BURBANK VS. HART
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
WHERE: College of the Canyons.
RECORDS: The Bulldogs are 4-1; the Indians are 2-3.
LAST WEEK: Burbank defeated Glendale, 20-0; Hart defeated L.A.
OUTLOOK: It might look a bit odd that Hart has a losing record --
as well as a worse record than the Bulldogs -- coming into its
Foothill League opener against Burbank. But don’t let the Indians’
record fool you, some of their losses have been close, against some
very good competition. Hart fell to Los Alamitos (No. 1 in CIF
Southern Section Division I), 20-17, Ventura St. Bonaventure (No. 1
in Division IV), 41-34, and Westlake (No. 2 in Division IV), 25-24.
In comparison, the only ranked team Burbank played was San Gabriel
Gabrielino (No. 7 in Division VII at the time), which the Bulldogs
beat, 21-14. The Bulldogs will probably have their hands full trying
to contain a potent Hart offense. The offense is spearheaded by
quarterback Sean Norton who likes to throw to receiver Kevin Ciccone.
Along with a fine passing game, the Indians can also run, with
running back Dan Howell leading the way. Burbank has proven it has a
fine offense, led by quarterback Mike McDonald, running back Tanner
Bennett and receivers Jesse Ayers and Robert Nichols. However, it
will be the team’s defense that will be put to the test against the
Indians. If the Indians get rolling on offense, the Bulldogs could be
in for a long night.
SOMETHING INTERESTING: Hart has won 58 straight Foothill League
games, a streak that spans 12 years.
BURROUGHS VS. SAUGUS
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.
WHERE: Memorial Field at Burroughs High.
RECORDS: The Indians are 3-2; the Centurions are 2-3.
LAST WEEK: Burroughs defeated Crescenta Valley, 41-17; Saugus lost
to St. Francis, 16-0.
OUTLOOK: If Burroughs was looking for a performance that would
catapult it into Foothill League play, it received that with a
convincing victory last week against Crescenta Valley. The Indians
not only played well on offense and defense, but also did a fine job
on special teams. The Burroughs defense racked up seven sacks. That
tough defense could spell disaster for the Centurions. Last week’s
loss to St. Francis proved Saugus has problems against talented
defenses, as the Centurion offense could muster just 140 yards in 46
plays. In last week’s loss, Saugus quarterback Travis Babin was
sacked six times. The Indians have developed a nice running game that
can chew up yardage. Against Crescenta Valley, the running name
netted 245 yards. The last two weeks, the ground game has been led by
sophomore Thomas Kyle, who has rushed for 323 yards in two games.
Look for the Indians to run crazy on the Centurions and start their
bid to qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs for the second
SOMETHING INTERESTING: Burroughs hasn’t lost to Saugus in the
Foothill League since 2000.