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BURROUGHS VS. CANYON

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Canyon High.

RECORDS: The Indians are 4-4, 1-2 in league; the Centurions are

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7-1, 2-1.

LAST WEEK: Burroughs lost to Hart on Monday, 40-0; Canyon defeated

Burbank, 39-33.

OUTLOOK: Because of the wildfires that burned in Santa Clarita

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last week, Burroughs had its Foothill League game on Friday postponed

and had to make it up Monday. Playing two games in five days should

be tough on the Indians. The short time between games gives Burroughs

little time to prepare for a powerful Canyon team. Canyon has been

able to plow through all but one of its opponents -- its only loss

coming in a league setback to Hart, 56-21 -- the Centurions showed

they are vulnerable last week, as they had to hold on to beat the

Bulldogs. Burbank was able to intercept Cal-bound quarterback Nate

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Longshore twice, but the senior was able to pass for 221 yards and

two touchdowns. Longshore has passed for 2,045 yards (with a 57.8%

completion rate) and has 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His

favorite target is wide receiver Sean Coen, who has racked up 920

yards and 13 touchdowns. The Indian pass defense will have to be at

its best if Burroughs hopes to contain Longshore and Canyon.

SOMETHING INTERESTING: Canyon is ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern

Section Division II.

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BURBANK VS. VALENCIA

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Memorial Field at Burroughs High.

RECORDS: The Bulldogs are 5-3, 1-2 in league; the Vikings are 6-2,

2-1.

LAST WEEK: Burbank lost to Canyon, 39-33; Valencia defeated

Saugus, 48-8.

OUTLOOK: Although pleased with their performance against Canyon

last week, the Bulldogs and Coach Greg Sobiech would have liked a win

even better. The Bulldogs played well, especially in the first half,

against one of the premier teams in CIF Southern Section Division II.

Burbank will have to keep up that intensity if it hopes to topple the

talented Vikings in a Foothill League contest. Valencia is ranked No.

4 in the division, and its only loses have come against Sherman Oaks

Notre Dame (24-23) and Canyon (52-45). Quarterback Mike Herrick runs

the Valencia offense, and he has passed for 1,879 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Along with a 66.4% completion

rate, Herrick also averages 268.4 yards through the air a game. On

defense, the Vikings have a good cornerback in Geoff Tisdale, who has

eight interceptions.

SOMETHING INTERESTING: In last week’s win, Burbank defensive back

Jesse Ayers returned an interception 90 yards to break a 51-year-old

school record. The previous mark was 83 yards set in 1952 by Jim

Graves.

BELL-JEFF VS.

MONTEBELLO CANTWELL-SACRED HEART

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Cantwell-Sacred Heart.

RECORDS: The Guards are 7-1, 1-1 in league; the Cardinals are 4-5,

3-0.

LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff lost to L.A. Salesian, 20-14; Cantwell-Sacred

Heart defeated L.A. Daniel Murphy, 52-0.

OUTLOOK: The Guards -- who dropped from third to seventh in CIF

Southern Section Division XII -- might have seen their Santa Fe

League championship hopes dashed with the loss last week to host

Salesian. However, Bell-Jeff still has an outside shot to claim at

least a share of the league crown. The Guards would have to defeat

the Cardinals on Friday, and get a win against Panorama City St.

Genevieve on Nov. 14, and they would finish as co-champions with

Cantwell-Sacred Heart. After a tough nonleague schedule -- and losses

to higher-division teams Fountain Valley (27-18) and Anaheim

Esperanza (49-6) -- the Cardinals have been able to roll in league

play. In three league games, Cantwell-Sacred Heart has outscored its

opponents, 110-22, giving up just 7.3 points a game. Baring a total

collapse, the Guards will make the Division XII playoffs. However,

finishing atop the league would give them a lot better draw for the

postseason, and a better chance to go deeper into the playoffs.

SOMETHING INTERESTING: Bell-Jeff is trying to overcome injures to

its two starting running backs -- Adrian Anetema, who is expected to

be out one game with an ankle injury -- and Derek Leiphardt -- who

suffered a knee injury in last week’s loss.

Jeff Tully


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