A confident Burroughs High team opened its 2005 campaign Friday with
a convincing nonleague victory against host Schurr, 30-14.
The Indians set and maintained the pace of the game, as they came
out running with senior Thomas Kyle -- who finished the night with
111 yards in 11 carries and a touchdown.
He also caught a 67-yard screen pass from junior quarterback Tony
Banuelos Jr. for a touchdown to put Burroughs ahead.
Banuelos completed 14 of 26 passes for 233 yards and three
touchdowns. He threw just one interception.
Banuelos tacked on 58 yards in five carries.
"[This is] the best first game I've had in a long time," Burroughs
Coach Keith Knoop said.
Burroughs was unable to fully prepare for Schurr since the
Spartans did not have a scrimmage last week.
"[Because of that], we stayed in our base set up and did what we
do best," Knoop said.
The Indian defense played strongly, but showed some first-game
rust, allowing 187 rushing yards and 284 total.
However, it forced two turnovers in the second half, one of which
resulted in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Banuelos to Tyler Bruno on
the ensuing play.
The offense kept clicking the entire game, totaling 420 yards.
"It was great to get first downs when we needed them," Knoop said.
Some early rust showed, however, as Banuelos and Kyle
miscommunicated on a pass that was intercepted late in the third
"There are a couple things I still need to work on," Banuelos
said. "I could have made more reads passing, as well as checks and
audibles in the running game."
Looking forward, Knoop said he is not about to take his team's
next opponent lightly.
Burroughs takes on the Dons on Friday at 7 p.m. at Verdugo Hills'
Burroughs' Jake Ferrer had four receptions for 50 yards and Bruno
finished with three catches, 41 yards and a touchdown.
For Schurr, which has won the past two Almont League crowns and
went 10-2 last year, running back Steven Cano finished with 108 yards
in 23 carries and two touchdowns.