Burbank knocks out Pasadena

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Burbank High’s Drew Pendleton likes football because it’s an extremely physical sport.

Pendleton snared three touchdown passes and an interception during a 42-0 Pacific League blasting of Pasadena last Thursday night at Memorial Field.

“We want to do that every game,’’ said Pendleton, a senior wide receiver and linebacker who finished with a game-best 160 yards on five receptions of the lopsided win. “We had fun tonight. We got the early lead and were in the driver’s seat and then we do whatever we want.’’

Burbank head coach Adam Colman was impressed with Pendleton, who had a 28-yard pick for a score with 3:56 left in the first period called back because of a roughing the passer penalty.

“He stepped up huge,’’ said Colman. “You see the raw talent. You can see the work he’s put in. He’s a workaholic and it shows in his play.’’

Burbank (5-2 and 4-0 in league) surged ahead 7-0 when junior quarterback Matthew Porras (19 of 23 for 266 yards) collaborated with Pendleton on a 32-yard laser and 8:16 left in the opening quarter.

Burbank extended its lead to 14-0 with 2:54 showing in the same period when Porras hooked up with Pendleton on a 43-yard strike.

A short pass from Porras to Pendleton turned into a 74-yard touchdown as 7:06 remained in the third stanza and the advantage became 35-0.

Porras delivered a 27-yard pass to junior tight end Duncan Smith (64 yards on six receptions) with 10:55 left before the half as Burbank moved ahead 21-0.

Senior defensive lineman Anthony Lira added a 43-yard fumble recovery after senior defensive back Christian Fajardo’s tackle with 9:55 remaining in the third frame that put Burbank in front 28-0.

Pasadena (1-6 and 1-3 in league) fell behind 42-0 on a 16-yard burst from sophomore running back Isaac Glover (39 yards on 10 rushes) with 2:54 left in the match.

Burbank accumulated 360 total net yards while holding Pasadena to 169 total yards.

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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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