Weekly Football Previews: Burbank at Arcadia; Burroughs at Glendale; Bell-Jeff at Westmark

Weekly Football Previews: Burbank at Arcadia; Burroughs at Glendale; Bell-Jeff at Westmark
Erik Harutyunyan and the Burbank High football team will take on Arcadia on Friday in a Pacific League game. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)


•WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday


•WHERE: Arcadia High

•RECORDS: The Bulldogs and Apaches are 3-2, 2-0 in the Pacific League.


•LAST WEEK: Burbank defeated Hoover, 47-14; Arcadia defeated Burroughs, 31-26

•OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs have completed what some might say was the least challenging portion of their Pacific League campaign with consecutive victories over Glendale and Hoover. But things look to get much more competitive this week with Arcadia, which is ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Division XI. Burbank is coming off a win against Hoover in which junior quarterback Matthew Porras threw five touchdowns in one half of play. Arcadia, which also defeated Muir (35-19) in league, had to hold off a late drive by Burroughs to remain unbeaten in the Pacific League.

•SOMETHING INTERESTING: Burbank possesses the top defense among Pacific League teams, allowing an average of 14.2 points a game.



•WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

•WHERE: Glendale High

•RECORDS: Burroughs is 2-2, 1-1 in the Pacific League; the Nitros are 2-3, 0-2

•LAST WEEK: Burroughs lost to Arcadia, 31-26; Glendale lost to Pasadena, 68-13

•OUTLOOK: The Indians are coming off a tough loss on the road. Burroughs was driving for the potential game-winning touchdown with two minutes left, but its drive was stopped in the red zone and the Apaches took over on downs. Burroughs received a touchdown run and 200-plus yards on the ground from senior running back Ben Peters and a touchdown pass from junior quarterback Nathan Piper to senior receiver Cerain Baker. Senior kicker Jonathan Rivas converted field goals of 33 and 23 yards and sophomore Aiden Forrester returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Glendale, which has nonleague wins against Mendez (46-14) and Vasquez (32-27), ranks last among league teams in points allowed, surrendering an average of 41 per game.

•SOMETHING INTERESTING: Since joining the Pacific League in 2006, Burroughs has never lost to Glendale.


•WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Friday


•WHERE: Westmark High

•RECORDS: The Guards are 0-4; the Lions are 0-3

•LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff lost to Crossroads Christian, 54-20; Westmark lost to Fulton Prep, 52-6

•OUTLOOK: The Guards are still searching for their first victory of the season with three remaining. It is the first game of its inaugural season in the Omega League for Bell-Jeff. The Guards have dropped eight straight dating back to 2016. Senior quarterback Ronald Jurok completed four of seven passes for 108 yards and three touchdowns and junior receiver Christopher Antee had all three touchdown catches.

•SOMETHING INTERESTING: Bell-Jeff has given up an average of more than 50 points a game, while Westmark has surrendered more than 52.

— Jeff Tully

Twitter: @jefftsports