Arcadia High’s football team was sleepwalking last Friday night in the Pacific League opener against Burroughs at Memorial Field.
The Apaches led 17-7 at halftime, but woke up and erupted for 28 points in the second half and romped to a 45-27 win.
Junior Dylan Guerra drilled 32 of 40 for 444 yards along with four touchdowns.
“That’s been the story of our year,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Rand Holdren, whose team is 0-4. “We’ve gotta finish. Last week we played a half. In the Canyon game we played a quarter. Tonight we played three quarters.”
Guerra hit senior Jabari Kindle (152 yards on six catches) with a 26-yard pass and 4:25 left in the second quarter for a 10-0 edge.
Guerra’s 23-yarder to senior Frankie Contreras (106 yards on seven catches) made it 17-0 with 1:51 left before the half.
The Indians (215 total net yards) drew within 17-7 when sophomore Luke Rogers (81 yards on 35 carries) scored from seven yards and 12.8 seconds left in the second.
Guerra’s 60-yard laser to senior Rolandiss Whitener (100 yards on six catches) saw Arcadia (549 total yards) surge ahead 31-7 with 5:48 left in the third.
When Guerra located Kindle with a 55-yard strike and 7:43 on the clock in the fourth the Apaches slid in front 38-13.
Senior Demarco Moorer (56 yards on five carries) chimed in with a 60-yard dash and 9:52 left in the third that made it 24-7 and a 44-yard sprint by senior Deonte Bevel for his only run put the Apaches (2-2) ahead 45-27 with 1:32 showing.
Burroughs junior Nick Garcia (two of four for 26 yards) scored on a two-yard run with just under 10 minutes left in the fourth as the Indians were within 31-13.
Senior Nathan Piper (10 of 25 for 114 yards and three picks) had a one-yard burst with 4:42 left that cut the lead to 38-19 and Piper’s five-yard toss to Garcia and Rogers’ two-point run made it 45-27 with 2:21 showing.