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

October 21, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Tim Berger Staff…)

BURBANK VS. GLENDALE

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High)

RECORDS: The Bulldogs are 5-2, 2-2 in the Pacific League; the Nitros are 2-5, 0-4

LAST WEEK: Burbank lost to Muir, 24-17; Glendale lost to Crescenta Valley, 27-7

OUTLOOK: Burbank's situation changed dramatically with last week's loss to defending-champion Muir. It was the team's second league loss in as many weeks after falling to Crescenta Valley in overtime the week prior. Instead of being in first place in the Pacific League had the Bulldogs defeated the Mustangs, now Burbank will have to fight just to earn a possible automatic playoff berth. The Bulldogs will likely have to win their final three league games (Glendale, Hoover and Burroughs) to even stay in contention. Even if they do win out, there could be scenarios where a coin flip could determine if Burbank earns a CIF postseason spot. Burbank will try and bounce back against a Glendale squad that has struggled for most of the season. The Nitros' only wins have come in nonleague contests against San Gabriel (41-3) and South Pasadena (23-7). After not having much impact last week, the Bulldogs' two best offensive weapons — junior running back James Williams and junior quarterback Ryan Meredith — will also look to bounce back against the Nitros. Glendale has a solid running back in junior Daniel Jung.

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SOMETHING INTERESTING: While Burbank averages 43.6 points a game — best among league teams — Glendale averages 15.7 — second-worst in league.

BURROUGHS VS. PASADENA

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High)

RECORDS: The Indians are 4-3, 3-1 in the Pacific League; the Bulldogs are 1-6, 1-3

LAST WEEK: Burroughs defeated Hoover, 69-0; Pasadena lost to Arcadia, 41-14

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