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Burbank vs. Chaminade
Burroughs vs. Harvard-Westlake

September 12, 2007

• WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday.

• WHERE: Chaminade High.

• RECORDS: The Eagles are 1-0; the Bulldogs are 0-1.

• LAST WEEK: Burbank lost to Torrance, 7-0; Chaminade defeated Royal, 35-27.

• OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs played well for the most part last week in their opening-season loss. The defense stepped up and stopped Torrance for almost the entire game. However, the Tartars were able to score the game’s only points in the final minute of the game. Burbank will have a chance to get back in the win column in a nonleague game against a solid Chaminade squad. The Eagles advanced to the CIF Southern Section Western Division semifinal game last season and went 9-4. The team has an outstanding quarterback in senior Ryan Griffin. Last season, Griffin (6 feet 4, 210 pounds) passed for more than 3,100 yards and 31 touchdowns. In the team’s opener last week, he threw for 110 yards and three touchdowns.

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• SOMETHING INTERESTING: Burbank and Burroughs are both on the road for their first two games of the season.

• WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

• WHERE: Harvard-Westlake High.

• RECORDS: The Wolverines are 2-0; the Indians are 0-1.

• LAST WEEK: Burroughs lost to Schurr, 27-7; Harvard-Westlake defeated Van Nuys, 40-0.

• OUTLOOK: The Indians will take on their second straight team in as many weeks that is ranked third in its respective division. Harvard-Westlake is No. 3 in the Northeast Division. The defending Del Rey League champions went 10-3 in 2006 and advanced to the division’s semifinal game, losing to eventual champion Oaks Christian, 48-14. The Wolverines won their season opener, 26-6, Aug. 31 against Pasadena. The team has a talented running back in Terhon O’Neal, who scored three touchdowns last week. Paul Royster is another offensive threat. He rushed for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass against Van Nuys. Harvard-Westlake also has a solid quarterback in Sean Berman. Burroughs, which won the Pacific League title last season, will likely be tested on defense against a Wolverines squad that can run and pass the ball with efficiency. The Indians got a steady outing last week from quarterback Corey Howard, who completed 18 of 28 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, he also had two interceptions in the loss to Schurr (No. 3 in the Southeast Division).

• SOMETHING INTERESTING: Things don’t get any easier next week for the Indians, who will play St. Francis in their home opener Sept. 21 against St. Francis.

— Jeff Tully

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