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Burbank High football smashes through Mayfair, first round

Football: Bulldogs notch first postseason victory since 2009 with a 49-14 victory at Memorial Field.

November 15, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Burbank High's James Williams gets past Mayfair defenders Querale Hall and Derrick Reyes during a CIF-SS Southeast Division first round game at Memorial Field on Friday, November 15, 2013. Burbank blitzed Mayfair, 49-14. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Burbank High's James Williams gets past Mayfair…

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.

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“On offense, we executed and our tempo really bothered them. They couldn’t get set.”

Burbank (9-2) all but iced the game at halftime as the Bulldogs led, 42-6.

Maybe no player made a bigger impact than senior wide receiver Oharjee Brown.

On the same day Brown’s former school was eliminated in the postseason, 55-7, the Burroughs transfer hauled in eight receptions for 158 yards and three touchdowns, while also recovering a fumble in the end zone for another score.

“[Quarterback] Ryan Meredith did a great job of getting me the ball and the line was great out there. This was a team win,” Brown said. “I trust Ryan and he got me the ball.”

All of Brown’s scores came on sizable gains, including a 30-yard crossing route score the senior caught from Meredith (14 for 23 for 233 yards and three touchdowns) with 9:03 remaining in the second quarter, which put the Bulldogs ahead, 21-0.

Meredith and Brown also hooked up on a 39-yard touchdown with 40.1 seconds remaining in taking a 42-6 advantage before the half.

Previously, both hand their hands on another score when Meredith scrambled for a 19-yard gain and was about to score when the quarterback was hit from behind and fumbled into the end zone.

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