Big opener for Burbank High football in league win against host Arcadia

Football: Williams has another solid effort and Burbank beats Arcadia, 51-14, to start league.

September 27, 2013|By Charles Rich,

ARCADIA — Pacific League opening games have brought out the best in the Burbank High football team in recent years. A big effort from James Williams made things more pleasurable for the Bulldogs on Friday night.

On the ground or in the air, Williams took matters into his own hands after being benched for Burbank's first offensive possession.

Williams, a junior, scored four first-half touchdown, including three rushing scores, to power visiting Burbank to a convincing 51-14 win against host Arcadia in the league opener for both teams.


It was Burbank’s sixth league-opening win in a row.

Williams sat out the first series after he showed up late prior to the team bus leaving for Arcadia. He made up for the transgression by taking it out on the Apaches.

“Some things happened before, so I just wanted to get back out there and do what I could to help my team,” said Williams, who finished with 124 yards rushing in nine carries and caught four passes for 75 yards. “I was able to get into a groove once I got back on to the field.

“We were able to get off to a good start and it's good to be 1-0 in league.”

Burbank improved to 4-0 and hasn’t lost an opener since 2007. The Bulldogs, ranked ninth in the latest CIF Southern Section Southeast Division poll, began the season with nonleague victories against Bell Gardens, Canoga Park and Inglewood before facing Arcadia (2-2).

Burbank also got a pair of touchdown catches from wide receiver Oharjee Brown. Burbank quarterback Ryan Meredith passed for four touchdowns.

Burbank fifth-year Coach Hector Valencia said it was important for the Bulldogs to find its rhythm early in the game.

“We are excited right now about the way we are playing,” Valencia said. “We have a great attitude about different things and we are getting a lot of contributions from different people on both side of the ball.

“With James, we benched him for that first series as a way of teaching him a lesson. There are consequences for your actions. He made up for it by having a big game.”

The Bulldogs scored on all six of their first-half possessions.

Burbank grabbed a quick 8-0 lead on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Meredith to Brown with 9:04 left. Williams then scored on a one-yard run to extend the advantage to 16-0 with 5:15 left.

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