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November 02, 2011

BURROUGHS VS. HOOVER

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: Moyse Field (Glendale High).

RECORDS: The Indians are 4-4, 4-1 in the Pacific League; the Tornadoes are 0-8, 0-5.

LAST WEEK: Burroughs lost to Muir, 28-0; Hoover lost to Pasadena, 49-19.

OUTLOOK: Although it suffered its first league loss last week, Burroughs is not out of the race to capture its third straight league crown. If the Indians win their final two games, they can secure no worse than a tie for the championship. In last week's loss, Burroughs had to play without senior running back Zander Anding, who was sidelined after suffering a partially collapsed lung. Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said it will be Thursday until it is known if Anding will be cleared for the game against Hoover. Anding has gained 1,883 yards in 154 carries and has 23 total touchdowns in seven games. The Indians will take on a Hoover team that is last in the league in points scored and last in points given up. The Tornadoes average just 7.4 game and surrender an average of 39.5 points.

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SOMETHING INTERESTING: If the Indians share the league title, it would mark the third straight year they are co-champions.

BURBANK VS. MUIR

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Muir High.

RECORDS: The Bulldogs are 3-5, 2-3 in the Pacific League; the Mustangs are 5-3, 3-2.

LAST WEEK: Burbank lost to Crescenta Valley, 35-14; Muir defeated Burroughs, 28-0.

OUTLOOK: The postseason picture is getting dimmer for the Bulldogs with just two games remaining in the regular season. Burbank is currently in sixth place, and only the top four finishers in league are guaranteed spots in the playoffs. Another loss could knock the Bulldogs out of CIF contention. The Bulldogs will take on a Muir team that is riding high after handing Burroughs its first league loss last week. The Mustangs have the option of using two quarterbacks: junior Joshua Muema-Washington and freshman Darick Holmes, who led the charge in the win against the Indians.

SOMETHING INTERESTING: The last time Burbank failed to make it to the CIF Southern Section playoffs was in 2007, when it finished in a two-way tie for fifth place in league.

Jeff Tully

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