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Burroughs Football Roughed Up in Opener

Burroughs High football coach Rand Holdren knew his debut as a head coach would not come easy on the road against West Ranch of Stevenson Ranch.
What he didn’t know was how difficult things would be.
Burroughs fell behind early and things only got worse in a 54-0 loss at Valencia High Thursday night.

“We’ve got to execute, that’s what it boils down to. We’ll go back to the field tomorrow. West Ranch is good, there’s no doubt about that,” Holdren said. “The frustrating part is that we did not put what we’ve been doing on the field tonight. We knew it would be a big challenge, but 54-0 is not what we anticipated.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs (0-1) had just two first downs and 35 yards of total offense in the first half as West Ranch took advantage of four turnovers to make it 54-0 at the intermission.

The second half was played with a running clock.

“I thought we had a good game plan. I thought we had a nice idea of what we should be doing,” Holdren said. “Our kids are learning and learning how to watch the tape. When you watch tape not everybody is as fast and physical as they are live. Our guys are learning that you have to respect your opponent, you have to execute and do what you are supposed to do.”

Burroughs quarterback  Nathan Piper finished 7 of 22 for 28 yards passing. He was intercepted twice.

Luke Rogers had 14 carries for 38 yards to lead Burroughs on the ground.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Indians return to Memorial Field next Friday night when they will face former Foothill League opponent Canyon High.


Burroughs Football Ready to Get Down to Business

Missing the CIF Southern Section playoffs the last two seasons was tough on the Burroughs High football program after the Indians had been a regular playoff participant over much of the past decade.
First-year coach Rand Holdren realizes turning things around won’t be easy, but he feels the only direction his team is headed is up.

Holdren, who takes over for Mike Reily, is an offensive-minded coach who has most recently worked at Alemany High in Mission Hills after a stint at Harvard-Westlake in North Hollywood.

Former Burroughs Head Coach and current Defensive Coordinator Keith Knoop (left) with current Head Coach Rand Holdren. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“The guys were a little beaten down after last year. I want to get them all going in the same direction. That’s been our goal and mindset since day one,” Holdren said. ” We’re going to need all hands on deck. We don’t have any of the five star or four-star players or all that fancy stuff. We’re a group of guys that work together and that’s how we’re going to win ballgames.

Holdren will benefit from having longtime head coach Keith Knoop on his staff as his defensive coordinator.The Indians open the season Aug. 23 on the road against West Ranch of Stevenson Ranch.
Burroughs, which has 14 seniors, returns starting quarterback Nathan Piper (6-1, 170), who Holdren said had a good summer. Junior Nick Garcia (5-9, 170) also impressed Holdren and could see some time at quarterback.

Nathan Piper returns as the Indians’ quaterback. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Junior David Garza (5-8, 150) and sophomore Luke Rogers (5-6, 145) have impressed as ball carriers.
Seniors Johnny Factora (5-11, 155) and Andrew English (5-9, 195) and junior Alex Perez (5-10, 145) look to be passing targets for Piper.
The offensive line is young, but appears to have a lot of potential.
Senior Ferdy Hernandez (6-2, 250) is the veteran of the group. Junior Donovan Reyes (6-4, 205) will certainly offer trouble to opposing teams due to his size. The Indians also have junior Oscar Pette (6-3, 280), junior Allen Arriaga (6-2, 240), junior Eric Quintero (6-1, 220) and sophomore Austin Sowers (6-3, 240).
The Burroughs defensive line will feature many of the same players that play on the offensive line.

Daniel Foxx figures to be a leader for Burroughs on defense. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Senior Daniel Foxx (5-10, 190), junior Henry Diaz Jr. (6-0, 200) and senior Alex Deptula (6-0, 170) have all looked solid as linebackers according to Holdren.
The defensive secondary figures to feature many of the players the Indians use offensively in the backfield and as receivers.

Juniors Ozzy Perez (5-10, 150), Ellington Simmons (6-3, 180), Aiden Forrester (5-10, 168), Chance Spinks (6-0, 150)  all could see a role in the secondary. With a young team, Holdren is setting realistic goals for his team.
“For us it is to reach our full potential,” he said.

New Burroughs Football Coach Excited About Opportunity

Rand Holdren has had a few days to settle in after recently being named the Burroughs High head football coach.

Holdren, 38, who has coached in recent years at Harvard-Westlake and Alemany highs, will be a head coach for the first time at the high school level. He has picked up a lot in a few days and spoke of a number of things, including what attracted him to apply for the job.

“Community is what attracted me to the job at Burroughs from day one. The city of Burbank itself is similar to where I grew up in Santa Barbara and the sense of pride for home is an attractive trait,” Holden said. “People care about the kids in the community, and tradition means something. That is not the case in other places. A supportive platform to help kids was important for me.  Also being able to have a game on the schedule that has 7,000 fans attending is not something you get at other schools.”

Burroughs football coach Rand Holdren gives instructions while coaching at Harvard-Westlake. Photo courtesy Rand Holdren

In his short time, Holdren, who played at Southern Methodist University, has also learned of the fine history of the Burroughs program.

“It is an honor to be a part of a program that has a rich history. Furthermore, a lot of the coaches on staff had a hand in that history which makes it fun to hear about,” Holdren said. “It is my goal to use as many Burroughs resources as possible to get us back to that tradition. No doubt there will be some updates, but the tradition will always be represented in one way or another. It is important to me to stay true to Burroughs High School.”

With a background as a quarterbacks coach, Holdren said he doesn’t have a set style as to how plans to set up his team.

“My style will be dictated by what we have. Once I am able to go through spring ball and see the players that we have, then I will have a better sense of what we are going to run,” Holdren said. “Deciding now on how the system will look when I don’t know the pieces would not be a smart choice.”

After the Indians have failed to make the playoffs the past two years, Holdren is hoping to change that.

“My goal for this program is to get it back on top. I want to help kids grow into young men that contribute to society in a positive way,” Holdren said. “The kids here are going to work hard on the field and in the classroom. With that being said, I have accumulated a lot of resources over my years that I intend to use for my players as long as they are putting in the work. Anything good in life is earned and I feel that Burroughs is the best place for me to continue helping the youth.”


Reily Out as Burroughs Football Coach

Mike Reily is no longer the head football coach at Burroughs High after two seasons, which followed 14 seasons as an assistant coach to longtime coach Keith Knoop.

Reily did not immediately return an e-mail request for comment.

The job opening has been posted on the CIF Southern Section web site for coaches wanted.

A 1994 graduate of the school, Reily went on to play at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  An offensive lineman, he earned all-conference academic honors three times in his four years and was a second-team  Western Athletic Conference selection as a junior.

Reily compiled a record of 8-11 in his two seasons, including a 6-8 mark in Pacific League play.

He has been a teacher at Burroughs for 17 years.

Reily is credited with helping mentor 2017 graduates Chance Bell and Jesse Chamberlain, who earned scholarships to San Diego State and San Jose State, respectively.


Burbank Football Beats Burroughs, Wins Pacific League Title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burbank broke up the scoring as Porras and fellow junior Duncan Smith hooked up on a 7-yard touchdown pass with 43 seconds left in the first half. It was the first of three touchdowns the pair would team up for.

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

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

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

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

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

But Burbank’s defense would not be fooled again.

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

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

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


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


Burroughs Football Overcomes Injuries to Top Hoover

If there was one noticeable difference about the Burroughs High football team Thursday night, it was that the coaching staff could have used a compass to locate a lot of its players as they were playing in different roles.

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Injuries definitely hurt the Indians, who overcame a slow start to top a vastly improved Hoover High team 49-14 in a Pacific League contest at Memorial Field.

“At one point we were without two starting offensive linemen, we were without two or three starting defensive backs, without three starting linebackers,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “We had a lot of guys that were visibly absent tonight.”

Things didn’t get any better as the game went on.

“By halftime we had a young man ejected and another young man with a knee injury,” Reily said.

Burroughs (4-4, 3-3 in the league), didn’t really break out a slump until late in the contest as Hoover received 320 yards passing from sophomore quarterback Mattis Richards, a native of France, who was playing in just his seventh game of his career.

Fortunately, Ben Peters came up big for Burroughs. He finished the game with 23 carries for 306 yards and three touchdowns.

After Burroughs led 19-8 at halftime, Jonathan Rivas kicked a 32-yard field goal at the 5:21 mark of the third quarter pushed the lead to a pair of touchdowns.

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Hoover (1-8, 0-6) fought right back as Richards and receiver James Chang hooked up on the second of two long touchdowns.

“Those kids played their hearts out,” Reily said of Hoover. “Those coaches have them coached up and hats off to that program and those kids. They hung in there for quite a while.”

Peters quickly answered back with his third touchdown.

The Indians got three fourth-quarter touchdowns, two of which came at the hands of interception returns.

Daniel Gonzalez had a 76-yard return with 10:25 to play. Alex Perez also had an interception return. The

Indians’ other touchdown came as a result of a 24-yard run by James Duarte.

Burroughs will conclude its regular season next Friday at Memorial Field against Burbank. The Indians will have an opportunity to spoil any chances Burbank has of winning the league title.

Burroughs Football Falls Short Against Muir

Stopping Muir High running back Jonathan Stephens is something that has gotten more difficult over the years.

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Now a senior, the fourth-year varsity player got the upper hand on Burroughs High Friday as he helped the visiting Mustangs defeat the Indians 40-17 at Memorial Field.

“That running back was a load. He was a very physical, tough runner,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “He did some great things.”

The loss put Burroughs (3-4, 2-3 in  league) in a very difficult position if it is to make it to postseason play.

“We’re taking it one game at a time and are just trying to execute our game plan,” Reily said. “We had some kids who were a little banged up tonight. We need to assess those injuries and those injury reports and kind of go from there.”

Burroughs got on the board first as Jonathan Rivas kicked a 34-yard field goal with 8:36 left in the first quarter.

But Muir used its passing game to score a pair of touchdowns to go up 14-3.

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Burroughs Ben Peters, who rushed for 162 yards, scored on a 15-yard run with 10:30 left in the first half to make it 14-10.

But then Stephens, who finished with 200 yards rushing, started making things more difficult for the Indians.

His 3-yard run with 5:21 left in the first half made it 21-10.

Muir (5-3, 3-2 in league) opened the second half with a 27-yard field goal from Angel Aguilar.

Peters scored his second touchdown at the 4:03 mark in the third quarter, running in from eight yards out.

But Stephens countered with his second touchdown, a four-yard run with 8:31 left in the fourth quarter.

Muir later intercepted Burroughs quarterback Nathan Piper. Stephens scored his third touchdown on the ensuing drive, breaking free on a 58-yard run.

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“We just trying to build as a team and get better,” said Stephens, who also assessed his team’s playoff aspirations. “The mentality of our team is win or go home.”

Burroughs will host Hoover High next Thursday at Memorial Field, before facing off against Burbank High in the regular season finale on Nov. 3.



Burroughs Football Can’t Handle Doyle, CV

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

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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.