MEMORIAL FIELD — After more than two decades, the wait is over.
The Pacific League co-champion Burroughs High football team hosted El Rancho Friday night in a first-round Southeast Division playoff game, and the Indians had no plans on seeing their season end.
The Gatorade bath and smile on Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop's face said it all shortly after the contest concluded, as the Indians beat the Dons, 41-21, capturing their first postseason win in 23 years.
"I got a huge monkey off my back," said Knoop, who has been coaching at Burroughs for 18 years and was 0-9 in previous playoff games. "We just talked about all week how you have to play in the playoffs."
The win puts Burroughs in a second-round game next Friday. It will play Mayfair, who defeated Diamond Ranch, 25-20, Friday.
Burroughs quarterback Lucas Yanez started the game a perfect seven-for-seven passing and finished 10 of 15 for 147 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He rushed nine times for 33 yards and two touchdowns.