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,
  • 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.


“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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