There were few answers for Norwalk High’s pulverizing ground attack in a recent CIF Southern Section Southeast Division opening-round playoff match against Burbank as the Lancers gashed the Bulldogs for 412 yards and prevailed 49-14 at Memorial Field.
“We knew they were going to be a tough opponent,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Hector Valencia. “They outsized us. We knew we’d have to go point-for-point with them.”
Norwalk, the top rushing team in the division, led 28-0 after the first quarter, and 35-6 at the half after scoring on its first five drives.
Rashaad Penny had a game-best 159 yards on 22 carries, including a five-yard run with 8:37 left in the first quarter that made it 6-0, followed by a seven-yarder at the 2:11 mark of the same quarter, and after Bryan Sullivan’s two-point conversion, the Lancers (9-2) jumped ahead 28-0.
Joseph Pendleton (10 yards on seven carries) fumbled after a 13-yard loss deep inside Burbank territory, and Matthew Ortega (40 yards on eight rushes) punched it in from four yards out and 8:19 showing. Ortega’s two-point conversion made it 14-0.
Sullivan (103 yards on nine carries) added a 33-yard dash with 6:02 left as Norwalk pulled ahead 20-0.
Burbank (7-4) had the second-best rushing attack in the division, but was held to 48 yards and 201 total net yards.
Malcolm McAllister (85 yards and 13 carries) had a 10-yard sprint and 9:14 left in the second quarter for a 35-0 lead.
When Norwalk quarterback Jacquise Hooper scored on a two-yard sneak with 2:05 showing in the third quarter, the Lancers were in front 42-14, and Ortega’s one-yard plunge and 4:25 left on the clock in the fourth quarter extended the lead to 35 points.
Burbank quarterback Ryan Meredith (seven of 18 for 134 yards) hit Teddy Arlington (77 yards and three catches) with an 18-yard pass and 1:16 remaining in the second quarter slicing Norwalk’s lead to 35-6.
Arlington (27 yards on eight carries) had a four-yard run and 8:13 left in the third quarter, and Meredith’s two-point toss to Francis Nicks got Burbank within 21 points.