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Burroughs Football Ready to Get Down to Business

Missing the CIF Southern Section playoffs the last two seasons was tough on the Burroughs High football program after the Indians had been a regular playoff participant over much of the past decade.
First-year coach Rand Holdren realizes turning things around won’t be easy, but he feels the only direction his team is headed is up.

Holdren, who takes over for Mike Reily, is an offensive-minded coach who has most recently worked at Alemany High in Mission Hills after a stint at Harvard-Westlake in North Hollywood.

Former Burroughs Head Coach and current Defensive Coordinator Keith Knoop (left) with current Head Coach Rand Holdren. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“The guys were a little beaten down after last year. I want to get them all going in the same direction. That’s been our goal and mindset since day one,” Holdren said. ” We’re going to need all hands on deck. We don’t have any of the five star or four-star players or all that fancy stuff. We’re a group of guys that work together and that’s how we’re going to win ballgames.

Holdren will benefit from having longtime head coach Keith Knoop on his staff as his defensive coordinator.The Indians open the season Aug. 23 on the road against West Ranch of Stevenson Ranch.
Burroughs, which has 14 seniors, returns starting quarterback Nathan Piper (6-1, 170), who Holdren said had a good summer. Junior Nick Garcia (5-9, 170) also impressed Holdren and could see some time at quarterback.

Nathan Piper returns as the Indians’ quaterback. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Junior David Garza (5-8, 150) and sophomore Luke Rogers (5-6, 145) have impressed as ball carriers.
Seniors Johnny Factora (5-11, 155) and Andrew English (5-9, 195) and junior Alex Perez (5-10, 145) look to be passing targets for Piper.
The offensive line is young, but appears to have a lot of potential.
Senior Ferdy Hernandez (6-2, 250) is the veteran of the group. Junior Donovan Reyes (6-4, 205) will certainly offer trouble to opposing teams due to his size. The Indians also have junior Oscar Pette (6-3, 280), junior Allen Arriaga (6-2, 240), junior Eric Quintero (6-1, 220) and sophomore Austin Sowers (6-3, 240).
The Burroughs defensive line will feature many of the same players that play on the offensive line.

Daniel Foxx figures to be a leader for Burroughs on defense. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Senior Daniel Foxx (5-10, 190), junior Henry Diaz Jr. (6-0, 200) and senior Alex Deptula (6-0, 170) have all looked solid as linebackers according to Holdren.
The defensive secondary figures to feature many of the players the Indians use offensively in the backfield and as receivers.

Juniors Ozzy Perez (5-10, 150), Ellington Simmons (6-3, 180), Aiden Forrester (5-10, 168), Chance Spinks (6-0, 150)  all could see a role in the secondary. With a young team, Holdren is setting realistic goals for his team.
“For us it is to reach our full potential,” he said.

New Burroughs Football Coach Excited About Opportunity

Rand Holdren has had a few days to settle in after recently being named the Burroughs High head football coach.

Holdren, 38, who has coached in recent years at Harvard-Westlake and Alemany highs, will be a head coach for the first time at the high school level. He has picked up a lot in a few days and spoke of a number of things, including what attracted him to apply for the job.

“Community is what attracted me to the job at Burroughs from day one. The city of Burbank itself is similar to where I grew up in Santa Barbara and the sense of pride for home is an attractive trait,” Holden said. “People care about the kids in the community, and tradition means something. That is not the case in other places. A supportive platform to help kids was important for me.  Also being able to have a game on the schedule that has 7,000 fans attending is not something you get at other schools.”

Burroughs football coach Rand Holdren gives instructions while coaching at Harvard-Westlake. Photo courtesy Rand Holdren

In his short time, Holdren, who played at Southern Methodist University, has also learned of the fine history of the Burroughs program.

“It is an honor to be a part of a program that has a rich history. Furthermore, a lot of the coaches on staff had a hand in that history which makes it fun to hear about,” Holdren said. “It is my goal to use as many Burroughs resources as possible to get us back to that tradition. No doubt there will be some updates, but the tradition will always be represented in one way or another. It is important to me to stay true to Burroughs High School.”

With a background as a quarterbacks coach, Holdren said he doesn’t have a set style as to how plans to set up his team.

“My style will be dictated by what we have. Once I am able to go through spring ball and see the players that we have, then I will have a better sense of what we are going to run,” Holdren said. “Deciding now on how the system will look when I don’t know the pieces would not be a smart choice.”

After the Indians have failed to make the playoffs the past two years, Holdren is hoping to change that.

“My goal for this program is to get it back on top. I want to help kids grow into young men that contribute to society in a positive way,” Holdren said. “The kids here are going to work hard on the field and in the classroom. With that being said, I have accumulated a lot of resources over my years that I intend to use for my players as long as they are putting in the work. Anything good in life is earned and I feel that Burroughs is the best place for me to continue helping the youth.”