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Charles RichIt’s the tip of the iceberg....

Charles Rich

It’s the tip of the iceberg.

Twelve seasons between postseason appearances will lead to that

kind of belief from members of the Burbank High football team, whom


were in kindergarten or grade school the last time the Bulldogs made

the postseason.

Burbank finally tasted the postseason Friday night in a 28-7 loss

to host Chino in a first-round game of the CIF Southern Section


Division II playoffs.

Chino (8-3) will face Hart in a second-round contest Friday at


The Bulldogs (6-5) qualified for the postseason for the first time

since 1991. They snapped a 51-game Foothill League losing streak that

dated back to 1992, and toppled neighborhood rival Burroughs on Nov.

14 to earn an at-large berth.

Burbank couldn’t shut down the power running of Chino tailback


Shawn Oatis, and had two lapses that sent it packing for the winter.

The waiting period that will span about nine months should provide

Burbank a chance to plant a seed for success next season, second-year

Burbank Coach Greg Sobiech said.

“It’s been an unbelievable voyage,” Sobiech said. “It’s been a

magical year for Burbank, because a lot of people thought we would

finish 2-8 or 3-7.

“We accomplished goals that we set back in February, and we built


on it.”

The squads combined to score three touchdowns in a 33-second span

midway through the second quarter.

Chino took a 7-0 lead when Burbank quarterback Mike McDonald

couldn’t shake off a pair of defenders and threw an ill-advised pass

that was intercepted by Ryan McFoy. McFoy, who had a pair of

interceptions, returned it 18 yards untouched down the sideline.

“I was trying to make something happen,” said McDonald, who was

sacked seven times. “I tried to throw it out of bounds, and it’s a

mistake that I’ll get over.”

Burbank responded on the ensuing possession when McDonald threw a

13-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jesse Ayers for his school-record

20th touchdown pass of the season. McDonald, who completed 14 of 29

passes for 241 yards, finished with 1,821 yards passing this season.

Chino’s Shaughn Thomas then returned the following kickoff 85

yards for a touchdown to make it 14-7.

“Those were two breakdowns with the interception and kickoff

return,” Sobiech said.