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Win over Pasadena keeps Burroughs High football in Pacific League playoff mix

Football: Indians overcome slow start and end up rolling against Bulldogs, 38-0, in league game.

October 25, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Burbank Leader

BURBANK — There was a logjam for second place among three one-loss football teams in the Pacific League heading into Friday night’s games.

Burroughs High was one of those teams, along with Crescenta Valley and Arcadia, who were all chasing league-leading Muir going into the third-to-last game of the regular season. There were plenty of scenarios involving the Indians, who hosted Pasadena at Memorial Field.

What was clear was that Burroughs needed a win to stay in the mix for the playoffs, and keep its outside hopes for a league title alive. However, with the stakes high, Burroughs found itself clinging to a three-point advantage late in the first half before scoring twice in 44 seconds to open the floodgates.

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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.”

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