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Burroughs gets its share

Football: Indians defeat Burbank, 34-7, to secure their third straight co-league title.

November 12, 2011|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Tim Berger Staff…)

ARCADIA — There was no surprise about who was going to be called upon to carry the workload for the Burroughs High football team Friday in the cross-town rivalry game against Burbank.

Zander Anding has been the Indians' go-to player all season, as the senior running back has broken records, put up gaudy numbers and put together his share of impressive performances.

But the Bulldogs might not have expected to get Anding shoved down their throats.

Burroughs came out in the wildcat offense with Anding running the show. The end result was another 300-plus rushing game for the senior, as he helped lead the Indians to a 34-7 victory at Arcadia High.

The win clinched a share of Burroughs' third straight Pacific League championship. For the second year in a row, the Indians (6-4, 6-1 in league) are co-league champions with Arcadia (8-2, 6-1), who defeated Crescenta Valley, 31-7, Friday.

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"It feels great to win a league title," Burroughs senior lineman Lester Quintana said. "We were motivated for this game and we knew that we could win this game against Burbank. We all believed we could do it."

Anding, a 6-foot, 185-pound speedster, notched another stellar effort in a season chalk full of monumental efforts. He carried the ball 29 times for 249 yards and scored four touchdowns. His yardage set a "Big Game" record.

In addition, he tallied his fifth 300-plus rushing effort of the season, something no other player in the city has been able to accomplish.

If that wasn't enough, Anding, who has tallied 2,453 yards in nine games, broke the Pacific League all-time season rushing record of 2,142, set in 1997 by Sultan McCullough of Muir.

Anding, who has been slow to recover from a partially collapsed lung three weeks ago, said he was willing to run the wildcat when Coach Keith Knoop presented him with the idea.

"I honestly just took the challenge," Anding said. "He said we might be putting you at quarterback and I said 'Alright, I'll do it.' This week has been a lot of running, crazy running, trying to get my lung back in shape."

Knoop said putting Anding in that position worked like a charm against Burbank (4-6, 3-4).

"When I first told him about it, his eyes got all big and he was excited about doing it," he said. "He's kind of a quiet, nervous kid and I told him that he would be fine."

Even Burbank Coach Hector Valencia gave credit to Anding and his ability to put his stamp on Friday's game.

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