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Burroughs High football can't keep up with Muir

Football: Reigning champion Mustangs speed past Indians, 42-7.

October 11, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Leader

BURBANK — Burroughs High was one of three Pacific League teams undefeated in league after its first two league contests. The Indians got there with a thrilling second-half comeback against Crescenta Valley last week.

However, on Friday, to remain unblemished, Burroughs would have to take down defending champion Muir, which had outscored its first two league opponents by 72 points in blowout victories.

“We knew how good they were and that we had to play above perfect football to even be in the mix with them,” Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said of the Mustangs. “They are well-coached and they play at a different level.”

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In the end, Burroughs could find no way to rein in Mustangs offense or overcome the dominant play of the Muir defense Friday night at Memorial Field, as the Indians fell, 42-7, in a game that saw the clock running early in the fourth quarter as the Muir lead swelled.

“[Muir is] physical,” Knoop said. “We slowed their offense down a little bit, but their defense, we could just not stop that seven-man blitz.”

So it was Muir, the No. 7 ranked team in the Southeast Division, that stayed among the ranks of the unbeaten by overmatching the host with superior athleticism and physical play.

Burroughs (3-3, 2-1) trailed by just one score at 7-0 after the first quarter. However, the scoreboard was somewhat misleading, as the Mustangs (5-1, 3-0) outgained the Indians 86 to negative-six yards in the quarter. Throughout the contest, the Muir defensive line and blitz overwhelmed the Indians and disrupted their ability to execute the plays called.

“It was kind of frustrating not being able to run the offense we wanted to and the defense not being able to stop them,” Indians senior Conor Joyce said. “They’ve got some good guys. I don’t know, it was a frustrating game.”

The Mustangs were especially keyed in on the run. As a result, Indians tailback Javier Pineda was limited to 28 yards on 17 carries, as Burroughs ran for 12 yards in total.

“We wanted to show Burroughs we could be physical,” Muir Coach John Hardy said. “Our game plan was to stop the run and make them beat us throwing. We executed our game plan to perfection today.”

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