The Indians rolled from there, as they earned a 38-0 decision over the Bulldogs, which featured a running clock in the final quarter. It was the Indians’ second straight shutout in Pacific League play.
“We started out a little slow,” Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said. “[Pasadena] came out in a completely different defense than we anticipated, so we had to adjust to that a little bit. But once we did, we fixed it and off to the races. Our defense was really stout tonight.”
Burroughs (5-3, 4-1 in league) led, 3-0, with Andres Aguilar set to punt the ball away with less than six minutes before halftime. The snap was low and rolled back to the junior, who scooped up the ball and got off a 38-yard punt, pinning Pasadena (1-7, 1-4) on its own 8-yard line.
When the Bulldogs failed to get a first down, the Burroughs defense forced a punt. Indian Eric Gordon returned the offering 31 yards for a score, but the return was nullified. Unfazed, Burroughs scored three plays later when Andrew Williams threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to running back Javier Pineda down the right sideline for a 10-0 lead with 2:55 left in the second.
The ensuing kickoff put the Bulldogs at their own 10-yard line, and once again the Indians forced a punt without giving up a first down. Pasadena punted, and once again, Gordon returned it for a touchdown. This time the senior went 45 yards for the score.
The touchdown gave Burroughs a 17-0 lead with 2:44 left in the first half, and it took that advantage into the break.
“Mistakes happen all the time,” Gordon said. “So you’ve got to come out next time and make a point, show you are dominant.”