Burroughs gets first win

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It’s always nice to get a first win, even if it takes five games in order to do so.

Last Thursday at Memorial Field, Burroughs High pushed around Glendale and won 45-6 in a Pacific League tussle.

Running back Luke Rogers accounted for 204 yards on 23 carries including a two-yard tally with 10:59 remaining in the second quarter for a 14-0 edge and a 55-yarder with 4:31 left in the third period that made it 39-0.

“It’s always a fun thing, especially with this O-line,’’ said Rogers, a sophomore of carrying the ball. “I thought Glendale played well. This game we finally put four quarters together.’’

Senior quarterback Nathan Piper (eight of 14 for 71 yards) added a five-yard pass to senior wide receiver Nathan Turner (13 yards on two catches) with 4:57 showing in the first that gave the Indians (1-4 and 1-1 in league) a 7-0 lead.

Junior backup field general Nick Garcia (three of five for 33 yards) had a six-yard strike to senior wide receiver Johnny Factora for his only catch that made it 27-0 with 8:57 remaining in the third.

Garcia’s 18-yard burst and 7:03 showing in the third saw Burroughs (434 total net yards) waltz ahead 33-0.

“The kids played well and we executed,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Rand Holdren. “That’s what our goal was today.’’

Because of the one-sided score, Holdren was able to remove the starters and bring in the reserves.

“The first half I thought we did well,’’ he said. “In the third quarter we were probably dragging and then we started getting guys in.’’

Junior running back Adrian Leon (39 yards on six carries) added a 12-yard run as Burroughs led 45-6 with 9:24 on the clock.

The Nitros (1-4 and 0-2 in league) finally scored when senior quarterback Trent Lousararian (five of 16 for 96 yards and one pick) drilled senior wide receiver Christopher Ibarra (86 yards on two receptions) with an 78-yard toss and 3:28 left in the third as Glendale (72 total yards) drew within 39-6.

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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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