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Trio key for Burbank

Colman, Ochoa and Seidler return from Bulldogs team that won share of league title last season.

August 31, 2010|By Jeff Tully,

Three individuals were instrumental in helping the Burbank High football team set records and enjoy success last season.

On offense, quarterback Adam Colman ran the show, giving the Bulldogs a high-octane attack. Also on offense, running back Ulises Ochoa racked up the yardage to help the team thrive.

On defense, Ryan Seidler was a tackling machine at linebacker, as he kept opposing teams in check.

Those three helped the Bulldogs gain a share of the Pacific League championship, the program's first title in 37 years. The team also went 9-2 and advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs for the second straight year.


Luckily for Burbank, all three return for their senior seasons. However, the Bulldogs have some spots to fill and are already dealing with injuries.

"We lost a few key guys [to graduation]," Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. "We have some positions to fill, especially on our offensive line. We have also had some guys go down with different ailments.

"But overall we have a good group and we're looking forward to the season."

Burbank opens the season at 7 p.m. Friday with a nonleague Zero Week game at Warren in Downey.

Ochoa (5-feet-10, 185 pounds) was an offensive force for Burbank in 2009, earning All-CIF and All-Area accolades. He set the school record for rushing yardage in a season with 1,504, breaking Marcus Hoods' 2006 mark of 1,268. Along with 179 carries and an 8.4-yards-per-carry average, he also scored 15 touchdowns.

"Chuy has been working very hard and we're going to rely on him more this season," Valencia said of the running back. "We want to give him the ball more, and hopefully he'll be able to get at least 20 carries a game."

Also seeing time at running back will be junior transfer Quortney Brazier (5-9, 170) and sophomore transfer Teddy Arlington (5-8, 170).

Colman (6-4, 205) also put up big numbers a year ago, completing 110 of 198 passes for 1,796 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. His passing total put him at the No. 3 spot on the all-time single-season list.

"Adam just understands the offense so well," Valencia said. "He has been through it with us and he knows what's expected of him."

Colman was proven to be a fine all-around athlete at Burbank. Last fall, he was a starter on the Bulldogs' boys' basketball team that advanced to the CIF semifinals and the state playoffs.

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