"We knew what we were in for in this game," Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. "We knew they were going to be out to get us, and especially with what happened last season, they wanted to beat us this time. It's always tough when you play against Muir; they have some very talented players."
The game was a battle of ranked teams in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division, as the Bulldogs (3-1) are No. 2 and Muir (1-3) is No. 7.
The contest was played at a hectic pace, as both squads had their hurry-up, no-huddle offenses clicking.
The Bulldogs received a fine effort from senior running back Ulisies Ochoa, who carried the ball 28 times for 173 yards and a touchdown.
Burbank had trouble containing Muir senior quarterback Jeffrey Davis. Davis passed for 239 yards and two touchdowns.
It was Davis who put the Mustangs ahead, 19-16, on a five-yard keeper as time ran out in the third quarter to give his team the lead.
After two possessions that yielded no points in the fourth quarter — which included a fumble at the Muir 10-yard line — Burbank got the ball back at its own 42 with 3:14 left. Colman orchestrated the drive with a mix of runs and passes, which got the Bulldogs to inside a yard of the goal.
On a third-and-goal play, the Burbank line surged forward, opening a seam for Colman. The 6-foot-4 signal-caller followed his blockers into the endzone, holding the ball out to show he made it in.
"I have to give all the credit to the guys on the line," Colman said. "They are the reason why we won this game. They were undersized but they never backed down. The guys just played their butts off."
Colman said his team had confidence going into the final drive.