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BURROUGHS VS. ST. FRANCIS WHEN: 7:30

September 22, 2004

BURROUGHS VS. ST. FRANCIS

* WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

* WHERE: St. Francis.

* RECORDS: Both the Indians and Golden Knights are 2-0.

* LAST WEEK: Burroughs defeated Verdugo Hills, 45-20; St. Francis

defeated Crescenta Valley, 35-21.

* OUTLOOK: The Indians have started the season in impressive

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fashion, gaining nonleague victories against Littlerock and Verdugo

Hills. However, the week-three game pits Burroughs against its

toughest opponent yet. St. Francis boasts an offense that can run and

throw the ball well. Last week in their win against the Falcons, the

Knights showed their prowess for running the ball, as the team rushed

for 263 yards and five touchdowns. The effort was spearheaded by

backs Blake Milton, Justin Morgan and Chris Schell. In contrast, in

the team's 28-6 opening-season win against Arcadia, St. Francis

quarterback Matt Abbey passed for 313 yards and two touchdowns. The

Indians have a fine ground game of their own, as Thomas Kyle has run

for 202 yards and scored four touchdowns in last week's game.

Burroughs has also shown that it can produce a productive passing

game with quarterback Nick Payne.

* SOMETHING INTERESTING: In last year's game against the Knights,

the Indians came up just a little short in a 14-7 loss.

BURBANK VS. OAKS CHRISTIAN

* WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

* WHERE: Westlake Village Oaks Christian.

* RECORDS: The Lions are 2-0; the Bulldogs ate 1-1.

* LAST WEEK: Burbank lost to Chaminade, 31-24; Oaks Christian

defeated Santa Fe Christian, 49-24.

* OUTLOOK: There is no surprise about who is the key player for

Oaks Christian. The Lions are led by 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback

Jimmy Clausen. The passer comes from a successful quarterback family,

as brother Casey played for Tennessee and brother Rick is playing for

the Volunteers this season after transferring from LSU. This season,

Jimmy has passed for 582 yards (37 of 63) and has seven touchdowns

and three interceptions. Receivers Mark Richardson, Marc Tyler and

Joe Giuliani have all caught passes for more than 100 yards. The game

should be a test for the Bulldog defense, which had its problems

against Chaminade. Burbank has a fine offense, led by quarterback

Mike McDonald and running back Jason McNeil. However, if the Bulldog

defense falters, Coach Greg Sobiech's squad could be in for a long

evening.

* SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Lions are ranked No. 1 in CIF

Southern Section Division XI. Burbank plays in Division II.

Jeff Tully

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