Los Angeles Preps: Burroughs

L.A. North: Pick six games of the week

November, 11, 2011
Valencia (5-4) vs. Saugus (6-3), Friday (7:30 p.m.)
This is essentially the Foothill League championship game. Valencia is in search of its third league championship in a row. Saugus won the Foothill League championship in 2008. Canyon is tied with Valencia and Saugus for the lead in the Foothill League standings, each with 3-1 records. Valencia can actually win the title outright if Golden Valley can pull off the greatest upset in school history by beating Canyon tonight. Valencia would have to beat Saugus too. Most likely scenario is Canyon will share the Foothill League championship with the winner of the Valencia-Saugus game.

No. 15 Chaminade (8-1) vs. No. 25 Serra (7-2), Friday (7 p.m.)
This could be a night of out with the old, in with the new. Both Chaminade and Serra have perfect 4-0 records in the Mission League standings. Serra is the reigning Mission League champion and beat Chaminade 35-21 last season. That was of course with Marquis Lee and George Farmer. This time around, Chaminade has the six-game winning streak and the offensive stars with running back Terrell Newby and quarterback Logan Scott. Winner takes the Mission League championship and most likely the No. 1 seeding in the Western Division playoffs.

No. 23 Crespi (7-2) vs. No. 17 Loyola (7-2) at L.A. Valley College, Friday (7 p.m.)
This game means more to Crespi than to Loyola. The Celts need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Cubs are already in the playoffs no matter if they win or lose this game. Still, no team wants to head into playoffs on a losing note. This is a big game in the Serra League with all sorts of playoff implications.

Burroughs (5-4) vs. Burbank (4-5) at Arcadia High School, Friday (7 p.m.)
The “Big Game” is bigger for Burroughs than for Burbank. At stake for the Indians is the Pacific League championship and a favorable seeding in the Southeast Division playoffs. Burbank can play the role of spoiler and still make the playoffs with a win. Burbank is in a tie for fifth place with Muir in the Pacific League standings. The top-four teams in league make the playoffs.

Sierra Canyon (9-0) vs. Calvary Chapel (5-3) at Downey High School, Friday (7 p.m.)
Sierra Canyon can punctuate its first Alpha League championship with a win over Calvary Chapel and cap an undefeated regular season. Calvary Chapel has lost two games in a row and hasn’t scored a point in eight quarters. Paraclete and Brentwood shut out Calvary Chapel in consecutive weeks.

Cathedral (3-6) at St. Francis (7-2), Friday (7:30 p.m.)
St. Francis can clinch a playoff spot with a win over a Cathedral team that hasn’t won a Mission League game this season. The Knights started out hot, winning their first six games. But St. Francis has lost two of its last three games, both to Mission League opponents. The Knights are coming off a 28-22 win over St. Paul, so things are looking up for St. Francis. Cathedral was shut out by Chaminade, 33-0, last week, and it could have been much worse. Chaminade scored only three points in the second half.

L.A. North: Pick six games of the week

October, 27, 2011
Newbury Park (3-4) vs. No. 2 Westlake (7-0), Friday (7 p.m.) – Westlake quarterback Justin Moore spread the ball around in the Warriors’ 34-13 win over Moorpark. He threw touchdown passes to Brad Wellman, Cody Tuttle and Connor Cook. Newbury Park won its second Marmonte League game, 37-13, over Calabasas. It could be a long night for the Panthers.

Thousand Oaks (5-2) vs. No. 3 St. Bonaventure (6-1), Friday (7 p.m.) – The Seraphs recorded their third shutout of the season, 56-0, over Agoura. The Lancers put a scare into Oaks Christian, losing 24-17. Thousand Oaks is making a habit of playing close games and winning a few of them.

Simi Valley (5-2) vs. No. 12 Oaks Christian (5-2), Friday (7 p.m.) – Seniors Jordan Payton and Carlos Mendoza stepped up for the Lions against Thousand Oaks. But senior running back Ishmael Adams is expected to miss one more game with a sprained ankle. Surprising Simi Valley is navigating the Marmonte League with some degree of success. The Pioneers are coming off a 37-3 win over crosstown rival Royal, snapping a seven-year losing streak to the Highlanders.

No. 18 Crespi (6-2) vs. No. 14 Alemany (5-2), Friday (7 p.m.) – Alemany had two weeks to prepare for its Serra League game against Crespi. The Warriors are 1-0 in league and tied for first place with Loyola. Crespi is coming off a 28-14 loss to Bishop Amat and is tied for second place in league with a 1-1 record. It’s a must win for both teams, but all the games in the Serra League are turning into must wins.

St. Francis (6-1) vs. No. 19 Chaminade (6-1), Friday (7:30 p.m.) – St. Francis losts its first game of the season, 44-30, to Gardena Serra. Chaminade whacked Harvard-Westlake, 55-0, to win its fourth game in a row. The Eagles have won both of their Mission League games by a combined scored of 86-6.

Burbank Burroughs (4-3) vs. Pasadena Muir (4-3), Friday (7 p.m.) – Burroughs running back Zander Anding has four 300-yard rushing games in a row. With one more, he'll become the second player from the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County to have five in a row. The first player to do it was Ventura’s Tyler Ebell in 2000. Standing in Anding’s way is Muir. Anding rushed for 358 yards and three touchdowns against Crescenta Valley last week.
  1. The Valencia football team handed Canyon its first loss of the season and emerged as the leader in the Foothill League standings. The Vikings have won the past two Foothill League championships, but Canyon came into the game with an undefeated record and a six-game winning streak. The future looks bright for Valencia, who had two underclassmen star in the win. Valencia junior quarterback Sean Murphy had one of his best games of the season. He passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another. He was 12-for-19 passing for 146 yards. Both of his touchdown throws went to sophomore Malik Townsend. He caught touchdown passes of 29 and 19 yards and finished with five catches for 74 yards. Valencia is 2-0 after the first two games of Foothill League play. Canyon, Saugus, Hart and West Ranch are 1-1 and tied for second place. Only two of those teams are guaranteed playoff spots. It should be an interesting next three weeks in the Foothill League.
  2. Another underclassman has been playing well in Ventura County. Camarillo junior Travis Valdez, making only the third start of his high school career, passed for 389 yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s 58-14 win over Hueneme. Valdez is 3-0 as the Camarillo starting quarterback and the Scorpions are 2-0 in Pacific View League play. Senior Conrad Kotake caught four touchdown passes and had 133 receiving yards. He was one of three receivers who had more than 100 yards in the game. Senior Jake Maulhardt caught nine passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Corbin Covey had 106 yards receiving and scored a touchdown.
  3. Burroughs of Burbank running back Zander Anding recorded his fourth 300-yard rushing game in a row. He gained 358 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 35-22 win over Crescenta Valley. Anding scored on runs of 93, 23 and 65 yards. Behind Anding, Burroughs improved to 4-0 in Pacific League play. The Indians are on the road and play Muir in Pasadena on Friday night.
  4. A pair of City Section running backs combined to score nine touchdowns in crucial league wins. El Camino Real’s Kawan Rally scored five rushing touchdowns and gained 218 yards in his team’s 62-0 shutout on the road over Cleveland of Reseda. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman rushed for three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in his team’s 49-6 win over North Hollywood. He had touchdown runs of 4, 20 and 10 yards and had a 35-yard touchdown reception. He finished with 143 rushing yards and 64 receiving yards.
  5. The Thousand Oaks boys water polo team won the Anaheim Canyon tournament for the second year in a row. Thousand Oaks beat Long Beach Poly, 14-2, in the championship game of the two-day tournament. Ben Rogers scored 13 goals on the final day of the tournament.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

October, 17, 2011
  1. Even though Sherman Oaks Notre Dame lost its Serra League opener, 28-26, to Crespi, the Knights can look to some positives from the game. First off, Notre Dame outgained Crespi in total offense, 212 yards to 164 yards. Neither team was able to move the ball much on offense, but Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammad made his presence felt. He rushed for 92 yards in 26 carries but didn’t find the end zone. Secondly, Notre Dame picked off two passes and turned them into touchdowns. Kevin Carrasco’s interception return in the second quarter gave Notre Dame a 10-point lead, 17-7. Nick Holland’s pick six in the fourth quarter put Notre Dame up 24-21. Finally, Notre Dame’s Sam Robinson matched Crespi’s Chris Harper for most acrobatic touchdown catch of the game. Robinson made a diving catch for a touchdown that tied the score, 7-7, in the second quarter. Unfortunately, Notre Dame doesn’t win games with style points. Now, the Knights find themselves in a must-win situation against Loyola on Friday night at L.A. Valley College. Notre Dame needs a win to get back in the Serra League championship hunt. Loyola is playing its Serra League opener after having a bye last week. It will be another tough one for Notre Dame. Crespi, meanwhile, plays Bishop Amat, which lost its Serra League opener to Alemany.
  2. Two school passing records were broken over the weekend. Canyon quarterback Jonathan Jerozal set the school mark for career touchdown passes in the Foothill League opener against Saugus. Oaks Christian quarterback Brandon Dawkins broke the school record for passing yards in a game in a 50-0 shutout against Royal. Jerozal threw three touchdown passes in his team’s 51-28 win over Saugus. He has 62 career touchdown passes and broke the record set by Nate Longshore, who went on to play at Cal. Dawkins passed for 387 yards against Royal and broke the record set by Jimmy Clausen, who passed for 367 yards against Santa Paula in 2006, and went on to play in college at Tennessee. It might be the first of many school records for Dawkins, who is only a sophomore.
  3. Some of the biggest rushing games on Friday night came out of the City Section. Kawan Rally from El Camino Real rushed for 319 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 48-7 win over Woodland Hills Taft. It wasn’t only a huge night for Rally, but for the El Camino Real program. The Conquistadores beat Taft for the first time since 1991. Birmingham’s Isaiah Hastings rushed for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 35-16 win over Chatsworth. Both his touchdowns came in the second half, one on an 86-yard run in the third quarter. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman didn’t have eye-popping numbers on the ground, but he scored four touchdowns in his team’s 49-6 win over Poly. He scored two rushing touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass and intercepted a pass for a touchdown. Coleman gained 91 yards on nine carries and caught five passes for 75 yards. Brian Sanchez from Granada Hills rushed for 213 yards and scored three touchdowns in his team’s 38-13 win over Cleveland of Reseda.
  4. Another game, another rushing record for Zander Anding from Burroughs of Burbank. He rushed for 394 yards and scored six touchdowns in his team’s 70-34 win over Glendale. It was Anding’s third 300-yard rushing game in a row and the third time he has broken his own school record for rushing yards in a game. He scored on runs of 39, 75, 5, 47 and 41 yards and caught a touchdown pass. Way out in the high desert, Quartz Hill’s Osirus Burke rushed for 242 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Rebels’ 27-21 win over Palmdale. Burke scored on runs of 6, 1, 13 and 11 yards.
  5. Pasadena Poly won the Oxnard water polo tournament, beating Rio Mesa, 15-7, in the championship match. Rio Mesa reached the final of the Oxnard tournament for the third year in a row. The Spartans won the tournament in 2009 by beating Pasadena Poly. Rio Mesa lost to Crescenta Valley in last year’s championship match. Rio Mesa beat Malibu, 13-9, in the semifinals. Rio Mesa’s Joe Yamamoto scored five goals against Malibu and had four goals in the championship match against Pasadena Poly.
  1. Hart freshman receiver Trent Irwin had quite a debut. He caught five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 35-21 loss to Tesoro. Both of his touchdown catches came in the fourth quarter, when Hart was deseperately trying to rally in the closing minutes. Making those touchdown passes was sophomore quarterback Connor Wingenroth, who also ran for a 71-yard touchdown in the first half to keep the game close. Irwin didn’t start and Hart coach Mike Herrington sounded like he might reconsider that decision in future games. “He probably could have had more,” Herrington said. “He didn’t start the game for us, but he’s a player. He’s a go-to guy, runs great patterns and catches the ball well. He’s going to have a great future.” Hart struggled at times against Tesoro, but there were some bright spots. Still, it looks like Hart might be a year away from being a power again in high school football.
  2. West Ranch running back Jeff Coprich has a pair of records that might not be broken for a while, at least in the Foothill League anyway. He rushed for a school record 213 yards in his team’s 53-21 win over Nordhoff. Coprich, a transfer from Golden Valley, holds the single-game rushing record for at his old school as well. He rushed for 202 yards against West Ranch on Oct. 22, 2010. Coprich had quite a game against Nordhoff. He scored four touchdowns, two on a pair of 85-yard runs and one on a 70-yard interception return.
  3. The Serra League teams not only went undefeated in the opening week of high school football, three teams posted impressive wins. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame pulled off the stunner of the weekend, beating No. 25 Gardena Serra by 23 points, 35-13. Notre Dame was 2-8 in 2010, so it looks like the rebound is well on its way. Not to be lost are wins by No. 11 Crespi and Loyola. Crespi beat No. 19 Compton Dominguez by 42 points, 48-6, and Loyola won by 14 points, 28-14, over Mira Costa. No. 7 Bishop Amat might have had the least impressive victory, shutting out Garfield, 14-0, as if a shutout is anything but impressive. No. 5 Alemany, the reigning Serra League champs, beat Pasadena, 55-0, and it could have been worse. The game went to a running clock in the third quarter.
  4. It looks like the Westlake football team dodged a couple of bullets against Del Oro in its season opener in Northern California, dubbed the Battle at the Capital. Westlake won the game, 30-27, in overtime on Saturday night, but not before Warriors kicker Alex Ball missed a field goal that would have won the game in regulation, according to a story in the Sacramento Bee. Ball made up for the miss, making a 27-yard field goal to win the game in OT. Del Oro was knocking on the goalline in the overtime period, but turned the ball over on downs after a fourth-and-goal play that ended inside the 1-yard line. Westlake drove down the field and gave Ball another chance to win the game. He didn’t squander his second attempt. Westlake has a bit of break. The next game for the Warriors is Sept. 16 at home against Calabasas.
  5. Burroughs senior cross country runner Anthony Monroy set the course record at the 21st Burbank all-city cross country meet at Johnny Carson Park. He won the race over the 2.6-mile course in 12 minutes, 50 seconds, breaking the mark set by Western Nelson of Burroughs, who held the record in 12 minutes, 59 seconds, in 2007. Christina Shamirian of Burbank won the girls race, the first of her high school career, in 16 minutes, 28 seconds.

Rich Gutierrez takes over as Canyon's football coach

August, 10, 2011
Canyon is one of two football teams in the Foothill League with a new coach for the 2011 season.

Rich Gutierrez takes over for Chris Varner, who guided the Cowboys to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs last season.

Andy Campbell resigned as head coach of the Golden Valley football team last week. Robert Fisher will be the interim head coach when Golden Valley plays Simi Valley in the season opener on Sept. 2.

Gutierrez inherits a talented and experienced Canyon team that should challenge Valencia for the Foothill League championship this year.

Among the top returners are senior quarterback Jonathon Jerozal and junior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky.

Gutierrez said Jerozal will have another legitimate threat at receiver with Coley Apsay, one of the top players on the Canyon basketball team. Apsay hasn’t played football since his freshman season, when he and Jerozal were on the same team.

Canyon opens against Burbank Burroughs on Sept. 9.
Loyola, the reigning CIF Southern Section Division I boys' volleyball champion, will open this year’s playoffs as the No. 3 seed.

The playoff brackets were released Sunday with wild-card rounds scheduled to begin Monday.

Loyola awaits the winner of the St. John Bosco vs. Fountain Valley match.

Mira Costa, which lost to Loyola in four games in last year’s Division I championship match, is the top seed. The champions of the Bay League will face El Dorado, the fourth-place team from the Century League, on Tuesday.

Other key first-round matchups in the first round of the Division I playoffs include Encino Crespi vs. Ventura, Westlake vs. Long Beach Wilson, Harvard-Westlake vs. No. 4 Newport Harbor, Santa Barbara vs. Palos Verdes, Thousand Oaks vs. Mission Viejo, Simi Valley Royal vs. Redondo Union and Alemany vs. Edison.

In Division II, Valencia is the third-seeded team and will play Palmdale Highland in the first round. Corona Del Mar is the top seed in Division II. Laguna Beach is No. 2.

In Division III, Burbank Burroughs is the top seed and has a bye in the first round. Camarillo is the third seed and plays Yorba Linda in the first round.

Cerritos Valley Christian is No. 2 and South Torrance is No. 4 in Division III.

Calabasas Viewpoint is the No. 3 seed in the Division V bracket and awaits the winner of the Mary Star of the Sea vs. Pilibos match in the wild-card round.

Vistamar is the top seed in Division V. Chadwick is No. 2 and Providence is No. 4.

Santa Monica is the No. 1 seed in the Division IV bracket. San Gabriel is No. 2, Brentwood No. 3 and Windward No. 4.

LA North: Five things from the weekend

May, 2, 2011
  1. The Chatsworth baseball team tied a school record scoring 28 runs in a 28-0 win over Woodland Hills Taft on Friday. Taft handed Chatsworth an 8-7, extra-inning, loss earlier in the week. Chatsworth might have scored more than 28 runs if not for the high school mercy rule. The game was called after five innings. Chatsworth had 23 hits. Aaron Brown led the barrage with three hits and drove in six runs. Steve Karkenny had three hits and drove in three runs. Not to be lost in the offensive explosion, Chatsworth starter Christian Lopez threw a two-hitter. Chatsworth and El Camino Real, the reigning champions of the West Valley League, are tied for first place in the league standings. The two teams meet twice this week. El Camino is coming off a 3-1 win over Granada Hills. Chris Nicholson drove in all three runs for El Camino with a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning.
  2. The Valencia baseball team is tied for first with Hart in the Foothill League standings with four games to go. Hart beat Canyon, 2-1, and Valencia lost to West Ranch, 3-1, on Friday. Valencia and Hart each have 8-3 league records. Hart catcher Steve Rosso has the hot bat of late. He drove in two runs with a double in the sixth inning to give Hart a one-run lead. Matt Blake was the hero for West Ranch, driving in two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hart and Valencia do not meet again in league play. Valencia has two games against Saugus (4-7 in league) this week. Hart gets two tough games against West Ranch (6-5 in league) this week.
  3. The Valencia softball team took another hit in the Foothill League standings, losing to Canyon, 1-0, and dropping to 3-3 in league play. Meanwhile, Hart, Saugus and West Ranch are all tied for first place in the Foothill League standings with 4-2 records. West Ranch beat Saugus, 2-0, to climb into the first-place mix. West Ranch starter Bailey Foster tossed a two-hitter with seven strikeouts to shut down Saugus. It was the first time Saugus, averaging 11 runs per game, was shut out all season. Valencia plays West Ranch and Hart hosts Saugus at the Hart PONY Complex on Tuesday.
  4. The Burroughs of Burbank boys volleyball team won the Crescenta Valley tournament for the second year in a row, beating Oaks Christian handily in two games, 25-17, 25-17, in the championship match. Daniel Jacobs, an all-tournament selection, had eight kills for Burroughs in the championship match. He collected 18 kills in the tournament. Lucas Yanez also earned a spot on the all-tournament team and recorded 17 kills in the tournament. Setter Tyler Yanez had 44 assists in the tournament.
  5. The Chaminade boys volleyball team won the silver division of the Redondo Union tournament with a two-game win over Peninsula in the championship match at Torrance High School. TJ Henzgen had eight kills and Mitch Siam had seven kills for Chaminade in the championship match. Chaminade beat La Jolla in two games in the semifinals and Simi Valley in three games in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Chaminade was a bit of a surprise winner in the tournament. The Eagles have an 8-10 overall record and have lost three of their past four matches in the Mission League. In the championship match of the gold division of the Redondo Union tournament, Mira Costa beat San Clemente in two games.

LA North: Burroughs 38, Burbank 35

November, 12, 2010
BURBANK -- It's called “The Big Game” for a reason.

For years now, seemingly too many to count, crosstown rivals Burroughs and Burbank have met on the football field to decide which team is the better overall unit, and thus, own city bragging rights for the next year.

The programs settled their differences once again Thursday night, this time in front of a packed house of more than 7,500 fans. The action, of course, lived up to the hype. It was another classic game in a long line of classics

Cristobal Escobar kicked a 20-yard field as time expired as Burroughs rallied from a 28-point deficit to defeat Burbank, 38-35, and clinch at least a share of the Pacific League championship.

“There was a lot of pressure on me to make that kick, I mean this game means everything to us and to them,’’ Escobar said. “It was like things were in slow motion. But once I got my foot on the ball, I knew the kick was good. It was like a dream, we came back to beat our biggest rival. What a game.’’

The Indians (6-4, 6-1) trailed by what appeared to be a truly insurmountable deficit, four touchdowns, midway through the second quarter. Giving up to their despised counterparts was never an option though. With the loss, Burbank (7-3, 5-2) missed out on an a chance to pick up a piece of the league title.

If Arcadia (6-3, 5-1) loses to Crescenta Valley (4-5, 2-4) in Friday’s regular-season finale Friday, Burroughs will win the title outright.

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