Ben Peters was the proverbial workhorse for Burroughs High last Friday night in the Pacific League opener against Pasadena at Memorial Field.
Peters, a senior running back, carried the ball 45 times, gained 302 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Indians sideswiped the Bulldogs 45-34.
When Peters found the end zone on an 11-yard scamper and 5:13 left in the opening quarter, Burroughs (504 total net yards) extended its lead to 13-0.
The Indians powered ahead 21-14 with 10:06 left before the half when Peters raced in from two yards.
It became 38-28 on a one-yard romp by Peters with 1:32 left in the third frame.
A five-yard burst by Peters, who totaled the ninth most rushing yards in school history, and 7:14 left in the fourth quarter pushed the margin to 45-34.
“I thought it would be a little bit more of a defensive game,’’ said Burroughs head coach Mike Reily, whose team is 2-1 and 1-0 in league play. “I wasn’t quite expecting this many points on either side of the ball.”
Reily then added: “But what a great battle. What a great game from a spectator perspective. The kind of back and forth and the drama,’’ he said.
When junior quarterback Nathan Piper (13 of 20 for 178 yards with three picks) drilled senior wide receiver Charlie Rodriguez (56 yards on five catches) with a five-yard strike as 10:21 remained in the initial frame, it gave the Indians a 6-0 edge.
A 23-yard toss from Piper to senior wide receiver David Lennstrom with 2:53 on the ticker before the break stretched the lead to 28-20 over the Bulldogs (269 total yards).
Burroughs led 31-20 on a 26-yard field goal from senior Jonathan Rivas with eight seconds remaining before the intermission.
Senior quarterback Hakeem Herring (13 of 22 for 171 yards and one pick) had an eight-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Xavier Harris with 4:07 left in the third period as the Bulldogs (0-4 and 0-1 in league) cut the lead to 31-28.
Herring’s nine-yarder to Harris (17 yards on two catches) and 10:17 left in the final stanza chopped the advantage to 38-34.