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Burbank, Burroughs Will Be Well Represented in College

Graduation season is always one with mixed emotions, as a new group of graduates are sent out into the world.

Burbank and Burroughs Highs will both miss a number of graduates who will be tough to replace as leaders in sports.

The following summarizes where student athletes from the two schools will continue their education and athletic careers.


With two teams that reached CIF Championship contests, the Bulldogs will certainly have some representation at the college level.

Burbank’s football team has at least six that will continue their careers, all in separate directions.

Burbank High’s Joey Miller will be playing for UC Davis. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Receiver Joey Miller is headed to the University of California, Davis. Linebacker Jake Kelley is headed to the University of La Verne. Quarterback Guy Gibbs will move on to Glendale Community College. Receiver Forrest Fajardo will play at Pasadena City College. Offensive lineman Scott Breslin will continue at Ventura College and defensive end Matthew Villagran will play at Los Angeles Valley College.

From the basketball team, Michael Woods is headed to UC Merced. Thomas Clark is headed to Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.  Point guard Cameron Sweeten is going to play at Compton Community College. Faraz Khandaker plans to play, but has yet to make a decision.

Michael Woods will continue at UC Merced. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

From the Burbank baseball team, Danny Porras is headed to Claremont McKenna. Matt Lungaro will attend the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Lungaro will have a teammate nearby, as Henry Leake is continuing his career at Babson College in Massachusetts.

Girls’ soccer and track star Kira Bochard will compete in both sports at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Her soccer teammate Dani Yanez is moving on to play at Chico State University. Track star Haleigh Cusumano will continue her career at UC San Diego.

Kira Bochard (left) and Haleigh Cusumano (right) will both run in college. Photo By: Edaward Tovmassian

Boys’ track star Vedavit Shetty will move on to Glendale Community College. GCC will also get a boost from distance runner Angel Flores. Burbank girls’ distance runner Jamie Giammichele will move on to Cal State Northridge, where she will make an attempt to compete with the cross country team.

From the girls’ volleyball team, Rachel Wiley will continue her career at Pierce College in Woodland Hills.


The Indians’ class of 2017 is headlined by football players Chance Bell and Jesse Chamberlain. Bell, a running back, is headed to San Diego State. Chamberlain, an offensive lineman, signed a letter of intent with San Jose State University.

Jesse Chamberlain (left) and Chance Bell (right) will both be playing major college football. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs boys’ basketball star Tristen Hull will continue his career at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

Diego Galaviz, a left-sided defender on Burroughs’ Pacific League champion boys’ soccer team, has signed with Cal State Dominguez Hill. Cameron Kelly and Jake Lasso-Spell are both planning on playing at Los Angeles Mission College.

Goalkeeper Jordan Morgan is uncommitted, but will play in college. Defender Richard Alonzo is also considering the idea of continuing his career, but is undecided.

From the girls’ soccer team, Mireya Gonzalez and Alondra Solis will both move on to Alcorn State University.  Golfer Maddie Riggs, who also played soccer, will bring her clubs to UC Irvine.

Also from the girls’ golf team, Ashley Phelps will play at Cal State Northridge and Raelinn Arnold will play at Buena Vista University.

Ashley Phelps will play golf at Cal State Northridge.

From the boys’ golf team, Louis D’Aquila will play at College of the Canyons.

Boys’ volleyball star Connor Ludlum is planning on playing at Santa Barbara Community College.

Distance runners Patrick and Timothy Wells will continue their cross country and track careers at Pepperdine University.

Timothy Wells is moving on to Pepperdine University. Photo By: Edaward Tovmassian

Middle distance star Daniel Fendrich is still undecided between Glendale Community College and Cal State Northridge.

Distance runner Heidi Eligio will continue at Northridge. Izzy Funes, a jumper and sprinter, will continue her career at Occidental College. Sprinter Megan Wade will continue at the University of La Verne.

Burroughs’ softball team will continue have a few more players moving on. Lauren Lopez will continue  at Wilmington College in Delaware next year. Brianna Johnson will be playing at Bloomfield College in New Jersey and Amanda Flores will be at Pasadena City College.

From the girls’ basketball team Haley Wilson and Caitlyn Pentland are expected to play at Glendale Community College.

Burroughs baseball players Justin Palafox and Riley Hooper are also expected to play at Glendale Community College.

Burroughs swimmer Nathan Armstrong will continue his career at Beloit College in Wisconsin.


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.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

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.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(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.










Burbank, Burroughs Football Ready to Do Battle

Things won’t be much different than in the past when Burbank and Burroughs highs hook up at Memorial Field on Friday night for the 68th time in the storied history.

Of course citywide bragging rights are at stake. But that is not the only thing on the line in the Pacific League finale. A berth in the CIF Southern Section playoffs could be reward for the victor.

Burbank (6-3, 5-1 in league), which is ranked No. 10 in the CIF Southern Section Division 8 poll, can pretty much lock down a playoff spot with a win.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (4-5, 3-3 in league) faces a tougher task as it will have to make the playoffs as an at-large team, since it will not finish among the top three teams in league. It did receive votes for the Division 8 poll, however, offering a glimpse of hope that it could sneak in with a win.

“The goal of our staff is to keep things as normal as possible throughout the week,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We don’t shy away from the magnitude of the rivalry or playoff implications.  We know the players think about it, so we talk about the rivalry, playoffs and what it all means to them.  With that information we try to get on the same page and typically, come out with the same objective as every week, win!”

Burroughs won last season’s battle, 47-21, after Burbank won the three previous meetings.

For Burroughs to win again, the Indians will have come up with a game plan quite unique.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians will be without five starters. Quarterback Hayden Zepeda is out with a Grade 2 tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Linebacker Nico Frugone has been out several weeks with a knee injury and will not return. Junior linebacker Kevin Hebri will not play because of a concussion and junior linebacker Bryce Upshur is out with a torn ligament in his left ankle. Receiver Nathan Lehman will also not play because of a shoulder injury.

Burroughs moved up sophomore Nathan Piper to the varsity last week to take over for Zepeda. Senior Gabriel Pellot could also see time at quarterback.

“We’ve had some definite impact players that have gone down to injury. We’re trying to get the soldiers, the warriors, the competitors out there,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said.

Reily said he isn’t sure what to make of the fact that his team received votes in the CIF poll.

“I haven’t figured that formula out,” Reily said.  “That’s great to see, but honestly I don’t know what it means. We’re focused on Friday night and trying to put together a great game plan and beat Burbank.”

Running back Chance Bell, who is committed to San Diego State, was in street clothes Tuesday as he said he is nursing some minor injuries.

“I’m going to be ready to go on Friday,” Bell said.

Bell said he is confident.

“Our coaches always come up with a good game plan,” Bell said. “It is whether we execute it or not.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank is a veteran team and comes in healthy with no players expected to miss the game due to injury.

The Bulldogs are also eager to get back to their winning ways after losing to Crescenta Valley last week, following a five-game winning streak.

“Though I am disappointed in the fact that we did not reach our first season goal (win a league title), we have done a number of things that has made our staff very proud,” Broussard said. “Our defense has carried us this year forcing over 30 turnovers in nine games.  This has created great opportunities for our offense this season.  Our punt and punt block teams have also been bright spots as well, allowing us to control field position and create scoring opportunities.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank is led by senior quarterback Guy Gibbs, who has been the starter since the end of his sophomore year.

Senior Nick Warren and junior Darnell Williams have been the go-to running backs.

Seniors Forrest Fajardo and Joey Miller have been the top passing targets.

The defense is led by seniors Andy Reyes and Jake Kelley. Known for his punting and home run hitting skills, Danny Porras has also been a tough force as a defensive lineman.


Burroughs Football Can’t Match Up to Arcadia

Both teams have a lot in common. Both wear red in their uniforms. Both have quarterbacks who wear number 18 and running backs who wear 22 and do virtually all of the running there is to do for their respective teams.

But that is where the comparisons end between Burroughs and Arcadia highs.

Friday night the Apaches proved to be too quick and physical for the Indians in a 37-27 win at Memorial Field.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I thought Arcadia just simply out-physicalled us and played harder,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “They basically manhandled us up and down the field. They definitely had some speed, but they outhustled us.”

Arcadia (6-0, 3-0 in league) had a fine effort from junior quarterback Max Davila, who was 19 of 27 for 269 yards and three touchdowns.

Burroughs running back Chance Bell had 32 carries for 216 yards and all four of the Indians’ touchdowns.

The visiting Apaches opened the scoring as Randy Ludwig kicked a 37-yard field goal with 6:08 left in the first quarter.

Burroughs (3-3, 2-1 in league) countered with Bell, who scored his first touchdown, a seven-yard run with 36 seconds left in the first quarter.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Davila hooked up with sophomore receiver Rolandiss Whitener on an 18-yard reception to give Arcadia a 10-7 lead.

Davila helped his own cause by running 26 yards on a fake with 7:07 left in the first half to push Arcadia’s lead to 17-7.

Following a Burroughs turnover, sophomore Jahlique Stephens scored on a 12-yard run to make it 24-7.

Bell helped keep Burroughs in the game by scoring on a one-yard run 3:15 left in the first half.

But Arcadia wasn’t done in the first half.

Davila hooked up with Raeshawn Roland on a 31-yard touchdown pass. Roland, who said he is a silent commit to the University of Wyoming, scored Arcadia’s lone second-half touchdown, a 60-yard screen pass from Davila.

His second touchdown came moments after Burroughs had cut the lead to 30-21 following Bell’s two-yard run with 7:22 to play.

Arcadia will return to Memorial Field next Friday evening when the play Burbank High. Burroughs will be playing Thursday vs Glendale High.


(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)



Burroughs Football Too Tough for Pasadena

Quality veteran coaching is definitely a key factor in high school football and it played a key role Friday night as Burroughs High defeated host Pasadena 43-8 in a Pacific League contest.

Although Burroughs coach Mike Reily is in his first year as head coach after 14 seasons as an assistant, several of the Indians’ assistant coaches have been together for many years.

“Defensively we have some experienced coaches who have been doing this a long time and who put together packages that we think are going to be effective against what we see,” Reily said. “Quite honestly, what we thought we were going to see tonight isn’t exactly what they came out in. We had to go make some adjustments to our adjustments that we had all week. We got it figured out and settled things down and started rolling like we wanted to.”

Burroughs’ defense held Pasadena to 69 yards rushing as a team. Pasadena’s passing game was held to just 62 yards.

Burroughs (3-2, 2-0 in league) also intercepted three Pasadena passes. Preston Hernandez had two of those interceptions and Ben Peters had the other.


Offensively Burroughs was once again led by San Diego State commit Chance Bell, who had 24 carries for 177 yards and three touchdowns.

Bell scored on a 7-yard run with 8:10 left in the first quarter to open the scoring.

Quarterback Hayden Zepeda hooked up with Cerain Baker on a 27-yard touchdown with 5:37 left in the first quarter to make it 14-0.

Zepeda scored on a quarterback keeper at the 11:13 mark of the second quarter to make it 21-0.

After a Pasadena (0-5, 0-2) touchdown and two-point conversion made it 21-8, Bell scored on a 46-yard run with 2:21 left in the first half.

Hernandez returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown at the 5:58 mark of the third quarter.

Bell added a 9-yard touchdown run 3:05 left in the third quarter to make it 40-8.


Jonathan Rivas kicked a 39-yard field goal 6:47 to play, giving Burroughs a 35-point advantage.

The rest of the game was played with a running clock.

Burroughs will host Arcadia High next Friday at Memorial Field.

“I haven’t had a chance to see them on film. They are a well-coached group and an athletic group,” Reily said of Arcadia. “Like I told these guys, we’re going to celebrate tonight and enjoy this victory but we’ve got our hands full come Monday morning. There is no off week or easy week by any means.”

Burroughs’ Bell Has Banner Night, Indians Win, 55-21

By Rick Assad


For one half, Burroughs High and Hoover played on even terms, but this all changed in the second half when the Indians scored seven touchdowns and claimed a 55-21 decision over the Tornadoes in the Pacific League opener on Thursday night at Moyse Field.

Front and center was senior tailback Chance Bell, who ran for a personal-best 333 yards on 23 carries with six touchdowns.

Bell had 247 yards on 13 rushes in the second half and added five touchdowns.


Tailback Chance Bell ran for 333 yards and six touchdowns in 55-21 win over Hoover. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I came out and performed,” said Bell, who has committed to San Diego State. “We had to adjust a little bit at halftime.”

Bell was coming off a 260-yard, three-fumble outing and loss against Diamond Ranch.

“That felt like a nightmare,” he said. “I knew they [Hoover] were going to try and stop me. They had a picture of me on their bulletin board. But it’s more than me. My offensive line blocks for me. My receivers block for me. It’s not just me. We’re a team.”


Quarterback Hayden Zepeda passed for 62 yards on seven of 11 attempts versus Tornadoes. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

With this stellar performance, Bell etched his name into the Burroughs record book having the fourth most rushing yards in a single game and is tied for second in points scored with 36.

Zander Anding holds the single game mark with 393 yards against Glendale in 2011 while Dominique Barnes and Mike Barrett hold the standard with 42 points.

Barnes set his record versus Hoover in 2008 and Barrett against Valencia in 1995.

Hoover, which came in with its best start since 1958, held Bell to 86 yards on 10 carries in the opening half.


Hoover quarterback Andrew Rangel tries to escape junior linebacker Kevin Hebri (#54) and senior defensive back Preston Hernandez, who had two picks. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Bell scored on a 48-yard burst with 44.6 seconds left in the first quarter that ended a 68-yard march and evened it at 7-7.

The Tornadoes (3-1 and 0-1 in league) pulled in front 7-0 on a two-yard scamper from senior running back Quinton Smith (17 carries for 69 yards) and 8:11 left in the initial period that finalized a 69-yard march.

On five straight series in the second half, Bell scored five touchdowns as the Indians (455 total net yards) took control.

Bell’s 43-yard sprint with 10:05 remaining capped a 55-yard excursion that made it 14-7 and his 73-yard dash and 6:01 on the clock pushed Burroughs ahead 21-7.


Senior wide receiver Paul Bogart breaks free. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When Bell found the end zone on a 17-yard trek and 3:46 left that ended a 58-yard march, the Indians’ lead swelled to 27-7 and Bell’s 12-yard romp with 1:05 showing extended the advantage to 34-7.

Bell’s final tally, a six-yard run, came with 9:11 left in the fourth period and provided Burroughs (2-2 and 1-0 in league) with a 41-7 cushion.

Junior running back Ben Peters (64 yards on four carries) made it 48-14 with an 80-yard kickoff return and also tossed in a 55-yard run with 4:13 showing to make it a 34-point spread.

Hoover scored a pair of touchdowns in the final stanza when Smith dotted the end zone from a yard out and 6:15 remaining to make it 41-14 as the Tornadoes went 80 yards.

The Tornadoes (372 total yards) lowered the lead to 48-21 when sophomore quarterback Andrew Rangel (16 rushes for 111 yards) chipped in with a 69-yard scamper and 5:15 showing.

Rangel passed for 93 yards on six of 12 with two interceptions while Burroughs senior quarterback Hayden Zepeda connected on seven of 11 for 62 yards.

Senior defensive back Preston Hernandez had two interceptions for the Indians.

Burroughs will next meet host Pasadena on Friday with a 7 p.m. start.





Bell Leads Burroughs Football Past Royal

 By Rick Assad

If there was any question about the status of Burroughs High senior tailback Chance Bell’s thigh bruise sustained the previous week in a lopsided loss to Cathedral, it was answered on the opening drive against Royal.

Bell carried the ball on six consecutive plays, including a 33-yard scoring run with 6:26 left in the first quarter as the Indians held off the Highlanders 26-21 in a nonleague battle Friday at Memorial Field.

Bell finished the evening with a personal-best 46 carries for a game-high 235 yards and three touchdowns.

“There was a lot of hard work during practice,” said Bell, who had 156 yards on 21 carries in the first half. “There are a lot of things we have to work on, but I’m just happy to get the win.”


Burroughs (1-1) led 16-7 at the intermission, but was outscored 14-10 in the second half against the Highlanders (171 total net yards), who came in having surrendered 68 points in two losses.

The win was the first for Coach Mike Reily, who was pleased with the final score. “It was awesome,” said Reily about his initial victory.

Reily was also happy with Bell’s incredible performance. “That was a lot of carries, but he’s a great running back. I don’t know if I want him to carry the ball 46 times, but there might be games we need him to carry it that many times. I also think we have to be conscious about how we use him.”

The Indians darted in front 14-0 with 10:35 left in the second quarter when Bell scored on a two-yard run.

Bell, who had two receptions for 15 yards, was asked if he was tired in the second half.

“Yeah, I got a little winded,” he said. “At halftime I got my second wind. That was a lot carries, but I also want to be smart out there. I’m going to run hard and try and break tackles, but I also need to be smart.”

Burroughs’ advantage expanded to 16-0 when junior quarterback Chris Hulin (six of eight for 62 yards and one interception) was tackled by senior linebacker Nico Frugone in the end zone for a safety and 2:35 remaining before halftime.

Royal (0-3) cut the deficit to 16-7 when the ball sailed over junior punter/kicker Jonathan Rivas’ head as the Highlanders took over deep inside Indians territory.

It took one play for junior quarterback Jacob Ulmann (four of six for 57 yards) to find senior wide receiver Mitchel Hunter (63 yards on three catches) with an 18-yard pass and 1:22 on the clock in the second quarter.

A drive that began the second half by the Indians resulted in a missed 29-yard field goal attempt by Rivas, but the next time Burroughs (321 total yards) had the ball, it marched from its 43-yard line as Bell capped an 11-play march with an eight-yard run as 2:24 remained in the third quarter.

The 23-7 lead looked solid, but Royal would get within five points and 1:33 left in the contest when Hulin carried the ball into the end zone after an eight-yard scamper that made it 26-21.

Royal trimmed the lead to 26-14 when senior strong safety Tommy Pinneri picked off senior quarterback Hayden Zepeda (nine of 18 for 80 yards and one pick) and raced 25 yards into the end zone with 6:19 left in the final quarter.

With 8:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, Rivas tacked on a 20-yard field goal that made it 26-7.

On Burroughs’ final drive which began at the Indians 48-yard line, Zepeda marched his club to the Royal 39-yard line as time expired.

The Indians will host Diamond Ranch next Friday.

Burroughs Football Roughed Up by Cathedral, 51-7

It certainly wasn’t the start the Burroughs High football team envisioned to begin a new era under coach Mike Reily.

But the good news is that the Indians do not figure to see another opponent the rest of the season as talented as the Cathedral High team they faced Friday night.

Burroughs was overwhelmed and fell 51-7 in Los Angeles.

“You don’t want to start a season like this, but it provides a good measuring stick and provides a good gauge on where we want to be and what we need to do to get to that point,” Reily said.

Cathedral (2-0) has a number of players that are committed to colleges in the Pacific-12 Conference, including 6-foot-4, 232-pound defensive end Hunter Echols. Echols is currently committed to USC after being previously committed to UCLA.

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But Echols wasn’t the player that gave Burroughs the most headaches. That honor went to receiver Jamire Calvin, who finished with five touchdowns. Calvin, transferred to Cathedral from Pacific League rival Muir High.

He scored on receptions of 20, 52, 23 and 25 yards. Two of the touchdowns came from senior quarterback Andrew Tovar and two came from freshman Bryce Young. Cathedral used both quarterbacks throughout the game.  Calvin also returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown.

“We had no misconceptions about Cathedral,” Reily said. “We knew they were very athletic and athletically gifted. We knew it would be a big battle, but we didn’t want to shy away from that. Across the board they had great athletes at just about every position. It definitely created a challenge for us. ”

While Burroughs was certainly outmanned, the Indians showed they should be able to move the ball much easier against the remaining teams on their schedule.

But the Indians will also have to hope that running back Chance Bell is back. The San Diego State-commit was injured after taking a helmet to his knee on the second-half kickoff. He did not return, but his injury did not appear to rule him out for the rest of the season as was initially feared.

“We’re going to take some tests and our athletic trainer will take a closer look,” Reily said.

Bell scored Burroughs’ lone touchdown, as he took a screen pass from quarterback Hayden Zepeda and went 49 yards into the end zone with 8:10 left in the first half.

Without Bell, Burroughs turned to junior Ben Peters, who had 31 yards rushing on 11 carries, all in the second half.

Bell had 12 carries for 35 yards.

“We have a lot of kids where this was their very first varsity experience and against an opponent like Cathedral, it is quite the first-game experience,”  Reily said.  “I think once they realize I’m no longer a brand new starter on this, they’ll settle down a bit.”



Burroughs Football Looks to Continued Success Under Reily

Replacing 37 graduated seniors from a Pacific League championship team with a 10-2 record is something the Burroughs High football will not have an easy time duplicating.

That has left the Indians relatively young and inexperienced heading into the 2016 season, the first season for Mike Reily as the head coach.

Reily is no stranger to Burroughs. He graduated from the school in 1994. He earned a scholarship to play at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before returning to his alma mater and has spent the past 14 seasons as an assistant to longtime head coach Keith Knoop. Knoop is now one of Reily’s assistants.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

One of the brightest notes for Burroughs is that for the first time in more than a quarter of a century, the Indians enter the season with two players already committed to major college football programs.

Running back Chance Bell (5-foot-9, 180 pounds) is committed to San Diego State and offensive lineman Jesse Chamberlain (6-3, 280) has pledged his allegiance to Fresno State.

“It’s comforting to have guys like that in your program,” said Reily. “They are two of the five captains. We’re expecting a great season out of them, but this is a team sport and you need nine other guys.”

Bell, who was the Pacific League Player of the Year last year, is clearly the go-to player on offense.

Seniors Hayden Zepeda (6-1, 185) and Gabriel Pellott (5-7, 130) are competing for the chance to hand the ball off to Bell.

Bell is backed up by junior Benjamin Peters (5-7, 160), senior Nico Frugone (5-10, 180) and senior Oscar Perez (5-7, 150).

Burroughs’ group of receivers features two seniors in Taiyo Gibbs (6-0, 185) and Sammy Duran (5-9, 160) and two juniors in Cerain Baker (6-2, 185) and Gavin Aguilar (6-3, 185).

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The offensive line is led by Chamberlain, an All-CIF pick last season and center Tommy Howe (6-0, 230), a returning all-league player. Juniors Erwin Hernandez (5-7, 250), Jacob Real (5-11, 245) and Adam Sporkin (6-2, 235) make up the rest of the offensive line.

“Those 37 seniors had played football together for a long time,” Reily said. “We have a young team with some key seniors. We have some kids playing varsity football for the first time. We’re trying to get up to speed and be competitive.”

On defense, Burroughs faces even more questions as Reily said few have secured starting spots.

On the defensive line, junior Daniel Duran (5-8, 180) and senior Jake Redcloud (5-11, 190) figure to see time along with Chamberlain and Howe.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

In the linebacker positions, Frugone, Gibbs, senior Diego Tovar (6-0, 175), and junior Kevin Hebri (5-10, 200) appear to have the inside track at getting significant playing time.

In the secondary, senior Jerel Turla (5-6, 150) , junior Evan Osegueda (5-8, 160), junior Nick Manna (6-0, 180), Peters and Baker are fighting for playing time.