teams to get in game-ready shape.”

English added that he trusts that schools will have a plan figured out to best project athletes from the spread of Covid-19.

“Covid will always be a threat throughout the season, but as long as every school takes the precautions to make sure everything is safe then I think the season will be as it normally is with a few changes to the amount of spectators that are allowed in the stands,” English added.

Burbank football coach Adam Colman will enter his fourth year as head coach.

Araradian said he does not favor the changing of a helmet to help prevent the spread of Covid.

“I think covering the mouth during practices and games would make it extremely hard for the player to breathe, so I don’t think changing up the face mask would be effective in keeping everyone safe,” he said.

Colman said he isn’t worried about when the season will start.

“In terms of starting the season later, I think I speak for all coaches when I say we just want to do whatever is safe for our kids,” Colman added. “Obviously we all want a season, but their long-term health and the health of their families is what is most important. If it’s decided that starting the season later is the best way to do that, then we’ll roll with it. It would definitely make it a unique and memorable season.”

Craven agreed that he is not concerned about the start of the season.

“There are a lot of people in the city of Burbank and really across the world that are dealing with very real and tough things,” he said. “While I would love to be practicing and preparing for the season. I feel it is important that (I) and our team maintain perspective during this time.”

Burroughs Stuns Burbank in “Big Game”

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There is no other way to put it other than to say that the 2019 Burbank vs. Burroughs football game was one of the most exciting in the long history of a great high school rivalry.

Both teams challenged each other and gave an effort that few would complain about. In the end, it was the Indians rallied to stun the Bulldogs 29-28 at Memorial Field.

Burroughs (6-4 overall, 2-4 in the league) will now hope to get a wild card berth into the CIF Southern Section Division 11 playoffs.

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Burbank (4-6, 3-3) still stands a strong chance of getting a wild card into the Division 7 playoffs.

Burbank entered the week ranked No. 8 in the CIF Southern Section Division 7 poll.

“Coach has been saying all week that we have to want it more than they do and that the game starts on Monday,” Burroughs quarterback Nicholas Garcia said.

Garcia scored on a 2-yard run with 1:31 to play. He then helped successfully complete the two-point conversion with a pass to Elijah Aldana-Pere in what turned out to be the difference.

“We called that timeout and I said to the kids what do you want to do and they said go for two, let’s do it. So we did it,” Burroughs coach Rand Holdren said. “This was a huge team win. This is the best win we’ve had all year for numerous reasons.”

Burroughs tied the score at 21 with 4:24 left when Garcia hooked up with Carson Cardenaz on a 14-yard touchdown.

The two hooked up again on the two-point conversion with Cardenaz making a fine catch in the corner of the end zone.

But Burbank came right back and took back the lead just a minute later as Kuba Raymond, who was making his second start in place of the injured Aram Araradian, threw an 85-yard touchdown to Brandon Pena with 3:24 to play. That gave the Bulldogs a 28-21 advantage.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, Burbank running back Issac Glover scored on a 1-yard run with 8:09 to play, giving the Bulldogs a 21-13 lead.

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Glover scored three times as he carried the ball 36 times for 184 yards.

Glover got things started by scoring the first touchdown of the game, a 16-yard run with 8:33 left in the first quarter.

Burroughs tied things when Garcia and Cardenaz hooked up on a 6-yard touchdown with 4:26 left in the half.

The Indians took the lead with 2:56 left in the half when Aiden Forrester picked up a fumble and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-7.

“That was the first defensive touchdown we’ve had all year. We’ve tried to set the goal of scoring defensive touchdowns and I’m glad it happened tonight,” Holdren said.

Glover scored his second touchdown with 1:43 left in the half, this time from 6 yards out.

Burbank coach Adam Colman was proud of his team even though they came up just short.

“My heart breaks for the kids. They were resilient. They battled,” he said.

Both teams are not guaranteed to make the CIF playoffs, but both may qualify as wild cards.

“At 6-4, we like our chances of getting in. I’m hoping the CIF blesses us after this,” Holdren said.


Burroughs Football Dropped by Muir

Anyone who understands football knows that any time a team has 21 penalties for more than 200 yards and can still win by four touchdowns, something must be wrong.

Friday night visiting Muir High did just that against host Burroughs in a 35-6 Pacific League victory.

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Thanks to a number of elite-level college prospects including UCLA-bound John Humphrey, the Mustangs were able to overcome their mistakes and remain unbeaten in league play.

“We were in the game. It was 14-0 at halftime. Our kids believed that they could win,” Burroughs coach Rand Holdren said.

But the Indians were unable to put up much of a fight offensively.

“We’ve got to move the ball on offense.,” Holdren said.

Burroughs quarterback Nicholas Garcia passed for 69 yards.

The Indians (5-2, 1-2 in the league) scored their lone touchdown at the 6:32 mark of the third quarter as Carson Cardenaz scored on a 6-yard run.

Muir (5-1, 3-0 in the league) got on the board with 9:53 left in the first quarter as Humphrey made a spectacular 19-yard touchdown grab off a pass from quarterback Amaris Harrison.

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The Mustangs didn’t take a 14-0 lead until just before halftime when Harrison and Humphrey hooked up on a 12-yard touchdown pass.

“ I can’t give our kids that look in practice,” Holdren said in preparing for Muir’s athleticism.

Muir went up 21-0 early in the third quarter on a 9-yard run by running back Tyrikk  Lawson.

Harrison scored on a keeper with 3:55 left in the third quarter to push Mustangs ahead 28–6.

Muir coach Zaire Calvin said the two-week break he had coming into the game played a key role in all of his team’s mistakes.

“We’re just rusty. We’re trying to get our chemistry back,” Calvin said.

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Harrison hooked up junior Calen Bullock on a 55-yard touchdown with 4:57 to play.

Burroughs has a bye next week and will host Pasadena Oct. 18.




Burroughs Football Ready to Put Recent Past in Rear View Mirror

The last three years have not been easy for the Burroughs High football team as the Indians have failed to move on to postseason play, something that has not happened since the days of playing in the Foothill League more than a decade ago.

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But the Indians plan to change that and get back to the days when being a regular playoff participant was customary.

Burroughs qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs eight of the first 10 years in the Pacific League after leaving the Foothill following the 2005-2006 school year.

“This team this year is a special group of guys that have come together. We focused on that in the offseason. We tried to build a cohesive group that, one wants to play together and two is having fun doing it,” second-year coach Rand Holdren said. “I think this team is capable of a lot of special things this year. It’s been a joy to coach this group. This staff has put in a lot of hours this offseason. I think it is the best staff in the Pacific League and they are giving their all and the kids have put (the work) in. It has been extremely productive this offseason.”

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Burroughs was very young last year when it went 2-8. Thus the Indians have a lot of talent back from that squad.

Senior quarterback Nicholas Garcia (5-foot-10, 171 pounds) takes over the role full time this year after seeing time at the position last year and has greatly improved according to Holdren.

Junior running back Luke Rogers (5-8, 181) returns as the Indians’ main tailback, the same role he played last year.

Garcia will have lots of passing targets. Senior Ellington Simmons (6-3, 196) and sophomore Elijah Aldana-Pere (6-2, 165) offer large targets.

Seniors Aiden Forrester (6-0, 185) and Carson Cardenaz (5-10, 164) will play in the slot and offer quick options. Some may remember that Forrester returned the opening kickoff against rival Burbank for a touchdown last year.

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The offensive line is solid led by senior Allen Arriaga (6-3, 246). Caden Cardenaz (5-5, 174) will play center. Sophomore Jose Olivares (6-2, 244),  senior Eric Quintero (6-1, 225), senior Michael Pentland (6-4, 195), junior Brandon Sowers (6-3, 240) and senior Henry Diaz (6-1, 218) will fill in for the rest of the line.

Defensively, the Indians are led by Forrester, who will start at safety. Simmons will also see time at safety. Senior John Alajijian (5-8, 140) should hold down a spot in the secondary along with Aldana-Pere. Seniors Clayton Stricker (6-0, 144) and Diego Castellon (5-6, 135) are two more solid defensive backs.

Diaz, who is a captain, will lead the group of linebackers. Carson Cardenaz also figures to be part of the linebacking crew, as will Rogers.

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The defensive line will include many of the same players on the offensive line. Oliveros, Pentland, Sowers, and Quintero figure to be the key players rushing the opposing quarterbacks.

Holdren said he knows getting back to the playoffs won’t be easy, but he is optimistic.

“Burbank and CV are always going to be tough. Muir is stacked. You don’t know what is going on at Arcadia. That will be interesting,” Holdren said.  “I know Glendale has put in a lot of work this offseason. I like our chances in the league this year. This is going to be a fun year. This is an exciting team to watch.”

CIF Southern Section Releases Fall Playoff Division Placings

The CIF Southern Section late Friday released its divisional playoff placings for Fall Sports.

For football, Burbank High dropped from Division 5 back down to Division 7. Burroughs High will compete in Division 11.

Sol Fernandez of Burbank High will be competing in Division 1.

The Bulldogs will be in a division with some teams that they are familiar with as league rival Arcadia is also in Division 7. The division has 21 teams with 16 playoff spots. Northview and Don Lugo, programs the Bulldogs have faced in recent years in the playoffs, are also in the division.

Burroughs is in Division 11 along with league rivals Muir and Pasadena. There are 35 teams competing for 16 playoff spots.

In cross country, Burbank and Burroughs are both in Division 1. This division is based upon enrollment. The Burbank boys’ team, which should be one of the top in the state, will avoid having to face teams like Newbury Park, Loyola and Dana Hills, which are expected to be very strong.
Great Oak of Temecula figures to be Burbank’s biggest threat to winning a CIF title.

In girls’ tennis, Burbank High will compete in Division 2. Should Burroughs get to postseason play, it would compete in Division 3. League rivals Arcadia and Crescenta Valley were both placed in Division 1.

For girls’ volleyball, Burroughs was placed in a bracket of teams that will be in either Division 1 or Division 2.  The Indians will be led by UC Berkeley commit Lydia Grote. Burbank High was placed in Division 4.  Arcadia and Crescenta Valley were both placed in Division 3.

Both Burbank and Burroughs will compete in Division 5 in boys’ water polo next season.  Hoover High, the defending league champions, will compete in Division 3. Crescenta Valley, which has been a dominant program in the league for many years, will compete in Division 4.

Burroughs’ Keith Knoop Moves Into New Role

It isn’t often that high school football coaches stay in place for many years, especially in a public school.
Burroughs High has been fortunate enough that it hasn’t had that problem. Keith Knoop has been part of the Indians’ coaching staff for 26 years, 19 of those as the head coach.
Friday night against his alma mater, Burbank High, Knoop coached in his last game.
Having been an assistant coach the past three seasons, Knoop will now take on a full-time role as the school’s athletic director.

He takes over for Marty Garrison, who retired at the end of the last school year.
“I was at peace with the knowledge I was not going to coach after that game,” Knoop said. “I have been coaching since 1987 and have enough memories to last. So I am good. Plus I am excited to focus on Athletic Director.”

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For parents who look at their son’s report cards, Knoop said he will still be the teacher of record, since head coach Rand Holdren is a walk-on coach. But aside from that Knoop will be a spectator next season.
Knoop, who coached at Glendale Community College before coming to Burroughs, said the wins and losses were not the most important thing in being a coach and teacher.
“(We have) sent hundreds of fantastic young men and women into society to be productive human (beings) who are great people,” Knoop said. “We also brought back tradition to Burroughs and won a few football games in the process.”
Over the years Knoop has witnessed changes in high school football.
“We have gone from a blue-collar mentality to a don’t hurt my feelings mentality. Everything is out there now with social media,” Knoop said. “We need to teach kids failure is a tool, not an outcome that cannot be overcome. There is no reset button in life. Each of us must continue to dig down deep and fight to get what we want.”
A member of the Burroughs Athletic Hall of Fame, Knoop began coaching at Burroughs in 1993 before the internet even took off. He thinks it has contributed to the change of sports.
“Players today want instant gratification, personal coaches, Division 1 scholarship offers and winning records without the hard work,” he said. “But deep down kids are kids no matter what generation they are from, they just need guidance.”

Coach Keith Knoop speaks to his team about possessing a blue-collar mentality (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

With many students and parents now looking at various educational options, Knoop said he hopes to keep Burroughs as a school of choice for prospective student-athletes.
“John Burroughs has excellent academics and sports facilities,” Knoop said. “We need to fight every day to keep our local student-athletes in the city of Burbank. We need the students who are supposed to be at Burroughs to have a reason to come here and stay here.”

Porras Lifts Burbank Football Past Burroughs

Matthew Porras probably shouldn’t have even suited Friday night for Burbank High when the Bulldogs took on Burroughs in ‘The Big Game’ at Memorial Field.

Porras, who said he had been vomiting less than 24 hours earlier, threw a career-high and school record seven touchdown passes in a 54-20 over the Indians.

Burbank High Matthew Porras. Photo by © Ross A Benson

“He threw up three different times at walkthroughs yesterday,” Burbank coach Adam Colman said. “He’s such a warrior. He has meant so much to our program.”

Porras became Burbank’s single game, single season and career touchdown pass leader all in the same contest.

“This morning I threw up at about 5 in the morning. Then I had a bunch of fluids and came to school,” said Porras, who said he only had soup and saltines.

Burbank (7-3, 6-1) will now learn its fate Sunday in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
“We were working out the day of the CIF championship last year. We talked about going after a ring.

That’s been our goal since day one,” Colman said.”We’ve got hopefully four more weeks to chase that.”

Burroughs (2-8, 2-5) came in as a heavy underdog but gave Burbank everything it had.

Burroughs Aiden Forrester # 17 runs back the opening kickoff. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“The journey this team went on was huge,” Burroughs coach Rand Holdren said. “If we were to start the season from today, it is a different story. These kids left it all on the field tonight.”

Burroughs stunned the Bulldogs when junior Aiden Forrester returned the game’s opening kickoff back 90 yards for a touchdown.

Burbank came right back and scored after just four plays from scrimmage.

Porras hooked up with junior Isaac Glover on a 10-yard touchdown pass. Glover also scored Burbank’s lone rushing touchdown, which came at the 10:24 mark of the fourth quarter.

Porras ended up completing 20 of 30 passes for 305 yards with just one interception.
Porras and Erik Harutyunyan hooked up on a 13-yard touchdown with 3:25 left in the first quarter to make it 14-7.

Burbank High’s Erik Harutyuyan #8 turns the corner . ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Harutyunyan finished with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns.

Porras and junior Ben Burnham hooked up on a 16-yard touchdown with 34 seconds left in the first quarter. It was the first of two touchdowns he would score.

Burbank, which also received a pair of touchdowns from tight end Duncan Smith, led 27-13 at halftime.

Burroughs quarterback Nathan Piper hooked up with Nick Garcia on a 9-yard touchdown with 3:22 left in the first half. The took would hook up later on a 31-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Porras broke the single-game touchdown pass record when he hooked up with Burnham with 1:58 left to play.

Burroughs’ Andrew English had seven receptions for 69 yards.

Piper completed 15 of 30 passes for 171 yards in the final game of his career.

Burroughs Football Comes Up Just Short Against Pasadena

It hasn’t been the easiest of seasons for the Burroughs High football team.

But the Indians certainly haven’t lost football games because of a lack of effort.

Friday night the Indians put together a solid performance against host Pasadena, coming up short 35-32.

“It was a football game. It was a fun game to be a part of,” Burroughs coach Rand Holdren said. “I thought they fought all the way through and they executed. We had a fourth and goal and we stepped up and scored, which is big for us. I thought it was a good game for Burroughs. I wish it would have come out on the other side.”

Alex Deptula scored on a 2-yard run with 31 seconds left, giving Burroughs a chance to attempt a last-second effort at an onsides kick.

Pasadena (5-4, 3-3 in league) recovered that attempt, however.

Burroughs (2-7, 2-4) overcame a 14-0 deficit.

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Quarterback Nathan Piper hooked up with junior Ellington Simmons on a 16-yard touchdown with 5:36 left in the first half to make it 14-7.

The Indians cut the deficit to 14-13 just before halftime when Alex Perez returned a fumble 78 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked.

The game was halted in the third quarter due to a hip injury to Burroughs defensive back Kyle Heyman. Heyman was alert and talking with paramedics prior to being transported to a local hospital.

Following the delay, the game began to open up more as the defenses on both sides start to tire and the offenses started move the ball with ease.

Piper and Simmons hooked up late in the third quarter, this time on a spectacular catch from the receiver. The touchdown gave Burroughs a 19-14 lead with 2:49 left in the third quarter after the two-point conversion failed.

Pasadena battled back and regained the lead on a 1-yard run by Malachi Langley. Langley finished with 26 carries for 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Burroughs fought back as Luke Rogers scored on a 2-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to make it 25-21.

But Pasadena’s 14-year-old freshman Mekhi Fox returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown. It was Fox’s second touchdown of the game.

Burroughs looked poised to get back down the field again.

But the Indians’ next drive was halted on an interception by Pasadena’s Nicholas Benson.
Langley then scored on a 79-yard run on the first play of the Bulldogs’ drive, making it 35-25 with 6:01 to play.

“I thought our guys fought and left it all on the field. It was good for us,” Holdren said. “We made some adjustments and we started being successful running the ball. Then we started being successful and stuck with it.”

Rogers led Burroughs on the ground carrying the ball 25 times for 96 yards. Piper also had 13 carries for 80 yards. Piper also completed 12 of 23 passes for 117 yards.

Burroughs Football Falls to Muir

The defense hasn’t been the problem for the Burroughs High football team in recent weeks.

That was the case again Friday when the Indians faced Muir High.

Unfortunately turnovers put the Indians in a few situations that proved costly in a 36-0 loss.

“We didn’t execute. We’re doing things defensively. We have to move the ball on offense. I’m going to look at it and fix whatever the problem is,” Burroughs coach Rand Holdren said.

Burroughs (1-6 overall, 1-3 in league) intercepted Muir quarterback Brian Love twice in the first half.

Aiden Forrester got the first interception, which was late in the first quarter.

Henry Diaz then got a second-quarter interception that was deep in Muir territory.

Burroughs had the ball at the Muir 18-yard line, but could not punch its way onto the scoreboard.

Muir’s first touchdown came on a 33-yard run from Jahlique Stephens. Stephens is a rare four-year varsity starter as he played his first two years of his high school career at Arcadia High.

Muir went up 14-0 at the 3:43 mark of the second quarter when Calen Bullock picked up a fumble by teammate Aryonis Harrison and raced to the end zone.

The Mustangs took advantage of a Burroughs turnover to add a 19-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

“Defensively we played lights out tonight,” Muir coach Antyone Sims said.

Muir (6-1, 3-1) got a 43-yard touchdown run from Aulonzo Bailey early in the fourth quarter.

Burroughs’ next drive ended when Muir’s Chuck Shull made a fine defensive read to intercept Burroughhs quarterback Nathan Piper.

Shull returned the interception 45 yards for a touchdown.

Burroughs’ Luke Rogers carried the ball 21 times for 49 yards to lead his team.

Burroughs Football Improvement Not Enough Against Harvard-Westlake

The Burroughs High football team continued to make significant strides Thursday evening when the Indians hosted Harvard-Westlake at Memorial Field.

However, those strides were not enough to overcome the visiting Wolverines in a 39-15 nonleague loss.

“The kids saw in the first half that we put it together,” Burroughs coach Rand Holdren said. “You can’t take your foot off the gas and think we’ve won. We need a full four quarters.”

Burroughs (0-3) actually took the lead early on and trailed just 11-8 at halftime.

But things went south in the second half as Harvard-Westlake (2-2) scored a pair of touchdowns early in the third quarter and were never threatened again.

“We’ve got to walk through every scenario that there is,” Holdren said of his film session with his team.

Much of damage done to Burroughs was on special teams. Burroughs had one of its punts blocked, which translated into a Wolverine touchdown. Harvard-Westlake also successfully took advantage of an onsides kick and also recovered a loose ball kickoff to Burroughs.

Burroughs got on the board first as quarterback Nathan Piper scored on a keeper with 8:40 left in the first quarter. Burroughs also scored on the ensuing two-point conversion.

Harvard-Westlake tied things up early in the second quarter when quarterback Jameson Wang found Terrell Long on a 17-yard touchdown reception.

It was one of two touchdowns from Wang to Long.

Burroughs made a comeback with 4:47 left in the third quarter as Piper hooked up with junior Ellington Simmons on an 8-yard touchdown reception to make it 25-15.

Sophomore Burroughs tailback Luke Rogers carried the ball 26 times for 119 yards.

Harvard-Westlake was led by tailback Sultan Daniels, who had 15 carries for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Burroughs opens Pacific League play next Friday and will host Arcadia High at 7 p.m.

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