Weekly Football Previews: Pasadena at Burbank; Crescenta Valley at Burroughs; Hillcrest Christian at Bell-Jeff

Weekly Football Previews: Pasadena at Burbank; Crescenta Valley at Burroughs; Hillcrest Christian at Bell-Jeff
Cerain Baker and the Burroughs High football team will host Crescenta Valley on Friday in a Pacific League game. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)


•WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday


•WHERE: Memorial Field

•RECORDS: Burbank is 4-2, 3-0 in the Pacific League; Pasadena is 1-5, 1-2

•LAST WEEK: Burbank defeated Arcadia, 17-14; Pasadena lost to Crescenta Valley, 48-33

•OUTLOOK: Burbank is one of just two teams still undefeated in the Pacific League. The other is Crescenta Valley (6-0, 3-0), which takes on host Burroughs Friday. The Bulldogs are looking to stay in contention for their first league title since 2009. Burbank was able to stay perfect in league by staging an 11-point comeback against Arcadia. Junior quarterback quarterback Matthew Porras scored on a one-yard touchdown with 9:58 left for the winning touchdown. Senior running back Darnell Williams had 106 yards in 24 carries with one touchdown. Pasadena comes into the game with its only win of the season coming in league against Glendale, 63-13.

•SOMETHING INTERESTING: A win by Burbank and a victory by Crescenta Valley would set up a battle of undefeated squads Oct. 20 at Glendale's Moyse Field.


•WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

•WHERE: Memorial Field

•RECORDS: The Indians are 3-2, 2-1 in the Pacific League; the Falcons are 6-0, 3-0

•LAST WEEK: Burroughs defeated Glendale, 81-14; Crescenta Valley defeated Pasadena, 48-33

•OUTLOOK: Burroughs enters the game tied for third place in the Pacific League with Arcadia (3-3, 2-1), one game behind co-leaders Burbank (4-2, 3-0) and the Falcons. The Indians are coming off a record-setting victory against Glendale. Junior quarterback Nathan Piper set a school record for passing yards in a game when he threw for 430. Piper completed 28 of 32 passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Senior running back Ben Peters scored four touchdowns and had 114 yards in nine carries. Crescenta Valley, the defending league champion, has won 11 straight league contests dating back to 2015. The Falcons are tops among league times in points scored, averaging 43.2 a contest.


•WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday

•WHERE: Flintridge Prep


•RECORDS: The Guards are 1-4, 1-0 in the Omega League; 60-38: the Saints are 2-4, 0-0

•LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff defeated Westmark, 60-38; Hillcrest Christian lost to University Careers & Sports Academy, 58-36

•OUTLOOK: It was a positive way to kick off Omega League play for the Guards. The win broke an eight-game losing streak dating back to last season. Bell-Jeff received a great performance from junior Chris Antee, who had six touchdowns. On defense, Bell-Jeff received six sacks from freshman Gary Corado, four sacks from senior Noah Godoy and two interceptions from senior Sean Mayor. In the four-team Omega League, every game is crucial, but on paper, Bell-Jeff and Hillcrest Christian, which is playing its league opener, are likely competing in a game that will determine the champion.

•SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Guards haven't won a league title since 2007, when they were a member of the 11-man Santa Fe League.

— Jeff Tully

Twitter: @jefftsports