It took one series for Burbank High to place its vise-like grip on last Friday’s CIF Southern Section Southeast Division opening-round playoff game versus Mayfair.
What happened was the Bulldogs’ hurry-up offense forced their will on the Monsoons and walked away with a 49-14 triumph at Memorial Field as junior quarterback Ryan Meredith and senior wide receiver Oharjee Brown accounted for three passing touchdowns.
“I don’t think they [Mayfair] could do anything with that tempo,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Hector Valencia, whose team allowed 194 total net yards. “They probably don’t see a lot of that in their league.”
Ahead 14-0, the lead was extended to 21-0 when Meredith (14 of 24 and 235 yards) hit Brown with a 30-yard strike and 9:03 left in the second quarter.
When Brown recovered a fumble in the end zone after Meredith’s 20-yard scamper and eight minutes left before the half, the lead jumped to 28-0.
Meredith’s 40-yard toss to Brown with 40.1 seconds left in the second quarter gave Burbank, which came into the fray with a three-game winning streak, a 42-6 lead, and Meredith’s 15-yard spiral late in the third quarter to Brown put the Bulldogs (632 total yards) in front by 35 points.
“I like the tempo we play at,’’ said Brown, who snared eight passes for a game-best 163 yards. “We’re better conditioned. We run and run and that sets up the pass.”
The Bulldogs (9-2) forced Mayfair (5-6) to punt on its opening drive and took over at their one-yard line. Ten plays later junior running back James Williams (game-high 127 yards on 13 carries) scored on a two-yard sweep around right end and 6:36 left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.
Burbank forged a 14-0 advantage when senior running back Joseph Pendleton (61 yards on 13 rushes) capped a 99-yard, 14-play march with a two-yard dash as 31.2 seconds remained in the same quarter.
When Tony Toledo (86 yards on 10 carries) returned a kickoff 99 yards, it set up the junior running back’s one-yard burst and 5:04 left in the second quarter as Burbank led 35-6, and offset Mayfair quarterback Isaiah Jackson’s 20-yard pass to wide receiver Evan Ponce (53 yards on four receptions) 17 seconds earlier.
Jackson (10 of 26 for 149 yards) had a 40-yard throw and 9:18 left in the third quarter and a two-point toss that chipped Burbank’s lead to 42-14.