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Football previews: Burbank vs. Pasadena; Burroughs vs. Crescenta Valley

October 01, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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BURBANK VS. PASADENA

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High)

RECORDS: Burbank is 4-0, 1-0 in the Pacific League; Pasadena is 0-4, 0-1

LAST WEEK: Burbank defeated Arcadia, 54-14; Pasadena lost to Crescenta Valley, 43-18.

OUTLOOK: It was an emphatic opening to Pacific League play last week for Burbank, which completely outplayed the Apaches in a lopsided victory. With a win against a team that made the CIF Southern Section playoffs last season, the Bulldogs look serious in their quest to capture a league championship. Although Burbank features a high-powered offense that can pass and run the ball with equal efficiency, the Bulldogs' defense can't be overlooked. Burbank is head and shoulders above the other teams in league when it comes to points allowed, as the Bulldogs surrender a paltry 11.7 points a game. Burbank is also tops in league in points scored, tallying 199 in four games and is averaging just a hair under 50 points a contest. Pacing the offense has been junior running back James Williams. The All-CIF Southern Section back has 38 carries for 359 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Pasadena is a program that is struggling for the second straight season. Pasadena has suffered losses against La Salle, Cathedral, Salesian and the Falcons. Pasadena didn't make the postseason a year ago after finishing the season 1-9, and 1-6 in the Pacific League. If Burbank comes out victorious, that could set up a potential battle for the league championship the next week when the Bulldogs square off against defending champion Muir on Oct. 18.

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SOMETHING INTERESTING: Burbank quarterback Ryan Meredith had passed for nine touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception.

BURROUGHS VS. CRESCENTA VALLEY

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High)

RECORDS: The Indians are 2-2, 1-0 in the Pacific League; the Falcons are 4-0, 1-0.

LAST WEEK: Burroughs defeated Glendale, 35-14; Crescenta Valley defeated Pasadena, 43-18.

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