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Indians’ Barnes runs wild in win

FOOTBALL: Burroughs running back gains 277 yards in league win against Arcadia, 56-9.

November 01, 2008|By Grant Gordon

MEMORIAL FIELD — While a mere five-point differential separates Burroughs High from being undefeated in Pacific League play, it’s becoming abundantly clear that the Indians are leaving their misfortunes behind them.

And currently, the Indians aren’t letting anything separate them from making a third straight trip to the postseason.

Burroughs senior running back Dominique Barnes continued the tour de force that has been his 2008 season, rushing for 277 yards and five scores in 16 carries, as the Indians trounced visiting Arcadia, 56-9, in Friday night’s league showdown.

“We’re starting to come together. ...We’re doing what we do,” said Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop, whose team began league play with losses to Muir and Crescenta Valley by a combined margin of five points. “We’re not in control of those five points now, we’re in control of right now.”

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On Friday, right now was Barnes rushing for the third-highest single-game total in Indians history. He had 105 yards in only seven carries in the first quarter, his 48-yard carry on the second play from scrimmage setting up his eight-yard scoring run that began the offensive onslaught.

With a quick 7-0 lead, Burroughs gave up a 77-yard run to UCLA-bound Apaches running back Todd Golper on the ensuing drive, but the Indians defense clamped down to force a field goal.

From there, Burroughs rumbled to 42 consecutive points.

“I was happy,” said Barnes of his performance, which included touchdown runs of eight, six, 14, 23 and 46 yards. “I was just trying to beat Mr. UCLA over there.”

Golper scored the Apaches’ only touchdown, a 68-yard run late in the fourth quarter, as he tallied 215 yards in 17 carries.

Burroughs now sits at 5-3 and 3-2 in league, tied for third with Arcadia (4-4, 3-2) and a game in front of fifth-place Glendale, the Indians’ opponent on Thursday.

“I believe we can be even better,” Barnes said. “As a team we’re getting better and better.”

Offensively, the Indians showed progress in terms of becoming a more balanced offense.

Sophomore quarterback Lucas Yanez was 13 of 18 for 162 yards and a score. His touchdown pass was a perfectly thrown lob pass into the corner of the endzone to Chris Morris, who used his reach to haul down a 12-yard score over two defenders. It made the score 14-3.

“We can’t get one-dimensional, that was our goal today,” said Knoop, who got five catches for 79 yards from Morris.

The Indians scored on four of their five first-half possessions, the final two ending with Barnes scoring jaunts. Barnes’ fourth score came on a direct snap with 1:10 left in the third quarter, before he bounced outside for a 46-yard scoring run in the fourth.

Indians backs Dalton Williams and Josh Velandria added fourth-quarter scoring runs, as well.


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