Burbank Drops Opener to Pasadena, 42-26

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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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Death of Revered Coach Prompts Shock, Sorrow

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Longtime coach Pete Roses (right) died unexpectedly on Tuesday. The Burbank High School campus supervisor established himself as a trusted presence among students and staff.

Beloved coach and Burbank High School campus supervisor Pete Roses died on Tuesday at 56.
The unexpected death of Roses, who coached basketball and football at Burbank and John Burroughs high schools, came as a shock to the local sports community, especially BHS head football coach Adam Colman.
“I remember my first day after graduating middle school, basketball tryouts were at the Burbank High School gym,” he said. “There was Pete Roses. I knew who he was right away. I played for him in basketball, and he started coaching football my junior year.”

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Burbank, Burroughs Football Schedules Finalized

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Burroughs and Burbank high schools’ football programs have finished scheduling for the fall season, which is set to begin in January.

After the CIF Southern Section unveiled its revised high school athletics calendar for the 2020-21 academic year, athletic directors and football coaches scrambled to contact their counterparts in other programs to finalize a schedule.
Fortunately for local coaches, the process was relatively seamless as both Burbank High School and John Burroughs High School locked in their opponents for the upcoming season, which is scheduled to begin Friday, Jan. 8. The COVID-19 pandemic led to the radical departure from traditional sports schedules.
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