Burbank Outlasts Tustin, 55-42

The Burbank Bulldogs celebrate Louie Torres’ (#7) pick-six as they advance to the second round of the playoffs. (Photo by Doug Brown)

By Al Woodall

(Burbank)—Burbank’s Kaydon Spens landed the final blow in a 55-42 slugfest between the Bulldogs and the visiting Tustin Tillers on Friday night at Memorial Stadium in the first round of the CIF playoffs.

With a minute to play the Tillers, Noe Salas connected on a 46-yard field goal to make it a 49-42 contest. But the ensuing onside kick was taken 44-yards by Burbank’s Spens to paydirt to ice the contest.

The back and forth contest began with teams trading touchdowns in the first quarter and the Bulldogs taking a 28-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Tustin tied the contest again at the start of the third when Mike Meirez raced 39-yards to the end zone. It then took the lead on a Salas field goal from 30-yards.

Down by three the Bulldogs responded on both side of the ball.

Burbank quarterback, Matt Porras—( 4 touchdown passes) connected with Chadz Vang (3 touchdowns) for a 10-yard score to put the Bulldogs back on top 35-31.

The Burbank defense then provided breathing space when defensive back Louie Torres returned an interception 42-yards for a touchdown.

Tustin continued to counter punch out of it’s Wing-T offense with K.C. Carr scoring on a short-run…but the Bulldogs were able to stave them off at the end with Spens kick-off return closing the deal.

Burbank’s Seth Jones bringing trouble to the Tustin backfield. (Photo by Doug Brown)

More of the physical play from Memorial Stadium in Burbank on Friday night. (Photo by Doug Brown)

The Bulldogs’ Kaydon Spens points to the second round after returning an onside kick for a touchdown to clinch a first round victory over visiting Tustin. (Photo by Doug Brown)

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