Burroughs wins title thriller

Football: Burbank takes a big lead, but Indians battle back to win on late field goal, giving them a share of the league title, 38-35.

November 12, 2010|By Jeremy Curtis, Special to the Leader
(Tim Berger Staff…)

MEMORIAL FIELD — It was everything a genuine high school football rivalry game ought to be.

With a Pacific League championship crown on the line, along with cross-town bragging rights, the final game ever to be played at Memorial Field and homecoming celebrations for both teams, there certainly wasn't anything small about the 2010 installment of the Big Game between Burroughs High and Burbank.

Both teams exchanged blows throughout the contest, but the knockout wasn't delivered until the final 4.7 seconds.

Long after a furious come-from-behind rally by Burroughs, which trailed, 28-0, in the second quarter, the score was finally evened, 35-35. Then, Burroughs place kicker Cristobal Escobar went on the field for the single-most important attempt of his football career.

All that stood in between Escobar and Big Game glory was a heroic boot from 21 yards out. Burbank Coach Hector Valencia iced Escobar with a timeout, just as Escobar footed the initial would-be game-winner.


It didn't matter.

Escobar collected his composure and on the final play of the game, a fourth-down-and-one situation, he kicked the field goal straight through the uprights, giving Burroughs the win, 38-35.

"It's the last time we're going to play in this stadium, so it will stay in history, I guess," Escobar said.

With the win, Burroughs (6-4, 6-1 in league) captured its first back-to-back league title since the 1980-1981 seasons.

Burbank (7-3, 5-2) — which finishes third — rolled early on offense, ???scoring on each of its first three possessions.

First, it was Bulldogs quarterback Adam Colman finding wide receiver Ryan Thanaratnam on a 10-yard touchdown pass.

Then, Burbank running back Ulisies Ochoa took over. He scored on a three-yard rush, then on defense, added an interception of Indians' quarterback Lucas Yanez, which he returned 38 yards for a touchdown. He also tallied another offensive touchdown on an eight-yard run.

Ochoa rushed for 194 yards in 36 carries.

"He powered the ball all over the place," Valencia said.

With 7:58 to go before halftime, Burbank grasped a commanding 28-0 advantage.

"In the first half, we didn't have a chance," Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said. "We've spotted teams points all year long and we've come back from it. We would've kicked their butt if we didn't give them 28 points right out of the gate."

Burroughs wide receiver Matt Volland returned the kickoff following Ochoa's third touchdown 60 yards to the Burbank 33-yard line.

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