“[The Nitros] continued to convert on third-and-long situations when [our defense] had done a great job on first and second down. We don’t convert.”
Glendale (4-3, 1-3 in league) was seven of 12 on third down, while the Bulldogs (3-4 overall) were just two for 12 and did not score over the final 29-plus minutes of the game.
Burbank’s opening drive of the third quarter moved 52 yards to the Nitros’ 8-yard line, but stalled on third and goal with a sack of quarterback Kevin Hunter by Aaron Baykov for an eight-yard loss at the 4:22 mark.
The Bulldogs came up wide left on the ensuing 33-yard field goal attempt and remained behind, 24-14.
With just under three minutes left in the third quarter, Burbank defensive lineman Justin Maroldi recovered a fumble by Nitros quarterback Moises Chavez on the Glendale 47-yard line. But on the very next play, Burbank was unable to hold onto the football and lost a fumble right back to the Nitros’ Jean Khajarian.
Glendale then drove 45 yards for a score and a 30-14 lead on Chavez’s 26-yard pass to Jordan Bradshaw with just over 1:00 left in the third quarter.
“That was it,” Amorosi said. “If we had been able to turn that one into eight points, then we’re right back in the game within one score.
“We were actually gonna go for the onside kick to start it off, but handing it right back to them is not the way to win a football game.”
A missed point-after attempt on Glendale’s touchdown allowed Burbank to stay within two possessions and the Bulldogs had the ball with 8:00 to play in the game.
But a Baykov interception of a tipped pass at the 7:39 mark of the fourth quarter sealed the win for Glendale.