on Friday night.
On the most critical play for Burbank, senior quarterback Jason
Barbic led the Bulldogs (1-1) toward midfield, but threw a lateral
pass that Chaminade senior defensive back Derrick Quals scooped up
and returned 44 yards to give the Eagles (1-1) a 30-20 lead with 4:19
Burbank didn't know how to react after the ball eluded wide
receiver Jason McNeil.
"I thought it was tipped from where I was standing," Burbank Coach
Greg Sobiech said. "But it's too difficult to tell.
"It wasn't a lateral by design. It was a quick bench [with the
ball arriving to McNeil near the line of scrimmage], but I'm upset
that the kids quit on the play when the whistle hadn't yet blown.
"We were going to either tie or win the game."
Barbic, who completed 14 of 25 passes for 229 yards, recalled the
"I thought I threw a forward pass, and then I turned away," Barbic
said. "The next thing I know is that the guy is running.
"We made some mental mistakes with things like that and fumbles
and on special teams. We need to practice hard and fix them."
Chaminade and Burbank rode big waves of momentum throughout the
second and third quarters, but the Eagles got a 50-yard touchdown
pass from quarterback Kyle Thompson to wide receiver Peter Ma to give
Chaminade a 23-20 lead with 10:18 left.
The Bulldogs, who dropped a 31-24 road decision to Chaminade last
season, had the momentum in the third quarter. On the opening kickoff
of the second half, Burbank's Chuck Sweetan recovered a fumble by
Derron Juarez in the end zone on a squib kick to cut Chaminade's lead
The Bulldogs grabbed a 20-16 advantage on a 1-yard run by Marcus
Hood midway through the third quarter.
"There's no question that the game had so many momentum swings,"
Sobiech said. "We are a different team from last year, and we can
compete when we are all on the same page."
In the second quarter, McNeil caught a 70-yard pass from Barbic to
knot the score at 7, but Juarez took the ensuing kickoff 93 yards to
give the Eagles a 13-7 lead. McNeil caught seven passes for a
game-high 141 yards.
Burbank finished with 310 yards of total offense, including 55
yards rushing by Hood.