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Burbank Gets Into Saturday’s UCLA-USC Football Clash

By Rick Assad

When it comes to longstanding rivalries, the city of Burbank knows a thing or two about the subject.

After all, Burbank High and Burroughs play each other in every sport and when these two meet on the gridiron, basketball court, baseball diamond, soccer pitch, swimming pool, or tennis court, it’s usually filled with excitement and thrills for those participating and those watching.

On Thursday and Friday, the Burbank Unified School District pledged its support to different teams – UCLA and USC ahead of Saturday’s tussle between the Bruins and Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that was televised on KABC and had a 12:30 p.m. kickoff.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

On Thursday at William McKinley Elementary School ahead of the UCLA-USC football game, the annual “College Rivalry Day” was held with boys and girls donning the colors of the two universities and then breaking into two teams and having a series of relay races.

Amid the races, there was a lot of yelling and screaming and rooting. The idea behind the event is to get the boys and girls interested in furthering their education beyond high school.

In some cases, the school will even take a field trip to the respective campuses in Los Angeles for USC and Westwood for UCLA.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Of course, many of the teachers and administrators were dressed in the colors of the two famous universities – blue and gold for UCLA and cardinal and gold for USC.

Some of the administrators and teachers are alumni of UCLA and USC as they beamed knowing that these youngsters were having loads of fun and that the big game was just a few days away.

On Friday, at the Burbank Unified School building, with the fight song of each university blaring away, administrators likewise wore the colors of the two schools, including Dr. Matt Hill, the Superintendent of Schools, who earned a doctorate from USC.

Dr. Sarah Niemann, Assistant Superintendent and Head of Human Relations, was also there wearing USC’s colors.

Also in attendance was Dr. Greg Miller, an administrator at Muir Middle School, who is another USC graduate.

First-year Burbank High principal, Dr. Thomas Crowther, who attended USC and is seemingly at every sporting event, was also there showing off his colors.

Oscar Macias, an administrator at Luther Middle School is another USC alum and was in full swing over the event.

Burbank has another connection to Saturday’s game and that’s Traveler, USC’s iconic mascot, who is stabled in the city and owned by Joan Asman, while his rider, Hector Aguilar, is a graduate of Burroughs High.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Coincidentally, Saturday will be the last time Aguilar sits upon Traveler, whom he has ridden him since 2005 and is retiring.

Taking over the reins starting this year will be Dana Kanstul.

USC is a 14-point favorite in this Pacific 12 Conference matchup and owns a 7-4 overall record and are 6-2 in the conference.

Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis has enjoyed a successful season for the Trojans, having passed for 2,727 yards with 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions across 10 games after filling in for sophomore J.T. Daniels, who tore up his knee in the season-opening 31-23 win over visiting Fresno State.

USC began the season with two wins at home, but then lost in overtime on the road to Brigham Young University, 30-27.

The Trojans picked up a 30-23 win over No. 7 Utah at the Coliseum before suffering road losses to Washington 28-14 and No. 15 Notre Dame 30-27.

USC then produced four victories in its next five games including a 41-17 triumph over host California last Saturday.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

UCLA, which is 4-6 and 4-3 in the conference, is led by sophomore quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who has thrown for 2,056 yards in nine games and has tossed 17 touchdowns with 10 picks.

The Bruins began the season with three straight setbacks, but then defeated host Washington State 67-63.

UCLA then lost back-to-back games before picking up three consecutive wins, but then fell to host, No. 7 Utah 49-3, last Saturday.

The final score from Saturday’s 89th battle for the “Victory Bell” ended up being USC 52 and UCLA 35.

Traveler Visits McKinley Elementary Ahead of USC – UCLA Game

Photo By: Kelsie Hernandez

On Thursday, November 16th, staff and students at William McKinley Elementary school participated in their annual College Rivalry Day. The day centers around another big event that takes place every November: USC vs. UCLA.

During the class recess, students were encouraged to go out the playground where they were able to take part in a variety of activities. The majority of the students each had on shirts or jerseys representing their favorite team. To help kids get into the spirt of Los Angeles’ Crosstown Rivalry, two large speakers were set up on the far side of the field. The speakers played one of College Football’s most iconic songs, Tribute to Troy, which is USC’s fight song. As the fight song played, kids ran relay races, threw footballs, visited booths to representing each college, and waited in line to pet USC’s official mascot, Traveler, who was also there in attendance.

The storied history behind Traveler began in 1961, when he and his rider appeared in USC’s first home game of that season against Georgia Tech. As the story goes, USC’s director of special events saw Richard Saukko riding his white horse, Traveler I, during the 1961 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. By the fall of that year, Saukko and his horse were doing laps inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. From 1961 to 1988, Saukko himself would train and ride each iteration of Traveler. After his death, the Saukko family continued the tradition until 2003. Starting in 2003, Joanne Asman took over seeing the tradition through. Since the original Traveler in 1961, there have been several iterations of USC’s mascot, with the current horse, named Traveler IX, completing its first football season this year.

Photo By: Kelsie Hernandez

This year, Raymond Juarez, a parent who has children attending William McKinley Elementary, organized the event. Juarez, who also organized the event last year, said his favorite thing about putting the event together is “getting the college exposure to the kids and just making sure they’re exposed to the two powerhouse colleges that we have here – UCLA and USC – and just to build that college experience that hopefully they’ll have later on.”

The program, which is over six years old, is always planned for the Thursday before the big game, but is not limited to just USC or UCLA school spirt. Much of the staff also sported different college tees, increasing the exposure of a variety of universities among the young students. According to Juarez, past organizers and his team always try to help from outside resources to make the event special for the kids. “Our big help is the Burbank Print Center,” said Juarez, “Joanne and her team really helps us out, and we do reach out to UCLA and USC, to try to get any items from them.”

At the end of the day, the program was a success. “The McKinley school community had a great time meeting Traveler, the team, and adding to great USC and UCLA memories”, said Juarez.

USC is set to host UCLA at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 PM, PST, and will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN. USC leads the overall record between the two teams at 48-31-7.


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