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Football previews: Burbank vs. Hoover; Burroughs vs. Arcadia

September 18, 2012|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

BURBANK VS. HOOVER

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: Memorial Field.

RECORDS: The Bulldogs are 1-2; the Tornadoes are 2-1.

LAST WEEK: Burbank lost to Inglewood in overtime, 21-14; Hoover lost to Temple City, 15-14.

OUTLOOK: The Burbank defense has played well for the most part in three nonleague games this season. In fact, the Bulldogs surrender an average of just 17.3 points a game, which is second-best among the eight teams in the Pacific League. Last week, defensive backs Joshua Nersissian and Sebastian Santoro picked off passes. The Bulldogs look to begin the league campaign against a Hoover squad that has enjoyed surprising success to begin the season. By starting off the campaign with two straight wins, the Tornadoes enjoyed thair best start in seven years before suffering a loss against Temple City. Hoover has a steady running back in senior Jesse Pena, who has five touchdowns. The Tornadoes have a solid quarterback in senior Brendon Kerr. As for the Burbank offense, it has enjoyed success on the ground and struggled when it has tried to pass the ball. In fact, in last week's loss to Inglewood, the Bulldogs completed just two passes and also had two interceptions. Burbank has talented running backs in sophomore James Williams, junior Joseph Pendleton and seniors Teddy Arlington and Joe Argenziano. Williams tallied two touchdowns last week.

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SOMETHING INTERESTING: Only two squads — Crescenta Valley and Hoover, both a 2-1 — of the eight-team Pacific League have winning records after the nonleague campaign.

BURROUGHS VS. ARCADIA

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Memorial Field.

RECORDS: The Indians and the Apaches are both 0-3.

LAST WEEK: Burroughs lost to Camarillo, 50-13; Arcadia lost to Monrovia, 52-17.

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