Other Big Games also had excitement

For many in attendance, the 55th annual Burbank-Burroughs varsity

football game was one of the most exciting in years.

The Bulldogs won the game in the last three minutes Nov. 14,


24-18, when quarterback Mike McDonald threw a touchdown pass to

receiver Jesse Ayers.

However, the varsity game was not the only rivalry contest that

provided excitement and big plays.


In the junior varsity game, Burroughs was able to come away with a

13-10 win on a dramatic play.

After a defensive-pass- interference call against Burbank, Indian

kicker Saul Sanchez lined up for a 36-yard field goal with no time on

the clock. Sanchez’s kick was perfect, setting off a frenzy of

celebrating Burroughs players, coaches and fans.

Many of the Indian players continued to run around Memorial Field

long after the game ended, celebrating and taking in the win.


Although the freshman cross-town rivalry game was not as much fun

for Burroughs, it was a blast for Burbank and running back Chris


Massey tore through the Indian defense, leading the Bulldogs to

28-13 victory. The running back ran for 350 yards and five touchdowns

-- including one for 98 yards. He also had a 70-yard run called back

on a holding penalty.

Christoph Cardos also performed well at running back, as did


quarterback Keith Hoefel.

The Bulldog freshman team -- coached by Tim Fry -- had a fine

season, finishing 7-3. Their only Foothill League losses came against

Hart and Valencia.

A group of players on the team is from the Burbank Vikings Youth

Tackle Football program squad that played for a Pacific Youth

Football Conference Senior Super Bowl last season.

Zavala gets exposure on ESPN2 fight card

Burbank boxer Ernie Zavala is getting his share of exposure in the

sport of boxing.

Friday, Zavala was on the card for ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.

The bout took place at midnight.

Zavala (18-6-0, seven knockouts) took on Juan “Pollo” Valenzuela

(18-2-0, seven knockouts) in a 10-round Junior Welterweight bout in

Fresno. A win could give Zavala a title shot.

Alumni basketball games scheduled

With construction and demolition going on at Burbank High, many

old buildings are coming down.

One facility destined for the wrecking ball is the venerable

Bulldog gym -- dubbed the Doghouse. But before the old facility is

taken down forever, the Burbank basketball teams will have one last

season to play in the venue before the new gym is built.

The season kicks off Wednesday with the annual alumni night. The

event features a 7:30 p.m. game in which a team of alumni will take

on the Burbank boys’ varsity squad.

The alumni team will be limited to just 15, and the cost to

participate is $20. Participants will receive a Nike alumni T-shirt

and get to take part in a post-game reception.

For the fans, there will be T-shirt giveaways, a 50-50 raffle, a

halftime contest, a Nike shoe raffle and other prizes.

For information, or to register, call boys’ Coach Jose Hernandez

at 558-4700, ext. 5905.

Burroughs is also having its alumni night on Wednesday. The girls’

game is at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 7:30 p.m.

For former Indian girls’ players who would like to take part, call

Coach Doug Nicol at 842-3233, ext. 777. Boys’ players can call Coach

Art Sullivan at 558-4777.

Jeff Tully