Andrew Williams, Burroughs football run roughshod over Hoover

BURBANK — Both coaches stated the obvious.

The Hoover High football team was overmatched against Burroughs on Thursday night.

PHOTOS: Burroughs vs. Hoover Pacific League football

The Indians did as they pleased in the Pacific League game at Memorial Field. They scored on 10 of 11 possessions and Andrew Williams threw five touchdown passes to lead the Indians to a 69-0 win.

“They were overmatched, but you love their spirit,” Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said. “They played hard and they get to play football.”

Knoop was courteous to the Tornadoes.

His team knew the feeling of being blown out after it lost to Muir, 42-7, last week.

“We had a bad week against Muir last week,” Williams said. “We had to do what we were supposed to do tonight.”

Williams did a lot of damage against Hoover (2-5, 0-4 in league).

He had touchdown passes of one, 16, 32, 47, and five yards — all in the first half. He completed 14 of 17 passes for 183 yards, all in the opening half, leading his team to a 48-0 halftime lead.

Three of his scoring strikes went to Conor Joyce, who had four catches for 64 yards.

“That is my go-to guy,” Williams said.

Williams also threw a 16-yard touchdown to Eric Hernandez and a 32-yard strike to Aidan Anding.

Running back Javier Pineda also had an easy and stat-filling night. He had seven rushes for 115 yards and three touchdowns, including a 55-yard scoring run to start the third quarter.

“I haven't had someone like him for a couple of years,” Williams said.

Williams and his teammates do not have to go very far for their touchdowns.

The first three scoring drives went for 15, 22 and 50 yards. The Indians (4-3, 3-1) also have scoring drives of 36, 42, 45 and 47 yards.

“We just got overmatched,” Hoover Coach Matt Andersen said. “We got off to a slow start and we could not get a first down.”

By the time Hoover got its first down, it trailed, 41-0, in the second quarter, and there were five minutes left before the half. It finished with just three first downs. The Indians had 14 first downs.

Other stats also favored the Indians.

The Indians had 476 yards of total offense and Hoover had 58. The Indians also had 18 plays of at least 10 yards. Hoover had one.

“Our effort is there, but we are so few in numbers, we are asking a lot of the 11 guys we put on the field,” Andersen said. “Most of these guys are playing both ways and we are asking them to play all 48 minutes. They never come off the field.”

By the middle of the third quarter, the Indians had taken their starters off the field.

Eric Gordon added a 23-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Hunter Guerin capped the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown run with two minutes left to play.

Kenneth Traquena had a team-high 23 yards rushing for Hoover.

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