Bears Squander Lead in Loss, 21-14

The John Burroughs High School varsity football team squandered a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter and fell to visiting Arcadia, 21-14, in a Pacific League game last Friday.
The Apaches (1-2 overall record) scored two touchdowns in the final quarter to come away with the win.
Sophomore quarterback Blake Dycus led the Burroughs offense by completing 13 of 26 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was senior receiver John Alajijian, who finished with six receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Gerald Garcia hauled in six passes for 56 yards and Marcus Manahan caught a 14-yard pass. Luke Rogers led the ground game with 91 yards on 20 carries.
Drake Vickers and Alajijian led Burroughs with seven tackles apiece, and Brandon Sowers, Jose Oliveros, Angelo Toscano and Garcia contributed six tackles each. Sowers recorded two tackles for a loss, including a sack. Nate Howland-Chhina intercepted a pass and Oliveros blocked a field goal attempt.
Burroughs (1-3 overall) hosted Burbank (0-3), which fell to Crescenta Valley 13-6 last week, in a local rivalry game on Friday. The result was past the Leader’s press deadline; coverage will be included in next week’s issue of the Leader.

Burroughs Blanked by Muir

The Burroughs High School football team fell to Pasadena Muir, 50-0, in its home opener on Friday, April 2.
Senior Luke Rogers was one of the bright spots in the tough loss, garnering 125 yards on 22 carries to lead an Indians offense that struggled to move the ball.
Junior Jon English completed three of seven passes for 26 yards and an interception, and Vincent Harris caught a 15-yard pass. John Alajijian had an eight-yard reception and Gerald Garcia had a three-yard catch.
Ryan Hernandez and Alajijian led the defense with six tackles each, and Angelo Toscano and Drake Fickers each contributed five tackles. Garcia also recorded five tackles and blocked a field goal.
Burroughs (1-2 overall record) hosted Arcadia on Friday, April 9, and will then cap the shortened season at home against local rival Burbank High on Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

JBHS Beats San Marino In Opener

Photos courtesy Scott Daves
Burroughs senior defensive back John Alajijian (white jersey) chases down San Marino’s Ryan Singhal during the Indians’ season opening 30-14 victory eight days ago.

Jesse Craven, Burroughs High School’s first-year head football coach, had waited well over a year for the Indians’ debut, but it took less than half a game to get a read on the character of his ball club.
After falling behind host San Marino 14-3 in the first 14 minutes of last week’s season opener, Craven got a taste of what he hopes he hopes will be regular fare as Burroughs dominated the remainder of the contest, controlling the line of scrimmage, ball, scoreboard and clock on the way to a 30-14 non-league win.
“I have been placing an emphasis on toughness, discipline and conditioning, so I am very happy in those regards,” said Craven after the contest. “We have a young team and there is lot to build on.”
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