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
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
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.