Indians Churn Out Points, Win, 45-7
There are ways to stifle an opponent. One can choose the methodical route, or quick fashion.
On a brisk evening last Thursday at Memorial Field, the Burroughs High football team opted for both, and turned away visiting Hoover, 45-7, in a Pacific League match.
Churning out 507 total yards, the Indians executed 11 plays that covered 10 yards or more, including scoring runs of 28 and 67 yards by Dalton Williams, and quarterback Lucas Yanez’s 17-yard romp.
Yanez rushed for 81 yards on eight carries, and found the target on seven of 11 passes for 79 yards.
Burroughs moved the ball with relative ease, though Hoover actually made an effort to stop them. Sometimes it looked like the Tornadoes were playing with less than 11 men on the field.
Even so, Burroughs Head Coach Keith Knoop wasn’t satisfied with the overall performance.
“I know we won, but we made too many mistakes,’’ he said. “When we play a solid team, we’re going to get beat badly.”
Knoop was asked to grade the offense, defense, and special teams. “I’d give us a B on offense, an A- on defense, and a C+ on special teams,’’ he said. “What I liked is that we were extremely physical. That’s what you want to see.”
Burroughs jumped in front, 24-7, at the intermission, but the game seemed out of reach for Hoover, which compiled 91 total yards.
The Tornadoes (1-4 and 0-2 in league) were without the services of top running back Ivan Tello, who was involved in a helmet-to-helmet collision the previous week, and sustained a mild concussion. Tello’s expected to be in the lineup for Hoover’s next game.
Hoover’s only points came on an 11-yard pass from quarterback A.J. Pule to wide receiver Stephen Choi just before the half.
The score was made possible when Dymond McRae returned a kickoff 85 yards after running back Darrell Cunningham scored on a four-yard run with 1:43 left that gave the Indians a 24-0 edge.
“I give all the credit to my offensive line,’’ said Cunningham, who also had a five-yard scoring run with 9:16 left in the fourth quarter that bumped the lead to 45-7.
Burroughs scored first with a 50-yard, four-play drive that was capped off when Williams, who had 200 yards on 13 carries, ran it in from 28 yards out with 8:35 left in the first quarter. Williams also added a seven-yard scoring jaunt late in the third quarter to make it 38-7.
From there, the Indians (3-2 and 2-0 in league) took command 10-0 when Michael Solano drilled a 36-yard field goal at the start of the second quarter.
Burroughs settled for the kick after a 13-yard scoring run by Williams was nullified by a holding penalty.
Pule completed seven of 13 attempts for 33 yards, and backup quarterback Choi hit two of three passes for 15 yards.