Bulldogs Capture Pacific League
Under the bright lights of Memorial Field, and more than 10,000 fans, Burbank High quarterback Adam Colman, running back Ulisies Ochoa and Sam Bethany, along with wide receiver Jackson Diamond, were instrumental in leading the Bulldogs past city rival Burroughs, 28-21, last Friday night, and in the process captured the Pacific League crown.
Colman completed 15 of 24 passes for 159 yards, with one touchdown, and one interception, Ochoa, who carried the ball 25 times, rushed for 90 yards in the second half with one score, after picking up 58 yards in the opening half, and Diamond caught nine passes for 98 yards.
Burroughs (7-3 and 6-1 in league) was down seven points late, but on fourth and four at the Burbank 35, quarterback Lucas Yanez was sacked by linebacker Ryan Seidler for a six-yard loss.
The Bulldogs led, 14-7, at the half, after falling behind, 7-0, when running back Dalton Williams (200 yards on 29 carries) raced in from 14 yards out with 6:15 left in the initial quarter.
The 65-yard drive was littered with penalties on both teams, with the key play Yanez (29 yards on five carries) scampering for 14 yards.
Williams also had a 79-yard burst down the left sideline that gave the Indians a 21-20 lead late in the third quarter.
“We were trying to establish the run,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Keith Knoop. “We felt like we could run on them, but their defense played great.”
Burroughs collected 228 yards on the ground, and 25 yards through the air.
Burbank (8-2 and 6-1 in league) responded, marching 80 yards on 10 plays, with Bethany taking an option toss from Colman, and jetting around the left side from one-yard out as 3:29 remained in the second quarter.
Eddie Maroldi’s point after sailed wide left, and the Bulldogs (379 total yards), who last beat Burroughs in 2004, trailed 7-6.
“On that first touchdown drive, we wanted to shove it down their throat,’’ said Colman, who kept many plays alive by stepping up in the pocket, or throwing sidearm. “I was a pocket passer, but now I’m a pocket passer with some foot speed.”
The Indians punted, and Burbank took over at its 34. Six plays later, Colman hit Bethany with a seven-yard scoring toss in the left corner of the end zone.
Colman drilled Diamond with a two-point conversion pass, as the Bulldogs were ahead, 14-7, and 32 seconds remained in the second quarter.
“We made some adjustments, but not too many,” said Burbank Head Coach Hector Valencia. “We knew we had to stop the run, and overall, our defense was huge.”
Ochoa’s two-yard scoring dive with 5:36 left, and Colman’s two-point conversion throw to Diamond made it a seven-point affair.
Burbank running back Christopher Alcala scored on a four-yard run with 2:02 left in the third quarter to make it 20-14.