WEST HILLS — It took less than 30 seconds for Burbank High quarterback Adam Colman to find Jose Rodriguez in stride for an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that was the lone bright spot on offense Friday night in a nonleague game against host Chaminade, which dominated both sides of the ball en route to a 37-6 victory.
The Eagles (1-0) — ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Western Division — brushed off the touchdown by the Bulldogs — No. 1 in the Southeast Division — with one of their own less than two minutes later, and had already put up 30 on the scoreboard before Colman and Rodriguez prevented the shutout.
“This was a big game for us, because that’s a quality program over there,” Chaminade Coach Ed Croson said. “The kids were really excited to play tonight.”
The Eagles sure did look excited against the Bulldogs (1-1), but also proved they were ready, as they drove the ball downfield and got rushing touchdowns from Tru Jarvis on their first two drives of the game.
Jarvis was unkind to the Bulldogs’ defense, running for 121 yards in 13 carries and three touchdowns —the last coming in the fourth quarter when the game was long out of reach.
His backfield mate, Terrell Newby, complemented him well with 116 yards of his own, including one touchdown from 31 yards in the second quarter that increased the Eagles’ lead to 23-0.
“They broke some big plays, and got the best of us,” Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. “They are very athletic, and well-coached, so give them credit.”
Burbank’s running game was effective in last week’s win over Warren, but totaled less than 100 yards on the ground Friday.
Without a solid running game, Colman struggled throwing the ball, as he completed just five of 15 passes for 133 yards.
What is common with the two games is a struggling Bulldogs’ defense, which allowed touchdown drives of 83, 62, 91, 39, and 61 yards, all concluding with rushing touchdowns, the latter from Michael Mitchell who ran for 74 yards — all in the fourth quarter.
“In the first half we kept in the game, but penalties held us back, and those are momentum killers,” Valencia said.
“I’m still confident in our team, and hopefully we can learn from this.”