Burbank hosts the first annual Battle of the Bank Passing Academy
On Saturday, April 29th, the Burbank Bulldogs football program hosted the first annual Battle of the Bank Passing Academy. The event occurred from 8:00 AM-2:30 PM. The other participating teams were St Francis High School, Simi Valley High School, Sierra Canyon High School, La Canada High School, Baldwin Park High School, and Palos Verdes High School. This Passing tournament was created to help players fully realize their potential on and off of the football field. Whether the position is Quarterback, Running back, Wide Receiver, or Tight End, the Passing Academy's goal is to help the players grasp the fundamentals of their position, and basic offensive and defensive strategies. “We haven’t done it before,” said Burbank Head Coach Adam Coleman, “we had to try something new, but I had this Christmas morning feeling that the team was playing football again and hosted a spring tournament for the first time ever, but it has gone smoothly and have a great group team out there and have well run programs.”
Saturday's scrimmage was filmed to help the student-athletes learn from coaches as well as help them improve their skills. This was not a helmet and padded scrimmage, but the contest rules were similar to the rules of a regular football game. The 8 teams were separated into two pools, and Burbank went 1-3 in Pool A competition, which also included La Canada, Palos Verdes, and St. Francis. The Bulldogs beat La Canada 14-7, and then lost to Palos Verdes and St. Francis 16-6 and 20-29 respectively.
Sierra Canyon took home the title in the first annual Battle of the Bank Passing Academy as they beat Simi Valley by the score of 19-18. “It was a great way to start the season, it’s April, and we’re playing football again to get those guys ready,” said Sierra Canyon Head Coach Joe Ellinghouse, “and I believe that we got a good squad but have a lot of work to do.” Additionally, he complimented wide receiver Cole Crawford for making great catches along with teammate DJ Jordan, who Ellinghouse called one of the best in the league.
Coleman reflected on graduating quarterback Dylan Robinson, who officially signed with Cal Lutheran University during Signing Day which occurred on Friday, April 28th at Burbank High School. He said that he was so happy for Robinson, who also played safety for the Bulldogs, in this next journey at Cal Lutheran.
Burbank football's final spring practice will be on Thursday, May 4 before taking an approximately four week hiatus. The program will resume summer practice on Wednesday, May 31. The summer session will run through the end of June before enjoying a summer break “dead period” between July 3 to July 21. The players will begin training camp on Monday, July 24 before the new school year begins on August 14. The Bulldogs will kick off the 2023 season with a Week 0 matchup against Dos Pueblos on Friday, August 18 at 7 PM at Dos Pueblos High School.