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Burbank Football Sprints to CIF Title Game

The journey is not yet complete, but the Burbank High football team cemented itself as the greatest in school history Friday by defeating visiting Don Lugo of Chino 44-14 in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 8 playoffs at Memorial Field.

As a result, Burbank will play at Yorba Linda High on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm to decide the CIF championship. The Bulldogs are making their first finals appearance in the more than 100-year history of the school.

Burbank High's Joseph Miller gains yardage during action against Do Lugo Friday night at Memorial Field. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High’s Joseph Miller gains yardage during action against Do Lugo Friday night at Memorial Field. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank coach Richard Broussard pointed to a key moment in the season when he said his team changed its attitude after losing to Crescenta Valley, which was the eventual Pacific League champion.

“We really wanted to be league champions and we came up short against a really good team. We did some things wrong in that game,” Broussard recalled. “I said you guys are tired of crying, right. Let’s work so that never happens again. These kids didn’t like that feeling. We work our tail off to be as sound as we can be.”

Burbank (10-3) opened up to a 27-0 halftime lead and were never seriously threatened.

Nick Warren scored on a four-yard run with 7:13 left in the first quarter to get things started.

Burbank High's Guy Gibbs make a pass during action against Don Lugo Friday night at Memorial Field. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High’s Guy Gibbs make a pass during action against Don Lugo Friday night at Memorial Field. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Guy Gibbs hooked up with Drew Pendelton on a 28-yard touchdown on the third play of the second quarter to make it 14-0.

Jake Kelley picked up a fumble and went 13 yards into the end zone to open the lead to 20-0 with 3:46 left in the first half.

On Don Lugo’s next drive, sophomore Duncan Smith intercepted a Rudy Garcia pass and it back 24 yards for a touchdown make it 27-0 with 2:50 left in the first half.

“Our team is all about having fun and playing as a family. What we did in the first half,” quarterback Guy Gibbs said. “We want this more than anything. We want to be the first team from Burbank ever to go to the finals and win a championship.
Darnell Williams scored on a seven-yard run with 10:19 left in the third quarter to make 34-0.

Burbank High's Nicolas Warren tries to gain yardage during Friday night's game against Don Lugo. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High’s Nicolas Warren tries to gain yardage during Friday night’s game against Don Lugo. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Warren scored his second touchdown, a seven-yard run, with 7:08 left in the third to make it 41-0.

Don Lugo (10-3) scored a pair of touchdowns, before Andrew Roviro kicked a 25-yard field goal with 1:54 to play to cap Burbank’s scoring.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“This is a pure moment of excitement for me. I’ve been dreaming this my whole life,” said Kelley, who is a second generation Bulldog football player. “I’ve been playing football for 10 years. I can’t tell you the joy that is going through my body right now. “

Gibbs acknowledged that Burbank has stepped up its level of play in the playoffs.

“It was a new start. We’re 0-0,” Gibbs said. “Now it is due or die. Do it or we go home.”

Burbank played once against without star receiver Forest Fajardo and defensive lineman Danny Porras, who are both out with injuries.

 

 

Burbank Football Marches On to Semifinals

Burbank High may have its best football team in school history.

The Bulldogs rallied from an 11-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter to stun second-seeded Northview of Covina 30-27 Friday night in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 8 playoffs at Covina Valley District Field.

With the win, Burbank will host Don Lugo of Chino next Friday at Memorial Field in the semifinals. It will mark just the second time in school history that Burbank has made it to the semifinals with the last time being in 2013.

“These dudes don’t want to stop playing. They feel like they are destined to do something great and really change the face of this program,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said.

Burbank (9-3) began the rally on the second play of the fourth quarter when Darnell Williams scored on a 4-yard run to make it 20-15.

The Bulldogs took the lead when Guy Gibbs hooked up with junior receiver Drew Pendelton on a 37-yard touchdown pass. Joey Miller’s two-point conversion run gave Burbank a 23-20 lead.

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Burbank stopped Northview (10-2) on its next possession as Andy Reyes forced a fumble and Jake Kelley recovered it.

Although Burbank’s offense was able to add to the lead following the fumble, it was the defense that stepped up on Northview’s next offensive series.

Matthew Villagran partially blocked a pass attempt by Northview quarterback Steven Comstock. Anthony Lira intercepted the ball before it hit the turf and ran 17 yards for a touchdown with 3:20 to play.

To nearly put the nail in the coffin, Burbank’s Joey Miller intercepted Comstock on the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive.

“We just flipped a switch when need to,” Broussard said. “Our defense turned it on and put pressure on their offense and really slowed down their pace. Our pressure impacted their ability to go.”

Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs came through with another giant performance. He was 16 of 26 for 250 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Both of Gibbs’ interceptions were in the first half.

“We want this more than anything. The way we played in the second half, I’m all choked up,” Gibbs said.

Burbank’s only first-half points came from a safety as Northview snapped the ball out of the back of the end zone. The Bulldogs trailed 7-2 at halftime and the game appeared very similar to one of Burbank’s nonleague games earlier this season.

“In the locker room I said the Lord blessed us with another opportunity to make up for Downey and we did,” Broussard said. “These boys want to play another game on their home field. They want to go back to Memorial and play another game.”

Nick Warren scored on a one-yard run with 8:43 left in the third quarter to make it 9-7.

Andy Reyes said the team got re-focused during the intermission.

“We gathered together at halftime and said it is win or go home,” Reyes said. “The offense stepped up and moved the ball and the momentum changed.”

 

 

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.

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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.”

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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.

 

Burbank Football Lackluster in Win Over Pasadena

The scoreboard may indicate that Burbank High easily defeated host Pasadena 40-7 Friday night.

But the reality is that the Bulldogs didn’t play close to their best in the Pacific League victory.

“I’m not happy. It is disappointing. I’m making no excuses. We expect to come out and play football. It happens every Friday night at 7,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “The kids know that. They prepare all week for it. I’m not happy with the performance. We could have been a lot more sharp going into a league championship game.  The ramifications of that game are key. That’s why we prepare in January for games like this.”

Burbank (6-2, 5-0 in league) actually trailed Pasadena (1-7, 1-4) at the end of the first quarter.

Pasadena returned the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown, but never seriously threatened to score again.

Burbank got a pair of 35-yard field goals from Andrew Rovira in the first quarter.

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The breakthrough came early in the second quarter when Anthony Lira blocked a Pasadena punt deep in its own and Drew Pendelton picked up the loose ball and easily returned it for a touchdown.

Pasadena fumbled the ball away of its next drive and Darnell Williams scored on first down with a 5-yard run to make it 19-7.

Nick Warren added a 7-yard touchdown run with 2:58 left in the first half to make it 26-7.

Burbank added to its lead in the third quarter when quarterback Guy Gibbs and Jake Kelley connected on a 59-yard touchdown pass.

Gibbs and Forest Fajardo hooked up on a 25-yard touchdown later in the third quarter to push the lead to 40-7.

Next week Burbank will host Crescenta Valley at Memorial Field in a battle of the only two remaining unbeaten teams in league.

“I’m excited to see how we look,” Broussard said. “ I think we’ve got great kids, but this game I’m over it.”

Gibbs finished 13 of 31 for 229 yards passing with a pair of touchdowns and one interception.

“On offensive we didn’t execute things well in the beginning,” Gibbs said. “We have a big week ahead of us. We have to study in the film room and execute during the week. We have to work on what we do and watch and see how they play and we need to play harder next week.”

Andy Reyes, the reigning Pacific League Defensive Player of the Year, tweaked his left knee attempting to make a spectacular interception. He did not return, but appeared confident he will be able to return next week.

Defense Is Key for Burbank Football in Win Over Arcadia

It may be a cliché to say that defenses win championships.

But it is a cliché that Burbank High football coach Richard Broussard, like many coaches, believes in. Broussard saw his team record 11 sacks Friday as Burbank defeated previously unbeaten Arcadia 26-16 in a Pacific League contest at Memorial Field.

“Defense is all I can say. That’s my quote. We did a good job of bottling them up. I’m so proud of the guys,” Broussard said.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (5-2 overall, 4-0 in league) was well prepared for the Arcadia combo of quarterback Max Davila throwing screen passes to receiver Raeshawn Roland. Roland, a silent commit to the University of Wyoming, finished with three receptions for 13 yards.

“We knew that was their go-to play when they were in trouble,” Broussard said. “I was proud of the film study and the practice. We practiced so well.”

The defenses on both sides were so good that both offenses had difficulty getting into a rhythm.

As a result, the two teams combined for 11 turnovers .

“We’re battling for a league title and so were they. That was a great game,” Broussard said. “The guys came to play. They put in an amazing effort. Those kids played with passion and enthusiasm. That is what football is all about.”

Burbank (5-2) fell behind earlier as Arcadia took advantage of an early fumble in the red zone. The defense held the Apaches to just a field goal though.

Struggling to get the offense going, Burbank put defensive back Andy Reyes in at quarterback to start the second quarter. Reyes eventually got the Bulldogs on the board with 10:36 left in the first half by moving a file of defenders six yards into the end zone on a keeper.

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank added to its lead late in the first half when Drew Pendleton picked up a fumble by an Arcadia receiver and returned it 85 yards.

But Arcadia fought back to score a touchdown with 4.8 seconds left in the half as quarterback Max Davila hooked up with John Freeman-Lee on  14-yard pass.

But that was the last offensive touchdown Arcadia would score as Burbank’s defense held the Apaches’ running game to a minus 3 yards for the game. Davila who was pressured all night had 23 carries for no positive yards and star sophomore running back Jahlique Stephens was held to minus five yards on 11 carries.

Burbank extended its lead to 19-10 when Darnell Williams scored on a 6-yard run with 9:50 left in the third quarter.

Forest Fajardo’s second interception of Davila was returned 29 yards for a touchdown with 7:37 left in the third quarter, giving Burbank a 26-10 advantage.

Burbank will play at Pasadena High next Friday night.

 

Burbank Football Cruises to 63-7 Win Over Glendale

It didn’t take the Burbank High football team very long to get going Thursday night when the Bulldogs visited Glendale High.

Burbank scored five touchdowns in less than nine minutes and ended up winning 63-7.

The second half was played with a running clock after Burbank led 56-0 at halftime.

Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs was completed seven of nine pass attempts for 155 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came in the first half.

“Guy came up with the first script of plays based upon what we saw on film,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We wanted to open it. We’ve been conservative and we wanted to see if we could open it and it was good to see the ball fly a little bit more.”

Burbank (3-2, 2-0 in league) got things started as Gibbs scored on a one-yard keeper with 9:58 left in the first quarter.

Less than a minute later, Burbank took the ball back following a Glendale punt.

On the first play of the drive, Gibbs found Forrest Fajardo on a 29-yard touchdown pass.

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Burbank added its third touchdown at the 6:22 mark of the first quarter as Damien Flores returned an interception 30 yards.

Nick Warren scored on a 59-yard run on first down at the 4:52 mark of the first quarter to make it 28-0.

Gibbs hooked up with Drew Pendleton on a 54 yard touchdown with 3:18 left in the first quarter, making it 35-0.

Facing a fourth down situation, Gibbs threw a 30-yard touchdown to Fajardo with 11:48 left in the first half. Fajardo finished with four receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

Warren scored a 14-yard touchdown 9:17 left in the first half to make it 49-0. He finished with seven carries for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Darnell Williams scored a 37-yard touchdown with 3:11 left in the first half. Williams eight carries for 98 yards.

Jake Kelley scored on a 4-yard run with 5:04 left in the third quarter. He had six carries for 34 yards.

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Broussard praised his seniors.

“We’re blessed to have guys that have come up together,” he said. “This is their senior year. They’ve put in a lot of work.”

Glendale drops to 1-4 with the loss.

Burbank will host Hoover High at Memorial Field next Thursday at 7 p.m.

 

Burbank Football Rolls in Win Over Monrovia

 By Rick Assad

After two drives that failed to yield points, the Burbank High football team gathered itself and jumped to a halftime lead and never looked back during a 33-7 nonleague season-opening win against Monrovia Friday night at Memorial Field.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Bulldogs dashed ahead 14-7 through one quarter and were in front 20-7 at the intermission.

It wasn’t a perfect effort, but it was close as Burbank committed only one turnover and was in control from the opening kickoff.

Burbank also knocked off Monrovia in last season’s opener, but had that game forfeited because it used an ineligible player.

“It’s over, right?” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said of the second half. “We could have played better. We left points out there and we didn’t always finish drives.”

Broussard went on: “We didn’t do anything on our first drive. That’s when you want to go ahead and score, but we didn’t.”

But the defense really stood out as the Wildcats (122 total net yards) were forced to punt six times and committed four turnovers.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“Our defense is the real deal,” Broussard said. “They get it done for us.”

And so did the offense at times as senior quarterback Guy Gibbs had a solid outing as he nailed 15 of 22 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Gibbs was successful on seven of nine attempts for 49 yards in the second half.

Senior wide receiver Forest Fajardo hauled in nine receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown that he took down the right sideline for a 7-0 lead. It came with 5:47 left in the initial quarter and covered 31 yards.

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Fajardo, also a defensive back, was brilliant as he snared two interceptions and was in the middle of the action on countless other plays.

“He’s the man,” Broussard said. “He’s 6-1 and 190 pounds and he doesn’t know how good he is.”

On the fourth series, senior running back Nick Warren (64 yards on 15 carries and three catches for 12 yards) fumbled at the Wildcats’ seven-yard line, but Fajardo’s pick and 12-yard return for a score with 1:37 left in the first quarter pushed the Bulldogs ahead 14-7.

Junior tailback Darnell Williams chipped in with a 10-yard blast and just over three minutes left in the second quarter to make it 20-7 and capped an 80-yard, 10-play drive. The Bulldogs had 338 total yards.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Williams finished with 64 yards on 11 rushes and also added a nine-yard scamper with 4:03 left on the clock in the fourth quarter that ended a 56-yard, eight-play march and pushed Burbank’s lead to 26 points.

The Bulldogs’ other touchdown was turned in by senior running back Joey Miller (35 yards on five carries) with 4:02 remaining in the third quarter for a 26-7 lead.

Miller, who had three receptions for 28 yards, also plays in the secondary and had an interception.

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Monrovia’s only touchdown came when junior wide receiver/slot back Michael Washington exploded for a 94-yard kickoff return that tied it at 7-7 with 5:33 left in the opening quarter.

Burbank’s next game will be next Friday at home versus Canyon and will get started at 7 p.m.

 

The Sky Is the Limit for Burbank Football

The Burbank High football program of the last 10 seasons has been a complete turnover from the previous decade.

Although Burbank had a number of talented players in the 1990s, team success was limited. In 2003, the Bulldogs broke an 11-year, 51-game Foothill League losing streak.

Since joining the Pacific League in the fall 2006, Burbank has made the playoffs eight times, going 46-24 in league.

In 2016, anything less than a playoff berth for a fifth consecutive season would be a major disappointment.

“They want to put another league title patch in the gym,” coach Richard Broussard said. “That’s their goal.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Broussard will certainly be leading one of the teams mentioned as a strong contender to win the Pacific League title.

He counts 16 starters back from a team that went 7-4 on the field and 5-2 in league. Burbank’s official record was 6-5 as it had to forfeit a game due to an ineligible player.

“We noticed this group of kids as freshman,” Broussard said. “We heard about them coming up through the (Burbank) Vikings. They made it to the Super Bowl and 85 percent of those kids came here.  That doesn’t explicate to varsity football. (But) they have worked hard.”

Burbank’s offense is led by senior quarterback Guy Gibbs (5-11, 175), who became the starter late in his sophomore year.

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“He has a lot of free reign. He has to make the right decisions,” Broussard said. “I’m excited for this kid. He’s made a big jump from last season.”

In the backfield, Burbank has two fine tailbacks in senior Nick Warren (5-9, 185) and junior Darnell Williams (5-9, 185). Warren was an all-league selection as a sophomore and Williams earned second-team all-league honors last season.

Senior receiver Forest Fajardo (6-2, 190), who was the team’s offensive MVP last season, is going to be Gibbs’ biggest target when the Bulldogs pass the ball.

Fajardo had 7 touchdowns last season, including five by reception.

Sophomore Erik Harutyunyan (6-1, 160) is another receiver with a bright future.

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Senior Tim Han (6-2, 230) is a returning first-team all-league pick on the offensive line. He figures to play right tackle.

At left tackle Burbank has senior Scott Breslin (6-3, 265).

Seniors Ivan Ramos (5-9, 195) and Raymond Chavez (5-6, 205) figure to hold down two other offensive line spots. Junior Anthony Lira (6-2, 200) is a versatile two-way player who will probably hold down one of the guard spots.

As talented as Burbank is on offense, the defense might actually be stronger.

Reigning Pacific League Defensive Player of the Year Andy Reyes (5-8, 185) leads the secondary as the strong safety.

The defensive line will feature senior Matt Villagran (6-3, 190), a second-team all-league pick last season. Senior Danny Porras (6-1, 240), who is being recruited by colleges for baseball, will also play up front. Lira should fill the third spot.

In the linebacker spots, senior Jake Kelley (5-11, 175) and junior Drew Pendleton (6-1, 190) figure to start.

The secondary is very talented and will include some two-way players including Fajardo, Warren and Harutyunyan. Miguel Vasquez, a second-team all-league pick last season is also back. If that isn’t enough Burbank also has Joey Miller, who finished second in the Pacific League in the 200 meters in track in 22.2 seconds.

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Broussard said he expects the league race to be tight.

“It is wide open,” he said. “It is going to be a battle week in and week out.”

Burbank Football Looking to Pile Up Points in 2016

Rebuilding is something most high school football programs face annually.

Burbank High is no different.

But unlike many teams, the 2016 Bulldogs will have the luxury of having many key returners on offense. Those players figure to play a key role in putting points on the board.

Burbank finished up its summer football session Thursday, and will now be off for a three-week dead period.

“August 1 is our first practice,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “It is our second annual Midnight Madness.”

Senior Guy Gibbs returns at quarterback. He passed for more than 1,300 yards a year ago with 14 touchdown passes to just seven interceptions.

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Burbank also has a pair of strong running backs in senior Nick Warren and junior Darnell Williams.

Receiver Forest Fajardo, who was a favorite target of Gibbs last season, is also back.

Offensive lineman Tim Han, a first-team all-league pick last season is also back.

Broussard said his team started the summer slowly, but has picked up as time has gone alone.

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The Bulldogs did remarkably well in the Orlando Scandrick Passing League tournament at Los Alamitos High.

“We beat Dorsey and Los Alamitos to make it to the semis,” Broussard said.

Burbank eventually lost to Cathedral, a school that already has two players committed to UCLA. “We were playing well. We were starting to come together that week,” Broussard said. “Our kids competed well. We like playing teams like that.”

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Broussard said that while much of the personnel will be the same, the playbook will not.

“We’ve opened some things up offensively, we’re doing some different stuff,” he said. “I’m excited to see what we’ll look like with a helmet on. Everyone is cute in a shirt and shorts. But real football is about to start. I know the kids are excited. They can’t wait to hit.”