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Execution key for teams in playoffs

Football: Burroughs awarded a home game and Burbank will take to the road for first-round CIF postseason games.

November 16, 2010|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

BURBANK — Both the Burbank High and Burroughs football coaches agree that a key to success in the CIF Southern Section playoffs is execution.

"We have to execute if we are going to be successful in the playoffs," said Bulldogs' Coach Hector Valencia, who is in his second season. "It's all about execution. We just have to go out and execute our game plan."

Said Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop: "Everything in the playoffs has to do with execution. Everybody is 0-0 coming into the playoffs, and if you go 0-1, you're done."

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The Indians are fresh off a 38-35 win against Burbank in the annual Big Game rivalry clash. The win gave the program a share of the Pacific League championship with Arcadia. It was Burroughs' second straight title and third in five seasons.

Burroughs (6-4), which has won six of its last seven games, is the No. 1 seed from the Pacific League. It will take on El Rancho in a first-round Southeast Division game at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Field. The Dons (6-4) placed fourth in the Del Rio League.

Burbank (7-3 and third place from the Pacific League) will travel to take on Santa Fe in a first-round Southeast Division contest at 7:30 p.m. at Pioneer High. The Chiefs (6-4) finished second in the Del Rio League behind champion La Serna.

The Indians are trying to win their first postseason game in 23 years. The last playoff win was in 1987, when Burroughs made it to the Northwestern Division championship game, losing to Arroyo Grande, 15-10.

Knoop said he expects a physical game against El Rancho, a team that likes to run the ball.

"They don't pass the ball a lot and they run the heck out of the ball," said Knoop, who has been with the Burroughs football program for 18 years. "They are physical and they have some big kids and they will try and stuff the ball down your throat."

The rivalry win last week was punctuated by an outstanding final scoring drive by senior quarterback Lucas Yanez. Yanez has been a dual-threat for the Indians all season. Yanez is not only a threat to do damage through the air, but can also be dangerous carrying the ball.

Yanez has a distinction no other Burroughs player in the history of the program can claim. With his play this season, he has moved into the top 10 on the Indians' all-time rushing list. Along with his top-10 all-time passing ranking, Yanez has accomplished a truly unique double.

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