Football previews: Burroughs vs. North Hollywood; Burbank vs. Canoga Park


WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Canoga Park High

RECORDS: The Bulldogs are 1-0; the Hunters are 0-1.

LAST WEEK: Burbank defeated Bell Gardens 33-14; Canoga Park lost to Granada Hills, 29-19

OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs proved that they have a milti-pronged offensive attack with their nonleague victory last week to open the season. Junior quarterback Ryan Meredith showed that he could run the Burbank offense with efficiency and pass the ball with accuracy, connecting on three touchdown passes. Two of those touchdowns went to Burroughs transfer Oharjee Brown. Junior James Williams also proved to be a versatile offensive option as a runner and receiver, as he rushed for a score and hauled one in also. The Bulldogs will take on a Canoga Park team that competes in the L.A. City Section in the Valley Mission League. In last week's loss, the Hunters were trailing, 29-6, before scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter.

SOMETHING INTERESTING: The win against Bell Gardens marked the 12th straight year Burbank has opened the season with a victory, as the team last lost its first game in 2001.


WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: North Hollywood High

RECORDS: The Indians and Huskies are both 0-1.

LAST WEEK: Burroughs lost to Paraclete, 45-14; North Hollywood lost to Harvard-Westlake, 49-14.

OUTLOOK: The Indians struggled throughout most of their nonleague loss last week. To their credit, however, they did go up against a very good Paraclete team. At times, Burroughs senior quarterback Andrew Williams looked good in the loss, but other times he had his problems. The Indians also had their struggles establishing any kind of running game, something that has been the program's forte in recent years. The offense was able to score just one touchdown, that coming on a one-yard run by Williams. The other touchdown was scored on defense by Brad Peppmuller, who recovered a fumble in the end zone. North Hollywood likes to run the ball with senior Anthony Rios (eight carries for 51 yards and two touchdowns last week) and junior Joel Diaz (eight carries for 47 yards).

SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Indians haven't won a nonleague game since 2009, a streak that has reached 11 games.

Jeff Tully

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