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Mistakes too much for Burroughs football to overcome

Football: Indians run their nonleague winless streak to 11 with a 45-14 loss in season opener against Paraclete.

September 07, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

LANCASTER — A challenging nonleague schedule has paid off big time for the Burroughs High football team in recent years, as the team's coaches believe a challenging preleague slate prepares the Indians for league competition.

Despite winning just one of 12 contests leading into Pacific League play over the course of the last four seasons, the Indians captured league championships in three of those four years.

Burroughs opened the 2013 campaign Friday evening with another tough nonleague opponent in Paraclete, which is ranked No. 2 in the Mid-Valley Division. The Indians came into the contest with a 10-game nonleague losing streak that dated back to 2009.

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Although the Indians started the game well, scoring the first touchdown, the Spirits scored 25 unanswered points in the second quarter and took advantage of Burroughs' mistakes to notch a 45-14 victory at Antelope Valley College.

"I didn't expect us to play like we did today and make the kind of mistakes that we did," said Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop, whose team's last nonleague win came Sept. 17, 2009 against South Torrance, 34-17. "If you would have seen us last week in our scrimmage, we were a completely different team.

"We just didn't seem to battle as hard as we should have. That is something that we have to learn."

It was a defensive highlight that led to the first touchdown by Burroughs against the Spirits (1-1), who lost to Santiago, 21-12, in their season opener last week. A nifty 46-yard punt in the first quarter by Indians' Andres Aguilar pinned the Spirits in at their own 2-yard line. On the first play, a sweep to the right, Burroughs senior lineman Brad Peppmuller rushed in to make a play. The ball squirted lose in the end zone and Peppmuller was able to fall on it for a touchdown.

"When I saw the ball come out I just thought that I had to go get it," Peppmuller said. "When I did get it that was such a good feeling. That's my first touchdown of my high school career."

With the score, and Paraclete struggling on offense, Burroughs enjoyed a 7-0 advantage after the first quarter.

Unfortunately for the Indians, they couldn't maintain the momentum.

Mistakes by the Indians helped the Spirits rattle off 25 unanswered points.

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