For about a half, the Burroughs High football team played on fairly even terms with Paraclete last Friday night at brand-new Memorial Field.
Matters quickly unraveled over the next 24 minutes as the Spirits found their footing and pulled away for an easy 35-10 nonleague victory.
Burroughs quarterback Andrew Williams (six of 12 for 52 yards with an interception) led the Indians on a 63-yard drive capped by Jario Gomez’s 18-yard field goal midway through the first quarter.
A junior with no varsity experience, Williams left with an ankle injury late in the second half.
Burroughs got a one-yard scoring run from Israel Montes (103 yards and 18 carries) with 6:32 left in the fourth quarter, but he also fumbled at the Indians’ 39-yard line setting up Tylan McBride’s five-yard dash with 17.2 seconds left in the inital quarter that gave Paraclete a 7-3 lead.
“We looked like a team that played its first game,” said Indians’ Head Coach Keith Knoop, whose team compiled 182 yards on the ground. “We played hard, but we played sloppy. We didn’t play to our potential.”
Paraclete fell to Serrano 42-20 the previous week, but Head Coach Norm Dahlia felt his squad would play better after committing seven turnovers with seven passes dropped in the end zone.
Down by three points, Paraclete (310 total net yards) responded with a pair of scores, and none bigger than just before halftime when Conor Joyce caught a pass for minus six yards, only to have the ball stripped by Christian Ruiz, who raced 59 yards and made it an 11-point spread.
“That was a mental error,” said Knoop, of what was the game-changing play. “We blocked the wrong guy.”
Burroughs never recovered as it allowed Paraclete to tally 21 points in the second half.
Burroughs punted, and it became 21-3 when quarterback Tyler Carvahlo (seven of 11 for 119 yards with an interception) hit Antoyne Hutcherson with a 31-yard strike and 8:07 left in the third quarter.
The lead swelled to 25 points early in the final quarter after Carvahlo’s 10-play, 72-yard march ended with a 31-yard pass to Triston Brown, who waltzed untouched into the end zone.
Paraclete’s final score came with 16 seconds left as Charles Green ran in from 46 yards out.