MEMORIAL FIELD — Whether lack of execution or a lack of focus from the outset, things simply did not click as usual for the Burbank High football team Friday night.
A plethora of problems arrived at virtually all angles against visiting Arcadia. The Bulldogs’ special teams broke down, they fumbled twice deep in their own territory and the offense limped on the injured leg of workhorse running back Ulisies Ochoa.
The fiery Apaches took advantage of the lapses, rolling to a 48-20 drubbing.
“So many things could have been different,” Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. “Obviously today we did not take care of business at all.”
Arcadia (4-3, 3-1 in league) struck first when a host of Apaches rushed Burbank punter David Smith, blocking the attempt and sending the football rolling out of the back of the end zone for a safety. At the end of the first quarter, Burbank (5-2, 3-1) trailed, 2-0.
From there, Arcadia tacked on 21 unanswered points. Quarterback Myles Carr hooked up with AJ Rail on a 25-yard touchdown pass, Brian Ponce rushed for a one-yard score and Carr hit Sam Crabtree on a nine-yard touchdown toss.
Burbank finally answered late in the second quarter with a spark from wide receiver Jose Rodriguez, who caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Adam Colman, as the Bulldogs brought the deficit to 23-7.
Colman was 16 of 33 for 211 yards.
But on the ensuing drive for Arcadia, running back Rodney Arnett rushed six yards for a touchdown. The Apaches went up, 30-7, and added a 17-yard field goal from Rail, which put them up, 33-7, at halftime.
Burbank got the ball to open the second half and found a glimmer of hope when Ochoa erupted 72 yards for a touchdown. The Bulldogs remained down, 33-14.
Ochoa rushed for 77 yards in seven carries.
“We wanted to give him the ball a little bit more, but I think it’s just the way the game plan got dictated,” Valencia said.
Later in the third quarter, Arcadia running back Sheldon McKinley added a six-yard touchdown rush. Carr ran in a keeper on the two-point conversion attempt, giving the Apaches a commanding 41-14 lead.
McKinley carried 23 times for 109 yards.
Carr chalked up another touchdown pass, this time connecting with receiver Everett Frazier, from 11 yards out. He finished 11 of 16 for 118 yards and three touchdowns.
Burbank backup tailback Teddy Arlington scored the game’s final points on an 88-yard touchdown burst with just four seconds left in the game.