At first glance Burbank’s defensive statistics might not jump out at you. The Bulldogs gave up 254 points in 14 games – an average of a little more than 18 points per game.
Okay, maybe not numbers that make your jaw drop. But Burbank advanced all the way to the Division 8 CIF Finals before falling to Yorba Linda by making the stops when they had to. As far as points allowed, they were solid. 31 of those 254 points were given up to Yorba Linda – the CIF champs. Seven times during the season (half of the games) Burbank allowed 14 points or less. In two other games they allowed just 16.
Making the plays when they had to? The Bulldogs led the Division in takeaways, sacks, tackles for loss and defensive touchdowns. When a play was needed to turn the game or seal a victory it was the defense that usually made it. A defense that was led by Defensive Coordinator Manuel Lemus.
Lemus was previously the DC for the JV team but came over two years ago when Martin Bacon left for Covina. “He’s done a phenomenal job with our D the past two years,” said former Burbank head coach Richard Broussard. Broussard stepped down after the season.
“He made playing with effort and being as physical as humanly possible, staples to our defensive unit. He was relentless during the work week and it paid off on Friday nights,” Broussard said. “He trusts his players to do their job and they trusted the scheme.”
The players trusted the scheme and Lemus enough to knock off Brea Olinda, Don Lugo and Northview in the post season and play for a CIF championship.
Manuel Lemus is our Defensive Coordinator of the Year.
Coach of the Year: Jim Singiser – Arroyo
Player of the Year: Bobby Cole – Sierra Canyon
Most Valuable Player: Sal Tovar – South El Monte
Newcomer of the Year: Ernesto Camacho – Arroyo
Offensive Coordinator of the Year: Mark Serve – Sierra Canyon
Defensive Coordinator of the Year: Manuel Lemus – Burbank