(Glendale) – It took three quarters for Burbank’s offense to pull away from Glendale to open the Pacific League portion of its schedule with a win, 56-21.
Unlike last season in which the Bulldogs jumped out to a 56-0 lead before the half, the Nitros offense had opportunities to stay close early only to come up unsuccessful as a fumble and missed field goal in the second quarter allowed Burbank to head into the locker room at 28-7.
Quortney Brazier and Herman Castro each carried the ball 12 times for a combined total of 290 yards. Brazier finished with 165 yards and two touchdowns and Castro with 125.
“Our offensive line worked hard this week,” said Burbank Head Coach Hector Valencia. “They made some progress on the running game and our offense wanted to work on the running game.”
The Bulldogs didn’t put Glendale away until fifty-eight seconds remaining in the third quarter when Deandre Davis returned the kick 91-yards for a touchdown.
Prior to the score Luther Bailey recovered Alex Yoon’s fumble in the end zone to secure a score for the Nitros to cut Burbank’s lead to 21.
Earlier in the game, Glendale actually took a one-point lead on a quick strike score as Evan Norton connected with Michael Davis for a 79-yard touchdown reception early in the first quarter.
It wasn’t until Brazier scored his second touchdown of the quarter on a 26-yard run that the Bulldogs took the lead for good.
After falling behind 20-7, the Nitros drove to the Burbank 8-yard line before Yoon fumbled at the 3-yard line and Brazier recovered.
Eleven plays late, the Bulldogs drove the length of the field and scored on Alex Buenviaje’s 5-yard run up the middle with 1:15 left.
With time winding down in the half, Glendale relied on the pinpoint passing of Norton. A 33-yard completion down the middle of the field from Norton to Matt DeFrance gave the Nitros one last shot at the end zone from the 12-yard line. Instead of trying to finish the drive with a pass to the end zone with five seconds remaining, Glendale Head Coach Hal Eberhart decided to kick a field goal that went wide right.
Burbank came out of the halftime break with the momentum and the ball and drove 63-yards on seven plays to extend the lead to 35-7 after Austin Mowatt scored from five-yards.
Glendale answered right back two-plays later as the Norton-Davis connection struck again for a 47-yard score.
Norton finished the night 15 of 25 for 310 yards and two touchdowns, while Davis had 185 yards in receiving yards on six receptions and two touchdowns.
|SCORING:||at Glendale HS|
|Burbank||Quortney Brazier 2 run (kick fail)|
|Glendale||Michael Davis 79 pass from Evan Norton (Martin Marin)|
|Burbank||Brazier 26 run (run fail)|
|Burbank||Austin Mowatt 38 run (Herman Castro run)|
|Burbank||Alex Buenviaje 5 run (Teddy Arlington run)|
|Burbank||Mowatt 5 run (David Hacobian)|
|Glendale||Davis 47 pass from Norton (kick fail)|
|Burbank||Bryan Lainez 37 pass from Mowatt (Hacobian)|
|Glendale||Luther Bailey fumble recovery end zone (Muhammad Akhtar run)|
|Burbank||Deandre Davis 91 kickoff return (Hacobian)|
|Burbank||Joseph Argenziano 5 run (Hacobian)|