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Burroughs wins thriller with late field goal

It was a battle for a share of the Pacific League championship when the Burbank High and Burroughs football teams met Thursday in the 63rd annual Big Game at Memorial Field.

The Bulldogs and Indians tied for the league crown in 2009, but in this game, one local squad was going to be left out of the title picture.

In one of the most thrilling endings in the storied history of the cross-town rivalry, Burroughs junior kicker Christobal Escobar booted a 21-yard field goal with 4.7 seconds left to give the Indians a 38-35 victory.

“It was an amazing feeling,” Escobar said of his kick. “I’m just glad the coaches had the confidence in me to let me try it.”


It was Burroughs’ first back-to-back championship in 29 years.

The win gave the Burroughs (5-5, 6-1 in league)  at least a share of the title. If Crescenta Valley defeats Arcadia (5-1 in league) on Friday, the Indians would have the championship all to themselves.

Burbank (7-3, 5-2) will have to settle for third place.