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Burroughs football ends 11 with two defensive 7s

Football: Indians turn to defense, which scores pair of touchdowns and aided another in 30-7 nonleague victory that snaps team's nonleague losing streak.

September 12, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Burroughs' Eric Gordon intercepts a pass intended for North Hollywood's Luis Meza during a nonleague game against the host Huskies on Thursday. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Burroughs' Eric Gordon intercepts a pass intended…

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — On an evening when the Burroughs High football team had trouble moving the ball downfield, the Indians’ defense turned downright offensive.

Burroughs tallied two touchdowns on defense, while setting up an additional score on the first of the team’s three take-aways in a 30-7 nonleague victory Thursday evening against host North Hollywood High.

PHOTOS: Burroughs vs. North Hollywood football

With the win, Burroughs snapped an 11-game nonleague losing streak that dated back to 2009.

“I absolutely thought about that streak and am glad it’s over. What people forget is that we played Hart, Saugus and Canyon during this streak,” Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said as his team avenged last year’s 19-14 upset loss to the Huskies. “While I thought we had quite a few missed tackles on defense, it was nice to see they had strips and interceptions and turnovers.”

Burroughs (1-1) created breathing room with its offense on the bench and the team leading, 10-0, early in the third quarter.

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After the Indians offense punted on its first offensive possession of the second half, the defense went to work.

North Hollywood (0-2) took over at its own 20, but lost 10 yards on a chop-block and then lost possession when Indians senior defensive back Eric Gordon stripped a ball loose from a Huskies running back and then picked up the fumble and scored from 10 yards, which, after a successful point-after attempt from Andres Aguilar, gave the Indians a 17-0 lead with 7:57 left in the game.

“I saw an opening, so I went in there and just took the ball,” said Gordon, who also had a first-half interception. “I just wanted to make a play.”

The defensive score was the first of two in the second half for the Indians, as senior Davion Barker turned in his own spectacular strip in the fourth quarter when he reached out and punched lose the ball out of the grip of Huskies quarterback Michael Zurita on a fourth and one from the Indians’ 14.

Barker grabbed possession at the 12 and ran 88 yards unabated for a stunning touchdown that put Burroughs ahead, 30-0, with 6:53 left in the fourth.

“The offense was having problems, so it was up to the defense to do something,” Barker said. “We had to get off the field.”

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