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Burroughs steps up offense

FOOTBALL: Through the air and on the ground, Indians make it look easy in 58-7 league victory against Hoover.

October 20, 2007|By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan

MEMORIAL FIELD — A simple play in the first quarter of Thursday’s Pacific League game between the Burroughs and Hoover high football teams exemplified the Tornadoes’ struggles and the Indians’ accomplishments.

It was a play in which Burroughs’ Shane Murphy took a screen pass from quarterback Corey Howard and went untouched 66 yards for a touchdown. Simple and effortless, that’s how it went for the Indians all night, as they ran away with a 58-7 victory at Memorial Field.

“[Big plays] have been the story of the year,” Tornadoes Coach Dennis Hughes said. “We give up a lot of big plays. A major objective in football is that you don’t give up plays over 30 yards. We seem to be pretty good at giving up plays over 30 yards.”

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Burroughs (2-5, 2-2 in league) — the defending league champions — had six plays of more than 30 yards — not counting Murphy’s 86-yard kickoff return for a score to start the second half.

“We knew they were going to give up plays on special teams,” Indians Coach Keith Knoop said. “We’ve got some good team speed. We’re a well-coached team with a lot of talent.”

The Indians’ talent showed.

They scored 23 points in the first quarter and tacked on 14 more in the second. Three of their touchdowns came through the air, as Howard connected with Murphy, Chris Morris and Andrew Delaloza for scores.

Burroughs’ Victor Felix, a senior, also added a score with a 50-yard sprint down the left sideline. Teammate Dominique Barnes, a junior, made a statement with his performance, finishing with 139 yards and two touchdowns — for 27 and 76 yards — in just three carries.

“We’ve got two really good running backs,” Knoop said. “[Barnes] is a competitive guy who wants to take the [starting] spot from the senior.

“We feel like we have the best two running backs in the league. We’ll put that out for anybody to stop us.”

Erik Galvan, Hoover’s senior quarterback, made a bid for the starting job, as well, finishing four of seven for 43 yards after replacing starter Stephen Choi.

Galvan led the Tornadoes’ lone scoring drive, which consisted of 14 plays and took more than nine minutes in the second half. Vladimir Akopian capped that drive with a one-yard run.

“I was pretty frustrated with the way things were going, so I wanted to try something different,” said Hughes, whose team ran 30 second-half plays to the Indians’ four, two of which they scored on.

Akopian had 88 yards in 22 carries and teammate Jonathan Mai had 54 yards in 19 carries for the Tornadoes (0-7, 0-4), who also got 43 receiving yards from Orlando Valdovinos. BURBANK, BELL-JEFF FOOTBALL SCORES Bacause of an early deadline Friday, the Bulldogs’ and Guards’ results do not appear in this issue. Please visit www.burbankleader.com for the complete stories.


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