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”

Burroughs Dominates Westchester, 21-6

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

The John Burroughs High School’s varsity football team bounced back from a season-opening loss to dominate visiting Westchester of Los Angeles, 21-6, on Friday, Sept. 10, in a nonleague game.
The host Bears controlled the game early, scoring twice in the first half and once in the second en route to their first win of the young season.
“After last week, we were disappointed about how we came out, so it felt good to … perform better than we did last week,” said Jesse Craven, Burroughs’ head coach. Continue reading “Burroughs Dominates Westchester, 21-6”

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”

Burroughs Coach Optimistic to Start Season

The abbreviated COVID season wasn’t easy for high school football teams when competition resumed in March, and it hasn’t gotten any easier, especially for the John Burroughs varsity football squad.
The Bears had to cancel their scrimmage last week after someone tested positive for COVID-19. With players and coaches having to follow health protocols and quarantine, the team did not have enough practices with pads on to play this week and this week’s season opener has been canceled.
“It feels like we’re back in the spring,” said second-year head coach Jesse Craven. “I just feel bad for the seniors, especially since they didn’t get to have much of a junior year. Now that testing is back and we’re exactly in the same protocols as we were in the spring, it’s going to happen to everyone.”
Despite the false start, Craven has plenty to be optimistic about this fall. He only lost eight players to graduation and his current roster boasts 19 seniors.
“I think having a good senior group is always helpful because they always want to go out on a really good note,” Craven said. “Guys are really committed to doing their best to have the best season they could possibly put together.”
The seniors aren’t the only to put it all on the field. Burroughs had young underclassmen that competed in the shortened season in March/April and gained much-needed experience that will only benefit the program this fall and the next. Continue reading “Burroughs Coach Optimistic to Start Season”

Burroughs Falls To Pasadena at Rose Bowl

Photo courtesy of Stephen Garden
Burroughs senior running back Luke Rogers (2) grabs a teammate’s jersey to stabilize himself while running past defenders during the Indians’ loss to Pasadena High School on Thursday in the Rose Bowl.

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Jesse Craven had to wait over a year after his hiring in March 2020 to participate in his first Pacific League game as the head coach of the Burroughs High School football team.
While the wait was worth it in many ways — an uncharacteristically cool and overcast spring day more reminiscent of November weather than March in Southern California, and the unbeatable setting of the football mecca that is the Rose Bowl — Craven and his team were in for a rude welcome.
Six days after a statement win against Burbank, Burroughs’ archrival, Pasadena High School took care of the Indians by a final score of 48-7. The coaches agreed to play the entire second half with a running clock after Pasadena led, 35-0, at halftime.
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