Burbank’s defense sparkles

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Burbank High figured revenge would be part of the narrative after Crescenta Valley lost by 17 points the previous season.

This hardly mattered as the Bulldogs won 45-23 in a Pacific League football game last Friday night at Memorial Field.

The Falcons, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division VII, turned the ball over six times with senior quarterback Cole Doyle (11 of 22 for 121 yards) getting picked off four times with one fumble.

Burbank junior safety Vincent Vang collected three picks and a fumble and had a 70-yarder that made it 14-0 with 8:26 left in the first period and a 23-yarder for a 45-23 lead with 1:28 on the clock.

“This team’s got a lot of heart,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Adam Colman, who despite the win wants his club to close strong. “They’re a family. But we’ve gotta finish. We’ve gotta finish. We’ve gotta finish games.”

Senior quarterback Matthew Porras (12 of 22 for 227 yards and one pick) had a five-yard run (71 yards on 14 carries) in the first as Burbank (429 total net yards) forged ahead 7-0 with 10:01 left.

Porras, who was called for intentional grounding with 10:06 in the third that made it 17-9, delivered a three-yard offering to sophomore running back Max Mendieta for his only catch that pushed the lead to 31-16 with 7:05 left.

With one minute remaining in the third, junior running back Isaac Glover (101 yards on 21 carries) added a three-yard burst that made it 24-9.

Senior running back Chadz Vang (30 yards on four carries) contributed a four-yard romp with 1:55 on the ticker in the fourth as the Bulldogs (4-3 and 3-1 in league) shuffled in front 38-23.

Doyle’s 13-yard run with 2:56 left trimmed the lead to 14-7 and Doyle (182 yards on 24 carries) tacked on a 44-yarder with 11:41 left as the Falcons (386 total yards) were down 24-16.

Doyle’s seven-yard laser to sophomore wide receiver Sebastian De Leon (20 yards on two receptions) and 5:30 left saw the Falcons (6-1 and 3-1 in league) get within 31-23.

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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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