There has been a definite upswing with the Burbank High and Burroughs football programs the past few years.
Last season, the Indians shared the Pacific League championship and the Bulldogs were in contention for a title until the final regular-season game. The Indians also notched their first CIF Southern Section playoff victory in 22 years.
In 2009, Burroughs and Burbank both earned a share of the league crown, which was the Bulldogs' first in 37 years.
In 2008, Burbank notched a postseason win to break an 81-year playoff drought.
Many believe that success is a direct correlation to the success and large numbers seen in the Burbank Vikings Youth Tackle Football program during that span. The Vikings organization is the only tackle football group in the city, and it routinely serves as a feeder program for the area's high school teams.
"I went over to Burbank High recently to watch the freshman team practice," said Vikings President Craig Hunter. "I looked out at one time and all the kids who were on the field were Vikings. That Burbank High freshman team has probably about 20 players who were on the Vikings. It's nice to see."