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Burbank football dominates in CIF quarterfinal win


November 22, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa,
(Mike Mullen )

DOWNEY — It took all of one half of action for the Burbank High football team to achieve what was once considered unattainable.

For a second straight week, the Bulldogs were flat out dominant in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs.

Yet, this time that excellence advanced Burbank to the school's first-ever semifinal appearance in the modern era after the Bulldogs dispatched of divisional darling Santa Fe, 42-0, in the quarterfinals at Allan Layne Stadium at Downey High on Friday evening.

With the victory, Pacific League runner-up Burbank (10-2) will face third-seeded Del Rio League champion La Serna (10-2) on the road.

The Lancers punched their ticket to the final four with a 51-7 win over Diamond Bar.

"We spent a lot of time dissecting film this week to see what Santa Fe would and could do," Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. "We had a three-hour practice yesterday, which is unheard of. Everything this week was to get to the semifinals for the first time ever and we did it."


Burbank owned both sides of the line of scrimmage and, subsequently, was in control on offense and defense.

The Bulldogs won the first down battle, 30-9, with Santa Fe's last four first downs coming on a meaningless last-minute drive in the fourth quarter. Also, outside of 62 yards on the last drive for the Del Rio League third-place Chiefs (7-5), the home team was held to 51 yards of total offense.

Burbank nearly could do no wrong in a first half in which the visitors lead, 28-0.

The Bulldogs racked up 21 first downs versus four for the Chiefs and scored on their first three possessions.

Burbank's opening score, a three-yard scamper from senior running back Joseph Pendleton, wouldn't have happened without a clutch fourth-and-11 pass from quarterback Ryan Meredith (15 for 18 for 187 yards and one touchdown) to wide receiver Oharjee Brown (seven catches for 63 yards and one touchdown) good for 13 yards, which moved the ball the Chiefs' 18.

The touchdown was the first of two for Pendleton, who also punched in a four-yard score with 10:30 remaining in the second quarter that put Burbank up, 21-0.

"We came out thinking we were the underdogs today and that we had something to prove and we proved it," said Pendleton, who rushed 19 times for 101 yards. "We watched film on Saturday, after homework, basically all week and the coaches had us ready."

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