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Burbank Makes the Effort, But Loses To Downey, 35-7

By Rick Assad

Burbank High and Downey came into Friday night’s nonleague football game with identical 1-1 records.

The Bulldogs bolted out of the gate and beat Monrovia 23-8, but then lost to Canyon 14-6.

The Vikings were defeated by powerhouse Santa Margarita 56-0, but bounced back with a 42-35 triumph over Hart.

Quarterback Matthew Porras scored the only touchdown for the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross. A. Benson)

It was apparent early that Downey’s schedule was much more demanding as the No. 7th-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Division IV, handled the Bulldogs 35-7 at Memorial Field.

Burbank avoided the shutout when quarterback Matthew Porras scampered in from 12 yards out as 3:55 remained in the fourth quarter.

Porras, a junior, completed 15 of 26 passes for 124 yards, but was intercepted twice by senior free safety Nicholas Whitney in the opening half.

Senior running back Darnell Williams gained 34 yards on 20 carries against Downey. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Another Bulldog highlight was senior cornerback Kaydon Spens picking off junior Kijon Foots in the second quarter.

Senior wide receiver Drew Pendleton grabbed five catches for 55 yards and junior tight end Duncan Smith nabbed six for 53 yards for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs are coming off a season in which they went 10-4 overall before losing in the Division VIII title game.

Burbank has a bye next week, but will host Glendale on Sept. 21 to commence the Pacific League portion of its schedule which culminates Nov. 3 when it meets city rival Burroughs.

“This is the best team we’re going to play all season,” first-year Burbank coach Adam Colman said. “This is a young team and it’s still learning.”

Colman, who played quarterback for the Bulldogs a number of years ago, said that he was pleased with the effort.

“I’m proud of how they fought and that’s pride,” he said. “That touchdown at the end was important. We moved the ball well, but we didn’t convert in the red zone.”

Burbank’s defense was on the run most of the night versus the Vikings, who won 35-7 in a nonleague game. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Downey senior running back Baraq Ross finished with a game-best 202 yards on 19 carries and tallied four rushing touchdowns, including three in the second half when the Vikings outscored the Bulldogs 21-7.

After Burbank (1-2) punted on its initial possession, Downey took over at the Burbank 33-yard line.

Four plays later, Ross found the end zone on a one-yard carry as 8:55 was left for a 7-0 lead.

Senior wide receiver Drew Pendleton snared five passes for 55 yards. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The next time the Vikings (2-1) had the ball, Foots unloaded a 62-yard pass to wide receiver Whitney (89 yards on four receptions) and 5:21 left in the first period as it became 14-0.

Downey’s advantage was extended to 21-0 on its first series of the second half when Ross broke off a 70-yard sprint down the left sideline for a touchdown with 10:55 remaining in the third quarter.

It’s off to the races for Pendleton against highly-ranked Downey. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

Burbank (212 total net yards) followed that with a march from its own 40-yard line to the Vikings five when Porras (54 yards on 11 carries) failed to complete a pass on fourth down.

Burbank senior running back Darnell Williams accounted for 34 yards on 20 carries.

The Vikings (524 total yards) proceeded to make it 28-0 when Foots, a quick and agile quarterback who passed for 213 yards on 15 of 22, drove the team from their five-yard line and used 13 plays with a five-yard run by Ross the capper as 1:53 was left in the third quarter.

Downey powered ahead 35-0 with 8:10 on the ticker in the fourth frame when Foots directed the Vikings 62 yards as Ross located the end zone with a 17-yard dash.

Burbank Girls Water Polo Comes Up Short Against Louisville, 7-6

By Rick Assad


Season openers can be tricky at times and it was for the Burbank High girls’ water polo team on Tuesday.

After an even opening half, the Bulldogs came on strong in the fourth quarter, but still lost to visiting Louisville in a nonleague affair, 7-6.

“They tried their hardest and they’re going to improve,” Burbank coach Allyson Young said. “It was more of a learning experience for some of the girls who haven’t played on the varsity after playing on the junior varsity. There’s a big difference.”

The game-winning tally came with 13 seconds left and was scored by Claire Iannetta on a back-handed throw from 10 feet.

The Bulldogs trailed 4-3 entering the final frame and then fell behind 6-3 on back-to-back goals from Emily Gaines, who finished with a match-best three tallies.

When Gaines scored with 5:22 left in the fourth period it became 5-3 and her shot with 4:44 left on the clock made it a three-goal lead.

But the Bulldogs, who were outshot 23-15, rallied with three consecutive goals to even it at 6-6.

Sophomore driver Michelle Morlock put in a five-meter penalty toss with 4:16 showing in the final period that trimmed the advantage to 6-4.

Burbank came within 6-5 on a score from junior driver Sune Aghakian on a 15-foot shot and 2:42 left.

Suddenly it was level at 6-6 after sophomore driver Camila Salas knocked one into the net from 15 feet as 43 seconds remained.

“They’re going to learn how to play together and they’re going to get much more comfortable,” Young said of her squad that has four seniors on a team of 10.

The Royals led 1-0 on a close-range shot from Rafaella Armeni with 2:48 on the clock in the opening frame only to see the Bulldogs even it at 1-1 on senior driver Stephanie O’Brien’s goal from three feet and 2:22 left.

Burbank took command 3-1 after senior driver Cynthia Abramian launched a 25-foot rainbow and 4:52 remaining to make it 2-1 and it swelled to 3-1 on a goal from seven-feet by Morlock with 3:19 left.

The Royals shaved the lead to 3-2 on a five-foot throw from Sophia Tsavallas and 2:20 showing before the intermission and then evened it at 3-3 when Gaines scored off a rebound with 1:14 remaining.

“I think we were a little more conditioned and that worked to our advantage,” Louisville coach Kendra Klein said. “I had no idea what to expect because I didn’t scout Burbank. But they’re a scrappy team.”

There was only one goal scored in the third stanza and that was off a rebound effort by Tsavallas with 1:46 left.

“I gave them [the team] the key and for the most part they executed the game plan,” Klein said.