SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — It was too early in Thursday evening's Pacific League game between the Burbank High and Hoover football teams to accurately tell which team had momentum when a scuffle broke out early in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs lost three starters to ejection because of it, and they used that to propel them to second- and third-quarter scoring onslaughts.
Burbank scored twice that quarter and four more times in the third to come away with a 48-0 league road win at Glendale High.
Asked if the scuffle woke up the Bulldogs, Coach Hector Valencia said: "It definitely did. The kids stayed very aggressive after that. [But] it's something we don't encourage."
There was a scoreless tie with 10:13 to play in the opening half when players from both teams traded punches after a running play by Herman Castro. Officials convened at midfield with coaches from both squads and assessed three penalties on Burbank and two on Hoover.
The Bulldogs lost senior running backs Robert Fowlkes and Quortney Brazier and senior offensive lineman Craig Nesbitt.
"I didn't see what started it, but I just saw two kids going at it in front of me," Hoover Coach Andrew Policky said. "I tried to break them up and then another scuffle broke out. I didn't see everything that happened, it was just a big mess."
The penalties pushed Burbank back from the Hoover 46 to its own 37. Yet, the Bulldogs countered with an 11-yard run by Teddy Arlington and a 44-yard scoring run by Castro with 9:40 left in the half.
Then with 2:01 left in the second quarter, Arlington scored on a 13-yard run to take a 14-0 lead into halftime.
From there, Burbank's Austin Mowatt threw three scoring passes in the third quarter, two to Arlington for 14 and 51 yards, to put the game away.
"Teddy did an awesome job today," Valencia said. "He was everywhere today. He definitely did an outstanding job for us."
The Bulldogs improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in league, while Hoover dropped to 0-5, 0-2.
Mowatt completed eight of nine passes for 225 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He did not play the entire fourth quarter.
The one interception ended Burbank's only drive of the opening quarter after one play.
Castro totaled 109 rushing yards on 11 carries, including a 44-yard touchdown. Arlington finished with 121 receiving yards on five catches for two touchdowns. He also rushed for 46 yards on four carries and a five-yard scoring run.
Burbank, which did not punt in the game, scored twice in the third quarter on the first play from scrimmage and once on the second play.
Hoover quarterback Alex Rangel completed two of six passes for two yards. The Tornadoes were led in rushing by Hovo Navasardyan, who had 40 yards on eight carries. Luke Tabayoyong tallied 35 yards on 15 carries.
Backup quarterback Zack Tomlinson connected on a 17-yard scoring pass with Joseph Argenziano to get a 48-0 lead with 7:35 to play in regulation.