Since 2006 when Burroughs High joined the Pacific League,Arcadia’s football team hasn’t beaten the Indians.
That is until last Friday night at Memorial Field when the Apaches scored all their points in the second quarter, and held on for an 18-8 win.
Arcadia’s first touchdown was tallied by Nick Rohr, who pounced on a loose ball in the end zone after the center snap sailed over the head of Burroughs quarterback Andrew Williams, who raced back and got his hands on the ball, but couldn’t corral it, and another Burroughs player likewise couldn’t find the handle, but Rohr did and Arcadia (1-3 and 1-0 in league) led 6-0 with 11:53 left after the extra point was blocked.
It became 12-0 when Jario Gomez’s punt traveled only seven yards and gaveArcadiathe ball at the Burroughs 13-yard line.
Arcadia’s Jake Medel (15 carries for 39 yards) ran untouched up the middle for a six-yard score and 3:49 showing, but Medel’s two-point conversion trot failed as the Apaches (119 total net yards) led 12-0.
“They had a few missnaps on offense,” said Arcadia Head Coach Chris Long. “That changed field position and was a big difference in the ball game.”
Williams (13 of 19 for 139 yards) struggled some and was pulled in favor of Angel Manzanero (two of six for 25 yards and one interception), who was sacked and fumbled with Joey Willm jumping on the ball at the Burroughs 18-yard line.
Arcadia quarterback Zachary Lee (six of 15 for 25 yards and one pick) called five straight running plays and the drive was capped off with Sheldon McKinley (43 yards on 16 carries) leaping from one-yard out and 1:04 left. The point after was stuffed as the Apaches (two turnovers) were in front 18-0.
Burroughs (0-4 and 0-1 in league) cracked the end zone with 4:48 remaining in the final quarter as Garrett Manoukian scored on a two-yard run.
The six-play, 59-yard march was directed by Williams, who injured his ankle in the season-opening loss.
A 39-yard pass from Williams to Jake Gnasso (54 yards and two receptions) on fourth and seven placed the ball at theArcadiatwo-yard line.
Williams hit Conor Joyce on the two-point conversion as Burroughs closed the gap to 10 points.
“We’re not going to do too much with that offense,” said Burroughs Head Coach Keith Knoop, whose team turned the ball over four times and accounted for 244 total yards. “But I was proud of our last two drives.”