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Burroughs football runs into tough Camarillo team

Football: Indians struggle with special teams and end result is 48-14 nonleague loss at home.

September 19, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
(Roger Wilson Staff…)

BURBANK — After snapping an 11-game nonleague losing streak last week, the Burroughs High football team felt the sting of its daunting pre-Pacific League slate yet again when Camarillo visited Memorial Field Thursday night.

The four-time Pacific View League champion Scorpions, who are ranked No. 8 in the CIF Southern Section Western Division, defeated the Indians for the second year in a row and almost matched its 37-point margin of victory from 2012 with a 48-14 win.

"From the previous two games, our offense was much better tonight," Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said. "Special teams and field position is what it came down to tonight."

After mounting two strong drives to start the game, the Indians' offense was slowed the rest of the night and forced to punt on seven of its final nine drives. Burroughs started inside its own 15-yard line on three of those drives and saw others stopped by penalties.

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Camarillo put the game away quickly and had a 27-7 lead by halftime. Its starting quarterback, Jake Constantine, who completed 11 of 15 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns, played during just four drives, as the Scorpions held a 24-7 lead with 5:25 to play in the first half.

Despite suffering another lopsided loss heading into Pacific League play against Glendale next week, there were some bright spots for Burroughs.

The most notable ones came from defensive and offensive lineman Hawkins Mann, a senior transfer from Illinois who's verbally committed to Boise State, and the passing connection between senior quarterback Andrew Williams and senior wide receiver Conor Joyce.

Mann, who even logged an 18-yard carry, lived up to his name on the defensive side of the ball and racked up three tackles for a loss, totaling 18 yards, including two sacks. His other tackle for a loss was for four yards and was a two-man job with Burroughs' Brad Peppmuller, who also had a two-yard sack.

"As I knew, [Mann's] not as conditioned with the rest of us so he had to fight over that," Knoop said. "What a great spirit, though. He was cramping and out of shape and vomiting at halftime, but he was still going hard. We have to get him to rub off on a lot of our guys and if we can then we could be a pretty special team with him. He's a different dude, he's a big-time football player."

Even with a nice stat line in his debut as an Indian, Mann was nowhere near content.

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