Under the guidance of quarterback Lucas Yanez, the Burroughs High football team is in steady hands, and in the biggest game this season, he accounted for two rushing touchdowns and three through the air, pacing the Indians to their first postseason victory in 23 years.
Burroughs raced to a three-touchdown advantage in the opening quarter against visiting El Rancho in a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division first-round playoff match last Friday night at Memorial Field, and closed it out with a 41-21 shellacking.
Slow starters, the Indians (364 total net yards) are somewhat unique at this level in that they have a diverse offense, and aren’t restricted by down, distance or field position.
“I got a huge monkey off my back,’’ said Keith Knoop, the Burroughs head coach. “I was 0-for-9. This is nice.”
Nimble afoot with a strong throwing arm, Yanez passed for 152 yards, connecting on 10 of 14 attempts with one interception. He also ran for 45 yards on 10 carries.
Yanez found his brother wide receiver Tyler Yanez (68 yards and five receptions) on a 12-yard strike with 7:47 left in the initial quarter for a 7-0 lead, and then ran for a 12-yard score 35 seconds later to make it 14-0 after El Rancho quarterback Troy Campos and running back Andrew Romero (84 yards on 20 carries) botched a handoff exchange at the Dons’ 35-yard line.
The Yanez brothers teamed up on a 35-yard scoring play with 9:36 showing in the final quarter to make it 34-14, concluding a 70-yard, seven-play march.
It swelled to 21-0 late in the first quarter when Yanez scored from 10 yards out, maneuvering the Indians on an 81-yard, eight-play drive.
One play epitomized Yanez’s outing – a nifty scramble before locating wide receiver Zack Meijer on a 45-yard play that placed the ball at the El Rancho 17.
“That’s the kind of player Lucas is,’’ said Knoop, whose team improved to 7-4, after finishing 6-1 in the Pacific League. “He makes plays when there’s nothing there.”
El Rancho (264 total yards, but five turnovers) didn’t close the door, rallying for two second-quarter touchdowns to make it 21-14 at the half.
Campos scored on a one-yard run with 7:44 remaining to make it a two-touchdown deficit, ending the 78-yard, 13-play drive, and Romero scored on a four-yard blast and 1:35 showing that made it 21-14.
El Rancho’s only score in the second half was a 15-yard pass from Campos (four of 12 for 48 yards and two interceptions) to wide receiver Freddy Garcia with 5:32 left on the clock in the third quarter as the Dons (6-5 and 2-3 in Del Rio League) crawled to within 13 points.
Campos was picked off by linebacker Frank Aguilar, who raced 36 yards for the score to make it 27-14 late in the third quarter.
It became 41-21 with 3:11 left in the final quarter when Yanez drilled wide receiver Anthony Carter with a 15-yard pass.