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

September 24, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Roger Wilson Staff…)

BURBANK VS. ARCADIA

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Arcadia High

RECORDS: The Bulldogs are 3-0; the Apaches are 2-1.

LAST WEEK: Burbank defeated Inglewood, 50-12; Arcadia defeated Azusa, 8-7.

OUTLOOK: Burbank has been steam rolling its way into Pacific League play, as Friday's game will be the league opener for both teams. The Bulldogs have looked stronger each week throughout their first three games, and last week's rout was a perfect example. The defense did a solid job, limiting Inglewood to just 12 points. The Burbank offense also seemed to be in a groove, led by junior running back James Williams. Williams had four touchdowns, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a score. "With our offense and defense, we feel we have the complete package this year," Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. "We had 17 penalties our first game against Bell Gardens, and we've really cleaned that up. I think that's helped us." On paper, the game with Arcadia looks like a mismatch favoring the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have the toughest defense among league squads, surrendering an average of just 11 points a game. Arcadia gives up an average of 20.7 points. On offense, the Bulldogs are averaging 49.3 points a game, while Arcadia is averaging just 17.7.

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SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Bulldogs haven't lost a Pacific League opener since 2007, when they lost to Arcadia, 13-7.

BURROUGHS VS. GLENDALE

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Moyse Field (Glendale High)

RECORDS: The Indians are 1-2; the Nitros are 2-1.

LAST WEEK: Burroughs lost to Camarillo, 48-14; Glendale defeated South Pasadena, 23-7.

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