It didn’t take long for Muir High’s football team to get into high gear, and once there the Mustangs were off and running as the visitors pounded Burroughs, 42-7, in a Pacific League clash that determined the top team last Friday at Memorial Field.
The Indians’ only scoring tally was a 20-yard pass from senior quarterback Andrew Williams (four of 13 for 55 yards and one interception) to senior wide receiver Conor Joyce (two catches for 24 yards) with 1:31 left in the second quarter that chopped Muir’s lead to 21-7.
“We knew how good they were,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Keith Knoop, whose team managed 68 total net yards and is tied for second place in league with city foe Burbank, Crescenta Valley and Arcadia at 2-1.
“They’re well-coached and they play at a different level. They’re physical. They rushed seven [defensive players]and we couldn’t do anything.”
The speedy Mustangs (5-1 and 3-0 in league) had scoring runs of seven yards from Tony Claxton early in the second quarter that gave Muir a 14-0 advantage, and 12 yards from Jaylyn Newsom with 3:46 left and a 21-0 cushion.
Quarterback Dejon Williams (15 of 23 for 193 yards with one interception) added an eight-yard toss to Devin Leagons that made it 7-0 and 6:43 showing in the first quarter, and a 13-yarder to Claxton with 21 seconds remaining that gave the Mustangs a 28-7 halftime lead.
“We had a good game plan and we wanted to play physical,’’ said Muir Head Coach John Hardy, whose club had 292 total yards. “We wanted to make them throw the football. They [Burroughs] like to drop a lot in coverage and that allowed us to throw the ball.”
Most of the night Williams had ample time to find his receivers, but when they were covered he could lean on a running attack that finished with 99 yards.
Burroughs (3-3) came in with a two-game winning streak and played without its best lineman senior Hawkins Mann, who was sidelined with a few leg injuries, but is expected to play against Hoover at home on Thursday.
“I’ll be ready,’’ Mann said. “I could have played if this was a playoff game, but it’s not so I’m sitting this one out.”
Newsom (30 yards on five rushes) chipped in with a six-yard romp and 11:51 left in the fourth quarter that made it 35-7, and defensive back Devonte Cravin’s interception of Williams was returned 60 yards less than two minutes later that made it a five-touchdown lead.
Junior running back Javier Pineda had 20 yards on 18 carries for the Indians, and also had a catch for 18 yards.