Muir bounces back with a 41-0 win over Burbank
After a heartbreaking 32-27 loss to the John Burroughs Bears on a goal line stop, the John Muir Mustangs bounced back with a 41-0 win over the Burbank Bulldogs behind Christian Bozeman’s 3-rushing touchdown game. Bozeman had 2 rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, one of which was a 50-yard touchdown run and the other a 7-yard run. He also added an 8-yard score in the third quarter. The Burbank Bulldogs have now dropped their first three games in Pacific League play, including losses to Arcadia three weeks ago and then Crescenta Valley, as the Bulldogs suffered a 34-14 loss to the Falcons. Burbank had no offensive answers against the Mustangs as they were without their starting quarterback and star receiver. They were running a ground-and-pound style offense that went nowhere for most of the game.
In the 1st quarter of play, the Mustangs put up 14 unanswered points as running back Christian Bozeman recorded his first two rushing touchdowns to get the scoring going for Muir. The 2nd quarter provided no offense for both teams, but Bulldogs senior defensive back Sean Garrett recorded an interception off of Brandon Valencia. The score remained 14-0 at halftime.
The Mustangs came out of the halftime break and picked up where they left off in the first quarter as Brandon Valencia threw a touchdown pass to Cole Cogshell to jumpstart the offense. Christian Bozeman also contributed with a rushing touchdown of his own to make it 28-0 part of 14 unanswered points scored by Muir in the 3rd quarter. It was all Mustangs in the 4th quarter as sophomore running back Elijah Parker recorded a rushing touchdown to make it a 35-0 game.
With 7:20 left in the 4th quarter, Burbank senior running back Jacob Mendieta was ejected for taunting back at the opposing player. Mendieta will be suspended for 1 game as he will not be eligible to play against Pasadena next week. “We were without our starting quarterback and wide receiver, we installed a ground-and-pound offense on a short week that didn’t go our way but was proud of the kids in how they battled in the shutout loss to Muir,” said Burbank head coach Adam Colman. Colman also said that Jacob Mendita was very emotional because he felt like he was getting targeted when asked about the ejection.
Burbank drops to 2-6 overall, and 0-3 in Pacific League play, while Muir improves to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in Pacific League play. The Mustangs are in a 3-way tie for 2nd place in the Pacific League with Arcadia and Crescenta Valley. Muir will host Arcadia on Thursday, October 19th, with kick-off expected to happen at 7 PM, while Burbank will look to bounce back in their next home game against Pasadena on the same day and same time. The graduating seniors from the Burbank High football and cheer programs will be celebrated in a pregame ceremony before kick-off against Pasadena as pregame ceremonies will begin at 5:30 PM.