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By Jeff Tully, | October 28, 2013
BURBANK VS. HOOVER WHEN : 7 p.m. Thursday WHERE : Moyse Field (Glendale High) RECORDS : The Bulldogs are 6-2, 3-2 in the Pacific League; the Tornadoes are 2-6, 0-5 LAST WEEK : Burbank defeated Glendale, 56-14; Hoover lost to Crescenta Valley, 56-16. OUTLOOK : The Bulldogs played well last week against the Nitros after suffering two straight Pacific League losses the previous two weeks to Crescenta Valley and Muir. Heading into Thursday's contest, Burbank finds itself in a two-way tie for fourth place in league with Arcadia.
By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Burbank Leader | October 25, 2013
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.
By Jeff Tully, | October 24, 2013
BURBANK - One needed to look no further than the first series from scrimmage for the Burbank High and Glendale football teams to predict how Thursday's Pacific League game was going to go. On the Nitros' first set of downs, they were forced to punt and their offense netted minus three yards. PHOTOS: Burbank vs. Glendale football In contrast, the Bulldogs scored on the first play from scrimmage when quarterback Ryan Meredith completed a shovel pass to James Williams that went for a 50-yard touchdown.
By Jeff Tully, | October 22, 2013
It was evident in June that the Bellarmine-Jefferson High football program was in trouble. With new Coach Lance Fauria on the job for just one month and the team suffering from a low turnout, Bell-Jeff didn't participate in spring practices. At the time, Fauria, also the school's athletic director, was already concerned about the Guards' low numbers and prospects for the 2013 season. It was then that the Bell-Jeff administration and its coach should have resigned themselves to the fact that being able to safely field a competitive team was not going to be possible this season.
October 18, 2013
Last Saturday night I witnessed one of the finest displays of human character I have ever seen. My son plays varsity football for Saint Monica's High School and on Saturday they played Bellarmine Jefferson High School. I arrived at half-time; a fellow spectator told me Bell Jeff had started with only 13 players and two had already gone out with injuries. They were already down 0-28 against rested squads on a full-roster team. Eleven young men did a thing many older people would have shirked from.
By Jeff Tully, | October 18, 2013
BURBANK - There was a sense of urgency for the Burbank High football team heading into Friday's Pacific League showdown with Muir. PHOTOS: Burbank vs. Muir football With a heartbreaking overtime loss to Crescenta Valley last week in league action, the Bulldogs knew they couldn't afford another loss if they hoped to stay in contention for the league championship. Quite simply, a team with two losses likely isn't going to claim the league crown. In fact, since Burbank joined the league in 2006, no team has won a title with more than one loss.
By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the Burbank Leader | October 17, 2013
BURBANK - Both coaches stated the obvious. The Hoover High football team was overmatched against Burroughs on Thursday night. PHOTOS: Burroughs vs. Hoover Pacific League football The Indians did as they pleased in the Pacific League game at Memorial Field. They scored on 10 of 11 possessions and Andrew Williams threw five touchdown passes to lead the Indians to a 69-0 win. “They were overmatched, but you love their spirit,” Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said. “They played hard and they get to play football.” Knoop was courteous to the Tornadoes.
By Jeff Tully | October 17, 2013
A rocky and trying season has come to a conclusion for the Bellarmine-Jefferson High football program. After being plagued by low numbers and injuries that severely depleted the Guards in all of their games, Bell-Jeff's final three opponents were informed Oct. 16 that the team will be forfeiting its final three contests. In the midst of a bye last week, the Guards were due to return to action Oct. 25 against defending Santa Fe League champion Salesian. However, that game on the road, along with another league game at St. Anthony (Nov.
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