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

Battle of the Bulldogs could determine the Pacific League title.

October 16, 2012|BY JEFF TULLY

BURROUGHS VS. HOOVER

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: Moyse Field (Glendale High).

RECORDS: The Indians are 2-5, 2-2 in the Pacific League; the Tornadoes are 3-4, 1-3.

LAST WEEK: Burroughs lost to Muir, 21-14; Hoover defeated Pasadena, 37-8.

OUTLOOK: Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop isn't big on moral victories. But he was pleased with the way his team played last week in the loss to Muir, which many picked to run away with the league championship this season. The Indians defense stepped up and played well in the loss. Quarterback Andrew Williams also had a solid outing, throwing for a 70-yard touchdown. Hoover is likely to be sky high after its big win last week against Pasadena. In the victory, the Tornadoes snapped a 17-game league losing streak and defeated Pasadena for the first time since 1986. Hoover has a talented running back in Jesse Pina, who rushed for 138 yards in 20 carries and had a touchdown last week. The Tornadoes also have a reliable quarterback in Brandon Kerr. The game is an important one for Burroughs, which is fighting for a playoff spot with three regular-season games remaining.

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SOMETHING INTERESTING: The last time the Indians failed to make the postseason was in 2005, when they finished fifth in the Foothill League.

BURBANK VS. MUIR

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Muir High.

RECORDS: Burbank is 5-2, 4-0 in the Pacific League; Muir is 4-3, 4-0.

LAST WEEK: Burbank defeated Crescenta Valley, 38-21; Muir defeated Burroughs, 21-14.

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