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“BIG GAME!!” 68 Meetings – Burroughs Leads Burbank, 42-26

Burbank vs. Burroughs: a one-of-a-kind rivalry since 1949

Burbank vs. Burroughs: a one-of-a-kind cross-town rivalry since 1949

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Emeritus


68 Meetings

1949 – 2016

Burroughs leads Burbank, 42-26

1949 – Burbank 12, Burroughs 7.  The “Big Game” made its debut in 1949. Former junior high and first year high school, John Burroughs, made what was supposed to be an easy Burbank victory a hard fought battle. The stronger Bulldog team prevailed, however, paced by Pete LiPera who later became head coach at Burbank, and Paul Cameron, who later starred at UCLA.

1950 – Burroughs 6, Burbank 0.  Burroughs avenged the previous year’s loss on a rain drenched field as Louie Elias went 41 yards through “Lake Memorial” for the only score of the game. He later recalled that the rivalry was already intense even though it was only two years old.

1951 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 12. Having already won the Foothill League Championship, the Bulldogs could have let down and been upset; but showing true championship caliber, overpowered the Indians.

1952 – Burbank 33, Burroughs 0.  The Bulldogs were led by Bob McCalmont and shut out the Indians for their second straight series win.

1953 – Burroughs 7, Burbank 0.  Paced by a 44 yard touchdown run by Maurice Elias, brother of Louie, Burroughs returned the previous year’s favor, scoring their second series shutout.

1954- Burroughs 49, Burbank 0.  Again paced by Maurice Elias, who set a then single game school record of 162 yards rushing, the Indians recorded their second straight and third overall series shutout. This stands as the most one-sided victory in the series.

1955 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 14.  On their way to a probable playoff berth, the Indians overlooked the Bulldogs and were knocked out of the playoffs. Steve Searock and Bill Reed led the Bulldogs who were under the guidance of rookie coach Ham Lloyd, whose squad included John Lockwood who later became head coach at Burbank.

1956 – Burbank 18, Burroughs 0.  The Bulldogs scored their second shutout of the series in a battle for the Foothill League title (first time in the series). Played before an estimated crowd of 11,000 people, the Bulldogs were quarterbacked by Bob Alfred and paced by Fred Tunnicliffe, whose nephew, Tom, would later start at both schools, winning CIF Player of the Year as a senior at Burroughs.

1957 – Burroughs 28, Burbank 19.  In another rookie coaching victory, Leon Shortenhaus guided the Indians, led by Bob Hand, to the victory. Playing for Burroughs was Pete Lubisich, who would later go on to play at USC.

1958 – Burbank 32, Burroughs 0.  Posting their third series shutout the Bulldogs were led by the three touchdown performance of Tom Pulford. Tom, whose son, Darrin, also played for the Bulldogs, is one of the many players to have relatives also compete in the series.

1959 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  Trading shutouts again, the Indians scored their fourth win with an assist from Burbank, who was forced to use many J.V. players after having 19 of the varsity members declared ineligible for the game for “egging” the mural over the Burroughs Auditorium. Conde Lick and Brent Vance led the Indians with a TD each.

1960 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 7.  Indian coach Leon Shortenhaus closed out his coaching career at Burroughs with a 3-1 record in the “Big Game”, beginning and ending with a victory.

1961 – Burbank 25, Burroughs 13.  In the fourth of his 22 seasons as a coach at Burroughs, and first as Head Coach, Bob Dunivant watched his Indians and the Bulldogs battle to a 7-7 tie into the third quarter, only to see the Tribe fumble three times in the second half, helping Burbank to the victory.

1962 – Burbank 34, Burroughs 0.  Also beginning and ending his coaching career with a victory, Ham Lloyd posted a 5-3 “Big Game” record with this win in his final game. Phil Culotta scored three touchdowns to pace the Bulldogs to their fourth series shutout and came up just points short of the CIF scoring championship, losing to Steve Grady of Loyola who scored five touchdowns the same evening.

1963 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 7.  Burroughs finally ended a string of seven straight shutout losses since the second game of the season but were unable to contain the Bulldogs’ Gerry Altman, whose 100 yards helped Burbank to its third straight series win.

1964 – Burroughs 27, Burbank 7.  The Bulldogs’ Tom Paggi set a school record with a 74 yard run from scrimmage for one of his two touchdowns on the night but Burroughs snapped a three game losing streak to Burbank.

1965 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  The Indians notched their fifth series shutout.  Bob McCorkle, who passed or ran for a then school record 17 touchdowns on the year, hit Mike Erickson for one touchdown and while playing defense, picked off a Bulldog aerial and returned it 78 yards (also a school record) for another score.

1966 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  Posting its sixth series and fourth season shutout, Burroughs coasted to its favorite score in the rivalry (the Indians have won three 19-0 “Big Games”), and third consecutive series victory.

1967 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 19.  Undefeated going into the game, the Indians again scored 19 points. Burbank, however, on the 173 yard passing of Dale Cirscione and the 85 yard fumble recovery of Randy Ivie for a touchdown, scored 20 for one of the biggest upsets in the series. The win prevented Burroughs from going ahead, for the first time, in the rivalry.

1968 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 13.  The Bulldogs again scored 20 points, led by Bill Johnson who scored all three touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards.

1969 – Burbank 44, Burroughs 8.  Dan Flavin passed for four touchdowns and John Minor rushed for 91 yards for the Bulldogs. The game was so dominated by Burbank that the only Indian score came on a 95 yard kickoff return by Jess Talamantes which remained a school record until 1978. Burbank again won three in a row versus Burroughs.

1970 – Burroughs 15, Burbank 12.  In a well played game, Bulldog star John Minor scored both touchdowns and rushed for 152 yards, only to see his heavily favored team lose to a fired up Indian squad. Burroughs was led by QB Tim Molina who passed for 113 yards and threw two touchdowns to Bruce Wallace. Jess Talamantes rushed for 111 yards.

1971 – Burroughs 17, Burbank 13.  Jeff Budrick and John Funk scored the two Indian touchdowns. Quarterback Tom Lawson completed 19 passes, 10 to Scott Nelson for 117 yards, all of which were single game Indian records at the time. Bob Mendoza booted a 29 yard field goal to seal the victory.

1972 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 0.  Burbank notched their fifth shutout in the series as quarterback Leo Orange and Kenny Walker scored the two Bulldog touchdowns. The game was played for the Foothill League title, and with the victory, Burbank knocked the Indians out of a playoff berth.  Jim Galbraith caught seven passes in a fine effort for the Indians, who went on to shut out Burbank the next three games. The Bulldogs won their fourth league title and would not win another one for the next 37 years (2009).

1973 – Burroughs 6, Burbank 0.  Burroughs tied Crescenta Valley for the league title with their seventh series shutout and went into the CIF Playoffs for only the second time in school history.  Jerry Howell scored the games only touchdown played in pouring rain at “Lake Memorial”.  Indians’ quarterback Curtis Ilhe and wide receiver Randy Simmrin were the inspirational leaders on the team. Simmrin later starred for USC and played for Buffalo and Tampa Bay in the NFL.

1974 – Burroughs 36, Burbank 0.  A boisterous crowd of 12,000 fans came to Memorial Field to witness Burroughs dominate the helpless Bulldogs. Burbank could have tied the Indians for first place in the Foothill League with a win, but were dominated as Burroughs recorded their second consecutive and eighth series shutout, holding the Bulldogs to 36 total yards. All-CIF quarterback Tom Miller passed for three touchdowns and 179 yards, mostly to wide receivers Bob Frishette, Hans Anderson and Kirk Morales. Tony De Felicis, Joe Mersola, Mike McDonald and Ron Wollard all contributed in the convincing win. The Indians went on to post an 11-1 record, tied with the 1979 team for the best record ever, and advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals.

1975 – Burroughs 40, Burbank 0.  Burroughs took the series lead for the first time ever, 14-13, with their ninth series shutout and third consecutive over Burbank. The game also marked Bulldog coach Pete LiPera’s last contest. The rout was highlighted by All-CIF linebacker Mike McDonald, who later played at USC and for the Rams, returning an interception for 67 yards as the Indians finished their first regular season under Craig Bell at 8-1.

1976 – Burbank 17, Burroughs 14.  Burbank avoided a fourth consecutive Burroughs win by upsetting the Indians on a 41-yard field goal by George Florez on the last play of the game. The kick was set up by an interception with 17 seconds left by Rich Good who ran it back 46 yards to the 24-yard line. This was Good’s second pick of the night, both of which set up two Burbank scores for the game. Al Penaranda and George Williams, both of whom had brothers who later played for Burroughs, scored the two Indian touchdowns, while the Bulldogs were paced by Denny Caira.

1977 – Burroughs 40, Burbank 10.  Burbank surprised everyone by taking a 10-7 lead into the locker room at halftime but the Indians roared back in the second half with a fine passing performance by quarterback Dean Townsend.  Mike Pate intercepted a pass for the Indians for a touchdown. George Williams, Lupe Yanez and Reuben Torres also scored for the Indians. The defense was sparked by the play of linebacker Jeff Fitzgerald. The game marked the return of Bob Dunivant as head coach of Burroughs.

1978 – Burroughs 28, Burbank 16.  Burbank, led by Tom Tunnicliffe who passed for 182 yards, again came out on the short end of the score. Lincoln Simonds scored three Indian touchdowns and the defense, led by Nick Manocchia, held the Bulldogs to six yards rushing and sacked Tunnicliffe seven times for a loss of 67 yards.

1979 – Burroughs 33, Burbank 12.  In a unique twist of events, Burroughs, now quarterbacked by Tom Tunnicliffe, who transferred from Burbank, the Indians went into the game rated the number one team in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Southern California, the State and the Nation. The Bulldogs put up a strong fight, scoring 12 points against a team that had badly beaten the previous #1 team, St. Paul, 27-12, and allowed only one touchdown to four previous Foothill League opponents, outscoring them 152-7. The Indians were paced by the 191 yards rushing of Edgar Penaranda and Tunnicliffe’s 123 yards passing while the defense held Burbank to 90 total yards.  Burroughs finished the season 11-1 (tied with the 1974 team for the best record ever) and advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals.  Head Coach Bob Dunivant would later step aside from his coaching duties.

1980 – Burroughs 25, Burbank 17.  Taking a four game lead with their fourth consecutive win in the “Big Game” series, a first for either school, the Indians also knocked the Bulldogs out of a playoff berth while recording their fourth consecutive Foothill League Title, also unprecedented in the history of the league. Led by the rushing of Edgar Penaranda and Rick Williams, plus the passing of Gary English, the Indians managed to hold off a stubborn Burbank team, led by the rushing of Eric Burcham. The Indians went on to the CIF Semifinals.

1981 – Burroughs 44, Burbank 21.  Burroughs jumped out to a 30-7 halftime lead on the passing and rushing of quarterback Rich Strasser (34 and 87 yard touchdown completions) and the rushing of Paul Kibala and Joe D’Alessio. The Indians would advance to their first-ever CIF Finals and finish as runner-ups while winning their fifth consecutive league title.

1982 – Burroughs 42, Burbank 6.  Burbank took to an early lead, going 55 yards on 11 plays to take a 6-0 advantage midway through the first quarter. The Indians, behind the rushing of Bret Mersola, Jeff Markland and Eli Montemayor, finally got on track and cruised to a rather easy victory. It was Burroughs’ sixth consecutive win over Burbank.

1983 – Burbank 24, Burroughs 21.  In one of the more exciting games of the series, the Bulldogs opened the scoring with a one yard run by Derek Trabilcy.  The lead changed hands several times in the game until late in the fourth quarter when Burroughs tied the score on a 61 yard pass from Sean Spring to Bret Mersola. Burbank, led by QB Gary Lotka, took their last possession of the game and marched down the field to the Indian 10, and lined up for a field goal with less than 10 seconds on the clock. The first Bulldog attempt was deflected and went wide, but the Indians were called for defensive holding on the play. After the penalty was assessed, Alfredo Velasco nailed his second attempt from 21 yards out with no time showing on the clock for a dramatic, upset victory for the Bulldogs. The win snapped the six “Big Game” winning streak of the Indians.

1984 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 0.  Quarterback Gary Lotka threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns on 18 of 23 passing and led the Bulldogs to their second consecutive victory in the series and their first playoff berth since 1977.  It is Burbank’s first shutout of the Indians since 1972 and sixth in the series. Lotka’s efforts cement his name in “Big Game” lore and he went on to win the Most Valuable Player of the Foothill League.

1985 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 10.  For the first time since 1967-69, the Bulldogs win their third straight “Big Game” behind the leadership of quarterback Sal Velasco.  Burbank overcame a 10-7 deficit as Velasco hit wide receiver Robert Jarrin with what proved to be the game winning pass on the first possession of the second half. The Bulldogs marched 69 yards in seven plays and the defense shut out the Indians the rest of the way.

1986 – Burroughs 33, Burbank 26.  In his return to the sideline for the first time since he left coaching in 1979, Bob Dunivant led the Indians to victory and snapped the three-game winning streak of the Bulldogs in the rivalry.  After trailing 14-12 at the half, the Indians took the lead at 19-14 entering the fourth. The Indians’ Danny Cusumano scored from two yards out to make it 26-14. Quarterback Jeff Barrett led the Indians with 177 yards and two touchdowns.

1987 – Burroughs 41, Burbank 0.  Quarterback Jeff Barrett shined on offense as he completed 11 of 16 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns. He even rushed for two more touchdowns.  Burbank’s Gabe Jimenez ran for 118 yards on 24 carries and was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs. Burroughs won their tenth series shutout and first vs. the Bulldogs since 1975. The Indians would eventually reach the CIF Finals and finish as runner-ups as they did in 1981.

1988 – Burroughs 31, Burbank 15.  The magic of former head coach Bob Dunivant was evident again as he helped head coach Butch McElwee lead the Indians to victory.  Having the headsets on again for only the third time in the season, Dunivant surprised Burbank by calling a reverse, flea-flicker for a 65 yard completion early in the game to spark the victory.

1989 – Burroughs 23, Burbank 19.  The Indians were led by a trio of running backs in the win.  Andre Banks rushed for 33 yards in 12 carries, Lionel Portugal ran for 31 yards on eight carries and Danny Suarez added 33 yards in eight carries as Burroughs defeated Burbank yet again.

1990 – Burroughs 20, Burbank 7.  Sean McDermott rushed for 183 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown as the Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the fifth consecutive year.  Ben Goldwasser added a touchdown and Eddie Gavilan had an interception for Burroughs.

1991 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 12.  The Brenes brothers led the Bulldogs to victory and halted the Indians winning streak in the series at five games. Steve carried 19 times for 123 yards and Frank scored both Burbank touchdowns en route to 72 yards on 14 attempts.  DB Mike Lyneis made a diving interception of a Marco Esquivel pass at the Bulldog 15 to clinch the win.

1992 – Burbank 21, Burroughs 17.  Down 17-14, Bulldog quarterback Brian Casey completed a 30 yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Kendricks Lewis with 53 seconds left to give Burbank the four point victory. Bulldog running back Hector Valencia, who later would become head coach at Burbank, scored on a 56 yard run up the left sideline to put Burbank up 7-3 late in the first quarter.  Burbank increased their lead to 14-3 only to see the Indians come back and take the lead. Burbank wouldn’t be denied as they took their second straight “Big Game”.

1993 – Burroughs 31, Burbank 6.  After finishing 0-10 a year ago, the Indians completed their turn around with a decisive win that sent them to the playoffs for the first time since 1989. Eddie Melgar rushed for 115 yards and scored three touchdowns as Indian head coach Gary Bernardi earned his first win in the “Big Game” and snapped the brief two game winning streak for Burbank in the series. This win began a run of 10 consecutive victories for Burroughs over their hated rivals.

1994 – Burroughs 17, Burbank 13.  The Indians scored the winning touchdown on a four yard pass from Mike Barrett to Tony Listro with 7:05 left in the game. Carlos Moreno ran for 134 yards on 28 carries as Burroughs stormed back from a 13-3 halftime deficit. Burbank’s Carlos Baker rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries.

1995 – Burroughs 21, Burbank 0.  In a game that will be remembered for ending early due to a brawl with 3:21 left, Indians quarterback J.K. Scott led the way completing 9 of 15 passes for 166 yards. Wide receiver Glenn Adriatico caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 23 yard pass from Scott that gave Burroughs their final touchdown.  Burbank was last shut out in the “Big Game” in 1987 and it marked Burroughs’ eleventh series shutout. The Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the third straight time.

1996 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 6.  Quarterback J.K. Scott completed 16 of 29 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns as the offense continued to put up big numbers and the defense was led by Danny Kang who had two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble. Scott would later take his talents to the University of Washington.

1997 – Burroughs 29, Burbank 14.  Glenn Adriatico finished his illustrious prep career catching an 89 yard TD pass from quarterback Chris Santoyo and added an 11 yard TD run too as Burroughs won their fifth straight in the series. Adriatico completed his career with 199 receptions for 3,069 yards. The Indians jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in Bulldogs alum Keith Knoop’s first “Big Game” as head coach for Burroughs.

1998 – Burroughs 26, Burbank 21.  In the 50th meeting of the “Big Game”, wide receiver Kyle Cremarosa caught eight passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Indians to victory. Burroughs quarterback Joe Kroells completed 11 of 20 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns as the Indians took an 18-7 halftime lead and held off Burbank. Alan Gutierrez led the Bulldogs with 161 yards on 32 carries.

1999 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 14.  The Indians won their seventh consecutive game (longest in the series) over the Bulldogs by overpowering them from the very start.  Jonathan Overturf scored on an 83 yard trick play on the first play from scrimmage in the game. Randy Beckmann and Michael Perez added a touchdown apiece and Spencer Steward caught a TD pass from Joe Kroells as Burroughs rolled to victory. The game marked the 1000th point ever scored by the Indians against the Bulldogs in their storied rivalry.

2000 – Burroughs 54, Burbank 36.  The Indians’ Mike Perez rushed for 214 yards on 31 carries including a 57 yard TD run with less than a minute to play. Teammate Lonn Salmon threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 6 of 10 passing. Burroughs’ 54 points set a record for most points scored by one team in the “Big Game” and the 90 points combined was also a record.

2001 – Burroughs 38, Burbank 21.  Mike Perez rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns and Gabriel Moise Jr. picked up a fumble and rumbled 88 yards down the field for the clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter. Trailing 26-21, Burbank was driving deep into Indian territory only to have the turnover. Moise’s score made it 32-21 and it ended any hope of a Bulldog win. Perez reached the 1,000 yard mark for the second consecutive season. He also had an 80 yard touchdown reception in the game.

2002 – Burroughs 43, Burbank 31.  The Indians had a commanding 30-7 lead early in the third quarter behind the play of quarterback David Brooks, who rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns. However, Bulldog signal caller Mike McDonald, son of former Burroughs star Mike McDonald Sr., rallied his team to within 37-31 with 3:51 to play on a TD pass to Rico Clark. Burbank was on the drive again looking for the win when Burroughs’ Darrel Ditri intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a score with 24 seconds to play to cap the win. This marked the tenth consecutive win in the series for Burroughs and the longest such streak in the “Big Game”.

2003 – Burbank 24, Burroughs 18.  Finally! The Bulldogs snapped the 10 game “Big Game” winning streak of Burroughs as Mike McDonald finished 14 of 28 for 203 yards and three touchdowns. McDonald connected with Jesse Ayers on an 11 yard TD pass with 3:28 to play which turned out to be the decisive score.

2004 – Burbank 26, Burroughs 12.  Jason Barbic did it all for Burbank in their second consecutive “Big Game” win over the Indians.  Barbic rushed for 50 yards in six carries and a TD, caught two passes for 108 yards and threw a 13 yard touchdown pass.  Mike McDonald finished his “Big Game” career completing 7 of 11 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.

2005 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 28.  As Mike Perez did back in 2000, the Indians’ Thomas Kyle put his team on his back and rushed for 249 yards on 32 carries and a pair of touchdowns, including a 62 yarder that put Burroughs ahead 26-14 early in the third quarter. Burbank’s Robert Linda completed 16 of 36 passes for 283 yards and a score. The Indians regained control of the series after Burbank had won back to back contests the previous two years.

2006 – Burroughs 24, Burbank 6.  First Mike Perez, then Thomas Kyle.  Now Joe Wiggan. He did it all in a convincing manner as he rushed for 288 yards on 47 carries and scored two touchdowns.  Wiggan rushed for 178 yards in the second half alone.  The Indians scored 24 unanswered points to defeat the Bulldogs who could have shared the league title with a win. Led by head coach Keith Knoop, Burroughs finished the regular season with a 9-1 mark and 7-0 in Pacific League play, its first league title since 1981.

2007 – Burroughs 30, Burbank 20.  The Indians rallied from a 13-0 first quarter deficit and scored the game’s next 23 points to lead 23-13 late in the third quarter. After a Bulldog touchdown with 4:39 left in the game trimmed the Burroughs lead to 23-20, Indians’ tailback Dominique Barnes scored on a 27 yard run to seal the victory. Barnes finished with 149 yards in 16 carries as Burroughs won their third straight in the series.

2008 – Burroughs 58, Burbank 22.  Following in the legendary footsteps of Indians’ Mike Perez, Thomas Kyle and Joe Wiggan, Dominique Barnes put on a performance of a lifetime in the 60threndition of the “Big Game”. Barnes rushed for 304 yards, a school record, on 23 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead the Indians to the dominating win. The 58 points scored by Burroughs set a “Big Game” scoring record for one team. Barnes scored on touchdowns runs of seven, 20, 48, 85 and nine yards. In the process, Barnes set the school record for most points scored in a season by a player. The Indians won their fourth straight in the series. On a historic note, Burbank made the CIF playoffs and won their first playoff game since 1927, a stretch that lasted 81 years. 1927 also marked the year when Burbank won its first league title.

2009 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 21. The Bulldogs snapped a four game losing streak vs. Burroughs and in the process won their first league title in 37 years! (1972 the last) Before 8,800 fans, these two teams clashed in a thrilling contest. It marked the first time in the 61 year history of competing against each other that both teams finished as co-champions together (each team finished with identical 6-1 records in the Pacific League. For Burbank, it was their fifth league title. Burroughs won their tenth league title the previous week). After Dalton Williams gave the Indians a 21-20 lead on a 79-yard touchdown dash down the Burroughs’ sideline late in the third quarter, Burbank’s Ulises Ochoa scored on a one yard touchdown run with 5:36 remaining in the game to give the Bulldogs a 28-21 advantage that they would not relinquish. Williams led Burroughs with 203 yards rushing while Ochoa ran for 127. Burbank quarterback Adam Colman completed 14 of 23 passes for 174 yards and teammate Jackson Diamond caught 10 passes for 111 yards and was rewarded with the game ball by first-year head coach and Bulldog alum, Hector Valencia. Burbank finished its season with a school-record tying nine wins (9-3) and advanced to the CIF quarterfinals for a second consecutive season.

2010 – Burroughs 38, Burbank 35In front of a boisterous crowd of 9,000 die-hard Indian and Bulldog fans, Burroughs mounted the greatest comeback in “Big Game” history and defeated arch-rival Burbank, 38-35, on a last-second field goal to win a share of the Pacific League title for the second consecutive season. Amidst an electric atmosphere that only this rivalry could produce, the Indians rallied from a dire 28-0 deficit early in the second quarter and stunned Burbank when junior Cristobal Escobar kicked a 20 yard field goal as time expired to cap off one of the greatest games in “Big Game” annals. Trailing 35-21 early in the fourth quarter, the Indians scored back to back touchdowns to tie the game. After forcing Burbank to punt with 1:15 to play, Burroughs quarterback Lucas Yanez completed three passes to set up Escobar’s game winning field goal. Burroughs fans rushed the field to celebrate as all of us bore witness to the last “Big Game” to be played at venerable Memorial Stadium. Yanez completed 14 of 26 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 63 yards while his twin brother Tyler Yanez caught eight passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Burbank’s Ulises Ochoa finished with game-highs of 188 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns (two rushing, one interception). Burroughs would go on to defeat El Rancho in the first round of the CIF playoffs and advance to the quarterfinals, their first postseason win since 1987.

2011 – Burroughs 34, Burbank 7. In the first-ever “Big Game” played outside the city limits, John Burroughs won their third consecutive Pacific League title with a 34-7 victory over Burbank. Due to the ongoing renovation of Memorial Stadium, the 63rd “Big Game” was played at Arcadia High School.  More than 5,000 fans traveled to the game to witness a rushing performance like none other in “Big Game” lore. Indians’ star tailback Zander Anding broke the single-game “Big Game” rushing record with 349 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns. Anding’s 73-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave Burroughs a 14-7 halftime lead. His 46-yard TD late in the fourth quarter cemented the win and gave the Indians back to back city bragging rights over the rival Bulldogs. It was Anding’s fifth 300 yard-plus effort of the season. He finished the regular season with 2,453 yards rushing 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 has scored 25 rushing touchdowns and 29 touchdowns overall heading into the CIF playoffs. Burroughs claimed their fourth league title in the last six years (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011), their twelfth in their storied history and have won three consecutive league titles for the first time since 1977-1981 when they won five straight championships.

2012 – Burbank 37, Burroughs 14. After a year hiatus away from the city of Burbank, the 64th “Big Game” returned to venerable Memorial Stadium which received a facelift in 2011. Before 8,000 die-hard football fans, Burbank won the cross-town matchup with a dominating 37-14 effort for its first win in the series since 2009. It was Burbank’s largest margin of victory against Burroughs since a 28-0 shutout of the Indians in 1984. The Indians avoided what would have been their worst defeat in the history of the Big Game. Burbank pounded Burroughs 44-8 back in 1969. The Bulldogs outgained the Indians, 288 to 148. Burbank held the Burroughs ground game to 75 yards on 24 carries. In contrast, the Bulldogs rushed for 246 yards while controlling the line of scrimmage throughout the night. Sophomore James Williams rushed for 149 yards on 14 carries; including an 89-yard touchdown burst on Burbank’s first play of the second half that gave the Bulldogs a commanding 30-0 lead.

2013 – Burbank 47, Burroughs 21. Before a raucous capacity crowd at Memorial Field, Burbank won its second consecutive game against rival Burroughs, 47-21, in the 65th renewal of the “Big Game.” The Bulldogs had not beaten the Indians in back-to-back years since the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The victory marked the third win in the rivalry over the last five years for Burbank, its best stretch in the cross-town duel since winning three straight from 1983 through 1985. Meanwhile, the 26-point loss marked the worst defeat by Burroughs at the hands of Burbank since suffering a 28-0 loss to Burbank in 1984. It was the most points scored ever by Burbank against Burroughs in the 65-year history of the BIG GAME. The 47 points eclipsed the previous high set in 1969 in which Burbank won, 44-8. The one-two punch of James Williams (173 yards on 23 carries) and Joseph Pendleton (132 yards on 14 carries) was too much to handle for Burroughs as the two talented running backs sliced and diced their way to the tune of 305 combined rushing yards and six touchdowns. Leading 17-14 at halftime, the Bulldogs outscored the Indians, 30-0, in the third quarter en route to the easy victory. Burbank advanced to the CIF semifinals for the second time in its history and won a school-record 10 games on the season.

2014 – Burbank 16, Burroughs 10. For the third consecutive game, the Bulldogs were victorious against their cross-town rivals. The last time that happened was 1983, 1984 and 1985. Burbank quarterback Ryan Meredith completed 16 of 24 passes for 158 yards including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Nick Warren that proved to be the game winner late in the third quarter. Leading 9-7, Burbank’s Kyle Alvarez recovered an Indians fumble and one play later Meredith found Warren on a screen pass that resulted in a touchdown with 23 seconds to play in the third period. Burroughs committed five turnovers to aid the Bulldogs’ effort as BHS clinched third place in the Pacific League and an automatic playoff entry. The loss knocked JBHS from earning a postseason berth.

2015 Burroughs 47, Burbank 21. The Indians rallied from an early 14-0 deficit to score 40 unanswered points en route to a resounding victory and with it the outright Pacific League championship, their first title since 2011. The win propelled Burroughs to a 10-2 season where the Indians advanced to the CIF quarterfinals and achieved their best season since 2006. Burbank jumped out to a quick 14-point lead only to see its cross-town rivals respond with 19 second quarter points. Junior Chance Bell (164 yards on 20 carries) broke off a nifty 76-yard touchdown run that gave the Indians a 26-14 advantage early in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell (17 of 28 for 268 yards) threw five touchdowns to four different receivers as JBHS snapped the three game series win streak strung together by the Bulldogs. Burbank has never defeated Burroughs four straight times in the 67 year history of this phenomenal and historical rivalry.

2016 – Burbank 36, Burroughs 7. Behind a dominating effort, the Bulldogs defeated their cross-town rivals for the fourth time in five years, the first time that Burbank has accomplished that feat during the 68-year history of this rivalry. Darnell Williams, younger brother of former BHS star James Williams, scored two touchdowns and rushed for 66 yards on 10 carries. Senior quarterback Guy Gibbs threw for 128 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Burroughs’ offense was stifled throughout the game by a tenacious Bulldogs’ defense that limited Indians’ standout Chance Bell to just 12 yards on 20 carries. The decisive win marked Burbank’s largest margin of victory over Burroughs since 1969 when the Bulldogs won, 44-8. The victory propelled Burbank to historic heights as the Bulldogs advanced to their first-ever CIF championship game only to lose to Yorba Linda, 31-21, in the Division VIII final. Burbank won a school-record 10 games during a magical season and one for the ages.

2017 – ?



JBHS Choir Presents “Burroughs on Broadway”

On Friday, October 13th, John Burroughs High School will open their doors to present their 12th annual three-night show “Burroughs on Broadway,” showcasing the talent of award-winning choir groups, Powerhouse, Sound Sensations, Sound Waves, and Decibelles.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Each show choir will perform a mini-musical based on popular Broadway hits, including selections from Bye Bye Birdie, Rock of Ages, Wonderland, and The Secret Garden.

“What excites me most about this year’s show is watching the breakthrough performances that are happening even in rehearsal,” said Choir Director Brendan Jennings. “The students are really pushing themselves to connect with the music and subsequently the audience.”

“B.O.B.” also acts as a fundraiser for the school’s Vocal Music Association, reducing the costs of local and national competitions in which they participate throughout the year.

For the first time in the 12 years, Burroughs has hosted B.O.B., “premium reserved cabaret seats” will be offered, allowing the audience to experience Broadway-themed performances by students and other groups not associated with choir throughout the show. Reserved seating also provides attendance to a reception buffet prior to the show, with desserts and drinks during intermission.

“This year’s VIP experience is new and improved with our pre-show reception out on the plaza AND we are doing a special raffle for two orchestra seats to Hamilton,” said Jennings.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

An inspiration for the hit Fox series Glee, the advanced mixed choir, Powerhouse has been well-revered over the years as one of the country’s best competitive show choirs. Powerhouse has been featured multiple times on TV, including appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dancing With The Stars, and The Voice.

“Burroughs on Broadway” will have shows on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the JBHS Auditorium on 1920 West Clark Avenue. Tickets are currently available online. Everyone is welcome to attend.

JBHS Drama Presents Peter And The Starcatcher

John Burroughs High School’s Drama Department opens Peter and the Starcatcher on Friday, November 18, at the high school auditorium. The play runs through Sunday, November 20.

Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the Tony-award-winning Broadway drama written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker, tells the origins of Peter Pan, Wendy, the Lost Boys and Captain Hook.

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

“This is one of the most high energy casts I have ever had the pleasure to work with and they have worked incredibly hard to bring this fantastic adventure to life,” commented Drama Director Guy Myers. “Their spirit of collaboration and generosity with each other during the rehearsal process has made working on this play so special.”

“An inventive theatre experience, Peter and the Starcatcher is for all ages and promises to be fun for the whole family!”

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

Senior Maddie Seiffert portrays Starcatcher-in-training Molly Aster who joins a group of orphans after their ship is taken over by the pirate Black Stache, played by senior Sully Zack.

Black Stache is “hands down one of my favorite roles out of every show I’ve been in, ” said Zack. “Black Stache is the classic character Captain Hook, before he becomes Captain Hook. The Stache is ‘cunning,’ ‘beguiling,’ and ‘so much more than a ‘lawn on the lip.'”

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

“And through the show, you will see him transition from the Stache into the classic Captain Hook character we all know,” he added. “I’m so thrilled, and lucky, to get to play such a zany and hilarious role.”

“Playing Molly Aster has been a dream of mine since I first saw Starcatcher,” commented Seiffert. “She’s the hero in a time when girls weren’t allowed to be leaders, and she’s a strong and powerful character.”

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

“I couldn’t be happier performing Starcatcher with this cast. I’ve gotten so close with our lost boys and working alongside Jack on his first show has been so much fun. He’s really talented and a joy to work with. Sully blows me away every rehearsal and makes us all choke back laughs with his comedic genius. Mr. Myers gave us the true dream team and it shows on stage. Our connection is indescribable, and I wouldn’t change a single thing.”

Sophomore Jack Weerts plays young Peter.

“It’s been a lot of fun to be part of such an imaginative and hilarious play and an honor to share the stage with this talented cast,” said Weerts. “One thing I love most about the play is that it will entertain and immerse both children and adults alike.”

“I am grateful to Mr. Meyers, the tech crew, our musical accompaniment, and all the people behind the scenes that have helped in bringing this magical story to life.”

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

“It is an experience unlike any other,” added student producer, senior Talya Cohen. “What I enjoy is seeing the actors learn and grow into their characters, while also seeing the show come together piece by piece. Also, as a senior it’s pretty incredible to see the new faces learning how our program puts on great shows!”

“The rehearsal process has truly been a blast! Our show is very unique in the sense that everyone in the cast also doubles as a member of the ensemble, playing sea folk, or crazy Mollusk natives or even walls!” enthused Zack. “Because of this, I’ve gotten to spend time with old friends, as well as make new ones, and our Starcatcher cast has become a family–it’s really something special.”

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

“I want to thank everyone in the cast, for their hard work and the energy they bring to our show!” added Zack. “I also want to thank our Peter (Jack Weerts) and our StarCatcher (Maddie Seiffert), for their hard work, Paris Stacy, who brilliantly plays the role of Smee, my right hand man, and of course, Mr. Myers, our drama teacher and director, for his vision and guidance and his dedication. Prosciutto!”

Tickets for JHBS Drama’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher are available at the door and online at this link. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama

Photo Courtesy JBHS Drama


Secretary of State Alex Padilla Makes First Stop at Burroughs

Secretary of State Alex Padilla stopped in to visit with senior students this past Monday at John Burroughs High School  he was there to kick off High School Voter Education Weeks (September 19 – 30). The Secretary was on his way  to visit with 18 different High Schools within the two weeks.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Secretary of State Padilla  discussed the importance of voter registration and the role young people can play in shaping the future through civic participation. He shared his experience of being the youngest to be elected to The Los Angeles City Council prior to being elected to higher office.

The California Education Code designates the last two full weeks in April and September to be High School Voter Education Weeks. This provides an opportunity for high schools and their students to partner with elections officials to promote civic education and participation on campus and foster an environment that cultivates lifelong voters and active citizens.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Joining the Secretary of State Padilla at the event were elected school board officials including Matt Hill Superintendent along with Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes, who was a John Burroughs graduate class of 1971 , and Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins.

The Los Angeles County Register-Recorder’s office was also at the event to assist Senors who wanted to sign up the day of the event.

Burroughs Drama Students Honored with the 2016 Artistic Merit Award

Earlier this month, JBHS Drama Teacher Guy Myers took 26 drama students to the California Educational High School Theatre Festival in Fullerton. During the weekend program, students watch four plays, numerous scene performances, improvisational comedy skits, and more. Students also participate in scholarship competitions and take theatre workshops. It is a jam-packed weekend of theatre arts education.

At the awards ceremony on Sunday, the cast and crew of the school’s production of Inherit the Wind were honored with the 2016 Artistic Merit Award. Each year this special award is given to the school that tackles difficult and important material with exceptional artistic vision. Congratulations to these talented drama and tech students! This, of course, wouldn’t be possible without all of the parent volunteers, the design team, and the wonderful collaboration of Jon King and John Benne.

Each participating school also enters three seniors in the Senior Acting Scholarship Competition where students must perform two contrasting monologues. Out of approximately 150 students, all three of the Burroughs entries made it to the final round (the top 12). Congratulations to Nick Apostolina, Daniel Beimford, and Madison Mayer. After the finals round, both Nick Apostolina and Daniel Beimford were awarded acting scholarships from the judges (they award 5 scholarships from the top 12).

Additionally, students entered a scene competition, and out of 15 scenes, they were awarded second place. Congratulations to Matt Bond, Daniel Beimford, Joe Ricciardella, and Sully Zack.

And finally, they also awarded JBHS with 13 certificates of Outstanding Performance:

For acting:

–   Nick Apostolina

–   Daniel Beimford

–   Matt Bond

–   Madison Mayer

–   Maddie Seiffert

–   Sully Zack

For tech:

–   Talya Cohen (student producer)

–   Andrea Nazev (sound)

–   Ben Turner (sound)

–   Sara Anderson (sound)

–   Katrina Villareal (lighting)

JBHS also received certificates for costume design and direction.

If you would like to experience the talents of this amazing group first-hand, you won’t want to miss their upcoming production of the musical Hairspray on February 5th and 6th at 7pm and February 7 at 12pm. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults are $18; Students and Seniors are $10. Priority seating is available at $25

Bulldogs and Indian Alumni Come Together for Huge Reunion

Grads were treated to a blast from the past when the Burbank-Burroughs Alumni Assn. threw the party of the year at the Castaway on Sept. 12.


(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The crosstown rivalry takes a backseat to what’s more important — creating a Burbank family, said lead organizer Gilbert Tobon, from Burroughs’ 1979 class.

Whether one is wearing the admission wristband in Burroughs red or Burbank blue, grads joyfully come together to reminisce, see old friends and make new ones.

“I give people the freedom and ability to smile, say hi to each other, give each other hugs and tell people they love each other,” Tobon said. “In life, that’s kind of a rare thing, but because we have the Burbank bond and connection, it works. I don’t know too many towns that do this and can pull it off like we do.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

It’s also an opportunity to get to know a person from another school or another grade, he added.


(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

This is the fifth annual reunion Tobon has organized. New this year, Tobon teamed up with the Burbank-Burroughs Alumni Assn. steering committee to coordinate the party. He is a member of the steering committee and is chairman of the association’s subcommittee that puts on the yearly Castaway event.

Also serving on the steering committee are President Joanne Lento Miller, Roberta Grande Reynolds, Connie Barron Trimble, Kimberley Clark, Kathy Lawrence, Kathie Brown and Steve Ferguson. Emilio Urioste, Burbank Adult School director, is the liaison between the school district and the alumni association.

Others helping are Larry O’Brien, from Burbank High Class of 1969; Jim Schmidt of Burbank High Class of ’77; and Dennis Stirling, Burroughs Class of ’79.

Tobon is posting photographs of the evening on the alumni group’s Facebook page. The photos show classmates hugging, kissing and dancing to the live music of the ’60s and ’70s played by Green Central Station. The DJ Jesse A. Cisneros played recorded music during the band’s breaks. White-gloved waiters passed hors d’oeuvres.


(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Grads had fun with the new feature this year — the photo booth. Men wrapped feathered boas around their necks and donned silly hats while women slipped on over-sized sunglasses or Minnie Mouse ears.

Tobon relayed some of the fun stories about graduates he heard that evening.

One married couple attending was Mike and Kri “Davis” Arredondo. He graduated from Burbank High in 1974 and she is from Burroughs’ 1986 class. They were introduced by a mutual friend at a work party for someone who was leaving the company.

During the reunion, Mike ran into Katrina “Persitza” Mallia from Burbank High Class of ’75, who he took to the prom 41 years ago. Kri snapped a picture of them and later posted it along with their prom photo on the alumni website.

The funny thing was Mike was so shy back then, that he had his cousin, Tony, call her and say he was Mike, and invited her to the prom. So, it was a big relief when Mike finally told her the truth at the reunion party, he said.


(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

About eight former cheerleaders from Burroughs’ Class of 1976 came, and Tobon said, it was so much fun watching them interact and dance together. There was also a woman who didn’t go to her high school prom, so this event made up for that.

“This was their time to feel pretty, to just enjoy themselves and finally attend a special school event because back then, they didn’t feel they belonged,” he said.

People came from as far away as Oregon, Washington State, Idaho, Utah, New Jersey, Colorado and Vancouver Canada.

Some come to dance and others like to sit and watch the crowd. Some have never attended their own reunions. For the shy alumni, just walking through the front door is a challenge.

“They are very brave souls and they have a good time most of the time,” Tobon said.

The reward of putting on an event like this is seeing Burroughs and Burbank grads talking to each other.

“I could tell what school they were from by the color of their name tags,” he said. “So that old rivalry is gone.”

Tobon wants to promote the alumni association, which is in its second year and is doing good things in the community, he said. The nonprofit group raises scholarship funds for graduating seniors from both schools and coordinates the alumni tailgate event prior to the Burbank- Burroughs Homecoming Football Game. For more information, email bhsjbhsalumni@gmail.com.


(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Grads we spoke did a lot of re-connecting during the evening.

Dianne Hart would have gone to Burbank High School but her family moved to San Francisco halfway through her fifth-grade year while she was attending Horace Mann Elementary School. She has kept in contact with a lot of her friends, including Mary Rutherford Gray, a graduate of Burbank High Class of 1973.

Hart was visiting from Mammoth and Gray invited her to come. It was great, she said, because she re-connected with a friend from her fifth-grade class.

“It’s totally fun! I’m glad to be here,” Hart said about the reunion party. “I had my eighth birthday, that would have been 1963, here at the Castaway with two friends — I have a picture –and we went to Pickwick ice skating afterward.”

Gina Geraci and Diane Calascibetta, both grads of Burroughs Class of 1978.

It was Geraci’s third time at the reunion and she was there to see someone special, but she wouldn’t divulge his name.

Wayne Herron, a graduate of Burroughs Class of 1983, was his first time attending the alumni party.

“I think it’s marvelous,” he said. “I kinda got disconnected with a lot of my friends so this is a chance to reconnect after many years, but I’ve been going to my individual class reunions.”


(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

It was also the first time at the combined reunion for Lucian Bartoletti, a member of Burbank High Class of 1958.

He admitted that he was kind of a rascal during high school. Nothing bad, we always bent the rules, he said. His fond memories of high school included playing football, going to Bob’s Big Boy after the games, racing around town.

Bartoletti lamented his car wasn’t anything special — but he paid for it himself, he said.

Burroughs Junior State of America Club Celebrates 10 Years

2015-2016 marks the tenth year of John Burroughs High School Junior State of America. This year they are celebrating their decennial by continuing the important work of civic education.

In August 2014, the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning released Revitalizing K-12 Civic Learning in California: A Blueprint for Action. Burroughs JSA participated in the creation of this document. Burroughs JSA has been implementing many of the recommendations in the document and continues to do so.

Civic Engagement is the one way that every single citizen in this country can seek to improve their community, their own lives, and the lives of those around them.

Burroughs JSA has hosted an extensive speakers program. Speakers have included: California Secretary of State Debra Bowen; State Controller John Chiang; Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee; Congressman Adam Schiff; Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich; State Senator Carol Liu; State Assemblymen Mike Gatto and Matthew Harper; Beverly Hills Mayor Barry Brucker; Cudahy  Mayor Jack Guerrero; Burbank City Council Members Gary Bric, Dave Golonski and David Gordon: Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins; Glendale City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian; Anthony Portantino, USC Jesse M. Unruh School of Politics; Dan Schnur, Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh School of Politics; and Loyola Law Professor Laurie Levenson. The Speaker Series will continue this year.

As elections are crucial in a democracy, in 2012 and 2014 Burroughs JSA hosted mock elections where high students voted for President and state offices as part of the California Secretary of State’s MyVote event, while simultaneously registering high school students to vote as they turn 18. Burroughs JSA continues to register young voters.

Burroughs JSA has promoted civic engagement in the community by hosting a candidate’s forum for Burbank Unified School District School Board in 2013. The forum provided an unprecedented opportunity for students to exchange ideas with every candidate running to oversee their school district.

In April 2014, Burroughs JSA conducted a mock city council meeting debating the issue of Walmart locating to Burbank in the actual Burbank City Council Chamber. In the fall of 2014 Burroughs JSA screened “Valentine Road” at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. This screening was open to high school students as well as members of the community and was followed by a student-moderated discussion.

When not hosting a guest speaker or hosting civic engagement events, each Thursday at lunch, Burroughs JSA hosts debates. The debate topics are chosen by students, debated by students, and managed by students. The topics range the gambit of current issues, from the legality of gay marriage to abortion to foreign policy issues. These debates give students a chance to have a voice in a civil and positive forum. This has led to the motto of Burroughs JSA, “Don’t Hate. Debate.”

Burroughs JSA has also given back to those in need. They have raised to date over $4,000 for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times through their annual fundraising drive. Burroughs JSA will continue to give back in 2015-2016.

During the past decade Burroughs JSA has twice won the Southern California Junior State of America Chapter-of-the-Year (2011-2012 and 2013-2014) and twice won the National Civic Impact Award (2011-2012 and 2013-2014). In May 2013 Burroughs Junior State of America was awarded the Civic Learning Award of Merit by California Judicial Council and the California Department of Education. One of only 22 secondary school in the entire state to win a Civic Learning Award.

The Junior State of America (JSA) is the nation’s oldest and largest student-run youth organization. As a non-partisan organization, JSA has been dedicated to educating high schools students across the country about the institutions of democratic society, and for the last 75 years, Junior State has not only brought high school students together to debate and discuss important issues, but has fostered these concepts by giving students the resources to learn through real-life leadership opportunities.

The chapter of Junior State of America located at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, CA has worked hard these past ten years to provide opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders to gain the skills they need today.

Burroughs Football Seeking Successful Season After Strong Summer

Burroughs celebrates after passing game win (Photo courtesy of Stephen Garden)

Burroughs’ linemen will be a force to reckon with this season (Photo courtesy of Randy Sanchez)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

At the conclusion of a recent Burroughs’ football practice, Coach Keith Knoop was about as fired up as one can be. The excitement was palpable and the adrenaline was increasing with every name and adjective that he could describe about his team.

Fall training camp opens August 10 for the Indians in what appears to be a very strong team on paper. Knoop’s enthusiasm was predicated upon the success and growth of his team this summer.

Erick Hernandez returns with plenty of skill at the wide receiver position (Photo by Stephen Garden)

Erick Hernandez returns with plenty of skill at the wide receiver position (Photo by Stephen Garden)

“I’m excited to get going. The summer went well. We are senior heavy and a lot of these guys have been together for a long time playing since Pop Warner,” Knoop said.  “They have been coming together as a team like you wouldn’t believe. They’ve been really working on their leadership. We have seen some guys blossom as leaders the last couple of weeks. The young guys are enamored with the older guys who have taken charge.”

Since the beginning of the summer, Burroughs has been hosting 7-on-7 passing league games on Wednesdays as well as participating in tournaments on the weekends.  The Indians have competed in tournaments at Crescenta Valley, Mountain View, San Dimas and Santa Fe and have held their own against stiff competition.

Looking to improve upon last season’s 6-4 overall record and 4-3 league mark (fourth place), the Indians have been on a mission to rise up and return to the CIF playoffs which they missed a year ago.

Only time will tell but Knoop, who begins his 19th season as coach at Burroughs, likes the early signs of a solid team developing on both sides of the ball.

Nick Tipton breaks up a pass in summer action (Photo by Stephen Garden)

Nick Tipton breaks up a pass in summer action (Photo by Stephen Garden)

“The whole summer has been a highlight for our first and second group of guys. They’ve been getting better and better,” said Knoop, who takes over as defensive coordinator while his brother, Kenny, steps aside for an administrative role at JBHS. “We have a lot of healthy competition going on. These guys are really pushing each other. It’s been really neat watching this group. Things are looking really good this year. We are expecting big things.”

Andy Amela and Steven Hubbell are currently engaged in a great tussle for the starting quarterback job. A seasoned Chance Bell returns at running back with a trio of very strong receivers in Erick Hernandez, Hunter Guerin and Nick Mercado. Jesse Chamberlain anchors the offensive line.

Connor Garden, Anthony Garcia, Justin Gonzalez, Brandon Garcia, Josue Chicas Ortiz, Nick Tipton and Guerin lead a stellar and veteran defense.

Connor Garden and the linebackers should form the core of the Indians' defense (Photo by Stephen Garden)

Connor Garden and the linebackers should form the core of the Indians’ defense (Photo by Stephen Garden)

Robert Awunganyi, a transfer from Riverside, has caught the eye of Knoop and could be the “X” factor this season at wide receiver and free safety.

“What an athlete he is,” said Knoop. “He’s going to be special.”

Burroughs begins fall training camp on August 10 leading up to its opener at Calabasas on September 4. The Indians’ home opener will be on September 18 against Santa Fe with a road trip to Rosemead sandwiched in between. Pacific League action kicks-off at Memorial Field on Sept. 25 versus Muir.

This Tribe of Indians believes in their program motto of ‘F.E.A.S.T’ which also defines their personality and reveals their inner character. Only the men in the red and white know what ‘F.E.A.S.T’ truly means.

When asked if he had the choice to ‘F.E.A.S.T’ or ‘E.A.T.T,’ Knoop responded in the same manner as his counterpart up the hill did with the utmost confidence and without hesitation except for one thing. F.E.A.S.T took priority over E.A.T.T.

“You’ve got to ‘F.E.A.S.T,’” Knoop said. “Feast all the way!”








Burroughs Graduates Now Face The World

Burroughs High graduated 547 seniors last week. Here they are!

Photography by Ross A. Benson

Domonique    Abbondante
Kobi    Abcede
Allison    Abrams
Miranda    Acosta
Darby    Adams
Vicente    Agricourt
Kayla Gabrielle    Aguila
Andres    Aguilar
Erick    Aguirre
Ashton    Akins
Italie    Alanis
Michael    Alarcon
Camille    Alejandro
Adam    Alfonso
Nickolas    Allen
Kimberly    Alva
Yared    Amanios
Shant    Anassian
Bailey    Anderson
Aidan    Anding
Maya    Anding
Daisy    Andrade
Joy    Ann
Christine Jerica    Antonio
Alondra    Anzaldo
Madeline    Aragon
Anthony    Archuleta
Miguel    Arellano
Griffin    Armstorff
Samantha    Arriola
Genevieve    Arugay
Zoi    Askins
Alexander    Aston
Cody    Avila
Kassandra    Ayala
Liliana    Ayala

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Lauren    Babin
Frankie    Baker
Alaina    Barbagiovanni
Miguel    Barbosa
Edwin    Bardales
Brandyn    Barillas
Kiersten    Bark
Georgia    Barros
Macy    Barros
Cory    Bartlett
Tahnee    Bautista
Patricia    Bautista-Huerta
Brian    Beckman
Cyron Jed    Bejasa
Alison    Benjamin
Taylor    Bercini
Joshua    Betts
Aslan    Boggs
Ryan    Bojorquez
Jordan    Bolde
Rebekah    Bond
Adrian    Bondoc
Jasiri    Booker
Tyler    Boucher
Garrett    Boulais
Lillian    Boyd Diaz
Justin    Boyle
Nathaniel    Bradley
Cody    Brake
Darren    Braun
Brennan    Brown
Dexter    Brown
Sienna    Brown
Dylan    Bryant
Austin    Bui
Garrett    Burton
Daniel    Bustos
Sarah    Butterworth

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brian    Caballero
Nicole    Cable
Ryan    Campbell
Stephen    Campbell
Branden    Campos
David    Campos
Ronaldo    Campos
Angel    Cano
Marc Nathaniel    Caraan
Tea    Caragao
Marimar    Carani
Diane    Carmona
Brandon    Carrillo
Edward    Carrillo
David    Carrillo Velasquez
Savannah    Castaneda
Andrew    Castillo
Max    Chamberlain
Sophie    Chamberlain
Natalie    Charouhas
Alora    Chee
Jack    Cho
Jacqueline    Chora
Joseph    Cifuentes
Christopher    Cobos
Matthew    Coffey
Manuel    Cojulun
Patrick    Colbert
James    Conkle
Caleb    Contreras
Destiny    Contreras
Ian    Contreras
Danielle    Cook
Angelica    Cruz
Willymar    Custodio

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nicolas    D’Alessio
Arthur    Danielian
Liam    Daniels
Melanie    Darling
Joseph Andrew    Dasalla
Jacob    Davis
Samuel    De Jesus
Angelica    De Leon
Alyssa    De Leon Corralez
Victor    De Leon Martinez
Maxwell    DeAmicis
Abel    Debebe
Scott    Dekker
Davina    Del Castillo
Rosy    Del Toro
Marvin    Dela Cruz
Jennifer    Diaz
Kayla    Dighero
Joseph    DiLiberto
Victoria    Dimas
Jerel Anthony    Dionisio
Dylan    Dovaston
Arianne Paulyn    Dumpit
Diona    Duvall

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brianna    Ebanks
Shawn    Edie
Aliya    Ehde
Sara    Ehlers
Joseph    Eligio
Julian    Elnasser
Nicholas    Elsner
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Israel    Espada
Katherine    Espinel
Sabrina    Espitia
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Ella    Essiambre
Lilianna    Estrada
Kaden    Fagin
Tamara    Farhat
Jaime    Farias
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David    Felix
John    Fenady
Deanna    Fierro
Joseph    Fiorella
Lauren    Fiske
Ian    Flinchbaugh
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Darlin    Flores
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Tyler    Fowler
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Summer    Foyle
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Leah    Frantz
Lauren    Franzle
Chase    Frazier
Sierra    Freudenberg
Matthew    Friedman

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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Matthew    Garrido
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Juan Carlos    Gomez Cifuentes
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Angel    Gonzalez
Annika    Gonzalez
Christopher    Gonzalez
Crystal    Gonzalez
Cynthia    Gonzalez
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Cole    Gorsuch
Edward    Goshorn
Cassandra    Gouge-Schajer
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Meagan    Grajeda
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Kendall    Grijalva
Dylon    Grimshaw
Chance    Guidroz
Joe    Gutierrez

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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Sarah    Han
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Miliah    Haslerig
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Diana    Hernandez
Melissa    Hernandez
Anthony Hernandez Bocanegra
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Jonathan    Herrera Delfin
Roy    Hirota
Katherine    Hirshberg
Noah    Hoed
Taylor    Hoellwarth
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Christopher    Hovasapian
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Jordan    Hoxsie
Kayla    Hoy
Meaghan    Hughes
Morgan    Hughes
Tulley    Hunt
Nathaniel    Hurst
David    Husband
William    Huynh

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Valeria    Iancitcaia
Joshua    Iniquez
David    Interiano

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Vorraphol    Janla
Gabriiela    Jarboe
Allyson    Jessen
Ronaldo    Jimenez
Sarah    Jimenez
Bea Ilyana    Joaquin
Zachary    Johnson
Hanna    Jung
Sara    Jung

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Nicholas    Kandler
Justin    Kang
Ivy    Kaplan
Tarik    Kasim
Jacob    Kasper
Kevin    Kazanchyan
Mason    Keefe
Danielle    Kellman
Stephanie    Kerkijian
Matthew    Kim

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Gian    Lambert
Kamiko    Lawrence
Alyssa    Lawson
Ngoc    Le
Sofia    Leao
Kaylena    LeDoux
Arianna    Leonardo
Tyler    Lewis
Bryent    Lim
Glenn    Lim
Jamie    Linares
Sarah Kaycee    Linsangan
Daniel    Lizardo
Iliana    Lopez
Jaime    Lopez
Adrian    Lopez Gonzalez
Emma    Lownes
Miguel    Lucero
Elizabeth    Luna
Veronica    Luz
Valerie    Luz Lopez
Jasmine    Lyday
Megan    Ly-Lim

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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Candice    Macaranas
Kyla    MacDonald
Alexandra    MacLean
Breanna    Macy
Cynthia    Madrigal
Preston    Maestri-Petnunas
Sean    Magallon
Alvaro    Maldonado Guzman
Elizabeth    Mancilla
Jessica    Manukian
Abbyness Diane    Maramara
Taylor    Marenghi
Tatiana    Marin
Cesar    Marinero Henriquez
Gabriella    Marino Fitzgerald
Victoria    Markarian
James    Martin
Alan    Martinez
Christopher    Martinez
Edwin    Martinez
Sofia    Martinez Rodas
Carley    Mashore
Kristin    Masuzumi
Dounia    Mataoui
DaVonte    Matthews
Robin    Mazer
Breanna    McCallum
Kaelin    McDonald
Bailey    McMurray
Steven    Medina
Tianna    Medina
Cesia    Mejia
Alysia    Mendez
Joe    Mendez
Adrian    Mendiola
Eduardo    Mendoza
Marcos    Mendoza
Hunter    Merritt
Hannah    Mersch
Brandon    Mersola
Mira    Metry
Monique    Meza
Rachel    Meza
Samantha    Miceli
Zoe    Millett
Andrew    Mills
Skyler    Minard
Andee    Minsal
Douglas    Miranda
Jessica    Mitchell
Dion    Mokhtari
Michael    Molina Carranza
Joseph    Molinari
Valerie    Monroy
Alexandra    Montes
Timothy    Monzon
Kevin    Moreira
Mayra    Moreno
Jesus    Mota
Chance    Mote
Melissa    Munoz
Mariah    Murcia

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Andres    Navarrete
Arielle    Navarrete
Kevin    Navarro
Andrea    Navas
Valerie    Ng
Hieu-Carrie    Nguyen
Nicole    Nguyen
Quang    Nguyen
Delaney    Nicol
Nicholas    Nikoian
Michael Florence    Nilooban
Marian    Nordanyan
Alina    Nshanyan
Patricia Mae    Nunez

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Kailanie    Oasay
Joshua    Ochoa
Jaelynn    Offerman
Catherine    Oh
Anthony    Olea
Jaymie    Olea
Sophia    Orozco
Jeyda    Ortega
Sierra    Ortega
Alexandra    Ortiz
Michael    Ospina
Anne Nicole    Oyales

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Samuel    Padilla
Aaron    Palilla
Alexander    Park
Sahak    Parmakszyan
Sawyer    Patterson
Tenley    Patterson
Julia Rianne    Paulino
Edrein    Pedrozo
Anthony    Pelayo
Alyssa    Perez
Christian    Perez
Jared    Perez
Marissa    Perez
Victoria    Perez
Maria    Perez Avila
Catherine    Pham
Richard    Pham
Sofia    Piedrahita
Evan    Plummer
Grace    Portillo
Stephanie    Pozo
Serena    Prather
Jacqueline    Prudencio
Heather    Purdy

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Van Niccolo    Quiambao
Joshua    Quintero
Mario    Quintero
Marissa    Quintero
Narcy    Quintero
Noe    Quintero

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Bailee    Rackie
Cynthia    Ramirez
Mariela    Ramirez
Savannah    Ramirez
Priscilla    Ramirez Gonzalez
Don    Reyes
Julia    Reyes-Cervantes
Charlotte    Richards
Brittany    Richardson
Chandler    Rickell
Joseph    Rincon
Dyanna    Rivera
Emily    Robbins
Vance    Roberts
Jessie    Robledo
Juan    Rodarte
Alberto    Rodriguez
Andrea    Rodriguez
Bruce    Rodriguez
Jose    Rodriguez
Mark    Rodriguez
Spencer    Rodriguez
Laura    Rodriguez Tenorio
Marissa    Rohan
Adeline    Rojas
Brian    Romero
Bernardo    Rosales
Akshara    Roy
Samantha    Rubin
Lauren    Ruvalcaba

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Kamila    Sabat Valverde
Martha    Sabina
Angelica    Saenz
Jesus    Sagory
Alyssa    Salazar
Victor    Salazar
Bianca Nadine    San Pedro
Daniel    Sanchez
Megan    Sanchez
Samantha    Sanchez
Steven    Sanchez
Cheyenne    Sanden
Ashley    Sandoval
Cynthia    Sandoval
Jessica    Sandoval
Michelle    Santiago
Dominique    Santos
Mila    Santos
Michael    Sawinski
Corwin    Scherer
David    Schwer
Tara    Seavey
Mina    Shadrick
Aaya    Shatila
Mariah    Shearer
Diego    Sierra
Christina    Silva
Alicia    Singhanate
Ryan    Sinton
Natasha    Snyder
Adrian    Sosa
Emerson    Sosa
Edgar    Soto
Greyson    Stroh
Kelsey    Strong
Adrian    Suarez

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Chloe    Takeuchi
Victoria    Talavera
Maile    Tanigawa
Yasmin    Tchaousoghlou
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Ignatia    Teresa
Roman    Teuscher
Nadja    Thomas
Shane    Thompson
Sheridan    Thompson
Aieson Diether    Timagos
Alexander    Tinoco
Brandon    Tong
Joseph    Torrance
Andrea    Torrecilla
Andres    Torres
Aneli    Torres
Ariana    Torres
David    Torres
Luis    Torres
Nathan    Tovar Burciaga-Iu
Logan    Tran
Jeremy    Trejo
Gabriel    Trevizo III
Tnick    Trivimol
Kent    Truong
Gabriela Reyna    Turla
Karlie    Turner

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Kimberly    Uceda
Jesus    Umana
Alexander    Urena

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Anthony    Valadez
Sarah    Valdes
Isabella    Valdivia
Jose    Valencia
Nicole    Vanderford
Ryan    Vargas Castaneda
Javier    Vazquez
Ashot    Veisyan
Miles Herve    Velena
Jessica    Viado
Diego    Villasenor
Olivia    Villegas
Kersten    Vititoe
Alex    Vladimirov
Roman    Vozdvizhenskiy
Daniel    Vuong

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Mollie    Webber
Dominique    Whipple
James    White
Cody    Williams
Grace    Williams
Thomas    Wilson
Justin    Wolf
Matthew    Woytas
Christopher    Wright

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Kyle    Yamamoto
Timothy    Yoon
Scott    Yucra
Itzel    Zaragoza
Saul    Zepeda
Nicolas    Zevallos
Alice    Ziolkoski
Erika    Zubia
Carolina    Zuniga
Paulina    Arango
Veronica    Daou
Francesca    Florindez
Elizabeth    Gunn
Bailey    Harrison
Lili    Hooshivar
Keiran    Paster
Jeremy    Phan
Francesca    Seta
Brandon    Villarreal


CIF CHAMPIONS: Burroughs Boys Cross Country Wins School’s First-Ever CIF Title


CIF CHAMPIONS (left to right): Le’Von Davis (Coach), Pedro Guardado (Coach), Jack Howe, Manne Green, Andrew Barrondo, Shane Thompson, Garrett Boulais, Elias Hoxsie, Justin Villagran, Evan Thomas, Timothy Wells, Alexander Hirsch, Head Coach John Peebles

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

History was made last Saturday at the CIF Southern Section cross country championships. For the first time ever in the school’s history, John Burroughs became a CIF Champion. Behind an inspiring and dominating effort at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, the Burroughs boys cross country team won the Division I CIF championship.

“It means the kids earned it. In my twenty years of teaching and coaching at Burroughs, I have always been proud of any kid, whether it be in one of my classes or on one of my teams, who works hard to do their best,” Coach John Peebles said. “The end result is the end result, but what did you do to get the end result and how did you go about doing it?

“Those last two things are what matter the most because it is something that an individual has control over. The championship on Saturday was nice, but knowing and seeing what the kids did before Saturday is what I am happiest about.”

After conquering the Pacific League for their first league title since 2005, the Indians put forth a championship result with everyone contributing to the monumental moment.

Garrett Boulais (11th- 15:16), Elias Hoxsie (15- 15:19), Shane Thompson (17- 15:23), Alexander Hirsch (19- 15:26) and Andrew Barrondo (23- 15:33) combined to outduel runner-up Dana Hills, 70-91. Justin Villagran (51- 15:59), Timothy Wells (54- 16:01), Manne Green, Jack Howe and Evan Thomas also aided in the victory.

“The kids raced smart and together and that allowed them to produce a great result,” Peebles said. “We did not have a runner in the top fifty, maybe even sixty, places at the mile mark and finished with five in the top 23 and a 17 second gap between our No. 1 and No. 5. All of the credit goes to these kids for running for each other and running to the best of their ability.”

From 1948 to the present, no team had ever won a CIF Championship at Burroughs….until now. Now the boys cross country team has set the standard of excellence for future Indian teams to emulate.

“I am just happy for the kids,” said Peebles. “If this was the school’s 10th CIF team title, would it mean any less to these kids? Heck no. These 10 kids went out and earned a CIF title with their effort and determination. It is all about the kids.”

The Indians now advance to the State Championship meet in Fresno this weekend.

Fast facts-

*76:57 – 4th fastest team time of the day in all five divisions

*First CIF Team Championship in the History of Burroughs (all sports)

*First JBHS team to qualify for the California State XC Meet as a team – The following runners qualified as individuals (Sadee Martinez – 2006, 2007, Western Nelson – 2008, and Anthony Monroy – 2010, 2011)


JBHS Indians

October 23, 2014

Don’t look now but there could be a new league champion crowned in boys’ cross country. With Pacific League Finals set for November 6, the Burroughs boys cross country team is embarking upon unchartered terrain.

After winning the first two league meets of the season on September 25 and then again on October 16, the Indians are zeroing in on capturing their first league title as a member of the Pacific League.

The Burroughs Indians have a shot at a league title, CIF Finals and possibly a berth at the State Championships (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Burroughs Indians have a shot at a league title, CIF Finals and possibly a berth at the State Championships (Photo by Dick Dornan)

In a league that has been ruled throughout the years by powerhouse Arcadia mixed in with strong performances by Crescenta Valley and Burbank, Burroughs has been by far the most consistent and dominant team this year.

Burroughs, ranked No. 4 in boys cross country in CIF-SS Division I, won the Pacific League opener at Crescenta Valley Park. The Indians were propelled by senior Garrett Boulais who took second place in a time of 15:47 followed by senior Elias Hoxsie in third (16:06), junior Justin Villagran (fifth- 16:16), freshman Alexander Hirsch (sixth- 16:18) and senior Shane Thompson (seventh- 16:18). Burroughs defeated Arcadia, 20-35, for the first time since joining the Pacific League in 2006.

Garrett Boulais

Garrett Boulais

“Beating Arcadia shows that we worked hard over the summer,” Boulais said. “Last year, we missed CIF by one spot so we really wanted to come back strong this season. Throughout the summer we stayed strong as a group and did our best.”

Two weeks later, the Indians backed up their resounding win by conquering Pacific League meet No. 2 defeating second place Arcadia again, 20-38, at Arcadia County Park. The Indians claimed second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth place in a resounding win on the Apaches home course.

Boulais ran a tremendous race to finish runner-up in a time of 14:38 followed by Hoxsie (14:51), Andrew Barrondo (14:57), Thompson (14:58), Hirsch (15:01), Villagran (15:15) and senior Jack Howe (15:49).

Elias Hoxsie

Elias Hoxsie

“It feels great to be beating these schools,” Villagran said. “It shows how hard we have worked and we hope to maintain it for the future.”

With 25% of each league meet counting towards the overall team title, Burroughs now heads for the home stretch and a league title within their grasp. The Pacific League Finals are worth the remaining 50%.

The Indians have had a strong season overall competing well at the Cool Breeze Invitational in Chino, Rosemead Invitational, Mount Carmel (San Diego) Invitational and recently at the Kenny Staub Invitational where Burroughs took the top four spots in another fabulous team performance.

Shane Thompson

Shane Thompson

“It felt really good to just run strong as a pack and basically dominate the whole race overall,” said Thompson. “We are really doing well as a team.”

The Indians resurgence can be traced back to the last couple of years where they suffered several tough defeats at the hands of the Apaches, Falcons and Bulldogs.

Burroughs coach John Peebles has seen the growth of his program first-hand and attributes the Indians success this season to past experience, team depth and a positive work ethic.

“Over the last couple years we have kind of taken our lumps. When you run in a league with Arcadia, Crescenta Valley and Burbank who have been strong over the years, it definitely makes it tougher,” Peebles said. “But the guys noticed and paid attention. They knew they had to get better and better in order to try and win league. Running in this league has definitely paid off. We had to face the challenges and we have.

Jack Howe

Jack Howe

“As you go year to year, your goal is to do better at the course. You are also competing against the people you are running with. The biggest thing is to prepare at practice to go out and run the best race you can when it’s time to race. It’s your job to put yourself in the position so that when you toe the line and you go run, you are running the best that you can on that day.”

The Indians have responded well with a concerted effort to being a team on and off the trails.

“Over summer we decided that we needed to bond more outside of practice,” Hoxsie said. “That way in practice we could push each other with more meaning. We wanted to form a brotherhood so we could work harder as a group.”

Justin Villagran

Justin Villagran

Additionally, the Indians are well-balanced with various types of runners who have all contributed to the team’s development.

“What’s interesting about us is the diversity of the group. Each of us brings something different,” Howe explained. “Garrett and Justin are big into endurance running and could go forever. Shane and Elias have the fast-twitch muscle fibers so they can sprint really fast. Alex seems like he has been running since the dawn of time. I’m just trying to find my way amongst this team and work with them so we can all be successful.”

One surprise has been the emergence of the Indians next superstar, Alexander Hirsch. Only a freshman, Hirsch has brought much needed depth to a squad who has goals beyond a league title.

Alexander Hirsch

Alexander Hirsch

“I’m just so thankful to be on this great team,” Hirsch said. “Running with these guys has been a great opportunity to push myself. I learned that hard work can really pay off.”

Advancing to the CIF Finals at Mt. SAC and then to the State Championships in Fresno are the ultimate goals. But for Peebles, now in his 19th season as JBHS head coach, just seeing personal growth is enough satisfaction for him.

“Going to the State meet would be nice; going to CIF Finals would be nice; winning a league title would be nice,” he said. “To me I just want to see the guys and the girls get better. I want to see progression. Then you can judge every kid the same way. That’s my definition of success. Now if you can have team success along the way, then that is something extra.”

Down deep inside, a league title would mean so much to the Burroughs team and program. Boulais has played a major role in the team’s success and he would want nothing more than to give Peebles a much-deserved league title before setting their sights on CIF Prelims and beyond.

“As a senior, I want to go out on a good note. We want to do our best,” Boulais said. “Our main goal is to make it to State but we’ve never won a league title in this league so that would be nice to give to coach.”