Burbank beats Pasadena 34-6 on senior night

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The Burbank Bulldogs bounced back from a 41-0 loss against Muir last Friday night, with a home win on Thursday night, defeating the Pasadena Bulldogs 34-6 behind two rushing touchdowns from junior running back and wide receiver Max Kelley. Kelley had a 32-yard end-around touchdown in the 2nd quarter and another rushing touchdown on a quarterback sneak in the 4th quarter. Pasadena, on the other hand, came off a 38-8 loss to the Crescenta Valley Falcons prior to the battle of the Bulldogs showdown with Burbank.

The graduating seniors from the Burbank High School football, cheer, poms, and band programs were celebrated with their families prior to kickoff. Burbank honored 18 seniors on the football team, 8 seniors on the cheer team, 5 seniors on the pom squad, and 10 seniors from the marching band squad. Running back Jacob Mendita headlined the 18 seniors from the football team, while Giselle Lorimer and Cessna Dagta headlined the 8 seniors from the cheer team. Burbank cheer coach Megan Burkhardt shared her thoughts on the 8 seniors getting honored on senior night, “It went really well they looked forward to this night and had a great time celebrating with their families.” Burkhardt said that Lorimer and Dagta have been the program’s backbone for all 4 years and will be missed next year. She also said that after football season concludes the cheer squad will transition into competition season and perform during basketball season.

On the football field, Burbank got the scoring going on a 92-yard fumble return for a touchdown by junior defensive back Pierre Cifuentes in the 1st period of play which was the only score of that quarter. Burbank put up 2 touchdowns in the 2nd quarter as senior linebacker Brandon Elizade scored the team’s second defensive touchdown of the game which made it a 13-0 game. While Pasadena got called for a lot of offside penalties which resulted in free plays for Burbank, Max Kelley recorded the second touchdown in the 2nd quarter on a 32-yard end-around score which made it a 20-0 score for Burbank.

Burbank headed into the halftime break with a 20-0 lead over Pasadena. While the 3rd quarter was scoreless for both Burbank and Pasadena, the host Bulldogs put the game away with 2 more touchdowns in the 4th quarter. Max Kelley lined up under center and recorded a sneak touchdown while junior quarterback Daniel Zackariaz scored on a quarterback keeper. Pasadena’s only score came when sophomore running back Jaziah Sanford recorded a rushing touchdown.

“Senior night is always bittersweet, it was nice to see the families out there to support their kids but it was great to get a win on a night where 18 seniors were honored,” said Burbank head coach Adam Colman. Colman also praised junior running back Joseph Callabaro for playing a great game and said that he’s been the bell cow back for Burbank all season long.

The Burbank Bulldogs improved their record to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in Pacific League play, while the Pasadena Bulldogs dropped to 0-9 overall and 0-4 in Pacific League play. Burbank sits at 6th place while Pasadena sits in 7th place respectively in the Pacific League. Both teams will have their rivalry matchups next week as Pasadena will take on Muir on Wednesday, October 25th at John Muir High School at 7 PM, while Burbank will play in the 75th annual game against Burroughs at Memorial Field (John Burroughs High School). Burbank will serve as the designated home team against Burroughs next Friday night with kickoff slated to start at 7 PM with homecoming court celebrations from both schools will take place prior to kickoff.