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Early offensive blitz propels Burbank High football past Glendale

Football: Bulldogs score five touchdowns on their first nine plays en route to a 56-14 Pacific League win against Glendale.

October 24, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • Burbank High's Tony Toledo and his teammates ran past visiting Glendale in a 56-14 Pacific League victory at Memorial Field on Thursday. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Burbank High's Tony Toledo and his teammates ran…

BURBANK — One needed to look no further than the first series from scrimmage for the Burbank High and Glendale football teams to predict how Thursday’s Pacific League game was going to go.

On the Nitros’ first set of downs, they were forced to punt and their offense netted minus three yards.

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In contrast, the Bulldogs scored on the first play from scrimmage when quarterback Ryan Meredith completed a shovel pass to James Williams that went for a 50-yard touchdown.

The quick strike by Burbank was only a foreshadowing of what was to come, as it piled up 49 points in the first half and cruised to a 56-14 victory at Memorial Field.

After consecutive losses to Crescenta Valley and defending league champion Muir and their chances at a league championship all but evaporated, the Bulldogs (6-2, 3-2 in league) were in attack mode against Glendale (2-6, 0-5).

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“We didn’t want to look past anybody,” Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. “We know that if we lose any of our final three games that we are out of the playoffs. There is just no ifs, ands or buts about that. If we lose there is no coin flip that is going to save us.

“That’s why we wanted to come out motivated against Glendale because we didn’t want to leave anything to chance.”

While the Bulldogs are still in the hunt for a postseason spot, Glendale has seen its playoff homes already dashed. With two games remaining, the Nitros are just trying to salvage what they can of their season.

“We just have to learn from this game and move on to the next one,” Glendale Coach John Tuttle said. “That’s about all that you can do. The kids were out there trying their best and that’s all we can ask of them.”

It was quick, persistent offensive attack early on by Burbank, coupled with early Nitros errors which set the tone for the game. The Bulldogs made the most of their opportunities in the first half to put Glendale in catch-up mode.

With Meredith working the Bulldogs’ passing game to perfection and Williams shedding his share of Nitros defenders, Burbank jumped out to an early advantage. In fact, Burbank scored five touchdowns in just nine plays from scrimmage to start the game.

Burbank was helped by three early Glendale turnovers (two fumbles and an interception).

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