Burbank, Burroughs Suffer Setbacks in Nonleague Contests

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank High School varsity football team couldn’t keep up with visiting St. Genevieve of Panorama City in a 54-21 nonleague loss on Sept. 17.
The Bulldogs (1-4 overall record) struggled to contain the Valiants’ ground game and allowed 444 rushing yards. Senior Camdan McWright accounted for 221 of those yards and scored four touchdowns. Caleb Gardner added 95 yards and a score, and Xavier White finished with 85 yards and two touchdowns. Continue reading “Burbank, Burroughs Suffer Setbacks in Nonleague Contests”

Bulldogs Offense Stalls Against Brentwood

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank High School varsity football team suffered its third setback of the season, falling to host Brentwood School of Los Angeles, 26-16, in a nonleague game on Sept. 10.
The Bulldogs (1-3 overall record) were solid on defense, holding the Eagles to only 221 yards of total offense, but struggled on the other side of the ball. Burbank committed three turnovers and had difficulty moving the ball through the air and was hurt by costly penalties. Continue reading “Bulldogs Offense Stalls Against Brentwood”

Bulldogs Collect First Win; Bears in Action

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank High School varsity football snapped a two-game losing streak and blanked host El Monte Mountain View, 51-0, to pick up its first victory of the 2021 season.
Junior quarterback Dylan Robinson led the offensive barrage, completing eight of 17 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard score to senior wide receiver Gio Saenz. Robinson also ran for 74 yards and one touchdown.
Running back Rony Preza led all rushers in the backfield with 95 yards and two touchdowns on five carries and sophomore Jacob Mendieta added 36 yards on four carries. Continue reading “Bulldogs Collect First Win; Bears in Action”

Bulldogs Fall to Simi Valley in Opener

The return of students to school for regular in-person learning also signified the return of high school football with a normal 10-game schedule. So the Friday night lights shined bright at Memorial Field in Burbank High School’s season opener on Aug. 20, but quickly dimmed as the home team was defeated by Simi Valley in a nonleague matchup, 63-19.
Burbank faced adversity before the new campaign even started. The team was supposed take on Newbury Park, but the Panthers had to cancel the game due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. BHS Athletic Director Patrick McMenamin announced the news on Twitter and later said that Newbury Park was replaced by Simi Valley, a much more formidable opponent.
The cancellation served as a reminder that the coronavirus pandemic is still very much present, and that the fluid situation that can affect practices and games in an instant. Continue reading “Bulldogs Fall to Simi Valley in Opener”

Burbank Drops Opener to Pasadena, 42-26

Photo courtesy Raymond Quan
Brandon Pena (left) celebrates with Jonathan Powell after a big play for Burbank.

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

It was a taste of normalcy for the Burbank and Burbank teams, yet still abnormal in so many ways. They played under the Friday night lights, in the historic Rose Bowl no less. But the game was in March, well over a year since either of these teams last played competitively, and with no fans allowed and just two weeks of practice to prepare.
And in one of the most striking abnormalities of all when compared to recent history, it was Pasadena (1-0 record) which sprinted out to an early 20-0 lead and never looked back, snapping an eight-year losing streak to Burbank (0-1) by a final score of 42-26.
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