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Burbank Football’s Dream Season Falls Short of CIF Title

Hoping to become the first team in school history to win a CIF Southern Section title in football, the Burbank High Bulldogs came up just a little short Friday night, losing 31-21 to host Yorba Linda High in the Division 8 championship.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We had a mission to accomplish and we didn’t do it,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said.

Despite the loss, Broussard was proud of the season his team had.

“This group of kids are special. They did a lot for this school. From here on out, Burbank will be looked at differently,” he said.

Burbank (10-4) had a number of obstacles to overcome. Mother Nature was the biggest as heavy winds made it difficult to pass the ball.

Broussard said the winds made his team change strategy.

“It was tough to prepare for this,” Broussard said.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs didn’t want to use the wind as an excuse.

“It’s football,” Gibbs said. “You’re supposed to play the game in any weather.”

Burbank was fortunate enough to see star receiver Forest Fajardo return from injury after missing two playoffs games. Also back was punter Danny Porras from a broken foot, who unfortunately had to kick into the wind on several of his punts.

On the downside, Burbank played without four-year starter Andy Reyes, who was the Pacific League Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. He did not play for undisclosed reasons.

Yorba Linda (12-2) scored the first touchdown of the game at the 8:18 mark as Jaydyn Webb was pushed into the end zone by his offensive line.

An official’s whistle blew far before Webb reached the end zone, but the officials later denied having called the play dead.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank tied things at the 2:29 mark of the first quarter when Gibbs found Fajardo for a 14-yard touchdown.

Yorba Linda went back on top at the 10:23 mark of the second quarter when Webb scored on a two-yard run.

Webb scored once again from two yards out with 5:30 left in the first half, putting Yorba Linda up 21-7.

Burbank fought back, though. Nick Warren ran 42 yards right through the middle of the Mustangs’ defense with 3:22 left in the half to make it 21-14.

Warren also later intercepted a pass on the final play of the first half.

Burbank tied things up at the 7:19 mark of the third quarter when Gibbs hooked up with Drew Pendelton on a 23-yard touchdown.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Yorba Linda survived a pair of fourth down and one situations in the third quarter to help set up Webb’s fourth touchdown of the game, a six-yard run with 1:20 left in the period.

Burbank appeared to be in a position to come back and tie things up in the fourth quarter. However, a fumble that was recovered by Yorba Linda followed by a questionable pass interference call against the Bulldogs helped Yorba Linda set up a 18-yard field by Cole Magliano with 3:28 left to play.

 

 

 

 

 

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.”

 

 

Burbank Football Passes First Playoff Test

With a strong core of seniors who have been together for a long time, the Burbank High football team knows the consequences of losing in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The extra motivation appeared to help the Bulldogs out Friday night as they easily wore down visiting Brea-Olinda 52-32 in the first round of the Division 8 playoffs.

“I just want to out with a bang. There’s a lot of seniors on this team. We play every game like it could be our last game,” Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs said.

Gibbs played perhaps the best game of his career, as he completed 18 of 23 passes for 278 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

“I’m so proud of him,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said of Gibbs. “We saw some things that we liked and we felt we could execute and we went after it.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (8-3) will travel to Covina to face Northview High, a 38-6 winner over Chino.

Brea Olinda (4-7) actually scored on the first play of the game as Noah Rivera ran back the opening kickoff.

“That’s the third time it has happened,” Broussard said of his team, which has won all three of these games. “It’s funny because Gibbs said ‘It’s alright, we’re fine.’”

Sure enough Burbank was fine.

Andy Reyes helped the Bulldogs by recording a sack in the end zone, resulting in a safety. On just the second play of the ensuing drive, Joey Miller ran for a 34-yard touchdown. It was one of four touchdowns on the night for Miller, who entered the game with four touchdowns during the regular season.

“The whole team is coming together. We’re going to make a run for it and go deep in the playoffs and hopefully the championship game,” Miller said.

Miller has been able to see the ball more now that star receiver Forest Fajardo has missed the last two games with a rib injury.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“When someone goes down, someone has to step up and the coaches put a lot of trust into me,” Miller said.

Miller also scored on touchdown receptions of 58 and 54 yards and returned a kickoff 55 yards.

Junior Drew Pendelton wasn’t far behind. He had a pair of touchdown receptions and added two points on a sack that resulted in a safety.

Pendelton had eight receptions for 105 yards.

Burbank went up 45-16 with 5:21 left in the third quarter to put the game essentially out of reach.

Jake Kelley, who intercepted a pass on defense, scored on a six-yard pass from Gibbs.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)