Colman Leads Bulldogs’ Charge
High School Football
Don’t look now, but Burbank High’s football team and Burroughs are on a collision course, with the winner determining the Pacific League champion on Nov. 13.
That’s still to come, but the Bulldogs made easy work of Hoover last Friday night at Moyse Field, posting a 48-13 victory, with quarterback Adam Colman delivering a virtuoso performance, throwing four first-half touchdowns and running for two more.
The Bulldogs (6-1 and 4-0 in league) scored on their first four possessions, and took a 34-6 lead into the locker room.
“We came into the season with a bull’s eye on our back,” said Colman, who finished 11 of 16 for 260 yards and no interceptions. “We know we have the talent, and we want to show it. I’m not thinking about our record or our game with Burroughs.”
Burroughs tamed Arcadia, 35-25, and is 5-2 and 4-0 in league action.
Under-manned, the Tornadoes (1-6 and 0-4 in league) managed 154 total net yards.
Hoover had minus nine yards on the ground in the opening half, and sliced through for only 50 yards in the second half.
But Colman shined brightest. A 14-play, 58-yard drive made it 7-0 when he veered left and scored from a yard out with 4:26 showing in the first quarter.
Colman also added a one-yard touchdown run with 4:13 left in the third quarter to make it 48-6.
Hoover running back Ivan Tello fumbled on his second carry, giving Burbank the ball at the Tornadoes’ 22.
Three plays later, Colman’s 28-yard pass to running back Sam Bethany (83 yards and four receptions) made it 14-0, and 3:39 left in the first quarter.
“This defense is good,’’ said Hoover Head Coach Chris Long. “This is the best front-seven in the Pacific League. Ryan Seidler [middle linebacker] is a man.”
It became 21-0 early in the second quarter when Colman drilled wide receiver Cole Hazelwood (34 yards and two catches), who was all alone with a 29-yard pass.
Colman’s 44-yard connection with wide receiver Jackson Diamond about four minutes later made it 28-0.
Colman then found Diamond on a 67-yard strike to make it 34-6 and 2:10 left before the half.
“In the first half, we emphasized the pass,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Hector Valencia, whose team had 442 total yards. “We wanted to stop their run, and for the most part we did, except for a few plays at the end.”
Valencia has lofty aspirations for his club. “We think we have a good team, and our goal has been to get past the opening round and deep into the (CIF Southern Section) playoffs. We think we can go far.”
After Bethany fumbled, it set up Hoover quarterback A.J. Pule’s one-yard sneak that trimmed the lead to 28-6 with 2:29 remaining in the second quarter.
Hoover made it a 35-point deficit when wide receiver Devaughn Williams hit Dymond McRae with a 24-yard pass and 9:55 left in the fourth quarter.