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No disguise for Indians

Football: Burroughs realizes opponents will be keying on talented running back Zander Anding throughout the CIF playoffs.

November 15, 2011|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Tim Berger Staff…)

There is no way to disguise it, hide it or fool anybody about it. It's like the 600-pound elephant in the room, everyone knows it's there.

Although the Burroughs High football team has no pachyderm on its roster, its impossible-to-miss entity comes in the form of a 6-foot, 185-pound senior running back Zander Anding.

Anding has put together the finest season by a running back in Indians' program history, breaking records, racking up big yardage and helping carry Burroughs to a share of the Pacific League championship, its third straight.

So, as the Indians venture into the waters of the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs, Coach Keith Knoop expects teams to know about and try to come up with a way of stopping Anding.

"All we can do is try and rely on our size up front and our kids who are pretty good at blocking people," Knoop said. "We figure that teams are going to run a base defense at us. Everybody has tried everything to try and stop Zander. There is nothing we haven't seen or nothing we don't know how to block against. Whatever they give us we'll find a way to attack it."

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Burroughs, which earned the No. 3 seed in the division, and Anding will get a chance to put their skills to work when they take on Los Altos at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a first-round game at Glendale High's Moyse Field.

The Indians, who earned a home game, have to play on the road because their home venue of Memorial Field is still being renovated. Because of the ongoing construction, the Indians have played all of their games on the road this season.

Anding has provided the cornerstone for the Burroughs offense this season. His worth was on full display Friday at the annual "Big Game" rivalry contest against Burbank. Anding came out at quarterback in a wildcat offense, carrying the ball 29 times for 349 yards and four touchdowns.

"What was even more amazing is that he called all the cadences and he called all the plays in that game," Knoop said. "It was amazing and he did a very good job for us."

Anding has broken numerous Burroughs records this season, including most yardage in a game (393) and most yardage in a season (2,453) and is closing in on the career rushing record. He also has 29 total touchdowns.

Anding has been the beneficiary of a talented offensive line that has been able to pave the way for some big performances. Linemen Gus Ferrat, Forest Stevens, Daniel Marbach, Paul Martinez and Thomas Liro have blocked for the running back.

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