Porras stars for Burbank

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Matthew Porras is no stranger to big games and its pressure as the Burbank High senior quarterback passed for 256 yards with six touchdowns in the season opener last Friday.

This performance helped the defending Pacific League champion Bulldogs push past Monrovia 45-12 in a nonleague game at Memorial Field.

By the half, Porras, co-Pacific League Player of the Year, unloaded five scoring passes as Burbank (449 total net yards) pulled ahead 32-0.

“He played incredible. That’s what you come to expect from him being Player of the Year and everything,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Adam Colman. “He’s a competitor. He’s highly intelligent. He understands what we’re trying to do and what the defense is trying to do.’’

Porras (19 of 30 with one interception) and senior tight end Duncan Smith (80 yards on four catches) struck on a 35-yard pass with 8:18 left in the first quarter that made it 13-0 and a 19-yarder with 5:36 left in the third for a 38-12 margin.

When Porras hit senior running back Chadz Vang (53 yards on three catches and 51 yards on seven rushes) with a 23-yard strike and 10:02 left in the first period it was 6-0.

After Porras and Vang connected on a 14-yard bullet with 11:53 left before the half the lead became 20-0.

Porras also found senior running back Max Mendiata (41 yards on 12 carries) with an 11-yard toss and 6:18 on the clock in the second that made it 26-0.

The half ended when Porras hit junior wide receiver Ben Burnham (51 yards on three receptions) with a 10-yard strike and 14.4 seconds left that saw Monrovia (97 total yards) fall behind 32-0.

When senior offensive lineman Matthew Sanchez recovered a fumble in the end zone after Porras (98 yards on 19 carries) fumbled with 6:22 showing in the final frame, Burbank’s lead was 45-12.

Senior wide receiver Erik Harutyunyan grabbed four passes for 30 yards and junior tight end Seth Jones had four receptions for 34 yards, but neither scored a touchdown.


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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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