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Burroughs football team hopes to be more balanced

With the graduation of Anding and a pair of new quarterbacks, Burroughs hopes to move the ball more through the air this season.

August 21, 2012|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

There was not much depth to the Burroughs High football team during the 2011 season.

With a workhorse of a running back in senior Zander Anding, the Indians were able to have a productive year despite possessing a one-dimensional offensive attack.

"We couldn't pass to save our lives last season," said Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop, whose team opens the season Aug. 31 against Paraclete at Memorial Field. "We tried to throw and we failed miserably. We would get something like 30 yards a game. It was embarrassing."

Luckily for the team, it had Anding. He rushed for 2,686 yards in 204 carries and 26 touchdowns (30 total touchdowns). He averaged 13.17 yards a carry and a whopping 268.6 yards a game. According to MaxPreps.com, Anding's yards-per-carry average was tops in the country and No. 1 in state and his per-game average and yards-per-carry averages were first in the state.

In addition, Anding notched five games in which he gained 300 yards or more, his best effort coming with a 393-yard performance in a league game against Glendale to set a Burroughs record. He holds the top five spots on the all-time list. His 2,686 total yards also set a single-season record, as did his 182 points.

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He left the school as the program's all-time scoring leader (250) and career rushing leader (3,345).

Behind Anding, the Indians (6-5, 6-1 in league) earned a share of their third straight Pacific League championship.

With the graduation of Anding, Knoop was left to search for what is hoped to be the next great Burroughs running back, a position that has been filled by a number of productive athletes in the past.

"We discovered some running backs who should be good," Knoop said "Right now the guy who is right up there is Isreal Montes, a two-year starter for us on defense. He's still going to be on the defensive side for us, but it will be just a matter of if he will be able to run that many plays and stay productive on offense."

A 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior, Montes played sparingly last season behind Anding. Montes had 26 carries for 179 yards (6.89 yards a carry) and one touchdown.

Adding to the running back corps will be seniors Garrett Manoukian (5-9, 160) and Josh Storer (5-6, 130).

"Those two are just dynamite athletes," Knoop said. "Garrett Manoukian has been playing rugby for two years, so he's real tough."

Senior Zach Hartman (5-9, 160) should also see time in the backfield along with senior Jason Hamm (5-8, 195), a nose guard who should provide some punch.

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