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Burroughs High football can't be caught in league opener versus Glendale

Football: Indians manage to hold on for 35-14 Pacific League victory against host Nitros.

September 27, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Burroughs High wide receiver Conor Joyce hauls in one of eight receptions. The senior finished with eight catches for 102 yards and four touchdowns as Burroughs beat Glendale, 35-14. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Burroughs High wide receiver Conor Joyce hauls in one…

GLENDALE — A 6-foot-4 target is hard to miss.

Burroughs High senior wide receiver Conor Joyce and quarterback Andrew Williams proved that for most of Friday evening, while opposing Glendale seemed powerless to stop them.

The duo connected on four touchdowns to help the visiting Indians score 28 unanswered points en route to a 35-14 victory over Glendale at Moyse Field in the Pacific League opener.

“It seemed like everything was coming my way,” said the 6-4 Joyce. “I’ve never experienced a game like this. The ball was huge and I just tried to make every catch.”

Joyce hauled in eight receptions for 102 yards and four touchdowns. His effort slightly topped a stellar effort from Williams, who was 20 for 22 for 269 yards and four touchdowns before being pulled at the close of the third quarter.

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The pair hooked up for the lone score of the second half on a 17-yard out route in which Joyce created late separation and hauled in the score with 1:27 remaining in the third quarter to put Burroughs (2-2) up, 35-14, after the point after.

“They’ve both seniors and they’ve both been working together since last year,” said Indians Coach Keith Knoop, whose team survived three turnovers and 125 penalty yardage. “We knew that both were capable of this type of game.”

The drive was the last for Williams, who sat out the fourth quarter.

Glendale (2-2) did drive on Burroughs in the second half, but was turned away denied on three straight turnovers on down, with the best look ending on the Indians’ 34 with 7:18 left in the third.

In a first half of polar opposites, the Indians responded to two debilitating turnovers by winning the second quarter, 21-0, and leading, 28-14, at the break.

When the Indians didn’t make mistakes, they were methodical in the first half, winning the battles on first downs (18-2), offensive yardage (341-128) and total plays (35-13).

Burroughs knotted the game and scored the first of 21 unanswered first-half points when Williams connected on the first of three touchdown scores to Joyce with 10:40 remaining.

The score followed a familiar pattern as the Indians defense forced a three and out from Glendale and the Indians responded by driving down field and scoring again, with Williams tossing a six-yarder to Joyce with 3:55 left in the half to give Burroughs its first lead, 21-14.

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