There are instances when the more talented team simply does what it wants, and so it went for Burbank High against rival Burroughs in the 64th meeting last Friday night at Memorial Field before a capacity throng.
The Bulldogs will host Norwalk in a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division first-round playoff game on Friday, and with their team speed took advantage of the Indians’ poor tackling and cruised to a 37-14 Pacific League triumph.
James Williams finished with 159 yards on 15 carries, Teddy Arlington had 55 yards on 11 rushes, and Joseph Pendleton 47 yards on 13 carries as Burbank ended up with 261 yards on the ground.
The game’s highlight was an 89-yard scoring sprint by Williams with 8:56 left in the third quarter to make it 30-0.
“We knew they weren’t going to take us lightly, and we weren’t going to take them lightly,’’ said Williams. “I was thinking about this game all day. Make it all week.”
Burroughs (4-6 and 4-3 in league) fell behind 24-0 after 24 minutes, and the hole proved too deep.
“Our defense played awesome,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Keith Knoop, whose team had 73 rushing yards and 148 total net yards. “We didn’t quit. They wanted a shutout. We weren’t about to give it to them.”
Burbank (7-3 and 6-1 in league) set the tone on the first series by marching 50 yards on 13 plays with Yervand Umrikyan drilling a 33-yard field goal with 6:43 left in the opening quarter.
After a three-yard punt by Elliot Whitecotton, Burbank quarterback Joshua Nersissian (three of seven for 42 yards and one interception) hit Pendleton with a 34-yard strike.
Pendleton finished the 42-yard drive with a one-yard run and 1:38 showing as Burbank (303 total yards) led 10-0.
It became 17-0 with 3:48 left before the half as Nersissian scored on a three-yard keeper.
When Burroughs quarterback Andrew Williams (seven of 11 for 68 yards) couldn’t handle the snap and lost the ball in the end zone, Kyle Hunter recovered for the Bulldogs, who pulled ahead 24-0 with 3:24 left.
Arlington’s one-yard run and 10:38 showing in the fourth quarter closed out a 42-yard march as Burbank moved in front 37-0.
Josh Storer (51 yards on 13 carries) had a 17-yard sprint with 8:12 remaining in the fourth quarter that made it a 30-point spread, and Williams’ 16-yard pass to Storer with under a minute left sliced Burbank’s advantage to 23 points.