When Burroughs High quarterback Andrew Williams threw to wide receiver Conor Joyce it resulted in four touchdowns against Glendale at Moyse Field in last Friday’s Pacific League opener as the Indians raced to a 35-14 triumph.
The duo was too much for the Nitros, who were at wits’ end most of the evening trying to stop the pair. Sometimes Williams would drop back and throw from the pocket, while other times scramble before hitting Joyce, who snared eight passes for 102 yards.
“This combination is going to get better and better,’’ said Williams, who completed 20 of 22 passes for 271 yards. “My job is to score and put points on the board.”
The Indians tied it at 14-14 when Williams found Joyce, who is 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, with a four-yard dart and 10:40 left in the second quarter.
Burroughs (2-2 and 1-0 in league) then forced Glendale to punt and Williams drove the Indians 53 yards on nine plays and hit Joyce with a six-yard pass and 3:55 left in the second quarter that made it 21-14.
“We wanted to be balanced,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Keith Knoop, whose team finished with 515 total net yards including 222 rushing yards, but turned the ball over three times.
Another Glendale punt led to Burroughs taking a 28-14 lead into the locker room as Williams located Joyce with a five-yard bullet and 22 seconds remaining.
Burroughs’ only tally in the second half was Williams’ 17-yard pass to Joyce and 1:27 showing in the third quarter that made it 35-14.
The Nitros (191 total yards) began the scoring after linebacker Luiz Ruiz recovered a fumble by running back Javier Pineda at the Glendale 30-yard line.
Two plays later tailback Daniel Jung scored on a 72-yard burst down the right sideline and 7:42 left in the first quarter.
The Indians tied it at 7-7 when Williams (40 yards on eight carries) directed his team 80 yards and Pineda (41 yards on five carries) capping it with a 20-yard romp up the middle as 4:50 was left in the initial quarter.
The Nitros (2-2 and 0-1 in league) pulled ahead 14-7 when quarterback Kevin Felix (four of 12 for 56 yards) teamed up with wide receiver Martin Marin (49 yards on three catches) on a 32-yard bomb and 2:56 left in the same quarter.