By Joe Torosian
(Burbank)–The Burbank Bulldogs got monster performances out of Duncan Smith, Matt Porras, Darnell Williams and froth at the mouth defense to take a 41-14 victory over the rival Burroughs Indians on Friday night at Memorial District Field.
Porras (20 of 33 for 237 yards) threw four touchdown passes, Smith (8-catches, 130-yards) caught three touchdown passes, Williams (150 yards rushing) rushed for two touchdowns and the defense recorded five sacks and allowed just one score.
The Bank started things late in the first quarter when Porras went 7-yards to Smith. Four minutes later, Smith caught his second scoring pass on a 21-yard toss from Porras. Four minutes after that Porras went 18-yards to Kaydon Spens.
The 21-0 Bulldog lead was similar to the 2010 match between the schools that saw the Indians rally from a 28-0 second quarter deficit for a 38-35 victory. The starting quarterback for Burbank that night was its current head coach, Adam Colman.
It became more interesting 16-seconds later when Burroughs’ Charlie Rodriguez returned the kickoff 96-yards to paydirt to make it 21-7.
Then at the start of the second half, the Indians drew within one score when Nathan Piper went 66-yards off a play-action fake to a wide open Gavin Aguilar and it was a 21-14 game.
All similarities to the 2010 game ended there as the Bulldogs scored the next three touchdowns. Two came courtesy of Williams on short runs and a 10-yard pass to Smith.
The victory improved Burbank to 7-0 and gave them the Pacific League title. They are 8-2 overall. It’s their first league title since they shared a co-championship with Burroughs in 2009 and their first outright title since winning the Foothill League in 1972.
Burroughs finished 4-5.
Burroughs Offensive Line:
LT: Allen Arriaga, LG: Kevin Hebri, C: #72, RG: Jacob Real, RT: Adam Sporkin
Burbank Offensive Line:
LT: Anthony Lira, LG: Armando De la cruz, C: Kristopher Azizkhani, RG: Esper Alsayegh, RT: Karo Koshkaryan