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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.”

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.”

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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.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

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 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.”