Colts Leave Westminster Feeling The Burns II…Advance To Semi-finals

Nin Burns II accounts for four scores for the Colts.

By Duane Barker

(Covina) – Covina jumped out to a 28-0 lead on the legs and arm of Nin Burns II and went on to beat Westminster 42-28 Thursday night in a CIF Division 11 Playoff second round contest at Covina District Field.

The sophomore quarterback threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 105 and another score to lead the Colts. 

Neither team got out of the gate quick and it wasn’t until just over two minutes left in the first quarter that the scorekeeper was able to hit the lights on the scoreboard. Ailaoa Tauvao punched the ball across the goal line from a yard out to cap a 10 play 32 yard drive.

Early in the second quarter Burns got the Colts on the board again on a 67 yard scamper to paydirt. Tristan Sprague added the extra point for the 14-0 lead.

Danny Urea hauls in a touchdown pass from Nin Burns II

Covina extended its lead to 28-0 on a 45 yard pass from Burns to Sprague and a strip and score of 60 yards from Jacob Gregory who wrenched the ball away from the Lion’s Christian Jaime.

Westminster scored twice in the second quarter to cut the Colts’ lead to 28-14 at halftime. One of Westminster’s touchdowns was a gift by Covina as the Lions turned a muffed kickoff by the Colts into a score.

The Lions came out of the break and immediately marched 70 yards on 13 plays to cut the lead to seven. The Westminster score came on a a five yard run from Jaime.

The Colts answered the Lion score with one of their own on the ensuing drive. Sprague caught his second touchdown pass from seven yards out to finish off an impressive 16-play 84 yard drive. Sprague also added the extra point on the score.

With 7:37 left in the final frame, Westminster once again cut the lead to 35-28 on a 2-yard run by Jaime.

Anthony Ramirez took the ensuing kickoff and raced to the Westminster 46 yard line to set the Colts up with excellent field position. Four plays later Burns found Danny Urea who got loose for a 40 catch and run for the score. 

The two teams traded turnovers on interceptions and Burns second interception on the night gave the Lions some hope with 3:39 left to play. The hope would be short lived however as Westminster’s Ricardo Cazares coughed ball up on his own 43 and was quickly pounced on by the Colt’s James Duronslet.

A few plays later Burns was able to take a knee on consecutive snaps to run out the clock.

Covina will now await to see who wins the Coachella Valley and Culver City game to see where they will be playing. Per CIF Southern Sections coin flip info, if Coachella Valley wins, the Colts will host and if Culver City wins they will be on the road.

25 Comments to "Colts Leave Westminster Feeling The Burns II…Advance To Semi-finals"

  1. November 19, 2017 - 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Can someone fill me in on what happened at the Cathedral game? All I’ve heard is that the coaching staff and players were disrespectful in some fashion?

  2. turfboy's Gravatar turfboy
    November 18, 2017 - 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Ok. so this is great DELETED. South hills talking crap about Covina, not wanting to play them. Covina is in Div 11???? Really. South Hills a number 1 seed in Div 7????? Really. Boy did the CIF get this wrong in their reorg. The only time SouthHills looked good against lil old Burbank was during pregame. Once the game kicked off, they really sucked. Their coaches struggled to get the plays in, they were un disciplined, and 14 of their 17 first half points were on broken plays. Four years ago Burbank beat the crap out of Bell Gardens, Mayfair, etc and then lost in a great ballgame to LaSerna. This year they were supposed to lose to this powerhouse SouthHills team. Really Enjoy the offseason and extend the Hudl subscription for you coaches so they can do their homework.

  3. SoCal Bulldog's Gravatar SoCal Bulldog
    November 17, 2017 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    @ Football Fan & Colt74
    Yes it is impressive that all of these teams are doing will. And I wish the best for everyone. It reminds me at lot of the way local high school football was 35+years ago when I played. It’s nice to see some of the local kids stay at there home schools and doe well.

    The best of luck to all of the teams playing tonight.

  4. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    November 17, 2017 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I am not a South Hills fan by all means but what they are doing this year is impressive. If Covina and South Hills played tonight I would give SH a 3 TD advantage. When your only lose of the season was to Charter Oak, compared to Covina’s loses to Arroyo and Northview, that pretty much tells you the story. But of course football is full of surprises and until they actually meet on the field it is all speculation. In the meantime lets enjoy the success of both teams and who knows maybe both come out as champions at the end.

  5. November 17, 2017 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

    We had 1 TD called back for a “low” block that NO ONE saw but 1 “ref”. We also had at least 20 flags thrown on us for everything including excessive breathing before the snap…so imagine what the score COULD have been. But I guess we should have taken a knee at halftime?

  6. BT Bear's Gravatar BT Bear
    November 17, 2017 - 12:28 pm | Permalink

    @AHS, sorry it’s plsyoffs. Time to put on your big boy pants and wake up! Congrats Covina Colts.

  7. November 17, 2017 - 12:24 pm | Permalink

    If anyone from Burbank reads this be sure to tell your coaches not to leave their laptops in the Press box at halftime!!!

    just sayin’

  8. This is confusing's Gravatar This is confusing
    November 17, 2017 - 12:19 pm | Permalink

    “my Cocaine Appreciation Tour days.”

    Nicely put! I myself don’t like to do cocaine, but I have always loved the smell.

  9. Sgv Insider's Gravatar Sgv Insider
    November 17, 2017 - 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Hey junior, don’t be shocked when the Bank ends your season tonight. Then you can crawl back under that rock you came from.

  10. Lupe's Gravatar Lupe
    November 17, 2017 - 12:04 pm | Permalink

    @ SH,

    1st off SH is FOR REAL this year & next. But all your trash talking about Covina not scheduling you is based on Bechtel being around for a 2 more years. Is that going to happen?????

  11. Lupe's Gravatar Lupe
    November 17, 2017 - 11:59 am | Permalink

    @ AHS, So Burns did take a knee & the Colts only won by only 14. It’s thanksgiving & you should be thankful. There are a whole lot of teams that would’ve tried a toss pass to go up 21. Time to put your big boy pants on or go play a different sport.

  12. D1 fan's Gravatar D1 fan
    November 17, 2017 - 11:57 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to The Covina Colts. keep it going.

  13. November 17, 2017 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    Let some air out of your head. It’s overly inflated. If you need help show up at any Patriots game and ask for assistance.
    Never, ever, have I ever remotely claimed to be a South Hills fan. Not even after High School and during my Cocaine Appreciation Tour days.
    The last time Covina and South Hills played South Hills won by 9 points. 9 whopping points!
    Do you really think that if our coaches or AD don’t want to put you on our schedule it’s because they are afraid??????? Maybe…just maybe…when you asked our dance card was already full? I don’t schedule…nor do you, so not being there I would have to take any implies with a huge grain of salt.
    Why not try to get a scrimmage in pads scheduled? We’ve whopped you guys before. Or do you not conveniently remember that? Everyone has a video camera now so the video can be posted online in a matter of minutes.
    I get it. You are a student or a parent of a player or someone who just recently jumped on the SH bandwagon on their first good year in the last how many??? 9….10? Congratulations on having your testicles finally drop, but I’m not worried about South Hills…wait…..wait……nope…just checked again to be sure.

  14. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    November 17, 2017 - 11:02 am | Permalink

    Respect is earned. Especially on a football field. You don’t want to be scored on? Then stop them! This is the second round of the PLAYOFFS. Quit crying mom. Just acknowledge your son got beat by a better team.

  15. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    November 17, 2017 - 10:58 am | Permalink


  16. This is confusing's Gravatar This is confusing
    November 17, 2017 - 10:53 am | Permalink

    I don’t get it. Did they try to score in the last minute or not? Are you disputing Duane’s account that Covina ended the game by taking a knee in the red zone?

  17. November 17, 2017 - 10:16 am | Permalink

    One more thing. Westminster has a few play-makers, but I was REALLY impressed with their RB #32 Christian Jaime. This young man is going to be a huge asset to the Lions next year.

  18. SH's Gravatar SH
    November 17, 2017 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    Colt 74 Of Course you’ll be on there side tonight. You are a hater of The Green and Gold, yet you guys won’t play us.

  19. November 17, 2017 - 9:52 am | Permalink

    I’m EXTREMELY happy and PROUD of my Colts this morning. Victory Menudo tastes great on a Friday morning.

    With 2 interceptions, and all the flags thrown against us we actually beat 2 teams last night…Westminster and ourselves.

    It’s safe to say I have scratched one ref off of my Christmas card list… but it is what it is.

    It’s your guys turn Bulldog. Get the win. I’ll be there tonight on your side.

  20. Ahs's Gravatar Ahs
    November 17, 2017 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    I hope whoever you guys play next week does the same to you just shove it down your throat see how you guys like it

  21. JstaMom's Gravatar JstaMom
    November 17, 2017 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    Salty? The boys did a great job last night. They showed class, they could have scored again.

  22. JstaMom's Gravatar JstaMom
    November 17, 2017 - 9:18 am | Permalink

    Best of luck Covina! You guys played awesome last night. You guys showed class.

  23. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 17, 2017 - 9:14 am | Permalink


    It’s the playoffs. quit crying. go score more Colts. Good win.

  24. Ahs's Gravatar Ahs
    November 17, 2017 - 9:07 am | Permalink

    I hope they lose they have no respect for their opponents up 14 points with two minutes to go and still trying to score more and not taking a knee really good respect for your opponents

    From Duane B: Not taking a knee? Did you stay until the end of the game? Not sure what you saw but Burns II took a knee to end the game while the Colts were in the redzone!

  25. SoCal Bulldog's Gravatar SoCal Bulldog
    November 17, 2017 - 8:52 am | Permalink

    Great job Colts. Way too get it done. Best of lucky to your team the rest of the way. Well played and coached game. I know Colt74 is happy this morning as well.

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