During the day of drills and simulated play, the biggest motivation might have come from head Coach Keith Knoop.
The Burroughs players were going through a drill that Knoop wasn't particularly happy with. With that, the coach squared up with a player -- who was in full uniform -- to show him how it's done.
During the demonstration, the players' helmet came up and cracked Knoop in his nose, causing a fair amount of blood to come pouring out.
"Right before [Knoop] did that, I told him to be careful. I didn't have a good feeling about it," Indian assistant coach Dylan Washausen said. "And just as I thought, the guy's helmet came up and just popped Knoop.
"I think it broke his nose. There was a lot of blood."
Instead of leaving practice and attending to his injury, Knoop instead stopped the bleeding and continued to bark out instructions to his players.
If the Indian players needed motivation about being tough, they got it from their coach.
That's what a hamburger's all about
The Burroughs High girls' tennis team made a huge statement Tuesday in a home Foothill League match against cross-town rival Burbank.
With a 14-4 victory, the Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the first time since 1999, when both teams shared the league championship.
The temperatures were warm for the match, and many of the players were feeling the heat, along with some nervousness relating to the heated rivalry.
During its opening set with the Bulldogs, the Indian No. 2 doubles team of Arpi Dergalasian and Vanessa Carrisoza were having problems of their own.
During a changeover, the girls' struggled to calm their upset stomachs.
"I think I'm about to lose my lunch," Dergalasian said.
"I can feel my In-N-Out burger about to come up," Carrisoza said. "I really feel bad. I don't know why I ate that for lunch."
Although the Burroughs duo might have been feeling ill in the early going, they won their opening set, 7-5. They went on to win another set, 7-6 (7-4), before falling, 4-6.
Boys' water polo
* Burbank in Oxnard Tournament, TBA
* Providence at Bell-Jeff, 5 p.m.
* Burroughs at Canyon, 4:45 p.m.
* Burbank at Saugus, 4:45 p.m.
* Bell-Jeff at Notre Dame Academy, 5 p.m.
* Canyon at Burroughs, 3 p.m.
* Saugus at Burbank, 3 p.m.
* Burbank, Burroughs in Foothill League Match No. 4 at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 1:30 p.m.
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