Los Angeles Preps: Nick Bown

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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