Leaving nothing to chance, the Burbank High football team torpedoed Glendale early last Thursday night at Moyse Field, scoring eight touchdowns in the opening half, trouncing the Nitros, 56-8, in a Pacific League match.
Burbank emptied its bench in the second half when the Nitros scored their lone touchdown as wide receiver Linden Anderson hauled in an 11-yard pass with 5:20 left in the final quarter. Chan Kim ran in the two-point conversion.
Other than that 59-yard, seven-play drive, it was all Burbank, the No. 2 team in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division, which had a 28-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
Running back Ulisies Ochoa scored three touchdowns on runs of 12, six and four yards. His initial tally made it 7-0 with 9:09 left in the opening quarter, capping a 60-yard, 10-play excursion, and his second touchdown pushed the lead to 28-0 with 46 seconds showing in the same quarter. That score was made possible when Kim (47 yards and 13 carries) fumbled deep inside Glendale territory.
Ochoa’s four-yard dash with 3:29 showing in the second quarter padded the Bulldogs’ lead to 49-0. Ochoa finished with 65 yards on 11 carries.
“We wanted to execute what we do because we know they have played tough in the first half,’’ said Burbank head coach Hector Valencia.” We didn’t have a starter in the second half.”
Burbank (4-1 and 2-0 in league) scored on its first possession, and then employed an onside kick which it recovered at the Glendale 49.
“It surprised us. We were hit in the mouth,’’ said Glendale head coach Alan Eberhart. “I think their game plan was sound. It’s a good football team. I was pleased the way they handled the second half.”
Four plays later, running back Steven Rivera (51 yards and four rushes) made it 14-0 when he waltzed in from 10 yards out with just under eight minutes left in the opening stanza.
The Nitros (132 total net yards) then took over at their 14-yard line, but on the fifth play quarterback Alex Yoon was sacked, and after several minutes on the turf, went to the sideline and didn’t return.
Running back Quortney Brazier (84 yards on six carries) had a four-yard scamper that capped a six-play, 38-yard drive led by quarterback Adam Colman (eight of 13 for 84 yards) and gave the Bulldogs a 21-0 lead with 3:29 left in the first quarter.
Burbank (420 total yards) bolted ahead 35-0 when Jose Rodriguez returned a punt 71 yards early in the second quarter.
Brazier’s interception set up the Bulldogs at the Nitros’ 42, and Rivera’s 25-yard burst with 7:17 remaining in the second quarter stretched the lead to 42-0.
Glendale (0-5 and 0-2 in league) punted from its 32, but the snap was high and kicker Felipe Arias was tackled at the 24. When Brazier added a 19-yard run to his resume, Burbank led 56-0 with 24 seconds remaining before the half.