Burbank falls to Castaic 39-13 in the 115th Anniversary game

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The Burbank Bulldogs were heading into their home opener still searching for their first victory after falling to Dos Pueblos 36-35 in double overtime in week 0 along with a 52-28 loss to Santa Fe in week 1. Castaic on the other hand is off to a 1-1 start as they dropped their first game of the season to Adelanto 30-21 in week 0, and most recently a 36-12 win over Royal High School in Simi Valley in week 1. When the two teams met last season, the Bulldogs came away victorious 34-21. Junior quarterback Daniel Zacariaz of Burbank, had a rough day throwing the football as he was tagged with 4 interceptions in the loss to Castaic while junior quarterback Tyler Lewis had a productive night that highlighted a 55-yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter.

This was the 115th-anniversary celebration for Burbank High Football and the school as there were a number of events that took place prior to the game. There were grad year booths in the main quad of the school, a car show in the Glenoaks parking lot, and of course themed raffles. The celebration also included campus tours, hall of fame heroes inductees, and a walk down memory lane as it happened in the 2nd building of the school. During the pregame festivities, athletic teams and alumni were honored before kickoff. At halftime, the Burbank High School marching band, cheer, and dance teams performed to celebrate the 115th birthday of Burbank High School.

The game began with a kickoff return touchdown by Gage Gibson of Castaic which started the scoring for the Coyotes in the 1st quarter. A Tyler Lweis QB keeper extended the Castaic lead to 13-0 in the first period of play. Following another Coyote score in the second quarter, Burbank senior running back Jacob Mendiata punched one in on the goal line to cut the Bulldogs deficit to 19-7. Two more Castaic touchdowns followed, and by the time the halftime whistle blew, the Bulldogs were down 31-7 and searching for answers. In the 3rd quarter, Jacob Mendieta recorded his 2nd rushing touchdown of the game to make it a 31-13 game. The 2nd half was filled with a lot of penalties for Castaic, and it may have cost them the game if it were not for their big advantage on the scoreboard. Despite the sloppy play, their defense held it together and recorded 4 interceptions in the game.

Castaic running back Jacob Pimentel put the game on ice with a rushing touchdown late in the 4th quarter to increase the advantage to 39-13 and dash any Burbank hopes of a comeback. “Our guys played with a lot of passion tonight. Sometimes it spilled over a little bit, but need to do a better job toning it down in a hostile place,” said Castaic head coach Sirr Guy Shakir after his team’s win on the road. He also mentioned that Tyler Lewis had his struggles in the game tonight, but kept his composure and made great plays down the stretch whenever it was needed. Shakir also added that the 2nd half penalties could have cost the game for Castaic but admitted that the team needs to do a better job of playing disciplined football in future games.

“It was a chippy game both ways from the jump, we got caught up in it a little bit preached to the guys the no explanation no excuses quote from Hard Knocks with the Jets,” said Burbank head coach Adam Colman after the game. “We just had to keep playing our game, we were better in the 2nd half in that sense as the message got across at halftime to get our guys going.” When asked about Daniel Zacariaz’s 4 interception game, he said that it wasn’t really on Zacariaz but other guys didn’t do their part offensively, and there were a lot of mental mistakes across the board. He went on to say that senior running back Jacob Mendieta had a great day running the football and that senior linebacker Marcus Ojeil stepped up defensively in the 2nd half as he praised him for his leadership during the game.

The Burbank Bulldogs fall to 0-3, while the Castaic Coyotes improve to 2-1 in the 2023 season. The next game for Castaic, they will take on Eastside on Thursday, September 7th at home with kickoff slated to be at 7 PM. Burbank will go on the road to take on Fillmore on Friday, September 8th which will be a 7 PM kickoff as they will look to get their first win of the season. Burbank’s next home game will be in 2 weeks when they take on St Genevieve(Panorama City) as that game will take place at Memorial Field on the campus of John Burroughs High School.

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