Both the Homecoming King and Queen from Burbank and Burroughs High Schools took their place before the kickoff of the Big Game.
A highlight of the Burbank-Burroughs Game Friday night was the presentation of the Homecoming Court for both schools on Memorial Field minutes before game kickoff.
Posing on the track while parents snapped photographs were Burroughs royalty members.
From coronation last weekend throughout spirit week, the experience has been incredible, said Burroughs Homecoming Queen Sophie Chamberlain, 17.
“There are so many people supporting you and Burroughs is so great, there is so much school spirit and I just love being a part of it,” the senior said.
Coincidentally, her mother was Homecoming Queen at a high school in Northern California, she added.
Senior Max Chamberlain, no relation to the queen, called being named Homecoming King “exciting!”
The 17-year-old said it’s been fun walking out on the field for the presentation of the court.
Across the football field, Homecoming Queen Samantha Kim, 17, was reigning over Burbank High School’s court.
She was hoping she would be named Homecoming Queen at the coronation dance last Saturday night.
“But I didn’t want to jinx it, [so] when I got it — it was so exciting!” she said.
Isaiah Torres, 17, had three words for being named Burbank High’s Homecoming King.
“It’s pretty cool!” he said.
Making the evening more special, his sister was nominated for Homecoming Princess her junior year at Burbank High School.
To celebrate after the game, both Samantha and Isaiah thought they would culminate the evening of celebration with food, they said.
“I’ll probably just go have a big slice of cake or something!” Kim said.
Torres will be celebrating with Filipino dishes, he said.
The rest of Burroughs Homecoming court included 2012 King Connor Bond and Queen Nia Johnson; Princess Marissa Rohan and Prince Brennan Flynn; Princess Maddie Aragon and Prince Marc Caraan; Princess Francesca Seta and Prince Nick Zevallos; Princess Annika Gonzalez and Prince Marvin De La Cruz.
Burbank High School’s Homecoming court were Princess Lexi Lyneis and Prince Frankie Holder; Princess Stacie Still and Prince Christopher Bradford; Princess Carolina Herrera and Prince Aiden Lopez; Princess Berly Bermudez and Prince Lorenzo Malinao; Princess Hanna Moulten and Prince Alec Agana.
Zander Anding carried the bulk of the load on Burroughs’ opening drive, setting the tone for the evening. Lining-up at quarterback and running out of the “Wiildcat” formation he took the Tribe down the field for an easy touchdown.
When Burbank countered with a 90-yard kickoff return and a short 4-yard TD drive of its own it appeared the rivalry game was going to be another close contest. When the game was still tied at 7-7 midway through the second quarter, some on the Indians’ sideline looked antsy.
Anding said he never worried.
“We knew we were the best conditioned team on the field – we have been all year,” he said. “Our coaches have prepared us physically and mentally and we knew they would tire out.”
Indeed, Burbank looked a step slower than Burroughs in the second half as the Indians pulled away for a 34-7 victory in the Pacific League finale for both teams played at Arcadia High School.
With the win, the Indians claimed a share of the league title for the third straight year.
Anding’s 73-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter put Burroughs up 14-7 at the half. His nine-yard run with 8:30 remaining in the third quarter made it a two touchdown lead, 21-7.
On the ensuing Burroughs drive, quarterback Brad Hunt faked a handoff to Anding and scampered 17 yards for a touchdown to put the Indians up 28-7 with 5:56 to go in the third quarter and the route was on.
Anding finished with 349 yards on 29 carries – topping the 300-yard mark for the fifth time in nine games. He crossed the 300-yard plateau on a hard earned four-yard with 3:55 remaining in the contest. Then he went untouched 46 yards for a TD on a run to the edge on the very next play to come within a yard of 350 yards on the night.
In total, Anding finished the regular season with 2,453 yards which is not only the best single-season mark in the school’s history, but the best single-season mark in Pacific League history as well. He also scored 25 touchdowns.
Burroughs (6-4, 6-1) now leads the all-time series with Burbank, 41-22. It has also won six of the last seven meetings between the two rivals. The Tribe’s win also knocked the Bulldogs (4-6, 3-4) from playoff contention.
“We don’t think about that stuff, we really try to treat it like another game,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said after the game. “We built this team with the focus of winning league and on winning in the playoffs and this was huge for both.”
Still, having been a part of the rivalry in some capacity for nearly three decades, Knoop understands the importance of the game to his team.
“We’ve told them they’ll tell their kids about the game and that they probably end up marrying someone who went to Burbank High” he joked.
Knoop added he is most proud of his team for overcoming a lot of obstacles this season, from an injury to Anding that largely contributed to the team’s lone league loss to having to play all of its games on the road because of construction to Memorial Field.
“It takes a special group of kids,” he said. “We are tired of buses to Luther (Middle School) for practice and tired of playing all of our games on the road, but we hope to do it awhile longer in these playoffs.”