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.