Arcadia holds off Burroughs, 31-26

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A defensive stand in the waning minutes helped Arcadia High hold off visiting Burroughs 31-26 in a Pacific League game last Friday night.

The Indians (319 total net yards) drove from their 13-yard line to the Apache 16.

But on fourth down and two, senior wide receiver David Lennstrom was tackled for a six-yard loss on a sweep.

“Their defensive line is a very active bunch and I think their defensive line played a more physical game in the second half than they did in the first half,’’ said Burroughs head coach Mike Reily.

The Indians (2-2 and 1-1 in league) forged a 7-0 cushion with 9:13 left in the first quarter when junior quarterback Nathan Piper (18 of 36 for 146 yards) hit senior wide receiver Cerain Baker (67 yards on five catches) with a 23-yard pass.

It became 10-0 after senior Jonathan Rivas drilled a 33-yard field goal with 3:16 on the clock in the same frame.

Arcadia (3-2 and 2-0 in league) reduced it to 10-7 when senior quarterback Max Davila (13 of 27 for 175 yards) hit junior tight end Jake Medders with a seven-yard strike and 2:54 left, but sophomore running back Aiden Forrester returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards that made it 16-7 in the initial stanza.

The lead became 23-7 with 9:24 left before halftime when senior running back Ben Peters (game-best 190 yards on 41 rushes) tacked on a three-yard run.

From this juncture, the Apaches (202 total yards) outscored the Indians 24-3 and included a 58-yard punt return by junior wide receiver Rolandiss Whitener that sliced the lead to 23-14 with 5:03 showing before the break.

When Davila and Whitener (99 yards on four receptions) hooked up on a 50-yard slant and 9:54 left in the third quarter, the Apaches drew within 23-21.

Arcadia moved in front 28-23 on a 17-yard scamper from senior running back Andre Lewis (35 yards on nine rushes) with 8:28 left in the third quarter.

A 23-yarder by Rivas saw the Indians get within 28-26 with 4:23 left, but senior Randy Ludwig’s 31-yarder pushed Arcadia’s lead to 31-26 with 18 seconds left in the third frame.


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