Burbank beats St. Genevieve 13-10

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The Burbank Bulldogs provided their most thrilling moments of the season when a Max Kelley touchdown catch with under two minutes remaining, followed by a great special teams stop of a fake field goal with 1.5 on the clock gave the team their second victory of the season. The victory over the Valiants continues the momentum Burbank built coming off their 1-point victory over Fillmore last week, while the loss leaves more questions for St. Genevieve to answer as they are still looking for their first win of the season.

The 1st quarter was a defensive display for both teams until Valentino Lara got the scoring going for the Valiants as he converted a short-field goal attempt to make it a 3-0 for St Genevieve. Max Kelley got the scoring going for Burbank as he scored the game’s first touchdown via the jet sweep.

The Bulldogs committed 1 turnover in the game as Daniel Zacariaz threw an interception to St. Gen’s junior defensive back Andrew Carreon. St Gen’s only touchdown of the game happened in the 3rd quarter as junior Abraham Barajas punched it in for a rushing touchdown, while the Vialiants were held to 0 points in the 4th quarter.

The Bulldogs continued to battle in the 4th quarter as they trailed 10-6 to St. Genevieve and with 1:12 left to go in the game Daniel Zacariaz threw a deep ball pass to Max Kelley to the endzone for the go-ahead touchdown to make it a 13-10 game for Burbank. St Genevieve got the ball following the score for Burbank and moved the ball downfield to set up a potential game-winning drive but, the offense of St Gen’s went 3 and out.

They were pushed back to a 4th and long after an offensive penalty was committed for the Valiants as they were set up to kick a long field goal attempt to try to force overtime but Burbank, called a timeout to ice the kicker. Following the timeout Valentino Lara was on the field to kick a game-tying field goal but they caught the defense off guard as Michael Wynn threw a screen pass to Carlos Guyton but was stopped by Sean Garrett for a turnover on downs.

“That game-winning touchdown was beautiful Zacariaz threw a great deep ball and Kelley made a great catch in the back of the end zone as we battled through adversity and got used to those moments,” said Burbank head coach Adam Colman. When asked about the fake field goal try by St. Genevieve, Colman said that it was a great call for St. Gens to go for it but added that Sean Garrett made a great heads-up play to seal it for the Bulldogs.

Burbank heads into the bye week with a 2-3, and will now have a week off before they begin Pacific League play on Friday, September 29th against Arcadia on the road. They will play 2 league road games with Arcadia and Crescenta Valley before playing 3 league home games with Muir(Pasadena) Pasadena High, and Burroughs(Burbank). St. Genevieve will play a home game with Campbell Hall(North Hollywood) next Friday, September 22nd at 7 PM and that game will take place at the campus of Los Angeles Valley College.

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