BURBANK — At times appearing utterly unstoppable, the Burbank High football team paved its way to the program’s first postseason victory since 2009 on the back of a high-flying offense.
The host Bulldogs totaled 630 yards of offense, 34 first downs and seven touchdown in stampeding visiting Mayfair, 49-14, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs at Memorial Field on Friday evening.
With the victory, Burbank, the city’s lone playoff survivor, earned a date into the second round versus upstart Del Rio League third-place finisher Santa Fe at Pioneer High in Whittier on Nov. 22.
The Chiefs (7-4) pulled off arguably the most shocking win of the divisional first round, upsetting second-seeded Diamond Ranch, 31-28, on Friday.
“To be honest, we had a great week of practice and we’re peaking at the right time,” said Burbank Coach Hector Valencia, whose record improved to 2-3 in postseason play and whose team moved past first-round exits in 2012 and 2010. “We came with a lot of blitzes from so many different angles and used our speed to take advantage on defense.