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November 04, 2009

BURBANK VS. PASADENA

•?WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday.

•?WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High).

•?RECORDS: Burbank is 7-1, 5-0 in the Pacific League; Pasadena is 4-4, 3-2.

•?LAST WEEK: Burbank defeated Arcadia, 33-27; Pasadena lost to Crescenta Valley, 38-27.

•?OUTLOOK: Burbank — ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division — has to defeat Pasadena and it will be playing for their first league championship in 35 years. Burbank hasn’t actually won a league crown in 37 years, when it was a part of the Foothill League. The Bulldogs are coming off a short week after a tough win against Arcadia on Friday. Burbank was banged up by the Apaches, as a host of starters, including Leo Rodas, Sam Bethany, Zach Wilke and Ryan Seidler, were either knocked out of the game or played hurt. Pasadena has an offense that can be dangerous. The team relies a great deal on a big-play approach to move the ball. But Burbank has its own potent offense, led by quarterback Adam Colman.

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•?SOMETHING INTERESTING: Burbank has the top offense in league, averaging 37.4 points a game.

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BURROUGHS VS. CRESCENTA VALLEY

•?WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

•?WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High).

•?RECORDS: The Indians are 6-2, 5-0 in the Pacific League; the Falcons are 6-2, 4-1.

•?LAST WEEK: Burroughs defeated Glendale, 41-3; Crescenta Valley defeated Pasadena, 38-27.

•?OUTLOOK: The Indians — ranked No. 10 in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division — have one more stumbling block in the Falcons before they can play with a league championship on the line next week. Crescenta Valley is more of a high hurdle than a stumbling block. The Falcons’ lone Pacific League loss came Oct. 2 against Burbank, 42-14. Crescenta Valley has a fine running back in senior Harry Pessy and a solid quarterback in senior Kyle Cota. The Falcons also have a big stake in the game. If they defeat Burroughs, and Burbank defeats Pasadena on Friday, the Falcons would need to beat Arcadia in the final game of the regular season and hope the Indians upend the Bulldogs in the Big Game to give CV a share of the championship.

•?SOMETHING INTERESTING: Burroughs is on a five-game winning streak.

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BELL-JEFF VS. SALESIAN

•?WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

•?WHERE: Salesian High.

•?RECORDS: the Guards are 5-3, 1-1 in the Santa Fe League; the Mustangs are 2-6, 2-0.

•?LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff had a bye; Salesian defeated St. Anthony, 26-0.

•?OUTLOOK: The Guards have had an extra week to get healthy and prepare for the Mustangs, as they are coming off a bye week. Bell-Jeff, which was the runner-up last season in league, will have a chance to move into second place with Salesian with a victory. The Guards will be going up against the stingiest defense in the league, as the Mustangs have surrendered just 68 points and opponents average just 8.5 points a game against them. Salesian has a good quarterback in senior Frank Beltran (653 yards and seven touchdowns) and a solid receiver in senior Evan Bracken (669 yards and five touchdowns). Bell-Jeff counters with the second-most potent offense in league (32.6 points a contest). Junior Micah Shirley leads the offense with 17 touchdowns.

•?SOMETHING INTERESTING: Bell-Jeff senior linebacker Alex Davidians continues to be one of the most prolific tacklers in the state with 122.

— Jeff Tully


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