Burroughs Runs Past Blitz


High School Football

Knowing an all-out blitz by Pasadena High’s football team was highly likely, Burroughs countered with an explosive running attack led by Dalton Williams, who had 109 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns.
Like clockwork, the Indians’ ground game delivered 246 yards, including 175 yards in the opening half, which proved too daunting for the visiting Bulldogs, who fell, 35-12, in a Pacific League game last Thursday night.
Burroughs (4-2 and 3-0 in league) is the team to beat, and are aiming for a good seed in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
Pasadena (3-3 and 2-1 in league) boasts a swift and relentless defense, which likes to blitz the quarterback.
“They did what they normally do, and that’s blitz,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Keith Knoop. “They were bringing nine guys at a time. If they didn’t make so many mistakes, they would have had a chance, but we jumped on them early.”
The Indians led 28-6 at the half, due in large measure to Williams. On the initial seven-play drive, Williams carried the ball each time, and scored on an 11-yard dash with 8:21 left on the clock.
A first-play fumble by Pasadena running back Charles Hendricks gave the ball to the Indians at the Burroughs 43.
Six plays later, the Indians were ahead, 14-0, when quarterback Lucas Yanez (30 yards on nine carries) rolled right and scored from four yards out as 4:34 remained in the first quarter.
Slightly more than a minute later, Burroughs was in front, 21-0, on the strength of Williams’ two-yard run.
It was clear that Pasadena’s blitz wasn’t working, and it was because Yanez was handing the ball off, and avoiding the rush.
“We like to blitz, and we’re going to do that,’’ said Pasadena Head Coach Mike McFarland before the game. “That’s what we do best.”
It wasn’t until the second half that the blitz flourished, registering three sacks. By that point, the contest was out of reach.
The Bulldogs finally scored after a well-executed 10-play, 65-yard march that saw quarterback Aaron Simpson sneak in from a yard out and 7:18 left before the half.
Ahead 21-6, the Indians made it 28-6, when Yanez moved the club 84 yards. During the 12-play journey, Yanez completed all four passes for 43 yards, while Williams carried the ball the final two yards with 26 seconds showing on the clock.
“I believe in the running game, but I also like to throw the ball,’’ said Yanez, who completed nine of 10 passes for 90 yards. “I was trying to do hard counts to offset their blitz.”
A touchdown by the Indians with just under eight minutes left in the fourth quarter gave them a 29-point lead, as running back Darrell Cunningham plowed in from 20 yards, and capped a 45-yard, five-play drive.
The Bulldogs made it 35-12, when Simpson launched a dart to wide receiver Eugene Tripling that covered 80 yards. This was merely window dressing.

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